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Ladies Snooker - 2017 Connie Gough Memorial Trophy

​18th February 2017 / Dunstable Snooker Club, England


Maria Catalano won her sixth career Connie Gough Memorial Trophy title this weekend after a 4-2 victory over Rebecca Granger in the final.

This annual, one day, knockout event was the latest leg of this season's World Ladies Billiards and Snooker circuit.

Catalano is always a consistent performer in competitions, although this was her first silverware of the campaign. She started her charge with a narrow 3-2 win over Shannon Metcalf in the Last 16 before a 3-0 success against Aimee Benn in the Quarter-Finals.​ Laura Evans was then beaten 3-1 in the Semis.

There was a huge upset in the other Last 4 tie when the improving Granger dethroned defending champion Reanne Evans 3-2. Reigning World Champion Evans has won this title on seven occasions.

After a long day of action, Catalano started the final strongly and went into a 3-0 lead. Granger got on the board when taking Frame 4 on the black; she then harboured hopes of the comeback when also chalking up the fifth. However, Catalano got the task done in the next.

​Evans made the highest break of the day with an effort of 79.

The next tournament to be staged is the big one - the 2017 WLBS Eden Resources World Women's Snooker Championship from Toa Payoh, Singapore between the 13th-19th March where there is a prize fund of £15,000.

Picture above is courtesy of the WLBS Facebook Page

Written and published by Michael Day on the 19th February 2017

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