The Republic of Ireland Ladies Snooker Association will hold their 3rd International Irish Open next weekend at Joey’s Snooker Centre, Harmonstown Dublin

This event promises to be yet another fantastic promotion for women’s cue sports as the action commences on Saturday 12 August at 11am with the round robin stage followed at 11.30am on Sunday 13th August with the knockout stage of the main event along with the Intermediate & 6 Red events

Monday 14th August at 12pm will see the finals of all 3 events take place.

Clr Deirdre Heney will be representing the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Mr Mícheál MacDonncha at the prize giving ceremony on Monday evening at approx 5.30pm

This event has seen Emma Bonney from England take the inaugural Irish Open in 2015 with Ann McMahon from Ireland take the title in 2016, unfortunately Ann will not be able attend this year and retain her title, so the door is open for a new name on the trophy.

We have 30 entries for this years event and we at RILSA are delighted with the response as the numbers grow each year.

We hope that you our readers and supporters can visit Joey’s over the coming weekend and watch the matches.  You are very welcome and admission is free.

THE PLAYERS

Paula Judge is our current Irish National Champion and a 3 times winner of RILSA National Ranking events in the past two seasons.  represented Ireland on a number of occasions in the past at European & IBSF.  Paula is currently 6th on the National Provisional Ranking and she hopes to improve on that during the season ahead.  She is looking forward to her first Irish International Open at Joey’s.  Paula is a great prospect for women’s cue sports here in Ireland and is one of our top amateur players on the RILSA tour circuit.

Annette is our current number 1 player in Ireland, having won the National Snooker Championship in 2015 and won the inaugural Ladies National Billiards Championship in 2015, is the only woman to have won both National titles and holds the number 1 spot in both rankings, a record that will be difficult to beat.  Annette also won the Carlow County Championship 2017.  She holds a 100% unbeaten record in Billiards over the past two seasons and recently secured her number 1 spot in ladies Billiards for another season.  Annette is one of Ireland’s top Amateur players and has represented Ireland on many occasions in the past.  Annette is looking forward to the Ladies Irish Open where she reached the quarters in 2015 and semis last year, hoping to go one better this time.

Cathy is our 2004 National Champion and was runner-up to Paula in 2017.  Having won 4 National Ranking events during the past two seasons, shows that Cathy is a force to recon with on the green baize.  Cathy won the International Intermediate event in 2015 and was runner-up to Ann McMahon in the main event last year. Number 11 in Ireland in 2016 and is provisionally 7th this season.  Cathy has represented Ireland on a number of occasions at World and European level.  Another of our seasoned top amateur women players here in Ireland.  She is looking forward to the 2017 International Open at Joey’s

Sandra from Wexford was the RILSA 2014 National Champion and held the number 1 spot during the 2014/2015 season.  Sandra is the current National 6 Red Champion having won it 3 times.  She is the current Irish number 2 and having won 4 National Ranking events over the past 3 seasons, shows that Sandra is also one of our top amateur lady players here.  Sandra reached the quarters of the International in 2015 and the semis last year, is hoping to go one better this time round.  Sandra is also a Pool player and has won the Ladies National Pool Championship on 5 occasions.  She has represented Ireland on many occasions at pool both at European & World levels along with taking part in the WLBS World Championship in 2015.

Margaret is the current RILSA President and has been to the forefront of women’s snooker for many years.  Margaret was instrumental in the setting up of RILSA back in 1986 having been on the committee for many years.  Margaret was part of the first ever International women’s event between Ireland & England in 1978 where she and the team won on that occasion.  Margaret has won many ranking events over the years.  She reached the International Intermediate final last year at Joey’s only to be pipped at the post by Jeong Min Park from South Korea.  Margaret has represented Ireland on many occasions and was part of the Irish team with Paula Darby who won the Home internationals in 1997.  Another one of Ireland’s top amateur women players.  She is looking forward to the Irish Open at Joeys

Tina Keogh is our National Secretary and is only playing snooker just over 3 years.  Tina won the National Intermediate Championship in 2016 and is one of our women billiard players over the past two seasons.  She won the inaugural International 6 Red at Joey’s in 2015 and was runner-up last year.  Tina is the Offaly County Champion for 2017. provisionally ranked 4th at the moment and has held within the top 8 in Ireland over the past 3 seasons.  Tina certainly has improved in the sport in such a short period of time and is one of our top Intermediate players in Ireland.  Tina is excited to be playing again at Joey’s and she hopes to do well at the event.

Valerie Maloney is our 2014 National Intermediate Champion. Valerie won the International 6 Red event last year and is hoping to do well again at Joey’s next weekend.  Valerie has won a number of Intermediate rankings over the past 3 years since she took up snooker and was runner-up in the National Billiards last year.  Having held 9 spot last season on the National Rankings, Valerie is currently in 16th place provisionally and sure to keep within the top 16 at least before end of season. She is yet another top Intermediate player here in Ireland.

Emirjeta Doda is representing Albania again for a second year in a row at Joey’s.  Emirjeta is our current National Under 21 Champion and is number 1 on the junior National rankings.  She was 7th in the National Rankings last season and is currently ranked 12 on the provisional list.  Emirjeta is our National Junior Development Officer and is actively involved with promoting the sport within SARI (Sport Against Racism Ireland).

Englentina Doda is representing Albania at the International Irish Open.  Englentina is the current number 2 on the National Junior Rankings and is improving all the time having won an Intermediate Ranking and reached the semis of a number of others during the past 3 years.  This will be Englentina’s second International Open and she hopes to do well this year.

Susan Hanlon is our current Intermediate National Champion.  Susan has made her way to the top 16 this season on the National Rankings, is certainly a player to watch out for in the future. This is Susan’s first International event and is looking forward to it.  Susan is also part of Table Tennis Ireland and is within the top 8 players on the Table Tennis National Rankings.

Alannah Maxwell is only new to the sport and has played pool mainly over the years.  Alannah will represent Ireland in the International 6 Red over the weekend at Joey’s.  She is part of the SARI team.

Rebecca is another newcomer to the sport and like many other young girl’s throughout Ireland has played pool and is delighted to have a go at snooker this coming weekend at Joey’s, like Alannah, Rebecca is part of the SARI team promoting cue sports.  She will be playing for Ireland at the 6 Red event.

Christine is one of our top Intermediate players here in Ireland.  Finished in 3rd spot last season and is currently holding 3rd on the provisional rankings, Christine is improving all the time.  Having won the inaugural National Special Needs Championship in 2014, Christine has not missed an event since, her commitment to the sport is amazing.  Christine won the 2017 Kildare County Championship.  She took up billiards in 2015 and is currently number 2 in Ireland having reached the finals of a number of National Billiard rankings.  She is looking forward to the International at Joey’s

Rosie is another newcomer to snooker having played pool for a number of years.  Rosie certainly has great ability and currently number 8 on the National Rankings.  She is hoping to do well at the International Irish Open, her first International representing Ireland.

Roisin is one of our junior players who has shown a flare for snooker and billiards over the past 8 months.  She is 5th on the National Billiards ranking and is provisionally ranked 18th on the National snooker rankings.  Roisin was selected by RILSA for the two-year Scholarship where she will develop her technique and skills at our Academy in Newbridge.  A young star of the future and is looking forward to her first International.

Louise comes from a pool background and has represented Ireland on many occasions in pool, only back from Blackpool after the World Pool Championships, she turns her hand to snooker.  This will be her first International event at snooker and she hopes to do well.  Having played pool for many years will certainly stand her in good stead as she takes up snooker.

Joyce has recently taking up snooker and certainly has a flare for it.  Her participation in the RILSA National Championship, earned her 22nd place on the National Provisional rankings and she hopes to improve on that during the season.  Joyce is looking forward to her first International next weekend in Dublin.

Aine only playing competitive snooker a few years, reached the final of the National Intermediate Championship this year.  Aine finished 13th last season and is provisionally ranked 13th again.  She is hoping for a top 8 spot this season and is very capable of it.  This is Aine’s first International event and is looking forward to getting into the matches at Joey’s

Lauren Carley will make her International Irish Open debut at Joey’s Dublin next weekend.  Lauren is both a snooker and billiard player.  Having reached the final of the Intermediate National Championship in 2016 and the final of the National  Billiards Championship in 2015, certainly makes for great improvement in this young lady as she progresses in the sport.  Having finished 15th last season and is provisionally ranked 9th so far, it’s going in the right direction for Lauren, hoping to do well in Dublin next weekend.

Young Grace Byrne has made a great impact on the RILSA circuit since taking up snooker only 10 months ago.  Her win in the U/13 Stars of the Future, set her on her way as she became the first ever girl to win a Stars event since it’s inception back in 1981.  Grace won the U/12 RILSA junior event during the year and finished 12th last season. Currently holding 5th spot, she hopes to remain in the top 8 this season.  Grace was also selected for the two-year scholarship in RILSA where she will gain great experience and develop her game.  Looking forward to the International at Joey’s

Sharon Kazimba will be representing Uganda at this years International, having partook in 2015, she hopes to do well at Joey’s.  Sharon is a strong pool player and having only taken to snooker under two years ago, she will do her country proud next weekend as she promotes cue sports for women and girls within Uganda.

Amina will be representing Egypt at the 6 Red International next weekend.  Amina again like many is from a pool background.  She certainly has a flare for snooker and she will do Egypt proud as Amina takes to the green baize in Harmonstown.  A player for the future!

Sadiyah will be representing Pakistan at Joey’s in Dublin as the Ladies International Irish Open gets underway on Saturday 12th August.  Sadiyah is only new to snooker and hopes to do well as she represents her Country.  She is an avid pool player and her pool playing will certainly give her some edge in the sport of snooker.

Tara will represent England at the 6 Red International event at Joey’s.  Tara is only playing 8 months and is improving all the time.  Her daughter Grace got her interested in the sport and she has taken to it like a duck to water.  Tara was runner-up to Annette in the Carlow County Championship earlier in the year and is provisionally ranked 10th, so not bad for someone only playing a short while.  She is looking forward to taking part at Joey’s

Maureen from the UK is looking forward to the International Irish Open as she missed out last year.  Maureen is a good amateur player with many years experience, having partook in many World Championships and World ranking events in the UK.  She is also a good billiard player and again like snooker plays on the National circuit.

 

Laura is one of Brazil’s top players with many years experience in snooker in Ireland, UK and Brazil.  Laura was a regular visitor to the UK taking part in many events and World Championships over the years and while in Ireland made great progress in RILSA finishing 4th last season on the National Rankings along with winning a National Ranking event and the National Intermediate Championship in 2015.  Laura now back in Brazil flies in to Dublin to once again have a go on the International stage.  She finished runner-up in the International Intermediate event 2015.

Tessy is representing Nigeria at the International 6 Red in Joey’s.  She is a very strong player in pool and has shown she can play snooker too.  Tessy is delighted to represent her Country and hopes that her participation will encourage more girls and women in Nigeria to take up cue sports.  Looking forward to the upcoming International.

Michelle is one of our experienced players in Ireland having represented her Country on a number of occasions at European & International levels.  Having finished 66th last season on the National Rankings, Michelle has started the new season really well and is currently 17th place on the Provisional rankings.  She certainly can keep within the top 16 if not top 8 if she put’s her mind to.  She is looking forward to taking part in the International in Dublin and hopes to do well.

Toni took part in the 2015 International at Joey’s making it to the semis of the 6 Red event which was great for her first ever International.  Toni is back again this year to hopefully go one better.  She is hoping to get more competition on the RILSA National circuit during the coming season and set herself some goals.  Toni is looking forward to the weekend at Joey’s

Katie is one of our junior players who has improved a lot over the last few years.  After last season Katie finished number 40th in Ireland but improved her ranking this season provisionally at number 19th.  Very capable of a top 16 place before season’s end.  This is Katie’s first International and she is looking forward to taking part at Joey’s