Saturday 31st August, starts 5.00pm.
NIPA poker fundraising night in The 147 Snooker Club, Antrim

Texas hold'em night

💥 Buy in £20 (12k starting stack)
💥 Rebuy £20 (15k stack)
💥Add on at break £20 (optional) (20k stack)
💥20 min blinds

70% of prize fund on the night will be paid out with 30% going towards our funding for Youth Academy and our international funding scheme !
We hope that all teams can get involved and spread the word to as many poker playing friends as possible as without these nights we struggle to fulfil our expectations for Juniors and sending international teams to represent our wee Country further afield !
We will also be having some great raffle prizes on the night & also Bounty prizes !! Hot food will be provided at the break !

Mixed Doubles & NATR Fundraisers

Could anyone who is interested in taking part in a Mixed Doubles event please contact Gillian Rolston asap. All money raised going towards our International Fundraising. Details below -

When - Saturday 27th July 2019
Where - Q.Club, Larne
Starts - 5.00pm
Cost - £10 per person
Winning Team - £100
Dress code - Casual relaxed
Teams - Will be drawn out of a hat

Each team will be numbered and each number will be sold for £25 in a blind draw, whoever has the winning team receives £125.

We will be holding a "Night at the Races" straight after, which is always great craic, everyone welcome.

NI Ladies Ranking Table

Ranking Table after Event 1 which was held in the Coach Club, Hillsborough. The next event takes place in the Primacy, Bangor on Sunday 18th August

EVENT 1 - Sunday 30th June 2019 (12.00 noon)
The Coach Club, Hillsborough

EVENT 2 - Sunday 18th August 2019 (12.00 noon)
The Primacy, Bangor

EVENT 3 - Sunday 13th October 2019 (12.00 noon)
The Coach Club, Hillsborough

EVENT 4 - Sunday 1st December 2019 (12.00 noon)
Reds Sports Lounge, Ballymena

EVENT 5 - Sunday 19th January 2020 (12.00 noon)
The Primacy, Bangor

Cost - £10 per event (players must be paid up Associate Members of the NIPA)
Monies - Entry fees go into Ladies fund
Tour Winner - Wins automatic selection for Bridlington 2020
Dress code - Full NIPA dress code applies.

Davy wins NIPA Tour Event 3

It's congratulations to Davy Magill (Carnlough) on winning Event 3 of the 2019 NIPA Tour. The Final was played in Reds Sports Lounge, Ballymena on Friday 21st June.

In an exciting match Davy beat the talented Rory Kinney (Ballymena) by 7-5 to claim the winners prize of £450.

Event 4 of the NIPA Tour takes place on Sunday 1st September

In the photo - Winner Davy Magill (right) with Runner Up Rory Kinney

Well done Sam

It's well done to Sam Newell (Bangor) who won the Final of the NIPA 2019 Tour Event 2. In a very close match he just edged Ryan Foster (Ballymena) 7-6 to claim the winners Prize of £450. The match was played in the Q.Club, Larne today Saturday 15th June.

In the photo - Tour 2 Winner Sam Newell (right) with Runner Up Ryan Foster.

NIPA Ladies Tour dates

Please note the following Tour dates for our NIPA Ladies section.

EVENT 1 - Sunday 30th June 2019 (12.00 noon)
The Coach Club, Hillsborough

EVENT 2 - Sunday 18th August 2019 (12.00 noon)
The Primacy, Bangor

EVENT 3 - Sunday 13th October 2019 (12.00 noon)
The Coach Club, Hillsborough

EVENT 4 - Sunday 1st December 2019 (12.00 noon)
Reds Sports Lounge, Ballymena

EVENT 5 - Sunday 19th January 2020 (12.00 noon)
The Primacy, Bangor

Cost - £10 per event (players must be paid up Associate Members of the NIPA)
Monies - Entry fees go into Ladies fund
Tour Winner - Wins automatic selection for Bridlington 2020
Dress code - Full NIPA dress code applies.

More info to follow, please check back

T&C subject to change

Rory & Davy shine at NIPA Tour Event 3

Event 3 of the 2019 NIPA Tour took place today Sunday 9th June split between Reds in Ballymena and The Q.Club in Larne.

8 Groups of 8 players competed to reach the Last 16 Knock Out stages in each venue and after the final black balls of the day had been potted in each venue it's well done to Rory Kinney and Davy Magill who will contest the Grand Final of Event 3. Both players were outstanding and got better as the day went on. Also well done to Venue Runners Up Greg Stevenson and Paul Lenfestey.

+1 Gareth Fears 6-7 Connor Marron
+2 Davy Magill 7-5 Stephen Graham
+1 Aaron Leslie 5-7 Raymond Baxter
+2 Micky Birt 7-5 Ryan Marcus
+3 Aaron Rolston 6-7 Ronan McCarthy
+2 James Meredith 5-7 Paul Lenfestey
+2 Maryjo McCourt 4-7 Daniel Clarke
+3 Jean McIlroy 6-7 Barry Casey
+0 Davy Magill 7-4 Connor Marron
+2 Micky Birt 5-7 Raymond Baxter
+2 Paul Lenfestey 7-5 Ronan McCarthy
+2 Barry Casey 5-7 Daniel Clarke
+2 Davy Magill 7-1 Raymond Baxter
+0 Paul Lenefestey 7-5 Daniel Clarke
+1 Davy Magill 7-4 Paul Lenefestey

+1 Darren Lowe 6-7 Huggy McAlister
+2 Dave Jones 7-2 Michael Thompson
+0 Brian Hannaway 5-7 John Kerr
+2 Niall McElroy 5-7 Rory Kinney
+2 Corey Lee Brett 2-7 Lee McIlreavey
+3 Stevie Ferris 7-3 Ricky Clyde
+0 Greg Stevenson 7-5 Raymond Stockman
+0 Adam Freeburn 7-4 Don Macauley
+1 Dave Jones 5-7 Huggy McAlister
+1 Rory Kinney 7-3 John Kerr
+3 Stevie Ferris 7-4 Lee McIlreavey
+1 Adam Freeburn 2-7 Greg Stevenson
+1 Huggy McAlister 4-7 Rory Kinney
+1 Stevie Ferris 4-7 Greg Stevenson
+0 Rory Kinney 7-4 Greg Stevenson

Top photo - Venue Finalists in Reds, Runner Up Greg Stevenson (left) and Winner Rory Kinney
Bottom photo - Venue Finalists in the Q.Club, Runner Up Paul Lenfestey (left) and Winner Davy Magill

Our condolences

The NIPA Committee would like to pass on our condolences to Crumlin cueist Paddy McGivern on the passing of his father Martin on Saturday 8th June after a long illness.

Are thoughts are with Paddy and the family circle at this sad time.

Individual winners

A big well done to the following players who won their relevant League main Individual Competition this season 2018 - 2019 -

Antrim ~ Declan Lavery
Ards ~ Jason Heffron
Ballymena ~ Gary Clarke
Ballynahinch ~ Aaron McCaffery
Belfast ~ Dee Irwin
Carrick ~ Darren Whiteside
Castlewellan ~ Daryl Rogan
Coleraine ~ Lee Hull
Crumlin ~ Kenny Geddis
Dromara ~ Gavin Armstrong
Hilltown ~ Gary Connolly
Larne ~ Bill McIlroy Sr
Lecale ~ Lee McEvoy
Newcastle ~ Ryan Doyle
North Down ~ Darren Sterrett V Derek Gordon

NIPA Tour Event 3

Draw for Tour 3 this Sunday 9th June as follows. Starting time is 10.00am. Reds & Q.Club both open from 9.00am

Marty Goudie
Alan Johnston
John Kerr
Joe Meara
Jonathan Murray
Ricky Clyde
Darryl Watt
Lee McIlreavy

Raymond Baxter
Dan Clarke
Paddy Clarke
Brian Crilly
Stephen Graham
Ronan Mccarthy
David Mc Gurn

Angus Millen
Matthew Quinn
Greg Stevenson
Raymond Stockman
Ryan Taylor
Michael Thompson

Robert Hawkins
Paul Lenfestey
Aaron Leslie
Ryan Marcus
Neil Mcfaul
Aaron Rolston
Ryan Scott
Tasha Magill

Adam Dixon-Freeburn
Joe Larkin
Darren Lowe
Huggy McAlister
Deano Reid
Gareth Rowe
Jordan McKee
Don Macauley

Scott Agnew
Micky Birt
Barry Casey
Jim Gilchrist
Ian Magill
Connor Marron
Dessie Moore
Davy Magill

Stevie Ferris
David Jones
Cory Lee Brett
Niall McElroy
Paddy Mulholland
Connor Reeves
Derek Whiteside
Matthew Willighan

Mary Jo McCourt
Keith Agnew
Richard Campbell
Gareth Fears
Michael Higgins
Patrick Lynch
James Meredith
Jean Mcilroy


The NIPA AGM was held yesterday Sunday 2nd June in Reds Sports Lounge. It was a very constructive meeting attended by 15 persons. Our Committee going forward is as follows -

Executive Committee
Pauline Lynch (Chairperson)
Gillian Rolston (Secretary)
Derek Whiteside (Treasurer)
Tristan Scott-Heyes (Vice Chairperson)

Sub Committees
1/ Tour - Gary Clarke & William Irvine
2/ Unders - Willie Eakin, Rab Fee, Claire Stewart, Gary Clarke

Child Protection Officer
Pauline Lynch

Cliff Wilson

Robert Hawkins

A big welcome on board to Tristan, his knowledge in management and his approachability will undoubtedly be a major asset to the NIPA

We will be further developing our Under 15/18 sections, more details in due course.

League affiliation fees for 2019-2020 to remain at £75. To rise to £100 from 2020-2021 season. This is to help with the rise in EBA annual fees which will rise from £300 - £500 over the next two years.

Annual Individual Membership fees to remain at £15

Learning Disabilities Annual Friendly Results

The 2019 Northern Ireland v England Ladies Friendly International was another great success. The Ladies all enjoyed their two days of Pool which ended on Bank Holiday Monday with a meal and a disco. A huge thanks to everyone who made this possible, the NI Specials Committee, all the carers local and from England, John "Hatchet" McIlreavey for the disco and the Q.Club, Larne for the use of their facilities. Apologies if anyone has been missed !!!

Group Table after Round Robin

06 N.Ireland 1 (+11)
06 N.Ireland 3 (+3)
06 N.Ireland 4 (+1)
06 N.Ireland 2 (-1)
04 England 2 (-9)
02 England 1 (-5)

Semi Finals
N.Ireland 1 5-4 N.Ireland 2
N.Ireland 3 5-4 N.Ireland 3

N.Ireland 5-4 N.Ireland 3

The Final of the Individual Competition was won by Valerie Taggart who beat Roisin Toner 3-1 in a fantastic match. Roisin though took the Player of the Tournament award for nost frames wonoverall. 

In the pictured are the Northern Ireland Ladies Specials and the England Ladies Specials Select who played their annual Friendly International over the May Bank Holiday weekend. This year, 2019, it was NIs turn to host it and it was played out in the Q. Club, Larne. 

Ladies Learning Disabilities Friendly

Northern Ireland will host a Friendly International against England this coming Bank Holiday weekend Sunday 26th and Monday 27th May. The Friendly, in its' sixth year, is an annual event alternating between countries and this year it will take place in the Q.Club, Larne.

NI will have three x4 person teams and England two. It will be played to a round robin format with the Top 2 teams competing in the Final. There will also be an Individual Event.

Play will start at 11.00am each morning with the Event concluding on Monday Night at around 6.00pm with a disco in the Club hosted by none other than our very own North Coast comedian John "Hatchet" McIlreavy.

In the photo - The England and Northern Ireland team at last years gathering in Morecambe, Lancashire


The NIPA are now taking applications for the Managers post for our Ladies 'B' Team. Could anyone interested please email your name and phone number to by Monday 3rd June.

Teams for Cyprus

NI Teams for the 2019 Nations Cup in Cyprus in November will be hand picked by the relevant current Team Managers. Those Managers will be responsible for selecting the best teams available at the time before submitting them to the NIPA Executive Committee for confirmation and all Managers will be accountable for their Teams performance. Going forward it will be at a Managers discretion how he/she selects his/her Team ie hand picked, holding a Trial, percentages from previous event, Tour etc, or a mixture.

There is a lot to arrange so everyone's co-operation will be very much appreciated

Deadlines to meet

Friday 31st May - Teams to be submitted to the NIPA Committee by Managers
Wednesday 31st July - Travel booking/receipt to be confirmed to NIPA
Wednesday 31st July - 30% Accommodation deposit to be paid to NIPA

Playing days are 10th-16th November. Please arrange travel accordingly. 
Accommodation cannot be booked direct with Hotel or on any booking website. Please advise your Team Manager of your requirements.

Round up from Brid Week 2

Well, by now all the remaining of the near 100 total players, officials, family and friends that represented Team NI should be safely back home from the 2019 EBA Euros in Bridlington. As always it was a real roller coaster of highs and lows but team spirit amongst the players was very high as we mixed it with some of the best cueists in Europe.

Written off by many, the guys that stood up to represent us were fantastic winning five out of nine matches. Qualified out of the Group only to lose to eventual Runners Up Malta in the Semi Final Play Off. Earlier we pushed eventual Winners Wales all the way only going down 13-12. Great experience on the biggest stage of all for the guys five out of the six having never played in the A Section before.
Finished eighth in a very tough thirteen team group, missing out on qualification. Five wins seven defeats two of which were by 11-10.
Qualified comfortably out of the Group in second spot behind England but agonisingly missed out on a Final spot after going down to Scotland by 13-12 in a tense Semi Final. But the disappointment was short lived as the girls roared on Emma Cunningham to victory in the Ladies Individual Final against Kerry Griffiths from England. This is the second year in a row Emma has taken Gold, can she do the hat trick ? I definitely wouldn't bet against it.
Finished bottom of Group with no wins. Couple of near misses but hopefully the girls can improve at their next event
Qualified from Group but lost out in Semi Final Play Off by 13-10 to Malta. Some good performances though. Andy Arbuthnot reached the Seniors Individual Quarter Finals losing out to eventual Runner Up Derek Smyth from Ireland
Finished eighth out of nine but were rewarded for their hard work and commitment with two wins in the Group stage
Good campaign for the Masters A, qualified out of the Group at the expense of a very strong Ireland team. They led Scotland 4-1 in the Semi Final but eventually went down 13-9 missing out on a Final spot. Masters cueist Willie Eakin just missed out on Gold in the Individual as he made the Final with some fantastic performances, only to lose to Rob Tait from Wales.
Five wins from nine seen our Masters B Team qualify for a Semi Final Play Off spot. But it wasn't to be as we lost out 13-9 to Scotland

We had some superb performances from a lot of players too many to mention, but here are the top gunners in each Section

MENS A - Lee McIlreavy (62.22% from 45 frames played)
MENS B - Alistair Wilson (66.67% from 36 frames played)
LADIES A - Emma Cunningham (75.00% from 40 frames played)
LADIES B - Jean McIlroy (46.67% from 30 frames played)
SENIORS A - Dan Clarke & Gee Crawley both 62.22% from 45 frames played each)
SENIORS B - Kevin Duffy (43.59% from 39 frames played)
MASTERS A - Brian Crilly (73.68 from 38 frames played)
MASTERS B - Alan Johnston (66.67% from 45 frames played)

MENS A - Lee McIlreavy (28 wins, joint 4th in whole section)
MENS B - Alastair Wilson (24 wins, 2nd in whole section)
LADIES A - Emma Cunningham (30 wins, winner in whole section)
LADIES B - Jean McIlroy (14 wins)
SENIORS A - Dan Clarke & Gee Crawley (Both 28 wins)
SENIORS B - Kevin Duffy (17 wins)
MASTERS A - Stephen Johnston (39 wins, 2nd in whole section)
MASTERS B - Alan Johnston (30 wins, joint winner in whole section)

2019 EBA European Championship

All the links to what's happening at the 2019 EBA Euros will be on the EBA website at WWW.EBA-POOL.ORG

Play kicks off on Wednesday 1st May at 10.30am with the the Unders and Learning Disabilities Sections.

Mens, Seniors, Ladies & Masters start on Monday 6th May also at 10.30am


Safe journeys to our Unders & Learning Disabilities

Wishing our Under 15s, Under 23s and Specials a great time in Bridlington at the 2019 EBA Euros as they travel out today with play starting tomorrow. But most of all safe journeys to all players, officials and family.

You can keep up to date with all the scores etc on LeagueAppLive, site name EBA

All links to the Championships on WWW.EBA-POOL.ORG

Update re NIPA International Selection process

After taking into consideration the short notice, the upcoming holiday period and members feedback regarding our recently announced selection process for our International Teams the Committee has decided to cancel the system. An announcement on Team selection going forward will be made soon.

Our condolences

The NIPA would like to pass on our sincere condolences to Darren Sterrett and the family circle on the passing of his dad Eric today after a battle with illness.

Bangor man, 73, was a stalwart of the NIPA for many, many years and was indeed still involved as our Masters 'A' Team Manager up until only a couple of years ago. He achieved a huge amount in Pool at both local League level and International level but probably his greatest honour was in captaining Northern Ireland in 1998 when we became World Champions for the first time.

Thinking of you all at this sad time.

Eric's funeral will take place on Friday 3rd May at 12.00 noon in S.Clark & Sons Funeral Home, 64 Newtownards Road, Bangor BT20 4DR