The WLBS Eden Resources ladies World Championships took place last week in the Northern Snooker Centre, Leeds and the event was extremely successful with 41 players from around the World taking part.
The Republic of Ireland Ladies Snooker Association had a number of players at the event and some on their first ever World Championships.
Christine Carr from Sharkx Newbridge and Lauren Carley from Carlow really enjoyed their first ever World Championships and gained great experience. Danielle Randle from Wicklow represented RILSA and Ireland in the World under 21 Championship, a first for Ireland to have a lady represent us at this level. Danielle certainly has the ability to advance in time and her experience as an International player in Pool will help her along the way.
Ann McMahon and Sandra Bryan reached the last 16 of both the Senior and World Plate events. They played solid snooker throughout and had some close matches in their round robin groups.
Grace Min Park who represented South Korea and has played all last season here in Ireland with RILSA reached the final of the World Under 21, a fantastic achievement for her and we want to wish her every success for the future as she will be a player to watch out for.
Laura Alves reached the semis of the World Plate for the first time and even though she represented Brazil, Laura plays in the RILSA events here and well done to her.
Annette Newman and Cathy Dunne reach both the Quarter finals of the Plate and Senior events, a great achievement for these seasoned players. Well done to Annette and Cathy. All our players should be very proud of themselves as they represented Ireland and RILSA with fantastic performances throughout the week of events.
We in RILSA want to thank the WLBS and everyone involved for a fantastic time and tournament in Leeds and congratulations to Reanne on her win and On Yee on a great performance.
Report on their final below
Reanne Evans won the WLBS Eden Resources World Championship for the 11th time by beating Ng On Yee 6-4 in the final in Leeds.
Evans won the tournament ten consecutive times from 2005 to 2014, until her run ended last year when she lost to Hong Kong’s On Yee in the semi-finals. The 30-year-old from Dudley has now regained the crown.
Defending champion On Yee led the final 3-1 after a break of 72 in frame four, but Evans hit back to 3-3. On Yee took the seventh frame but Evans finished strongly by winning three in a row to capture the trophy.
World number one Evans, who has now won the last four WLBS ranking events, said: “I am over the moon. I am glad to win the title back and now the trophy is back in England where it belongs. There was more pressure on On Yee than me this year. I know how difficult it is being defending champion, but I just wanted to play alright.
“I struggled a little bit, kept fighting and thought that if I stuck in there my safety would let me have a few chances. When it went 4-4 I thought if I could get in front, it would get me going and I wouldn’t fancy losing after that. In the end I felt like I was cueing alright and I enjoyed it. I am really pleased to come away with the trophy.”
On Yee, who dropped just one frame on her way to a third consecutive final, said: “It was a good game, she played well today. I was a bit nervous as defending champion but I enjoyed the game. I am now focused on my match against Peter Lines in Sheffield and looking forward to the challenge.”
On Yee now heads to Ponds Forge in Sheffield to take part in the Betfred World Championship qualifiers – she starts her opening match against Lines at 2.30pm on Wednesday.