Ready to take on the nation's best

GENERATIONS will collide this weekend at the Australian National Women's Snooker Championships in Launceston.

Fiona Plummer and Jenna Sampson.

Fiona Plummer and Jenna Sampson.

A total of 24  entries have been confirmed for the event, including world champion Jessica Woods.

The spectacle will be extra special for Launceston snooker veteran Fiona Plummer, who will come out of retirement to compete against old friends.

Plummer will be joined by fellow Launcestonian, 22-year-old rookie Jenna Sampson, who will compete in her first Australian titles.

Yesterday, Plummer said she would ``give it a go'', but was looking forward to the competition's social side as well.

``I've got nothing to lose,'' she said.

``I've been in England playing eight ball for two weeks, so with snooker I have to rely on some natural ability - I haven't played for a long time. It's been 10 years since I've played competitively.''

Sampson won her first Tasmanian women's title earlier this year and said she was relishing the opportunity to take on world champion Woods, who will make the journey to Launceston from Queensland.

``It [the Tasmanian title win] was definitely a big confidence booster,'' Sampson said.

``With Jess coming down, it's a little bit daunting, but I'll give it my best shot.''

Despite going head-to-head for the Australian championship this week, Plummer and Sampson agreed there was a shortage of young Tasmanians coming through the ranks of junior snooker competitions.

``Coming up, there wasn't many girls,'' Sampson said.

``Tassie really needs more juniors to come into this, especially girls,'' Plummer added.

``We need the young ones to come in and take the reins and play in these sorts of competitions.''

The Australian National Women's Snooker Championships will take place at the Launceston Workers Club, starting tomorrow.


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