The Republic of Ireland Ladies Snooker Association held their 3rd National Ranking Event, The Ladies Leinster Masters at the Celbridge Snooker Club Co Kildare recently. Paula Judge representing the Celbridge Club won the event with a good 2 nil win over Louise Jordan from Meath in the final.
The event was a great success for RILSA once again and all the players really enjoyed the tournament.
In the last 16 Tina Keogh from Offaly was in fine form against Christine Carr from Kildare to come through with a 2-1 win after a short spell away from the RILSA Tour that helps her remain within the top 8 so far this season. Also back from a spell away was Stephanie Morrison from The Griffith Club Carlow who played well against Louise Jordan but Louise had the upper hand on the day to win through with a 2-0 win.
Joanna Ward from Kildare was in good form against Margaret Browne from Meath levelling the match at 1-1 and going down to a black ball finish in the 3rd frame with Joanna potting it to go through to the quarters.
In the quarters current number 1 and National Champion, Annette Newman from Carlow had to play well to see off a strong effort from Tina Keogh to win 2-0 for a semi final place. Louise Jordan was put to a close finish against Jennifer Earle from Dublin to make it through to meet Annette in the semis with a 2-0 win.
Cathy Dunne also representing Celbridge and from Dublin took the game to Joanna Ward with a number of small breaks saw her with a 2-0 win and a place in the semis against Joanna. the final quarter final match with Paula Judge and Michelle French was to go level at 1-1 with Michelle stepping up her game but Paula responded with a good 38 break in frame 3 to put her through to meet Cathy and complete the semi final line up.
Annette was in good form taking frame 1 comfortably against Louise however Louise responded well to level the match 1-1 frame 3 was to go all the way to a black ball which Louise potted to take the win and a place in the final.
Paula and Cathy’s match was a copy of their previous meeting with Paula taking frame 1 on the pink ball and taking the second on a black ball finish to win through to meet Louise in the final again very little between these players.
In the final Louise had her chances to take the first frame but Paula potted well to go 1 up in this best of 3. Frame 2 was close for a while but Paula pushed through with a number of small breaks to take the frame and title of RILSA Ladies Leinster Masters Champion 2019.
Congratulations to Paula on her win and to Louise on a fine performance. Thanks to all the players for their support in making the event such a great success. A special thanks to all the players who presented Dan Carroll with the RILSA Manager award for 2019, it is very much appreciated and the presentation will certainly take pride of place.
Thanks to Phil Martin and staff, James, Joanne and Alan for all their help and support towards female cue sports and RILSA. We will be back in 2020. Thanks to Dave Earle on helping out refereeing during the day and to Annette refereeing the final.
The National Rankings saw no change from the top 4 as Annette, Cathy, Michelle and Jennifer all remain 1-4 respectively after this event. Christine Carr remains in 5th spot while Paula’s win puts her firmly into 6th place followed by Tina and Margaret completing the top 8 as we make it half way through the tour season.
Other players making great progress on the rankings are Louise Jordan now up to 10th place and Joanna Ward making the top 16 for the first time at 15th spot. Stephanie Morrison is 40th after the event and is on course to make a top 16 place if she continues to make the remainder of the season which will be another first for her.
TOP 32 PLAYERS AFTER EVENT 3 THE LADIES LEINSTER MASTERS
|1st||Annette Newman||Griffith Club, Carlow||7200||23|
|2nd||Cathy Dunne||Celbridge, Kildare||5900||16|
|3rd||Michelle French||CYMS Newbridge/KILDARE||5200||7|
|5th||Christine Carr||Sharkx Newbridge, Kildare||4600||4|
|6th||Paula Judge||Celbridge S.C. Kildare||4000||14|
|7th||Tina Keogh||Rilsa Academy , Offaly||4000||9|
|8th||Margaret Browne||Royal S.C. Navan, Meath||4000||3|
|10th||Louise Jordan||Navan S.C./Meath||3200||8|
|11th||Sileena Ennis||St Marks Newbridge, Kildare||3000||4|
|12th||Celine Chelariu||St Marks Newbridge, Kildare||3000||1|
|13th||Aoife Williams||St Marks Newbridge, Kildare||3000||1|
|14th||Niamh Barrett||St Marks Newbridge, Kildare||3000||1|
|15th||Joanna Ward||Celbridge S.C., Kildare||2900||3|
|16th||Katie French||CYMS Newbridge/KILDARE||2600||3|
|17th||Valerie Maloney||Rilsa Academy, Offaly||2600||0|
|18th||Alex Murane||St Marks Newbridge, Kildare||2500||1|
|19th||Aoimheann Kearney||St Marks Newbridge, Kildare||2500||1|
|20th||Fiona Carr||St Marks Newbridge, Kildare||2500||2|
|21st||Naoimi Moore||St Marks Newbridge, Kildare||2500||1|
|22nd||Ailish Murphy||St Marks Newbridge, Kildare||2500||0|
|23rd||Abbie Thompson||St Marks Newbridge, Kildare||2500||0|
|24th||Kerry Doran||St Marks Newbridge, Kildare||2500||0|
|25th||Emma Daly||St Marks Newbridge, Kildare||2500||0|
|26th||Kirsty Curtis||St Marks Newbridge, Kildare||2500||0|
|27th||Jessica Beatty||St Marks Newbridge, Kildare||2500||1|
|28th||Roisin Beale||Sharkx Newbridge, Kildare||2400||2|
|29th||Chloe Hutton||St Laserians, Carlow||2000||4|
|31st||Caroline O’Connor||St Laserians, Carlow||2000||2|
|32nd||Orla Duffy||St Marks Newbridge, Kildare||2000||1|