Annette Newman has made a clean sweep of National Billiard Ranking events for 2020 by winning her 6th title in Newbridge taking the Sharkx Masters in style.  This event was held prior to lockdown and was the last of our National Ranking events for 2020.

The Republic of Ireland Ladies Billiards season is now almost complete with only two events remaining for 2020, the 100 Up National Championship and National Amateur Billiard Championship, we hope to get these played in December once restrictions ease.

Annette Newman from Carlow got off to a good start in the first session of this 30 minute timed round robin event against Stephanie Morrison also from Carlow.  Annette finished comfortably after a great bout of play with a71 to 28 score line.  On the other table Christine Carr from Kildare had to dig deep to take the win on the alarm against Joanna Ward also from Kildare 56 points to 48 in a close match.

Session two would see Valerie Maloney from Laois go head to head with Joanna Ward in a very close encounter with Joanna just pipping the Intermediate number 1 on the alarm 51-43.  Stephanie kept a close match against the Irish number 2 and was ahead all the way to the final minute when Christine had a score of 6 on the alarm to win 37-32, so very close indeed.

In session three, Annette again kept up her great form with good scoring against Valerie taking the win on the alarm 80-18 while Joanna had to keep close to Stephanie who was beginning to get back into her stride and use to the new tables, however Joanna finished well taking the win 45-36

Session four would see Annette now in great form and well use to the new tables keep up her consistency with a good win over Joanna 70-39 on the clock.  Valerie stepped up her game against Christine with good scoring towards the final minutes to take the win 49-40

The final session would see Stephanie play her best billiards on the evening against Valerie finishing with a good win 49 points to Valerie’s 29.  Annette was now well ahead and just had to keep playing to her form and this she did against Christine taking the win 68 -41

Once the points were tallied, Annette had a winning total score of 289 and second place went to Joanna who kept up good form throughout the event with a 183 point tally, Christine was a close 3rd with 174 while Stephanie finished 4th overall on 145, again much improvement on previous events.  Valerie would finish in a close 5th to Stephanie on 139, so great improvement from everyone as they get used to the their new tables at the Academy Sharkx Newbridge.

Congratulations to Annette on a fantastic achievement winning all 6 events during the season and to Joanna who showed her good form throughout her first season at billiards.  Well done and thanks to all the girls for their support and participation during the season and we look forward to December and our two National Championships that we hope to complete the season.

Reports on the National Rankings in both Intermediate and Amateur to follow soon

Thanks to Bernie, Paul and staff of Sharkx for all their help and support and we hope to be back there soon.