Tina Keogh from Laois took the RILSA National Intermediate Championship title at Sharkx Newbridge recently without dropping a frame. Tina had a good wins over Emma Carr from Kildare in the quarters and Christine Carr (Kildare) the current no 1 Intermediate ranked player in a close semi final match to put her into the final.
At the other end of the draw, Lauren Carley from Carlow took on the National Special Needs Champion Rachel Bradley from Kildare in a close quarter final, winning on the pink ball in the 3rd frame. Lauren met the 2014 Intermediate National Champion, Valerie Maloney from Laois in the semis and again played very well to win on the black in the 3rd frame to meet Tina in the final.
The final was close but Tina proved the stronger on the day and took the 2 frames needed to secure her the title and give her, her first National RILSA title.
Congratulations to Tina on a fantastic win and to Lauren on a fine performance.
We have seen these players improve in the sport over the past few years and with dedication, practice the results will come in the end.
Christine Carr now starts the new season provisionally ranked 1 on the Intermediate National rankings after her previous ranking win and reaching the semis of the Championship.
Lauren Carley steps into number 2 place closely followed by Valerie Maloney
The others making up the top 8 on the National Intermediate Rankings are Emma Carr in 4th spot, Tina Keogh in 5th, Faye Jameson from Dublin in 6th, Rachel Bradley in 7th and Lisa Kavanagh from Dublin in 8th place
We look forward to a fantastic new season of Intermediate tours with RILSA commencing in September and we hope to see more girls and women come out on the circuit and enjoy the sport.
Thanks to Bernie and Paul of Sharkx for their support and providing excellent facilities to RILSA events and we are proud to be part of their club and the new RILSA Academy that is currently being set up there. More to follow on this at a later date.