Saturday, May 30

Walsh Wins RIBSA U-16 Event 1

Sean Walsh from Crucible SC Cork won the first RIBSA Under 16 Snooker Ranking event of the season in the Ivy Rooms Snooker Club, Carlow on Sunday the 21st of October.

In the final both players had good wins along the way to qualify for the final but it was Sean Walsh from Crucible SC Cork who beat Ryan McGuirk from the R&R SC 3 frames to 0 in a superb match of attacking snooker to win the event and go number 1 on the RIBSA National U-16 Rankings.

Our National Coach PJ Nolan was the TD and he was very impressed with the talent on show ” He said he was happy to see new faces pushing the seeded players to break through on the day and the future is looking good in Ireland with so many talented young players.”

  • Semi Finals

In the semi finals Ryan beat Keilum Reid from the Hawks Nest in Waterford 3-0 but Keilum showed his hard training is paying off. In the other semi Jack Newman from Fermoy got ahead first but Sean came back deny the Fermoy man. Jack will be happy with his semi final and will challenge again for Event 2 in November.

Ryan McGuirk 3-0 Keilum Reid

Jack Newman 1-3 Sean Walsh

  • Q-Finals 

Ryan McGuirk 3-0 Lewis Casserly

Keilum Reid 3-0 Adam Quinn

Jack Newman 3-0 Adam Halnon

Sean Walsh 3-0 Alex Currid

  • High Break

The Highest break on the day was 51 by young Alex Currid from Liam Mellows SC in Wexford.

RIBSA would like to thank all the young players for entering today. We ask all club owners and parents to encourage more junior to compete in our underage ranking events this season and if anyone wants more information they can contact PJ Nolan

The Plate event was also held for any player who loses his first match on the day and the winner was young Aaron Smith (separate report on web site)

Finally a big thank you to the Ivy Rooms SC for hosting the top class day of Junior snooker and to Referee Conor Doyle for being in charge all day. We look forward to seeing everyone again on the 17th of November for RIBSA U-16 event 2.


  • RIBSA U-16 2018- 2019 Season 

It promises to more another exciting year of junior snooker with so many young talented Junior players looking to qualify for the Celtic Challenge, Home Internationals and World U-16’s.

Full Qualification System for Home Internationals & Celtic Challenge 

The Republic of Ireland Billiards & Snooker Association have announced qualification for the 2019 Home Internationals and Celtic Challenge Teams

RIBSA will hold three International Ranking tournaments plus a National Championship in both age groups.


The RIBSA U-14 & U-16 events will be the best of 5 frames including the final

Entry Details

You must text your entry to RIBSA on 085 2428701. This is a text number only and you must include your name, club and name of the event you wish to enter

Closing Dates

The closing date for entries will be the Friday before each event @1pm and the draw will be then published on the ribsa web site at 3pm.

Entry Fee

The entry fee will be €10.00 plus Reg. This can be paid on the day. Trophies will be awarded to the winner and runner up of the three events and a plate event will be held on the day for first round losers.

Tournament Director

This structure will be organised by our National Coach PJ Nolan who will be the Tournament Director.  This Qualification will run from October to May to qualify players for the Home Internationals, Celtic Challenge and IBSF World U-16’s.

  • Qualifying for Under 16 Home International Team

U-16 National Champion

Top three players from National U-16 Rankings

  • Qualifying for Under 16 Celtic Challenge

U-16 National Champion

Top five players from National U-16 Rankings

  • World IBSF U-16

National Champion plus top 3 on rankings

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