Boyle Earns Her First Provincial Championship
April 8, the 2017 Women’s Amateur 8-Ball Provincials were held at Tommy Gun’s Speakeasy Bar in Windsor. A great turnout of 12 women were on hand to join the chase for the title. The final 4 ladies to make the money rounds were Kelly Brimicombe, Leigh Ann Giles, Shauna Boyle and Jennie Saulnier.
On the one loss side, Saulnier and Giles met with Giles coming out on top 3-0, placing Saulnier in fourth. In a hill-hill score line on the no loss side Boyle was successful over Brimicombe 4-3. This then pitted Giles vs Brimicombe to decide who would stake a place in the final and who would finish in third place. It was Giles who came through in the match 3-1 to move on to face Boyle for the title.
Finalists Leigh Ann Giles (l) and Shauna Boyle (r)
The final would be one race to 5 games. The ladies had endured a long day of match play, but neither were willing to throw in the towel. Boyle got to the hill first, and even had a shot at an 8-Ball to close out the match at 4-2 ahead, but with the attempt thwarted, Giles seized the opportunity to take that game and capture the next game too, knotting things at 4 games apiece. The final game had a few momentum changes, however in her final turn at the table Giles was faced with a risky side pocket shot, but decisive should she make it. The object ball careened off one of the points, resulting in prime shape for Boyle to deposit her last ball and then the 8-ball for her first Provincial Women’s title.
In winning the 2017 Women’s Amateur 8-Ball Provincials, Shauna Boyle has earned the right to represent Nova Scotia at the 2017 CBSA Women’s Amateur 8-Ball Nationals in Thetford Mines, Quebec in May.