What a knockout


EIGHT Ball’s equivalent of ladies day came to town on Sunday, when the Latrobe Valley Eight Ball Association hosted its first open women’s singles tournament at Turks Sports Bar, Traralgon.

A total of 20 women entered the event, which saw Tammy Rogers emerge victorious after a round robin and elimination bracket.

Eight finalists: Rogers, Janet Hedt, Debbie Nicklen, Kristy Thistlewaite, Claire Blackford, Kerryn Del Piccolo, Jessica Geisler and Xiu Jie qualified for knockout action after the round robin phase.

Third seed Rogers defeated second seed Nicklen to advance through the semi-finals, while top ranked Hedt was upset by Thistlewaite on the other side of the draw.

Thistlewaite’s run ended there, as Rogers claimed the final 4-1 to become the league’s maiden women’s champion.

In other league news Steve Gray finished runner up at the World Championships in Blackpool, England.