AMHERST – Armed with pool cues, contestants in the 10th Annual Keith Adshade Heart and Stroke Tournament took to the pool tables to battle it out to help raise awareness and funds for the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
Dooly’s manager Rod Wilson said the event brought in around 40 players looking to bring home the trophy.
“It’s our first tournament at the new bar so we’re excited, it’s a good amount (of people),” he said.
Aside from different teams playing pool for a good cause, there were tables filled with different auction items up for grabs.
“There’s more stuff to come out,” said Wilson.
For players waiting for their chance to play, Jeanne of Jeanne’s Decorative Cakehouse was on sight with chili and other items.
At the tournament, which was started in memory of Keith Adshade who passed away from a heart attack, was Wayne Adshade. He and his younger brother Alan were both competing in the tournament and were honoured to see so many people out in support of the foundation.
“Most of these players are players that are here every year,” said Wayne. “It’s a great time and Dooly’s is a great place to play pool at.”
Wayne said his brother Keith would be ‘some cranky’ to see so many people out celebrating his memory.
“Keith was not the kind of guy who liked the attention,” explained Alan. “If anything, that would make him cranky. But I think it would be heart warming for him to see the family pull together to do this kind of thing in his honour.”
Both brothers were competing against each other in the tournament. Last year, Wayne took home the trophy and said he expects to do the same again this year.
“So far, we’ve won two games and lost one,” he said. “I’m going to crush them all.”
“I have a great partner this year so hopefully, I’ll win,” said Alan. “I want to take the trophy home and rub it in his face.”
All revenue from the event went directly to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Wilson said he was looking to raise $1,500 for the charity. So far, the tournament has raised $17,000.