Danielle Randle from Kilkenny took the 2016 Republic of Ireland Ladies Snooker Association National Championship title at Joey’s Snooker Club, Dublin winning a close encounter against the 2015 National Champion Annette Newman in the final.
Danielle is the youngest player to win the RILSA National title at 20 years old, she now adds this to her RILSA U/21 National Championship win earlier in the season.
On her way to the final, Danielle had a good 2 nil win over Valerie Maloney from Portarlington in the last 16 with breaks of 20 and 22, a 2 nil win over Christine Carr from Kildare in the Quarters and a great 2 nil win over the current number 2 and former National Champion, Sandra Bryan from Wexford to reach her first Championship final.
The current Champion Annette Newman had good 2 nil wins over Emma Carr from Kildare in the last 16, Lauren Carley from Carlow in the Quarters and Tina Keogh from Laois in the Semi finals to meet Danielle in the final
The final started well for Annette taking the first frame comfortably with Danielle needing snooker on the colours however Danielle responded well in the second frame to bring the frame down to a pink ball, which she potted to level at 1-1. The 3rd frame was scrappy and again it was down to the colours, Annette potted green to blue and snookered herself on the pink and missed it now leaving an awkward pink into the green pocket for Danielle, Danielle composed herself and played a great pot on the pink to secure the frame and match to take her first ever National RILSA Championship.
Annette congratulated Danielle on her win and is delighted for her “it’s nice to see young girls coming into RILSA and doing well, it’s a great boost for our younger girls in the sport” said Annette
Congratulations to Danielle on her fantastic win and congratulations to Annette once again on a fine performance.
Our Secretary Tina Keogh represented our President Margaret Browne at the
Championships and she was proud to wear the chain of office on behalf of this fantastic association.
In the Intermediate Ranking event Christine Carr beat the in form young Faye Jameson from Dublin in the semis to reach the final while Valerie Maloney had a good win over Lauren Carley in their semi final to meet Christine in the final.
The final was very close but Christine potted the pink for the first frame and it came down to the black in the second and she took it to take the win. Congratulations to Christine on her win and to Valerie on a great performance.
RILSA would like to welcome newcomers on the day and thank them for their support and these were Lisa Kavanagh, Sarah Kavanagh, Helen Deegan and Louise Richards.
Thanks to Joe Lyons for refereeing the final and thanks to Derek Fagan and staff of Joey’s for their fantastic support towards women’s snooker.
Thanks to all the players who made this event such a great success.
Our next outing will be the RILSA 6 Red National Championship on Saturday 28th May in Sharkx Newbridge followed by our National Intermediate Championship on Saturday 4th June again at Sharkx Newbridge.
We are looking forward to seeing you all again at our future events.