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 National Billiards Championships, preliminary rounds down to the last two, took place at Celbridge Snooker Club on Sunday, 26th March 2017. A total of 10 players contested the event, which meant that the top four seeded players were awarded byes into the quarter finals.
First round Eliminations were Brendan Devlin (Celbridge), after a tough match that went the full distance, John Kehoe (Enniscorthy) coming back from 2-0 down to take the game 3-2 and Joe Doheny (Borris-in-Ossory), bowing out 3-1 to a quick scoring Phil Martin (Celbridge).
In the quarter finals the top two seeds, Wayne Doyle (Q-Club Wicklow) and Aidan Murray (Ivy Rooms) had convincing wins over Robert McCrum (Portmarnock) and John Kehoe (Enniscorthy) respectively. By contrast, the other two quarter finals were closely contested tussles, each resulting in 3-1 wins by Larry Drennan (Kilkenny) and Eugene Hughes (Baltinglass) over Aonghus McAnally (Portmarnock) and Phil Martin (Celbridge) respectively.
In the first of the semi finals, Kilkenny Veteran Larry Drennan took out the top seed Wayne Doyle in a match that went all the distance, Larry quickly taking the first two games by sizeable margins only to have Wayne respond, taking the next two in more closely scored games. In the deciding game, for a place in the final to be played at the RIBSA National Championships in May, Larry built up a slender 30 point lead, which he maintained to the finish. In the other semi final, between the No 2 and No 3 seeds Aidan Murray and Eugene Hughes, the first two games were shared without significant margins in scores. In the next two games however, Aidan quickly established the upper hand, finishing both games with unfinished 50 plus breaks.
Congratulations and best of luck to Larry and Aidan who won through to their places in the Final to be played as part of the RIBSA Finals weekend in May.
As always, our thanks to Phil Martin and the staff at Celbridge Snooker Club for the excellent playing conditions and for their help on the day.
Report by Brendan Devlin
Pre-Quarters, best of five 150up
Phil Martin (Brk: 87, 59, 68) 106, 150,150, 150 -v- 150, 106, 65, 85 Joe Doheny
Congratulations to Ross Bulman, Aaron Hill, Aaron Goldrick and Ryan McGuirk on qualifying for the RIBSA Under 16 Home Internationals Team in Leeds. This event will be played in the Northern Snooker Centre from the 14th - 17th of August. The Team Manager / Coach will be PJ Nolan.
Congratulations to Ross Bulman, Aaron Hill, Ryan McGuirk, Aaron Goldrick, Colum Morley and John Joyce on qualifying for the Under 16 Celtic Challenge Team that will play Wales on the 24th June in the Ivy Rooms SC Carlow.
Brendan Cooney and James Bteman will be the joint team managers on the day.
A Training camp will be held with our National Coach PJ Nolan on 17th and 18th of June in the Ivy Rooms SC in Carlow from 11am-4pm.
On the 24th the Celtic Challenge match against the Welsh will be held starting at 10am in the Ivy Rooms SC.
On the 25th a Celtic Challenge open handicap singles will be held with a €10 entry fee.