Our Under 23 Team sponsor


Our Under 23 'A' Team sponsor FURNITURE DIRECT 2 U would like to wish the team every success at the 2014 World Championships in Perth.



We are delighted to introduce our new catalogue for 2014. This new edition sees a level of style and design that is arguably our best yet, and we hope that this, in tandem with our fantastic product offer, proves a vital selling tool for your business. We believe our product offering this year, is as strong as it has ever been, and we have worked hard to ensure that we are bringing you: design, quality and value. We continue to strive to offer you a definitive supply chain solution, by way of our "one stop shop" philosophy; and with an unprecedented product launch for 2014, we hope that World Furniture will be a crucial partner to your business during the year ahead.




Please note that we also offer a very competitive container mix program. For details please contact our sales team on 02891828202.Your business is truly appreciated, and as ever, please let us know if there’s something we should be doing.


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The team is also sponsored by Scotts own company Scott Hay Building & Joinery

In the picture
Under 23 Manager Scott Hay(pictured right) receives the team shirt from FURNITURE DIRECT 2 U Managing Director Marc Bunting

GOD LUCK to TEAM NI in Perth


Good luck to all players and officials travelling to Perth on Saturday 25th October to represent Northern Ireland at the 2014 Blackball International World Championships in Perth, Scotland. Keep tuned in to view all results from what is set to be the greatest World Championship 8 Ball event ever. Premier Sports channel (428 on Sky) will be broadcasting  on Thursday 31st October and Friday 1st November live from the Bells Sports Centre in Perth with top snooker referee Micharela Tabb in attendance to referee. There will also be live streaming from the venue.


2014 SPECIALS FESTIVAL



2014 N.IRELAND MR CHIPS SPECIAL FESTIVAL OF POOL
                                       
The 2014 N.Ireland Mr Chips Special Festival of Pool commences on Friday 14th November in the Lodge hotel, Coleraine, with play continued on the Tuesday 18th November through to Wednesday 19th. The festival is now in its 22nd year, which is once again supported by Coleraine Borough Council. This event gives people with learning difficulties, mental health problems and physical disabilities the opportunity to compete both for National and International titles. Played in the luxurious Lodge Hotel, Coleraine, on 21 specially installed Supreme Pool tables from Baizecraft, Lisburn. The 2014 festival is sure to be the highlight of the year for all the pool players from Special Schools and Day Care facilities in Northern Ireland.

On Friday 14th the All Abilities Individuals will be decided. This category caters for players with mental health problems and physical disabilities. Wheelchair player Rab McMaw from Ballynure will be the player to beat as he tries to secure his ninth N.Ireland title but a surprise winner could come from anyone representing the Armour, Ballymoney or our newly joined Pavestone Centre from Coleraine.

Junior players from various schools across Northern Ireland take centre stage on Tuesday when they compete for the N.Ireland Team championship. Local school Sandleford, will be determined that one of their three teams will be triumphant but they will be pushed all the way by teams from Hillcroft Special School from Newtownabbey or Carrick Junior Gateway Club.  

Tuesday also sees the start of the senior events with 3 team titles being played for. The Men’s team event is once again guaranteed to be hotly contested but last years' winners  Rathmoyle from Ballycastle, will not concede the crown easily. Their most likely challenge should come from ASL Bangor.  In the Ladies event local centre Mountfern will be trying to wrestle the title from the ladies of Maghera, last year’s champions. The winner of the very popular Social team event could come from any of the twenty two entered teams. Muckamore Abbey from Antrim are sure to be in the hunt for this title but strong challenges can be expected to come from the Bayview Centre from Bangor, Belfast’s Conlig, and Cookstown Gateway Club.   On Wednesday evening members of the NIPA Ladies international team who will just have retuned from International duty in Perth, Scotland pair up with the players to compete in an entertaining doubles competition.

The three individual championships for Men, Ladies and Socials are played on Thursday. Defending men’s champion Sammy Johnston from Larne will have to be at his best if he is going to achieve his success of last year. However the main challenge will come from multiply European champion Paddy Reid.  In the ladies individuals Francis McCann, the defending champion will start the ladies event as favourite but she will be pushed all the way by her International team mates Susan O’Kane and Valerie Taggart. The social individuals will be a much more open contest with anyone of the 70 entrants capable of winning it.  The 2013 winner local player Johnny Fulton from Mountfern, Coleraine will have his work cut out if he is to repeat last year’s victory.

The Chairman of the Northern Ireland Special Pool Committee, Mr Mervyn Taggart expressed his delight with the level off entries which he said spoke volumes for the reputation and organisation of the festival.  On behalf of all the players he thanked the festivals main sponsor, Mr Clem Howard of Mr Chips, Portrush, Coleraine Borough Council and the Lodge Hotel for their invaluable support of the event. He also expressed his gratitude to all table sponsors and to the local volunteers who referee on a daily basis.  

If anyone would like any additional information regarding the event please contact the Northern Ireland Special Pool secretary - paulinelynch@live.co.uk

COUNTDOWN IS ON FOR PERTH

 

700 cueists head to Perth for the 2014 World Blackball Pool Championships

Perth will be the venue to host a “first” for Scotland at the end of October with the 2014 World Blackball Pool Championships being held in the city’s Bells Sports Centre. With around 700 players from 18 nations around the globe converging on the city, the organisers of the event, ISP Scotland, won the bid to host the biennial Championships in Scotland for the first time in the event’s history ahead of Malta and France.

Pictured right is Michaela Tabb who will be refereeing at the latter stages of the Championships .Michaela of ISP Scotland said “With prize money at almost £20,000 to be won across 8 championship categories and 48 tables being set up in the venue, this will be an exciting sporting week for Perth at the end of October.”

Michaela, who herself is the No1 cue sports referee internationally and a known sporting media celebrity, added “The event is being televised on Sky Premier Sports at certain points (bottom of page) during the championship week, however, it is a free event for fans of the sport to attend to spectate and the venue will have a 750 seating capacity for the week.  With teams and individuals having been chosen by their home countries, the World Blackball is set to be a highlight in what is a major year of sport for Scotland”.

Local businessman Andrew Morrison of Aim Developments is a key sponsor of the championship. Andrew commented “I’m a huge fan of the sport and with Perth regaining its city status only some time ago, I wanted to support the organising team in order that Perth would be hosting a sporting event of this world class stature.”

He added “The number of players and their supporters staying in Perth city centre during the week of the championships can only be beneficial economically to all local businesses and venues. With the World Blackball taking place only a month after Perthshire hosting the Ryder Cup, I think we can fairly say the Fair City is on the map as a sporting destination of choice”.

The championship starts on Sunday 26th October and ends on Friday 31st with last qualifications for certain categories on Saturday 25th. The qualification rounds on the Saturday are open for anyone to enter and it offers an ideal opportunity for local pool enthusiasts to grab their cues, get some practice in and attempt to achieve their sporting dreams.

It is scheduled to  be shown live on the Premier Sports Channel 428 and the Virgin Channel Thursday from 4pm until 11 pm and Friday Finals from 12 noon until finish at 7-8 pm. It will also be live on You Tube.

Nations attending -
AUSTRALIA, CAMEROON, CATALONIA, CYPRUS, ENGLAND, FRANCE, GIBTRALTAR, IRELAND,  LIBYA, MALTA, NORTHERN IRELAND, NORWAY, RUSSIA, SCOTLAND, SHETLAND ISLES, SOUTH AFRICA, UGANDA, WALES 

Stormont Hotel Weekend of Pool


Anyone wishing to stay overnight on either Friday 23rd January or Saturday 24th January may do so at a reduced B&B room rate of £50 pnpps or £80 per person single.

PLEASE QUOTE BOOKING CODE ID: 92127

CLICK ON HERE to view the playing schedule

NIPA League affiliation


Existing affiliated Leagues will by now have received their annual renewal letters. If any new League would like to affiliate to the NIPA then please drop us an email at nipablackball@yahoo.co.uk Year 1 is free so you have nothing to lose !!!
Extra benefits for our affiliated Leagues this season are a free sitting off the Blackball Referees exam for 2 delegates and use of our camera to live stream a one day event of your Leagues choice (dependent on availability)
Deadline date for payment is 30th November 2014

Affiliated League 2013/2014 season were 
Ards & District, Ballyclare & District, Ballymena Seven Towers, Ballynahinch, Carrick & District, Coleraine & District, Crumlin, Dromara, Larne & District and Omagh

Nations Cup Schedule


Click on the links in the left hand column to view the Adult playing schedule for the 2014 EBA Nations Cup

Mens
N.Ireland 1, N.Ireland 2, England 1, England 2, Scotland 1, Scotland 2, S.Ireland 1, S.Ireland 2, Wales 1, Wales 2
Seniors
N.Ireland 1, N.Ireland 2, England 1, England 2, Scotland 1, Scotland 2, S.Ireland 1, S.Ireland 2, Wales 1, Wales 2
Ladies
N.Ireland 1, N.Ireland 2, England 1, England 2, Scotland, Wales
Masters
N.Ireland 1, N.Ireland 2, England, Scotland

NI LADIES Fundraiser Event

 
The NI LADIES 'A' Team held a 4 Team 7-A-Side fundraising event in the Swift Bar, Carrickfergus on Sunday 19th October. The Ladies head off to the World Championships in Perth, Scotland this coming Saturday.

GROUP RESULTS
NI Ladies 8-6 Carrick Select
NI Mens B2 10-4 NI Seniors B2
Carrick Select 8-7 NI Seniors B2
NI Mens B2 10-4 NI Ladies
Carrick Select 8-6 NI Mens B2
NI Seniors B2 10-4 NI Ladies

FINAL
Carrick Select 11-10 NI Mens B2

Back row (L-R)
Tasha Magill, Sara Greenberg, Roisin Smith
Front row (L-R)
Jean McIlroy (Manager), Maryjo McCourt, Mary Cunningham

Official World Championship polo shirts order form

 

CLICK ON THIS LINK to request an order form for the official 2014 Blackball International World Championships souvenir polo shirts

Shirts can now be  ordered via the OFFICIAL WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FACE BOOK PAGE

Shirts cost £17.50 each

Updates from NIPA Seniors Tour Event 2 on Sunday 12th October

Finalists, Billy Moore (left) and Brian Crilly

Congratulations to Brian Crilly. The County Down man won the NIPA Seniors Tour Event 2 on 12th October in Potters, Coleraine. In the Final he defeated Coleraine's Billy Moore, but only just. Moore had come back from 2-5 down to level at 5-5 with the break in the deciding frame. And the balls split perfectly only for the white to find a pocket from which Crilly ran them out for victory. But Seniors 'A' Team Manager Darren Sterrett will be well pleased on the form of both players 2 weeks to the day before the start of the World Championships in Perth, Scotland.

Sitting joint top of the table are Neil Campbell (Newtownabbey). Raymond Stockman (Coleraine) and Sam Newell (North Down).  CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE UP TO DATE TABLE

CLICK HERE FOR LIVE STREAMING HIGHLIGHTS

PRELIMS
Uel Stewart 6-0 Rodney Patterson
Sam Newell 2-6 Brian Crilly
Alan Johnston 6-0 Jimmy McCullough
Julian Logue 6-1 Robert Hawkins
Willie Eakin 4-6 Kenny Geddis
Neil Campbell 6-1 Ivan Christie
Greg Stevenson 6-0 Paddy Mulholland
Raymond Stockman 6-1 Jim Taylor
LAST 16
Uel Stewart 4-6 Brian Crilly
Alan Johnston 1-6 Julian Logue
Kenny Geddis 4-6 Neil Campbell
Greg Stevenson 3-6 Raymond Stockman
Billy Moore 6-3 Paul O'Connor
John Hooks 5-6 Chris Jeffrouy
Tony Tennyson 0-6 John Tennyson
Ian Wylie 3-6 Stephen Johnston

QUARTER FINALS
Brian Crilly 6-4 Julian Logue
Neil Campbell 1-6 Raymond Stockman
Billy Moore 6-3 Chris Jeffrouy
Stephen Johnston 2-6 John Tennyson
SEMI FINALS
Brian Crilly 6-2 Raymond Stockman
John Tennyson 4-6 Billy Moore

FINAL RACE TO 6
Billy Moore 5-6 Brian Crilly

FINAL FRAMES
Crilly Crilly Moore Moore Crilly Crilly Crilly Moore Moore Moore Crilly

Condolences


The Executive Committee of the NIPA would like to pass on their condolences to our Under 23 B1 Team Manager John McIlreavy on the death of his father.

The funeral is at 2pm this Sunday from the family home in The Crescent, Coleraine

World Championship playing schedule


CLICK HERE for 2014 World Championship playing schedule

MENS - 16 TEAMS (2 Groups of 8)
LADIES - 11 TEAMS
SENIORS - 10 TEAMS
MASTERS - 8 TEAMS
UNDER 18 - 7 TEAMS
UNDER 23 - 9 TEAMS
SPECIALS - 5 TEAMS
WHEELCHAIR - 10 PLAYERS

NIPA Seniors Tour Event 2

 
The N.I.P.A 2014/2015 Seniors Pool Tour (Over 40s) Event 2 will take place on Sunday 12th October. Six different events throughout NI will culminate with a seeded Finals Day on 31st May 2015 for the TOP 16 players.

Event 2 will be held in the POTTERS SNOOKER & POOL CLUB, 76 Long Commons, Coleraine BT52 1LJ

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

Event 1 - Sunday7th September 2014 - Primacy, Bangor (Winner - Sam Newell, Runner Up - Paddy Mulholland)
Event 2 - Sunday 12th October 2014 - Potters, Coleraine 
Event 3 - Sunday 21st December 2014 - 147 Club, Omagh 
Event 4 - Sunday 15th February 2015 - Swift, Carrickfergus
Event 5 - Sunday 8th March 2015 - Swift, Carrickfergus 
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.

NI Seniors B1


Pictured are some of the Northern Ireland Seniors B1 Team after a pre Nations Cup get together in Potters Club in Coleraine.

L-R
Raymond Stockman - Coleraine
Ian Wylie (Manager) - North Down
Rodney Patterson - Ards
Willie Eakin - Coleraine
Kenny English - Carrickfergus

Bill McIlroy Sr (Larne) and Mark Stockton (Omagh) compete the squad who will be hoping for a good showing in the Competition after reaching the Final of the 2014 European Championships in Bridlington in April.


Masters B1 v Masters B2


Result from the Masters (Over 50s) friendly in the Swift Bar, Carrickfergus on Saturday 27th September.

NI MASTERS B1 22-14 NI MASTERS B2
(3-3, 4-2, 6-0, 4-2, 3-3, 2-4)

Our two Masters teams competing in the 2014 EBA Nations Cup in Coleraine in November met up for a friendly practice match. The B1s came out on top in what was a worth while competitive match for both Captains, Alan Corrigan (B1s) and Hugo Manson (B2s).

Top of the pots on the day for the B1s was Robert Bowman on 5/6 and for the B2s it was Hugo Manson on 4/6

New NIPA Ladies Tour

 
COMING SOON !!!!!

The new NIPA Ladies Blackball Pool Tour


After the great turnout for our Ladies International Team Trials we are delighted to announce a new Tour for Ladies only. The format will be 4 Tour Events culminating with a seeded Finals Day.

Check back here soon for details and dates and venues !!!

PROGRAMME OF EVENTS FOR STORMONT



FRIDAY 23rd JANUARY
6.00pm
UNDER 23 NI INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONSHIPS to a finish
MASTERS NI INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONSHIPS to a finish

SATURDAY 24th JANUARY
10.00am
SENIORS NI INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONSHIPS played down to minimum Semi Finals concluded Sunday at 10.30am
11.30am
LADIES  NI INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONSHIPS played down to minimum Semi Finals concluded Sunday at 4.00pm
2.30pm
UNDER 18s NI INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONSHIPS to a finish
5.30pm
WILLIE LUCAS SUPER 7s MEMORIAL to a finish

SUNDAY 25th JANUARY
10.00am
MENS NI INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONSHIPS to a finish

COST - MENS, LADIES, SENIORS, MASTERS - £15 for IMs, £30 non members
COST - UNDER 18s & UNDER 23s - £10 for IMs, £20 for non members
COST - WILLIE LUCAS SUPER 7s - £100 per team if League affiliated to NIPA, £200 if not

The Programme of events has been set up in such a way that players who are eligible  to play in more than one Individual Championship may do so.
Only players who are eligible to represent NI at Blackball can enter our Individual events.
Unders Individual Championships criteria - Any gender must be under 18 or 23 on 1st January 2015.
Overs Individual Championships criteria - Any gender must be over 40 or 50 on day of competition.
Ladies Individual Championships criteria - Any age of female.
Mens Individual Championships criteria - Any age of male.
Willie Lucas criteria -  All players must play in the same League and have played at least 3 League games in that League this season. (this rule does not apply to Specials, Under 18/23s or Ladies teams)

Details on how to enter will be published soon.
Anyone wishing to stay over either the Friday or Saturday night may do so at a reduced B&B room rate of £50 pnpps or £80 per person single. PLEASE QUOTE BOOKING CODE ID: 92127
Terms and conditions subject to change

SPONSORS

MCLEANS BOOKMAKERS -- TENNENTS -- LODGE HOTEL

The NIPA are delighted to welcome on board McLeans Bookmakers, Tennents and the Lodge Hotel as event sponsors for the upcoming 2014 EBA Nations Cup. Several other opportunities still exist, any other party who may be interested please contact us for further details at nipablackball@yahoo.co.uk

REMINDER - Seniors, Masters & Ladies UK Open


As a follow on from the hugely successful UK Blackball Open last year, Promoter Ross McInnes will now be holding a similar event, the UK Open for Seniors, Masters & Ladies. The 3 events will take place from 27th February - 1st March in the Hilltop Swallow Hotel in Carlisle, England (Approximately 2 hours 22 minutes from Cairnryan or 1 hour 14 minutes from Newcastle Airport). Any player interested in entering please email your name to nipablackball@yahoo.co.uk

PLAYERS WISHING TO COMPETE IN THIS EVENT MUST FORWARD THE NIPA £180 (entry fee and 2 nights accommodation) by 30th SEPTEMBER 2014. If we get more entries in a category than we are allocated then we will hold a play off with losers receiving a full £180 refund.

Events will have 64 players for the Seniors, 32 for the Masters and 32 for the Ladies.
Each place will cost £100.
Prize fund for the Seniors will be £6800 based on 64 entries.
Prize fund for Masters will be £3400 based on 32 entries.
Prize fund for Ladies will be £3400 based on 32 entries.
All events will start on the Friday and players will have to stay two nights at a cost of £40 per night.
All sections, just like the main UK Open will be Double Elimination with a race to 8 in the winners section and 5 in the losers section.
The Double Elimination will go down to the 8 winners to be joined by 8 losers in the Seniors event, this is where the prize money will start with the last 16 getting £150 last 8 getting £300 semi £600 runner up £1100 and winner £2100.
The other two events will be the same, with the Double Elimination going down to 4 from the winners section being joined by 4 from the losers section, again this is where the prize fund will start with the quarters getting £150, semis £300, runner up £700 and winner £1500.
Players can only enter one event.

A&E Ranking Table


To view the up to date ranking table after the A&E Tour Event 1 PLEASE CLICK HERE

Event 2 is in the Primacy, Bangor on Sunday 7th December 2014

EVENT 1 - WINNER - RAB FEE RUNNER UP - DAMIAN CORRIGAN