Megan Randle from Wicklow has successfully defended her National Intermediate Snooker Championship Title at the RILSA Academy Sharkx Newbridge recently with a win over twin sister Carrie in the final. Megan sets a new record in Intermediate snooker winning 3 National Titles in a row and 4 in total in the past 5 seasons having been in all 5 finals just losing out to her sister Carrie in the 2019 final. An amazing achievement for her on the National Intermediate Snooker Tour.
The Randle family have dominated Intermediate Snooker in Ireland over the past 5 seasons with Megan reaching the final in 2018 for the first time against her mam Suzanne and had to fight hard to take the win on that occasion, Carrie won it in 2019 against Megan and for 2020, 2021 and 2022 Megan has took the title against Carrie in 2020 and again in 2022. She won against Emirjeta Doda in the 2021 final.
At the quarter final stage of the Championship Megan Randle from Wicklow and the current title holder was up against the National Intermediate number 1 Stephanie Foley from Carlow and did well to take the win 2 frames to nil to make it through to the semis. Grushenka Arnold from Dublin played solid snooker against Jennifer Earle from Dublin in their quarter final match to get over the line with a 2-1 win to meet Megan in the semis.
In the bottom half of the draw two former National Intermediate Champions Valerie Maloney from Laois and Carrie Randle from Wicklow battled it out on the green baize to see who would advance and it was Carrie who would get through on a 2-0 win. Christine Carr from Kildare had to play well against Joanna Ward from Kildare to eventually take the win 2 frames to 1 to meet Carrie in the semis.
Megan had to dig deep against Grushenka who is making a name for herself on tour with the match level at 1-1 Megan played good snooker in the 3rd frame with Grushenka needing snookers on the colours to take the frame and into her third National Intermediate Championship final in a row. Carrie played good snooker to oust Christine in their semi final match taking the win 2-0 to once again meet her sister for the 3rd time in 4 seasons in the National Intermediate Championship Final
Megan upped her game in the final taking the first frame with Carrie having chances to level the match in the second frame but Megan finished strong clearing up to the black to take the win 2 nil and her third National Intermediate Snooker Championship title in a row and 4 overall making history and creating a new record. Fantastic achievement for the Wicklow woman
On the provisional Intermediate snooker rankings, Megan’s win catapults her into number 1 spot as the season gets underway with sister Carrie in 2nd place, Grushenka now is holding 3rd spot with Christine in 4th
Congratulations to Megan on her win and well done to Carrie on a fine performance. Thanks to all the girls for their support and participation. Thanks to Dave Earle who officiated throughout the day and to Bernie, Paul and staff of Sharkx for all their support as always.