Paula Judge won her first RILSA Ranking of the new tour season at Sharkx Newbridge recently with a close encounter against Cathy Dunne in the final.

On her way to the final Paula from Dublin, had 2 nil wins over Clodagh Walsh (Carlow) in the last 16, Irish number 3 Christine Carr (Kildare) in the Quarters and a close match against Irish number 2 Sandra Bryan (Wexford) in the semis while Cathy Dunne from Dublin was also in great form in her half of the draw with a good 2 nil win over Emirjeta Doda (Dublin) last 16, a close match against Michelle O’Boyle (Kildare) 2-1 in the Quarters, Cathy was in great form against the Irish number 1 Annette Newman from Carlow, with a number of 20+ breaks to win 2-0 and secure her a place against Paula in the final.

Cathy took the first frame and had a good chance to win the second but Paula came back well to level, the 3rd and final frame saw Cathy once again go into an early lead with Paula responding well to push Cathy needing snookers on the colours, after a bout of trying for snookers, Paula potted yellow to blue to take the frame and title of Stars Academy Masters Champion 2017.

Congratulations to Paula on her win and to Cathy on fine performance throughout the event.  Paula now moves into an all time high of 5th place on the provisional rankings while Cathy moves into 3rd spot.  With the points closing nearer each event between our top 4 players (Cathy, Paula, Annette & Sandra) its going to be very interesting to see the progress and play during the remaining 3 rankings of the season as these players play for number 1 and those trying to keep their places on the rankings.

Other noticeable improvements among our other players on the day saw Margaret Browne (Meath) play exceptional snooker with a good win over Rosie Young (Laois) who is also making improvements as a newcomer to the sport, making a top 16 place after the days play at Sharks finishing in 11th place while Margaret pushed the Irish number 2 Sandra Bryan all the way to a 3rd frame decider in their Quarter final bout only to lose out on the pink ball, this moves Margaret from 18th spot back into the top 16 at 13th place.  Valerie Maloney from Offaly had a good 2-1 win over Katie French from Kildare to make the quarters and put’s her into 15th place from 26th.

Our junior players are fast improving and are beginning to make great progress, however they didn’t make the quarters on the day but certainly had the senior players talking about their progress, Grace Byrne & Clodagh Walsh from Carlow and Katie French from Kildare put up good fights on the day and we are delighted to see them out from the school system and making an impact on the women’s tour.

Christine Carr and Rachel Bradley contested the Intermediate Final, a full report to follow on this soon.

Thanks to all our players for taking part and turning up on such a bad day of weather, this certainly shows the support and dedication towards RILSA and the women’s cue sport here in RILSA and we really appreciate your efforts.  Thanks to Gerard Colleran for refereeing the final and to all those who stayed back to watch and support.

Thanks to Bernie & Paul of Sharkx for their kind support and providing excellent facilities on the day.


Sandra Bryan (Wexford)         2      Rachel Bradley (Kildare)        0

Margaret Browne (Meath)     2      Rosie Young (Laois)               0

Paula Judge (Dublin)             2      Clodagh Walsh (Carlow)        0

Christine Carr (Kildare)          2      Tara Byrne (Carlow)               0

Annette Newman (Carlow)    2      Tina Keogh (Laois)                0

Valerie Maloney (Offaly)        2      Katie French (Kildare)           1

Michelle O’Boyle (Kildare)     2      Grace Byrne (Carlow)           0

Cathy Dunne (Dublin)           2      Emirjeta Doda (Dublin)         0


Sandra Bryan                        2      Margaret Browne                  1

Paula Judge                          2      Christine Carr                        0

Annette Newman                 2      Valerie Maloney                    0

Cathy Dunne                        2      Michelle O’Boyle                   1


Paula Judge                         2      Sandra Bryan                        0

Cathy Dunne                       2      Annette Newman                 0


Paula Judge                        2      Cathy Dunne                         1



Ranking Name Club/School Tot Merit Tot
1st Sandra Bryan Breakers Gorey, Wexford 4800 18
2nd Annette Newman Griffith Club, Carlow 4700 19
3rd Cathy Dunne Celbridge, Kildare 4200 21
4th Christine Carr Sharkx Newbridge, Kildare 3500 6
5th Paula Judge Celbridge S.C. Kildare 3300 17
6th Michelle O’Boyle Celbridge S.C./KILDARE 2700 5
 7th Grace Byrne Ballinabranna, Carlow 2600 6
8th Tina Keogh Portarlington S.C., Laois 2500 3
9th Katie French Celbridge S.C./KILDARE 2300 1
10th Clodagh walsh Ballinabranna, Carlow 2200 2
11th Rosie Young Portarlington S.C. Laois 2200 1
12th Tara Byrne Griffith Club/CARLOW 2200 0
13th Margaret Browne Royal S.C. Navan, Meath 1900 7
14th Emirjeta Doda CBS Westland Row, Dublin 1700 4
15th Valerie Maloney Portarlington S.C., Laois 1700 3
16th Susan Hanlon Joey’s S.C. Dublin 1700 2
17th Lauren Carley Griffith Club, Carlow 1600 0
18th Kerri Mulleney Ballinabranna, Carlow 1400 1
19th Rachel Bradley St Marks Newbridge, Kildare 1400 0
20th Roisin Beale Sharkx Newbridge, Kildare 1200 3
21st Mikaela Quirke Newbridge Educate 1200 0
22nd Aine Brennan Griffith Club Carlow 1100 3
23rd Michaella Walsh Ballinabranna, Carlow 1000 2
24th Emma Keating Ballinabranna, Carlow 1000 1
25th Becky Hughes Ballinabranna, Carlow 1000 1
26th Niamh Fitzpatrick Ballinabranna, Carlow 1000 1
27th Suzanne Randle Kilkenny 900 2
28th Carrie Randle Kilkenny 800 1
29th Joyce Forde Portarlington S.C. Laois 800 0
30th  Megan Randle Kilkenny 800 0
31st  Neicy Kavanagh St Laserians, Carlow 600 0
32nd Holly O’Neill Newbridge educate/Kildare 800 0