The second RILSA Carlow County Snooker Championship took place at the Ivy Rooms recently with a great turnout of girls from around the county to contest the 2018 Championship.

This new initiative by RILSA to organise events for women & girls at county level is a great success as its so important to promote the sport at grass-roots for our players.  Our model is somewhat based on the GAA structure while similar in structure, we have tweaked the model to facilitate our requirements.

The Carlow County Championship again was a great success for us and everyone involved and the girls who participated really enjoyed the event.

Grace Byrne who is rapidly improving on the ladies tour had good wins over Natasha Walker in the quarters and good friend Clodagh Walsh in the semis to make this years final.  The other end of the draw saw Jodie Moore who we knew had potential see off Michaella Walsh in the last 16, Neicy Kavanagh a former National Special Needs Champion in the quarters and Kerri Mulleney in the semis to meet Grace in the final.

The final started slow but soon both players got into their stride and played some great shots, however Grace was in form on the day and took the frame needed to take the title of County Carlow women’s Champion 2018.

Congratulations to Grace on her win and indeed a great performance from Jodie.  Well done to all the other players for their participation and support.  Thanks to Annette for helping throughout the day with some coaching and refereeing the final.

Thanks to Joe Dohney of Ballinabranna and Colleen & Paula from St Laserians for their kind support as always.  Thanks to Sharon of the Ivy Rooms for her support and providing excellent facilities on the day.