WELL PLAYED: Runner-up Libby Stanborough and winner Cass Ditchfield at the Port City Cue Sports Women's Championships.
WELL PLAYED: Runner-up Libby Stanborough and winner Cass Ditchfield at the Port City Cue Sports Women's Championships. Mike Richards GLA131018BALL

GALLERY: Thrilling finish at Women's Championships

EIGHT BALL: Girl power was on full show at a thrilling 2018 Port City Cue Sports Women's Championships on Saturday.

Ten competitors chalked up for the event which showcased some of Gladstone's top female talent.

After 18 frames where each competitor played against each other twice, Cass Ditchfield was declared overall winner by claiming 13 frames.

There was a three-way tie for second with Libby Stanborough, Tina Gallagher and Brandy Wineti claiming 11 frames each.

Stanborough was declared runner-up after head-to-head calculations were made.

 

"Cass was definitely one of the favourites but we also had three highly contending girls in Tina, Brandy and Colleen Pershouse and their history suggest they're strong players," Port City Cue Sports secretary Rachael Cooper said.

"We had four other girls who have only been playing for about 12 months so yesterday was a real test for a lot of the girls, especially the new girls, but they just pulled it out and played amazing games," Cooper said.

"Cass went through the first three frames undefeated... It was great to see Libby - who has only been playing for three months - come second.

"Coming second did the world for her confidence because she went in there thinking she'd have no chance against us."

 

Brandy Wineti and Tina Gallagher at the 2018 Port City Cue Sports Women's Championship.
Brandy Wineti and Tina Gallagher at the 2018 Port City Cue Sports Women's Championship. Mike Richards GLA131018BALL

Cooper, who finished in a three-way tie for seventh at the championships alongside Emma Vincent and Colleen Keogh, has noticed a steady increase in numbers during the 2018 season.

"People don't necessarily think of it as a pub thing any more," she said.

"It's actually quite big in our region with eight Eight Ball associations within CQ.

"Pool is still definitely a male-dominated sport but it's good to see the women are stepping up and are giving the men a run for their money.

"It's good to see more females coming through."

Port City Cue Sports has three weeks of competition left before its break until the 2019 season, which starts on January 15.