Louise Jordan from Navan Co Meath took the Stars Academy Masters Ranking Event 2 at the RILSA Academy in Sharkx Newbridge. Louise had won a RILSA National Ranking back in 1999 beating Paula Darby 3-1 in that final and finished the season ranked 3rd.
On her way to the final Louise met the current Irish Champion Paula Judge in the Quarters, it was a close match but Louise came through with a 2-1 win to reach the Semi final against Christine Carr from Kildare who had a good run to the semis having a good 2-1 win over Tina Keogh (Laois) in the quarters, however Louise kept up the good form and won 2-0 against Christine to make the final.
The other half of the draw saw Annette Newman the current Irish number 1 take a 2-0 win over Roisin Beale (Kildare) in the last 16 and again a good 2-0 win over Valerie Maloney (Offaly) in the Quarters to meet Cathy Dunne (Dublin) in the semis, Cathy had a good 2-0 win over newcomer Claire Mill (Dublin) in their quarter-final match to complete the semi final line up.
Annette played great snooker against Cathy and ran through to the final with a 2-0 win to meet Louise in the final.
The final started with both players in form levelling at 1-1 in this best of 5 , Louise went ahead 2-1 but Annette came back again to level at 2-2, the 5th and final frame went down to a black ball finish which Louise potted for frame and match, giving her the Title of Stars Academy Masters Champion 2018.
Congratulations to Louise on her win and to Annette on a great performance throughout. Annette still holds onto number 1 provisionally with a good lead on points, Paula is in 2nd spot while Cathy moves into 3rd place with Tina in 4th spot going into Ranking 3 in November.
Louise now makes in to 10th place on the provisional rankings after her success over the weekend, it’s going to be interesting over the coming months as to see how the rankings finish with the top 16 qualifying for both the National Championship and Maureen Butler Cup in 2019 along with having entry to our 5th International Open in August 2019, so a lot to play for as the season heats up.
Thanks to all our participants for their support and to Dave Earle who refereed throughout the day and the final. Thanks to Paul & Bernie and staff of Sharkx for providing excellent facilities along with great food
Annette Newman (Carlow) 2 Valerie Maloney (Offaly) 0
Cathy Dunne (Dublin) 2 Claire Mill (Dublin) 0
Christine Carr (Kildare) 2 Tina Keogh 1
Louise Jordan (Meath) 2 Paula Judge 1
Annette Newman 2 Cathy Dunne 0
Louise Jordan 2 Christine Carr 0
Louise Jordan 3 Annette Newman 2
Top 32 PROVISIONAL – National Ranking list 2018/2019 Season – After Ranking 2
|1st||Annette Newman||Griffith Club, Carlow||5400||22|
|2nd||Paula Judge||Celbridge S.C. Kildare||4800||22|
|3rd||Cathy Dunne||Celbridge, Kildare||4400||16|
|4th||Tina Keogh||Portarlington S.C., Laois||4400||8|
|5th||Valerie Maloney||Portarlington S.C., Laois||4200||0|
|6th||Christine Carr||Sharkx Newbridge, Kildare||4000||3|
|7th||Michelle O’Boyle||Celbridge S.C./KILDARE||3100||7|
|8th||Rachel Bradley||St Marks Newbridge, Kildare||3000||1|
|9th||Roisin Beale||Sharkx Newbridge, Kildare||2800||1|
|10th||Louise Jordan||Navan S.C./Meath||2700||12|
|11th||Katie French||Celbridge S.C./KILDARE||2400||0|
|12th||Rosie Young||Portarlington S.C. Laois||2200||0|
|14th||Susan Hanlon||Joey’s S.C. Dublin||1800||2|
|17th||Margaret Browne||Royal S.C. Navan, Meath||1800||0|
|18th||Sandra Bryan||Breakers Gorey, Wexford||1600||0|
|19th||Emirjeta Doda||CBS Westland Row, Dublin||1600||0|
|21st||Grace Byrne||Ballinabranna, Carlow||1500||3|
|22nd||Clodagh walsh||Ballinabranna, Carlow||1500||2|
|23rd||Katelyn O’Reilly||St Marks Newbridge, Kildare||1500||0|
|24th||Zoe Smith||St Laserians, Carlow||1500||0|
|25th||Natasha Walker||St Laserians, Carlow||1500||0|
|26th||Lucinda Monahan||St Marks Newbridge, Kildare||1500||0|
|27th||Edel Hannon||St Marks Newbridge, Kildare||1500||0|
|28th||Michaella Walsh||Ballinabranna, Carlow||1500||1|
|29th||Marion McKeon||St Marks Newbridge, Kildare||1500||0|
|30th||Aoife Williams||St Marks Newbridge, Kildare||1500||0|
|31st||Selina Ennis||St Marks Newbridge, Kildare||1500||0|
|32nd||Celine Chelariu||St Marks Newbridge, Kildare||1500||0|