Yesterday, in answer to my latest post, Eddie Jones commented
This is an unpopular opinion but im going to say it anyway. Woman’s Snooker tour is a great breeding ground for Women players but there has to come a time a good woman player moves to the next level and that means play in tournaments which contains the best Amateurs to hone their Skill. Both Ng And Reanne Evans are great players but flicking between Womans Tour and playing better players can’t work you got to commit and then the results will come.
and he is RIGHT of course but it’s not quite that simple when looking at the women in snooker in general.
10 years! Since then Hannah Jones has left snooker … and things haven’t really changed by the looks of it, at least at grass root level, which is where any player starts at.
Just read those more recent articles …
Nevertheless, the actual situation remains that girls have to overcome a lot of more hurdles than boys to be accepted and respected at grassroot level, which is where it all starts. That doesn’t help. Succeeding in every sport is also a number game, and if girls are outnumbered at grass root – because they feel unwelcome at best – we shouldn’t be surprised to see very few of them succeeding at the highest level, or staying away from the Main Tour.
And then there are other, trivial but unavoidable, considerations about sponsoring and funding. The poor “image” of women in snooker is not helping them to find sponsors.
On Yee has repeatedly stated that her ambition is to compete with the men. She came very close to beat Alan McManus in Sheffield last April, she didn’t do badly in the Q-school this time either. She’s slowly getting there. But she can’t afford to lose the funding she gets from her national body in Hong Kong, and what justifies that funding are the successes she gets on the Women’s Tour, because that’s what makes Hong Kong sporting authorities proud and gives them results to show off on the sporting scene. So she can’t ditch that to focus on the main tour just yet.
Two young Thai women, Mink (Nutcharut Wongharuthai – 19) and Ploy (Ploychompoo Laokiatphong -16) weren’t seen at the Q-School, despite Mink’s statement that her ambition is to compete on the main tour, and her making a 147 earlier this year. I can only suppose that they couldn’t afford the cost of it. BTW, there was no male Thai player at the Q-school this time either, so I can only suppose that they got no support from their federation.
And here is a question for Lewis … are women competing on the CBSA “professional” circuit alongside with men? If not, why?