Tina Keogh from Laois won the RILSA Intermediate Ranking 2 of the season at Sharkx Newbridge recently. Tina played exceptionally well throughout the event.
This is Tina’s 5th Intermediate Ranking win during her time with RILSA and was runner-up on two occasions which proves that Tina is a force to recon with on the Intermediate Tour, along with the Intermediate Tour, Tina is well up with the Amateur players as she is currently provisionally 4th on the main Tour rankings and has held within the top 8 over the past 5 seasons, so definitely one to watch out for on the Tour.
Rachel Bradley from Kildare was Runner up on this occasion and like Tina, Rachel is a good all round player having won the National Special Needs Championship title on 3 occasions. Rachel has won two Intermediate Rankings in the past and after her recent run to another final, making it two runners-up places also.
Young Jennifer Earle from Dublin had a tough match against Rosie Young from Laois, going all the way to a respot black in the 3rd frame in their quarter-final match, with Jennifer potting it to meet Tina in the semis. This is Jennifer’s first win on the RILSA Intermediate Tour and only playing snooker just over 6 months, she is another one to watch out for in the future. Jennifer is one of our Scholarship students at RILSA, her practice and coaching from her dad Dave is beginning to produce results for her. Rosie is fast improving in her game also with a number of close matches to date, a good win over the veteran, Margaret Browne at the International in Joey’s last August was her best result so far and more to come.
Another player in the mix is Valerie Maloney from Offaly who played very well against Rachel in the semis with Rachel having to produce good form in the final frame in their match to make it through to the final. Valerie is not number 5 on the main RILSA Tour for nothing and number 1 on the provisional Intermediate Rankings, so all in all we see much improvement from our players as they up the standard at Intermediate level.
Young Roisin Beale played some of her best snooker to date, showing that with some positive practice, she will certainly have the ability to put pressure on the others and start making great progress in future events. Roisin is also part of the ladies Billiards Section and is fast improving in this cue sport discipline having won Silver recently in the Intermediate Billiards Ranking 1 of the season.
The final showed both players in form however Tina just proved the stronger on the day as she won out a 2 nil winner over Rachel.
Congratulations to Tina on her win and to Rachel on a great performance. Well done and thanks to all the players for their support and making these events such a great success.
TOP 16 – PROVISIONAL – INTERMEDIATE RANKING 2018/2019 SEASON
|1st||Valerie Maloney||Portarlington S.C. Laois||5600||6|
|2nd||Tina Keogh||Portarlington S.C. Laois||5300||8|
|3rd||Rachel Bradley||St Marks Newbridge, Kildare||4600||5|
|4th||Christine Carr||Sharkx Newbridge, Kildare||4300||8|
|7th||Jennifer Earle||Joey’s S.C. Dublin||3000||2|
|8th||Roisin Beale||Sharkx Newbridge, Kildare||2600||0|
|9th||Rosie Young||Portarlington S.C. Laois||2400||1|
|11th||Susan Hanlon||Joey’s S.C. Dublin||1800||1|
|12th||Emirjeta Doda||DB, Dublin||1600||0|
|13th||Katie French||Celbridge S.C., Kildare||1600||0|
|14th||Grace Byrne||Ballinabranna, Carlow||1500||0|
|15th||Clodagh walsh||Ballinabranna, Carlow||1500||0|
|16th||Natasha Walker||St Laserians, Carlow||1500||0|