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Cue the drum roll… Elphin Lodge Retirement Village’s snooker team is on the ball. The sharp-eyed men recently won what they say was the ‘very satisfying’ 2023 Rand Aid Snooker League by a healthy seven points.

The annual competition is made up of six alliteration-loving teams, five from Thornhill Manor (Alan’s Aces, Don’s Devils, Graham’s Gorillas, Jimmy’s Jammers, and Terry’s Top Dogs) and one from Elphin Manor, the Elphin Elite. The action takes place over seven months.

Each team comprises a minimum of four players. The format is four singles games and two doubles, with no person playing more than one game in each discipline in a match.

Elphin Elite played each opposing team four times on a home and away basis, so in total played 20 matches of six games each.

At the end of the competition, Elphin had won 79 games, giving them a commendable average of four wins per match, which indicates a high level of consistency amongst all the players.

“All the members are to be congratulated on their achievement and dedication. Our thanks to all those at Thornhill who played against us. Some memorable tussles took place and new friends have been made,” says Elphin Elite player Ian Christie.

The Elphin team comprised the following regulars: Ozzie Kuhn, Keith Anderson, Ian Stanley, Hans Fikkert, Don Beattie and lan.

The average age of the team is 80, says Ian, so age is no reason for not being able to play snooker.

Ian says snooker gives them a lot of pleasure, laughs, companionship and satisfaction.

Come play

Elphin snooker extends an invitation to anyone who would like to play. There is no requirement to play league – social snooker can be arranged. “We encourage novices to try the game; we will be happy to teach you how,” says Ian.

Contact Ian at 081 019 2483 or visit him at cottage 302.

Back: Ian Stanley, Ian Christie, Don Beattie, and Hans Fikkert. Front: Ozzie Kuhn and Keith Anderson.

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