Low entries for the first event of the season but it is hoped that with a change of administration that we can start to get the numbers back to where they were a couple of years ago.
TYNE and Wear plays host to the world’s two best women snooker players on Sunday.
World number one Maria Catalano and nine-time world champion Reanne Evans will be action in the British Open at Whitley Bay Snooker Centre.
Also on the programme are a Seniors (40+) tournament, an Under-21 competition and a Plate for those not reaching the semi-finals of the main event.
The British Open, last competed for in 2010 and won by Evans, is the first of eight ranking events on the World Ladies Billiards & Snooker Association’s £8,400 2013/14 tour.
Eden Resources - a Singapore-based company that organises seminars, events and training - is sponsoring the Masters and the World Championships to the tune of £5,000.
Cambridge Snooker Centre will host the International Ladies Billiards Championship on September 22.
Meanwhile, Hannah and her sister’s debut on the WLBSA circuit will mean twin billing for the Derby girls in Whitley Bay.
Ten-year-old Ellie Jones - who also enjoys golf, tennis and karate - will join her 17-year-old sibling in the draw that takes place at 9.15am. Play commences at 10am.
WLBSA BRITISH OPEN
Sunday, September 8.
Whitley Bay Snooker Centre
305 Whitley Road
Tyne & Wear
Telephone: 0191 447 0515
Maria Catalano (Dudley, West Mids)
Reanne Evans (Dudley, West Mids)
Vicky Carter (Sandy, Beds)
Jenny Poulter (Maidstone)
Hannah Jones (Derby)
Maureen Rowland (Wallsend, Tyne & Wear)
Laura Alves (Dublin)
Pam Wood (Newcastle)
Ellie Jones (Derby)
Pos Name Home town/country Pts Sponsor
1 Maria Catalano Dudley, West Midlands, GB 642
2 Reanne Evans Dudley West Midlands, GB 399 MIUS
3 Emma Bonney Portsmouth, GB 347
4 Yu Ching Ching Hong Kong, China 336
5 Jaique Ip Wan In Hong Kong, China 335
6 Ng On Yee Hong Kong, China 284
7 Tina Owen-Sevilton Bridgwater, Somerset, GB 249
8 So Man Yan Hong Kong, China 223
9 Vicky Carter Sandy, Beds, GB 222
10 Eva Palmius Isleham, Cambs, Sweden 213
11 Jenny Poulter Maidstone, Kent, GB 194
12 Hannah Jones Derby, GB 182 Eden, Jaxx Q Club
13 Katie Henrick Bickley, Kent, GB 175 180poker.com
14 Tatjana Vasiljeva Latvia 174
15 Natascha Niermann Cambridge, Germany 148
16 Marianne Williams Smallfield, Surrey, GB 122
17 Jasmine Bolsover Woking, GB 120
18 Gaye Jones Melksham, Wilts, GB 99
19 Chitra Magimairaj India 88
20 Suzie Opacic Brambridge, Hants, GB 83 Kara Accountants
21 Jan Hughes St Neots, Cambs, GB 77
22 Chris Sharpe Chelmsford, GB 72
23 Martina Lumsden Eastbourne, GB 54
24 Maureen Rowland Wallsend, Tyne & Wear, GB 46 Fine Arch Cues
25 Karen Corr Republic of Ireland 35
26 June Banks Orpington, Kent, GB 25
27 Vicky Gibbs Trowbridge, GB 25
28 Naomi Clare Ripley, Derbys, GB 20
29 Kim O'Brien Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, GB 15
30 Revanna Umadevi India 14
31 Laura Alves Dublin, Brazil 14
32 Pam Wood Newcastle, GB 10
33 Fran Calvert Lowestoft, GB 10
34 Jodie Symes Swindon, GB 10
35 Michelle Marinova Bracknell, Bulgaria 10
36 Donna Davies Carmarthen, Wales 5
37 Shaghayegh Sanei Iran 5
38 Weronika Nowicka Poland 4
39 Karen Harrison Fareham, GB 0
40 Joanne Davies Derby, GB 0 Wytech
41 Clare Heseldine Broadstairs, GB 0
42 Georgina Holloway Derby, GB 0
43 Charlotte Holloway Derby, GB 0
44 Mary Hawkes Leighton Buzzard, GB 0
45 Supanni Yam-Oum France 0
2013/14 WLBSA CALENDAR
September 8, 2013: British Open at Whitley Bay Snooker Centre (£300 sponsorship by the club).
September 22, 2013: International Ladies Billiards Championship at Cambridge Snooker Centre (£500 anonymous sponsorship).
October 5, 2013: Agnes Davies Memorial at Terry Griffiths Matchroom, Llanelli.
November 2, 2013: UK Championship at North East Derbyshire Snooker Centre, Clay Cross (£300 sponsorship by the club).
November 16-17, 2013: Eden Resources Masters at Cambridge Snooker Centre (£2,000 sponsorship).
January 25, 2014: East Anglian Championship at Pot Black Club, Lowestoft.
February 23, 2014: Southern Classic at Jesters Snooker Hall, Swindon.
March 30, 2014: Connie Gough Memorial at Dunstable Snooker Club (£300 sponsorship from Julie Hemingway).
April 18-22, 2014: Eden Resources World Championship at Northern Snooker Centre, Leeds (£5,000 sponsorship: £3,000 from Eden Resources and £2,000 from Northern Snooker Centre).
More details and action shots of most of the ladies available from:
Tim Dunkley (WLBSA press office)
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