Hane Vaieke is new Women’s Snooker champ

first_imgVaieke defeated Helen Samuel four frames to one in the best of seven frames final played at the Lamana Q Club last Saturday.Vaieke won the 1st frame 53-33 but Samuel hit back winning the 2nd 56-43.It was all a one way affair after this as Vaieke won the next three frames 80-38, 49-39 and again 49-39 to be crowned the champion for 2017.Earlier on, Vaieke caused the upset of the year when she beat 11 time champion Geua John, three frames to one in the best of five frames semi-final.The writing was on the wall when Vaieke won the 1st frame by a black ball 45 – 38.John evened it up at one all when she won the 2nd frame 55-28. But Vaieke edged out John 44-42 in the 3rd frame and 47-46 in the 4th frame to end the Porebada woman’s hopes of a 12th title.John was gracious in defeat.“Hane played well and was potting very well. She deserved to win,” said John.The other semi -final saw Samuel beat another player from Hanuabada, May Vare three nil to set up an all Hanuabada final.John got the top seed award after going through her round robin matches undefeated. She also recorded the highest break of 27.The most outstanding player award went to Vaieke while the best dressed award went to Vero Laumaea.Perpetua Milikan won the 2017 NGCB Women’s National Snooker Plate when she defeated Cassandra Kinder 2-1 in the Plate final at the Laguna Hotel.PNGBSA vice president, John Chan congratulated Vaieke and commended the 32 women for participating and making the 2017 NGCB PNG women’s titles another success.Chan thanked official naming rights sponsors National Gaming Control Board and support sponsors The National, Strickland Real Estate, Graffiti Signs and Street Scene and venues Aviat Club, Laguna Hotel and Lamana Q Club.“I must also thank Tanya Tam, Jane Laigi and Tournament Director Joey Chan and his ATD’s and everyone who organised the event and contributed one way or another for another successful year,” said Chan.NGCB Community Benefit Fund Director, Haro Setae congratulated the new champion. “We are proud to support women in sports and it has been very successful. To produce a new champion is one thing but I commend you all who took part this year. You are all champions,” said Setae.last_img