The Republic of Ireland Ladies Snooker Association representatives were in action once again at the Northern Snooker Centre in Leeds at the World Ladies Plate Tournament.
Annette Newman was into the last 16 and up against 6 times World U/21 Ladies Champion and current number 4 on the World rankings, Hanna Jones. Hanna was in good form in the first frame and took it with breaks of 30 and 22. Frame 2 started well for Annette going into a lead of 25 points with 59 remaining, however Hanna picked away with small breaks to come back into the frame and it was down to the colours to see who would take it, Hanna took on a difficult pot on the brown and got it, with good position on the blue which she potted followed by the pink for frame and match. Congrats to Hanna on her win and to Annette for another good performance against the 6 times World U/21 Champion.
Also into the last 16 of the World Plate was Sandra Bryan and was up against the current World U/21 Champion Jasmine Bolsover, who was in fine form and had a great break of 46 to take the first frame. Sandra fought back in the second and had a few chances, but it wasn’t to be as the young Jasmine closed out the frame and match with a good break of 36. Congrats to Jasmine on a great win and to Sandra on her performance against this young World U/21 Champion.
Margaret Browne had a good 2 nil win over Maureen Rowland to put her into the Quarters. In the quarters, Margaret was now up against the young World U/21 Champion Jasmine Bolsover. The first frame was very tactical and Margaret brought it right down to a pink ball finish and gave the young player some food for thought as she put on the pressure, however Jasmine managed to pot both pink and black for frame and this set the standard for frame 2 which again was a very close affair with both players playing great tactical snooker. The colours again was the order of the frame as Margaret once again put on the pressure but it was not to be this time as Jasmine cleared up from the blue to put her into the semis. Congrats to Jasmine and to Margaret for a great performance.
Once again our Ladies played great snooker and they should all be very proud of their performances during this World Ladies Snooker Championships. They will all take away a very positive response to their individual results and that the overall score lines could have gone in their favours and that they will return to fight another day.
We had a great Championships and met fantastic people along with making lifelong friendships and we look forward to a bright and successful future for Ladies Snooker. As the RILSA Chairman, I am very proud of their efforts and wish them every success for future World events.