THE SHETLAND pool team have just returned from a marathon week representing the Isles at the EBA European Masters competition of 2011. Competing in the men and women A team sections against the leviathans of Scotland, England, South and Northern Ireland, Wales and Gibraltar, both teams finished in the most respectable of places given the might of their opponents.
After an intensive six days of back to back pool playing, the men’s team came in 5th place overall out of 7 teams, beating Gibraltar and Southern Ireland. The women’s team came in 5th overall out of 6 teams, beating Gibraltar.
Men’s A Teams
Women’s A Teams
A spokesperson for the teams said that the Shetland teams played first class pool; it was only unfortunate that on several occasions they were just pipped to the post for success against teams like England and Wales and the quality of the games played is not conveyed in the final results.
The women’s team in particular had some frustratingly close session results, 12-9 to Wales and 11-10 to England amongst the near-wins. The men’s team had one leg sewn up 11-0 to England but the match ended 22-11 in England’s favour. All testament however to the potential in the Shetland teams.
Shetland first started attending in 1999 and have dramatically improved their skills and expertise as a result, and can now present themselves as contenders at an international level.
Youth and Juniors training starts on Saturday in the Norscot from 2pm – 4pm and anyone with an interest is encouraged to come and give it a go, an excellent opportunity which may lead to a chance at playing at an international level in the future.
The Shetland Pool Association can be found at www.shetland8ball.co.uk