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.