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Billiards - 12. September 2007.

Broken wrist will not deter Hannah, 11

 

By Tim Dunkley

 

 

The Quarndon cueing sensation suffered the injury while practising tumbles on a trampoline but will definitely line up with three-time world champion Reanne Evans at the £1,200 Wytech Masters in Clay Cross next Saturday (September 15).

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photo Mark Jones

 

Just days after the accident at her Aunt’s house in Cardiff, Hannah was due to play an exhibition match against Evans, her hero and doubles partner at the European Team Championships in Belgium earlier this year.

Hannah said: "I was upset when my hand was hurting because I didn't want to miss playing Reanne in the exhibition.”

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photo Sandra Stevenson-Revil
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photo Mark Jones

 

But the pain became too much and she was taken to casualty after the game.

Hannah’s dad Mark explained: “It hurt when she played snooker and it was a result of the increasing pain that we took her to the hospital.”

The young lady, 15th on the World Ladies Billiards & Snooker Association rankings, was discovered to have broken a small bone in her left wrist.

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photo Mark Jones

 

Forced to hang up her cue for a few weeks, Hannah, although not fully fit, is now back practising every day in the run-up to the season’s curtain-raiser at the North East Derbyshire Snooker Centre.

“I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to practise for the new season but my hand healed quite quickly because I looked after it,” she added.

“I’m now looking forward to playing in the Masters. It will be nice to see everyone and I just want to play well."

Hannah and good friend 14-year-old Joanne Davies, from Mickleover, join a star-studded cast which includes Evans and Hong Kong-based Ip Wan-in, the 2006 International Billiards and Snooker Federation Ladies’ World Championship runner-up, for the inaugural invitation-only Wytech Masters.

 
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The following day the Clay Cross club hosts the UK Championships, the first of six WLBSA ranking events which culminates in the Ladies World Championships in Cambridge next March.

“She’s definitely going to enter and it isn't painful to play. But she did help it by not putting pressure on the hand for a few weeks,” added proud dad Mark, 37.

“She was in a lot of pain when she played Reanne but she so wanted to play her.”

The Masters, sponsored by Derby-based IT experts Wytech, will feature a live scoring system designed by Sandra Stevenson-Revil, wife of Hannah’s coach Roger.

Junior members of Derby’s Cue Ball Snooker Club will enter the scores into computers which will be displayed at each table and relayed to a large screen.

Hannah has been nominated for the ‘Amber Valley Junior Sportswoman of the Year’ award by Miss Lemmings, her year 6 teacher at Duffield Meadows Primary School.

 


 

 

© Copyright Tim Dunkley 2007

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