Saturday 6th June 2015 will go down in the history books for the Republic of Ireland Ladies Snooker Association as the first 6 Red National Championship took place in Joey’s snooker club, Dublin. 16 players entered the event and the day was hailed a fantastic success by the organisers.
The trophy was made by the students of St Laserians Special School in Carlow with the help of their woodwork teacher John Hogan and kindly presented this beautiful hand made trophy to RILSA, by their Principal Sonia Gibbons. The RILSA Chairman Dan Carroll was on hand to accept this beautiful trophy from Sonia Gibbons and the students and said “this trophy will be played for by hundreds of women and girls from around Ireland in the years to come” and thanked everyone who worked so hard to produced this wonderful one off trophy to RILSA.
The names of those special people who gave of their time and dedication to RILSA in the past and have sadly passed away, will be forever remembered each year when this trophy will be played for. The names of those people will be engraved on this trophy. (Dermot Dalton, Paddy Comerford, Tommy Goulding, Noel Murphy, Mary Raymond, Maureen Butler, Ann Maloney, Greta Browne)
The current National Champion and number 1 player, Annette Newman and the 2014 Champion Sandra Bryan were again back in a final on the green baize as both ran through the rounds without dropping a frame. Annette had wins over Amanda Walsh (Carlow), Jeong Min Park (Dublin) in the quarters and Englentina Doda (Dublin) in the semis to reach the final, while Sandra had wins over Sheba Kazimba (Dublin), Christine Carr (Kildare) in the quarters and Tina Keogh ( Laois) in the semis to meet Annette in the final.
In the quarter finals we saw a few upsets as Sisters Englentina and Emirjeta fought it out down to a black ball finish with Englentina taking it for her first ever semi final place and in doing so moving Emirjeta out of the top 4 on the rankings for the first time all season. Tina Keogh was in great form and had a great win over the veteran Margaret Browne again on a black ball finish to put her also into her first semi final this season. Well done to Tina and Englintina for their great performances on the day.
The final was going to be another close encounter between these two players, with the match level at 1-1 it was again down to the pink ball to decide the winner. Sandra took on a long pot on the pink to win and claim the RILSA 6 Red National title. Congratulations to Sandra on her win and to Annette for again another great performance. Thanks to everyone who took part and supported this event and we welcome our newcomers Colette Murphy and Aine Brennan and wish them well for the season ahead. Thanks to Derek Fagan and Keith of Joey’s Snooker Club for their very kind support and providing excellent facilities throughout this event and indeed all our events.