Saturday, September 23

Swan City Cup ends long wait for Sibu cueists


Players pose moments before the long-awaited competition kicks off.

SIBU (Nov 17): Relief was written on the faces of cueists who savoured the opportunity to return to action at the 2nd edition of the Swan City Challenge Cup on Monday night. A total of 24 players are taking part in the three-day championship which has adopted a new playing format with only six red balls to be used instead of the conventional 15.

There are eight players from each of the three snooker centres affiliated to Swan City Recreational Club Sibu (SCRCS): Executive 3 Snooker Centre, Centre Point Snooker Centre and Cueball Snooker Centre which is also the event venue.

SCRCS president Mark Yeo, who is also representing the Executive 3 team, said the players expressed happiness that they could finally pick up their cues to showcase their potting skills again after many months.

“It has been a long wait caused by Covid-19 pandemic which have brought us inconveniences and disrupting our programmes,” he mentioned in his opening remarks. He was grateful to the players for making an effort to take part in the competition which does not promise any prize money.

“I know it is your passion and love for the sport rather that keep you going rather than the prize money. Hopefully, with the Covid-19 pandemic showing signs of slowing down, we will be able to stage more competitions soon,” he added.

The next tournament in line will be the 9th Swan City Snooker Championship, scheduled on Dec 15. Both events, Yeo assured, are conducted according to strict SOPs under the Phase 3 National Recovery Plan.