The seventh annual Canadian Cue Sport Association Lucasi 8/9 Ball B.C. Championships were held Feb. 15-19 at the beautiful Lakeside Resort & Casino in Penticton.
For the second year, players from the Campbell River League out of Pier Street Billiards teamed up with the Comox Valley Pool League and sent 30 players to compete in men’s teams, ladies teams, Scotch Doubles, women’s and men’s singles events as well as 9-ball.
Day one of the competition was 9-ball and this year there were six area entries in this division. Competition was fierce and the closest to the top was Jeremy Davis finishing in tenth, said CVPL organizer Rose Kantor.
Day two and three featured the singles event and there was some strong competition in all the men`s brackets. In the C Qualifing Brackets Greg Shelvey and Jim Brown finished third and fourth and both were moved up to the B Bracket and made it one spot from the money. I
n the C Bracket Campbell River players PJ Drake and Ed Sharky played a great match and Drake took Sharky out on the hill and brought home third place. Kantor said there was lots of action in both the A and B Bracket for the ladies. Last year’s B Bracket champion Christie Tipper from Campbell River played in the A Bracket this year and finished fourth.
Deb Williams finished second in the qualifying bracket which moved her up to the A Bracket where she finished fifth. In the B Bracket the last two ladies from the Valley were shooting it out for third place.
Sandra Shelvey and Kantor`s match went to the hill for both ladies and Shelvey brought home the third-place trophy. Day four was the start of team events and the Avalanche boys finished second in the C Qualifying Bracket and then moved up to the B Bracket where they finished ninth.
The Sunnydale Slidders stayed in the C Bracket and were playing off on Sunday for third spot. “So close,” said Kantor. “The boys missed it by one game!” In the ladies division the Pier Street Ladies and Comox Valley Pool League players brought home second place.