Valerie Maloney from Co Offaly joined RILSA in 2014 at the start of the newly formed Association and almost immediately Valerie became involved at committee level.
2014 saw the RILSA Inaugural Intermediate Women’s Snooker Championship where Valerie took the title in Dublin. Since her first success, Valerie has done exceptionally well on the ladies circuit in Ireland with an Intermediate Ranking win before the 2014-2015 season’s end along with reaching the Quarters of the Ladies National Championship.
2015-2016 saw Valerie start with a win at the Inaugural RILSA International Open, when she took the 6 Red title at Joey’s Dublin. She went on to reach a further 4 Quarter final places at National Rankings during that season. Valerie started the 2016-2017 season with a runner-up spot in a National Intermediate Ranking followed by a semi final place in the Intermediate Championship and again reached the final of the International 6 Red event in Dublin only to lose out to her good friend Tina Keogh in a very close match.
Valerie took up Billiards during this period and soon realised her potential in the sport with a runner-up place in the 2016 Championship against Annette Newman from Carlow. After two more Intermediate Ranking final places and a runner-up place in the Inaugural Offaly County Championship in 2017 along with a close runner-up spot to Christine Carr in the Inaugural Intermediate Billiards Championship, Valerie has proved a very strong player in both Snooker & Billiards over a short period in cue sports here in Ireland. Certainly knocking on the door of cue sports and it’s only a matter of time when she is back to winning ways.
With 3 wins, 7 runners-up and 7 semi final places in 4 years is a fantastic achievement for her.
Valerie’s first season with RILSA saw her reach 6th place on the National Rankings, with 8th place in 2015-2016 and 9th in 2017 currently provisionally 16th as we reach the end of the season and Valerie hopes to remain in the top 16 to qualify for the last 32 of the National Championship and Maureen Butler Cup in May.
On the Intermediate Rankings Valerie is the current number 2 and provisionally 7th with a few events remaining where she should keep within the top 8.
In the Billiards Ranking, Valerie was 6th in 2016 and 4th in 2017 with a current 3rd place going into 2018 so great improvement and consistency from her.
Valerie is the current Assistant Treasurer of RILSA and wears many other hats within the organisation since joining in 2014. She is the Connaught Regional Secretary, Offaly County Secretary and part of the Garda Vetting and (Women’s Irish Cue sports Association) WICA committees.
Valerie’s husband Tom and boy’s Jamie, Jack, Lee and Ben are all avid snooker players and like her friend Tina, it’s a family affair with everyone involved in great support of each other.
Valerie’s commitment, support and help in fundraising towards RILSA is amazing and we at RILSA are delighted to have Valerie on board as she is a huge part of our organisation going forward in our promotions.