IPA European Open - Tour Event 4


Tune in this coming weekend from 10.00am on Friday to watch the action and get score updates from the Hilton Hotel in Coventry as 240 players vie for the three titles on offer in the Professional Event, Open Event and Amateur Event. Northern Ireland will be represented in the Professional Event by Kircubbin's World Ranked No 3 Ronan McCarthy whilst in the Amateur look out for Rab Fee (Antrim), Gary Clarke (Ballymena), Declan Lavery (Antrim), Declan Duff (Lurgan), Wayne Lewis (Ballyclare) and Greg Stevenson (Dromore).

Tour 4 Draws - http://ipapool.com/events/2017-ipa-tour-4-european-open/

Betting from Corals - http://sports.coral.co.uk/pool

IPA Website http://ipapool.com/

Live Streaming - http://ipapool.com/tour-extra/live-streaming/

Daily Sporthttp://www.pro9.co.uk/html/article.php?sid=3116



TEXAS HOLD 'EM FUNDRAISER


Everyone welcome to test their Poker skills this Friday night 11th August at a Texas Hold 'Em fundraiser for our Under 18 Team travelling to the 2017 EBA Nations Cup in Malta. Please note slightly different start time of 7.30pm than the originally advertised one of 7.00pm.

Mens 'B' Team for Malta


The very best of luck to Derek Whiteside's Mens 'B' Team that will be representing Northern Ireland at the 2017 EBA Nations Cup of Pool in Malta. The tournament will be held in the Dolmen Resort Hotel in November. Team as follows -

Derek Whiteside (M) - Carrickfergus
Gary Wallace - Coleraine
Emmett McGuire - Omagh
Paul Harris - Carrickfergus
Jason Crozier - Portadown
Adam McMackin - Omagh
Paul Kerr - Belfast
Daniel Clarke - Moira

2018 IPA World Championship & Tour


The dates have been confirmed for the 2018 IPA World Championships and 2018 Tour. Visit the IPA website to view all the details at http://ipapool.com/



LADIES 'A' TEAM CONFIRMED


Manager Collette Henriksen has confirmed her Ladies 'A' Team travelling to Malta to represent Team NI at the 2017 EBA Nations Cup of Pool in the Dolmen Resort Hotel. The very best of luck girls.

Collette Henriksen (PM) - Enniskillen
Tasha Magill - Dundonald
Michelle Roonay - Enniskillen
Claire Stewart - Antrim
Emma Cunningham -Milton Keynes
Mary Cunningham - Newry

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Malta accommodation


Anyone wishing to book accommodation for the 2017 EBA Nations Cup in Malta please send an email to Hermina Bonsfield at the following reservations address

hermina@travelservicesmalta.com

All players must book into the Dolmen Hotel via this email address and all players must stay in the Dolmen Resort Hotel to be eligible to play in the competition.

Arrive - Wednesday 1st November
Play - 2nd - 8th November
Depart - Thursday 9th November 

Costs
Quad/Triple Rooms - €28.60 pppns B&B
Twin Rooms - €34.75 pppns B&B
Single Room - €60.00 pppn B&B

Half board supplement (only if required) €14.00 pppn

Eco tax - €0.50 pppn (maximum €5.00)

Return airport transfer (only if required) €15.00

LADIES LEARNING DISABILITIES CHALLENGE MATCH


England and Northern Ireland Ladies Learning Disabilities teams played their annual challenge match on 29th & 30th May. It was NI's turn to host the event and it was played out in the Q.Club, Larne with four NI Teams and two English competing. Results below -

The event was sponsored by Mark Wilson Catering of Larne, Mark kindly provided and served food for all players and officials over the two days of play


SESSION 1

N.IRELAND C 7-5 ENGLAND A
N.IRELAND D 6-6 ENGLAND B
N.IRELAND B 5-7 N.IRELAND A
SESSION 2

ENGLAND A 6-6 ENGLAND B
N.IRELAND C 2-10 N.IRELAND A
N.IRELAND D 3-9 N.IRELAND B
SESSION 3

N.IRELAND A 10-2 ENGLAND A
ENGLAND B 6-6 N.IRELAND B
N.IRELAND C 8-4 N.IRELAND D
SESSION 4

ENGLAND A 7-5 N.IRELAND B
N.IRELAND A 8-4 N.IRELAND D
ENGLAND B 6-6 N.IRELAND C
SESSION 5

ENGLAND A 7-5 N.IRELAND D
N.IRELANDB 5-7 N.IRELAND C
N.IRELAND A 10-2 ENGLAND B


PL W D L FD PTS
N.IRELAND A 5 5 0 0 30 10
N.IRELAND C 5 3 1 1 0 7
ENGLAND A 5 2 1 2 -6 5
ENGLAND B 5 0 4 1 -8 4
N.IRELAND B 5 1 1 3 0 3
N.IRELAND D 5 0 1 4 -16 1

SEMI FINALS
N.IRELAND A 7-6 ENGLAND B
N.IRELAND C 7-2 ENGLAND A

FINAL
N.IRELAND A 7-4 N.IRELAND C

TOP SCORERS
14 - Valerie Taggart (NI)
12 - Susan O'Kane (NI)
11 - Zaryha Davenport (England)
10 - Irene Charles (England)
10 - Natalia Vranjes (England)
10 - Briege McFaul (NI)
10 - Philomena Bradley (NI)

PLAYER OF THE TOURNAMENT
Irene Charles (England)

INDIVIDUAL KNOCK OUT
Winner - Valerie Taggart (NI)
Runner Up - Frances McCann (NI)

Many thanks go to the following - Angela Butler for bringing over the England Ladies Teams, Mark Wilson Catering, The Q.Club, TD Trevor Harte, MC John McIlreavy and all the Carers. 


The succesful N. Ireland A Team

















Alex Irvine from the Q.Club with NI Special Pool Secretary Kim Lundy


Event sponsor Mark Wilson with NI Special Pool Secretary Kim Lundy


Valerie Taggart receives her Individual Winners trophy from sponsor Mark Wilson




Player of the Tournament Irene Charles receives her award from sponsor Mark Wilson

Team NI Under 18s for Malta


The very best of luck to all our Under 18 squad representing Team NI at the 2017 EBA Nations Cup of Pool in Malta in November, enjoy the trip and competition lads. The event is being held in the Dolmen Resort Hotel.

Alex Irvine (M) - Larne
Oisin Wallace - Omagh
Galvin McDermott - Omagh
Ciaran Taggart - Omagh
Aaron Rolston - Larne
Ryan Marcus - Larne
Adam Freeburn - Limavady

IPA Tour Event 3 - UK Open


Best of luck to all Northern Ireland cueists (below) travelling over to the IPA Tour Event 3 (UK Open) which takes place from Friday 23-25th June. The arena is inside the magnificent St James' Park Stadium (pictured right), home of Premier League team Newcastle United. Tables will be covered in the new Strachan 861 cloth for the ultimate playing experience.

Ronan McCarthy, Gary Clarke, Rab Fee, Declan Lavery, Declan Duff, Greg Stevenson, Wayne Lewis, Tyler McConnell, Gee Crawley (Apologies if anyone has been missed) 

Draws and schedules can be seen on the IPA website by following this link http://ipapool.com/events/2017-ipa-tour-3-uk-open/

Betting available from Corals Bookmakers via the following link http://sports.coral.co.uk/pool

The live stream action over the weekend starts on the Friday morning at 10.00am with a cracking match as Newark's Jules Goodyear taking on 2015 IPA World Champion Jack Whelan from Derby. Streaming link is http://ipapool.com/tour-extra/live-streaming/

Full streaming schedule for Friday as follows -
(ALL MATCHES IN PROFESSIONAL EVENT)
10.00am - Jules Goodyear v Jack Whelan
12.00pm - Shaun Stebbings v Josh Durant
14.00pm - Gavin Robinson v Gareth Hibbott
16.00pm - Ben Davies v Chris Bowron
18.00pm - Adam Brown v Ross Fernie
20.00pm - Jordan Shepherd v Michael Oliver
22.00pm - Luke Sanges v Darren McVicar


Website - http://ipapool.com/

Facebook -  https://www.facebook.com/ipapooltour/

2017 EBA UK Individual Championships


At time of writing there are still some places available in the EBA UK Individual Champonships Open, Seniors and Ladies events (Masters sold out). Some Northern Ireland players have already confirmed their entry, act now if you would like to compete in either event. Contact Ross McInnes on 07749 550440 or email ispscotland@gmail.com

Official 2017 EBA UK Pool Championships, Hilltop Hotel Carlisle from Friday 8th until Sunday the 10th September.

This event has 4 Sections - Men’s Ladies, Seniors [ over 40s ] & Masters [over 50s ] and will carry the official titles of UK Individual Champion for 2017.

64 Men, Seniors 32, Ladies 16, Masters 16.

Entry fee for each category will be £100 except  Ladies for which it is £50 and all categories will have added prize money to their entry fees, along with Winners and Runners Up trophies.

The event will be played on 16 Supreme tables using Hainsworth Cloth and Aramith Pro Cup balls and we will have a qualified referee there at all times.

Players have to stay two nights based on £40 pp per night sharing a Double room or £65 for a Single, both B&B.

Each event will be Double Elimination down to 8 in the Mens joined by 8 from their losers section, this is where the prize money will start from.

Seniors down to 4 joined by 4 from the losers section, this is where the prize money starts from.

Ladies down to 2 joined by 2 from their losers section, this is where the prize fund starts from.

Masters down to 2 joined by 2 from their losers section, this is where the prize fund starts from.

All races to 7 in the winners section and 4 in the losers sections.

At the Knock Out stages races will be increased.

We will be starting the event on Friday night but in some cases, for players who have a long way to travel, we can hold back their matches until the Saturday.

Bank details are as follows - RBS Sort Code 833300 Account Number 00103064.  Please reference your name when making payment.

Added prize money as follows - £400 going to the Open with the Winner getting £2,200 Runner Up £1,000 Semi Finalists £600 each Quarter Finalists £300 each and Last 16 £150 each. Total payout = £6,800.

£200 added to the "Alan Johnston" Seniors with the Winner getting £1,100, Runner Up £700 Semi Finalists £400 each and Quarters Finalists £200 each. Total payout = £3400

£100 added to the Masters event with the Winner getting £800, Runner Up £400 and Semi Finalists £250 each. Total payout = £1,700

£100 added to both the "Ann Mawby" Ladies event with the Winner getting £400, Runner Up £250 and Semi Finalists £125 each. Total payout = £900

Live streaming by Terry Higginson from RhinoTV.

Ladies B Team


Manager Alex Babb has confirmed her Ladies B Team to represent NI at the 2017 EBA Nations Cup of Pool in Malta in November. All the best to all selected -

Alex Babb (PM) - Bangor
Linzi McClelland - Ballymena
Roisin Smith - Newcastle
Andrea McAlister - Bangor
Jean McIlroy - Larne
Natalie McCullough - Belfast
Kathy Leddy - Bangor
Susan Graham - Bangor

2017 Mixed Doubles Championship


It's well done to Nigel Clewer (Antrim) and Collette Henriksen (Enniskillen). The duo stormed to victory in the NIPA 2017 Mixed Doubles Championship dropping only four out of nineteen frames along the way. The event was played in the Primacy Sports Bar, Bangor on Sunday 11th June.

PRELIMS
1. Emma Service & Paul Hamilton 1-5 Sara Greenberg & Andy McMeekin
2. Michelle Roonay & Rab Butler 5-1 Kathy Leddy & Gary Wallace
LAST 8
Sara Greenberg & Andy McMeekin 3-5 Michelle Roonay & Rab Butler
Claire Stewart & Rab Fee 5-0 Jean McIlroy & Gee Crawley
Collette Henriksen & Nigel Clewer 5-3 Alex Babb & Craig Robson
Kim Dockery & Paul Rafferty 2-5 Linzi McClelland & Michael Kane
SEMI FINALS
Michelle Roonay & Rab Butler  5-1 Claire Stewart & Rab Fee
Collette Henriksen & Nigel Clewer 5-0 Linzi McClelland & Michael Kane
FINAL
Michelle Rooney & Rab Butler 1-5 Collette Henriksen & Nigel Clewer


The 2017 NIPA Mixed Doubles takes place on Sunday 11th June in the Primacy Bar, Bangor. -

What - 2016-17 NIPA Mixed Doubles Championship
When - Sunday 11th June
Where - Primacy, Sports Bar, Bangor
Time - Registration closes at 11.30am sharp for both players
Dress code - NIPA dress code applies
Cost - £10 per player if NIPA members, £20 per player if not
Rules - Straight Knockout, played to Scotch Doubles
Who - Open to anyone who is eligible to represent NI at Blackball

The 2017 NIPA Champions of Champions



EVENT CANCELLED DUE TO TEAM WITHDRAWLS BECAUSE OF PLAYER UNAVAILABILITY

Qualifying teams for the 2017 NIPA Champions of Champions have been confirmed. The winners of NIPA
affiliated Leagues and Premier Knock Out Cup competitions will play off on Sunday 4th June for the title of 2017 Northern Ireland Champions of Champions.

In the photo - Holders, Thatch Bar (Larne League)

QUALIFYING TEAMS

IN BETWEENERS - Ballymena - Philip Houston
MICHELIN - Ballymena - Davy Armstrong
WAYSIDE INN - Ballyclare - Kyle Kirkwood
FIVE CORNERS - Ballyclare - Iain Britton
THE OAKS - Ballynahinch - Bertie Douglas
ROWALLANE - Ballynahinch - Davy Moore
THE TOWER - Ards - Paul Robson
BARRACUDAS - Ards - Stevie Strain
IMPERIAL - North Down & Ards - Darren Sterrett
COWBOYS - North Down & Ards - Alex Irwin
GALACTICOS - Carrick - Derek Whiteside
SCORPIONS - Carrick - Colin Rafferty
THATCH - Larne - Bryan McWhirter
SAINTS - Larne - Dean McDonagh
POTTERS A - Coleraine - Willie Eakin
POTTERS ACES - Coleraine - Willie Boreland
RUSSELLS BAR - East Down - Mark Magoran
McMULLANS - East Down - Tom Morgan

What - The 2017 NIPA Champions of Champions
Where - The Q.Club, Larne
When - Sunday 4th June 2017
Team Registration closes at 11.00am. One player from a team can register for the whole team. Any team not registered by 11.00am will lose one frame for every 5 minutes they are late in registering.  Teams can register a maximum of 8 players
Venue - Open from 10.00am
Dress code - yes, NIPA
Format - 5 person team event played to Knock Out and Plate 
Eligibility - To be eligible to play, a player must be registered with a team playing in the Competition and have played in a minimum of 3 League matches for that team in the season ending 2016/2017. Teams must have a minimum of 4 players to enter.

Campbell wins the 2017 NIPA Invitational


Congratulations to Neil Campbell. The Ballynure cueist has finished off a great personal season by winning the 2017 NIPA Invitational and the £100 prize money. It comes on the back off his debut for the Northern Ireland Seniors A Team at the 2017 European Championships in Bridlington and his win in the Ballyclare League Open Individuals. Neil also won the Player of the Year title in the Larne Pool League.

QUARTER FINALS
Stephen Johnston 7-3 Stephen Massey
Clifford Healy 6-7 Ryan Scott
Gerry McCorry 7-5 Paul Kerr
Ryan Marcus 3-7 Neil Campbell
SEMI FINALS
Stephen Johnston 7-1 Ryan Scott
Gerry McCorry 3-7 Neil Campbell
FINAL
Stephen Johnston (Lisburn) 5-7 Neil Campbell (Ballynure)

FINAL FRAMES
Campbell Campbell Johnston Campbell Johnston Campbell Johnston Campbell Johnston Campbell Johnston Campbell

MENS 'A' TEAM CONFIRMED


Manager Rab McCullough has confirmed his Mens 'A' Team to represent Team NI at the 2017 EBA Nations Cup of Pool in Malta in November. Best of luck lads.

MENS A TEAM
Robert McCullough (PM) - Belfast
Rab Fee - Antrim
Declan Lavery - Antrim
Ronan Fay - Coalisland
Gary Clarke - Ballymena
Alastair Wilson - Ballyclare

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Condolences


The NIPA Committee would like to offer their condolences to Brian Crilly on the passing of his sister Margaret this morning 22nd May after an illness.

Our thoughts are with Brian and his family circle at this very sad time.

The 2017 NIPA League Invitational


The final field to the NIPA 2017 Invitational has been confirmed. The event takes place on Sunday 28th May in the Q.Club, Larne with registration closing at 12.00 noon. In the photo is young James Nesbitt from Coleraine who has won the trophy for the last two years in a row. Can James make it what would be a fantastic hat trick ?

Entry is free, £100 and trophy to winner, £50 to Runner Up. NIPA Dress Code applies

Qualifiers

Pat McAnally - Ballymena & Antrim Open Individual Champion
Clem Howard - Ballymena Seniors Individual Champion
Stephen Massey - Ballynahinch Open Individual Champion
Craig Robson - Ards Open Individual Champion
Gerry McCorry - Larne Open Individual Champion
Bill McIlroy Sr - Larne Seniors & Masters Individual Champion
Aaron Rolston - Larne Under 23 Individual Champion
James Nesbitt - Coleraine Open Individual Champion
Neil Campbell - Ballyclare Open Individual Champion
Jackie Murdock - Ballyclare Seniors Individual Champion
Paul Kerr - Carrick Open & Seniors Individual Champion
Joe Patton - Carrick Masters Individual Champion
Ryan Scott - Carrick Under 23 Individual Champion
Paul Carville - East Down Open Individual Champion
Stephen Johnston - Crumlin Open Individual Champion
John Tennyson - Crumlin Seniors Individual Champion
Matt Short - Crumlin Masters Individual Champion
Drew Sloan - 2016 EBA Nations Cup Mens Individual Champion
Collette Henriksen - 2017 IPA Ladies World Individual Champion
Davy Drysdale - 2016 Blackball International Masters Individual Champion
Tommy Morrow - 2017 Northern Ireland Mens Individual Champion
Ronan McCarthy - 2017 Northern Ireland Seniors Individual Champion
Stephen Johnston - 2017 Northern Ireland Masters Individual Champion
Michelle Roonay - 2017 Northern Ireland Ladies Individual Champion
Declan Duff - 2017 Northern Ireland Under 23 Individual Champion
Ryan Marcus - 2017 Northern Ireland Under 18 Individual Champion
Clifford Healy - 2017 Northern Ireland Specials Mens Individual Champion
Valerie Taggart - 2017 Northern Ireland Specials Ladies Individual Champion

MALTA NATIONS CUP SQUADS


Squads for the 2017 EBA Nations Cup of Pool in Malta are already taking shape. Click on the following link to view - http://www.nipa-blackball.com/p/2017-nations-cup-squads-for-malta.html

Top of the Pots


There were many great performances by Team NI players in Bridlington at the 2017 EBA Euros. Listed below are top percentage scorers and top frame winners in each of our sections

Percentage % FP Section





Alaister Wilson 62% 55 Mens A
Jason Crozier 64% 47 Mens B
Barry Cunningham 48% 48 Mens B1
Collette Henriksen 78% 49 Ladies A 1st in whole section
Kathy Leddy 53% 30 Ladies B1
Brian Crilly 77% 35 Seniors A Joint 3rd in whole section
Gary Johnston 55% 40 Seniors B
Greg Stevenson 55% 40 Seniors B
Robert Hawkins 71% 35 Masters A 2nd in whole section
Marty Goudie 72% 39 Masters B 2nd in whole section
Oisin Wallace 70% 40 Under 18 A 2nd in whole section
Ryan Marcus 83% 40 Under 18 B 1st in whole section
John Brown 66% 50 Specials A
Clifford Healy 66% 50 Specials A
Conrad McFeely 73% 30 Specials B1 Joint 2nd in whole section
Jason McBride 73% 30 Specials B1 Joint 2nd in whole section
Mark Irvine 73% 30 Specials B1 Joint 2nd in whole section
Mark McQuade 72% 29 Specials B2





Frames Won FW FP Section





Alaister Wilson 34 55 Mens A
Jason Crozier 30 47 Mens B
Barry Cunningham 23 48 Mens B1
Collette Henriksen 38 49 Ladies A 1st in whole section
Kathy Leddy 16 30 Ladies B1
Brian Crilly 27 35 Seniors A 1st in whole section
Gary Johnston 22 40 Seniors B
Greg Stevenson 22 40 Seniors B
Gerry McCorry 28 42 Masters A Joint 2nd in whole section
Marty Goudie 28 39 Masters B 2nd in whole section
Oisin Wallace 28 40 Under 18 A 2nd in whole section
Ryan Marcus 33 40 Under 18 B 1st in whole section
John Brown 33 50 Specials A Joint 3rd in whole section
Clifford Healy 33 50 Specials A Joint 3rd in whole section
Conrad McFeely 22 30 Specials B1 Joint 1st in whole section
Jason McBride 22 30 Specials B1 Joint 1st in whole section
Mark Irvine 22 30 Specials B1 Joint 1st in whole section
Mark McQuade 21 29 Specials B2

Ladies Learning Disabilities International Fixture


Northern Ireland Ladies Specials V England Ladies Specials

We are pleased to announce the dates for this International Fixture which is now in its' fourth year of competition. Six teams will participate, four from the host Nation Northern Ireland and two from England. Each season the venues are alternated between both countries.

Playing dates as follows
Monday 29th May and Tuesday 30th May (11.00am start both days)

There will be Team events ands Individual events. Thanks go to Angela Butler for bringing over the England teams and to the Q.Club in Larne for hosting the event.

A big thanks also goes to local businessman Mark Wilson of "Wilsons Catering" who will be providing free food over the two days for players and officials