Players set to make a splash on pool tables
POOL sharks will be circling the felt today when the Fraser Coast Eight Ball Association hosts the Central Queensland City versus Country Tournament in Hervey Bay.
More than 100 players will cue up at Kondari Hotel and the Sportsmen's Club to contest the annual event, which runs until Monday.
FCEBA president Julie Lucas, who will join the women's team, said Fraser Coast would face a tough test from teams from Bundaberg, Rockhampton, Gladstone and Mackay.
"Everybody is extremely excited and looking forward to it," she said.
"It's not only City versus Country but also zone tryouts for the state men's, women's and masters (over-50) teams so everybody will be keen to do well."
Fraser Coast will have 22 players in action at the 16 tables that will be operating at the two venues over four days, including its A-grade men's team, which will be defending its title.
Lucas said there was added incentive for the team to maintain its dominance at home.
One sharpshooter who will have a huge say in what happens will be TJ Te Awe Awe.
Lucas said Te Awe Awe was primed for a breakthrough tournament after making significant improvement in the past year.
"TJ is definitely someone to look out for," she said.
"He has put so much into improving his game and plays 110% every time.
"His improvement has been very noticeable from being in the B-grade team last year to now being the top A-grade player in the rankings.
"We have high hopes TJ can make it in the state team this year and is probably our best hope."
Lucas said spectators are welcome to watch.
Central Queensland City versus Country Tournament
Tomorrow: State qualifying trials and City versus Country
Sunday: State qualifying trials and City versus Country finals
Monday: State qualifying finals