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Ladies Day Returns to Betfred World Championship

Ladies Day returns to the Betfred World Snooker Championship on Wednesday 26th April 2017 at the Sheffield Winter Garden close to the Crucible Theatre.

This year marks the fifth staging of the day as World Snooker, in partnership with the WPBSA and World Ladies Billiards and Snooker, aims to encourage women to participate in snooker, as players, fans or officials.

The day will see students from Spire Junior School visit the Cue Zone to try snooker, under the guidance of WPBSA World Snooker coaches Pete Odell and Danielle Findlay. They will be joined by players and officials from the WLBS World Women’s Snooker Tour including 11-time world champion Reanne Evans and together with members of the public will complete a variety of challenges throughout the day.

WPBSA Chairman Jason Ferguson said:

“Our development work has proved that there is enormous interest for ladies to play snooker across the world. As a world governing body we have a responsibility to demonstrate equality and diversity within our sport. Ladies Day is an exciting, fun and engaging day which proves snooker is truly a sport for all.”

The event will also raise money for World Snooker’s official charity Jessie May, with players on the day wearing t-shirts in support. Fans are encouraged to wear purple, with goodie bags available for spectators who do so subject to availability. There will also be a selection of cakes on sale, with a proportion of money from every sale going to the charity.

The following WLBS players will be in action on Ladies Day:

Reanne Evans

Rebecca Kenna

Shannon Metcalf

Maria Catalano

Aimee Benn

Stephanie Daughtery

Sharon Kaur

Michelle Brown

Diana Schuler

Referee: Sarah McManus

Ng On Yee with trophy

On Yee Reigns at Festival of Snooker

Two-time world women’s snooker champion Ng On Yee added two further titles to her collection at the LITEtask Festival of Snooker in Leeds.

The event, which was hosted by World Ladies Billiards and Snooker (WLBS) over five days at the Northern Snooker Centre saw six titles decided, including two carrying ranking points won by the Hong Kong star.

She defeated Emma Bonney 4-2 in the final of the Six Red competition on the opening day of the tournament, before adding the 10 Red title, overcoming Welsh number one Laura Evans by the same scoreline on Monday.

The women’s pairs event was won for the first time by 11-time world billiards champion Emma Bonney and Vicky Shirley, after the duo came back from 2-0 down to defeat Laura Evans and Suzie Opacic 3-2 in the final.

The world mixed event also saw new winners crowned as professional player Sanderson Lam and WLBS number five Katrina Wan edged out Rebecca Kenna and Dylan Mitchell in the final. Wan is the second player from Hong Kong to claim the title in succession, after her compatriot Jaique Ip Wan won the event last year.

The final day of the Festival saw both Seniors and U-21 competitions staged, with Emma Bonney claiming her second title of the weekend in the Seniors event with a 3-2 success against Jenny Poulter, while Emma Parker whitewashed Shannon Metcalf 3-0 to claim the junior tournament.

The event brought the curtain down on a landmark season on the World Women’s Snooker Tour, which has seen WLBS ranking competitions held in Germany and Singapore for the first time with the support of the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association.

It was another successful year for world number one Reanne Evans (absent from the Festival due to her involvement in the professional World Championship qualifiers), who claimed victories at the UK Ladies Championship and Eden Women’s Masters on home soil. Overseas however it was Ng On Yee who took silverware in Germany and Singapore, before adding titles in Leeds this week to complete the season having earned more ranking points than any other player during 2016/17.