John reclaims snooker title


FORMER champion Geua John beat Madeline Kaina 4-2 to win the BSP National Women’s Snooker Title at the Q Club on Saturday.
John lost only two frames to Kaina (68-45 and 65-50) but romped home 46-43, 50-14, 56-21 and 56-16 to stay unbeaten throughout the national titles.
“It was good to win the title again. I won all my games through the group stage and then the last 16 and through the quarterfinal and semifinals,” John said.
John beat May Vare 3-0 in their best-of-five frames semifinal.
“I started off slowly but readjusted to get the win which was was awesome.
“I didn’t train as much in preparation for the national titles but I did play some corporate competitions keep my skills.
“Not making the final last year was something I wanted to make up for but coming this far was great and playing Madeline Kaina, who had to overcome her own challenges was good to.
“I started off slowly against Madeline and she won 68-45 so I refocused and won the next three frames to put the pressure back on her. But she came back and I knew that I couldn’t lose concentration in the sixth frame so I stayed positive and won that frame,” John said of her 56-16 in the sixth frame.
Runner-up Kaina said she felt exhausted after a great run through the titles and congratulated John for her win.
“I beat (2-1) last year’s champion Hane Vaieke in the last 16 and made it all the way to the final. It wasn’t easy but I’m just happy I made the final after losing in the group stage.”
The presentation of awards will be after the men’s championship final at Q Club on Sunday.
Meanwhile the men’s competition will cue off tomorrow with defending champion Marcus Ng set to take on the country’s best snooker players such as former champion Djorne Fong and Willie Vaieke.

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