Locals get top four in champs
HE doesn’t play in pubs anymore but Gympie’s John Baker still gets in a lot of practice.
The Gympie snooker club player has just made it to the Wide Bay Snooker Championships quarter final, held over three days last weekend. And he is chuffed with the result, having only played in four competitions.
There was a full field of 32 contenders, including about 12 local club members in championships.
Of that, three Gympie players made it to the top four - Baker, Stan Zischke and Eddie Moller.
Reigning champion Phil Perkins was pipped at the post by Peter Kitchener from Ipswich for the win.
Usually only open to Wide Bay club members the field was opened after a couple of the club’s top players couldn’t make it.
“Some breaks were in the 50s, but the highest was 93 by Phil Perkins,” Baker said. “I’ve never seen that high a number here before.”
Baker has been playing pool since age 11, and said his keen billiards-playing father inspired him to take up the sport.
Those interested in billiards, pool or snooker, the club meets at the Gympie RSL Tuesday nights at 5pm.