Matchroom Pool is excited to announce the expansion of the Nineball World Tour into the Oceania region, in partnership with Pockets Sports, Oceania’s largest professional English 8 Ball Pool Promoter. This collaboration aims to bring professional Nineball to the Oceania region, offering players from Australia, New Zealand, and other countries the opportunity to compete in local events and accumulate valuable Nineball World Ranking points. With a minimum of four ranking events planned for 2023 and the first-ever Oceania Open set to take place in 2024, this partnership opens up new possibilities for pool players in the region.
Unveiling the Nineball Oceania Tour
The Nineball Oceania Tour is set to kick off with a series of ranking events in 2023, organized and broadcasted by Pockets Sports. This collaboration with Matchroom Pool aims to provide a fair and transparent system for players in the Oceania region to earn Nineball World Ranking points, which are essential for gaining entry into prestigious tournaments in the sport. With Pockets Sports hosting over 18 weekends of competitive and professional grade 8 Ball Pool events, the addition of Nineball to their calendar marks an exciting step forward for the sport in the Oceania region.
Benefits for Players
The launch of the Nineball Oceania Tour brings numerous benefits for players in the region. Previously, players had to travel to other countries to participate in Nineball World Ranking events, which could be challenging and costly. With the collaboration between Matchroom Pool and Pockets Sports, players now have the opportunity to compete locally, accumulate ranking points, and win prize money, all while playing in a competitive and professional environment. This allows players to develop their skills and be included in the Nineball ranking system without the need for extensive travel.
Testimonials from Players
Leading players from Australia, such as Justin Sajich, have expressed their excitement about the launch of the Nineball Oceania Tour. Sajich stated, “I am excited that Matchroom Pool and Pockets Sports are collaborating to bring a world-class tournament to my home country. I haven’t played in a Matchroom event for over 12 months, and I am glad I now have one close to home.” This sentiment is echoed by many players in the region who are eager to participate in local events and compete against top-class players from around the world.
The Vision for the Future
Arthur Titus, Director of Pocket Sports, is thrilled to be moving into Nineball in partnership with Matchroom Pool, stating, “This partnership with Matchroom will see Pockets host, organise, and broadcast four Nineball World Ranking Events this year alone and an Oceania Open with the aim to host at Crown Casino Melbourne in early 2024.” The aim is to further develop the Nineball scene in the Oceania region and provide opportunities for players to excel in the sport.
The launch of the Nineball Oceania Tour in partnership with Pockets Sports marks an exciting development for the sport of pool in the Oceania region. With a series of ranking events planned for 2023 and the first-ever Oceania Open set to take place in 2024, this collaboration opens up new opportunities for players to compete locally, earn ranking points, and participate in prestigious tournaments. Matchroom Pool’s commitment to expanding the Nineball World Tour and providing a fair and transparent system for players worldwide is commendable, and the partnership with Pockets Sports is set to propel the sport of Nineball to new heights in Oceania.