Following on from their success at the State Titles, Marliah and Jonty McIvor will now represent Tasmania in January at the Australian Eightball Championships in Albury.
Jonty, a seasoned player, came away with another notch on his belt claiming the Under 18 state title and adding another trophy to the growing collection.
Playing competitive eightball since he was nine, Jonty has won seven state titles and placed runner up just once.
Competing against rivals that spend up to 30 hours per week training, Jonty finds eightball to be more of a stress relieving past time. But don’t let that fool you, he as his sights set on joining the Australian team and playing in England within the next two years, needing to place in the top six at the Australian Championships to cement his spot.
Having grown up watching big brother Jonty potting the black, Marliah is looking to follow in his footsteps.
Playing at home in the shed and learning the ropes, Marliah decided the night before the championships to have a go and signed up with no time for the nerves to talk her out if it.
Marliah, the only girl in the under 12 competiton, played around 10 games, with each contest being the best of three.
She made her way through the rounds not knowing that she had finished runner up until the announcements were made at the end of the championships.
“I was so nervous, I didn’t think I’d make it, hearing that I came second…I was so excited but now I’m even more nervous for the Australian championships” Marliah said.
Marliah now looks forward to the next few months where she will keep honing her skills and attend clinics run by the senior players of the Tasmanian team and get to know her team mates.
Jonty and Marliah are two of the four North West Tasmanian junior team members and are proud to represent Circular Head and the North West.
With the recent trophies at the Tasmanian State Titles being purchased by the President out of his own pocket, the team are always looking for sponsors and donations towards the cost of attending the championships.