Pool players from across Europe will compete on new EBA tables made with Hainsworth cloth

The European Blackball Association will launch its ultimate competition pool table next month – with the help of Yorkshire textile mill Hainsworth.

Hainsworth has provided its iconic Match tournament cloth for the new ‘Optima Match Table’. Forty of the new tables will be unveiled on September 2nd at the EBA Nations Cup of Pool in The Gleneagle Hotel in Killarney, County Kerry, Ireland.

Over the past year, a series of prototype tables have been made and rigorously tested by top players from across the world at a series of national and international events.

Each table is covered with Hainsworth’s Match tournament cloth, a cloth that delivers a professional playing experience. Tightly woven from the finest yarns, the cloth provides spectacular speed and cue ball control with high levels of durability.

The tables have been handmade in Manchester by Optima Pool, the leading UK manufacturer of championship quality English pool tables for both trade and home.

Hainsworth Marketing Manager Julie Greenough said: “Our cloth covers the best pool tables in the world. It has been exciting to work on the development of the EBA’s Optima Match Table and we’re looking forward to seeing the tables being played on for the first time at the tournament and available to the public to buy.”

EBA Chairman Kevin Byrne said: “We’re delighted to have Hainsworth’s Match tournament cloth on our new ultimate competition pool tables because it plays beautifully.

Over the past year, we’ve had input from some of the top players in the UK and Europe and the new tables provide players with a unique playing experience that allows them to demonstrate their skills to the fullest extent.

The tables have been designed for competition play and are suitable for all standards of players up to and including International standard. There are a number of tables in the EBA range which are available for international tournaments, as well as for coin or home use.