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Billiards - 17. May 2007.

Girl Cue Power

A SNOOKER team containing four women has defied the odds and won promotion to the Winchester City and District Premier League.

Captain Jim Everett’s gamble of signing on the quartet has paid off as his Chandler’s Ford D side finished second in Division one with 13 wins out of 18.

Regulars Suzie Opacic and Paula Owens were joined this season by Sarah Osgood and drama teacher Alex Burton to compete in the male-dominated world of league snooker.

Mark Andrews, Jason Terry and Sarah’s husband Lee, 25, complete the squad.

Sarah, who has a top break of 17, started playing two years ago.

The 28-year-old said: “He (Lee) bought me a snooker cue for my birthday so I had to use it.”

Opacic was at the centre of controversy in January after Women Sport Report revealed that Southampton League side Netley Central enforces a ‘No Women’ rule in their snooker room.

But the 18-year-old, who plays on the WLBSA circuit and recently signed a sponsorship deal with Southampton-based David Andrews Web Design, has had no such problems in the Winchester league.

Owens, 34, the club’s reigning ladies’ champion, said: “The other teams are always pleasant and try to encourage us.”

The squad’s fourth woman, 24-year-old Burton who is coached by ex-professional Neil Davies, made her league debut in the last match of the season.

Burton said: “I really enjoyed it and I’m looking forward to next season.”

In fact, all four women played in the final away game at third-placed East Winchester Social. But it was not to be a fairy-tale ending – they lost 4-1, and missed top spot by one point.



Girl cue power – left to right: Alex Burton, Suzie Opacic, Paula Owens and Sarah Osgood




Girl cue power – left to right: Alex Burton, Suzie Opacic, Paula Owens and Sarah Osgood


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