FIFTY pool players are going to fight it out in the fourth edition of the late Peter Dziko memorial tournament at the newly opened Legacy Bar on Saturday and Sunday.
The late Dziko was a renowned master of the billiards who was influential in nurturing young pool players and in the formation of the Bulawayo Pool Association (BPA).
“We are going to have 50 invited players that are going to participate in this year’s edition of the late Peter Dziko memorial tournament. The contest will be played in a knockout format, race to two,” said one of the late Dziko’s sons Osbornewells.
He added: “Eligible participants are elders above 40 from across the board, former Exchange Pool Club members or players, BPA executive members, clubs’ chairmen, Dziko family members and The Legacy regular patrons.”
In terms of prizes, Osbornewells said the winner would go home with US$100, a gold medal and a shield. The first runner-up will get US$50 and a silver medal. The second runner up will pocket US$30 plus a bronze medal.
The player that will come out as the fourth best will receive US$15 at a contest where there will be consolation prizes for participants that will finish in positions five to eight.
“The late Dziko owned a lot of pool tables in the city after venturing into the business in the late 1990s. He was a fine and modest businessman. We learnt a lot from him, he was a unifier.
We worked together in the same BPA executive when he was a committee member in the disciplinary committee then chaired by Cloudy Fombe and I was chairman of the referees committee. I hope the tournament will help us remember his good deeds,” said former BPA executive member Donald Wadawu.
Meanwhile, 19-year-old Escha Mbwanda of Harare’s Status Bullets conquered all and sundry to scoop the first prize in the National Elite Pool Association Zimbabwe (Nepaz) tournament that was played at Bulawayo’s Masters Billiards Pool Centre last weekend.
Courtesy of his breathtaking efforts Mbwanda went home US$500 richer while Ronald Mtikani of Bulawayo’s Kings Pool Club got US$250 after he finished as the first runner-up.
The third best player of the contest was Tendai Mubaiwa.
Mubaiwa turns out for Megga11 Club in Harare and he got prize money of US$150.
“It was a good tournament and everything was up to standard. There was a lot of improvement both in discipline and standard of play from the upcoming players. The attendance was massive because we ended up having 80 participants as opposed to 64 that we had initially aimed to have,” said NEPAZ president Geshem Nash.