Local woman cues to the top

2015-06-04 06:00
Amanda Vogel will represent the Eastern Cape at the national blackball pool championships in Cape Town next year February. 
                        Photo:
MONIQUE BASSON

Amanda Vogel will represent the Eastern Cape at the national blackball pool championships in Cape Town next year February. Photo: MONIQUE BASSON

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SOMETHING that started as a distraction from quiet hours at work, has led to glory for a Jeffreys Bay woman - leaving her dspending most of her time around the pool, but not the kind you’d expect.

Now Amanda Vogel is preparing to represent the Eastern Cape at the national blackball pool championships in Cape Town next year February as part of the EC Blackball Ladies and EC Blacball Masters teams. Amanda will be joined by four men from Port Elizabeth.

She is hoping to add another trophy to her cabinet when she competes in Cape Town, where she will come up against some of the countries best female pool players.

She knows it will be difficult, but Amanda is confident she can make the Eastern Province proud. “I feel ready,” she said.

According to Amanda this will be the second time she will represent the province on a national level. “Last year I made it to the top eight in South Africa, while our team ended under the top 16 in the country.’’

Amanda, who has a natural talent for the game, first started playing eightball nine years ago after she relocated to Jeffreys Bay. It was only last year that she swopped eightball for the challenges of blackball.

“I love the game, I have a passion for playing pool and since I shot my first ball, I always dreamed about becoming a champion. And my dream is coming true,” said an elated Amanda who gained amazing confidence through the game.

Amanda attributes her success to the hard work and dedication she puts in on a daily basis. “I practise at least ten games on a daily basis,” said Amanda.

“I have never been more serious about the game than now. It is my dream to become the number one eightball player in the world.”

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