Evans on Top of the Snooker World

World Ladies Billiards & Snooker Association

 

by Tim Dunkley

Reanne Evans issued a transatlantic challenge minutes after being crowned women’s world snooker champion for a record fifth successive year on April 8. The 23-year-old overcame good friend and England teammate Maria Catalano 5-2 in the final at Cambridge Snooker Centre.

“Obviously I’m really happy I’ve won,” said Evans. “But it wasn’t the best performance. I haven’t played my best all tournament but I’ve done enough.”

Wearing her favourite pink-backed waistcoat, Evans took the first frame with a 51 and nicked the second on the black.

Catalano, 27, appearing in a first world final, pulled one back with breaks of 43, 30 and 39. A run of 34 squared the match.

Evans won the next two before a dramatic seventh.

Catalano, Ronnie O’Sullivan’s cousin, jawed a frame-ball red following a 43 break. Evans, needing a 43 clearance, missed the final black off its spot. However, the world number four’s attempted pot into the middle hit the knuckle and left an easy shot into the green pocket.

Evans said, “I started off really well and then Mal [Catalano] played well in the next two frames. I think I did two shots wrong. Fair play to her.”

The undisputed queen of the green baize insisted she’s hungry for more success and urged former World Ladies Billiards & Snooker Association (WLBSA) stars—Kelly Fisher, Allison Fisher, Kim Shaw, and Karen Corr—to compete in next year’s event.

The quartet is currently competing on the women’s U.S. 9-ball pool circuit.

“I’d love to play them,” she said. “I played Kelly when I first started playing but it isn’t the same. They were all brilliant players. It would be good to play them all again.

And the Wolves fan added, “I don’t like losing. I aim to win every tournament and I’m trying to go for records.”

It was the fourth time the Dudley duo has met in a ranking final this season. Evans, known as “Champion” by 2-year-old daughter Lauren, won them all.

Reanne Evans issued a transatlantic challenge minutes after being crowned women’s world snooker champion for a record fifth successive year on April 8.

Reanne Evans issued a transatlantic challenge minutes after being crowned women’s world snooker champion for a record fifth successive year on April 8.

Evans, who was breaking in a new tip and ferrule, did not drop a frame until the semifinals.

 

Emma Bonney, from Portsmouth, took the first with a 51. Evans won the next four and made an 89 in the fourth.

In the second semifinals, Catalano fought back from 3-1 down to overcame Katie Henrick 4-3 in an epic four-and-three-quarter-hour battle.

Two weeks ago, the finalists, representing England, returned from St Petersburg, Russia, with the European Ladies Team Championship trophy.

After collecting 17 WLBSA ranking events, Evans is keen to become the first woman to qualify for the main tour.

Ranked 27th on the English Association of Snooker & Billiards Pro-Ticket Tour and in the last 32 of the English Amateur Championship, she is heading for a one-tournament shot at turning professional via the play-off.

“I’m capable,” she insisted. “I just maybe need that extra year to get a bit of experience. But I don’t see why I can’t do it.”

Evans is being assisted by top coach Del Hill. “He helps me when I need it; he’s there for me,” she said.

The world champion received an £380 SR World Stars’ cue No 1 from SR Cues Ltd and a Multirest from Fine Arch Cues. The facilities and hospitality were provided by Cambridge Snooker Centre.

 

WLBSA 2009 World Championship players

WLBSA 2009 World Championship players

Round robin group stages (the top two qualified for the quarterfinals):
Group A
No Name (seed) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 W F Tot Pos
1 Reanne Evans (1) 3 3 3 3 3 3 6 18 24 1
2 Suzie Opacic (8) 0 1 2 2 3 3 4 11 15 3
3 Yu Ching Ching 0 2 1 3 2 3 4 11 15 2
4 Chitra Magimairaj 0 1 2 3 2 1 3 9 12 4
5 Maureen Logan 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 2 2 7
6 Jodie Symes 0 0 1 1 2 2 2 6 8 5
7 Vicky Ashby 0 0 0 2 3 1 2 6 8 6

 

Group B
No Name (seed) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 W F Tot Pos
1 June Banks (2) 3 2 1 3 3 3 5 15 20 1
2 Chris Sharpe (7) 0 1 0 2 1 3 2 7 9 4
3 Jaique Ip Wan In 1 2 2 3 3 3 5 14 19 2
4 Natascha Niermann 2 3 1 2 1 3 4 12 16 3
5 Gaye Jones 0 1 0 1 3 2 2 7 9 5
6 Marianne Williams 0 2 0 2 0 2 3 6 9 6
7 Jan Hughes 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 2 7

Group C
No Name (seed) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 W F Tot Pos
1 Katie Henrick (3) 2 2 3 3 2 3 6 15 21 1
2 Jenny Poulter (6) 1 2 3 1 1 3 3 11 14 4
3 So Man Yan 1 1 3 1 1 3 2 10 12 5
4 Supanni Yam-Oum 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7
5 Eva Palmius 0 2 2 3 1 2 4 10 14 3
6 Tina Owen-Sevilton 1 2 2 3 2 3 5 13 18 2
7 Joanne Davies 0 0 0 3 1 0 1 4 5 6

Group D
No Name (seed) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 W F Tot Pos
1 Maria Catalano (4) 2 3 3 0 3 3 5 14 19 1
2 Emma Bonney (5) 1 3 2 0 2 3 4 11 15 2
3 Stacey Hancock 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 2 2 6
4 Martina Lumsden 0 1 2 0 2 3 3 8 11 3
5 Sarah Smith* 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7
6 Hannah Jones 0 1 2 1 0 1 1 5 6 5
7 Vidya Pillai 0 0 3 0 0 2 2 5 7 4

*Sarah Smith was forced to withdraw due to illness

Round robin breaks:

Maria Catalano: 94, 71, 62, 49, 48, 46, 40
So Man Yan: 73
Suzie Opacic: 65
Reanne Evans: 53, 50, 40
Emma Bonney: 53, 40, 40
Hannah Jones: 52, 49
Jenny Poulter: 51
Katie Henrick: 49, 40
Jaique Ip Wan In: 49

KNOCKOUT (breaks)

Hannah Jones (left) and Jaique Ip Wan

Hannah Jones (left) and Jaique Ip Wan

QUARTER-FINALS (£100): Reanne Evans (49, 68, 45) bt Tina Owen-Sevilton 4-0, Emma Bonney (43, 48) bt June Banks 4-0, Katie Henrick bt Jaique Ip Wan In (63) 4-1, Maria Catalano bt Yu Ching Ching 4-2.

 

SEMI-FINALS (£200): Evans (89) bt Bonney (51) 4-1, Catalano (40, 63) bt Henrick 4-3.

FINAL (£800/£400): Evans (56, 48) bt Catalano (43, 43) 5-2.

BILLIARDS

DEFENDING champion Emma Bonney admitted to not practising enough despite claiming a fourth world billiards title.

The 32-year-old from Portsmouth denied India’s Chitra Magimairaj a third title on her 36th birthday with an emphatic 272-118 victory.

Bonney, who scored at an average of 13.6 in the one-hour match, compiled runs of 35 and 43 while Magimairaj kept breaking down in the teens.

Over the last couple of months, Bonney has been working on her cue action with dad Steve.

“To be VERY good you have to put in a lot of hours, and I struggle to find time to practise,” she said.

Eva Palmius, a finalist last year, went out to Bonney 197-147 in the quarterfinals.

The tournament was officiated by Clive Scott, head of referees at the English Amateur Billiards Association (EABA), and assisted by referees Gary Norman, Peter Cooper and Michael Wright. The EABA supplied the trophies.

RESULTS (breaks)

PRELIM: Eva Palmius bt Jan Hughes 142-90, Hannah Jones bt Maureen Logan 136-89.

QUARTERFINALS: Emma Bonney bt Palmius 197-147, Vidya Pillai bt Gaye Jones 144-94, Tina Owen-Sevilton (64, 38) bt Chris Sharpe 249-80, Chitra Magimairaj (39, 33) bt H Jones 229-151.

SEMIFINALS: Bonney (30) bt Pillai (45) 184-128, Magimairaj bt Owen-Sevilton 197-120.

FINAL (£200/£100): Bonney (35, 43) bt Magimairaj 272-118.

PLATE

HONG Kong’s So Man Yan admitted she was “very happy” after claiming the Plate trophy on her world championship debut.

She defeated junior champion Hannah Jones, 12, in the final after battling back from one frame down to Suzie Opacic in the last four.

RESULTS (breaks):

PRELIM: Natascha Niermann bt Vicky Ashby 2-0, Eva Palmius w/o Chitra Magimairaj.

LAST 16: Niermann bt Palmius 2-0, Jodie Symes bt Jan Hughes 2-0, Hannah Jones bt Maureen Logan 2-0, Martina Lumsden bt Joanne Davies 2-0, Marianne Williams (42) bt Chris Sharpe 2-1, So Man Yan bt Jenny Poulter 2-0, Suzie Opacic bt Gaye Jones 2-1, Vidya Pillai bt Stacey Hancock 2-0.

 

Reanne Evans

Reanne Evans

QUARTER-FINALS: Niermann bt Symes 2-0, H Jones bt Lumsden 2-0, So bt Williams 2-0, Opacic bt Pillai 2-1.

 

SEMI-FINALS: H Jones bt Niermann 2-1, So bt Opacic 2-1.

FINAL: So bt H Jones 2-0.

JUNIORS

DERBY schoolgirl Hannah Jones has retained the world ladies junior title—and won herself a gerbil!

The 12-year-old England international overcame Joanne Davies, 16, 2-1 in the final.

However, it was a first ever half-century break—scored in the senior event—that heralded the patter of tiny feet.

Mum Theresa and dad Mark had vowed to buy their daughter a gerbil when she chalked up a first 50.

Jones missed a red on 49 in a round robin group match with Indian national champion Vidya Pillai.

But the next day she cut a pink into the black pocket for a 52 against former world number one Emma Bonney (Portsmouth).

RESULTS

ROUND ROBIN: Hannah Jones bt Joanne Davies 53-51, Jones bt Jodie Symes 54-33, Davies bt Symes 56-46.

FINAL: Jones bt Davies 2-1.

SENIORS (aged 40 and over)

WORLD number five June Banks made a winning debut in the Seniors.

The 40-year-old from Orpington, Kent, wrapped up a 3-0 victory over good friend Jenny Poulter in the final with a cocked-hat pink into the middle—and landed perfectly on the black.

Poulter, who had gone in off the final black in the first frame, said, “I played a safety thinking she wouldn’t play a cocked hat!”

The pair used to work together at the Savoy Snooker Club, Snodland.

“It’s hard playing Jenny,” said Banks. “We practise together. You don’t want to beat your mates.”

RESULTS

 

Emma Bonney and Clive Scott

Emma Bonney and Clive Scott

QUARTERFINALS: Martina Lumsden bt Chris Sharpe 3-1, Jenny Poulter bt Gaye Jones 3-0, June Banks bt Marianne Williams 3-1, Eva Palmius bt Maureen Logan 3-0.

 

SEMIFINALS: Banks bt Palmius 3-0, Poulter bt Lumsden 3-1.

FINAL (£100/£50): Banks bt Poulter 3-0.

DOUBLES

HONG Kong’s Jaique Ip Wan In teamed up with junior champion Hannah Jones to claim the doubles title.

Ip Wan In and Jones fought back from 1-0 down to overcome Chris Sharpe and So Man Yan 2-1 in the final.

RESULTS

PRELIM: Jaique Ip Wan in & Hannah Jones bt Maureen Logan & Yu Ching Ching 2-0.

FINAL: Ip Wan in & Jones bt Chris Sharpe & So Man Yan 2-1

MIXED DOUBLES (to be played on April 9)

Results to follow

Entry list:

Name Location
Reanne Evans Dudley, West Mids
June Banks Orpington, Kent
Katie Henrick Bickley, Kent
Maria Catalano Dudley, West Mids
Emma Bonney Portsmouth
Jenny Poulter Maidstone
Chris Sharpe Chelmsford
Suzie Opacic Brambridge, Hants
Eva Palmius Isleham, Cambs
Gaye Jones Melksham, Wilts
Martina Lumsden Eastbourne
Vicky Ashby Hemel Hempstead
Hannah Jones Derby
Joanne Davies Derby
Stacey Hancock Burgess Hill
Tina Owen-Sevilton Taunton
Marianne Williams Smallfield, Surrey
Jan Hughes St Neots, Cambs
Maureen Logan Wallsend, Tyne & Wear
Supanni Yam-Oum Canterbury
Sarah Smith Sheffield
Chitra Magimairaj India
Vidya Pillai India
Jodie Symes Swindon
Natascha Niermann Germany
Yu Ching Ching Hong Kong
So Man Yan Hong Kong
Jaique Ip Wan In Hong Kong

WLBSA end-of-season official rankings:

Pos Prev Name Town Pts
1 1 Reanne Evans Dudley, West Mids 675
2 4 Maria Catalano Dudley, West Mids 590
3 5 Emma Bonney Portsmouth 580
4 3 Katie Henrick Bickley, Kent 575
5 2 June Banks Orpington, Kent 430
6 7 Chris Sharpe Chelmsford 344
7 8 Suzie Opacic Brambridge, Hants 305
8 6 Jenny Poulter Maidstone 293
9 9 Eva Palmius Isleham, Cambs 285
10 11 Martina Lumsden Eastbourne 240
11 13 Hannah Jones Derby 230
12 12 Vicky Ashby Hemel Hempstead 220
13 16 Tina Owen-Sevilton Taunton 212
14 14 Joanne Davies Derby 187
15 17 Marianne Williams Smallfield, Surrey 185
16 10 Gaye Jones Melksham, Wilts 153
17 15 Pam Wood Newcastle 115
18 20 Maureen Logan Wallsend, Tyne & Wear 113
19 27 Sarah Smith Sheffield 105
20 18 Jan Hughes St Neots, Cambs 92
21 24 Georgina Holloway Derby 73
22 22 Charlotte Holloway Derby 68
23 u/r Stacey Hancock Burgess Hill 55
24 19 Laura Alves Dublin 47
25 u/r Natascha Niermann Germany 46
26 21 Mary Hawkes Eaton Bray, Beds 34
27 u/r Naomi Clare Ripley, Derbys 32
28 u/r Jodie Symes Swindon 31
29 u/r Supanni Yam-Oum Canterbury 17
30 25 Rita Holmes Minehead 0

2008/09 snooker roll of honour:

Date Venue Tournament Winner Runner-up
Sept 2008 Clay Cross Wytech Masters (non-ranking) Reanne Evans Katie Henrick
Sept 2008 Clay Cross UK Championship Reanne Evans Maria Catalano
Oct 2008 Cambridge East Anglian Championship Reanne Evans Maria Catalano
Nov 2008 Newmarket British Open Emma Bonney June Banks
Feb 2009 Eastbourne South Coast Classic Reanne Evans Maria Catalano
Mar 2009 Luton Connie Gough National Championship Reanne Evans Katie Henrick
Apr 2009 Cambridge World Championship Reanne Evans Maria Catalano

Provision tour dates for 2009/10

Ladies Masters Championship
Saturday, September 12, 2009
North East Derbyshire Snooker Centre
Derby Road, Clay Cross, S45 9AG UK Championship
Sunday, September 13, 2009
North East Derbyshire Snooker Centre
Derby Road, Clay Cross, S45 9AG

East Anglian Championship
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Cambridge Snooker Centre
Coldhams Road
Cambridge, CB1 3EW
British Open
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Newmarket Snooker & Bowls
2-12 All Saints Road
Newmarket, CB8 8NL

South Coast Classic
Saturday, February 6, 2010
The Q Ball Snooker Club
126 Seaside
Eastbourne, BN22 7QP
Connie Gough National C/ship
Saturday, March 6, 2010
Venue TBA

World Championship
April 3-8, 2010
Cambridge Snooker Centre
Coldhams Road
Cambridge, CB1 3EW

Pictures by Glenn Stanley (www.yourdigitalmemories.co.uk)

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