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
RILSA TOP 32 PROVISIONAL RANKED PLAYERS WEF 21 OCTOBER 2017
|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|
|29th||Joyce Forde||Portarlington S.C. Laois||800||0|
|31st||Neicy Kavanagh||St Laserians, Carlow||600||0|
|32nd||Holly O’Neill||Newbridge educate/Kildare||800||0|