Ladies Tour E2 goes to Debra Murphy


Congratulations to Debra Murphy from North Down on winning the NIPA Ladies Tour Event 2 on Sunday 29th March. The competition was held in the Primacy Sports Bar, Bangor and Debra overcame Tour 1 Winner Maryjo McCourt from Belfast 4-2 in the Final.

Event 3 moves on to The Swift in Carrickfergus on Sunday 26th April. With two events to go there is still plenty of time for girls to get the points needed for a Top 8 finish which will earn a place in Finals Day.

After Event 2 Maryjo McCourt leads the ranking table followed by Tasha Magill and Jean McIlroy. To view the full up to date table CLICK HERE

In the photo
Winner Debra Murphy (left) with Runner Up Maryjo McCourt

McIlreavy and Sweeney Doubles Champions


Congratulations to Coleraine duo Steven McIlreavy and Corey Sweeney on becoming the 2014/2015 NIPA Northern Ireland Mens Doubles Champions.


The pair defeated North Down couple Colin Moore and Brian Crill in the Final by 5-2 in the event which was held in Potters Pool Hall in Coleraine on Sunday 29th March.

Results from Sunday 29th March - Ladies Tour Event 2 & Mens Doubles Championship


LADIES TOUR E2 (Primacy Sports Bar, Bangor)

Live Streaming here

1st ROUND
Maryjo McCourt 4-0 Joanne Podbylski
Tasha Magill 4-0 Krissie Cutler
Susan Graham 0-4 Sally Caughey
Roisin Smith 2-4 Sara Greenberg
Helena Knox 1-4 Elise Richardson
Kim Dockery 1-4 Jean McIlroy
Debbie Murphy V Bye
Chloe Bailie V Bye
2nd ROUND
Maryjo McCourt 4-3 Tasha Magill
Sally Caughey 2-4 Sara Greenberg 
Elise Richardson 1-4 Jean McIlroy
Debbie Murphy 4-0 Chloe Bailie
SEMI FINAL
Maryjo McCourt 4-0 Sara Greenberg 
Jean McIlroy 3-4 Debbie Murphy
FINAL (Best of 7)
Maryjo McCourt 2-4 Debbie Murphy

FINAL FRAMES
Murphy McCourt McCourt Murphy Murphy Murphy

MENS DOUBLES CHAMPIONSHIPS (Potters Pool Hall, Coleraine)

1st ROUND
Dean McDonagh/Shaun McAlister 5-3 Tristan Scott Heyes/Olly Arnold
Tony Tennyson/Kenny Geddis 3-5 Steven McIlreavy/Corey Sweeney
Paddy McGivern Paddy Mulholland 5-3 Raymond Stockman/Billy Moore
Colin Moore/Brian Crilly 5-2 Craig Laughlin/Tyler McConnell
SEMI FINAL
Dean McDonagh/Shaun McAlister 4-5 Steven McIlreavy/Corey Sweeney
Paddy McGivern/Paddy Mulholland 0-5 Colin Moore/Brian Crilly
FINAL (Best of 9)
Steven McIlreavy/Corey Sweeney 5-2 Colin Moore/Brian Crilly

FINAL FRAMES
SMcI/CS SMcI/CS SMcI/CS CM/BC CM/BC SMcI/CS SMcI/CS

BRIDLINGTON SCHEDULE OF PLAY


CLICK ON HERE TO VISIT THE EBA WEBSITE to view the daily schedules for each days play at the 2015 EBA European Championships in Bridlington.

TEAM NI opening fixtures below

Tuesday 7th - Friday 10th April
UNDER 15 v Scotland
UNDER 18 v Gibraltar
UNDER 23 A v Gibraltar
UNDER 23 B v Scotland 2
SPECIALS A v Scotland
SPECIALS B1 v N.Ireland B2
SPECIALS B2 v N.Ireland B1

Saturday 11th - Thursday 16th April
MENS A v Norway
MENS B1 v N.Ireland B2
MENS B2 v N.Ireland B1
LADIES A v Gibraltar
LADIES B1 v N.Ireland B2
LADIES B2 v N.Ireland B1
SENIORS A v Gibraltar
SENIORS B1 v N.Ireland B2
SENIORS B2 v N.Ireland B1
MASTERS A v Scotland 
MASTERS B1 v S.Ireland B1

TEAM NI for Bridlington


Good luck to all the following players who will be representing Team Northern Ireland in Bridlington at the 2015 European Championships. Not long to go now guys

U15s, U18s, U23s and Specials - 7th - 10th April
Mens, Seniors, Masters and Ladies - 11th - 16th April


MENS 'A' TEAM LADIES 'A' SENIORS 'A'
Gary Wallace (M)  Jean McIlroy (M) Ian Wylie (M)
Ady Toner Tasha Magill Brian Crilly
Shaun McAlister Maryjo McCourt Chris Halloran
Pat McAnally Mary Cunningham Willie Eakin
Marc Hutchinson Sara Greenberg Bill McIlroy Sr
Ryan Foster Roisin Smith Drew Sloan

Julie Henderson



MASTERS 'A' UNDER 23 'A' UNDER 18 'A'
Eric Sterrett (M) Scott Hay (M) Alex Irvine (M)
Davy McGurn Corey Sweeney Declan Duff
Davy Drysdale Steven McGurn Oisin Wallace
Stephen Johnston Carl Martin Aaron Wilson
Robert Hawkins James Nesbitt Daryl McKee
Raymond Stockman Adam McMackin Nathan Campbell
Gary Neeson Gary Johnston (Lar) Callum McGlinchey


Gerard McDermott
UNDER 15 'A'

Robert Hawkins (M)

Galvin McDermott

Adam Freeburn

Bradley Boreland

Aaron Rolston




MENS B1 MENS B2 LADIES B1
Trevor Whiteside (M) Iain Britton (C) Susan Graham (M)
Paul Harris James Meredith Naomi Rutledge
Rab Butler Colin Montgomery Sr Linzi McClelland
Dean McDonagh Colin Montgomery Jr Clare Roberts
Johnny Mackay Stuart McClean Kathy Leddy
Darren Whiteside Gee Crawley Alex Babb
Johnny Nelson Kyle Kirkwood Angie Willis
Johnny Johnston Wayne Lewis
Tom Leggett Tyler McConnell
Paul Roberts Raymond Crowe
Paul Kerr Alan Rainey
Gerry McCorry

Gary Johnston (Lis)




LADIES B2 SENIORS B1 SENIORS B2
Joanne Podbylski (C) Rab Brown (M) Kenny Geddis (C)
Andrea McAllister Neil Campbell Kevin McCorry
Angie Carson Eddie Gribben Martin Geddis
Katrina McVeigh Kenny English  Paul Withers
Sally Caughey Marty Goudie Paddy Mulholland
Karen McCormick Rodney Patterson Gary Fitzsimmons
Chloe Bailey Greg Stevenson
Andrea Reid




MASTERS B1 UNDER 23 B1
Hugo Manson (M) Lee Gribben (M)
Alan Corrigan Neil McFaul
Joe Patton Tyler McKee
Hugh Regan Lee Topping
Robert Bowman Ryan Scott
Jim Taylor Conor Boreland



SPECIALS PANEL SPECIALS PANEL SPECIALS PANEL
Robin Gilliland Clifford McKendry Jonathon Mcauley
Sammy Johnston Jason McBride Ryan Hynes
Clifford Healy Eddie Huey Valerie Taggart
John Brown Mark Gray John Henderson
Philip Haveron Alwyn Holmes Richard Hunter
Harry Chambers Jason McAfee Alan Bell
Paddy Reid Mark Irvine

NIPA Champions of Champions and Masters Invitational qualifiers to date


The following teams and players from NIPA affiliated Leagues have qualified for the 2015 Masters Invitational and Champions of Champions events on 14th June and 28th June respectively.

CHAMPIONS OF CHAMPIONS (28th June, Primacy Sports Bar, Bangor)
ROWALLANE INN (Ballynahinch League - Champions)
GREENISLAND GALACTICOS (Carrick League - Knock Out Cup Winners)
SWIFT BAR (Carrick League - Champions)
TOWERS TAVERN (Ballymena League Knock Out Cup Winners)
MCCONNELLS (Ballyclare League - Champions)
WAYSIDE INN (Ballyclare League - Knock Out Cup Winners)
THATCH BAR (Larne League - Knock Out Cup Winners)
SAINTS (Larne League - League Runners Up)
SHOOTERS SHARKS (ND&A League - Knock Out Cup Winners)


MASTERS INVITATIONAL (14th June, Potters Snooker and Pool Club, Coleraine)
RONAN MCCARTHY (NI Mens & Seniors Individual Champion)
RAYMOND CROWE (NI Masters Champion)
MICHELLE ROONAY (NI Ladies Champion)
STEVEN MCGURN (NI Under 23 Champion)
DECLAN DUFF (NI Under 18 Champion)
PADDY REID (NI Mens Specials Champion)
VALERIE TAGGART (NI Ladies Specials Champion)
RAB MCCULLOUGH (Ballyclare Individual Champion)
GEORGE MCCULLOUGH (Ballymena Individual Champion)
JIMMY KNOWLES (Ballymena Masters Champion)
MARYJO MCCOURT (Ballymena Ladies Champion)
ROBERT HAWKINS (Carrick Seniors Champion)
ALAN CORRIGAN (Carrick Masters Champion)
SARA GREENBERG (Carrick Ladies Champion)
LEE TOPPING (Carrick Under 23 Champion)
REECE MCMURTRY (Carrick Under 18 Champion)

2015 NI Mens Doubles Championships


The 2015 Northern Ireland Mens Doubles Championship takes place this coming Sunday the 29th March. The venue is Potters Pool & Snooker Club, Coleraine.

What - 2015 Mens Northern Ireland Doubles Championships
When - Sunday 29th March 2015
Where - Potters, 76, Long Commons, Coleraine, BT52 1LJ
Time - Registration closes at 10:30am for all players 
Cost - £20 per team if NIPA affiliated, or £40 unaffiliated
Who - Open to anyone who is eligible to represent Northern Ireland
Dress code - NIPA dress code applies
Format - Knockout, played to Scotch Doubles

In the photo
2014 Winners - Sam Newell & Ronan McCarthy 

If anyone is looking for a partner, contact Robert on 07970 450050 and we will post your name on the website here 

Venue open from 9.00am for practice

Mens B2 Team Fundraiser


Mens B2 Team Captain Iain Britton has arranged a fundraiser for the team travelling to Bridlington. Details as follows -

What - Pub Table Quiz
When - Friday 27th March 2015
Time - Starts 8.00pm
Where - Whiteabbey Legion Club
Who - Everyone welcome
Teams - 6 per team maximum

Light supper provided

Raffle with some great prizes

Come along for a fun night out, you can join with other folk to make up a team.

Whiteabbey Legion, 458 Shore Road, Newtownabbey, BT37 0AA

Morrow and Martin tops in the A&E Tour

Event 4 Winner Tommy Morrow (right) with Runner Up Ronan Fay

It's congratulations to Tommy Morrow on winning the NIPA A&E Tour 4th and final Event of the 2014/2015 season. The ever improving Ballymoney man seen of a valiant effort from Dungannon's Ronan Fay in a close final by 5 frames to 3 on Sunday 22nd March in the Swift Bar, Carrickfergus.

Morrows win makes him overall Tour Winner in the Elite Section ahead of Ronan McCarthy (Ards)  in 2nd spot and Rab McCullough (Belfast) in 3rd.

In the Amateur Section it's a big well done to Larne man Ellis Martin who topped the pile followed by Colin Moore (North Down) and Herbie O'Neill (Ards) in joint 2nd with Raymond Stockman (Coleraine) in 4th

CLICK ON THIS LINK to view both final tables

Plenty of players shared in the prize money throughout
the 4 events. Breakdown as follows -
£1000 Tommy Morrow
£600 Ronan McCarthy
£400 Rab Fee, Rab McCullough
£300 Damian Corrigan, Ryan Foster
£200 Colin Moore, Ellis Martin, Ronan Fay
£175 Sam Newell
Amateur Section Winner - Ellis Martin
£150 Gary Crawford, Connor McCann
£125 Raymond Stockman, Ady Toner, Stephen Johnston
£100 Herbie O'Neill, Kenny English, Raymond Baxter, Tom Leggett, Mark Allen, Shaun McAlister, Gary Johnston
£50 Alaister Wilson, Marty Goudie, Paddy Mulholland, Dee Irwin
£25 William Irvine, Lee Hull, Iain Britton

NIPA Ladies Tour Event 2

 
The new NIPA Ladies Pool Tour

The N.I.P.A Ladies Pool Tour Event 2 will take place on Sunday 29th March 2015 in the Primacy Bar, Bangor. Four different events throughout NI will culminate with a seeded Finals Day on 7th June 2015 for the Top 8 players.

Event 1 Primacy Sports Bar, 107 Bloomfield Road South, Bangor, BT19 7HR

EVENT 2 - Registration CLOSES AT 12.00 noon sharp, please leave home in plenty of time to get parked and into venue.

Event 1 - Sunday 18th January 2015 - Primacy Sports Bar, Bangor
Event 2 - Sunday 29th March 2015 - Primacy Sports Bar, Bangor
Event 3 - Sunday 26th April 2015 -
Swift Bar, Carrickfergus
Event 4 - Sunday 24th May 2015 - Q. Club, Larne
Finals Day - Sunday 7th June 2015 - Q.Club, Larne


CLICK ON HERE to view the up to date Table after Event 1

Name - NIPA Ladies Pool Tour
Cost - £15 per event (pay on the day) or Prepay £50 by 18th January for all 4 events
Payout - £30 & £15 to Winner & Runner Up on the Day. The rest all carries through to Finals Day. To receive any cash prizes on Finals Day players must compete in Finals Day.
Finals Day - Players must play in at least 3/4 Tours to be eligible for Finals Day which will be played off by the Top 8 in a seeded Knock Out. If a player is a no show on Finals Day, seeded Player Number 1 shall receive a bye. If two players no show Seeded Player Number 2 shall also receive a bye. And so on
Tied placings -1/Points  2/Highest attendance at events 3/Total frames won at all events
Dress code - NIPA dress code
Format - Knockout
Points per event - Winner=12,  Runner U=10, Semi Finalists=8, Quarter Finalists=6, Last 16=4, Last 32=2, Last 64=1 Appearance points=5.

In the photo
Winner of Event 1 Maryjo McCourt with Runner Up Tasha Magill

Dates, venues and conditions subject to change, please check back regularly. For any queries contact nipablackball@yahoo.co.uk

NIPA A&E Tour 4 (Last in series)



LIVE UPDATES FROM THE SWIFT, CARRICKFERGUS
ALL MATCHES BEST OF 9

LIVE STREAMING HERE

PRELIMS
Paul Withers 5-3 Paddy Mulholland
Ellis Martin 5-3 Tony Tennyson
Raymond Crowe 2-5 Tom Leggett
Maryjo McCourt 1-5 Dee Irwin
Sara Greenberg 5-3 Michael Higgins
1st ROUND
Paul Withers 2-5 Ellis Martin
Tom Leggett 1-5 Dee Irwin
Sara Greenberg 2-5 Gary Crawford
Marty Goudie 3-5 Raymond Stockman
Colin Moore 5-4 Kenny Geddis
Wayne Lewis 5-0 Deccy Lavery
Paddy Lynch 1-5 Ady Toner
Kyle Kirkwood 5-3 Tyler McConnell
Neil McFaul 4-5 Gary Johnston
Iain Britton 5-4 Sam Newell
Shaun McAlister 5-2 Rab Brown
Herbie O'Neil 5-0 Greg Stevenson
Ryan Foster 5-0 Paul Carville
Gee Crawley 5-2 Jean McIlroy
Stephen Johnston 5-1 Robert Hawkins
Davy Moore 4-5 Kenny English
2nd ROUND
Ellis Martin 5-4 Dee Irwin
Gary Crawford 5-0 Raymond Stockman
Colin Moore 5-0 Wayne Lewis
Ady Toner 5-2 Kyle Kirkwood
Gary Johnston 5-1 Iain Britton
Shaun McAlister 5-2 Herbie O'Neil
Ryan Foster 5-3 Gee Crawley
Stephen Johnston 5-4 Kenny English
COMBINED SECTION LAST 16
Damian Corrigan 5-3 Ellis Martin
Rab Fee 2-5 Gary Crawford
Gary Clarke 5-1 Colin Moore
Ronan Fay 5-0 Ady Toner
Tommy Morrow 5-0 Gary Johnston
Ronan McCarthy 5-0 Shaun McAlister
Rab McCullough 2-5 Ryan Foster
Mark Allen 0-5 Stephen Johnston
COMBINED SECTION LAST 8
Damian Corrigan 5-0 Gary Crawford
Gary Clarke 4-5 Ronan Fay
Tommy Morrow 5-2 Ronan McCarthy
Ryan Foster 5-4 Stephen Johnston
COMBINED SECTION SEMI FINAL
Damian Corrigan 1-5 Ronan Fay
Tommy Morrow 5-4 Ryan Foster
GRAND FINAL
Ronan Fay 3-5 Tommy Morrow

FINAL FRAMES
Morrow Fay Morrow Fay Fay Morrow Morrow Morrow

This coming Sunday 22nd March, sees the concluding competition (Event 4) in the 2014/2015 NIPA A&E Tour series. The venue is The Swift Bar, in Carrickfergus and registration closes at 10.30am for all Amateur players and 4.00pm for Elite players.

SWIFT BAR, Carrickfergus. Unit 4, Rogers Quay, Carrickfergus BT38 8BE (Beside the Castle)

Leave home in plenty of time to get parked and into the venue. Tables available for practice from 9.00am

CLICK ON THIS LINK to view the up to date tables

Masters 'A' warm up


The NI Masters (over 50s) 'A' Team took part in a warm up event pre Bridlington on Saturday 21st March in Kircubbin. Their opponents were 2 local teams from the Ards & District League, The Village Inn and Finnegans. Incredibly our Masters team never dropped a single frame all day though there were plenty of close ones during their matches. Results as follows -

Group
NI Masters A 11-0 Finnegans
Village Inn 11-6 Finnegans
Final
NI Masters 10-0 Village Inn

In the photo
VILLAGE INN proprietor Billy Dorrian (4th from left) presents a sponsorship cheque to Masters 'A' Team Manager Eric Sterrett

Masters 'A' (L-R)
Davy Drysdale, Robert Hawkins, Stephen Johnston, Davy McGurn, Gary Neeson, Eric Sterrett & Raymond Stockman

Amongst the players representing the Village Inn and Finnegans were Jamie Shannon, Philip Adair, Cathal O'Prey, Kieran O'Prey, Terry Arthurs, David Wright, Gareth Johnston, Stanley Arthurs, Colin McManus, David Arthurs, Philip Brown & Liam Gilmore

Condolences


The NIPA ewould like to offer their condolences to regular competitor Rodney Patterson on the passing of his father on Friday 13th March.

Our thoughts are with Rodney and the family circle at this sad time

Transport to Bridlington


Anyone looking to travel on a minibus from Cairnryan to Bridlington can contact Rab Brown on 07899 913785. Cost is £60 for the return journey and the bus meets the 10.30am sailing from Larne on Friday 10th April. On the return journey it arrives in Cairnryan for the 17.30pm sailing on Friday 17th April

Limited spaces

Bus and boat Monday 6th April


Could anyone going to Bridlington on Monday 6th April and returning on Saturday 11th April
please phone Pauline on 07796546126 if you wish to enquire about travelling by bus and boat. Limited spaces left.

Outward journey - *Monday 6th April 2015*
*Pick up point 1* Millbrook Adult Centre, Ballymena Road, Ballymoney 07.30am
*Pick up point 2* Dunsilly Car Park, Dunsilly Roundabout, Antrim 08.15am
*Pick up point 3* P& O Ferries Car Park, Larne Harbour 09.00am

Return Journey - *Saturday 11th April 2015*
*Drop off point 1*P& O Ferries Car Park, Larne Harbour 10.00pm
*Drop off point 2*Dunsilly Car Park, Dunsilly Roundabout, Antrim10.30pm 
*Drop off point 3*Millbrook Adult Centre, Ballymena Road, Ballymoney11.30pm

The cost of the coach is £40.00 per person & the cost of the boat is £30.00 per person.

Transport on Monday 6th April


If anyone travelling to Bridlington would like to book a seat on a minibus meeting the 9.35am Flybe flight (BE 735) from Belfast City to Leeds/Bradford Airport on Monday 6th April, please contact Robert on 07970450050

So far
Robert Wilson, Aaron Wilson, Tyler McKee, Lee Topping, Ryan Scott, Neil McFaul, Robert Hawkins, Heather Hawkins, Galvin McDermott, Aaron Rolston, Gillian Rolston, Kieran Rolston, Scott Hay, Gary Johnston

Limited spaces (NOW FULL UP)

Coach from Leeds/Bradford Airport to Bridlington


Anyone wanting to book a seat on a coach from Leeds/Bradford Airport to Bridlington and on the return journey, please contact Jean McIlroy on Facebook or call or text 07921 825336

Price dependent on numbers travelling

To meet Flybe flight number BE735 from Belfast City Airport to Leeds/Bradford Airport on Friday 10th April at 09.35am

Return on Flybe flight number BE732 from Leeds/Bradford Airport to Belfast City Airport on Friday 17th April at 14.35pm

So far
Jean McIlroy, Sara Greenberg, Rab Butler, Katrina McVeigh, Roisin Smith, Sally Caughey, Susan Graham, Julie Henderson, Maryjo McCourt, Una Zuzane, Angie Willis, Mary Cunningham, Joanne Podbylski, Chloe Bailie, Raymond Stockman, Tyler McConnell, Johnny Mackay, Hugh Regan, Ady Toner, Eric Sterrett, Drew Sloan, Willie Eakin, James Meredith
Return journey only
Robert Hawkins, Heather Hawkins

SENIORS TOUR Event 5

Winner, Brian Crilly (right) with Runner Up Dee Irwin

CLICK HERE TO VIEW UPDATED 2014/2015 SENIORS TOUR TABLE WITH ONLY ONE EVENT TO GO BEFORE FINALS DAY

Congratulations to North Down man Brian Crilly on winning the NIPA Seniors (Over 40s) Tour Event 5 played in the Swift Bar, Carrickfergus on Sunday 8th March. Brian was in fine form all day ending with a 6-4 Final win over Belfast's Dee Irwin. The Final Event (Tour 6) heads to the Primacy Sports Bar in Bangor on Sunday 19th April after which the Top 16 players will play off for the accumulated Prize Money.

PRELIMS
Alan Johnston 6-3 Stephen Johnston
James Gourley 2-6 Greg Stevenson
Dave Jones 6-3 John Hooks
Brian Crilly 6-2 Gary Johnston
Raymond Crowe 6-5 Steve Massey
Sara Greenberg 0-6 Tony Tennyson
Sam Newell 6-4 Paddy Mulholland
LAST 16
Alan Johnston 2-6 Greg Stevenson
Dave Jones 0-6 Brian Crilly
Raymond Crowe 3-6 Tony Tennyson
Sam Newell 6-3 Raymond Stockman
Rab Brown 1-6 Dee Irwin
Jean McIlroy 1-6 John Tennyson
Neil Campbell 6-0 Rodney Patterson
Kenny Geddis 5-6 Kenny English
LAST 8
Greg Stevenson 4-6 Brian Crilly
Tony Tennyson 1-6 Sam Newell
Dee Irwin 6-3 John Tennyson
Neil Campbell 6-5 Kenny English
SEMI FINALS
Brian Crilly 6-5 Sam Newell
Dee Irwin 6-5 Neil Campbell
FINAL
Brian Crilly (North Down) 6-4 Dee Irwin (Belfast)

Final Frames
Irwin Crilly Crilly Crilly Crilly Irwin Irwin Crilly Irwin Crilly

The N.I.P.A 2014/2015 Seniors Pool Tour (Over 40s) Event 5 will take place on Sunday 8th March. Six Tour events throughout NI will culminate with a seeded Finals Day on 31st May 2015 for the TOP 16 players.

Event 5 will be held in the SWIFT BAR, Unit 4, Rogers Quay, Carrickfergus, BT38 8BE
THE VENUE WILL BE OPEN FROM 10.30am FOR PRACTICE

EVENT 5 - Registration CLOSES AT 12.00 noon sharp, please leave home in plenty of time to get parked and into venue.

Reminder - ONLY PLAYERS TOP 4 BEST SCORES FROM THE 6 EVENTS SHALL GO TOWARDS THE FINAL TABLE PLACINGS  TO DETERMINE WHO QUALIFIES FOR FINALS DAY
Tied placings -1/Points, best four from six events 2/Highest attendance at events 3/Total frames won at all 6 events

Event 1 - Sunday7th September 2014 - Primacy, Bangor (Winner - Sam Newell, Runner Up - Paddy Mulholland)
Event 2 - Sunday 12th October 2014 - Potters, Coleraine (Winner - Brian Crilly, Runner Up - Billy Moore)
Event 3 - Sunday 21st December 2014 - 147 Club, Omagh (Winner - Brian Crilly, Runner Up - John Tennyson)
Event 4 - Sunday 15th February 2015 - Swift, Carrickfergus(Winner - Dee Irwin, Runner Up - Gary Johnston)
Event 5 - Sunday 8th March 2015 - Swift, Carrickfergus  (Winner - Brian Crilly, Runner Up - Dee Irwin)
Event 6 - Sunday 19th April 2015 - Primacy, Bangor 
Finals Day - Sunday 31st May 2015 - Swift, Carrickfergus

CLICK HERE for full Tour details and the up to date table. To play in this event, players must be paid up Individual Members of the NIPA.

Players are reminded that only the Top 16 qualify for Finals Day and only players best 4 scores from 6 events determine where they finish in said table

Deepest condolences


The NIPA would like to offer their deepest condolences to Marc Hutchinson on the passing of his father Uel at 58 years of age on Thursday 5th March 2015.

Uel's funeral is on Saturday 7th March at 11.00am from his home in Coleraine to Killowen Church

2015 NIPA Interleague


The NIPA are now taking entries from affiliated Leagues for our 2015 Interleague events. Dates are as follows -

Saturday 2nd May - 'B' Team Event
Sunday 3rd May - 'A' Team Event

Both events will be held in the St Comgalls Club in Larne.

Cost is £50 per team, per affiliated League. Leagues can enter one team in the 'A' event and a maximum of two in the 'B' event. Players can only play in either the 'A' or 'B' event, not both.

If spaces become available to non affiliated Leagues, cost to them is £100 per team

Teams are 11 A Side with 15 players allowed in a squad. To be eligible to play each player must have played in at least 3 League games this season for the League they are representing.

To enquire about entering please email nipablackball@yahoo.co.uk

In the photo
Mark Stockton proudly displays the Shield for reigning 'A' Team Champions Omagh, who are going for a hat trick of wins.

Carrick League will be going for a remarkable 4 in a row in the 'B' Team event.

B1 Warm Up Competition



Mens B1 Team Manager Trevor Whiteside hosted a Bridlington warm up event in the Swift Bar, Carrickfergus on Saturday 28th February. Scores below -

GROUP A
Seniors Select 12-13 Mens B2
Mens B1 'A' 17-8 Seniors Select
Mens B1 'A' 13-12 Mens B2

GROUP B
Mens B1 'B' 20-5 Carrick Select 'B'
Carrick Select 'A' 20-5 Carrick Select 'B'
Mens B1 'B' 10-13 Carrick Select 'A'

FINAL
Mens B1 'A' 13-12 Carrick Select

Trevor Whiteside would like to pass on his thanks to all the players on the day for coming down to support the event

NIPA 3 A SIDES


2015 CHAMPIONS - Dee Irwin, Rab Butler, Chris Carson
Well done to Dee Irwin (Belfast), Rab Butler (Newtownabbey) and Chris Carson (Carrickfergus) on becoming the 2015 NIPA 3 A SIDES Champions. In the Final the trio trailed Declan Duff, James McGarrell and John Tennyson 3-7 and looked dead and buried, but a fantastic burst of 7 frames in a row seen them take the inaugural NIPA 3 A Sides title.

GROUP A
One Strand 5-4 Rockets
Strawbs 2-7 Baltics
Baltics 2-7 One Strand
Rockets 6-3 Strawbs
One Strand 7-2 Strawbs
Rockets 6-3 Baltics

1. ONE STRAND (3-6 FD 19-8)
2. ROCKETS (3-4 FD 16-11)
3. BALTICS (3-2 FD 12-15)
4. STRAWBS (3-0 FD 7-20)

GROUP B
LastMinute.com 8-11st Round Wonders
Primacy 7-2 Crumlin
LastMinute.com 4-5 Primacy
1st Round Wonders 6-3 Crumlin
Crumlin 1-8 LastMinute.com
Primacy 3-6 1st Round Wonders

1. LASTMINUTE.COM (3-4 FD 20-7)
2. PRIMACY (3-4 FD 15-12)
PLATE WINNERS Kenny Geddis, Damian McGarrell, Paddy McGivern
3. 1st ROUND WONDERS (3-4 FD 13-14)
4. CRUMLIN (3-0 FD 6-21)

SEMI FINALS
One Strand 10-7 Primacy
Rockets 10-5 LastMinute.com
FINAL
One Strand 10-7 Rockets

PLATE FINAL
Crumlin 10-7 1st Round Wonders

Captains
One Strand - Dee Irwin
Rockets - Declan Duff
Strawbs - Gary Johnston
Baltics - Sam Newell
LastMinute.com - Iain Britton
1st Round Wonders - Rab Brown
Crumlin - Kenny Geddis
Primacy - Colin Moore

2015 NIPA 3-A-SIDES CHAMPIONSHIP


This coming Sunday 1st March 2015 sees the inaugural NIPA 3 A Sides Championship event. It will take place in the Swift Bar, Carrickfergus.

REGISTRATION CLOSES AT 11.00am sharp with play starting shortly after. (One player can register and pay for the whole team)

SWIFT BAR, Unit 4, Rogers Quay, Carrickfergus, BT38 8BE
Please leave home in plenty of time to get parked and into the venue.

What - NIPA 3 A Sides Event
Where - Swift Sports Bar, Carrickfergus
When - Sunday 1st March 2015
Time - Registration closes at 11.00am
Dress code - Yes
Squad - Teams can register up to 4 players
Cost - £10 per person if NIPA member, £20 per person if not
Format - Best of 9, straight Knock Out
Teams - No restriction on who can play in any given team except only open to players who are eligible to represent NI at Blackball
Team Entry fees -  Pay on the day

Terms & conditions subject to change

NIPA 2015 Mixed Doubles Championship


Well done to Antrim couple Rab Fee and Claire Stewart on winning the 2015 NIPA Mixed Doubles Championship which was held in the Q.CLUB, Larne on Sunday 22nd February. In the Final they overcame Mark Allen and Roisin Smith by 6-3.

PRELIMS
Andrew Mackey/Karen McCormick 3-5 Iain Britton/Alix Britton
Tasha Magill/William McCracken 5-2 Brian Crilly/Audrey Jones
Kyle Kirkwood/Katrina McVeigh 1-5 Rab Brown/Clare Roberts
Mark Allen/Roisin Smith 5-2 Gee Crawley/Jean McIlroy
Angela Willis/Jonny Blair 5-4 Lee Hull/Julie Henderson
Rab Fee/Claire Stewart 5-1 Conor McKinney/Helen McKinney
QUARTER FINALS
Iain Britton/Alix Britton 5-4 Tasha Magill/William McCracken
Clare Roberts/Rab Brown 3-5 Mark Allen/Roisin Smith
Jonny Blair/Angie Willis 1-5 Rab Fee/Clare Stewart
Dee Irwin/Sara Greenberg 5-0 Robert Hawkins/Maryjo McCourt
SEMI FINALS
Iain Britton/Alix Britton 2-5 Mark Allen/Roisin Smith
Rab Fee/Claire Stewart 5-3 Dee Irwin/Sara Greenberg
FINAL best of 11
Mark Allen (Antrim)/Roisin Smith (Down) 3-6 Rab Fee (Antrim)/Claire Stewart (Antrim)

FINAL FRAMES
A&S F&S F&S A&S F&S A&S F&S F&S F&S

Top photo
Winners Rab Fee & Claire Stewart receive their trophies from NIPA Chairperson Pauline Lynch (centre)
Bottom photo
Runners Up Mark Allen & Roisin Smith receive their trophies from NIPA Chairperson (centre)

This Sunday, 22nd February, sees the NIPA Mixed Doubles take place. The venue is the Q. CLUB, 3 Narrow Gauge Road, Larne. BT40 1XB

Registration closes at 11.30am sharp for both players, please leave home in plenty of time to get parked and into the venue.

Venue open from 10.00am for practice, refreshments available

What - 2015 NIPA Mixed Doubles Championship
When - Sunday 22nd February
Where - Q. Club, Larne.
Time - Registration closes at 11.30am sharp for both players
Dress code - NIPA dress code applies
Cost - £20 per team if NIPA members, £40 per team if not
Rules - Straight Knockout, played to Scotch Doubles
Who - Open to anyone who is eligible to represent NI at Blackball

MASTERS 'A' Fundraiser


Eric Sterrett's Masters 'A' Team will be taking part in a Pre Bridlington 3 Team Challenge Tournament in the Village Inn, Kircubbin on Saturday 21st March.

The Masters' Team would like to thank Village Inn Proprietor Billy Dorrian who is giving sponsorship to the travelling players.

Kick off is 2.15pm