AGE should not be a barrier to success in sports as 54-year-old M. Kesvaran proved in the recent Black Barrel Super League British Pool Championships which recently concluded at the Holiday Villa, Subang.
Kesvaran, an accountant, said it was not easy to win the singles title especially against the sharper and younger opponents.
“I actually played pool when I was studying in England but after that I stopped playing until 12 years ago. I decided to try my hand at the game again and I finally made it through to the final and the title. After the 10-odd years participating in the tournament I knew it was not going to be easy to be champion. I guess I was lucky to have finally nailed the singles crown,” said Kesvaran, who beat P.L. Ang 4-2 in the showdown to take home the first prize of RM4,500.
Ang won RM2,000 while the two losing semi-finalists — Roy Tan and Tan Gen Tze pocketed RM1,000 each.
In the women’s singles, Joanne Lee edged Carrie Liew 4-3 in the best-of-seven-game final to take home RM2,800. Carrie went home with RM1,000 while the losing semi-finalists — Pamela Yap and Caroline J. won RM500 each.
In the team event which attracted 32 teams Home and Away Cougars Republic beat favourites Hangover Cougars 3-2 in a nail-biting finale to win RM12,000 plus medals and a challenge trophy.
Hangover won RM5,000 and the losing semi-finalists Indy Chini Legends and H&A Pool Killers returned with RM2,500 each.
The winning team’s captain S. Ganeshwaran said it was not easy to nick the title as there were so many good teams in the fray.
“I formed the Cougars team four years ago and at last we managed to win the title. We will be sharing the prize money and hopefully retain the title in the new season,” said Ganeshwaran.
The other members of the winning team are Sham Azad, Emy Elliana, Anna Tang, Odaya Kumar, Shamshul Annuar and Shane Kevin who won the title deciding singles tie.
Former national snooker and billiards coach Lim Min Sin, the tournament organiser, said pool is becoming more popular and Malaysia has the biggest pool-playing population in Asia.
“I am proud to say we have the most number enthusiasts playing British Pool in the region. This year we had a bumper entry and we expect the tournament to attract more players next season as the a health drink company, K-Ginseng, has agreed to be co-sponsors together with Black Barrel. Probably, there will be an increase in prize money and of course, there’s the health benefit for the participants as well,” said Min Sin, who is the most successful coach in the SEA Games after returning with six gold medals in snooker and billiards from the 1996 Chiang Mai edition of the Games in Thailand.