The Republic of Ireland Ladies Snooker Association will hold their 5th International Irish Snooker & Billiard Open at D’Arcy McGees Spawell Dublin next weekend, commencing on Saturday 10th with the Round Robin stage of the event at 10.30am. Saturday evening will see our first ever International Ladies Billiards Open played in two groups in a timed event. Sunday 11th will see the knockout stage played down to the finals of each event.
The final of the Billiards will be held Sunday evening.
The finals of the Main event, Challenge Trophy and 6 Red will start on Monday 12th August at 12pm.
In action next weekend at D’Arcy McGees, will see many of our National Champions on the green baize to do battle to see who will take the title this time round. Annette Newman the current National Champion & 6 Red Champion, Cathy Dunne finalist the past 3 years and 2004 National Champion, Emirjeta Doda our National U21 Champion, Carrie Randle current National Intermediate Champion and her first Irish Open event along with twin sister Megan who was the 2018 National Intermediate Champion and again her first outing at the Irish Open will all be gunning for gold in Spawell.
The 2018 National 6 Red Champion, Michelle French and our current National 10 Red Champion, Louise Jordan will be looking to do well also in Spawell. This is Louise’s first Irish Open event. Margaret Browne a seasoned Irish International player will be in action also, Margaret has done well in this event over the years and will be out to improve her standing at this Irish Open 2019 at Spawell.
Other players in the mix are former National Intermediate Champions, Valerie Maloney and Tina Keogh from Offaly who are both International 6 Red Irish Open Champions and will have their say at D’Arcy McGees. Christine Carr the current Irish number 2 will be in action also and is very capable of causing upset among the top players. Suzanne Randle a former National Semi Finalist will be in action in her first Irish Open also and certainly has improved her standard over the past few years.
Rachael Bradley the current Special Needs National Champion and 3 times holder is making great progress on the RILSA Tour. Rachael has risen up the ranking in recent times and will be hoping to do well in her first Irish Open. Our youngest player in Spawell will be the ever improving Jennifer Earle who has shown great promise and this event will stand to her as she gains experience which will give her great confidence in the future.
Emirjeta Doda will be representing Albania as she has in the past and always did her Country proud over the years. Laura Alves will be flying in from Brazil and as a former Irish Open Intermediate Champion will be looking to go one further this time at Spawell.
D’Arcy McGees will see for the very first time a International Ladies Billiards Open as our top lady billiard players in Ireland along with Laura Alves from Brazil step into the history books in female billiards as they represent their countries in this inaugural ladies International on Irish soil.
Representing Ireland will be, Annette Newman, Valerie Maloney, Tina Keogh and Christine Carr all of whom represented Ireland on the World stage recently in Cwmbran Wales at the World Welsh Billiards Open and in doing so, making history in the male dominated sport of billiards where the received a fantastic welcome from everyone involved. Joining them in D’Arcy McGees will be our young Jennifer Earle who has only started playing billiards and it will be her first International in the sport.
A special thanks to Richie, Paul, Kevin and Luke and staff at Spawell for their support and I’m sure it will be a great weekend.
Wishing everyone a most enjoyable Ladies Irish Open