Seasoned veteran Adrian Lancaster brings Pool World Championship triumph back home to Geraldton

Derek GoforthGeraldton Guardian
Adrian Lancaster with the championship trophy.
Camera IconAdrian Lancaster with the championship trophy. Credit: Derek Goforth/Derek Goforth

Adrian Lancaster, a seasoned pool player from Geraldton, recently returned home after being part of the winning team at the Over-50s World Pool Championship held in England.

Lancaster, who has been a stalwart of the Geraldton eight ball scene since 1983, played a pivotal role in securing the championship for Australia.

When asked about the journey to the tournament, Lancaster detailed the rigorous qualification process.

“First, you have to qualify to play for WA at the national titles, a round-robin tournament against the best Over-50s players in the State,” he said.

“The top six make the WA team, then, at the national titles, the WA team plays every other State twice with the top-performed players named in the Australian team.”

This is not a first time for Lancaster, whose list of achievements on the international level are impressive.

“I have made the Australian Over-50s team on six occasions, the first being in 2015,” he said.

“In 2017, we won the world championship, defeating Ireland in the final.

“Australia is always in the running, we are normally in the top four but because of the expense it is not always possible to get our best players to travel. This year, we had an outstanding team.”

The championship-winning team comprised Darren Wait (captain) from Victoria, Alan Brown (vice-captain) from WA, Mark Bradley from Queensland, Justin Allen and Mark Curwood, both from Victoria.

Along with his international achievements, Lancaster has carved out a name for himself at local and State level.

“I have won quite a few Geraldton Open Championships and division 1 singles championships,” he said.

“Geraldton has also won several division 1 country week titles in Perth, of which I have been a part.

“I was captain of the WA team when we won the national title in 2013 in Perth.”

Lancaster’s return to Geraldton is not just a personal triumph but a celebration for the entire community, marking another high point in the rich history of Geraldton’s pool players.

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