World Ladies Billiards and Snooker Association Press Release

World Ladies Billiards and Snooker Association

GREEN-baize queens from around the globe descend on Bury St Edmunds this week for the Greene King World Ladies Snooker Championship.

It’s the first time the Suffolk market town has hosted the World Ladies Billiards & Snooker Association’s season finale.

Main Tour professionals Joe Perry, Michael Holt and Martin Gould make guest appearances on Friday (April 8) in the World Mixed Pairs, which kicks off six days of top-quality action at the Pot Black Sports Bar.

The round-robin stage of the main competition starts at 10am on Saturday (April 9) with the final scheduled for noon on Wednesday (April 13).

The eventual champion will pocket £1,000 and the runner-up £500. Prize money will also be paid down to the last-16.

Red-hot favorite Reanne Evans is bidding for a record seventh straight world title. And to extend her record 84-match unbeaten run on the WLBSA circuit

Attempting to de-throne the undisputed world number one are world number two Maria Catalano, Ronnie O’Sullivan’s 29-year-old cousin; Portsmouth’s Emma Bonney, who is also seeking a fourth successive billiards title; and Kent’s Katie Henrick, who is ranked fourth.

It’s the first time the Suffolk market town has hosted the World Ladies Billiards & Snooker Association’s season finale.

It’s the first time the Suffolk market town has hosted the World Ladies Billiards & Snooker Association’s season finale.

Leading the overseas threat is Hong Kong ’s impressive 20-year-old Ng On Yee, the 2009 and 2010 IBSF Women’s World Champion.

Also flying in from Hong Kong are Jaique Ip Wan In, who lost to Ng in the 2010 IBSF final, Yu Ching Ching and So Man Yan.

Two-time world billiards champion Chitra Magimairaj, who jets in from India , said her biggest motivation was seeing her home country winning cricket’s world cup. Magimairaj is joined in Bury St Edmunds by her compatriot Revanna Umadevi.

Spearheading the European challenge is Latvian number one Tatjana Vasiljeva and eight-time German national champion Natascha Niermann, now based in Cambridge .

From the world of pool comes England international Fran Calvert and two-time European champion Kim O’Brien.

Favourite to clinch a fourth straight junior title is the phenomenal 14-year-old Derby schoolgirl Hannah Jones, the world number six.

Ron Agnew is sponsoring the billiards to the tune of £600. The eventual champion will also receive a year’s free subscription to all English-Billiards Open Series (EBOS) tournaments, a package worth £200. Website englishBilliards.org is offering £100 for the highest break.

Greene King World Ladies Snooker Championship

Friday, April 8, to Wednesday, April 13

Pot Black Sports Bar (manager: Phil Mumford)

Bury St Edmunds

Eastgate Street

Bury St Edmunds

Suffolk

IP33 1YQ

Tel: 01284 704231

PROGRAMME

Date Time Event
Fri, April 8

 

11.00

18.00

World Mixed Pairs

World Mixed Pairs final

 

Sat, April 9 10.00 to 18.00

 

 

World Ladies Snooker round-robin groups (excluding top eight seeds)

 

Sun, April 10 11.00

 

15.00

15.00

 

World Ladies Snooker round-robin groups (excluding top eight seeds)

World Ladies Juniors

World Ladies Seniors

 

Mon, April 11 11.00

11.30

15.30

 

Plate competition

World Ladies Snooker last-16 (best-of-five)

World Ladies Snooker quarter-finals (best-of-seven)

 

Tues, April 12 10.00

11.00

 

World Ladies Billiards

World Ladies Snooker semi-finals (best-of-seven)

 

Wed, April 13 11.00

11.00

12.00

World Ladies Seniors final

World Ladies Doubles final

World Ladies Snooker final (best-of-nine)

DEFENDING CHAMPIONS

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP: Reanne Evans

MIXED PAIRS: Tatjana Vasiljeva & Joe Perry

WORLD DOUBLES: Tatjana Vasiljeva & Maureen Rowland

WORLD SENIORS: June Banks

WORLD JUNIOR: Hannah Jones

WORLD BILLIARDS: Emma Bonney

2011 WORLD SNOOKER CHAMPIONSHIPS ENTRIES

Top eight seeds

Reanne Evans (Dudley, West Mids )

Maria Catalano (Dudley, West Mids )

Emma Bonney ( Portsmouth )

Katie Henrick ( Bickley , Kent )

Eva Palmius (Isleham, Cambs)

Jenny Poulter ( Maidstone )

Chris Sharpe ( Chelmsford )

Hannah Jones ( Derby )

Marianne Williams (Smallfield, Surrey )

June Banks ( Orpington , Kent )

Gaye Jones (Melksham, Wilts)

Tina Owen-Sevilton ( Taunton )

Natascha Niermann ( Cambridge )

Pam Wood ( Newcastle )

Naomi Clare (Ripley, Derbys )

Maureen Rowland (Wallsend, Tyne & Wear)

Jasmine Bolsover ( Woking )

Jan Hughes (St Neots, Cambs)

Tatjana Vasiljeva ( Latvia )

Chitra Magimairaj ( India )

Revanna Umadevi ( India )

Yu Ching Ching ( Hong Kong )

Jaique Ip Wan In ( Hong Kong )

So Man Yan ( Hong Kong )

Ng On Yee ( Hong Kong )

Kim O’Brien (Bury St Edmunds)

Fran Calvert ( Lowestoft )

Vicky Carter ( Hemel Hempstead )

2011 WORLD BILLIARDS CHAMPIONSHIP ENTRIES

Emma Bonney ( Portsmouth )

Chitra Magimairaj ( India )

Eva Palmius (Isleham, Cambs)

Tina Owen-Sevilton ( Taunton )

Jan Hughes (St Neots, Cambs)

Hannah Jones ( Derby )

Gaye Jones (Melksham, Wilts)

Maureen Rowland (Wallsend, Tyne & Wear)

Revanna Umadevi ( India )

WLBSA PROVISIONAL SNOOKER RANKINGS

Pos Name Town Pts Sponsor
1 Reanne Evans Dudley, West Mids 780 MIUS
2 Maria Catalano Dudley, West Mids 530  
3 Emma Bonney Portsmouth 510  
4 Katie Henrick Bickley, Kent 330 180poker.com
5 Eva Palmius Isleham, Cambs 283  
6 Hannah Jones Derby 256 Wytech + The Q Room
7 Natascha Niermann Cambridge 252  
8 Vicky Carter Hemel Hempstead 216  
9 Jenny Poulter Maidstone 215  
10 Tina Owen-Sevilton Taunton 213  
11 Marianne Williams Smallfield, Surrey 196  
12 Suzie Opacic Brambridge, Hants 190 Kara Accountants
13 Gaye Jones Melksham, Wilts 187  
14 Martina Lumsden Eastbourne 175  
15 Chris Sharpe Chelmsford 169  
16 Jodie Symes Swindon 129  
17 Naomi Clare Ripley, Derbys 124  
18 June Banks Orpington, Kent 110  
19 Jasmine Bolsover Woking 102  
20 Pam Wood Newcastle 82  
21 Jan Hughes St Neots, Cambs 79  
22 Joanne Davies Derby 66 Wytech
23 Maureen Rowland Wallsend, Tyne & Wear 51 Fine Arch Cues
24 Tatjana Vasiljeva Latvia 50  
25 Laura Alves Dublin 36  
26 Victoria Gibbs Trowbridge 19  
27 Karen Harrison Fareham 12  
28 Mary Hawkes Eaton Bray, Beds 12  
29 Kim O’Brien Bury St Edmunds 7  
30 Clare Heseldine Broadstairs, Kent 5  
31 Georgina Holloway Derby 0  
32 Supanni Yam-Oum Canterbury 0  
33 Charlotte Holloway Derby 0  
34 Rita Holmes Minehead 0  

WLBSA ROLL OF HONOUR 2010/11

Date Venue Tournament Winner Runner-up
Sep-10 Clay Cross Wytech Masters (non-ranking) Reanne Evans Maria Catalano
Sep-10 Clay Cross UK Championship Reanne Evans Maria Catalano
Oct-10 Cambridge East Anglian Reanne Evans Maria Catalano
Nov-10 Bury St Edmunds British Open Reanne Evans Emma Bonney
Feb-11 Swindon South Coast Classic Reanne Evans Maria Catalano
Mar-11 Fareham Connie Gough National Reanne Evans Emma Bonney
Apr-11 Bury St Edmunds World Championship ? ?

Picture by Monique Limbos:

Six-time world champion Reanne Evans at the 2010 World Championships.

Sponsors logos attached

More details and action shots of most of the ladies available from:

Tim Dunkley (WLBSA press office)

88 Lionheart Way

Bursledon Green

Southampton

SO31 8HN

Tel home: 02380 562647

Mobile: 07986 376114

E-Mail: timdunkleysnookerdad@hotmail.com

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