Snooker is a cue sport played using a cue and 22 coloured balls, on a 12ft x 6ft table (almost 4 x 3 Mtrs).

Not to be confused with Billiards or Pool, Snooker is much more popular in Europe and some Asian countries, and many major international championships offer winning prize money of 6-figure sums!  It mostly is played as a great pastime activity (in Australia).

Like any other game, the more you practice, the better you get, and a game of snooker can help improve our life skills and balance our body and mind. A game of snooker requires concentration and this helps you to build the habit of concentrating on your daily tasks as well. In this game, players focus on striking the cue ball (white ball), at the correct angle to hit the object ball. Your posture at the table and the angle that the object ball will move after being hit all needs attention to detail which will help your mind grow sharper and improve your concentration.

A game of snooker involves about an hour of easy walking around the snooker table. This gives the body all the benefits of walking up to 1 kilometer with the added advantage that this doesn’t strain you, as a continuous walk or run might, but derives the same benefits. A game of snooker involves stretching activity which helps make the body flexible and will also help tone up the leg muscles & hindquarters.

According to a recent study, snooker helps develop life skills as well. It was observed that the players don't panic easily during a crisis. They don’t lose control, but concentrate on the relevant facts to overcome a problem. Playing this game regularly resulted in sharpening their minds. The way players analyze the situation, the calculation involved in the game all help the mind think faster. This game summons a player’s imagination and problem-solving skills along with spontaneity which in turn improves the critical thinking skills. All without you realising it while you are having fun!

Tutor: Terry Marter

Content: Social Snooker. Players & Beginners welcome (Non-members OK for first week or two). Basic tuition available.

Venue:  Riverland U3A (PreviouslyBerri RSL). Strawbridge Street. (off Wilson St).

Days/Times:  Wednesdays 9.30am - 12.30-ish.  (Can stay longer).

Prerequisites: Membership of U3A Riverland. Membership form available Here!

To register your interest please contact:

Terry tlmarter@bigpond.com  or 0427 618 145.