THE 2018 edition of the Bulawayo Pool Association (BPA) league will start on 17 March amid revelations that all teams are expected to pay minimum first instalment registration fees by 15 March in order to be considered for the 2018 season draw.
The league’s 2018 season draw will be conducted at Masters Pool Club.
“At a meeting between the BPA Executive and Provincial League Clubs held on 3 March at Raylton Recreation Club, the following among others were resolved. The first instalment registration fees of $250 is due on 15 March. The second and third instalments of $125 should be paid on 30 April and 31 May respectively,” said BPA acting secretary general Raphael Mukucha.
He added: “Clubs should note that the total amount of $500 is for up to 20 players and any extra player above 20 will attract a separate fee of $10 per player. All teams are expected to pay the respective minimum first instalment registration fees by 15 March in order to be considered for the 2018 season draw.”
In the past season, the association’s seasoned campaigners in the Premier League, Entumbane, went home with a with cash prize of $1 100, a shield plus 20 gold medals after they conquered all and sundry to be crowned champions.
Former champions Kings, who came out as the second best club, got $700 and 20 silver medals.
The Terrence Mhindu and Timothy Garadhi led Exchange ended the season as the second runners up and for their tireless efforts they received a prize money of $400 and 20 bronze medals.
Entumbane’s Emmanuel Rapasi was named the Best Player in the association’s Premier League.
Rapasi’s team got a prize money of $1 100, 20 medals and a floating shield after successfully defending their league title.
Mgcini Sibanda, who turns out for ZRP Central, emerged as the Best Player in the association’s Division One A and Division One B Leagues. Percy Chamunorwa of Entumbane was named Best Under-20 Player from a Premiership side while Decent Madechawu of Metropolis scooped a similar award in the Division One category.
There was a special award for 11 year old Givemore “Marasta” Chipapata of Lobengula Sharks who walked away with a school uniform voucher worth $55 following his five star performances during the course of the past season.
Chipapata goes to Mawaba Primary School and last B-Metro reported that the young player summoned all his pool skills to help his side get the better of Sikhumbuzo Nyoni of Entumbane in the decider match during a Peter Dziko memorial tourney.
Courtesy of Chipapata’s adroitness on the pool table, Sharks went home with a first prize of $200 plus a floating shield.