Margaret O’Driscoll from Kerry wins the Griffith Cup National Ranking event at the RILSA Academy Sharkx Newbridge recently.
We are delighted to see Margaret back on the ladies snooker scene after a number of years away. Also taking part in the event were 3 newcomers to the RILSA Tour, Grushenka Arnold from Dublin, Elizabeth Lynch from Offaly and Nafeesa Naz from Dublin, all who really enjoyed their first outing with the organisation.
In the last 16 Annette Newman from Carlow would see off newcomer Nafeesa Naz from Dublin 2 nil to move into the quarters. Michelle Morris from Donegal played good snooker against Tina Keogh from Offaly to take her first win on tour 2 nil to meet Annette in the Quarters. Louise Jordan from Meath had to dig deep in her match against Stephanie Foley from Carlow to take the win in the 3rd frame to go through while Sandra Bryan from Wexford played well to take a 2 nil win over Louise Maher from Kilkenny to meet Louise Jordan in the quarters.
In the bottom half of the draw Claire Mill from Dublin played crafty snooker to oust Megan Randle from Wicklow 2 frames to nil to advance and Margaret O’Driscoll from Kerry would take a 2 nil win over Christine Carr from Kildare to meet Claire in the Quarters. Newcomer Elizabeth Lynch from Offaly played solid snooker to see off a good challenge from Valerie Maloney from Laois 2 nil in their last 16 match to go through and Cathy Dunne from Dublin saw off newcomer Grushenka Arnold 2 frames to nil to meet Elizabeth and complete the Quarter final line up.
Annette continued her form against Michelle to take the pink in the first and go well clear in the second to take a 2 frames to nil win to advance. Louise played solid against Sandra in their match to take the win 2 nil to meet Annette in the semis. Claire had chances to level her match against Margaret but Margaret finished well on the colours to take the 2 nil win and go into the semis. Cathy continued her form against Elizabeth to take a 2 nil win to meet Margaret and complete the semi final line up.
With 3 veterans of cue sports into the semis of the Griffith Cup, it promised to be very close indeed. Annette was pipped on the pink ball in frame 1 against Louise and was 29 ahead in frame 2 to try and level the match but Louise clawed her way back to take the second frame on a black ball to advance to the final while on the other table it was much the same between Cathy and Margaret it could have gone either way but Margaret held firm and played solid throughout to take the two frames needed to meet Louise in the final.
The final was a nip and tuck affair for the most part with Margaret taking the first on the colours and again in the second Margaret cleared brown to pink to secure the win and title of Griffith Cup winner 2021
Congratulations to Margaret on her win and to Louise on a great performance. Thanks to all the girls for their support and participation. Thanks to Bernie, Paul and staff for all their support and providing excellent facilities for our events.