The Republic of Ireland Ladies Snooker Association held their annual fundraiser and Awards evening at the Teach Dolmain in Carlow. The evening commenced with the Awards Ceremony and then the Race Night and Raffle took place.
Our National Secretary, Tina Keogh presented the Awards on the evening representing the RILSA President Margaret Browne. The full list of citations and awards are listed below.
The Race Night and raffle was a great success, raising funds for the Association. We would like to thank all those who bought horses for the race night and a very special thanks to our Race Sponsors who have so generously contributed to this event.
Thanks to everyone who placed bets and helped in anyway with our fundraiser, we really appreciate your support.
A special thanks to our hard working committee who coordinated and helped put the event together, not an easy task. WELL DONE
Thanks to John Paul and staff of the Teach Dolmain for their hospitality and use of their premises. Thanks to everyone who sponsored the prizes and bought tickets for the raffle.
RILSA AWARDS 2017
Ballinabranna N.S. Carlow
RILSA Primary School of the Year 2017
Ballinabranna National School Carlow have been very supportive to the sport of snooker since it was introduced four 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 then 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 the 2015 RILSA National Primary School Championship, while Keara Minion brought back success to Ballinabranna by taking the Primary School National title in 2016’ amazing success for the girls and the school in such a short time.
We in RILSA are delighted to again, give this award Joe Doheny and his school for the fantastic support towards girls snooker over the past 4 years.
St Marks Special School
RILSA Secondary School/College of the Year 2017
St Marks Special School in Newbridge have been extremely busy with their snooker promotions since having a full size snooker table installed in 2013. Christine Carr a former pupil of St Marks won the Inaugural RILSA Special Needs National Championship in 2014. The 2015 National Championship title was won by Rachel Bradley from the School. These two players contested the final of the Inaugural Kildare Women’s County Snooker Championship 2017.
Fantastic success for their girls from the School. This would not be possible without the help and support of all the teachers at the School, especially Aileen O’Brien and the Principal Alma Carley who we in RILSA are very grateful to.
St Marks School so deserves this award for their fantastic enthusiasm and dedication towards women’s cue sports and in doing so have laid the foundations for a secure future of our National Special Needs events.
Sharkx Snooker Club
RILSA Club of the Year 2017
Paul & Bernie Traynor and staff of Sharkx Snooker Club, Newbridge, Kildare have been extremely supportive towards ladies snooker over the past 4 years. The inaugural Ladies National Special Needs and Billiards Championships were staged at Sharkx in 2014 and 2015 respectively.
The first ever RILSA Academy is now at Sharkx and both Paul & Bernie are to be commended for their vision and total belief in the ladies sport of Snooker and Billiards. We in RILSA are very proud and delighted to be associated with such great people and facilities at Sharkx.
This award is so deserving to Paul & Bernie and staff. We thank you for the support and sponsorship towards ladies Snooker & Billiards. Sharkx is now the home of women’s Billiards in Ireland.
RILSA Junior Player of the Year 2017
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. The 2016/2017 season saw Emirjeta regain her Under 21 title at Joey’s Dublin
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 and provisionally 5th to date. Fantastic achievement for this young lady, helping to bring more young ladies into the sport.
RILSA Most Improved Billiard Player of the Year 2017
Tina has improved immensely since taking up billiards just over 1 year ago. She reached the final of two billiard ranking events in 2016 and finished number 2 on the National Rankings last season. Tina is currently ranked 3rd in Ireland and she has become more consistent this season.
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 2015. Tina’s background work and dedication as National Secretary is commendable and much appreciated by the Association.
RILSA Special Needs Player of the Year 2017
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 3rd this season. Christine is also part of the RILSA Billiards section and made history in 2015 by playing in the Inaugural National Ladies Billiards Championship. Christine is the current number 1 on the Intermediate National Rankings.
Christine has improved immensely over the past three years and has a bright future in both snooker & billiards. Her dedication to both snooker and billiards is commendable as she has took part in every event over the last 3 seasons.
RILSA Most Consistent Player of the Year 2017
Cathy came back to RILSA events having been away for a number of years and won 3 ranking events in a row during the 2015/2016 season. She took the inaugural RILSA International Irish Intermediate Open at Joey’s Dublin in 2015, returning again in 2016 to go one better to reach the final of the main event.
This season Cathy won the Maureen Butler Cup and was runner up in RILSA Ranking 2. A formidable opponent on the green baize over the years and is very consistent within the game. Cathy has represented Ireland on many occasions on the World and International stage. We are delighted to see her back on the RILSA circuit.
RILSA Most Improved Player of the Year 2017
Valerie has improved immensely since taking up snooker just over 2 years ago. She was the National Intermediate Champion in 2014 and was number 8 on the National Rankings last season. Valerie is currently ranked 4th in Ireland and she has become more consistent this season reaching semis and finals of both National and Intermediate events.
Valerie won the Inaugural Ladies International Irish Open 6 Red Event in 2015 and was R/Up in the same event 2016.
There is no doubt that Valerie 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 2015 and is improving in this area also having reached the final of the Billiards Championship 2016. Valerie’s support and dedication to RILSA is commendable and very much appreciated by the Association.
RILSA Player of the Year 2017
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 Ireland’s top woman players over the years with many successes. Having won the National title in 2015, reached the final again in 2016, with 18 more finals in both Snooker & billiards in such a short period of time, having won 9 out of 20 finals certainly shows her commitment and dedication to our cue sports.
Annette is the only woman to have won both the Snooker & Billiards titles and held both number 1 spots in Snooker & Billiards in the one season here in Ireland, a record that will be hard to beat. It is only fitting that Annette is awarded the RILSA Player of the year for the second year in a row.
Annette recently won the Inaugural Carlow County Championship to add to her success and along with playing cue sports, Annette’s hard work and valuable input to RILSA is commendable and very much appreciated.