Undefeated pool players cue up for summer season

THE Kings Arms Chargers, a team of pool players, are looking forward to the summer season after spectacular success in the winter.

Since moving into their new venue at the Kings Arms pub in Kingswood, the Chargers have won every game, thus topping the table in the Yate and District Pool League Division 1.

Team captain Laura Blaber said: “We’ve had a triumphant season this year with 8 ball clearance trophies earned by Connor Mitchell and Satty Singh.”

Kings Arms Chargers have continued to grow as a team, with new talent joining the existing members. The Chargers include: Laura Blaber, captain; Jeremy Liddiard ,vice captain; Connor Mitchell, vice Captain; Satty Singh, Andy Gingell, Paul Harper, Paul Richardson, Danny Carter, Scott Blackman, Shaun Wembridge, Alan Box, Louis Cousins, Emmitt Bradstock, Mark Lockyer, Tom Bebbington, Dave Crew, Ian Mockridge, Kyle Mockridge, Stuart Scotland.

Pub landlord Mike makes the Chargers feel at home at the Kings Arms, setting Each aside a table and providing them with free weekly pizzas. The Chargers also have two regular cheerleaders: Tallie Blaber and Leanne Bakehouse.

The Chargers also enjoy social events such as bowling, mini golf and darts. A team tradition is to celebrate a win with shots of Baby Guinness – a cocktail drink made from 1 part Irish cream, 3 parts coffee liqueur and Black Sambuca.

Laura said: “We have great team spirit and all work well together. One challenge we’ve had this season was juggling the team with the Supreme Singles league, as this meant some of our players had to juggle multiple commitments.”

The Chargers’ symbol is the 8 ball, which is regarded as ‘special’ in pool because it is the one ball that ends all games in eight-ball pool. Players have to pot all of their balls first of all. Therefore, depending on what gets potted first, a player must clear all of the solid (or spots) balls numbering one to seven, or the stripe balls numbered from nine to 15.