Tim Dunkley - press release
NG On Yee continued Hong Kong’s dominance of the women’s snooker circuit this season by cruising to victory in the Northern Championship.
Ng dispatched defending champion Maria Catalano 3-0 in the second-leg final at the North East Derbyshire Snooker Centre, Clay Cross.
The 2009 and 2010 IBSF women’s world champion’s first ranking title on the World Ladies Billiards & Snooker Association tour followed her compatriot Jaique Ip Wan In’s triumph in the Agnes Davies Memorial in May.
“I am very happy to have won,” declared the 21-year-old, who did not drop a frame during the tournament. “I tried my best and concentrated all day.”
And she added: “(Maria) is very good.”
Ng’s coach Wayne Griffiths, son of the 1979 world champion Terry Griffiths, said: “(Maria’s) certainly one of the best female players in the world so that was a good result for On Yee.”
Hong Kong women’s champion Yu Ching Ching was a quarter-final casualty. She was knocked out 3-0 by Ip Wan In, who had finished fourth in this year’s event.
Vicky Carter, who gave birth to son Noah six weeks ago, lost 3-0 to the eventual champion in the first round and 2-0 to Plate winner Tatjana Vasiljeva, from Latvia, in the semi-finals of the consolation competition.
Eight-time world champion Reanne Evans missed the tournament as she was attending a World Snooker coaching course in Sheffield.
Eva Palmius, from Cambridgeshire, took the Seniors title.
PRELIMS: Jenny Poulter beat Maureen Rowland 3-0, Yu Ching Ching beat Tatjana Vasiljeva (33, 35) 3-2, Jaique Ip Wan In beat So Man Yan 3-0, Ng On Yee (44, 45) beat Vicky Carter 3-0, Natascha Niermann beat Hannah Jones 3-2.
QUARTER-FINALS: Maria Catalano (37, 50) beat Poulter 3-1, Ip Wan In beat Yu 3-0, Ng beat Tina Owen-Sevilton 3-0, Niermann beat Eva Palmius 3-0.
SEMI-FINALS: Catalano beat Ip Wan In 3-1, Ng beat Niermann 3-0.
FINAL: Ng (43) beat Catalano (37) 3-0.
SEMI-FINALS: Eva Palmius beat Maureen Rowland 2-0. Jenny Poulter bye.
FINAL: Palmius beat Poulter 2-0.
PRELIM: Vicky Carter beat Maureen Rowland 2-0.
QUARTER-FINALS: Carter beat So Man Yan 2-0, Tatjana Vasiljeva beat Jenny Poulter 2-0, Yu Ching Ching beat Eva Palmius 2-0, Hannah Jones beat Tina Owen-Sevilton 2-1.
SEMI-FINALS: Vasiljeva (37) beat Carter 2-0, Yu beat Jones 2-1.
FINAL: Vasiljeva beat Yu 2-1.
Maria Catalano (Dudley, West Mids)
Maureen Rowland (Wallsend, Tyne & Wear)
Tatjana Vasiljeva (Latvia)
Jenny Poulter (Maidstone)
Tina Owen-Sevilton (Bridgwater, Somerset)
Natascha Niermann (Cambridge)
Eva Palmius (Isleham, Cambs)
Vicky Carter (Sandy, Bucks)
Ng On Yee (Hong Kong)
Jaique Ip Wan In (Hong Kong)
So Man Yan (Hong Kong)
Yu Ching Ching (Hong Kong)
Hannah Jones (Derby)
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