OUR SINCERE CONDOLENCES

The Committee of the NIPA would like to pass on our sincere condolences to the family circle and friends of Anton Arthurs who sadly passed away last night at the young age of 34.
Anton represented Northern Ireland at 'B' Level and was a regular player in the Newtownards League.

RIP Anton 

2022 MENS GRAND PRIX

The next Event in the NIPA 2022 Grand Prix Series takes place in Antrim Sports Club on Sunday 3rd April. The first 64 payments received will be guaranteed entry. Draw and scoring on Cuescore.



2022 WILLIE LUCAS SUPER 7s

 

This Saturday 5th March sees the First leg ties in the Quarter Finals of the 2022 NIPA Willie Lucas Super 7s Memorial. The return Leg will be on Sunday 20th March.


Coach Club, Hillsborough  V  Q.Club, Larne

Blackstaff Club, Belfast  V  Q.Sports Academy, Fintona

Crumlin, Antrim  V  Ulster University OB, Belfast

QE2, Carrickfergus  V  Potters, Coleraine

 

Matches start at 2.00pm, Best of 49 frames with matches stopping when a team reaches 25

 

Team Captains as follows

Coach Club ~ Gordon Boomer

Q.Club ~ Ryan Scott

Blackstaff Club ~ Gerard Heaney

Q.Sports Academy ~ Barry Cunningham

Crumlin ~ Kenny Geddis

Ulster Uni ~ James O'Hare

QE2 ~ Gary Wallace

Potters ~ Willie Eakin

 

Score sheets will be delivered to each venue with a copy of Team Captains notes. Any questions from Team Captains please PM us.

 

Best of luck to all teams.




ALL ROADS LEAD TO FRANCE FOR THE BLACKBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS IN OCTOBER


Following the publication of the EBA and the situation which opposes it to the BI, the French Billiard Federation wishes to affirm its will to conduct its international event scheduled from October 8th to 15th, 2022 in Albi.

The French Billiard Federation confirms its membership of the EBA and will conduct this event with the members of the EBA, regardless of the outcome of the current international situation of Blackball.

Yours in sport,

Jean-Paul SINANIAN
FFB President
Fédération Française de Billard
CS 42202 

CHAMPIONSHIPS WEBSITE LINKS
(To translate into English or South African, please click on the appropriate flag)

CHAMPIONSHIPS INFORMATION HOME PAGE ~ https://www.wbc2022.org
CHAMPIONSHIPS CITY OF ALBI ~ https://www.wbc2022.org/la-ville-d-albi/
CHAMPIONSHIPS VENUE PAGE ~ https://www.wbc2022.org/le-parc-expo/
CHAMPIONSHIPS HOTEL & TRAVEL PAGE ~ https://www.wbc2022.org/hebergements-acces/
CHAMPIONSHIPS LIVE STREAMING ~ https://www.wbc2022.org/medias/

Accommodation to be booked via your Governing Body




EBA RESIGN FROM BI

LETTER SENT TO BLACKBALL INTERNATIONAL FROM THE EBA 

Dear members,

The EBA Committee (all nations) has had to make the very hard decision of leaving BlackBall International (BI) which will be as effective immediately at midnight 6th February, for the reasons listed below:

1. We believe that in our interpretation of the constitution BI have acted unconstitutionally and have been informed of this.

2. We have requested an EGM back in September/October 2021 calling a vote of no confidence in the President of BI which fell on deaf ears. We have written a complaint and advised that we would have to review our position within BI to which they responded with arranging a meeting for 2 weeks later, even though it was clear of how detrimental the outcome of this meeting could be to the World Championships.

3. When requested by the EBA to speed up the meetings still more delaying tactics followed from BI.

4. We have no confidence in the President of BI who has demonstrated through his actions in BI that if you do not agree with him he makes sure to get rid of you.

5. We have noted that Malaysia, who was voted in to represent Asia in an EGM that was unconstitutional, has now recognised this and has written to BI rescinding its membership too. Which just reinforces our decision

What we request is that the BI Board be dissolved and the BI Council meet and rewrite the constitution as it is very ambiguous and once we have the constitution rewritten and agreed upon at an AGM with Council members, then and only then can we proceed in electing a board and moving forward.

Once the Board has been dissolved EBA would consider returning so it may input in the rewriting of the constitution and re-election of the Board.

Yours in Sport

Sean Rumbado

EBA Chairman

On Behalf of the EBA Committee

The European Blackball Association

Secretary: David Duncan

31 Blake Street, Dunfermline FIFE KY11 4PW SCOTLAND

Mobile: 07803 264780 e-mail: dduncan65@hotmail.co.uk

EBA email: europeanbb@outlook.com 

Web site: http://www.eba-pool.org

2022 NIPA MENS GRAND PRIX 'B' CATEGORY

 



NIPA 2022 LADIES GRAND PRIX


 

2022 WILLIE LUCAS MEMORIAL RESULTS


PRELIMS 1ST LEGS

P1/ Q.Club Larne  19-25  Antrim Sports Club 
P2/ Ulster Uni Old Boys Belfast  21-14  Racks Ballymoney
P3/ QE2 1 Carrickfergus  25-11  QE2 2 Carrickfergus

PRELIMS 2ND LEGS

P1/ Antrim Sports Club  19-25  Q.Club Larne (Q.Club win Shootout)
P2/ Racks Ballymoney  23-25  Ulster Uni Old Boys Belfast
P3/ QE2 2 Carrickfergus  10-25  QE2 1 Carrickfergus

QUARTERS (Saturday 5th & Sunday 20th March)

Coach Club Hillsborough  V  Q.Club Larne
Blackstaff Select Belfast  V  Q.Sports Academy Fintona
Crumlin Antrim  V  Ulster Uni Old Boys Belfast
QE2 Carrickfergus  V  Potters Coleraine




2022 Willie Lucas Super 7s Draw

Home ties on Saturday 15th January 2022. Away ties on Sunday 23rd January 2022 @ 2.00pm

PRELIMS
1/ Q.Club, Larne V Antrim Sports Club
2/ Ulster Uni Old Boys, Belfast V Racks, Ballymoney
3/ QE2 1 Carrickfergus V QE2 2 Carrickfergus
LAST 8
Coach Club, Hillsborough V Winner Prelim 1
Blackstaff Select, Belfast V Q.Sports Academy, Fintona
Crumlin V Winner Prelim 2
Winner Prelim 3 V Potters, Coleraine

APRIL 2022 NATIONS CUP OF POOL CANCELLED

Click on the link below for the Official confirmation statement from the EBA that the 2022 Nations Cup of Pool in Bridlington in April has been cancelled.

http://www.eba-pool.org/

WELL DONE JOHN

It was great to see Northern Ireland Special Pool Section back playing competitively yesterday as they held the Masters Invitational in Antrim Sports Club.

16 players took part and after the final black of the day was potted, it was John Brown who received the trophy from NI Specials Men's Team Manager John Clarke after defeating Clifford Healy 3-2 in the Final pairing. 



NORTHERN IRELAND SPECIALS

It's with great pleasure that we are able to announce that Northern Ireland Special Pool are hosting their first competition back after a long break due to Covid-19.

16 players have been invited to attend the Invitational Masters being held in Antrim Sports Club on Saturday 4th December 2021.
The 16 players are:
1. Clifford Healy
2. Phillip Haveron
3. Alan Bell
4. Sammy Johnston
5. John Brown
6. John Henderson
7. Jason McAfee
8. Eddie Huey
9. Conrad McFeeley
10. Mark Gray
11. Clifford McKendry
12. Jonathan McAuley
13. Kevin Walsh
14. Mark Irvine
15. Harry Chambers
16. Brian T Mennie
This is our first competition back and we a hoping to organise additional competitions for more of our members in the near future.



OUR 2021-2022 INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONS


 

ROONAY BACK ON TOP

Congratulations to Michelle Roonay, the Fermanagh girl has just won her 5th Northern Ireland Ladies Individual Title at the event played in Antrim Sports Club on Sunday 28th November. She won 25 frames for the loss of only 4 on her way to the title which concluded in a 7-3 Final win against the very impressive Ashleigh Dinsmore. In the photo, Michelle receives her trophy from the NIPA's Pauline Lynch.



MARCUS WINS UNDER 23 CROWN

It's yet another title in the bag for 18 year old Ryan Marcus as he retains the Northern Ireland Under 23 Crown to add to the Men's title he won two weeks ago. In an all Larne Final he beat Aaron Rolston by 7-1 with Aaron also having played some great stuff to reach the Final. In the photo, Ryan receives his trophy from the NIPA's Pauline Lynch


 

MCCARTHY THE MASTER

It's well done to Ronan McCarthy. In an all County Down Final he ousted the brave Martin Sharvin by 7-4 to add the Masters Title to the Seniors Crown which he won last week. The event was played to a finish in Antrim Sports Club on Saturday 27th November. 



WELL DONE YOUNG GERARD

It's a fantastic double for Belfast's Gerard Heaney Jr as he won both the Northern Ireland Under 15 & 18 Individual Titles for 2021-2022. Both events were played out on Saturday 27th November in Antrim Sports Club. Gerard beat Rhys McLaughlin (Antrim) 7-1 in the Under 15 Final and Lewis Dougherty (Coleraine) in the Under 18 Final. In the photo, Gerard receives his U18 Trophy from NIPA Chairperson Pauline Lynch.