Since the Republic of Ireland Ladies Snooker Association introduced Intermediate standard snooker to its promotion programme in 2014, the number of women and young girls taking up cue sports has increased greatly.
This new initiative by RILSA is one of many ways to get women and young girls into the sport.
Our first ever National Intermediate Champion is Valerie Maloney from Offaly. Since Valerie won her first title back in 2014, it has given her the opportunity to take up a sport she loves and can play at a standard that she enjoys. Valerie is now very much involved in the Association, holding the position on the Board of RILSA as National Assistant Treasurer and wearing many hats in other areas of the Association. Valerie has won a National Intermediate event since her Championship in 2014 and has been runner-up on 3 other occasions.
Tina Keogh our National Secretary of the Board of RILSA came into the sport with Valerie and has made a huge impact in the Association and the sport having won the 2016 National Intermediate Title and held number 1 on the Intermediate rankings in 2015. Tina has also won two National Intermediate Ranking events since taking up the sport and has been runner-up on 2 occasions also. Tina like Valerie wears many hats within our Association and both of these women have made fantastic contributions to RILSA and indeed the sport in such a short period.
Christine Carr from Kildare is the current number 1 on the National Intermediate rankings and is hoping to hold onto number 1 by end of March 2018 when the last ranking takes place. Christine has won 4 Intermediate Rankings over the past 3 years and has been runner-up on 4 other occasions, so she is doing really well at this level.
Susan Hanlon from Dublin is the newcomer to Intermediate Snooker and has made an impact on the tour since joining in 2016. 3 Intermediate National Ranking titles to date and is provisionally 6th on the National rankings having held 4th spot in 2016, certainly very capable of a number 1 place and is bordering on turning Amateur standard soon.
The 2017-2018 season has seen a huge number of junior players make it through on the National Intermediate Rankings with Rachel Bradley from Kildare poised in 2nd spot. Rachel recently won the National Special Needs title for the second time and Emirjeta Doda from Dublin is currently 3rd on the rankings. Emirjeta is our 3 times National U21 Champion, while 11-year-old Grace Byrne from Carlow is making great strides on both the junior circuit and Intermediate scene in such a very short period, currently Irish National Primary School Champion and was runner-up to Emirjeta in the National U21 Championship 2017. Katie French from Kildare is making great progress in the sport since joining RILSA a few years ago, she is currently ranked 8th on the National Intermediate Rankings and we know that she will certainly be a force to deal with in the future.