The RILSA National Intermediate Snooker Championship was won by Carrie Randle from Kilkenny with a win in the final against twin sister Megan who won this title in 2018. This is history in the making once again for RILSA having twin sisters making a final of a National Championship.
Its not the first time they met though in competition as both contested the Intermediate Ranking 3 in 2018 again with Carrie taking the win 2-1 against Megan.
The event at D’Arcy McGees Snooker Club Spawell in Dublin recently, saw the Randle family dominate the event with the girls along with their mam Suzanne all making it through to the semi final stage. Last years Intermediate National Championship was contested by Megan and mam Suzanne where Megan took the title 2-1 in a close match.
On her way to the final, Carrie had a tough match against Tina Keogh from Laois and came out the winner on a 2 nil scoreline in their quarter final match to meet her mam Suzanne in the semis. As both got their semi final on the way it was clear to see that they both were very competitive and at 1-1 it came down to the colours in the 3rd frame to see who would get to the final however it was to go to Carrie as she potted to the pink to seal her spot in her first Intermediate National final.
At the other end of the draw we saw Megan make good progress against the youngster Roisin Beale from Kildare who has much improved since starting in the sport a few years ago but it was Megan to go through to the semis while Rachel Bradley from Kildare had a good win over Chrsitine Carr also from Kildare 2 frames to nil in their quarter final match to meet Megan in the semis. Megan was the stronger on the day but not without a good fight from Rachael to eventually get over the line 2 nil to meet twin sister Carrie in the final.
The final itself was a tense affair from the start as both players wanted the title with Megan the current holder hoping to be the first ever to retain this title and Carrie hoping to win her first National Championship. The first frame went to Carrie in this best of 3 final and in frame 2 it came down to a black ball finish where Carrie potted the black for frame and take the title for the first time.
The family now hold 4 RILSA National Titles with sister Danielle taking the National U21 Championship in 2015 followed with National Amateur Ladies Championship in 2016. Megan the 2018 National Intermediate championship title and Carrie taking it in 2019, just goes to show that this family are making their mark on the RILSA Tour since joining a few years ago. Their success in Pool is also well documented along with having represented Ireland on both the European and World Stage in Pool.
Megan is one of the RILSA Scholarship students along with Roisin Beale, Rachael Bradley and Jennifer Earle who receive free practice time a free professional coaching under the RILSA organisation initiatives, along with now over 40 events on the RILSA Calendar that is making a great difference to female players such as these young girls who are well looked after by the Association in helping them to grow and develop their skills in their chosen sport.
These young girls from Kilkenny will represent Ireland and RILSA at the Irish International Open in August at D’Arcy McGees Spawell where it will be their first time playing on the International stage for Ireland in Snooker.
Congratulations to Carrie on her win and to Megan on a fine performance. Well done and much thanks to all the players who participated and made the event such a great success. Thanks to Dave Earle for refereeing the final and thanks to Richie and staff of D’Arcy Mcgees for all their help and support towards RILSA events.