Butler lines up shot at title
STANDING over his next shot, Yeppoon's Liam Butler chalks up his cue and switches the radar on.
He takes aim, cracks the white ball into action, and in a matter of minutes leaves another opponent in his wake. Wow, this kid can play.
Butler, 11, will lead the Rockhampton title charge when the State Junior Eight Ball Championships rack up in Brisbane tomorrow.
The quietly-spoken pool shark, who has been playing for just 12 months, is preparing to make his State title debut in the under-12 competition.
He is the youngest member of the Rockhampton team, which also includes under-18 players Brendan Prior, Nevi Murgatroyd and Miranda Thursby.
Enjoying a last-minute practice session at the Anchor Hotel yesterday, Butler said he was looking forward to taking on the "big guns'' this week.
"I went in a pool competition last year and finished second,'' said Butler, of his introduction to the sport.
"I play two days a week, but on the Christmas holidays I get to play two weeks straight.''
Rockhampton coach and State junior development officer, Geoff Thursby, said Butler had a promising future in the sport and was a surprise shot at Queensland selection to contest the National Eight Ball Championships in Melbourne in March.