The inaugural RILSA Awards ceremony was held in conjunction with our annual fundraising evening at the Woodford Dolmen Hotel, Carlow recently. The evening was a fantastic success.
The categories for the awards were: RILSA Club of the year, RILSA Secondary School/College of the year, RILSA Primary School of the year, RILSA Special Needs Player of the year, RILSA Junior Player of the year, RILSA Most improved Player of the year, RILSA Most consistent Player of the year and RILSA Player of the year.
Margaret Browne the RILSA President was presented with the official Chain of Office by the RILSA Chairman Dan Carroll before proceedings and then our President presented the awards in each category.
After the awards ceremony, the music and dancing commenced. Everyone in attendance were delighted to be part of the occasion.
We would like to thank the management and staff of the Woodford Dolmen Hotel, Carlow for all their help and support towards our event and providing accommodation along with a weekend break towards our raffle. Thanks to Martin & Dave who provided a number of songs before the awards ceremony and thanks to James Murphy who provided the disco later and into the small hours.
Thanks to the RILSA Committee for all their support and help, Tina Keogh, Annette Newman, Margaret Browne, Valerie Maloney, Sandra Bryan and Leona O’Connor.
Thanks to the following people for their sponsorship, John & Darren of the Billiard Company, Derek Fagan of Joey’s, Tina Keogh, Valerie Maloney, Annette Newman, Alison McDonnell of Dublin Trophies, The Lord Bagnal Hotel, Sam McCauleys Chemist Carlow, Shaws Store, Carlow.
We are delighted to have O’Dea Associates on board as our official Accountants and we look forward to a fruitful and exciting times ahead.
Thanks to everyone who bought tickets and to those who bought tickets but could not attend and to everyone on the night who supported the raffle. Thanks to everyone who supported our event, it was a fantastic evening.
The following is the Awards in their order and the citations
Joey’s Snooker Club
RILSA Club of the Year 2016
Derek Fagan and staff of Joey’s Snooker Club, Harmonstown, Dublin have been extremely supportive towards ladies snooker over the past 3 years. The inaugural Ladies Irish International Snooker Open took place at Joey’s in July 2015 and was a fantastic success, with 10 Countries represented.
Derek Fagan and Joey’s Snooker Club are to be commended for their vision and total belief in the ladies sport of snooker and we in RILSA are very proud and delighted to be associated with such great people and facilities at Joey’s.
This award is so deserving to Derek and staff and we thank you for the support and sponsorship towards ladies snooker.
CBS Westland Row
RILSA Secondary School/College of the Year 2016
The CBS Westland Row has been promoting snooker for a good number of years and the School boasts having Ken Doherty as one of their students.
Alan Bailey is the man responsible for promoting the sport in the School and along with the fantastic help and support of Kate Byrne the Principal and teachers, the snooker promotion has gone from strength to strength.
The CBS was the first school to promote ladies snooker and in doing so gained success with Emirjeta taking the inaugural RILSA under 21 title in 2014. Since then the School has now dedicated time during the school term to the girls who wish to take up the sport.
This award is so deserving to the CBS Westland Row for their promotion and support towards ladies snooker and everyone involved are to be commended for their dedication and hard work.
Ballinabranna N.S. Carlow
RILSA Primary School of the Year 2016
Ballinabranna National School Carlow have been very supportive to the sport of snooker since it was introduced a few years ago. The Principal Joe Doheny has seen at first-hand what the sport can do for students and along with Joe the other teachers and staff are very much involved with promoting snooker at the school.
In 2014 Orla Fitzpatrick from the School took the inaugural RILSA National Primary School Championship and since that success more young girls at the school have took up the sport. Rachel Doran & Amanda Walsh flew the flag for Ballinabranna and Ireland at the Ladies International Irish Open in 2015. Kayla Whelan from the school was the runner up at this year’s RILSA National Primary School Championship, fantastic success for the girls and the school in such a short time.
Joe Doheny and his school is very much deserving of this award for all their support and help towards RILSA and in promoting girls snooker.
RILSA Special Needs Player of the Year 2016
Christine won the inaugural RILSA Special Needs National Championship Title in 2014 and continues to improve her standings on the National Rankings. She finished number 5 last season and is currently 5th this season. Christine is also part of the RILSA Billiards section and made history last year by playing in the Inaugural National Ladies Billiards Championship.
Christine has improved immensely over the past two years and has a bright future in both snooker & billiards.
RILSA Junior Player of the Year 2016
Emirjeta has been to the fore front of RILSA’s junior events since its inception in 2014. She won the Inaugural RILSA under 21 Championship in 2014 and reached the final again in 2015.
Emirjeta is the National number 1 ranked junior player this season. Her achievements at the National Rankings events in the past two seasons have earned her the number 3 player in 2014/2015 season and is currently at 6th this season, a fantastic achievement for this young prospect of the future, helping to bring more young ladies into the sport.
RILSA Most Improved Player of the Year 2016
Tina has improved immensely since taking up snooker just under 2 years ago. She reached the final of the National Intermediate Championship in 2014 and was number 7 on the National Rankings last season. Tina is currently ranked 4th in Ireland and she has become more consistent this season reaching semis and finals of both National and Intermediate events.
There is no doubt that Tina will continue on this track and is a player to watch out for in the future. She also made history in taking part in the Inaugural RILSA Billiards National Championships last year and is improving in this area also.
RILSA Most Consistent Player of the Year 2016
Sandra the 2014 National Champion and number 1 last season, has had a very successful year in winning the National 6 Red Championship and reaching the National Championship final again in 2015. Sandra won all her ranking events last season and continues to dominate the ranking events again this year, a fantastic achievement for her.
Sandra is a gritty player and is very much to the forefront of ladies snooker in the past two years, currently number 2 in Ireland
RILSA Player of the Year 2016
Annette has been part of RILSA since its formation back in 1986 and in that year reached the first ever RILSA Final against Martina Wendell only to lose out in the 5th frame on the black ball. However Annette has been one of Irelands top players over the years with many successes, but the National title eluder her time and time again, with so many semi-final spots and a few final places, she always wished that someday her name would be on the trophy. Sandra Bryan denied her the title in 2014 again on a black ball in the final frame.
Annette came back fighting last year to meet Sandra again and it came down to the pink ball which Annette potted and finally her wish came true, taking the National title. Annette has been very consistent all season and is the current number 1 in Ireland yet another wish come true and to complete her success this season she took the Inaugural National Ladies Billiards Championship title.
Annette one of Ireland’s most successful lady snooker players and now set the standard for the sport of Billiards.