Annette Newman from Carlow wins her 3rd National Billiards Ranking title out of 4 so far this season with a fantastic display of billiards at Sharkx Newbridge.
Annette was on fire in her first round robin match against young Roisin Beale from Kildare with a 113 to 36 result in their match, firing in three 20+ breaks in the process.
Valerie Maloney from Offaly showed great form against Irish number 2 Christine Carr (Kildare) leading right from the start of their timed match, just to be pipped at the post by Christine 64-57
The next set of matches saw Annette continue great form against Valerie to finish 79-42 while Christine had to dig deep against Roisin who is improving all the time to win 58-42
Like in past tournaments, it was down to the last set of round robin matches to see who would take the title. The current National Champion & No 1, Annette proved too strong for Christine and kept up her great form to finish 107 – 48
Valerie went up a gear in her match against Roisin to finish with her highest ever score in a timed match on 72 to Roisin’s 47 points
Annette’s 299 point finish was the highest score to date in Irish Ladies Billiards in a timed event to give her title number 3 of the season out of 4 with one remaining.
Runner up spot couldn’t be any closer with Valerie just edging Christine out by 1 point to give her runner-up in a National Ranking for the first time. Annette now guarantees herself the number 1 spot in National Billiards for the 3rd year in a row.
Valerie’s efforts are now paying off as she makes progress in Irish Ladies Billiards and is a real threat to Christine in the future, while young Roisin is making great progress also as her scoring is getting better at each event.
Congratulations to Annette on her great win and to Valerie on her fine performance, thanks to all the players for their support and participation and we look forward to the next few months when we will be continuing our promotions to include Intermediate National Billiards Rankings also.
Thanks to Bernie, Paul & staff of Sharkx for all their support and providing excellent facilities for our events.