Joe La Cumbre from the Portarlington Snooker Club in Laois retained both the U/12 & U/13 Stars Academy Ireland titles this weekend at the Ivy Rooms Carlow winning both finals on black balls against the ever improving Sean O’Connor from Kilkenny. Both Joe and Sean dominated the two events reaching the finals of each without dropping a frame. In the U/12 Joe La Cumbre beat Shannon Dermody from Ballinabranna Carlow in the last 16 and Ruairi O’Connor from Sharkx Newbridge in the quarters and stable mate Luke O’Callaghan, Portarlington in the semis. Sean O’Connor beat Mollie Comerford from Ballinabranna Carlow in the last 16 and Lee Maloney from Portarlington in the quarters and Darragh O’Connor from Sharkx in the semis.
In the U/13 event Sean O’Connor beat Thea Dowling from Ballinabranna Carlow in the last 16 and again Lee Maloney in the quarters and Tristan Graham from Cavan CYMS in the semis while Joe La Cumbre beat Liam Colleran from Sharkx Newbridge in the last 16 and Darragh O’Connor from Sharkx in the quarters and again Luke O’Callaghan in the semis. The events went very smoothly during the day and everyone really had a fantastic day at the Ivy Rooms Carlow. Congratulations to Joe La Cumbre on his wins and Congrats to Sean O’Connor on his fine performance. Thanks to everyone who took part and to those parents and mentors for their support and help on the day. Thanks to our RILSA Secretary Leona O’Connor and RILSA Treasurer Annette Newman for their support and help. Thanks to Marian and staff of the Ivy Rooms Carlow for providing first class facilities.
The young girls from Ballinabranna dominated the Stars Plate Competition with only two boys in it against the six girls. Rachel Doran took the plate title against Mollie Comerford both from Ballinabranna Carlow in their final. Rachel beat Thea Dowling of Ballinabranna in the quarters and Amanda Walsh also from Ballinabranna in the semis while Mollie Comerford beat Shannon Dermody in their quarters an had a good win over the current Primary School RILSA Champion Orla Fitzpatrick in the semis. Congratulations to Rachel on her win and to Mollie on her fine perfromance. Our next Stars events, the U/14’s & U/15’s will take place in Joey’s Snooker Club on Saturday 28th February. Entries to me Dan Carroll on or before Friday 27th February by email on firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on 0857373305. Dress Code neat casual and players must be under age at 31st December 2014.