The 2018 Maureen Butler Cup got under way at the RILSA Academy at Sharkx Newbridge recently.  Paula Judge from Dublin retained the title and in doing so is the 3rd player to have done so.

The inaugural Maureen Butler Cup event was won by Brid Maxwell in 1969 and Brid went on to retain the title in 1970 along with winning it for a 3rd time in 1972.

The late Maureen Butler, herself won the cup in 1974 and with no contest in 1975, Maureen Butler retained it in 1976.  Maureen was an excellent snooker player and avid fan of the sport.  She was so supportive of RILSA back in the 1980’s when the Association was making great progress.

We took a moment to remember Maureen just before the tournament got underway as it’s very important to pay homage to such a great of our women’s sport in Maureen.

On the way to the final Paula Judge was in fine form against Susan Hanlon from Dublin in the last 16 to run out a 2 nil win over the improving Susan.  With the help of a 32 break in the second frame against Christine Carr from Kildare in the quarters, saw Paula through to the semis with another 2 nil win to meet Annette Newman from Carlow.

Paula took the first frame going to the colours, however Annette played well to keep ahead of Paula in the second and was unfortunate to miss the blue to leave Paula needing snookers, Paula played a good blue,pink to black clearance to win 2 nil and a place in the final.

The other half of the draw saw Cathy Dunne from Dublin have a good 2 nil win over Rachel Bradley from Kildare in the quarters.  Cathy had to play well it her match against Tina Keogh from Laois in the semis. Cathy made a 20 and 31 breaks in the first frame to take frame 1, with Tina coming back strong to take frame 2 on the black.  In the 3rd and final frame Tina had a great chance to oust the Irish number 2 on the brown, however Cathy potted the brown to black to set up a meeting with Paula in the final.

The final was scrappy to start with but soon both players had good chances to take frame 1, however Paula took it on the blue, Cathy started well in the second and was holding on well but left an opening for Paula to get in among the balls where she made a good 35 break to seal the frame needed to take the title for the second year in a row.

Congratulations to Paula on her win and to Cathy on her fine performance.  Well done to all the players for their participation and support.

In the plate competition Valerie Maloney from Offaly had a good 2 nil win over Rosie Young from Laois in the semis while Susan Hanlon from Dublin saw off a good fight from Rachel Bradley from Kildare with a 2 nil win to meet Valerie in the final

Susan proved the stronger on the day as she took the match against Valerie 2 frames to nil.

Congratulations to Susan on her win and to Valerie on a fine performance

A big thank you to Bernie & Paul for all their support and sponsoring vouchers to all the players on the day.  Thanks to Robbie Keogh for refereeing the final