Clay Cross victory for Hong Kong ace

Ng On Yee, who won an international snooker competition at Clay Cross.
Ng On Yee, who won an international snooker competition at Clay Cross.
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Ng On Yee continued Hong Kong’s dominance of the women’s snooker circuit this season by cruising to victory in the Northern Championship.

Ng dispatched defending champion Maria Catalano 3-0 in the second-leg final at the North East Derbyshire Snooker Centre, Clay Cross.

The 2009 and 2010 IBSF women’s world champion’s first ranking title on the World Ladies Billiards & Snooker Association tour followed her compatriot Jaique Ip Wan In’s triumph in the Agnes Davies Memorial in May.

“I am very happy to have won,” said the 21-year-old, who did not drop a frame during the tournament. “I tried my best and concentrated all day.”

Ng’s coach Wayne Griffiths, son of the 1979 world champion Terry Griffiths, said: “Maria’s certainly one of the best female players in the world so that was a good result for On Yee.”

Hong Kong women’s champion Yu Ching Ching was a quarter-final casualty. She was knocked out 3-0 by Ip Wan In, who had finished fourth in this year’s event.

Vicky Carter, who gave birth to son Noah six weeks ago, lost 3-0 to the eventual champion in the first round and 2-0 to Plate winner Tatjana Vasiljeva, from Latvia, in the semi-finals of the consolation competition.

Eva Palmius, from Cambridgeshire, took the Seniors title.