20 years after she won her 5th National Amateur Snooker Championship title, Margaret O’Driscoll from Kerry secured her 6th National Championship Title at the RILSA Academy Sharkx Newbridge in a great display of solid play in all her matches.
In the last 16 Elizabeth Lynch from Offaly saw off Tina Keogh also from Offaly in a close match to get over the line in a 2 nil win to reach the Quarters against Annette Newman from Carlow. Louise Maher from Kilkenny was also in good form against Christine Carr from Kildare and stepped into the Quarters with a 2 frames to nil win to meet Louise Jordan from Meath .
The bottom half of the draw saw Margaret Browne from Meath, just back on tour after taking a break from competition over the last two seasons, stamp her mark with a good 2 nil win over Joanna Ward from Kildare to make it into the Quarters against Cathy Dunne from Dublin. Stephanie Foley from Carlow battled her way through a long match against Grushenka Arnold to eventually get over the line 2 frames to 1 to complete the Quarter final line up and to play Margaret O’Driscoll from Kerry.
Elizabeth would take the win in a closely contested match against Annette to reach her first semi final on the Amateur tour and likewise Louise Maher had to dig deep to see off Louise Jordan winning their match 2 frames to 1 to meet Elizabeth in their very first semi final match on the Amateur Tour. Cathy was in fine form against Margaret Browne who played well but Cathy kept ahead in the two frames needed to advance to the semis. Margaret O’Driscoll was in fine form and with a number 20+ breaks saw off Stephanie to win 2 nil to meet Cathy in the semis.
Elizabeth would take frame 1 but Louise came back to level the match at 1-1, the 3rd and final frame went to the black ball with Elizabeth potting it to reach her first National Championship Final. Margaret kept up her form against Cathy and took the first on the colours, Cathy had chances to take the second frame but Margaret finished strong to take the frame and meet Elizabeth in the final.
In the final, Margaret would secure the first frame with a 42 break and again in the second taking a number of small breaks to clinch the win and take the title for the 6th time in her career.
Congratulations to Margaret O’Driscoll on her win and well done to Elizabeth Lynch on reaching the championship final at her first attempt. Well done to all the girls on their participation and we thank them all for their support. Thanks to Annette for refereeing the final and to Bernie, Paul and staff of Sharkx for all their help and support