Haenga adds a trophy to the cabinet

BRISBANE'S Daniel Haenga has claimed the Queensland Open Snooker Championship at Club Banora after defeating local hope Tom Lucas in the best of nine frames final on Sunday.

Haenga, a former New Zealand national champion, added the 2009 title to his 2006 Queensland Open crown after a tight battle with Lucas.

The Brisbane player skipped out to take the first two frames before Lucas staged a mini-fightback to level the scores at two each.

However, drawing on his experience, Haenga claimed the next three frames, all of which were very close scores to claim five frames and the $1600 winner's cheque.

The championship, which started on Friday, attracted 44 of the state's best players including a number from the Twin Towns club in the quality field.

“The quality of snooker at Club Banora was very high and we had some promising young players taking part, especially Kurt Brown from Brisbane who is only 16 and has already won the national under-18 championship,” event spokesperson Scott Clifford said.

Snooker attention now turns to the national championships in three weeks time in Melbourne, with the Twin Towns' Robbie Gibbs among those competing.



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