The RILSA National Ladies Intermediate & Amateur Billiard Rankings and Championship season starts soon at the Academy in Newbridge.

Aidan Murray the Ladies National Billiards Coach was on hand to put the ladies through their paces at Sharkx recently, welcoming newcomer Jennifer Earle from Dublin who will start with the first Intermediate event at the end of the month.

The ladies Billiards section of RILSA now boosts 18 players over the past 4 years with 10 of them continuing to play on a regular basis and all improving their standard as each season comes and goes.

The 2019 Ladies Billiards Season will see 3 National Championship titles up for grabs in the National Amateur Billiards Championship which Annette Newman from Carlow holds for the past 4 seasons and looking for number 5 this year.

The National Intermediate Billiards Championship which was inaugurated in 2018 with Christine Carr taking the title but she has now moved up to Amateur status so it opens the way for a new name on the cup in 2019.

The inaugural 100 Up National Billiards Championship will be held later in the season.

The Amateur Billiards tour will see 6 ranking events while the Intermediate tour will see 4 ranking events during the year bringing the number of Billiard events for females to 13 in total.

Its hoped to hold an International Challenge this season, all will be revealed as the season progresses.

Annette Newman will be gunning to retain both the National Amateur Title and number 1 this season while Valerie Maloney from Offaly is hoping to retain her number 1 spot on the Intermediate tour with a great chance to win the Intermediate Championship as she has improved greatly over the past season, however both Annette and Valerie will not have it easy as a number of players are hot on their heels and will certainly have their say during the season, such as Christine Carr, Tina Keogh, Stephanie Morrison and Roisin Beale.

Thanks to Aidan for his help and support and we wish all our girls a most enjoyable and fun filled season ahead.