Ladies Snooker Developmental Day

The Republic of Ireland Billiards & Snooker Ladies Association are to hold a Ladies snooker developmental day on the 19th of November in the Ivy Rooms Snooker Club in Carlow.

Any lady player of any standard or age are invited to attend the day with Irish National Coach PJ Nolan and 14 time Irish Champion Michelle Sherwin who is the Ladies National Coach to learn the skills of the game.

The cost to each player will be €5.00.

For more information contact info@ribsa.ie or PJ Nolan on pjcoach147@hotmail.com

For the full story see: http://www.ribsa.ie/?p=9405

On Yee Masters SWSA

Hong Kong’s Ng On Yee made it a title double in October as she won the Eden Women’s Masters for the first time last weekend in Gloucester.

Having captured the UK Women’s Championship for the third time at the start of the month, On Yee narrowly edged out world number one Reanne Evans 4-3 in the final to add the Masters crown to her growing list of honours at the South West Snooker Academy.

On Yee took two of the first three frames during the final, with four-time defending champion Evans claiming the second with a run of 50. The 11-time world champion had already survived a real scare from Maria Catalano in the semi-finals as she came back from 2-0 down to come through in a decider and she looked on for a repeat in the final as she then won back to back frames to move one from victory at 3-2.

A topsy-turvy final was to have another twist however as On Yee compiled a match high break of 64 to force a deciding frame, which she would eventually win with a clearance to the pink to snatch victory.

The success caps a career-year for the 26-year-old who has now won five ranking titles on the World Women’s Snooker Tour in 2017. Having captured the World Women’s Championship in Singapore back in March, she then added world titles in the six and ten red events in Leeds a month later, before taking back to back crowns in October.

She will now also close the gap to just 1,550 points when the official WLBS ranking list is revised this week and with significantly fewer points to defend during the remainder of this season compared to Evans, now has a strong chance of claiming the top ranking for the first time in her career early in 2018.

Evans would at least finish the event with the high break following her spectacular total clearance of 139 during her last 16 victory against Claire Edginton on Saturday. The break was her third highest ever in competition, having twice previously compiled a break of 140.

Side events

As well as the main competition in Gloucester, the Challenge Cup also saw victory for Hong Kong as Pui Ying Mini Chu defeated compatriot Yee Ki Ho 3-0 in the final to capture her first silverware on the World Women’s Snooker Tour.

Both the Under-21 and Seniors titles saw successful title defences meanwhile as Chloe White defeated recent UK Under-21 champion Emma Parker 3-2 to claim her second Women’s Masters trophy, while Jenny Poulter ran out a 3-1 winner against WLBS first-timer Jackie Ellis to retain her title.

To learn more about the World Women’s Snooker Tour visit www.wlbsl.com.

Full results: https://www.mysnookerstats.com/wlbs/

Eden Women’s Masters Draw

The group stage draw is now available on mySnookerStats.com for the third event in the 2017/18 World Women’s Snooker Tour.

There will be seven groups of three and the top 14 will go through to the knockout stage. As with previous events this season, top seeds Reanne Evans and On Yee Ng are seeded straight through to the last 16.

There can be only one!

“The race for top spot in the WLBS ranking list is hotting up as long-time number one Reanne Evans and closest challenger Ng On Yee are set to battle it out over the coming months.”

But there are many who will argue that, as the women’s game progresses, there are soon to be new challengers. The top two will be well aware of the chasing pack including Maria Catalano, Laura Evans and Rebecca Kenna.

The Eden Women’s Masters coming up could well make things look very different!

Read the full article from the WPSA here http://www.wpbsa.com/number-one/

 

WLBS Rankings Update: October 2017

Ng On Yee
Ng On Yee

The official WLBS world women’s rankings have been updated for the second time this season following victory for Ng On Yee at the LITEtask UK Women’s Championship last weekend.

The WLBS world rankings operate on a rolling two-year basis, with points earned during 2015/16 to be removed during the course of this season. At this update, points earned during the 2015 UK Women’s Championship have been removed from player’s totals and replaced with those earned during this year’s corresponding event in Leeds.

On Yee defends points

With her third career victory at the LITEtask UK Women’s Championship at the weekend, Hong Kong’s Ng On Yee was able to successfully consolidate her position behind beaten finalist Evans in the world rankings.

In fact neither player sees a change to their points totals as the final was a repeat of their 2015 meeting also won by On Yee, therefore the reigning world champion remains 6,800 points behind Dudley’s Evans.

Suzie Opacic

The top 10

Behind the top two, Maria Catalano who was a semi-finalist in Leeds remains in third position, while Laura Evans and Rebecca Kenna have narrowed the gap behind with quarter-final runs, with neither losing points this weekend having not played in the event two years ago. Evans will however be defending big points at the upcoming Eden Masters having reached the final of that event two years ago on her return to the World Women’s Snooker Tour.

Suzie Opacic moves up a place to 7th above the absent Tatjana Vasiljeva following her quarter-final run, while Germany’s Diana Schuler rises to a new career high of number nine following her last 16 run.

Finally, Seniors event winner Jenny Poulter reclaims a top 10 position at the expense of Jaique Ip Wan In, who has missed the first two events of the 2017/18 season and drops two to 11th.

Emma Parker

The chasing pack

Outside of the top 10 notable movers include Ireland’s Paula Judge, up six to 21st following her last eight run in Leeds, while U21 winner Emma Parker has also gained six positions to climb into the top 30 after she reached the last 16 of the main competition on Saturday.

Heidi De Gruchy was also a big mover having reached the last 16 at a 15-red WLBS event for the first time, moving up to 23rd position from her starting position of 29th.

Teenage duo Stephanie Daughtery and Aimee Benn have also gained positions inside the top 20 having successfully qualified for the knockout stages, while Challenge Cup winner Ho Yee Ki moves up 12 places to 31st after she also reached the last 16 of the main event.

The updated ranking list will be used to determine the seedings for the Eden Women’s Masters later this month – enter the event now at www.wlbsl.com

Content courtesy of WPBSA

Sponsorship for Ladies Snooker Star Suzie Opacic

A PORTLAND online supplier of cue sports equipment has given women’s snooker a major boost.

Billiards Boutique has signed a sponsorship deal with world number eight Suzie Opacic.

The small family-run business sells snooker and pool tables as well as cues, cases and other accessories to customers worldwide.

It started life 12 years ago in a small shop in Weymouth but now enjoys a glorious sea view from a suite of offices above a motor service centre on Portland.

Owner Pete Williams, who “dabbles” at snooker, said: “I was playing nine-ball pool on the British circuit – not to any particular standard – and I thought it would be a great idea to import some of the American stuff.

“It soon transpired that there wasn’t that much of a market for the American game over here. That’s still the case, sadly.

“So I had to diversify and that’s when snooker equipment came along.”

Hampshire golden girl Opacic’s highest ever World Ladies Billiards and Snooker (WLBS) ranking was fifth.

The 29-year-old town planner from Southampton said: “The sponsorship that Billiards Boutique is offering me enables me to practise more, play more, travel to tournaments and really keep pushing in the ladies’ game.

“The game has seen a huge surge in the last year or two with ladies’ snooker getting the backing of World Snooker.

“Tournaments used to always be in the UK but now they are moving abroad and that widens the appeal of the ladies’ game.

“You need the backing to play on the circuit and hopefully I can push up the rankings.”

Two years ago, WLBS was taken back under the wing of World Snooker and received increased sponsorship.

As well as holding an event in Germany last season, they took the 2017 world championships to Singapore where the total prize fund was £15,000.

In contrast, the professionals in the World Championship at the Crucible earlier this year were competing for a slice of a £1.75m prize pot.

Williams, 38, added: “I’ve known of Suzie since I’ve been involved in the industry but I’d never met her until now.

“It’s good to see that World Snooker has got involved again because the women’s game was almost on its last legs, which was a shame.”

For more information about the company, visit  www.billiardsboutique.com
Words and Picture by Tim Dunkley. Pete Williams and Suzie Opacic.

Thanks for reading

Pete Williams
Billiards Boutique

Enter the UK Women’s Championship

Enter the LITEtask UK Women’s Championship 2017 that will take place from 30th September – 1st October 2017 in Leeds, England

Closing Date: 18th September 2017 4:30pm BST
Entry Fees:    Main competition £40 (£20 for U21s)
U21s competition: £10*
Seniors competition: £20*

 

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