Annette Newman from Carlow won the 2019 RILSA National Title at D’Arcy McGees Snooker Club, Dublin recently, making it her second National Title.  After her win at the Maureen Butler Cup in April and taking the National Billiards Title in December 2018 and now the National Championship title once again, puts her in a league of her own, having won 3 prestigious titles in 5 months.  Along with her wins, Annette also holds the number 1 ranked player in Ireland in both Snooker & Billiards, all making up a fantastic achievement for this seasoned lady player.

Cathy Dunne from Dublin was the runner-up in the event and has certainly put her mark on female snooker here in Ireland over the years.  Her defeat to Annette was on a very close score line and Cathy has reached the final in the last 3 years, we are certain that 2004 Champion will come back stronger next season and take another crack at winning this title.

On her way to the final, Annette had to overcome strong play from a few of our up and coming players.  In the quarters, Annette had to dig deep after a black ball finish in frame 1 against Emirjeta Doda from Dublin the current National U21 Champion to take it, however Annette stepped up a gear to finish comfortable in frame 2 to go through to the semis.  The Semi final bout against Tina Keogh from Laois, a most improved player, saw Tina take the first frame with some great potting but Annette returned the favour in the second to level at 1-1, frame 3 saw both players keep in touch down to the blue pink and black where Annette showed her experience to clear for the win to go through to the final.

Cathy Dunne had to play well against Michelle O’Boyle from Kildare in their Quarter final match after just taking frame 1 on the pink ball.  The second frame saw Cathy play great snooker to win it comfortably for a place in the semis.  Cathy was up against Christine Carr from Kildare and again had to fight for frame 1 but in frame 2 Cathy fired in a number of 20+ breaks to seal the win and meet Annette in the final.

The final started out with both players not to their best form but with some good potting and safety frame 1 came down to a black ball with Cathy having a great chance to pot it and left it hanging for Annette to pot and go into a 1 frame lead in this best of 5 final.  Frame 2 was almost identical to the first with yet another close finish with Annette potting pink for frame 2.  Were we going to see the same again in frame 3, YES, as it came down to the last two colours to see who would take it and again it was Annette who closed out the frame and take a 3 nil win over Cathy, as you can see it was so close and disappointing for Cathy to have been so close and a great result for Annette who is delighted to have won the title again.

Other players who showed great promise in the Championship were Valerie Maloney (Offaly) who had a very close Quarter final match against Christine Carr to only lose out in two black ball finishes.  Young Katie French (Kildare) had a good 2 nil win over veteran Margaret Browne (Meath) to reach the quarters against Tina Keogh.  Tina had to fight hard against Katie to eventually get over the line 2-1 to reach the semis.  Young Roisin Beale (Kildare) who is one of our Scholarship players was playing well on the day and we look forward to seeing her on the RILSA Tour for 2019-2020.

We wish Margaret a speedy recovery after falling ill during the Championship, her support on turning up for the event, even though she was feeling unwell at the start is commendable.  We are all looking forward to seeing Margaret back playing in the near future.

Congratulations to Annette on a great win and to Cathy on a fine performance.  Well done to all our players on their play and support.  Thanks to Richie and staff of D’Arcy McGees at Spawell for providing excellent conditions for our Championship and we look forward to heading back to Spawell on June 8th for the National Intermediate Championship.  Thanks to Dave Earle for his refereeing the final.

The new provisional rankings, show Annette at number 1 with Cathy moving up to 2nd spot while Tina is up to 3rd place and Christine down to 4th spot.  These rankings will change many times during the new season ahead and we look forward to it.

TOP 16 AFTER 2019 CHAMPIONSHIP – PROVISIONAL

Rank Name Club/School Tot Tot
1st Annette Newman Griffith Club, Carlow 2500 7
2nd Cathy Dunne Celbridge, Kildare 2200 4
3rd Tina Keogh Portarlington S.C., Laois 2000 3
4th Christine Carr Sharkx Newbridge, Kildare 2000 2
5th Katie French CYME Newbridge/KILDARE 1800 3
6th Michelle O’Boyle CYMS Newbridge/KILDARE 1800 2
 7th Valerie Maloney Portarlington S.C., Laois 1800 0
8th Emirjeta Doda  Dublin 1800 0
9th Margaret Browne Royal S.C. Navan, Meath 1600 0
10th Roisin Beale Sharkx Newbridge, Kildare 1600 0
11th Louise Jordan Navan S.C./Meath 1000 0
12th Paula Judge Celbridge S.C. Kildare 1000 0
13th Rachel Bradley St Marks Newbridge, Kildare 1000 0
14th Jennifer Earle  Dublin 1000 0
15th Megan Randle Kilkenny 1000 0
16th Suzanne Randle Kilkenny 1000 0