The Republic of Ireland Ladies Snooker Association held their 5th National Intermediate Ladies Championship recently at their Academy in Sharkx Newbridge.
History again in the making as mother and daughter meet in the final. The Randle family of 4 made up of mother Suzanne, twin daughters Megan & Carrie along with Danielle have all made a big impact on the RILSA scene over the past 4 years.
Danielle won the 2016 National Amateur Ladies Championship as the youngest ever female to win the title has been followed recently with fantastic results from Suzanne who reached the semis of the 2018 Championship while Carrie went on to win Intermediate Ranking 6 of the RILSA Tour season.
Megan was next to secure a National title as she played great snooker in Sharkx along with mam Suzanne who reached the final thus putting the Randle name firmly top of both the National Amateur Tour and Intermediate Tour for the new season ahead.
Certainly history in the making as the family are a close net group very much in support of each other. It was an emotional moment for Megan to win against her mam Suzanne but again it was all praise from everyone for her title win.
In the quarter finals Carrie Randle (Kilkenny) had a great chance to oust 2016 Champion Tina Keogh from Laois, as the match leveled at 1-1, Carrie was ahead in the final frame but Tina as experience showed kept the pressure on and won the match 2-1
Suzanne Randle (Kilkenny) was in great form against Christine Carr (Kildare) and won 2 frames to nil to meet Tina in the semis.
Valerie Maloney (Offaly) met newcomer Jennifer Earle (Dublin) in the quarters and went on to win comfortably 2-0. We welcome Jennifer to the Association and we wish her every success in the sport.
Megan Randle (Kilkenny) also in good form went on to win 2-0 against Rachel Bradley (Kildare) to complete the semi final line up.
Megan took the first frame on a black ball against Valerie but went up a gear in the second to close out the match 2-0 for a place in the final.
On the other table Suzanne had a fight on her hands as Tina went a frame ahead but Suzanne came back to level at 1-1 the 3rd frame was close all the way to the black and Tina had a few chances but Suzanne potted black for frame and match to meet her daughter Megan in the final.
The final was very close all the way as both players leveled at 1-1, Megan went ahead by 20 points in the 3rd frame however Suzanne potted her way back into the frame to close the gap to 10 points going into the colours. Megan got her chance to pot brown, blue and pink to win and take her first National Intermediate Championship title.
Congratulations to Megan on her win and to Suzanne on her fine performance. Well done to Val & Tina on their great play on the day reaching the semis and thanks to all our players for their participation. Thanks to Annette for refereeing the final and thanks to Bernie & Paul of Sharkx Newbridge for all their help and support in providing excellent playing conditions at the club.
Megan now takes over as provisional number 1 from sister Carrie who moves into number 2 spot followed closely by Valerie in 3rd and Tina in 4th place while Suzanne moves into number 7 spot giving a first ever top 8 for 3 players from the one family.
While we are on the subject of rankings, the family are well placed on the Main RILSA Tour Provisional ranking as Suzanne is 4th, Megan 7th and Danielle 8th with Carrie holding 16th spot.
In the Plate Competition, Rachel Bradley had a good 2-0 win over Christine Carr in their final, well done to Rachel on her win and to Christine for her runner up place.
PROVISIONAL – INTERMEDIATE RANKING 2018/2019 SEASON – AFTER C/SHIP
|3rd||Valerie Maloney||Portarlington S.C. Laois||3000||2|
|4th||Tina Keogh||Portarlington S.C. Laois||2800||3|
|5th||Christine Carr||Sharkx Newbridge, Kildare||2800||2|
|6th||Rachel Bradley||St Marks Newbridge, Kildare||2600||0|
|8th||Susan Hanlon||Joey’s S.C. Dublin||1800||1|
|9th||Roisin Beale||Sharkx Newbridge, Kildare||1800||0|
|10th||Emirjeta Doda||DB, Dublin||1600||0|
|11th||Katie French||Celbridge S.C., Kildare||1600||0|
|12th||Rosie Young||Portarlington S.C. Laois||1600||0|
|13th||Jennifer Earle||Joey’s S.C. Dublin||1000||0|
|14th||Grace Byrne||Ballinabranna, Carlow||1000||0|
|15th||Lauren Carley||Griffith Club, Carlow||1000||0|
|16th||Clodagh walsh||Ballinabranna, Carlow||1000||0|