Paula Judge won her first RILSA Ranking event at the RILSA Academy in Newbridge recently.  The event attracted 18 entries on the day and was very successful with everyone thoroughly enjoying their snooker.  We welcomed all our new and past players to the ranking events and to RILSA as the membership now stands at 457 and growing on a weekly basis.

Ann McMahon a 4 times former RILSA National Champion made a welcomed return to the ranking events and was narrowly put out in the last 16 on the day by the in form newcomer Paula Judge in the 3rd frame on a black ball.  Other newcomers on the day was Michelle O’Boyle, Katie French, Tara Byrne, Grace Byrne and Lorraine Gomes, all very welcome to RILSA and we hope that they will continue to play snooker and support their association in the years ahead.

The top half of the draw saw the current number 1Annette Newman having 2-0 wins over Grace Byrne from Carlow in the last 16 and Valerie Maloney from Laois in the quarters for a place in the semis.  Cathy Dunne (Dublin) also in fine form had 2-0 wins over Michelle O’Boyle from Kildare in the last 16 and Margaret Browne from Meath in the quarters to meet Annette in the semis.

The bottom half of the draw saw Paula Judge (Dublin) have a close encounter against Ann McMahon (Dublin) in the last 16 to win on the black in the 3rd frame and had a good 2-0 win over the current number 2 Laura Alves (Dublin) for a semi final spot while Sandra Bryan (Wexford) had 2-0 wins over Tara Byrne from Carlow in the last 16 and Katie French from Kildare in the Quarters to meet Paula in the semis

Paula was in good form against Sandra and came out the winner of their semi final 2-0 to reach her first ever RILSA Ranking final while in the other semi final match between Cathy and Annette with Cathy taking the first with a break of 33 and Annette responded with a 29 break and then to clear blue to black to level the match at 1-1.  The 3rd frame was down to a black with Cathy potting to take her into the final against Paula

In the final Cathy took the first frame on the black and Paula came back strong to take the second on the pink to level the match at 1-1  The 3rd frame was nip and tuck for a while but Paula finished the stronger with Cathy needing snookers on the colours, it was Paula who potted well to the blue to take the frame and RILSA Ranking 2 Stars Academy Masters title at the RILSA academy at Sharkx Newbridge.

Congratulations to Paula on her win and to Cathy on her fine performance and a big thank you to all our players who made the event such a great success.

In the Intermediate event ranking Tina Keogh from Laois had a close match against newcomer Katie French to win 2-1 in their semi final for a place in the final.  Christine Carr from Kildare had a good 2-0 win over Valerie Maloney in their semi final to meet Tina in the final.  In the final Christine was the stronger on the day winning both frames to give her the win and keep her in number 1 on the Intermediate National Rankings while Tina is in number 2 spot.

Congratulations to Christine on her win and to Tina on a great performance.

Dan wished Paula and her brother Mick and the team every good wishes at the IBSF championships in November on behalf of RILSA

Thanks to Bernie, Paul and staff of Sharkx for providing excellent facilities and support towards women’s snooker and billiards and in believing in our association.

HIGH BREAKS

Cathy Dunne  33, 23, 22

Annette Newman  29,  22, 21

Ann McMahon 22

Paula Judge 20, 21

Michelle O’Boyle  20