Green on the rise

Jack Green from Maffra has won back-to-back state under 18 eight-ball championships and was part of the Victorian team which won the national senior blackball title. Photo: David Braithwaite

David Braithwaite

JACK Green is handling the transition from junior to senior competition strongly.

The 18-year-old from Maffra was recently part of the Victorian team which won the senior blackball championship at Hamilton.

Green also claimed back-to-back state under 18 eight-ball championships, and will again represent the state at the junior nationals at Albury in July, completing his time in junior ranks.

Blackball is similar to eight-ball, but with different sized tables and balls, and rules.

In his first year at senior level, Green was the youngest player selected for the highest-ranked of three Victorian blackball teams following trials.

The Victorian A team defeated the B team to claim the national title.

Green said it was good to challenge himself in senior competition.

“It’s a lot harder than the juniors are, that’s for sure. I have to play a lot harder and better,” he said.

“It’s a good challenge.

“I definitely did pick up after the first couple of days, and started winning a lot more.”

Green plays in the Wellington and Maffra eight-ball competitions, and will be competing in the 10th anniversary Gippy Cup, to be held at the Gippsland Regional Sports Complex in September.

Anyone interested in playing eight-ball can visit the Wellington or Maffra eight-ball association Facebook pages.