The Republic of Ireland Ladies Snooker Association have reached a new milestone in junior snooker as their School and Youth Reach Initiative continues to build and develop each year. A National Ranking List of 139 young female players is currently under review with the counting of points per event over a 3 year period.
We are delighted with the progress of this initiative that has produced some good young players for the future. A Scholarship Scheme was introduced two years ago which has seen a number of girls improve and develop their skills at the sport. This Scheme will continue into 2019 with ongoing positive changes that will increase participation among young girls becoming involved in the sport.
Emirjeta Doda from Dublin has dominated the junior scene here in Ireland going back over the past 5 years, having won 4 out of 5 National Under 21 Championship titles and reached the final of the other. Emirjeta certainly has set the bar for up and coming young players for the future. The Randle twins, Megan & Carrie from Kilkenny have made great progress in the sport with Megan taking the National Intermediate Title this year and their sister Danielle has won both the National Under 21 and National Amateur Championship titles in 2015 and 2016 respectively.
Grace Byrne from Carlow made great progress in reaching the final of the Under 21 Championship in 2017 and the International Intermediate Irish Open also in 2017. She won the RILSA National Primary School Championship in 2017 and is the first girl to retain this title in 2018.
Rachel Bradley from Kildare is also making great progress in the sport with 3 National Special Needs titles in 4 years and is making great progress on the National RILSA Tour. Katie French from Kildare is another young player to watch out for, having won her first event at the International Irish Open, taking the 6 red Title in 2017 and coming back again in 2018 to retain the title.
You only have to check out the Ranking list’s on this site and you will see first hand their positions as dictated by their results and participation on the very busy RILSA Tour.