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Izzat a six-time pool champ

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September 22, 2017

Heathcote pool player Steve Izatt (left) receives the Ron Lazarus Trophy for the sixth time from the trophy's donor Greg Gilmore.

IF there’s anyone who knows how to win a pool tournament, it’s Steve Izatt.

Izatt has been playing pool in Heathcote for more than 20 years and last month won the Ron Lazarus trophy for the sixth time.

The trophy is a singles knockout tournament involving pool players who compete in the Heathcote and District Pool competition.

A total of 25 players entered this year’s event who are gradually whittled down until only two are left who then meet in a best-of-three frames in the final, which Izatt won 2-0.

Izatt said there were a lot of good players who enter the tournament.

‘‘It’s never easy,’’ he said. ‘‘All games go right down to the wire. They’re all black ball games.’’

Even though he has won the tournament six times and been runner-up on other occasions, Izatt said he never takes the competition lightly.

Izatt plays for the Commercial team in the weekly competition and his side is sitting on top of the ladder.

Izatt said Ron Lazarus, whom the trophy was named after, was a gentleman on the pool table.

‘‘He would always show the young ones how to play, what they were doing wrong and how to correct their game,’’ Izatt said. While he has been a resident of Heathcote for more than 20 years, Izatt said he was not a local.

‘‘You have to be born and bred here to be a local I think,’’ he said.

‘‘I’m coming up 25 years in Heathcote so they might make me an honorary local.’’

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