Cathy Dunne took the invitational Maureen Butler cup at The New RILSA Academy @ Sharkx Newbridge recently beating Laura Alves in the final.

The Maureen Butler Cup was first played for in 1969 and continued throughout the 1970’s.  The last winner of the Cup was Ann McMahon back in 2000.  The Republic of Ireland Ladies Snooker Association are delighted that the Cup is back with the Association and it will now be an annual invitational event.

Maureen Butler was very much involved with ladies snooker in the 1960′ right through to the late 1990’s, she was part of the first ladies team to take on the UK in the first International in 1978 and they won the event on that occasion.  Maureen was an avid RILSA supporter and continued her support and commitment to women’s snooker until her passing.  It is with great pleasure and remembrance of such a fantastic snooker player and person as Maureen was that we acknowledge her and continue to acknowledge all those who have in the past supported the women’s game of snooker.

Dan Carroll acknowledged Greta Browne, Mary Raymond and Ann Moloney who gave of their time to RILSA and that their memories will be with us forever.  The RILSA National 6 Red Trophy bears the names of all those who have supported

women’s snooker and have since passed on.

In the quarter finals Annette Newman had a very close match against Margaret Browne with the match levelled it went down to the pink ball in the last frame which Annette potted to take her into the semis.  Laura Alves was playing good snooker and was tested by the ever improving Valerie Maloney with Laura just taking the second frame on the pink ball to meet Annette in the semis.

The bottom half of the draw saw Cathy Dunne have a good 2 nil win over Emirjeta Doda while Ann McMahon was in good form against Christine Carr and won 2-0 to meet Cathy in their semi final.

Laura Alves was potting well against Annette and came out the winner 2-0 to reach her second final in a few weeks.  Cathy Dunne and Ann McMahon’s semi final was a close affair with the match 1-1 it was down to the colours in the 3d frame in which Cathy picked off to reach the final

The final itself was tactical in nature with Cathy taking the first frame on the blue and the second frame was nip and tuck for a while but with a great clearance to the pink, Cathy took the title and a new name goes on the Cup

Congratulations to Cathy on her win and to Laura for a great performance.  In the plate competition final Margaret Browne overcame a close match against Christine Carr 2-0 to win.  Congratulations to Margaret on her win and to Christine on a fine performance.

Thanks to all the ladies for their support and they all enjoyed the day at the new RILSA Academy in Newbridge.  Thanks to Bernie and Paul for their support and help towards ladies snooker.