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Festival of Women’s Snooker 2020 – Postponement Notice

It is with regret that World Women’s Snooker (WWS) has today announced that the upcoming Festival of Women’s Snooker 2020 will not take place next month in light of the current COVID-19 pandemic.

WWS has closely monitored the situation over the past few days, taking into account UK government advice and anticipated restrictions on overseas travel which will inevitably impact our players during what is a fluid and unprecedented situation.

In the circumstances, having balanced our desire to allow as much time as possible for a clearer picture of the situation to emerge, against the need to act swiftly and decisively to make travel arrangements, the board unanimously agreed that it would be in the interests of all parties to postpone the event until further notice.

The health and well-being of our players and officials is of paramount importance to us and we hope that all concerned will understand the decision that has been reached.

All players who have currently entered the event will receive a full refund of their entry fees over the coming days.

We would like to thank everybody, in particular the Northern Snooker Centre for their support during this process and we will publish further information as to future events in due course.

Chucky Preston Q&A

Prior to the Eden Women’s Masters last November few had heard of the name Chucky Preston, but after the Northern Irish potter reached the quarter-finals of her maiden ranking event in South London she had already established herself as one to watch on the World Women’s Snooker Tour.

We recently caught up with the 32-year-old, who is already up to number 43 in the world rankings, to talk about her experience on the circuit so far and her passion for snooker…

How much have you enjoyed being a part of the WWS circuit so far, having competed both at the Eden Women’s Masters and the recent Belgian Women’s Open earlier this month?

I have really enjoyed it. At the Eden Masters I was very nervous, I didn’t know anyone and it was all very new to me.

But in Belgium I was a lot more relaxed and it was a lot of fun. I am definitely looking forward to the Festival in Leeds now!

Your debut was particularly impressive as you qualified from your group and went on to reach the quarter-finals. What were your expectations heading into the tournament?

To be honest I did not expect much. I thought that I was way over my head even entering, but it was Rebecca Kenna who encouraged me over Facebook to just go for it and start to entering these events, and I did.

Now I am glad I did, I had not expected to get to the quarters so that was a bonus for me! I am currently receiving from coaching from [former professional] Joe Swail to know that he had a lot of confidence in me helped a lot.

In the last eight you faced 12-time world champion Reanne Evans. Although you lost out on that occasion, is it good to test yourself against the very best players like her?

Absolutely yes. I went into that match to have fun and gain experience. I relaxed a lot in that match as I knew that my chances of winning were slim to none so I watched a lot of her shots selections and positional play. I would say I learnt a few things in that match.

How did you get into snooker and how long have you been playing?

My dad first pushed me into snooker when I was seven and took me to our local club every week until I was old enough to go myself. I played until I was 15, but then quit due to women’s snooker disbanding in Northern Ireland.

I have only recently got back into snooker during the last two years. I found it hard getting back into it as I used to be quick and my game flowed as a kid, but now it is all about thinking and the tactical side is very important.

You have been involved in establishing the Northern Irish Ladies Tour back home. How is this growing and how can you get more women involved in snooker?

Yes I started up the NI Tour in October 2019 and was pleased that we had great numbers for it. It is growing slowly but we are advertising it and pushing it all over social media to encourage more girls to come forward to play.

I will always push it and I will help every player we have on the tour to become better and gain confidence to come to bigger events.

I also created my ‘Chucky Preston all about snooker’ Facebook page to help the girls with routines and drills.

Are there opportunities for women to compete against men in amateur snooker in Northern Ireland?

Yes in the Northern Ireland Billiards and Snooker Association (NIBSA) tour which I play in. It is tough, but you can’t give up. The only way to get better is to keep competing, even if you are getting beat every time.

I urge the girls to play in these and over the next year I hope we have at least three girls playing on the NIBSA tour.

You are also friends with former Masters champion Mark Allen back home and played in his pro-am last year. How did you get to know him?

Yes I have played in his pro-cam tournament on a couple of occasions, which is an excellent tournament to be part of. I have known both Mark and Jordan Brown from my younger days, but not very well back then.

More recently I have got to know Mark more from being in the club and we have just got on well. He couldn’t do enough for people, for example before I played at the Eden Women’s Masters he gave me a little pep talk which also helped me there.

We have also seen that you have recently introduced your wife Avril to snooker – could we see a Preston double act at the upcoming World Women’s Pairs Championship in Leeds?

Haha I hope so! But I don’t think so just yet, but it would be great though!

She said maybe next year, but in the meantime I will try to change her mind. Her excuse is she is my bigger fan and wants to be standing by all my matches to watch!

What would your message by to any other women and girls who are considering picking up a cue and joining the WWS circuit?

Absolutely do it. Why not, what have to got to lose?

No matter the level of your ability, the WWS events are fantastic to play in. You get plenty of table time and you gain a lot of experience and confidence. If anything, these events will help you to progress even further!

Finally, what are your interests and hobbies away from the table?

I am a business owner of a tattoo studio where I am the solo artist there.

I also like to go out on my motorbike which I find to be relaxing and de-stressing. I am also taking flying lessons at the moment and hope to gain my pilot’s licence.

I am also a big gamer and I could spend hours on my Xbox. There are just not enough hours in the day!

Chucky will next be in action at the Festival of Women’s Snooker, which takes place from 3-6 April 2020 at the Northern Snooker Centre in Leeds. Entry for the event is open online HERE.

Festival of Women’s Snooker 2020: Enter Now

Entries are now being accepted for the 2020 Festival of Women’s Snooker as the World Women’s Snooker Tour returns to Leeds, England.

The event will take place across four days from 3-6 April 2020 at the Northern Snooker Centre and as in previous years will incorporate five world championship competitions:

  • Friday 3 April – World Women’s Under-21 Championship / World Women’s Seniors Championship
  • Saturday 4 April – World Women’s 10-Red Championship
  • Sunday 5 April – World Women’s 6-Red Championship
  • Monday 6 April – World Women’s Pairs Championship

A year ago it was world no.1 Reanne Evans who for the second successive year was able to claim a hat-trick of titles with individual victories in the 10-Red and 6-Red competitions, as well as in the pairs tournament together with Maria Catalano. There was also success for Ploychompoo Laokiatphong and Jenny Poulter who claimed silverware in the Under-21 and Seniors events respectively.

The closing date for entries and payment of entry fees is 4:30pm BST on Friday 27 March 2020.

World Women’s Rankings – Festival of Women’s Snooker 2019 Update

Reanne Evans has returned to the top of the official world women’s rankings following this season’s latest update after the Festival of Women’s Snooker earlier this month.

The WWS world rankings operate on a rolling two-year basis, with points earned during 2016/17 to be removed during the course of this season. At this revision, points earned at the 2017 Festival of Women’s Snooker were removed from the ranking list and replaced by those earned at this year’s corresponding event held in Leeds.

Evans back on top

Reanne Evans has leapfrogged Ng On Yee to return to the top of the world women’s ranking list for the first time in 14 months following her title double at the Festival of Women’s Snooker in Leeds.

By winning both the World Women’s 10-Red and 6-Red titles for a second consecutive year, 33-year-old Evans secured the maximum 10,000 ranking points from the weekend. Combined with the removal of points from the Festival in 2017 at which it was On Yee who claimed both titles, it is now Evans who leads the way by 6,750 points with the opportunity to potentially extend her lead further at the upcoming World Women’s Championship in June.

The top 10

The other big mover inside the top 10 is Thailand’s Nutcharut Wongharuthai, who climbs four places to a new career-high of fourth position after she reached her third career ranking final, losing out to Reanne Evans in the title match of the World Women’s 6-Red Championship in Leeds.

Having not competed in the event two years ago, ‘Mink’ had no ranking points to defend at this revision and took full advantage to move above Maria Catalano, Katrina Wan, Laura Evans and Suzie Opacic.

With only Evans, On Yee and Keighley’s Rebecca Kenna above her, it will now be interesting to see whether the 19-year-old can gain ground on the top three over the coming months.

On the move

Elsewhere there are new career-high positions for Wakefield’s Steph Daughtery (11) and Waratthanun Sukritthanes (12) of Thailand just outside of the top 10, while Jackie Ellis is also up into the top 20 for the first time in 19th position.

Other players to have broken new ground are Hong Kong duo Pui Ying Mini Chu (17) and Yeeting Cheung (21), while Connie Stephens rises five places to 27th and Thailand’s Baipat Siripaporn is also up into the top 30 for the first time.

Another Thai player to make a significant move is 16-year-old Ploychompoo Laokiatphong, up 16 places to 42nd following a weekend which also saw the rising star claim the World Women’s Under-21 Championship title and finish as runner-up in the pairs tournament alongside Siripaporn.

Under-21

Hornchurch star Emma Parker remains at the head of the Under-21 ranking list after she reached the semi-finals of this year’s World Women’s Under-21 Championship in Leeds.

There is however a change behind Parker as Steph Daughtery has overtaken above Leeds-based Shannon Metcalf (who was defending final points from the same event in 2017), to move into second position.

Thailand’s Ploychompoo Laokiatphong rises five places to eighth following her maiden junior title success at the Northern Snooker Centre, with room to gain further ground having only competed in two events so far during her short career.

The World Women’s Snooker Tour will return with the invitational Women’s Snooker World Cup and ranking World Women’s Snooker Championship tournaments from 17-23 June 2019.

Evans Dominates World Festival to Secure Number One Return

It was another successful weekend for Dudley’s Reanne Evans who completed the successful defence of three titles at the 2019 Festival of Women’s Snooker to ensure that she would return to the top of the World Women’s Snooker ranking list.

Held at the Northern Snooker Centre in Leeds, England, the Festival saw a record field of entries from across the globe come together for the four-day event which saw five world championship titles decided.

Coming into the event on the back of three ranking titles already this term, Evans first claimed success in the World Women’s 10-Red Championship event as she dispatched Louise Cothier, Steph Daughtery, Emma Parker and Chinese debutant Chunxia Shi to reach the final, before coming back from 2-0 down to defeat Ng On Yee 4-3 in the final.

The result meant that Evans headed into Sunday’s 6-Red competition knowing that a quarter-final run would be sufficient to guarantee her return to the top of the ranking list at the expense of her long-time rival. Quick-fire wins against Hong Kong pair Yeeting Cheung and So Man Yan ensured that this would be the case before she added the scalps of Steph Daughtery, Baipat Siripaporn and finally Nutcharut Wongharuthai (who has defeated On Yee in the semi-finals), to seal a title double in the singles competitions.

This became a triple the following day as together with five-time world championship finalist Maria Catalano, Evans defeated Thai duo Ploychompoo Laokiatphong and Baipat Siripaporn to win the World Women’s Pairs Championship title for a third time on Monday.

The win did not come easily however as the pair came through deciding-frame finishes in two matches on their way to the final, first against Ng On Yee and So Man Yan in the last eight, before coming through against Thai pair Wongharuthai and Waratthanun Sukritthanes in the semi-finals.

The World Women’s Under-21 Championship saw a new winner as 16-year-old Ploychompoo Laokiatphong upset fellow Thai player and defending champion Nutcharut Wongharuthai in the final.

With the pair having topped their round-robin groups to set up the final meeting it was ‘Ploy’ who moved into a 2-1 lead before she sealed an impressive victory with a break of 70 in what proved to be the final frame.

Ploy would also secure the Challenge Cup title during the 6-Red competition to complete a fantastic weekend for the youngster, while Emma Parker secured the under-21 Challenge match against Baipat Siripaporn.

This year’s World Women’s Seniors Championship saw Jenny Poulter complete the successful defence of her title with a 2-0 victory against the returning Jan Hughes on Saturday afternoon.

Following a competitive round-robin stage which saw a 100% increase on entries compared to a year ago, it was the pair who won their respective groups to progress to the final, which saw Poulter edge both frames to claim the title once again.

The Challenge Cup event was won by Jane O’Neill representing Spain following a 2-0 success against Maureen Rowland.

There was also success for Laura Evans of Wales who edged out pairs partner Suzie Opacic to claim the Challenge Cup title in Saturday’s 10-Red tournament.

The highest break during the weekend was a magnificent total clearance of 130 made by Ng On Yee during Monday’s pairs competition, after she had also made a 71 clearance against Romania’s Corina Maracine during the 6-Red event, just four short of the maximum 75 points available under the format.

For the first time followers from home could follow the action using the new WPBSA Tournament Manager, which provided live scores from up to three tables with regular updates from the remaining matches.

All at World Women’s Snooker would like to express thanks to our hosts at the Northern Snooker Centre who always look after us, as well as all of the players, supporters and officials who helped make the event a success once again.

Full results from the singles competitions from the 2019 Festival are available HERE.

On Yee to Defend Top Ranking in Leeds

The world women’s number one ranking could change hands for the first time in over a year depending on results at the upcoming Festival of Women’s Snooker at the Northern Snooker Centre in Leeds.

Hong Kong’s Ng On Yee has sat at the top of the list for almost 14 months since she overtook 11-time world women’s champion Reanne Evans following the British Open last February, but having already won three ranking event titles so far this term it is Evans who could reclaim the number one position this weekend.

Following her triumph at the Belgian Open at the start of February, Evans currently sits exactly 8,000 points behind her rival on the official list. However, with On Yee set to defend a maximum 10,000 ranking points following her back-to-back triumphs at the 6-Red and 10-Red tournaments at the 2017 Festival, an event at which Evans did not play (and therefore has no points to be removed from her ranking), it is Dudley’s Evans who is top of the provisional ranking list heading into this year’s event.

This means that On Yee must earn 2,000 more ranking points during this weekend’s 6-Red and 10-Red World Championship events if she is to retain top spot heading to June’s World Women’s Snooker Championship in Thailand.

Away from the top two, other players with a significant amount of points to defend at this event include Laura Evans (6,500), Suzie Opacic (5,850) and Rebecca Kenna (5,700) following their performances at the event two years ago.

Follow @WomensSnooker via Twitter and Facebook for regular updates throughout the weekend, as well as the latest results here.

Festival of Women’s Snooker: Tournament Information

Tournament information for the Festival of Women’s Snooker starting this Friday at the Northern Snooker Centre in Leeds is now available:

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

Monday

  • Information for Monday’s Pairs event will be released closer to the event

The Festival is the sixth event of the 2018/19 World Women’s Snooker Tour season and the marks its third staging since its introduction to the calendar in 2017.

Last year saw 11-time world champion Reanne Evans claim both the individual 6-Red and 10-Red titles, as well as the women’s pairs competition together alongside teammate Maria Catalano.

This year’s event has attracted the biggest field in several years at a World Women’s Snooker event with 36 individual players set to compete across the weekend, including several debutants and returning players.

Players losing in the opening round of the 6-Red and 10-Red events will be automatically entered into a Challenge Cup tournament (start time not before 5pm each day). If you do not wish to be included in the draw please inform the tournament desk as soon as possible.

Tournament information, including live scores from selected matches will be available to view using the new WPBSA Tournament Manager.

If you have any questions please contact a member of the team via our website or social media.

Festival of Women’s Snooker 2019: Enter Now

Entries are now being accepted for this season’s Festival of Women’s Snooker as the World Women’s Snooker Tour heads back to Leeds.

The event will take place across four days from 12-15 April 2019 at the Northern Snooker Centre and as was the case last year will incorporate five world championship competitions:

  • Friday 12 April – World Women’s Under-21 Championship / World Women’s Seniors Championship
  • Saturday 13 April – World Women’s 10-Red Championship
  • Sunday 14 April – World Women’s 6-Red Championship
  • Monday 15 April – World Women’s Pairs Championship

Last season saw Reanne Evans claim a title triple with individual victories in the 10-Red and 6-Red competitions, as well as in the pairs tournament together with Maria Catalano. There was also success for Nutcharut Wongharuthai and Jenny Poulter who claimed silverware in the Under-21 and Seniors events respectively.

The closing date for entries and payment of entry fees is 4:30pm BST on Friday 5 April 2019.

New Dates Announced for Festival of Women’s Snooker

The Festival of World Women’s Snooker 2019 will be held at the Northern Snooker Centre in Leeds on 12-15 April 2019.

Following the recent announcement that this season’s event would be rescheduled due to the proximity to the 2019 World Women’s Championship in the U.A.E. we can now confirm that this season’s four-day event will again provisionally include the following five tournaments:

  • World Women’s Under-21 Championship
  • World Women’s Seniors Championship
  • World Women’s 10-Red Championship
  • World Women’s 6-Red Championship
  • World Women’s Pairs Championship

The daily schedule will be confirmed closer to the event, however we would provisionally expect both ranking tournaments (10-Red and 6-Red World Championships) to be held during the weekend on Saturday and Sunday.

The 2018 Festival saw Reanne Evans claim a triple success with victories in the 6-Red, 10-Red and Women’s Pairs events (with Maria Catalano), with Nutcharut Wongharuthai and Jenny Poulter emerging victorious in the Under-21 and Seniors side-events respectively.

Festival of Women’s Snooker to be Rescheduled

Following today’s announcement that this season’s World Women’s Snooker Championship will take place in Dubai from 28-31 March 2019 we can now also confirm that the dates of next year’s Festival of Women’s Snooker event will now change.

Previously announced to run from 29 March – 2 April 2019, the five-day event which sees up to six world titles decided each spring will now be rescheduled.

Further information about the Festival will appear on our website as soon as possible.