Billiard is an established pastime and sport in Australia. It has a presence both at home and in bars as well. Families pass down the enjoyment of this game to the next generations. Friends bond over a game of pool and beer. It is a great game to pick up. Moreover, many Australians have also achieved great success in the sport domestically and internationally.
Billiard is a well-recognized sport in Australia. One of the most successful billiard players internationally, Walter Lindrum, is an Aussie himself. The Australian Billiards and Snooker Council (ABSC) oversees the competitive aspect of billiards in Australia. Billiard associations all around the country are affiliated to the ABSC. To enter the ABSC, you must have attained a certain placing in tournaments. There are definitely many opportunities to pursue billiard competitively and even as a career. Upon joining the ABSC, you get the chance to represent Australia in international and regional competitions.
If you wish to get started in billiard competitively, you can look for your state’s affiliated state association and search for clubs in your locale from there. You should be able to get into contact with Australian Sports Commission accredited billiard instructors through your clubs. Or you could also read up on useful billiard websites.
Playing at home
Many people have a billiard table at home. The table is a great investment, as it can be passed down as a family heirloom for many generations. It retains its luster and value over the years, allowing it to be sold at a decent price later if you no longer find enjoyment from it (which is highly unlikely). If you play pool often and are financially secure, investing in a billiard table would be a great option.
Purchasing your very own pool table in Australia is relatively easy because there are many table manufacturers and distributors around Australia. This makes it convenient for you to check out the pool table yourself before any purchase. Many of these places also offer some form of warranty and help to deliver, advise and set up the pool table for you. Do check with the manufacturer or distributor if they offer such services.
Some manufacturers you can check out include:
- Alcocks Billiard Table Manufacturing
- Affordable Billiards, ships nationwide
- Australian Billiards
- International Billiards in Sydney and Orange, offers table and cue servicing
It would also be wise to get second-hand equipment if you are not willing to splurge. Pool tables are built to last so getting used pool tables does not compromise too much on the quality. You can browse gumtree.com.au, ebay or Amazon for ads selling used pool tables in Australia but avoid making purchases before looking at the table beforehand.
Play in a bar
If you are itching to play billiard but don’t have a pool table, then drop by a nearby bar. Most bars have billiard equipment charged at a small fee. Call up a few friends, order a few beers and you are set. Billiard is a very popular pastime in Australia so most bars should have bar tables for your enjoyment.
There are many routes for a billiard player in Australia. You can be the pro in your family or a world champion. Whether you look upon billiard as a way to de-stress, or a way to get stressed, it is hard to deny how awesome billiard is.