Brain Reddie, our local Dimboola star pool player is off to Malta in November, to represent Australia, after being selected as part of the ‘All Nations Australian Cup’ team.
The rather excited 51 year old was jumping for joy when he found out about the news.
Mr Reddie moved to Dimboola in 1987 and started playing pool at the local hotel, so he could meet new people. After that point he fell in love with the game.
He has played a lot of state pool around Western Victoria and his name had been put forward a couple of years ago, but never in a million years did he expect to be selected.
“I just love the social aspect of the game,” he said.
“It’s about meeting new people, catching up with friends and enjoying the challenge.”
The Dimboola community has quickly come together to help Reddie get to the Malta, in what will be his first ever trip abroad.
Victoria Hotel proprietors, Stoph and Meran Pilmore, have made a generous offer of paying Brian’s airfares.
Many other businesses around Dimboola have got behind our next international sportstar with sponsorship offers.
“The boss has even agreed to give me the time off at ‘Curtains at Robyn Creeks’ in the busiest time of the year,” said Mr Reddie.
“The Horsham and Dimboola Eight-ball associations have been fantastic, and I like to thank them for their support,” he said.
Brian has never flown in a Jumbo jet before and is looking forward to the adventure. He has some country hoping to do from Australia, where he changes planes in Dubai and again in Sicily before flying to Malta.
The international rules are different to what is played in Australia, and Brian said learning the new rules will be the hardest part of his preparation.
“I will meet the team in Warrnambool shortly to learn the new rules,” he said.