The 4th National RILSA Primary School’s Championship took place at Sharkx Newbridge recently with a good field of young players representing Ballinabranna N.S. Carlow, Newbridge Educate Together and Ballymany N.S. Kildare to contend the 2017 Championship.

Grace Byrne from Carlow showed great promise as she played some great snooker throughout the event to take the title against fellow RILSA Scholarship star, Roisin Beale from Kildare in the final.

On her way to the final, Grace had solid wins over Holly O’Neill (Kildare) last 16, Emma Keating (Carlow) in the Quarters and good friend Clodagh Walsh (Carlow) in the semis.

The other half of the draw saw Roisin, like Grace make great progress with good wins over Amy O’Neill (Carlow) last 16, Niamh Fitzpatrick (Carlow) Quarters and Michaella Walsh (Carlow) in the semis to meet Grace in the final.

Grace was the stronger on the day and even though Roisin played great, Grace came through to take the frame required to win and take the title.

Congratulations to Grace on her great win and to Roisin on a fine performance.  It goes to show that tables in schools is working and helping to produce great young talent for the future.

We in RILSA have seen the standard rise in the past 4 years among these young players and it’s only a matter of time when we will be producing future National and International Champions.

Thanks to Joe Dohney of Ballinabranna, Karina of Newbridge Educate Together and Gerry King of Ballymany for their support towards our events.  Thanks to Paul & Bernie of Sharkx for all their kind help and support.

Thanks to all the girls for their participation and we hope to see them out on the RILSA Tour this season ahead.