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Huart Co-opted to WLBS Board

World Ladies Billiards and Snooker (WLBS) is today pleased to announce that Matt Huart has been co-opted to its Board of Directors.

Matt has regularly supported WLBS as part of his role as WPBSA Media Officer since 2015 and will now join the existing board of Mandy Fisher, Nigel Mawer QPM and Diana Schuler responsible for the World Women’s Snooker Tour.

As part of his new role Matt will continue to provide official media content from WLBS and its events, as well as working with external media outlets to effectively promote the women’s game to a global audience.

Matt also brings strategic experience to the board from his involvement in tournaments staged by bodies including World Snooker, World Disability Billiards and Snooker and the World Snooker Federation, and will work with the rest of the board to further develop women’s snooker over the coming seasons.

WLBS President Mandy Fisher said: “It is a great pleasure to welcome Matt onto the board. He has been involved with the WLBS for the past couple of years and he has worked hard to promote women’s game globally. With Matt on board women’s snooker has a great future in safe hands.”

Matt Huart said: “I am delighted to have received the opportunity to join the WLBS board and to be able to be a part of the team moving forwards. During the past few years I have enjoyed getting to know the fantastic group of players and supporters that we have on the women’s circuit and to have been a part of the development of a tour which has seen events staged in Germany, Singapore and most recently Malta for the first time.

“I see no reason why women’s snooker cannot continue to grow over the coming years and am looking forward to working with the rest of the team to deliver a tour of prestigious events that will encourage more women to participate in snooker.”

Vicky Shirley profile picShirley leaves the board

WLBS has also announced that Vicky Shirley has recently left her position as director and company secretary with immediate effect.

Vicky has been involved with our events for over 25 years, firstly as a player and also as a director since 2010. Everyone at the WLBS would like to take this opportunity to thank Vicky for her many years of hard work for women’s snooker and we look forward to welcoming her back to future events as a player next season.

Learn more about the WLBS Board of Directors HERE.

 

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.

Updated WLBS Rankings: April 2017

The official WLBS world women’s ranking list has now been updated following the concluding event of the season, the LITEtask Festival of Women’s Snooker in Leeds, England.

The WLBS world rankings operate on a rolling two-year basis, with points earned during the 2014/15 season having been removed during the course of this season. With no remaining points to be deducted however, no points have been removed from the ranking list following the Festival, which has seen points added to the total.

It has been the perfect week for second-ranked Ng On Yee, who with victories in both the 6-Red and 10-Red competitions in Leeds has slashed the advantage of world number one Reanne Evans by more than half.

With the 11-time world champion in competition at the professional Betfred World Championship and so unable to compete at the Festival, On Yee has reduced Evans’ lead from 15,300 points to just 5,300.

Elsewhere, there is just one further change within the top 10, with the newly married Rebecca Kenna (née Granger), achieving a new career-high of sixth position, switching places with Latvia’s Tatjana Vasiljeva.

Not involved in either competition carrying ranking points in Leeds, Vicky Shirley drops three places to 15th, but it was a strong week for Emma Bonney who has climbed 11 places to break into the top 20 at 19th.

Season changes

Comparing the rankings to the start of the season, the biggest winners are Laura Evans and Rebecca Kenna, who have climbed from 12th and 21st positions, to fourth and sixth respectively.

Junior players Shannon Metcalf (13th), Jeong Min Park (18th) and Aimee Benn (20th) have also seen significant rises to climb into the top 20, while Claire Edginton is close behind in 22nd.

Paula Judge, Heidi de Gruchy and World Championship runner-up Vidya Pillai have all finished the campaign inside of the top 30, despite having not competed during the previous season.

Among those to have dropped places, Jaique Ip Wan In has fallen six places from third to ninth, while Jenny Poulter and Vicky Shirley have both dropped out of the top 10 since the start of the campaign.

The updated ranking list will be used to determine the seedings for the opening event of the 2017/18 season.

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.