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    MARIA Catalano this evening ended Reanne Evans' 90-match unbeaten run on the WLBSA circuit en route to claiming the inaugural Northern Championship at the North East Derbyshire Snooker Centre, Clay Cross.

    Full results and report to follow later.

    Tim Dunkley (WLBSA press officer)

  • #2
    MARIA Catalano has ended Reanne Evans' 90-match unbeaten run on the women’s snooker circuit.

    The 29-year-old’s historic 3-1 victory came in the semi-finals of the inaugural Northern Championship at the North East Derbyshire Snooker Centre, Clay Cross.

    Catalano, who went on to beat Hong Kong’s Yu Ching Ching 3-1 in the final, said: “I’m over the moon to get a win over Reanne, really, because it’s been such a long time.

    “We’ve had quite a few close matches, to be fair. She started off really well as she normally does. Then the frames went a little bit scrappy. We both missed a couple and I just managed to pot a few more than she did.

    “It wasn’t a fantastic match but any win over Reanne is a good win. So, I’ll take it.”

    Catalano, Ronnie O’Sullivan’s cousin, and seven-time women’s world champion Evans both live in Dudley, West Midlands.

    In the final, Catalano opened proceedings with an 81 break. A 39 doubled the advantage before Yu pulled one back with a 52. But the world number two wrapped up her sixth ranking title with a run of 69.

    “It was a good final,” said Catalano, who had been granted the weekend off from her dad’s ice-cream business. “I really enjoyed it.

    “I’ve not really had a chance to practise much so it’s a massive win for me. I can count on the fingers of one hand how many times I’ve practised since (the World Championships) in April.

    “It’s been a good day. I’ve played quite well.”

    Yu defeated world number five Eva Palmius 3-2 in the second semi.

    Evans had reached the nervous nineties by accounting for Portsmouth’s Emma Bonney 3-0 in the quarter-finals.

    The undisputed world number one last suffered defeat on March 1, 2008, when she lost 3-2 to Catalano in the Connie Gough National Championship final.

    The previous record of 69 straight wins was held by Kelly Fisher. That run was also ended by Catalano.

    Meanwhile, there was double delight for Derby schoolgirl Hannah Jones. The 15-year-old won the Plate competition and the new Shield event for players under the age of 40. Jenny Poulter triumphed in the Seniors tournament.

    The Northern Championship, the first of six ranking events on the World Ladies Billiards & Snooker Association’ 2011/12 tour, was the first tournament since chairman Mandy Fisher retired after 30 years running the women’s game. Organisers hailed it a “big success”.


    PRELIMS: Vicky Carter 0 Yu Ching Ching 3, Tina Owen-Sevilton 3 Ng On Yee 1, Hannah Jones 1 Jenny Poulter 3.

    LAST-16: Yu 3 Jan Hughes 1, Owen-Sevilton 3 Pam Wood 0, Poulter 1 Eva Palmius 3, Naomi Clare 0 Gaye Jones 3, Maria Catalano 3 Natascha Niermann 1, So Man Yan 3 Maureen Rowland 0, Jaique Ip Wan In 2 Emma Bonney 3, Marianne Williams 0 Reanne Evans 3.

    QUARTER-FINALS: Yu 3 Owen-Sevilton 1, Palmius 3 G Jones 1, Catalano 3 So 0, Bonney 0 Evans 3.

    SEMI-FINALS (£40): Yu 3 Palmius 2, Catalano 3 Evans 1.

    FINAL (£120/£80): Catalano 3 Yu 1.

    SENIORS (40+)

    QUARTER-FINALS: Marianne Williams 0 Jenny Poulter 1, Maureen Rowland 1 Eva Palmius 0.

    SEMI-FINALS: Jan Hughes 0 Poulter 1, Rowland 1 Pam Wood 0.

    FINAL: Poulter 1 Rowland 0.


    LAST-16: Vicky Carter 2 Pam Wood 1, Maureen Rowland 0 Jan Hughes 2, Marianne Williams 1 Jaique Ip Wan In 2.

    QUARTER-FINALS: Carter 0 Hannah Jones 2, Hughes 0 Ng On Yee 2, Ip Wan In 2 Natascha Niermann 0, Jenny Poulter 2 Naomi Clare 0.

    SEMI-FINALS: Jones 2 Ng 0, Ip Wan In 1 Poulter 2.

    FINAL (£25/£15): Jones 2 Poulter 1.


    QUARTER-FINALS: Tina Owen-Sevilton 1 Ng On Yee 0

    SEMI-FINALS: Vicky Carter 0 Owen-Sevilton 1, So Man Yan 0 Hannah Jones 1.

    FINAL: Jones 1 Owen-Sevilton 0.

    Tim Dunkley (WLBSA press officer)
    Last edited by snookerdad; 26th September 2011, 12:49 PM.


    • #3
      So was the 81 break the highest of the contest?


      • #4
        I believe it was.


        • #5
          Yes there were alot of breaks over 60 from a few of the girls and Maria had 2 opportunities for a century break. In the earlier round she had 77 I believe and she had a chance there and in the final when on 81 she had to play a reverse cross double on the final red and just missed it.
          You're damned if you do and you're damned if you don't


          • #6
            According to Hannah Jones' website, there's something change in the ranking system, what's the change?


            • #7
              Scarcely worth a new thread but how did the woman make out who got a wild card in the professional circuit? Did she beat any of the men?


              • #8
                It was Reanne Evans. Sadly, she didn't.


                • #9
                  Hasn´t she had a few wins in the PTCs ?
                  ....its not called potting its called snooker. Quote: WildJONESEYE
                  "Its called snooker not potting" Quote: Rory McLeod


                  • #10
                    That is awesome.
                    Congrats to Me. Catalano and congrats also to Ms. Yu for a respectable 2nd place finish against all the top ladies in the world.


                    • #11
                      Ms. Yu

                      Any links to anything about Ms. Yu? My wife is Chinese and plays the game. A link might encourage her to do a bit more.