The game of snooker is seeing a resurgence of interest among female players, with more girls and women competing in the Queensland Women’s Residents Snooker Championship held recently at Sherwood Services Club than has been seen in the past five years.
The championship held on 21-22 April featured players from age 10 to their 60s, with eventual winner Bean Hung (pictured) taking the title after a well fought Grand Final where she won 3 frames to 2 against Australian number two Megan Fullerton.
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The tournament featured players from across South-East Queensland and northern New South Wales and was open to non-Australian citizens as long as they currently live in the region. Bean Hung, originally from Taiwan and living in Mt Gravatt, is well known internationally for her American 9-ball prowess. After winning her first Queensland snooker title, she said she is looking forward to competing in snooker events across Australia in the future.
Megan Fullerton, based at Club Banora, said she always enjoys playing local tournaments and commended Bean Hung on her excellent game play. Megan was also awarded the highest break of the tournament.
Semi-finalists were Alice Wu (based at Matchroom) and Kym Hill (Redlands).
The tournament featured up-and-coming player, 10-year-old Lilly Meldrum, who is based at Milton. Father Stuart Meldrum said Lilly was excited to play in her first QLD Women’s Residents Snooker Championship and was thrilled to be able to have the opportunity to play for Queensland in the national championships later this year. Lilly won a match against a seasoned player early in the tournament and impressed onlookers, but on this occasion did not progress to the finals.
Queensland Billiards and Snooker Association President Greg Rogers said the tournament produced some great snooker by all players and the QBSA is considering hosting a QLD Women’s Open Snooker Championship later this year to build on the enthusiasm and interest in women’s tournaments across the State shown from hosting this event.
The winner of the QLD Women’s Residents Snooker Championship (if an Australian citizen and able to meet other criteria) goes on to represent Queensland at the Australian National Women’s Snooker Championship being held 22-24 June 2018 in Adelaide, South Australia. If the winner is not an Australian citizen, as was in this instance, the runner-up is offered that position and Megan Fullerton is now eligible to represent Queensland in the national championship.
The QBSA thanks venue Sherwood Services Club, its members and guests, referees and players for the successful weekend which showed the continued support of women’s cue sports in Queensland.