Ciaran Hays, Ciaran O'Carolan and Dan Orlowski try out the new competition standard pool table at the Frankton Ale House. Photo by Christina McDonald.
The arrival of Queenstown's only competition standard pool
table has heightened the hopes of a group of Queenstown pool
players ahead of a national tournament.
Ciaran Hays, who competed in last year's nationals and is to
compete at this year's in New Plymouth in October, said
competition tables had smaller balls and smaller pockets.
''Every time you go to a tournament the tables are like this
and we haven't got one in town ... we were going up to the
tournaments with a big disadvantage,'' Mr Hays said.
Frankton Ale House bar manager Ciaran O'Carolan said he and
bar owner Paddy Sugrue decided ''just to facilitate the
lads'' and order in a competition-worthy pool table ''so they
have somewhere to practise for the competitions''.
Mr Hays said fellow competitor Simon Singleton, also living
in Queenstown, will be playing six competitions in six weeks
at locations throughout the country.
The new table will now be subjected to a pool competition.
Mr Hays said four groups with four to five players are to be
set up and games will take place from Monday to Thursday