At just 15 years old, Jessica Woods is taking on players 20 years her senior and winning.
At just 15 years old, Jessica Woods is taking on players 20 years her senior and winning. Crystal Spencer

Jessica chalks up coup for kids

THEY call her “the kid”, but Jessica Woods has proved she can compete with the best pool players Australia has to offer of any age.

The 15-year-old sharpshooter from Bilambil was affectionately known as “the kid” by her Queensland Women’s team-mates, but played beyond her years en route to claiming the Australian Eight-ball Team Championship.

During the competition, Jess made 61 percent of the shots she attempted and earned what she called a “master break”, by breaking and clearing the table in one visit.

A Year 10 student at Tweed River High School, Jess has been playing snooker since she was 12 – a past-time she picked up thanks to her father, Peter, and older brother Daniel.

After snooker Jess moved on to eight-ball, which she’s been playing for two years now.

“Eight-ball is a social sport, but snooker is more difficult,” she said.

“I train every day and love the sport ... and it helps that I’m good at it.”

Coming from a two-time junior snooker champion, you can’t help but wonder just how social a game of eight-ball against her would be.

The Queensland women’s team selected Jess from an under-21 singles final in which she placed first by going undefeated throughout the round-robin event.

She was also runner-up in the women’s state doubles with her partner Jodie Keidge.

“My age is probably an advantage because no-one has ever seen me before,” she said.

The youngest member of the Queensland squad, Jess said that some of the women she had played were 20 years her senior, but that doesn’t worry this young prodigy.


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