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Billiards - 02. March 2008.

Hat-trick for Catalano - Connie Gough National Championship

World Ladies Billiards & Snooker Association

Hat-trick for Catalano - Connie Gough National Championship

photos by Kevin Legg

WOMEN’S snooker star Maria Catalano clawed back a two-frame deficit against world number one Reanne Evans to clinch a hat-trick of Connie Gough National Championships in Luton on Saturday.


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Forced to dig deep as mother-of-one Evans fired in a 51 to take a 2-0 lead in the final, 26-year-old Catalano, from Dudley, levelled with a 47 and eased through the decider to claim a fifth WLBSA title.

“It’s the only hat-trick I’m going to score!” she said. “To be fair, I won it quite comfortably in the end.

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“She’s a great player and to do it against the world champion, you can’t wish for anything better.

“Against players like Reanne you can’t afford to take too many on in a best-of-five. You just have to dig deep and give it your best, and I did.”

Catalano survived a scare in the last 16 to beat former England international Marianne Williams 3-2. She saw off Jenny Poulter, from Maidstone, 3-1 with breaks of 31, 32 and 36 and knocked in a 60 in a 3-2 semi-final victory over world number three June Banks.

Three-time world champion Evans won £74 for a pound-a-point high-break prize donated by Connie Gough’s daughter Julie Hemingway.

“I love winning this tournament,” said Catalano, who is Ronnie O’Sullivan’s cousin. “Especially as it’s a memorial tournament for Julie’s mum. It’s a little bit more special than all the others, apart from the World Championships.”

But the 2007 British Open Champion, who is due to return to work at her dad Angelo’s ice-cream business in April, revealed that she is a major doubt for this year’s championships that have been moved to May.

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Catalano jets back to America next month for the San Diego Classic 9-ball pool tournament and is hoping for even more time off to compete in Cambridge.

“If not, I’m probably going to be sick for about a month,” she laughed.

RESULTS (breaks in brackets):

LAST 32: Marianne Williams (Smallfield, Surrey) bt Joanne Davies (Derby) 3-0, Tina Owen-Sevilton (Taunton) bt Mary Hawkes (Eaton Bray, Beds) 3-0, Charlotte Holloway (Ashbourne, Derbyshire) bt Georgina Holloway (Ashbourne, Derbyshire) 3-2, Vicky Ashby (Hemel Hempstead) bt Gaye Jones (Melksham, Wilts) 3-1, Martina Lumsden (45) (Eastbourne) bt Pam Wood (Newcastle) 3-1.

LAST 16: Maria Catalano (Dudley) bt Williams 3-2, Jenny Poulter (Maidstone) bt Owen-Sevilton 3-2, June Banks (Orpington) bt C Holloway 3-0, Katie Henrick (Bickley, Kent) bt Ashby 3-0, Chris Sharpe (Chelmsford) bt Maureen Logan (Wallsend) 3-0, Hannah Jones (Derby) bt Eva Palmius (Isleham, Ely) 3-2, Reanne Evans (Dudley) bt Lumsden 3-1, Emma Bonney (Portsmouth) w/o Suzie Opacic (Brambridge, Hants).

QUARTER-FINALS: Catalano (31, 32, 36) bt Poulter 3-1, Banks bt Bonney 3-2, Henrick bt Sharpe 3-2, Evans (74) bt H Jones 3-0.

SEMI-FINALS: Catalano (60) bt Banks 3-2, Evans bt Henrick 3-0.

FINAL (£240/£120): Catalano (47) bt Evans (51) 3-2.

PLATE RESULTS:

LAST-16: Palmius bt G Jones 2-1, Owen-Sevilton bt Lumsden 2-1, Wood bt Hawkes 2-0, Davies bt Logan 2-1.

QUARTER-FINALS: Williams bt G Holloway 2-0, Ashby bt C Holloway 2-0, Palmius bt Owen-Sevilton 2-0, Wood bt Davies 2-1.

SEMI-FINALS: Palmius bt Wood 2-1, Ashby bt Williams 2-0.

FINAL: Palmius bt Ashby 2-1.

SENIORS FINAL: Sharpe bt G Jones 1-0.

List of 21 entries (Suzie Opacic withdrew the previous day after the draw was made):

Reanne Evans

Dudley, West Midlands

Katie Henrick

Bickley, Kent

June Banks

Orpington, Kent

Jenny Poulter

Maidstone, Kent

Maria Catalano

Dudley, West Midlands

Suzie Opacic

Brambridge, Hants

Eva Palmius

Isleham, Ely

Chris Sharpe

Chelmsford, Essex

Emma Bonney

Portsmouth, Hants

Martina Lumsden

Eastbourne, East Sussex

Pam Wood

Newcastle

Hannah Jones

Derby

Joanne Davies

Derby

Vicky Ashby

Hemel Hempstead, Herts

Marianne Williams

Smallfield, Surrey

Mary Hawkes

Eaton Bray, Beds

Charlotte Holloway

Ashbourne, Derbyshire

Gaye Jones

Melksham, Wilts

Georgina Holloway

Ashbourne, Derbyshire

Maureen Logan

Wallsend, Tyne & Wear

Tina Owen-Sevilton

Taunton, Somerset

World Ladies Billiards & Snooker Association 2007/08 provisional rankings

 
 





 

1

Reanne

Evans

Gornal, West Midlands

 

2

Katie

Henrick

Bickley, Kent

 

3

June

Banks

Orpington, Kent

 

4

Maria

Catalano

Dudley, West Midlands

 

5

Jenny

Poulter

Maidstone, Kent

 

6

Emma

Bonney

Portsmouth, Hants

 

7

Suzie

Opacic

Brambridge, Hants

 

8

Chris

Sharpe

Chelmsford, Essex

 

9

Gaye

Jones

Melksham, Wilts

 

10

Eva

Palmius

Royston, Herts

 

11

Martina

Lumsden

Eastbourne, East Sussex

 

12

Joanne

Davies

Derby

 

13

Vicky

Ashby

Hemel Hempstead, Herts

 

14

Pam

Wood

Newcastle

 

15

Jan

Hughes

St Neots, Cambs

 

16

Hannah

Jones

Derby

 

17

Marianne

Williams

Smallfield, Surrey

 

18

Mary

Hawkes

Eaton Bray, Beds

 

19

Laura

Alves

Dublin

 

20

Maureen

Logan

Wallsend, Tyne & Wear

 

21

Rita

Holmes

Minehead, Somerset

 

22

Charlotte

Holloway

Ashbourne, Derbyshire

 

23

Georgina

Holloway

Ashbourne, Derbyshire

 

24

Julia

Betteridge

Derby

 

25

Sarah

Smith

Sheffield

 

26

Tina

Owen-Sevilton

Taunton, Somerset

 

27

 
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