Deposit reminders

The NIPA are extending the deposit deadline to Friday 2nd September. After this date any player unpaid will be removed from the Killarney & Coleraine squads.

Just a reminder for any player who still hasn't paid his/her £100 deposit for either the World Championships in Killarney or the Nations Cup in Coleraine that the deadline is Wednesday 31st August. Please pay to any Committee member, Pauline Lynch, Robert Hawkins, Jean McIlroy or Rab Brown or alternatively you can bank transfer into the NIPA account either online or at any Ulster Bank branch. Details below

Bank - Ulster Bank
Account name - Northern Ireland Pool Association
Sort code - 980060
Account number - 10478253

**IMPORTANT** - Please state your name as reference


IPA NI World Series leg

Arrangements for the IPA World Series leg in Northern Ireland  in conjuction with the NIPA have been confirmed. Other legs of the World Series are being held in Gibraltar, South Africa, Malta, Southern Ireland and Norway. The IPA are taking Blackball Pool to a new level and have recently just announced a grounbreaking sponsorship deal with Corals Bookmakers. We are delighted to welcome the IPA over to NI and we hope they enjoy their trip.

IPA players travelling to NI are - Marc Farnsworth (World Ranked No.1), Gareth Hibbott (9), Kristian Phillips (12), Nicky Griffiths (30) and Rob Donkin (A)

SUNDAY 30th OCTOBER (Q.Club, Larne)
Open to all NIPA Members - Played down to last 11
Only enter this qualifier if you are available to play in Last 16 Finals Day on Sunday 20th November

Open to any NIPA player who represented any of our adult 'A' Teams in calendar years 2015 or 2016.
4 Semi Finalists plus 1 Exec wild card will make up NI Team
Only enter this qualifier if you are available to play on our 5 person team against the IPA on Saturday 19th November.

FRIDAY 18th NOVEMBER (Primacy, Bangor)
7.00pm - IPA PROFESSIONAL SEMI FINAL 1 - Gareth Hibbott v Nicky Griffiths
8.30pm - IPA PROFESSIONAL SEMI FINAL 2 - Marc Farnsworth v Kristian Phillips
10.00pm - LAST MAN STANDING Open to 5 IPA players & NIPA members)

SATURDAY 19th NOVEMBER (Primacy, Bangor)
4.00pm - NIPA v IPA (5 person team event)
6.30pm - £100 A MAN EVENT - 5 IPA players & 3 NIPA members. (Any NIPA member who wishes to be considered to play please contact Robert on 07970 450050 for details)

SUNDAY 20th NOVEMBER (Primacy, Bangor)
1.00pm - NIPA/IPA INDIVIDUAL CHALLENGE CUP LAST 16 TO A FINISH (11 NIPA qualifiers & 5 IPA players)
6.00pm - IPA PROFESSIONAL FINAL - Hibbott or Griffiths v Farnsworth or Phillips

T&C suject to change. More details to follow

UNDER 15/18/23 warm up

Robert Hawkins and Willie Eakin will be holding a warm up event for Under 15, Under 18 & Under 23 players who will be representing Team NI at the 2016 Nations Cup.

It will take place in Potters, Coleraine with a 1.00pm start on Sunday 25th September

Dress code applies

Under 23 B Teams

Best of luck to our two Under 23 B Teams who will represent TEAM NI at the Nations Cup in Coleraine in October. Teams as follows -

U23 B1
Neil McFaul (C) - (Larne)
Lee McIlreavy - (Newtownabbey)
Ryan Scott - (Larne)
Andrew Maguire - (Omagh)
Dean Vauls - (Coleraine)
Connor McGookin - (Coleraine)

U23 B2
Michael Neil - (Coleraine)
Nathan Campbell - (Lisburn)
Dylan Burleigh - (Larne)
Robert Donnell - (Coleraine)
Jordan McKee - (Ards)
Conor Matthews - (Larne)
Gary Simpson - (Coleraine)

CLICK ON THIS LINK to view all our teams playing in Nations Cup AND HERE for our World Championship squads

IPA Blackball 2017 calendar

Dates for the IPA 2017 calendar have been confirmed as follows. Check out the UK Open venue in June !! --

IPA World Championships
31 Jan -5 Feb
Bradford Hotel

IPA Welsh Open
24 -26 February
Mercure Holland House

IPA English Open
12 -14 May
Bradford Hotel

23 -25 June
Newcastle United FC
St James Park

IPA European Open
11 -13 August
Hilton Coventry

IPA British Open
20 -22 October
Hilton Brighton

Mens B1 & Ladies A fundraiser

See poster below for upcoming Texas Hold'em fundraiser for our Mens B1 and Ladies A Teams competing in the 2016 EBA Nations Cup of Pool and BI World Championships respectively.

Everyone welcome, limited to 80 players, first come first served


CLICK ON THIS LINK to view selection guidelines for our Mens teams to represent N.Ireland at the 2017 European Championships in Bridlington.

Dates as follows - Sunday 23rd April to Friday 28th April.

Our condolences

The Committee of the NIPA would like to offer their condolences to regular player Alan Corrigan after the passing of his father Joe (84) on Wednesday 3rd August after a short illness.

Funeral arrangements to be confirmed

Nations Cup Under 15 Team

The very best of luck to our Under 15 players who will be representing TEAM NI at the 2016 EBA Nations Cup in Coleraine in October.

Aaron Rolston - (Larne)
Ryan Marcus - (Larne)
Richard Purcell - (Castlerock)
Andrew Whiteside - (Garvagh)

The 2016-2017 NIPA NI Blackball Grand Prix

The NIPA will be holding a new event on September 18th 2016. The Northern Ireland Blackball Grand Prix will be played out in the Regal in Portadown on 12 Supreme tables. Details as follows --

What - The Northern Ireland Blackball Grand Prix
When - Sunday 18th September 2016
Where - The Regal, Portadown, County Armagh
Who - Only open to players who are eligible to represent NI at Blackball at International level 
Cost - £15 (players must be NIPA members to enter (Adult membership costs £15, Under 18 £7.50).
Time - Timeslots to be confirmed
Spaces - Closing at 96
Dress code - Yes, Strict NIPA dress code applies
Format - Straight Knock Out
Alcohol - No alcohol allowed on premises

This event is expected to fill up quickly. Entries can be accepted on the day but only if spaces are still available. Only payment secures entry, to arrange payment to secure your place please contact Robert on 07970 450050.

Terms & conditions subject to change

Under 18 Teams for the Nations Cup

Our two Under 18 Teams to represent Team NI at the 2016 EBA Nations Cup have been confirmed as follows. The very best of luck to all and Manager Willie Eakin.

UNDER 18 B1s

Sam Ross
Reece McMurtry
Aaron Doherty
Daniel Connor
Adam Harte
Oran Kneelands

UNDER 18 B2s

Andy McLean
Dylan Godfrey
Lee Golligher
Jack Hanson
Josh McKendry
Eamon Devenny

Managers positions

The NIPA are accepting applications from anyone interested in any of the following managers posts.

Northern Ireland Mens A Team - The chance to manage our flagship team against the best Nations and players in the world of Blackball
Northern Ireland Mens B3 Team - (new team created by EBA after reducuction of Mens B team size from 11 players per team to 7 players per team).

All applications to

2016-2017 NIPA Interleague

The NIPA are now inviting bids from Affiliated Leagues/Promoters to host our 2016/2017 season Interleague events. Any Leagues or Promoters interested please forward your bid to by Tuesday 16th August 2016

Criteria as follows -

1/ A venue that can hold 16 tables but we will also consider other bids provided they can hold at least 12 tables. Host League/Promoter responsible for supply of tables
2/ Table lighting to be installed by hosting League/Promoter 
3/ Ample seating away from the tables so that spectators and players are not standing right on top of players playing at tables
4/ £150 fee payable to NIPA by League/Promoter hosting  the event
5/ To supply suitable Top Table area with adequate lighting to manage event from. Power points easily accessible.
6/ Suitable P.A. System
7/ Bar preferably selling draught beer
8/ Kitchen/food
9/ WiFi or internet access 
10/ Availability of room, for example 9am to 11pm 
11/ Car parking arrangements
12/ Provision off 1 meal per day for working officials

Pictured above are current Champions TENNENTS Coleraine & District Pool League celebrating their success at the Nortel Social Club in the event hosted by CITYAIREXPRESS Carrick & District Pool League

Terms & conditions subject to change

Paddy on fire in 4 !!

Well done to NIPA regular attendee Paddy McGivern. The Crumlin man was playing in the Summer League in the Q.Club, Larne and it was his turn to break. 4 shots later the frame was over as Paddy proceeded to pot 5 reds off the break followed by his final 2 reds and the black to win the frame against bemused opponent Craig Johnston !!!!!!

Seniors 'B' fundraising fun night

Seniors 'B' Team Managers, Rab Brown and Paul Withers will be holding a fundraising night for the upcoming Nations Cup. Details below -

What - Seniors 'B' Team fundraising fun night
When - Friday 26th August
Where - Greenisland WMSC
Time - 8.00pm start

Evening includes - Night at the Races - Stand up Bingo - Pitchie - 80s Disco

Everybody welcome, come along and enjoy the craic

Irish Counties Blackball event

Follow this link to view details on this exciting new planned tournament

More details as we get them

Blackball Pro Am Event

For details of an upcoming Blackball Pro Am Event in Co.Tyrone follow the link at the top of this page or the link below


NI Special Pool Team for the World Championships

Best of luck to the players representing TEAM NI in the Learning Difficulties section at the 2016 Blackball International World Championships in Killarney. Team Manager John Clarke will be doing his best to help the boys bring home silverware. Squad as follows -

Paddy Reid - (Ballycastle)
Clifford Healy - (Bangor)
Philip Haveron - (Larne)
Alan Bell - (Dungannon)
Sammy Johnston - (Larne)
John Brown - (Newtownards)

The event will take place in the splendid INEC Gleneagle Hotel (pictured above) from 11-16th October

Charity donation

Larne & District Pool League Chairman Bill McIlroy Sr presents a cheque for £200 to Karen Spiers in aid of the Finlay Spiers Appeal

The League also donated £100 this season to the Northern Ireland Learning Difficulties Pool Section.

Our League sponsor The Q.Club made a similar donation of £100 also to the Learning Difficulties section.

Well done to all involved. If your League would like a charity donation posted on our website or FB page please contact us at