Kilcoy Shooters aim high

The Kilcoy Eight Ball Association A grade team, Kilcoy Shooters, took on the City vs County competition in Bramble Bay over the Labour Day long weekend. Pictured: Blake Weaver, Brett Ringelstein, Richelle Dickson, Daniel Dickson, Maurice Townsend and Matthew Harrison. Picture: KEBA

The Kilcoy Eight Ball Association sent its strongest team yet to represent the small country town at the annual City vs Country Cup at Bramble Bay over the Labour Day long weekend.

Team captain and KEBA president Brett ‘Ringo’ Ringelstein said the team punched above its weight.

“It was probably our strongest team we’ve sent away,” Ringo said.

“We’ve sent away six A graders from our competition in Kilcoy and we ended up finishing 5th out of nine teams.”

Ringo was joined by Richelle Dickson, Daniel Dickson, Blake Weaver, Matthew Harrison and Maurice Townsend at Norths Cue Sports, based at Bramble Bay Bowls Club.

The City vs Country Cup invites eight ball associations in southeast Queensland, from Gympie to the Gold Coast and out to the Darling Downs, to play one on one in round robin with four teams going through to the finals.

“We missed out by three points to get into the final, but that’s still a pretty proud effort on my regards,” Ringo said.

“We had a tie with three of the top four teams, which is pretty good for our little association.

“We’re the smallest club that attends City versus Country, so for the results we had it’s pretty awesome, I reckon.

“Blake and Rachelle both have master shots, and all poolies will know what that means.

“Myself and Daniel, we finished equal 11th in the individual stats in the weekend as well, out of 62 players.”

Ringo said Kilcoy was starting to stand out with its cue sports.

“With myself and Blake playing representative pool, we’ve definitely put Kilcoy on the map,” he said.

“Hopefully we can press forward, keep going and hopefully win one of these things one day.”

Ringo has been a captain since KEBA became associated in 2017 and said the club has only grown in strength and numbers.

“The development in the club has really grown, so having A graders pulling through other players lifts everyone in the club to play better and wanting to play better,” he said.

“It’s developed our B graders into some very solid B graders on the cusp of making A grade in the future.”

B and C grade teams will head to Ipswich to compete in the City Vs Country Cup on 24 to 26 May.

“It’s one of our strongest B grade teams we’ve sent away… and there’s just as strong a chance with C grade,” he said.