The ladies intermediate championships was held in Newbridge CYWMS on Sunday April 23rd. A “round robin” format was agreed and Rhonda Sheldreck won her first 3 frames and could not be caught. It was between Leah Brady and Tanya O’Neill to decide who would face Rhonda in the final. Leah won the first frame with some excellent potting, so the pressure was on Tanya in the second frame which she had to win, to stay in the championships. With some very good potting and safety play and with “Lady luck” on her side she won the frame to finish level on points with Leah.
A one frame shoot-out would decide if Tanya or Leah would progress to the final. Leah got off to a good star in the shoot-out frame and built up a commanding lead. Tanya was not giving up without a fight and slowly reduced the lead and when she fluked the Blue she went 2 points in front on the pink. Leah potted a terrific quarter ball pink to a middle pocket. She was unlucky to leave a very thin cut on the Black with the full length of the table between cue-ball and object ball. There was no easy safety shot and she felt she had to go for it. But with the cue-ball touching the top cushion, it was a very difficult pot to attempt, unfortunately she imparted some unwanted side which threw the cue-ball slightly off course and missed the black.
Very unlucky Leah, you are a terrific potter and next season you will be a force to be reckoned with. Well done to Rhonda and Tanya who will contest this year’s Ladies intermediate snooker final on finals weekend.
This competition was played in a very friendly and cordial atmosphere throughout and one incident I witnessed, occurred in the first frame between Leah and Tanya. Tanya needed a snooker on the Brown and when she saw Leah was cueing at the Blue, she stopped her from committing a foul and told her the Brown was the ball “on”.
It was great to see such sporting behaviour.
A big thank you to Newbridge CYWMS for the use of their excellent facilities, thanks to the girls for a terrific competition and I look forward to seeing you all again next season.
The RIBSA senior Ladies snooker champioships was played to the final in Newbridge CYWMS on Sunday April 9th. With 4 competitors turning up, it was agreed to play a "Round Robin" with the top 2 ladies to play in the Final on "finals weekend"
First into battle were Michelle Sherwin and Paula Judge. This was a highly tactical affair with a high standard of safety from both girls and it was no surprise that they shared the spoils, 1 frame each. Claire Mill and Catherine Fitzsimons also had a close match with Claire taking both frames.
Michelle played Catherine next and ran out a comfortable 2-0 winner, Claire and Paula played a superb match with high quality safety and potting with each girl winning a frame. Down to the final pairings and with Michelle and Claire on 3 points and Paula on 2, there were numerous permutations that could have emerged.
Michelle and Claire played another high quality match and they shared the spoils winning 1 frame each. Paula got the better of Catherine winning both frames. This resulted with Michelle, Paula and Claire finishing on 4 points each.
I commend Catherine for turning up, even though she did not win a frame she played through the "pain barrier" and battled all day despite having problems with her back. As tournament director I announced the format for resolving the situation. The names of the 3 girls would be put into a "hat" and 1 would be drawn out to go into the final, while the other 2 would play off in a best of 3 match.
Claire Mill was the name drawn out, which meant that Paula and Michelle would play off.
The high standard that was on display throughout the day was maintained in the play-off. Michelle used her vast experience and tactical knowledge and emerged a 2-0 winner. The final, which will be played on finals weekend, May 5th - 7th between Michelle Sherwin and Claire Mill. Commiserations to Paula, but I have no doubt your day will come.
I want to thank the girls for the very sporting way they played, especially the "miss" rule. The balls were only replaced when it was the right decision to replace them and not just for the sake of accumulating penalty points. On behalf of RIBSA I want to thank Newbridge CYWMS for the use of their excellent facilities. Thank you to Leo Kennedy and Jim Byrne for the refreshments.
The Republic of Ireland Billiards & Snooker Association will hold the 2017 Ladies National Senior Snooker Championships on Sunday the 9th of April in Newbridge CYMS. This event is open to any lady player in the Republic of Ireland.
The Championship will start at 12 noon. You can now text your Enter to RIBSA on 085 242 8701 or to Michelle Sherwin on 087 414 0864. The RIBSA National Ladies Senior Championship will be played in Waistcoats and depending on the numbers Knock Out Format or Round Robin Format will be used and this will be decided the TD on the day.
The RIBSA Ladies Intermediate and U-21 Championships will be held on Sunday 23rd April in Newbridge CYMS
The RIBSA Ladies 6 reds Championship took place in Newbridge CYMS on Sunday 12th March. Matches were played on a round-robin basis, with each player playing all other players 3 frames. There was a tight finish at the end with Catherine Fitzsimons being the first to book her place in the final with some great play in the round-robin stages, having beaten both Claire Mill and Michelle Sherwin 2-1. Tanya O’Neill and Leah Brady also played well in their first ever 6 reds event. Both ladies impressed pushing the seasoned players all the way in a good few frames.
The other finalists place was between Michelle Sherwin and Claire Mill. In the final match of the round-robin stage, Michelle beat Claire by 3-0 to claim her place in the final with Catherine.
Michelle got off to a good start winning the first frame well. Catherine took an early 17 point lead in the 2nd frame, Michelle clawed her way back to tie the scores coming to the colours. Michelle then led by 8 after Catherine fouled twice, but Catherine potted a lovely yellow to brown to lead by 1. Michelle then took on a long blue to the corner and potted a good pink to the centre pocket to win the frame and take a 2-0 lead. The 3rd frame was close throughout, towards the end Michelle got the edge on Catherine and closed out the frame on the blue to win the frame and title.
The ladies were delighted to welcome R.I.B.S.A. president Mr Eamon Kearns to the event, and he presented the perpetual champions cup to Michelle and trophies to both ladies.
The ladies would like to congratulate Leah Brady on her recent engagement.
Huge thanks go to Leo and everyone at Newbridge for their kindness and help on the day.
The fourth ladies ranking event took place in Celbridge on 19th Feb. Michelle Sherwin was the first to claim her place in the final in the round robin stage, and the other finalist was decided in the match between Paula Judge and Claire Mill. The first frame went to a re-spotted black, Paula won the toss and put Claire in and off the break off Claire left the ball hanging in the jaws of the green pocket for Paula to pot and take the first frame. The 2nd frame went all the way to the black also, and Claire got an unlucky gunk off the middle jaws to leave an easy black for Paula to take the frame and join Michelle in the final.
In the final Paula won the first 2 frames on the black, with both players having missed a few opportunities in both frames to pot it. Michelle won the 3rd frame well, and won the 4th on the blue to tie the match at 2-2 and force a deciding frame. Paula had an early lead in the final frame, but Michelle hung in and clawed the lead back a few points at a time. Michelle laid a good snooker which Paula failed to get out of with 2 reds left on the table. Michelle took the final red to lead by 35 but missed a relatively easy black. After a shot on the final red from Paula, Michelle potted a lovely red back into a blind green pocket at which time Paula conceded the match.
I would like to congratulate Michelle on a fantastic comeback in the match and on finishing the season yet again as ladies no.1. I would also like to wish her well in her recovery from a serious recent surgery. Well done to Paula Judge on having top breaks of 46 and 38 and to ronda Sheldreck and Catherine Fitzsimons for playing so good on the day. Huge thanks also goes to Phil and the staff at Celbridge for their lovely welcome, and we would like to compliment them on the magnificent tables.
The next tournament will be our 6 reds championship in Newbridge CYMS on Sunday 12th March at 12pm.
The third RIBSA Senior Ladies ranking event of the season was held on Sunday the 8th of January in Q’s Snooker Club in Dublin. Michelle Sherwin, Claire Mill and Paula Judge were all tied on points after the round-robin stage; so there was a playoff to get the 2 finalists. Michelle beat Paula and Claire; then Paula beat Claire to join Michelle in the final.
The final was a classic. Michelle got off to a great start taking the first 2 frames; Paula then settled well and potted some fantastic balls off the cushion to keep breaks going; and coupled with some excellent safety; Paula came back to win the next 2 frames and tie the match at 2-2.
Paula took an early lead in the final frame, and with both players feeling the tension, there was some silly errors from both players. Paula had a 20 point lead coming to the colours. Michelle took yellow to pink, potting a superb long blue to keep the break going, and left herself an awkward cut on the black to the middle which she missed and left on the back cushion. Paula safety left Michelle a chance on the black to the yellow pocket, which she potted to win the frame and match. It was an excellent match from both players.
RIBSA would like to thank Q’s for the use of the Club, and a big thanks to Mick Flood for his caretaking duties.
The third RIBSA Intermediate Ladies ranking event of the season was held on Sunday the 8th of January in Q’s Snooker Club in Dublin.
Newcomer Tanya O’Neill made a great start in the Intermediate series by reaching the final to play current Intermediate no 1 Ronda Sheldreck. Tanya was clearly nervous competing in her first tournament, but she quickly settled down and played some solid snooker to really give a great match to Ronda.
Ronda won the final 2-0 to increase her lead at the top of the intermediate rankings but both frames went to the black ball; with Ronda potting a superb black to win the 2nd frame and take the match. Well done to Tanya on a superb performance in her debut tournament. Nicoletti Flynn was also in great form and we are all delighted to see her back in good health again.
The ladies were presented their trophies by Mr Tom Muldowney
The Republic of Ireland Billiards & Snooker Association (RIBSA) who are the governing body of Ladies Snooker in Ireland held their first Ladies Development day of the season on the 23rd of October in the Ivy Rooms Snooker Club in Carlow.
Irish National Coach PJ Nolan and Ladies National Coach Michelle Sherwin coached the skills of the game Stance, Grip, Cue Action, Cue Ball Control and Potting Skills to the players from 11am to 4pm.
The cost to each player was €5.00 and each player received a training booklet and coaching manual.
PJ working on teaching the players to come in on line, Develop a solid bridge hand and Cue Action. All the players said they enjoyed the day and learnt a lot of information to improve their game.
RIBSA will hold more development days later in the season and Jim Leacy RIBSA Chairman said RIBSA are 100% committed to help grow the ladies game in Ireland and with PJ’s and Michelle’s help the girls and in good hands.
Second Ranking Event of the Season
RIBSA will hold their Second Ladies ranking event of the season on Sunday the 2nd of October in Newbridge CYMS. The Tournament will start at 12 noon and everyone is welcome to attend. You can now text your Enter to Michelle Sherwin on 087 414 0864
Finally RIBSA would like to thank the Ivy Rooms Snooker Club in Carlow for hosting the Development Day and to all the girls for making it a big success.
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The RIBSA Ladies Senior series began in Q’s Snooker Club in Clondalk in Dublin on Sunday the 2nd f October. In the final Paula Judge and Michelle Sherwin faced off in the final which was a repeat of their National Ladies Final last May.
Paula had an excellent 36 in the first frame but Michelle came back into the frame, but missed the blue to give Paula the first frame.
The second frame was close throughout and towards the end of the second frame, Michelle indicated to the referee that she would be withdrawing from the match at the end of the frame, due to ill health. Paula cleared blue to black to win the frame, with a lovely treble on the blue, and a fantastic black down the cushion to 2-0 up and with the match conceded, Michelle congratulated Paula on her first ranking win.
Paula 71 Break
A huge congratulations and big shout out goes to Paula Judge, who in her 2nd frame in her round-robin match against Claire Mill, had a magnificent 71 break, made all the better by the pink that she potted after the first red. Paula was stuck to the top cushion, and was left with a very difficult cut into the middle on the pink or an easy safety; she took the pink on and the rest was history; she never looked like missing and it was truly lovely to watch.
WELL DONE PAULA!!!
Best of luck goes out to Paula and Ronda who are off to Leeds to play in the World Ladies tournament next week. Kick ass girls!!!
RIBSA would like to thank Q’s Dublin for hosting the event and Congratulate Ronda on her win.
RIBSA ladies would like to invite any lady player to the next ranking event on the 6th of November in Newbridge or to the RIBSA Ladies Promotion day on Sunday 23rd of October in the Ivy Rooms Carlow with World Snooker Coach PJ Nolan.