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Talented Kimberley pool players set sights on international competition

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The trio from Kimberley faces the daunting task of sourcing funds to support their journey, with each player requiring R50,000 to pave their way to the tournament.

Dametre Lefleur, Tyrique Ortell, and Orapeleng Tshabile will be representing South Africa at the Under 23’s European Cup of Nations, slated to unfold in Bridlington, England, from the 24th to the 27th of March 2024. Picture: Danie van der Lith

In the once picturesque town of Kimberley, a trio of aspiring pool players is poised to carve their names into the annals of international acclaim.

These budding talents, members of the Corner Pocket Pool Club, have earned the prestigious opportunity to represent South Africa at the upcoming Under-23s European Cup of Nations, scheduled to unfold in Bridlington, England, from March 24-27 2024.

The beginning of their journey to this global stage traces back to their humble beginnings in the local league, where they navigated through arduous trials.

The pinnacle was reached when they proudly donned the provincial colours, competing for the Northern Cape at the National tournament. Amidst a pool of remarkable talent at the national championship, a total of 10 players were chosen from South Africa to compete at the Under-23s European Cup of Nations, and remarkably, three of them hail from Kimberley, which is a testament to what’s brewing at the Corner Pocket.

Orapeleng Tshabile, a 20-year-old, and Tyrique Ortell, a 21-year-old, radiate enthusiasm and gratitude at the prospect of representing their country on the international stage for the very first time.

Their elation is palpable, marking not only their debut selection but also their inaugural voyage beyond South African shores.

In contrast, Dametre Lefleur, a familiar face in the international arena, carries the weight of experience from having competed in this high-stakes tournament twice before. He paints a vivid picture of the formidable competition awaiting them overseas, emphasising the razor-sharp focus and unparalleled skill of their adversaries.

Recalling past encounters, Lefleur acknowledges the unforgiving nature of the contest, vowing to surpass previous achievements and push towards greater success this year.

Yet, the pursuit of international triumph is often tethered to the financial realities of such grand endeavours.

The trio from Kimberley faces the daunting task of sourcing funds to support their journey. With each player requiring R50,000 to pave their way to the tournament, they have appealed to the generosity of the Kimberley people and the city’s business community.

Every contribution, no matter how modest, brings them a step closer to transforming their aspirations into reality. Those interested in contributing to their cause are encouraged to contact Willem Koopman at 072 387 6842.

These pool maestros from Kimberley transcend mere players — they embody the aspirations and dreams of a community. Their journey resonates with the essence of determination, passion, and the unyielding spirit to represent, and make proud, their nation on a global platform.

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