The National Billiards Champion and Coach, Annette Newman gave an introduction to billiards recently at the RILSA Academy in Carlow where two young girls, Grace Byrne and Clodagh Walsh along with Tara Byrne had a chance to experience the sport of billiards.
Over the past 3 years our National Billiards Coach, Aidan Murray has coached 22 women and girls in the sport and since then the RILSA Billiards section has gone from strength to strength.
As we know the sport of Billiards was first played in Ireland going back to the mid 1800’s and 1902 the sport became organised with competitions held on a regular basis. We have no information with regards to women’s billiards been played going back to the 1920’s and certainly not since the 1950’s.
2015 was the year when RILSA started their Billiards section, we now have 22 women and girls who have played the sport with a National Championship, 4 ranking events along with coaching sessions throughout the season.
RILSA will introduce an Intermediate Championship this year and if the junior numbers grow, we will see a junior National Billiards Championship in late 2017 or early 2018.
Both the girls and Tara were delighted with their lesson in billiards from Annette and will continue to play the sport in the future.
Thanks to Annette for organising the session and we hope to have many more in the future as we build a strong base for women and girls billiards in Ireland.