Hundreds take to tables in hard fought pool comp

Division two winners, from left, Ellie Larcombe, Michael Smith, Richard Hutchinson, Piers Barney, David Ollason and Robert Sutcliffe.

The 35th year of the RSA Speights Business House pool competition saw around 200 people take to the tables over 11 weeks.

PGG Wrightson Livestock took out division one and Norma Jean Charters division two, sealing its promotion to first division next year.

Livestock was made up of Cameron Keats, Murray Crombie, Trevor Penney, Lee Crombie, Craig Keats, Clive Hutchinson and Kevin Baldwin.

Business House is played three nights a week with six singles and three doubles games between teams.

RSA president John Stephen says the competition was close this year, with five teams going into the final week with a winning chance in division one.

“You can pick up nine points in one night so you can put yourself back in the running with a strong team performance,” John says.

John started the competition in 1982, when just seven teams played.

“I came up from Taupo and there were no pool competitions at the time so I got this one going and it exploded to its current size about three years later.”

John also helped establish the Colin Whalen Memorial Trophy competition in 1990 at the Warkworth RSA, played out on July 16.

The competition attracted 26 pairings with its $1000 prize pool and was won by Hibiscus Coast RSA.

“That competition attracts some top players – we’ve had the Auckland and New Zealand champion here before.”

Runners up was Rams, made up of Storm Lee and Daniel Bancroft.


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