Pool players from around the East Sussex area have joined forces to create three East Sussex County Pool teams (A, B and Seniors).
Playing once a month until January of next year out of ‘Jesters Bar’ on Seaside Road in Eastbourne, the teams will face other County teams as far afield as Northamptonshire in the hope of gaining enough points throughout the season to earn a place in the regional finals.
The county manager, Carl Fitzsimon, said, “We have so many talented players in the area, it seemed crazy not to at least attempt to move up to the next level and put the East Sussex pool scene on the map.
“It’s a fairly big commitment for all involved as we have to find the money for travel expenses, county shirts, affiliation costs etc. so finding sponsors willing to fork out the cash, in this harsh financial climate, was a must and fortunately we now have fantastic local sponsors that make it all possible.
“Lakerose Leisure, our local gaming machine suppliers, keep our pool tables up to professional levels and supply us with the best playing equipment possible, as well as paying towards travel costs.
“Sussex Cars (726726) have given us the use of a minibus for away matches along with Derek Simmons (Senior Team Captain) of Monster Flatpack, supplying all of our county shirts.
“Local businessman and B team member Chris Reece of Ministry of Fones in Susans Road has always been a regular sponsor for local pool events.
“He supports the new county squads and the Eastbourne & District Pool League by supplying trophies and prize money, along with Kileys Carpets, for charity pool events such as the Champions League, which is in aid of the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust and a charity of the winning team’s choice.
“All of the county’s players, aged between 18 and 50ish, are well-established pool players from in and around Eastbourne. Many of these are multiple title winners also boasting some international players past and present, so forming a quality pool squad was easy.
“Taking on the best of the rest is our next mission.”
The A team, captained by Carl Fitzsimon, kicked off their first ever season as part of the English Blackball Pool Federation by beating last year’s regional winners 22-14, putting East Sussex at the top of the leader board already.
The B team, captained by Neil Kingsman, drew 18-18 and the Seniors team, captained by Derek Simmons, lost narrowly by two frames.
This set of results were very impressive for a first outing and supplies the proof, if ever it was needed, that East Sussex certainly has the talent to take on the very best teams from across the country.
Future monthly scores and updates will be printed in the Eastbourne Herald.
For further information on the Eastbourne and District Pool League or Sussex County Blackball Pool Association logon to these websites www.eastbournepoolleague.com or www.escbpa.com respectively.