POT LUCK: Gladstone 8-Ball Association juniors: Front row (L to R) - Kristian Wilson, Kaelvn Henderson, Lara Tidd, Billy Browne. Back row (L to R) - Kain Stone, Alex Wright, Codi Vincent and coach Trevor McDonald.
POT LUCK: Gladstone 8-Ball Association juniors: Front row (L to R) - Kristian Wilson, Kaelvn Henderson, Lara Tidd, Billy Browne. Back row (L to R) - Kain Stone, Alex Wright, Codi Vincent and coach Trevor McDonald. Matt Harris

Pool sharks prepare for CQ Junior Zone Trials

EIGHTBALL: A strong contingent of Gladstone juniors will travel to Hervey Bay on Saturday to compete at the inaugural CQ Junior Zone Trials.

The Gladstone 8-Ball Association are sending 13 out of its 17 junior players down to the trials to be held at the Fraser Coast Cue Sports Clubroom.

The CQ titles act as prerequisite before the Queensland Titles at Redcliffe on August 12-13.

Over 200 juniors will attend the trials with Gladstone's youngsters a good chance to bring home some trophies.

Gladstone 8-Ball Association junior development officer and coach Trevor McDonald said the 13 juniors will be split up into their age groups - under-12s, U15s and U18s.

"They'll get put into their groups and will play a round robin event where they play everyone in their age group,” McDonald said.

"They go from the top three into the finals for who is going to be Central Queensland champion.”

Gladstone will be the only team with a female player in the U18s with 16-year-old Codi Vincent forced to compete in the boys division.

Gladstone 8-Ball Association - Codi Vincent
Gladstone 8-Ball Association - Codi Vincent Matt Harris

Both McDonald and club secretary Sandie Wright believes Codi can give the boys a run for their money.

"We've got a really good contingent going down and we're the only one taking an U18 girl,” Wright said.

"She's been put in amongst the U18 boys when she goes down there. I reckon she'll go well and be a surprise packet for them actually.

"They won't be expecting how well she'll probably do.”

Codi has only been a member of the Gladstone 8-Ball Association since Christmas but has already come a long way in her development.

While naturally a little nervous, Codi is looking forward to playing in her first major competition.

"When I saw I was playing with the boys the nerves definitely got higher,” she said.

"I'm going there for the experience and win or lose it's all fun and games.”

Gladstone 8-Ball Association - Alex Wright
Gladstone 8-Ball Association - Alex Wright Matt Harris

Wright expects Billy Browne (U15s), Alex Wright and Kain Stone (U18s) to do well in Hervey Bay.

Teams from Hervey Bay, Bundaberg, Gympie and the Gladstone side will compete at the trials.



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