Sticking it to the Aussies

SIX OF THE BEST: Healey White, Jun Carreon, Danny Bowen, Steve Denton, Jordan Maehe and Kyri Michaelides will shoot for Australasia's biggest prize at the Big Guns tournament.

Six Cantabrians will take on the world’s best in Australasia’s richest 8-ball pool tournament this weekend.

The Christchurch contingent of Healey White, Jun Carreon, Danny Bowen, Steve Denton, Jordan Maehe and Kyri Michaelides departed for Australia yesterday to compete at the Big Guns tournament in Bundoora, outside of Melbourne.

They will be joined by eight other New Zealand players, over 100 of Australia’s best players and a contingent from the United Kingdom including three time world champion Mick Hill.

For most of the Christchurch players, this will be their first International experience.

“It’s going to be great to just see the next level and where you can bring your game too,” said Bowen.

The tournament of over 128 players has a total prize pool of more than AUS$70,000 with the winner taking home AUS$12,000.

Christchurch’s top player Steve Denton has been watching the Big Guns from his computer for the last two years, but decided now was the time to send a Kiwi contingent across the ditch.

After getting in touch with the organiser in Sydney he was promised eight spots for New Zealand players in this year’s tournament. That number has now been extended to 14.

“I think there are many players here in New Zealand that are going on this trip who on their day are capable of beating anyone,” said Denton.

The tournament is an individual competition. However the New Zealand contingent are going over with a team mentality. They will all play in the same uniform and are even sharing the same accommodation.

You can be assured the team theory will go out the door if two of the Kiwis draw each other.

A number of the players will also play in a single day tournament in Bundoora on Anzac day. New Zealand has also had an invite to send a team to compete in a tri-series against England and Australia in Canberra in November.