Gladstone junior aims to sink nation's best
EIGHT BALL: He's only 13 but Billy Browne could be an amazing player in the future.
The teenager is in Adelaide competing in the U15 division at the Junior Australian Eight Ball Championships.
Gladstone 8-ball Association secretary Sandie Wright said Billy had become an amazing talent since he began playing about two years ago.
He is the reigning Queensland junior champion.
Wright said the junior's game had gotten even better since then as he played better and more experienced players in Gladstone.
"He's going to be a real little champion as he gets older and this (the championship) is just another step for him to move further into the sport,” she said.
The national titles began on Monday. Billy is part of a team and will also compete in as an individual.
So far the Queensland side has won both games beating the Northern Territory on Monday and Canberra yesterday, 19-2.
"They've started really well as a team, so it's great to see them gelling together,” Wright said.
Asked what makes a good competition eight ball player, Wright said it was all about practice.
"You have to play against the good players and just keep on practising,” she said.
"You also then learn about being strong mentally wise.
"A lot of people don't believe eight ball is a physical sport but if you're playing big days at championships, you could be playing for up to 12 hours.
"For a young kid starting to get there is phenomenal.”