Another Alberta 55+ Games qualifier is in the bag. Linda Traquair, one of the organizers of the qualifier spoke with 99.5 Drum FM about the tournament happening on Saturday, Feb. 10 and the unique challenges of snooker competitions in rural Alberta.
"It's a 55+ open category," she explained. "We've got nine players playing. We've got two snooker tables, so nine players means we'll be going about nine to ten hours of playing snooker."
The double-digit hour tournament was so long because of a shortage of snooker tables in the zone.
"Amongst the smaller communities, some of them don't have any snooker tables," elaborated Traquair. "That's why we've run the qualifier for the last four games in Drumheller."
Out of the nine competitors, the majority were from Drumheller.
"We have five players from Drumheller, and Sundre, Hanna, Gleichen are represented so we have a good variety."
She said one of the benefits of having qualifiers at the Pioneer Trail is that many people come down to watch. While at the centre, they learn about other activities and sporting events going on in the Valley.