Annette Newman has been to the forefront of Irish Ladies Snooker for many years, having reached the final of the first RILSA National Championship in 1986, Annette was unlucky to take the title in a very close match against Martina Wendel 3-2 was the final result.
All through the 1980’s and 90’s, Annette played in almost every RILSA event having many semi final places along with many National Ranking Wins during that period. Annette represented Ireland at the 1993 & 1994 World Championships in the UK and again in 2015 & 2016 where she did very well qualifying out of the group stage in both years to make the quarter finals putting her into the top 32 in the World for the first time.
Annette reached number 4 in 1995 and remained within the top 10 for over 8 years on the RILSA circuit. With 13 National Ranking Title wins under her belt and 10 runner-up spots to date, makes Annette one of Ireland’s most successful women snooker players on the domestic circuit.
After many years of competition, Annette had a chance to win the National Title in 2014 only to be denied once again by Sandra Bryan in yet another close encounter 3-2, however her persistence paid off in 2015 when she overcame a great fight from Sandra to win her first ever National RILSA Championship and a dream come true for this dedicated player. So well deserved after all this time.
This spurred Annette on and she was to reach the final again for the 3rd year in a row where she came up against Danielle Randle in 2016 but to miss out on a black ball finish in the last frame.
Since RILSA re commenced events in 2014, Annette has dominated the ladies snooker scene with great results and having secured number 1 in 2016 has kept the number 1 spot on the National Rankings for 3 years in a row, this is a new record for RILSA only two other players have held number 1 on 3 but separate occasions, Paula Darby and Ann McMahon.
In the Inaugural International Ladies Irish Open, Annette reached the quarters of the main event in 2015 and reached the Semi finals in 2016 but went yet another one better in 2017 reaching her first International final against Paula Judge making it an all Irish final where Paula was to win 3-1 on this occasion but not without a good fight by Annette.
Annette has been voted Player of the Year for the past 3 years along with receiving awards from the Carlow Nationalist Newspaper and Carlow Volunteer Service recognising her participation and great work she does for women’s snooker & billiards here in Ireland.
RILSA introduced ladies Billiards in December 2015 where Annette was to win the Inaugural National Ladies Championship Title and has since went on to win 3 National Billiards Titles in a row along with maintaining number 1 on the National Billiards Ranking also for 3 years in a row. She is the only woman to hold both National Titles in the same season and number 1 ranked in both disciplines, another fantastic achievement by Annette and one that will be hard to beat.
Annette followed her National Billiards Championship Win by winning all National Billiards Ranking events in 2016 and 2017, she started with a win again in Billiards ranking 1 2018 where she was unbeaten in 9 events in a row, however Billiards ranking 2 was to go to Christine Carr who had to play exceptional Billiards to win over Annette but Annette bounced back in the 3rd Ranking of the 2018 season to get back to her winning ways in Ladies Billiards.
Annette is the current RILSA National Treasurer and holds many hats on RILSA sub committees. Her refereeing and coaching skills are always appreciated by the Association as Annette is very much involved with everyday promotions and works hard to keep RILSA moving in the right direction through our school and college initiatives.
We in RILSA really appreciate Annette’s involvement and support towards our Organisation, her contribution and work ethic to RILSA holds no bounds as many of our initiatives would not have materialised without her input. A fantastic lady who encourages and promotes women’s cue sports here in Ireland, we wish her well for the future and look forward to many years of participation and support from Annette.