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Billiards - 08. November 2012.

Smarties help Catalano feel on top of the world


A HANDFUL of Smarties helped snooker star Maria Catalano enjoy the sweet taste of success at the women’s UK Championship.

 

And Catalano is now provisionally ranked number one on the World Ladies Billiards & Snooker Association circuit following her 3-0 victory over Tina Owen-Sevilton in the final at Jesters Snooker Hall, Swindon.

 

The 30-year-old from Dudley, West Midlands, revealed she nearly quit the tournament after feeling “a bit giddy and a bit light-headed” in her previous two matches.

 

“During the semis, I was contemplating going home because I felt like I was in someone else’s body,” she admitted.

 

Catalano, the pre-tournament favourite to claim her first UK title, struggled back from 2-1 down to defeat Derby teenager Hannah Jones 3-2 on the final pink in the quarter-finals.

 

“Hannah played quite well and I managed to scrape through,” she said.

 

And she was 1-0 down to 12-year-old Jasmine Bolsover, from Woking, before prevailing 3-1 in the last-four.

 

Complaining of feeling unwell, Catalano was approached by Owen-Sevilton.

 

“Tina gave me about 20 Smarties and I ate them all,” she explained.

 

“I don’t know whether it was some kind of sugar rush but it worked. I felt a lot better and came to life in the final.

 

“I played really well. I think I missed three balls.”

 

Breaks of 30, 32, 52 and 66 secured Catalano a ninth WLBSA ranking title.

 

Jones, 16, beat Bolsover to clinch the Junior title and world number 12 Jenny Poulter, from Maidstone, Kent, won the Plate competition.

 

RESULTS (BREAKS)

 

QUARTER-FINALS: Maria Catalano (45, 38) beat Hannah Jones 3-2, Jasmine Bolsover beat Jenny Poulter 3-2, Vicky Carter w/o Tatjana Vasiljeva, Tina Owen-Sevilton beat Vicky Gibbs 3-0.

 

SEMI-FINALS: Catalano beat Bolsover 3-1, Owen-Sevilton beat Carter 3-2.

 

FINAL: Catalano (30, 32, 52, 66) beat Owen-Sevilton 3-0.

 

PLATE

 

SEMI-FINALS: Hannah Jones beat Vicky Gibbs 2-0, Jenny Poulter bye.

 

FINAL: Poulter beat Jones 2-0.

 

JUNIORS

 

FINAL: Hannah Jones beat Jasmine Bolsover 2-0.

 

ENTRIES

 

Maria Catalano (Dudley, West Mids)

Tatjana Vasiljeva (Latvia)

Jenny Poulter (Maidstone, Kent)

Vicky Gibbs (Trowbridge)

Tina Owen-Sevilton (Bridgwater, Somerset)

Jasmine Bolsover (Woking)

Vicky Carter (Sandy, Bucks)

Hannah Jones (Derby)

 

WLBSA SNOOKER RANKINGS PRIOR TO UK CHAMPIONSHIP

Pos
 Name
 Home town/country
 Pts
 Sponsor
 
1
 Reanne Evans
 Dudley West Midlands, GB
 647
 MIUS
 
2
 Maria Catalano
 Dudley, West Midlands, GB
 632
 
3
 Emma Bonney
 Portsmouth, GB
 517
 
4
 Eva Palmius
 Isleham, Cambs, Sweden
 325
 
5
 Tina Owen-Sevilton
 Bridgwater, Somerset, GB
 323
 
6
 Natascha Niermann
 Cambridge, Germany
 300
 
7
 Jaique Ip Wan In
 Hong Kong, China
 300
 
8
 Yu Ching Ching
 Hong Kong, China
 281
 
9
 Vicky Carter
 Sandy, Beds, GB
 269
 
10
 Katie Henrick
 Bickley, Kent, GB
 255
 180poker.com
 
11
 Ng On Yee
 Hong Kong, China
 242
 
12
 Jenny Poulter
 Maidstone, Kent, GB
 241
 
13
 Hannah Jones
 Derby, GB
 234
 Jaxx Q Club & Wytech
 
14
 So Man Yan
 Hong Kong, China
 230
 
15
 Tatjana Vasiljeva
 Latvia
 203
 
16
 Gaye Jones
 Melksham, Wilts, GB
 196
 
17
 Marianne Williams
 Smallfield, Surrey, GB
 166
 
18
 Chris Sharpe
 Chelmsford, GB
 149
 
19
 Jan Hughes
 St Neots, Cambs, GB
 138
 
20
 Martina Lumsden
 Eastbourne, GB
 113
 
21
 June Banks
 Orpington, Kent, GB
 109
 
22
 Suzie Opacic
 Brambridge, Hants, GB
 83
 Kara Accountants
 
23
 Jasmine Bolsover
 Woking, GB
 79
 
24
 Naomi Clare
 Ripley, Derbys, GB
 74
 
25
 Kim O'Brien
 Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, GB
 60
 
26
 Maureen Rowland
 Wallsend, Tyne & Wear, GB
 56
 Fine Arch Cues
 
27
 Chitra Magimairaj
 India
 56
 
28
 Revanna Umadevi
 India
 54
 
29
 Jodie Symes
 Swindon, GB
 40
 
30
 Karen Corr
 Republic of Ireland
 35
 
31
 Pam Wood
 Newcastle, GB
 30
 
32
 Fran Calvert
 Lowestoft, GB
 30
 
33
 Laura Alves
 Dublin, Brazil
 22
 
34
 Vicky Gibbs
 Trowbridge, GB
 19
 
35
 Karen Harrison
 Fareham, GB
 12
 
36
 Shaghayegh Sanei
 Iran
 5
 
37
 Donna Davies
 Carmarthen, Wales
 5
 
38
 Joanne Davies
 Derby, GB
 0
 Wytech
 
39
 Clare Heseldine
 Broadstairs, GB
 0
 
40
 Georgina Holloway
 Derby, GB
 0
 
41
 Charlotte Holloway
 Derby, GB
 0
 
42
 Mary Hawkes
 Leighton Buzzard, GB
 0
 
43
 Supanni Yam-Oum
 France
 0
 

 

Picture by Monique Limbos:

 

UK Champion and world number one Maria Catalano

 

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