Alex made of Wright stuff
LOCAL Alex Wright was throwing pool balls around when he was a toddler some 16 years ago and that's when his love for eightball and blackball began.
And it was no luck of the Irish that some 17-years later, Alex has been chosen in the Australian under 23 Blackball team that will compete at the World Blackball Championships from October 10-17.
"When I was six months old I had a small pool cue,” Alex said.
"When I was 12 years old, I went down to watch top level juniors play and I have also played against them and did OK.”
That is when he realised that he had a talent in both eightball and blackball.
Alex joins Ryan Meuris, Ryan Knope, Cody Lawson, Callum Saunders and Justine Gordon to make the trip to Killarney, Ireland.
Alex said his selection came as a complete surprise, but explained that being a younger member in competition matches has helped his development.
"Playing against men as well as mum and dad giving me advice has really helped me,” Alex said.
The youngster is also an accomplished eightball player and is rated ninth best men's player in Central Queensland.
Alex was also voted as the best junior in 2014-15 of the Gladstone Eightball Association.
Blackball rules are nearly identical in game-play to the World Eightball Pool Federation World Rules.
One notable difference is that after a fault, the incoming player has a free shot and therefore may take the cue ball in position or in-hand in baulk; the 'wrong ball first' rule is suspended.
Blackball is a fairly new version which has been developed as a combination of old English Pool Association, World Rules and Bapto.
Bapto rules allows the player to complete a skill shot where the player can pot an opponent's ball without giving away two shots as long as the player pockets one of his balls in the same shot.