The Republic of Ireland Ladies Snooker Association introduced the sport of Billiards into their Association for the first time back in December 2015. During the previous 11 months a number of women were coached by our National Billiards Coach, Aidan Murray, who got these women trained to a standard for competition. This time was well spent as the players really got behind this new initiative and the interest grew with RILSA now having had 18 women who attended and played competitive billiards over the five years.
Annette Newman from Carlow has dominated the sport to date by winning the inaugural Championship in 2015 and retaining it again in 2016 along with winning all 5 National Billiards titles in between. Annette has recently completed her fifth successful season, winning 6 out of 6 National Billiards Ranking titles for 2020. However Valerie Maloney from Laois along with Christine Carr ,(Kildare) and Jennifer Earle from Dublin have improved greatly in the sport and are hot on the heels of Annette. Stephanie Foley and Joanna Ward have been making great progress during the 2020 season with Joanna winning the National 100 Up Championship and moving up to Amateur status. Stephanie making runner up spot in the 2020 National Amateur Championship final
Annette took the 2020 National title making it 6 in a row and setting a new record. She will be looking to continue her form in 2021.
Annette is the only woman in Ireland to have held both the Snooker and Billiards National titles in the same season along with holding the number 1 ranked spots in both disciplines. Great history in the making for women’s cue sports here in Ireland. To add to her success, Annette won the Inaugural 100Up National Championship Title in December 2019.
The Intermediate National Billiards commenced in 2018 with Christine Carr taking the inaugural title. Valerie Maloney finished the Intermediate Billiards season number 1 and won the National Intermediate Billiards Championship title in 2019 along with retaining the Championship title in 2020, her number 1 place on the Intermediate Rankings for the 3rd season in a row shows her dominance at this level and consistency within the sport
TOP 4 WOMEN BILLIARDS PLAYERS IN IRELAND 2020 FROM THE RANKING BELOW
RILSA NATIONAL BILLIARDS RANKING 2020 SEASON
|1st||Annette Newman||Griffith Club, Carlow||13000||2084|
|2nd||Christine Carr||Sharkx, Newbridge||10200||1693|
|3rd||Stephanie Foley||Griffith Club, Carlow||7800||969|
|4th||Joanna Ward||Celbridge S.C.||7200||1072|
|6th||Valerie Maloney||RILSA Academy Laois||5800||723|
|7th||Roisin Beale||Sharkx Newbridge||1800||169|
|8th||Tina Keogh||RILSA Academy Offaly||1000||0|