Perth to host World Blackball Pool Championships

Perth is to host one of the best sporting events, World Blackball Pool Championships live in Bell’s Sport Centre.

Perth is to host one of the best sporting events, World Blackball Pool Championships live in Bell’s Sport Centre.

Perth is the venue to host a “first” for Scotland at the end of October with the World Blackball Pool Championships 2014 being held in the city’s Bells Sports Centre. With around 700 players from 20 countries around the world centring on the city, the organisers of the event, ISP Scotland, won the bid to host the bi-annual championships in Scotland for the first time in the event’s history ahead of Malta and France.

Michaela Tabb of ISP Scotland said “With prize money at almost £20,000 to be won across 8 championship categories and 48 tables being set up in the venue, this will be an exciting sporting week for Perth at the end of October.”

Michaela, who herself is the No1 cue sports referee internationally and a known sporting media celebrity, added “The event is being televised on Sky Premier Sports at certain points during the championship week, however, it is a free event for fans of the sport to attend to spectate and the venue will have a 750 seating capacity for the week.  With teams and individuals having been chosen by their home countries, the World Blackball is set to be a highlight in what is a major year of sport for Scotland”.

Local businessman Andrew Morrison is a key sponsor of the championship. Andrew commented “I’m a huge fan of the sport and with Perth regaining its city status only some time ago, I wanted to support the organising team in order that Perth would be hosting a sporting event of this world class stature.”

He added “The number of players and their supporters staying in Perth city centre during the week of the championships can only be beneficial economically to all local businesses and venues. With the World Blackball only a month after Perthshire hosting the Ryder Cup, I think we can fairly say the Fair City is on the map as a sporting destination of choice”.

The championship starts on Sunday 26th October and ends on Friday 31st with last qualifications for certain categories on Saturday 25th. The qualification rounds on the Saturday are open for anyone to enter and it offers an ideal opportunity for local pool enthusiasts to grab their cues, get some practice in and attempt to achieve their sporting dreams.

The event is FREE to attend, best get those seats filled before you are too late! You can also watch the live coverage at home on Premier Sports in the UK and Setanta Sports in Ireland and YouTube.

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