After 3 day’s of great snooker at D’Arcy McGees Spawell Dublin, Cathy Dunne came out the winner after a fine display of snooker throughout the tournament.
In the Quarters Cathy Dunne took control early against Tina Keogh with a break of 28 in frame 1 but frame 2 was closer as Tina tried to level the match in this best of 5, however Cathy cleared up in the colours to take frame 2. Frame 3 was all Cathy as she out potted Tina to take the match 3 nil.
Megan Randle was in form against Louise Jordan taking frame 1 comfortably however Louise came back to level the match on a black ball finish in frame 2 but it was the Kilkenny youngster who returned to take frame 3 on a black ball to go ahead again. Megan found form in frame 4 and finished ahead by 40 points to take the win and a place in her first ever International semi final.
In the other half of the draw we saw mother and daughter, Suzanne and Carrie Randle fight it out for a place in the semis with Carrie taking frame 1 and Suzanne responding well to level the match at 1-1 but Carrie went up a gear in frames 3 & 4 to win 3-1 and take her to the semis for the first time on the International stage.
Annette Newman got off to a great start against Christine Carr with breaks of 23 and 26 to take frame 1 and this continued for the Irish number 1 as she excelled in frames 2 & 3 to go through to the semis against Carrie.
The semi finals were set as the clash of the champions got underway. Former National Amateur Champion, Cathy was too strong against the former Intermediate Irish Champion Megan as Cathy got into her stride winning all 3 frames comfortably to reach the final of the Irish International Open for the second time.
On the other table frame 1 was close as Annette our current Irish Amateur Champion took it on a black ball against our current Intermediate National Champion, Carrie. Annette then found her form and took frames 2 & 3 well to meet Cathy in the final. This was Annette’s second International Irish Open final.
The first frame in the final went to Cathy as she dominated the frame with a number of 20+ breaks however Annette came back in frame 2 to bring it down to a black ball in which Cathy potted to go 2 up in this best of 7 final. Cathy again found good form in frame 3 to take it at the interval.
As the players started back, Annette had to try and recover as Cathy was in good form, Annette went into an early lead in frame 4 but it went came down to the colours as Annette went behind and needing green to black to take the frame, she potted green, and after a bout of safety Cathy got the brown and blue to secure the frame and title of Irish International Open Champion 2019
Congratulations to Cathy on her win and to Annette on her fine performance throughout. Cathy in her speech after commended Annette in that she had to play well to win as Annette had won against her on the same scoreline in the National Championship a few months ago, this was nice to see from Cathy and Annette appreciated the goodwill and we know these two are of similar standard and have always been close in competition and are good friends off the table.
Well done to Tina, Louise, Carrie, Megan, Suzanne, all of whom qualified to the last 8 of the main event for the first time.
Thanks to Joe and Dave for refereeing the finals and a special thanks to Mick Fitz on his coverage of the final. Thanks to Declan Hughes of Dublin City FM and to Ken Doherty on their coverage on Radio over the weekend.
Thanks to Richie, Paul, Kevin, Luke and everyone at D’Arcy McGees for all their support and providing excellent facilities for our International.
The Republic of Ireland Ladies Snooker Association are delighted with the success and smooth running of the event at D’Arcy McGees Spawell. A big thank you to the Board of RILSA for all their help along with all those involved who made this Irish Open yet another success.
Thanks to each and every player who took part, without you it would not have been possible.
It was great to have Cllr Deirdre Heney back again for the 5th time supporting our event and thanks to Cllr Deirdre O’Donovan and Carly Bailey who represent their local area, who come along in support.
Deputy Mayor Trevor Gilligan was in attendance to officiate at the prize giving ceremony, we were delighted to have him and all the councillors there in support.
Deputy Mayor Trevor Gilligan presented the prizes to the players on the evening and we thank him for taking the time to come along and officiate on behalf of the Mayor Vicki Casserly.
Reports on our Challenge Trophy and 6 Red along with our inaugural International Billiards event will follow soon on this website.