LOOKING ROUGH, PLAYING SMOOTH: Jamie Myles playing for Gladstone at the Central Queensland Zone 8-Ball Championships held at Boyne Island Community Centre.
LOOKING ROUGH, PLAYING SMOOTH: Jamie Myles playing for Gladstone at the Central Queensland Zone 8-Ball Championships held at Boyne Island Community Centre. Jake Jones

PHOTOS: Concentration the key at 8-ball championship

HIS brow furrows in concentration. A tilt of the head shows off scruffy hair.

Jamie Myles bends down, his beard adding to his intimidating look.

The 26-year-old stares down his target with every intention of seeing it disappear.

Myles is not a riled up sportsman. He is a calm 8-ball pool team member.

Myles has been playing for years, representing Gladstone for six, and his manner is nothing like his concentrated face would suggest.

He speaks softly, is well mannered and positive about his sport - a sport he adores for its simplicity, the difficulty in mastering pool and the lack of impact on his body.

"It is a sport you could play forever and it doesn't destroy your body," he said.

"I played a bit of footy and you can always compete in 8-ball."

Myles played a number of years in B Grade, reaching fourth in Queensland before deciding to step up in grade.

He is now in the A Grade team for Gladstone, holding his own against the best in central Queensland.

Even with a slight health worry, Myles is doing well when he steps up to the table.

"It is good, we are having a couple of wins and some are a struggle," he said.

"I have a dodgy tooth which is why I didn't play Friday, but I am getting along alright and playing fine."

Hovey back at the table after break

AFTER winning the Queensland Cup two years ago, Rosalie Hovey was absent from the Gladstone women's 8-ball pool team last year.

Hovey did not have a slump in form or leave the sport; she was out of action having a baby.

It did not stop her team mates wanting her present for the central Queensland zone in 2014.

"Everyone wanted me to play City Country, but my baby came four weeks early, on the Sunday of competition," she laughed.

"It was lucky I didn't play."

Hovey returned on the weekend, playing for Gladstone at Boyne Island Community Centre with good results.

She won the majority of her matches in the ladies competition.

It was a surprise to her after only five months back at the table and without one at home to practice on.

"I am a bit rusty still but that is to be understood," she said.

"I can polish it a bit better than this."

The best part of the CQ zone championships for Hovey was seeing a few young faces among the players.

She is constantly trying to get more kids involved in the sport.

A few years down the track, she plans to introduce her kids to the 8-ball community.

When they start to beat her, she will watch from the sidelines.

"I will just watch then," she laughed.

"I have a seven year old and baby, so maybe not that far away."



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