The Irish Ladies Pool Team made up of Sandra Bryan, Suzanne Randle, Danielle Randle, Megan Randle, Carrie Randle, Louise Maher, Kim O’Brien and Bernie McCaffrey did us proud at the AEBF World Pool Championships in Blackpool recently.

In the Individual event the ladies were unlucky to advance beyond the last 32, with Carrie loosing out to Kat Jones from England 6-3, however Danielle, Megan, Suzanne and Kim all had 6 nil wins in the prelim round along with Louise with a 6-3 win to move all the players into the last 64

In the last 64 we saw Sandra go out 6-3 to Harriet Haynes (Eng), Megan went out to Sarah Coxon (Wal) 6-3 but Bernie McCaffrey played well against Diane Hartin (N.I) 6 nil to reach the last 32.  Katie Martyn (Eng) was to knock out Suzanne 6-0 while Louise fell to 6-3 to Sue Connolly (N.I)

However Danielle was only to be pipped at the post by Lyndsey Roberts (Eng) 6-5 and again Kim was the same only just losing out to Nuraan Jedaar from South Africa 6-5

In the last 32 Bernie played well but was denied a last 16 spot by Anne-Louise Arkle (Eng) by 6 frames to 4

Overall we had two players who were placed in the top 16 after preceding’s in Blackpool with Sandra finishing 14th and Kim in 9th spot, not bad at all in this top field of female players from all over the World.

In the Team event the girls played some great pool.  They started with a great 20 to 5 win over Scotland and pipped Northern Ireland 13-12 to keep them in good stead.

France was to push Ireland hard with a 17-8 win.  Australia didn’t have it all their way as Ireland levelled at 12-12 but the Aussies took the last frame to win 13-12.  Ireland bounced back with a 14 to 11 win over Wales but were unlucky against South Africa to lose out 17-8.  England were to play some solid pool to win out 18-7 against the Irish

In the end Ireland only lost out on a semi final place by 2 points.

We in RILSA are proud of our girls for playing their hearts out in Blackpool and we know that on the day they can produce the goods but it was not to be this time out and we wish them all the best in their future pool events.