The Republic of Ireland Ladies Snooker Association held their 1st Ranking event of the 2018-2019 season, The Griffith Cup at D’Arcy McGees in Spawell recently.  With a good entry for this event and it certainly didn’t disappoint as the standard of our players on the day showed some great displays of snooker from our participants.

The top half of the draw saw Irish number 1, Annette Newman from Carlow see off our snooker scholarship student, Jennifer Earle (Dublin) with a 2 nil win.  Jennifer played well during their bout and will learn a great deal from our experienced players as she improves in the sport.  Annette met Margaret Browne (Meath) in the quarters and played well to win 2 nil against Margaret who is one of our seasoned players.  Cathy Dunne the Irish number 2 saw off Valerie Maloney (Offaly) with a good 2 nil win in their quarter-final match to meet Annette in the semis.

In their semi final match Annette had a chance to take the first frame however Cathy potted pink and black to take it and went on to play very well in frame 2 to win the match 2 nil for a place in the final.

The bottom half of the draw saw the current Irish Champion Paula Judge (Dublin) take on Irish number 3 Sandra Bryan from Wexford in the last 16.  Sandra one of our tough match players played well but Paula was stronger and came through their bout 2 frames to nil.  We are delighted to see Sandra back on the tour after a number of months away.  Paula went on to play Tina Keogh from Portarlington and went up a gear with breaks of 29 and 32 to seal a good 2 nil win over the ever improving Tina Keogh.

Louise Jordan from Meath came back to ladies snooker after a number of years away from the sport to take on Christine Carr from Kildare in the last 16, while she had to fight hard to make it through the match with a 2 nil win over Christine it certainly gave her the edge as she progressed to the quarters where she again produced the goods to take a 2 nil win over Rachel Bradley from Kildare to meet Paula in the semis.

Their semi final match was a very close affair with Paula just pippin Louise in frame 1 on the pink ball, however Louise came back to level at 1-1 on a black ball finish.  Paula once again had to fight hard to push it all the way down to another black ball decider in which she potted to take the match and meet Cathy in the final.

The final started well for Cathy looking good to take the first but Paula had a good 41 break to take it and again frame 2 was close for the most part with Paula going 2 up in this best of 5 frame final.  Frame 3 saw good play from Cathy however Paula was now in top form and produced a great 46 break to take frame and title of Griffith Cup Champion 2018.

Congratulations to Paula on her win and to Cathy for a fine performance.  Thanks to all our players for their support and we welcome Louise Jordan back to RILSA and I’m sure we will see a lot more from her during the season.  Also we welcome Jennifer Earle our scholarship student to the National Tour season and Dave Earle who had been away from the sport for a number of years, we are delighted to now see him back and supporting his daughter Jennifer as she makes progress in the sport.

The Provisional National Ranking now sees Annette Newman holding number 1 with Paula Judge close on her heels in 2nd place, Tina Keogh is in 3rd while Cathy Dunne takes up 4 spot and Valerie Maloney holding 5th.  Margaret Browne moves back into the top 16 from 20th at 15th while Sandra Bryan like Margaret has made it back into the top 16 at 16th spot.  Louise Jordans semi final spot put’s her 20th while young Jennifer Earle is now up from 135th to 53rd on the National list.

A special thanks to Richie McAuley and staff of Spawell for all their support and supplying excellent facilities for our event,  They really made everyone very welcome and we will be back again in 2019 to Spawell.

QUARTER FINALS

Annette Newman (Carlow)          2        Margaret Browne (Meath)       0

Cathy Dunne (Dublin)                  2       Valerie Maloney (Offaly)           0

Paula Judge (Dublin)                   2        Tina Keogh (Laois)                   0

Louise Jordan (Meath)                 2        Rachel Bradley (Kildare)          0

SEMIS

Cathy Dunne                               2        Annette Newman                    0

Paula Judge                                 2       Louise Jordan                           1

FINAL

Paula Judge                                3        Cathy Dunne                           0

TOP 32 PROVISIONAL – National Ranking list 2018/2019 Season

Rank Name Club/School Tot Tot
1st Annette Newman Griffith Club, Carlow 4200 14
2nd Paula Judge Celbridge S.C. Kildare 4000 19
3rd Tina Keogh Portarlington S.C., Laois 3600 5
4th Cathy Dunne Celbridge, Kildare 3400 12
5th Valerie Maloney Portarlington S.C., Laois 3400 0
6th Michelle O’Boyle Celbridge S.C./KILDARE 3100 7
 7th Christine Carr Sharkx Newbridge, Kildare 3000 1
8th Rachel Bradley St Marks Newbridge, Kildare 2400 1
9th Katie French Celbridge S.C./KILDARE 2400 0
10th Roisin Beale Sharkx Newbridge, Kildare 2200 1
11th Suzanne Randle Kilkenny 2000 4
12th Susan Hanlon Joey’s S.C. Dublin 1800 2
13th Megan Randle Kilkenny 1800 2
14th Danielle Randle Kilkenny 1800 2
15th Margaret Browne Royal S.C. Navan, Meath 1800 0
16th Sandra Bryan Breakers Gorey, Wexford 1600 0
17th Emirjeta Doda CBS Westland Row, Dublin 1600 0
18th Rosie Young Portarlington S.C. Laois 1600 0
19th Carrie Randle Kilkenny 1600 0
20th Louise Jordan Navan S.C./Meath 1200 5
21st Grace Byrne Ballinabranna, Carlow 1000 0
22nd Clodagh walsh Ballinabranna, Carlow 1000 0
23rd Kerri Mulleney Ballinabranna, Carlow 1000 0
24th Lauren Carley Griffith Club, Carlow 1000 0
25th Tara Byrne Griffith Club/CARLOW 1000 0
26th Shannon Wilson St Laserians, Carlow 1000 0
27th Jodie Moore St Laserians, Carlow 1000 0
28th Grace Brennan St Marks Newbridge, Kildare 1000 0
29th Katelyn O’Reilly St Marks Newbridge, Kildare 1000 0
30th  Zoe Smith St Laserians, Carlow 1000 0
31st Natasha Walker St Laserians, Carlow 1000 0
32nd Lucinda Monahan St Marks Newbridge, Kildare 1000 0