Falling Leaves wins pool contest

Team Number Four players in their uniform, getting ready for their first game against Mailula Shooters. The game took place at Tavern Number Four at Ebasuthwini Section on Sunday, February 12. Mailula Shooters won 4-3.

Much has been done to keep young people away from drugs and crime in local townships.

One such move was a pool competition held at Tavern Number Four in Vosloorus’ Ebasuthwini Section on Sunday, February 12.

Team Number Four, Team Emergency, Falling Leaves and Mailula Shooters were the four teams that participated in the top four competition. Each team contributed R300 to make up the sum of R1 200, which was won by Falling Leaves.

In the first semi-final, Team Emergency played against Falling Leaves and lost the game 4-nil. In the second semi-final, Team Number Four played against Mailula Shooters and lost the game 4-3.

In the finals Mailula Shooters took on Falling Leaves and lost the game 4-2.

One of the lady competitors, Shadi Moloi, a Team Number Four player, said, “I don’t pretend when it come to my love for pool. I would love to see more women joining the sport because it takes you out of a lot of troubles.”

According to Hitman Sibeko of Mailula Shooters, the biggest challenge they have as pool players is promoting the sport.

“We need companies and business people out there to give us support,” said Sibeko.

Marcus Jiyane, the secretary of Team Number Four, which hosted the tournament, says these competitions will keep youth away from drugs and crime. He added that they are planning to start a local pool league. “We would love more teams that would like to join us to come forward,” he said.

Jiyane said one of the challenges the teams face is transport. “Our teams consist of youngsters who are unemployed, so we would love to get help with transport. We sometimes go to Vaal to play against other teams and I and my other colleagues have to pay from our own pockets. The worst part is that we are pensioners. Yet we have to take from our little pension money and pay transport fees for the young players.

“We would also love to have someone assist with pool tables, as the ones we have are no longer in a good state. We would love to be supported with meals as well, because our players are unemployed – they don’t have money for food when attending games too far away,” said Jiyane.

Jiyane said their vision is to see pool being ranked among the best sports in the country and the world.

For more information, call Marcus Jiyane on 076 888 2830 or Tys Moatlhodi on 072 523 9134.

Aaron Damane

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