Sean O’Connor from Kilkenny won the under 15 Stars Academy Championship at Sharkx Newbridge recently.

On his way to the final Sean had 2-0 wins over Cody Graham (Cavan) in the Quarters, Luke O’Callaghan (Laois) in the semis for his final spot.

In the other half of the draw we saw the recent runner up in the U16 Schools Championship, Lee Maloney from Offaly have 2-0 wins over, Roisin Beale (Kildare) in the Quarters and Tristan Graham (Cavan) in the semis to meet Sean in the final.

In the final Sean was the stronger on the day and won 2-0 to give him the U15 Stars Academy Ireland Champion 2017.

It was great to see our RILSA juniors take part in the Stars events and we wish both Grace and Roisin every success in the sport as they make progress.

Congratulations to Sean on his win and to Lee for his fine performance, it won’t be long when Lee will have his win in Stars Academy Ireland as he is improving all the time.

Thanks to all the players for their support and making the event such a great success once again.  Thanks to all the parents and supporters for their help and to Bernie, Paul and staff of Sharkx for their great support also.



Liam Colleran (Kildare)              2      Grace Byrne (Carlow)          0

Sean  O’Connor (Kilkenny)        2      Cody Graham (Cavan)         0

Tristan Graham (Cavan)            2      Luke O’Callaghan (Laois)    0

Lee Maloney (Offaly)                  2      Roisin Beale (Kildare)          0


Sean O’Connor                             2      Liam Colleran                        0

Lee Maloney                                 2      Tristan Graham                     0


Sean O’Connor                            2      Lee Maloney                           0