The Republic of Ireland Ladies Billiards commenced their 2022 season Intermediate Billiards Tour at the RILSA Academy Sharkx Newbridge recently. Tina Keogh from Offaly and our current National Intermediate Billiards Champion began the campaign where she left off last season winning the first National Intermediate Billiards Ranking event.
Tina won her round robin matches on the evening against Valerie Maloney from Laois and Stephanie Foley from Carlow in closely contested timed games with a 46-38 over Stephanie and 59-48 over Valerie. Stephanie would take runner up spot with just 12 points separating her from Valerie.
Tina goes top of the Intermediate Rankings for the first time followed in 2nd spot by Stephanie, Valerie 3rd place and holding 4th is Jennifer Earle from Dublin.
Tina hopes to finish number 1 for 2022 but there are a number of events yet to be played and its not easy as the remaining players are all very capable indeed in particular Valerie Maloney who holds the record of Irish Number 1 Intermediate Billiards player for 3 years in a row and of course Stephanie will be out to gain back her number 1 spot from last season while not forgetting the youngster Jennifer who is gaining ground all the time and is well poised for a higher position.
Other players who are in the mix are Michelle French, Louise Maher, Roisin Beale and Lauren Carley once they get back to competition soon. We hope to have a few newcomers to Intermediate Billiards during the season.
Congratulations to Tina on her win and to Stephanie on her runner up place. We thank all our players for their support as always. Thanks to Bernie, Paul and staff of Sharkx for their help and support towards female cue sports.