Annette Newman from Carlow continued her winning streak on the National Billiards Circuit when she won the National Billiards Ranking 5, the Leinster Open at the CYMS Newbridge recently.

The event saw some great results from a number of our players who are close on the heels of Annette, who to date has dominated the sport over the past 4 years.

The first session in this timed event, Annette had a comfortable win over young Roisin Beale with a score of 71-18, Tina Keogh was in great form against Valerie Maloney in their match to finish with a win 56-36 at the alarm.

In the second session, Annette continued her form against Tina who had a break of 20 to go into the lead but Annette finished strong to finish with a win on 50-40 scoreline.

Roisin played well against Christine Carr and was well ahead all the way to the last minute, when Christine had a 10 break to close the gap but Roisin held firm for the win 34-27

The third session saw Valerie overcome Annette to take the win on a close finish of 64-57, this is the first time Valerie had a win over Annette, so great improvement in her game.  While Christine on the other hand was now playing great billiards against Tina and won by 75-41 as the clock ticked down

The fourth session saw a close match between Tina and Roisin during the first 25 minutes but with minutes remaining Tina made a few small breaks to finish with the win 48-30.  Christine continued her form against Valerie finishing 55-21 on the alarm.

In the final session of the evening, Annette had to fight hard against Christine who went ahead early on but clawed back to close the gap on points, however Christine took the win over Annette 71-55 while Valerie upped her game against Roisin to take the win 32-22 to complete the evenings matches.

It was now all down to the final tally of points only 5 points separating the winner and runner up, it was to go to Annette on 233 points with Christine on 228.  Tina finished with 185 followed by Valerie on 153 and Roisin on 104.

On the National Billiard Rankings, Annette has secured the number 1 spot again for the 4th season in a row, with an event still remaining.  Christine is sitting in number 2 spot with 1400 points ahead of Roisin who is 3rd at the moment while Valerie is only 200 points behind and is gunning for her place come the last ranking in August.

Congratulations to Annette on her win and to Christine on a fine performance.  Well done to all the players who have certainly improved and are very capable of taking National Ranking wins in the near future as the standards are rising.

Thanks to Jim and Brendan of the CYMS Club for all their help and support.  A big thank you to Aidan Murray who was on hand to coach all the players while they were waiting on matches during the evening.



Ranking Name Club/School Tot Tot
1st Annette Newman  Griffith Club, Carlow 10000 1550
2nd  Christine Carr  Sharkx, Newbridge 7800 1074
3rd  Roisin Beale Sharkx, Newbridge 6400 649
4th Valerie Maloney Portarlington S.C., Laois 6200 792
5th  Tina Keogh Portarlington S.C., Laois 3800 553
6th Stephanie Morrison Griffith Club, Carlow 3000 296
7th Jennifer Earle Dublin 1800 111
8th Lauren Carley Griffith Club, Carlow 1000 85