by Anneliese Abela - 9 October 2015
After a 50-year break from snooker and only three months practice to prepare for the Games, 68-year-old Trevor Webber is as ready as ever for this year’s cue sports competitions.
The mortgage broker from Nabiac, New South Wales played snooker for five years before deciding to stop, and from then until last December he has only played three games during his 50-year break.
“I took it up again when I saw the Masters advertisements, so I’ve had about three months of practice trying to get ready for the Games,” Trevor said.
“Remembering everything is the hardest, but it’s all coming back, and each match I play I learn more, which helps me.
“I won one frame today so I’m quite happy. I enjoy being here, and enjoy watching and learning.”
Trevor is glad he started up again, not only for the fun of the game but also for the friendships created in snooker, which he has discovered are in high supply at the Australian Masters Games.
“The club I belong to at home has a very good social side, everyone knows everyone and is very friendly; there’s different grades of players and they all still mix together and have a lot of fun,” he said.
“It’s like that at the Masters too, because while it is a competition and people get very competitive, at the end of the day it’s a pat on the back and you all go for a beer; everyone’s here to enjoy it.”
As he gets back into the rhythm and rules of snooker, Webber has rediscovered the challenges of the game and the skill required to win.
“It’s like chess in that you don’t just get up and sink a ball, you have to think in advance about what that shot will lead to and where the white ball will end up – it’s quite complicated.”
“The quality of playing here today is very good, and I like the way the fellows here have met and played against each other in the past and are renewing old competitor friendships – I wish I had done it years ago, but I’m here now and I’ll go forward from here.
“It’s a relaxing game and I just like to meet people – I’ll go back home and practice some more and be back in two years to win.”
The Australian Masters Games will be held in Adelaide, October 3-10, featuring more than 10,000 participants from across Australia and around the world.
The Australian Masters Games is proudly sponsored by the South Australian Tourism Commission through Events South Australia.
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