Claire Mill from Dublin wins her first National Amateur Ranking event in Celbridge recently in a highly contested competition, adding this to her National 6 Red Championship Title from 2022.
Claire Mill from Dublin got through her prelim round match against Grushenka Arnold from Dublin with a good 2 nil win to advance to the quarters
Number 1 seed Annette Newman from Carlow had a solid 2 nil win over the recent U21 National Champion Jennifer Earle from Dublin for a semi final place. Tina Keogh from Offaly played good snooker to see off a challenge from Joanna Ward from Kildare with a 2 nil win to meet Annette in the semis
Claire Mill had to dig deep against Christine Carr from Kildare after Christine took the first frame with Clair coming back to level, however Claire kept to her form in the 3rd and took it on the colours to advance to the semis. Cathy Dunne from Dublin and the number 2 seed had to pull on her experience against Louise Maher from Kilkenny who played solid and kept the match close and at 1-1, Cathy pulled away on the colours to take the win 2 frames to nil to meet Claire in the semis
Annette took frame 1 on the colours against Tina and frame 2 saw Annette out pot and score heavy each time to the table and with 2 reds remaining, Tina conceded the frame to Annette and into the final for the Carlow woman.
On the other table Claire upped her game and with a 25 break in the first to take it against her good friend Cathy, she continued her form in the second to take a 2 nil win and into the final against Annette
The final itself was a very close encounter as both players were keeping it close and with the match level at 1-1 it would come down to a pink ball finish with Claire potting to take the win and title of Ladies Dublin Open Snooker Champion 2023.
Congratulations to Claire on her win and well done to Annette on her fine performance. Well done and thanks to all the girls for their support and participation. A big thank you to Phil Martin and staff of the Celbridge Snooker Club for providing excellent facilities for the event. Thanks to Dave Earle for his help refereeing and to Fergal O’Brien showing his support for female cue sports