The Carom society at Queen Mary in east London
In one corner of a games room there was Fifa 16 on the Xbox and a pool table, in the other was an ancient board game which started in India thousands of years ago.
And carom is more than holding its own against modern forms of entertainment at one of the UK’s top universities.
EE played the sport against members of the carom society at Queen Mary in east London where it remains popular in the digital age.
Your fingers are your pool cue as you flick the striker disc to pot pieces into the corners.
It is very tactical as you can hit other teams’ pieces to disrupt their plans and are not penalised for failing to hit anything if you go for an audacious shot.
It takes a while to refine your technique and judge the pace of the chalk smothered playing surface.
The key is not to use a lot of pace.You feel euphoric when you pot a disc because its so tricky. Our opponents had played since their school days so it was little they won two games.But that does not tell the full story.
Team EE were draining long shots and acute angles to the surprise of our hosts.but we squandered chances to win game two with two misses on the final red piece.We claimed the moral victory,the deserved win but they actually won it.
Somehow we snatched defeat from the jaws of victory by losing our nerve as the tension mounted as a crowd gathered in the corner of the games room.
Despite being beginners we put up a strong fight-and have been challenged to a rematch.