Negri lass on cue as she bags pool tourney title

PEGGY Ho is always in her element when it comes to anything related to eyesight and staying focused.

The talented cueist, who is a registered optician, put her skills to good use by capturing the women’s singles title in the final of the recent Jameson Super League British Pool Championship at the Lake View Club in Subang Jaya.

The 30-year-old from Negri Sembi­lan, who took up pool just three years ago, whipped Jackie Wong 4-0 in the best-of-seven frames show­down to take home RM2,800 and a trophy. Jackie pocketed RM1,000.

Peggy said she was glad to have lived up to expectations as she had been tagged the favourite when the tournament cued off in August and culminating with the finals last month.

“I am glad I did not let my supporters down. I am also happy in winning the title in only my second year of playing in the competition. Hopefully I can defend my title next year,” said Peggy, who first played snooker six years ago before switching to pool.

Tournament organiser and former coach for Malaysia’s billiards and snooker team Lim Min Seng said he spotted the budding talent of Peggy two years ago.

“As soon as I spotted her, I predicted that she would one day be a champion,’’ said Min Seng, who to-date is the most successful coach after returning from the 1995 SEA Games in Chiangmai, Thailand, with six gold medals for Malaysia in the billiards, snooker and pools competition.

Min Seng said hopefully next year’s tournament would be bigger, especially with Pernod Ricard’s support. Its brand ambassador of Malaysia Anne Eng gave away the prizes in the finals.

In the men’s singles event, Alan Tan came out tops after downing Shane Kevin 4-1 to win RM4,500 and a trophy while Shane took home RM2,000.

In the team event, which involved 45 clubs since the start of the tournament in August, Thirsty Monkeys emerged champions after beating Ravenclaw in the final. The team members who took home the RM12,000 in prize money were Cathiyan Krishnan (captain), Shamsul Anuar Mahadi and Emyelliana Mimie (women players) and men players Ganeswaran Nesh, Odaya Kumar Suppiah, Sham Azad and S. Suvashini.

Ravenclaw went home with RM5,000. The team members were Chris Ku (captain), Liew Sook Han and Lee Sook Kwan (women players) and men players Lim Boon Hong, Vincent Ng Chee Wai, Sam The and Ken Yap.

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