Tea ready to lay skills on the table
BANORA'S Tea Smith doesn't look like your average snooker player.
At roughly five-and-half-feet tall she doesn't even measure the width of the monstrous table.
However the charming mother will nonetheless fly the flag for the Tweed when the 2009 Queensland Open Snooker Championships racks up at Club Banora this weekend.
Long-sleeved shirts, ties, waistcoats, dress pants and shiny shoes will be the order of the days as almost 40 players don their penguin suits in pursuit of the $3000 purse.
Included in the starting 38 are all but three of Queensland's top-20-ranked players, with only one omission from the top 10 - last year's victor Vinnie Calabrese.
“It's one of the highest quality fields we've seen at Banora,” tournament director Forbes Davies said.
“It's a Queensland ranking tournament so the players are very keen to do well.
“The guys and girls love coming down here for a couple nights, and it's always a pleasant club to compete at.”
The tournament will be conducted under Australian Billiards and Snooker Council playing conditions.
The top-16-ranked players entering the championships have been seeded into the round-of-32 elimination draw along with two wildcard entries.
The remaining players have been put in a round-one knockout draw, which sees Smith clash with Paul Coory in the contest opener at 9.30am tomorrow morning for the right o advance through to the second round, where she is set to face No.3 seed Daniel Haenga.
Fixtures will be contested over five frames until the semi-final, when it will increase to seven, before the nine-frame grand final.
The final is scheduled to commence at 2.30pm Sunday.
For those who do not progress past the second round, a special six-red Snooker Challenge will be run with a $500 purse.