John reigns

Normal, Sports

The National, Tuesday, June 7th 2011

PAPUA New Guinea’s women’s snooker champion Geua John continued her dominance of the sport after winning the Coca-Cola Women’s National Snooker Title yesterday in Port Moresby.
In front of a packed crowd at the Port Moresby Country Club, John defeated Madeline Kaina 4-1 in the best of seven frames to register her sixth consecutive win.
John won the first two frames 51-23 and 41-14 and lost the third on the black ball 37-45.
Just when everyone thought Kaina would make a comeback, John moved into overdrive and put the issue beyond doubt by winning the next two comfortably 69-2 and 65-21.
The quietly-spoken lady from Porebada thanked the sponsors and all the women that took part.
“I would like to thank Coca-Cola, all the other sponsors and also to all the ladies that participated in this tournament.
“We hope to see you all again next year,” she said after the match.
John, seeded number one after the group games, beat Jane Laigi 2-0 in the top 16, last year’s runner-up Raka Rocky 2-0 in the quarter-finals and Lele Boio Vani in the semi-finals 3-0.
Kaina on the other hand defeated “tura” Donna Kaina 2-0 in the top 16, veteran Kila Kapi 3-2 in the quarter-final and Sandra Chan – who got the most outstanding player –  in the semi-final 3-0.
John scored the highest break of 26.
The best dressed award went to Linda Gedisa.
Waisina Chan won the plate when she defeated Joanne Chanei 2-1.
Coca-Cola sales manager Brendon Bonn congratulated all the participants and was impressed with the record number of participants.
“Coca -Cola is proud to be associated with snooker and in particular women in sport and would continue this partnership next year.”
PNGBSA vice-president Roger Wilson thanked Coca-Cola for their continued sponsorship, gold sponsors Graffiti Signs, Imprint Copy Centre, Pacific MMI, Courts, silver sponsors Freeway Motors, Bestcars, Grant Agencies Ltd, Lamana Hotel, PNG Gardener, Kokoda Tailoring, bronze sponsors Evander, Golden Kina Haus, Nings Agencies, Perfect Tea, SED Optical, Trends Beauty International and Boina Investment Corp.
“I’d also like to thank Aviat, Car Club and Port Moresby Country clubs for the use of their venues,” Wilson said.
A record 40 women registered for the women’s national snooker titles with Richard Whitchurch as tournament director.