Orla Fitzpatrick from Ballinabranna, Carlow took the Republic of Ireland Ladies Snooker Association Primary Schools Title at the Ivy Rooms Carlow. This is the first ever Junior ladies National Championship to be held in Ireland and it was met with great success. RILSA’s new approach and commitment to the Ladies sport of snooker is fantastic to say the least and what a bright future for women in Ireland and indeed around the World as they unite with Stars Academy Ireland and the World Ladies Billiards and Snooker Association to promote and secure its place and future.
Orla Fitzpatrick (Ballinabranna N.S.) won her match against Lauren McGrath (Hacketstown N.S.) for a place in the semis. Megan King (Hacketstown N.S.) saw off Mollie Comerford (Ballinabranna N.S.) to meet Orla in the semi finals. In the other end of the draw, Kayleigh Bracken (Hacketstown N.S.) beat Chloe Vambeck-Courser (The Glebe N.S.) for a semi final spot and to complete the semi finals Amanda Walsh (Ballinabranna N.S.) won against Niamh Byrne also of Ballinabranna.
Orla Fitzpatrick kept the pressure on in her match against Megan King and went through to the final comfortably, likewise Kayleigh Bracken went into meet Orla in the final beating Amanda in their match.
The final was close for a while until Orla got into her stride and overcame a good fight from Kayleigh to take the first Ladies junior title to be played in Ireland and become RILSA Primary School Ladies Snooker Champion 2014.
Congratulations to Orla on her win and to Kayleigh on a great performance. Thanks to all the girls for their input and to Sandra Bryan, Gabriel Keane, Joe Doheny, Eddie and Crystle for their support and help throughout the day. Thanks to Marian for providing excellent facilities as usual for this event and we look forward to seeing more young ladies taking up the sport in the future.