Just a few weeks on from her success in taking the inaugural 100 Up National Billiards Championship, Annette Newman from Carlow won her 5th National Amateur Ladies Billiards Championship in a row at the RILSA Academy Sharkx Newbridge.

Again Annette continues her success in 2019.  She said that its her best year yet in female cue sports.  Her dedication and commitment to both snooker and billiards is now paying off and she is delighted with her results.  Annette wishes to thank all the girls for their participation in helping the success of these events and without them, now one could be a champion.

Christine Carr from Kildare was the runner up on the evening and this is Christine’s 3rd year in a row to reach the final so very well done to Christine on her great performances.

In this timed round robin event, Stephanie Morrison from Carlow got off to a good start by winning her match against Jennifer Earle from Dublin 46-19 after Jennifer previously did the same to Stephanie in the 100 Up Championship a few weeks ago.  Christine Carr was in good form against the current National Intermediate Champion Valerie Maloney from Offaly, taking the match 50-30 on the clock

The second session saw Christine continue her winning form against Jennifer with a 37-24 result while Annette Newman from Carlow and current Champion played well against Valerie to win 62-42 as the alarm sounded.

Session 3 again started well for Annette as she finished strong against Stephanie with a 54-25 win.  Valerie stepped up a gear in her match against Jennifer and held form with minutes to go to take the win 54-47 in a close finish

Session 4 started well for Annette going ahead on points against Jennifer, however Jennifer came back strong to level on points with 5 minutes to go, Annette tried to move ahead but let Jennifer in to score the points needed to take the win on the clock finishing close 59-50.  A great result for Jennifer and this will give her more confidence in the future.  Christine and Stephanie’s match was low scoring for a while but with minutes to go Christine started to score well to finish on the clock 36-20

In the 5th and final session  Valerie was to win by 3 points on the alarm against Stephanie in a very close encounter 32-29 while Annette and Christine were neck and neck all the way to the clock as Annette potted a red to win 45-44 in a very close match.

After the points were tallied Annette finished on 211 taking the title for the 5th time followed by Christine on 167 in runner up spot 3rd place was to go to Valerie on 158 with Jennifer having her highest ever tally on 149 with Stephanie on 120 finish.

Congratulations to Annette on retaining her title for the 5th time, a fantastic achievement and congrats to Christine on a fine performance.  Thanks to all the other players for their participation and to Bernie, Paul and staff of Sharkx for providing excellent conditions.

A big thank you to Aidan Murray for his help in refereeing and presenting the prizes and to every who supported on the night.