Snooker one way to hone pool skills

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The B Grade Snooker Championships are set to start this weekend and young Riversdale player Tristan Matheson is ready to take on the competition.
Tristan (16) is in his first year of playing snooker, which he started to hone his pool skills.
Tristan said he had played pool since he was about 5 years old.
‘‘When I played at junior nationals for pool last year I found out all of the top four players had played snooker and said it had helped their game,’’ Tristan said.
He said he hoped the championships would offer some good experience playing and watching some good players.
He has had experience in a couple of tournaments so far, coming second in the C Grade Southland championships and winning the B Grade Southland Championships at the Invercargill Workingmen’s Club last month.
‘‘Playing snooker gives you more concentration and skill. While pool games can last less than a minute a snooker match can last up to an hour,’’ he said.
He said snooker would help him to concentrate for longer.
Tristan recently qualified for the pool national championships in Wellington after finishing second in a recent regional ‘‘Pool for Schools’’ tournament.
Southland Snooker and Billiards Association president Ron Wilson said he had been impressed with the young player.
‘‘We want to nurture him and other young players coming through and do as much as we can to help them reach their potential,’’ he said. – Matheson will play in section five of the New Zealand B Grade Snooker Championships this weekend.