Category: Festival

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.

WLBS 2018/19 Events News

We are today pleased to be able to announce the first details in respect of next season’s WLBS events calendar with three events now confirmed for 2018/19.

Comprising several world ranking events held across the globe, the World Women’s Snooker Tour will continue to provide opportunities for women to play snooker competitively and provide a pathway to prestigious professional events.

The season will begin with the 2018 UK Women’s Championship, which will return to Leeds this September. The Northern Snooker Centre, which has been a loyal supporter of women’s snooker for many years will also once again host the 2019 Festival of Women’s Snooker next March, with the event to be extended to include the return of the World Mixed Pairs Championship, last held in 2017.

The World Women’s Snooker Tour will also return to Gloucester’s South West Snooker Academy in November for the 2018 Eden Women’s Masters, which once again will be sponsored by Eden Resources.

Further tournaments

In addition to these three UK events, WLBS is currently in discussions to host up to a further five ranking event competitions, including the 2019 World Women’s Snooker Championship, outside of the UK during the 2018/19 season.

Further information in respect of these events will be released as soon as possible.

Sponsorship opportunities

WLBS can confirm that exciting sponsorship opportunities are currently available in respect of all three UK events, to include title sponsorship for both competitions in Leeds.

If your company would be interested in supporting women’s snooker and taking advantage of the significant exposure that we can offer both locally and online, please contact us using our contact form.

World Women’s Snooker Tour 2018/19 UK Events

Title Triple for Evans at Snooker Festival

Reanne Evans was the big winner at the 2018 Festival of Women’s Snooker as she left undefeated to capture three of the five titles on offer at the Northern Snooker Centre in Leeds, England.

As the curtain fell on the 2017/18 World Women’s Snooker Tour season, it was the 11-time world champion who emerged victorious in the weekend 10-Red and 6-Red ranking events, before adding the Pairs Championship alongside Maria Catalano to bookend another successful season with her third title of the Festival.

There was a familiar opponent for Evans in the finals of both the World Women’s 10-Red and 6-Red Championship events as she faced Hong Kong’s Ng On Yee, who was looking to defend both titles after her victories at the events in 2017.

This time however it was Evans who having impressed throughout the weekend first recorded a 4-1 success to win the 10-Red event, before coming back from 3-1 down the following day to win 4-3 on the pink following a dramatic final in the 6-Red competition.

“I am happy to be back to winning ways,” said Evans. “Coming to the tournament straight from Sheffield [Evans lost 10-7 to Dominic Dale at the professional World Championship qualifiers the previous week] I was on a bit of a downer, but also a bit of a high having competed well.

“I played really well in the 10-Red event, everything seemed to go in. Today I struggled a little bit, but I dug in there and I was happy to win in the end.”

Her success at the weekend has seen Evans finish with a tour-best four ranking titles following previous victories in at the Paul Hunter Women’s Classic and British Open events, but the 32-year-old is targeting further improvement ahead of Q School next month where she will be looking to secure a return to the professional circuit for the first time since the 2010/11 season.

“Looking back over the season there have definitely been positives, but I just want to play a little bit better. Obviously, everybody wants to win but lately I have been struggling a little bit, my form has been very patchy so hopefully I can get a little bit more consistent and I will be even more happy!”

Together with friend and world number three Maria Catalano, Evans claimed her third title of the event on Monday as the Dudley duo defeated last year’s runners-up Laura Evans and Suzie Opacic 3-0 to claim the World Women’s Pairs Championship title.

It is Evans’ second victory in the event following her success alongside Jasmine Bolsover back in 2015 and Catalano’s first having previously been runner-up two years ago with Latvia’s Tatjana Vasiljeva.

The World Women’s Under-21 Championship was won for the first time by Thailand’s Nutcharut Wongharuthai after the 18-year-old ended the reign of 2017 champion Emma Parker with a 3-0 win in the final.

Wongharuthai, who is also known by her nickname ‘Mink’, recently reached the final of the British Open event in Stourbridge and dominated this weekend’s juniors event by taking the title without the loss of a single frame.

The victory is her first title at any level on the WLBS circuit and one that will add to her growing reputation as one to watch in the women’s game.

The World Women’s Seniors Championship was won by Jenny Poulter, who completed a clean sweep of Seniors events across the current season with a 3-0 victory against Jackie Ellis in the final.

Having topped her group with 2-1 wins against Germany’s Tanja Ender and Maureen Rowland, Poulter ran out a comfortable winner to add to her previous titles this season in Leeds, Gloucester and Stourbridge.

 

View full results from the singles competitions from the 2018 Festival HERE.

World Women’s Pairs Championship results:

PRELIM ROUND

Yee Ki Ho/Pui Ying Chu 2-1 Aimee Benn/Claire Edginton

Nutcharut Wongharuthai/Waratthanun Sukritthanes 2-0 Mei Mei Fong/Yee Ting Cheung

QUARTER-FINALS

Reanne Evans/Maria Catalano 2-0 Yee Ki Ho/Pui Ying Chu

Rebecca Kenna/Shannon Metcalf 2-0 Dorothee Rapp/Tanja Ender

Laura Evans/Suzie Opacic 2-0 Elizabeth Black/Jackie Ellis

Nutcharut Wongharuthai/Waratthanun Sukritthanes 2-0 Ng On Yee/Katrina Wan

SEMI-FINALS

Reanne Evans/Maria Catalano 2-1 Rebecca Kenna/Shannon Metcalf

Laura Evans/Suzie Opacic 2-1 Nutcharut Wongharuthai/Waratthanun Sukritthanes

FINAL

Reanne Evans/Maria Catalano 3-0 Laura Evans/Suzie Opacic

Women’s Festival of Snooker: Tournament Information

The 2018 Women’s Festival of Snooker is now underway at the Northern Snooker Centre in Leeds, with five world titles to be decided over the next four days.

Event schedule

  • Friday 13 April – World Women’s Under-21 Championship / World Women’s Seniors Championship
  • Saturday 14 April – World Women’s 10-Red Championship
  • Sunday 15 April – World Women’s 6-Red Championship
  • Monday 16 April – World Women’s Pairs Championship

Match schedule

Draws and results

View the latest draws and results for each tournament via MySnookerStats HERE.

In action at the 2017 Paul Hunter Women's Classic

Doro Rapp Q&A

With less than one week to go until the start of the 2018 Festival of Women’s Snooker we caught up with Germany’s Dorothée Rapp to learn more about how she became interested in snooker and about her off-table passion for music…

Hi Doro, you will be returning to England to play at the Festival of Women’s Snooker next week. How much are you looking forward to this year’s event?

Yes, I am looking forward to it very much. It’s a great opportunity and challenge for me with interesting people and a great venue.

In action at the Paul Hunter Women’s Classic (August 2017) © Monique Limbos

How did you first become interested in snooker?

Many years back I went to play a bit of pool with friends now and then, purely for fun, in a place around the corner. There were two snooker tables too, but I always gave them a wide berth – they seemed so huge!

Then in 2013, almost accidentally I watched the World Championship in Sheffield on Eurosport and decided I finally needed to understand the basic rules. Somehow I got hooked, but by that time there was not a single snooker table left in my town (all British military personal being gone), but there was an open-door weekend in a club not too far away. I went, I tried a frame and that started it.

What is it that you enjoy about the game?

Apart from the colourful material and the huge table? 🙂 I guess I love that it’s fascinating over a long time, it’s never the same, you can work on many different aspects – and it’s fantastic when it – sometimes – works as planned.

Rather than being a fan of particular players, I like the twists and turns of long matches.

© Marco Borggreve

Away from snooker we know that you are also a talented musician – tell us a little about that…

The two go quite well together actually, but luckily I started playing the cello much earlier so it works the way it should more often!

Yes, I am a professional classical musician working full-time in a symphony orchestra. We play subscription concerts in the cities around here, we are also touring quite a bit in Germany and in Europe and we also have been to Japan and the USA twice on tour. We are around 75 people from about 15 different nationalities. We get to play with world class conductors and soloists, but we also play a great many concerts for and with school children.

As special project we also play opera. It is quite demanding and time consuming, especially since of course almost all evenings and weekends are worktime, but I love it.

In fact, last year during the Paul Hunter Women’s Classic you almost had to be in two places at once with both the snooker and a concert running during the same weekend…

True, that was a crazy schedule. To be able to play in the snooker tournaments I need a special permit, since of course the orchestra has to take holidays all at the same time – during the summer – and it takes some planning and goodwill from my section colleagues to be able to go away in mid-season, and it all depends on that no one calls in sick – in which case I would have to return immediately.

Last year I could play the morning match in Nuernberg, then I took a train to Fulda – about one hour away – of course the train was late, then a taxi to the concert venue. It was an open air gala, so everything was already fenced up. The taxi driver almost refused to take me there thinking it was all closed.

Then the security almost didn’t let me in because I was not arriving with the rest of the orchestra – but I made it just in time for the soundcheck and once seated I could relax!

Afterwards to a hotel – since no train was going that late at night – before next morning heading back to Fuerth to play snooker.

And back to the baize, why do you think women should play snooker and in particular our competitions?

Why not? When I started playing the cello it was still said to be unusual for a woman and some orchestras even did not accept them for the auditions. Times have changed 🙂

Doro will be competing in next weekend’s Seniors, Pairs, 10-Red and 6-Red World Championship tournaments at the season-ending Festival of Women’s Snooker at the Northern Snooker Centre in Leeds, England.

Entries remain open until tomorrow at 4:30pm BST, click HERE for more information and to enter.

Snooker at Northern Snooker Centre

Festival Format Announced

The format has been announced for the 2018 Women’s Festival of Snooker which returns to the Northern Snooker Centre in Leeds, England this April.

The final event of this season’s World Women’s Snooker Tour will run from 13-16 April 2018 and feature five tournaments including the return of the 6 and 10 Red World Women’s Championship ranking events both won in 2017 by world number one Ng On Yee.

The Festival will begin with the World Women’s Under-21 Championship and World Seniors Championship events, claimed last year by Emma Parker and Emma Bonney.

Following the 6 and 10 red events, the four-day event will conclude with the World Women’s Pairs Championship, also won by Emma Bonney a year ago together with Vicky Shirley.

Full tournament schedule:

  • Friday 13 April – World Women’s Under-21 Championship / World Women’s Seniors Championship
  • Saturday 14 April – World Women’s 10-Red Championship
  • Sunday 15 April – World Women’s 6-Red Championship
  • Monday 16 April – World Women’s Pairs Championship

Due to the timing of the event which will be played concurrently with the qualifiers for the professional Betfred World Championship in Sheffield, we have taken the decision not to stage the World Mixed Pairs Championship as part of this year’s Festival. We do however intend for the event to return at a future date suitable for all.

The full tournament entry pack is now available and entries are being accepted HERE.

Provisional 2017/2018 Calendar Announced

The provisional calendar for the 2017/18 World Women’s Snooker Tour has today been announced by World Ladies Billiards and Snooker (WLBS).

Following a landmark previous season which saw ranking events held in Germany and Singapore for the first time, the WLBS has confirmed that the World Women’s Championship will return to Asia for a second consecutive year from 12-18 March 2018

As in 2016, the new season will get underway in Germany, with the Paul Hunter Women’s Classic set to be held from 24-27 August 2017. The early stages of the event will be held at the Ballroom Nürnberg venue, with the final rounds to run alongside the professional Paul Hunter Classic tournament at the Stadthalle.

The event will be followed by the LITEtask UK Ladies Championship, which will once again be staged at the Northern Snooker Centre in Leeds on the weekend of 30 September – 1 October 2017.

The same venue will also host the LITEtask Festival of Snooker on 13-17 April 2018, with players competing for a range of world championship titles across a variety of singles and doubles competitions.

Information as to further provisional events, including the Eden Women’s Masters will be released as soon as possible.

WLBS President Mandy Fisher said: “Over the past few years the World Women’s Snooker Tour, under WLBS, has gone from strength to strength, thanks to the support of the WPBSA and our sponsors Eden Resources, LITEtask and the Northern Snooker Centre.

“Once again we will be travelling around the globe and welcoming players from all nationalities to compete in our world ranking events that have no limitations and are open to any women in the world.”

Provisional 2017/18 WLBS Calendar

24-27 August 2017
Paul Hunter Women’s Classic – Furth, Germany.

30 September – 1 October 2017
LITEtask UK Women’s Championship – Leeds, England

October/November 2017
Eden Women’s Masters – Venue TBC

February 2018
Ranking Event TBC

12-18 March 2018
World Women’s Championship – Asia Venue TBC

13-17 April 2018
LITEtask Festival of Women’s Snooker – Leeds, England

June 2018
WLBS Event TBC

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.