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Wednesday, 22 February 2012 10:54

Swift Current Legion to host inaugural pool championship

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By Matthew Liebenberg — This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Royal Canadian Legion’s inaugural provincial eight-ball pool championship will take place in Swift Current this weekend.

The Legion’s Swift Current Branch No. 56 will host the event downstairs in the club’s lounge Feb. 25.

Branch General Manager Sharon Fortney said eight-ball pool is a new sport to the Legion this year.

“They added it to their sports program, so this is the first year that they’ve done this,” she mentioned.

While the championship provides for up to eight teams to participate, only four teams entered for what is still a new activity to Legion members.

“They weren’t sure what kind of interest there would be with it,” she said. “We did have a Prince Albert team entered, but they had to drop out because one person got sick.”

There will be a significant local interest in the championship, because two of the teams are from Swift Current. The other teams are from Estevan and Moose Jaw.

Opening ceremonies will be at 8:30 a.m. on Feb. 25 and play will start at 9 a.m. There will be a soup and sandwich lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Awards and closing ceremonies will take place at the completion of play. A buffet supper is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

The competitors can look forward to playing on two new pool tables at the Swift Current Legion branch. Fortney said the tables were a donation from local branch member Rob Burns.

The new tables will hopefully help to draw local Legion members out to play some pool. According to Fortney, the response so far has been positive.

“We have guys come down and play all the time,” she said. “The tables get used all the time. And guests can come in and play as well.”

A women’s pool league has already started up. They get together every Monday and Tuesday night.

The public is welcome to attend the pool championship. Anyone interested in joining the Legion will also be welcome.

Fortney said membership at the Swift Current branch is currently around the 280 mark.

“It kind of diminishes every year,” she noted. “We’re always on the lookout for new members, that’s for sure.”

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