The Team NI Under 15 Team travelling to Mansfield in Nottinghamshire for their 2015 EBA Nations Cup event from 28th - 30th October is as follows -
Adam Freeburn (Coleraine)
Aaron Rolston (Larne)
Ryan Marcus (Larne)
Reece McMurtry (Craigavon)
The Executive Committee would like to wish all 94 players and officials travelling down to Killarney on Tuesday or otherwise the very best of luck. We hope you enjoy the tournament in the fantastic venue of the Gleneagle Hotel meeting up with old friends and making new ones from all the Nations taking part. Results from the event will be available via a link on this site as will live streaming. Once again GOOD LUCK TO TEAM NI, and have a safe journey down and back.
Ryan Foster (C), Pat McAnally, Dean McDonagh, James Nesbitt, Chris Beattie, Ricky Clyde
Rab McCullough (M), Johnny Mackay, Damian Corrigan, Ronan Fay, Lee Hull, Rab Fee, Mark Allen, Damian Reid, Wayne Lewis, Iain Britton, Kyle Kirkwood, Paddy Lynch, Jimmy Moore
Gee Crawley (C), Andy Park, Joe McCrory, Aaron Leslie, Alan Rainey, Michael Higgins, James Meredith, Emmett Maguire, Barry Cunningham, Trevor Whiteside, Jeff Moore, Gavin Armstrong, Colin Wilson, Billyjo Browne
Jean McIlroy (M), Tasha Magill, Mary Cunningham, Julie Henderson, Claire Stewart, Michelle Roonay, Collette Henriksen, Sara Greenberg
Susan Graham (M), Roisin Smith, Alex Babb, Maryjo McCourt, Angie Willis, Angie Carson, Debbie Murphy, Linzi McClelland
Joanne Podbylski (M), Andrea McAllister, Kathy Leddy, Sally Caughey, Andrea Reid, Katrina McVeigh, Una Zuzane, Chloe Bailie
Ian Wylie (M), Billy Moore, Drew Sloan, Willie Eakin, Gerry McCorry, Lee Caulfield
Rab Brown (M), Marty Goudie, Greg Stevenson, Neil Campbell, Kenny Geddis, Kenny English, Sam Newell, Paul Kerr
Paul Withers (M), Paddy McGivern, Daniel Clarke, Eddie Gribben, Kevin McCorry, Tristan Scott-Heyes
Eric Sterrett (M), Stephen Johnston, Davy Drysdale, Bill McIlroy Sr, Alan Johnston, Robert Hawkins, Raymond Stockman
Hugo Manson (M), Paul O'Connor, Hugh Regan, Ivan Christie, Jim Taylor, Joe Patton, Alan Corrigan, Robert Bowman
The final Mens section warm up before Killarney took place on Saturday 29th August in the Q,Club, Larne. The Mens B1 came out on tops with results as follows -
MENS B2 SELECT 14-10 LARNE SELECT
MENS B1 SELECT 13-11 LARNE SELECT
MENS B1 SELECT 16-8 MENS B2 SELECT
MENS B2 SELECT 12-12 LARNE SELECT
MENS B1 SELECT 12-12 LARNE SELECT
MENS B1 SELECT 9-3 MENS B2 SELECT
In the photo
Some of the players from all 3 teams after the days play in Larne
We are now accepting entries for the new NIPA A&E Blackball Tour. We have added an extra event from last seasons successful tour to make it 5 in total. See below for details
ENTRIES CONFIRMED TO DATE (Alphabetically) 44
AARON LESLIE, ADY TONER, ALAN RAINEY, BARRY CUNNINGHAM, BRIAN CRILLY, CHRIS BEATTIE, COLIN MOORE, COLIN WILSON, COLLETTE HENDRIKSEN, CRAIG LAUGHLIN, DAMIAN CORRIGAN, DAVID RIDDELL, DEAN MCDONAGH, EMMETT MAGUIRE, GARY JOHNSTON, GARY CLARKE, GEE CRAWLEY, GERALD MCCAFFREY, GREG STEVENSON, HERBIE O'NEIL, IAIN BRITTON, IAN BOAL, JEAN MCILROY, KYLE LIRKWOOD, LEE TOPPING, MARK STOCKTON, MARTIN SHARVIN, MARYJO MCCOURT, MICHAEL HIGGINS, MICHELLE ROONAY, PADDY LYNCH, PAUL CARVILLE, RAB MCCULLOUGH, RICKY CLYDE, RYAN FOSTER, RYAN MCKILLOP, SAM NEWELL, SARA GREENBERG, STEPHEN JOHNSTON, TASHA MAGILL, TOMMY MORROW, TYLER MCCONNELL, UEL STEWART, WAYNE LEWIS
EVENT 1 -- Sunday 25th October 2015 -- MINNESOTAS, BALLYMENA
EVENT 2 -- Sunday 6th December 2015 -- Q.CLUB, LARNE
EVENT 3 -- Sunday 21st February 2016 -- NORTEL CLUB, NEWTOWNABBEY
EVENT 4 -- Sunday 3rd April 2016 -- SWIFT, CARRICKFERGUS
EVENT 5 -- Sunday 24th April 2016 -- 147 CLUB, OMAGH
Total cost for 5 events - Elite Players - £150, Amateur Players £100
Entry Payment - First come first served. Limited spaces. Payment must be made in full by Sunday 18th October. Only full payment secures your spot whilst spaces available
At our meeting of Committee and League Delegates immediately after our 2015 AGM it was voted that 25% of any money won by any player in the combined Elite/Amateur section only, would be held back for that player at the next International event he/she plays in. Any held back monies won by players who are either not considering travelling or from players who withdraw will be distributed by the Executive Committee as they deem fit to travelling teams.
To enter - Contact Robert Hawkins on 07970 450050. Either pay in person to one of the following, Ady Toner 07907 227992, Robert Hawkins 07970 450050, Pauline Lynch 07796546126, Jean McIlroy 07921 825336 or Rab Brown 07899 913785 or alternatively transfer your entry fee to Sort Code 950441, Account Number 30015997 stating your name and A&E as reference
Players - Tour will be made up of 64 players, 56 Amateurs and 8 Elite. Entry is on a first come first served basis in Amateur section. Elite shall consist of last seasons Top 5 players plus the top 3 from last seasons Amateur section. Any player not wishing to take their place in the Elite section shall be replaced by a player nominated by the Executive Committee. Any player refusing to take his/her place in the Elite section cannot play in the Amateur section.
Format - 56 Amateur players will play down to Last 8 where they will join 8 Elite players and play to a finish
Last 16 draw - Will be drawn from 2 pots, Pot 1 the remaining 8 Amateur players and Pot 2 the 8 Elite players to give 8 ties of Amateur versus Elite
Frames - All matches ""Best of 9""
Rankings (Amateur Section) - The 56 Amateur players will only receive ranking points in the Amateur only section matches. Last 64 = 3 points, Last 32 = 5 points, Last 16 = 10 points, Last 8 = 15 points. Appearance = 5 extra points. Amateur players winning points in the combined Elite/Amateur section shall be awarded those points towards their total in the Amateur section.
Rankings (Elite Section) - The 8 Elite players will have their own Ranking Table. Appearance = 5 points and 5 points for each subsequent match they win
Promotion & Relegation - At the end of the Tour the bottom 3 in the Elite Section shall be relegated to the Amateur Section and the Top 3 in the Amateur section promoted to the Elite Section. Match scores will count in both Ranking Tables so frame difference can determine positions in the event of players finishing level
Prize money Amateur section- Players not receiving byes and winning two matches only in the Amateur section win £25 each. Players reaching Last 8 win £50 (assuming full entry achieved)
Prize money Combined section - Winner - £400, Runner up - £200, Semi Finalists - £100 each (assuming full entry achieved)
Registration closing times - Omagh 10.45am. All other venues 10.00am
Dress code - Full NIPA Dress Code for each event
Terms & conditions subject to change if deemed necessary by Exec Committee for smooth running of Tour
August 25th 2015
EBA LAUNCHES OWN POOL TABLE WITH PARTNERS HAINSWORTH AND OPTIMA POOL
The European Blackball Association will launch its ultimate competition pool table next month.
The ‘Optima Match Table’ has been created with the help of partners Yorkshire textile mill Hainsworth and Manchester’s Optima Pool.
Over the past year, a series of prototype tables have been manufactured and rigorously tested by top players from across the world at a series of national and international events.
Forty of the new Optima Match Tables will be unveiled on September 2nd at the EBA Nations Cup of Pool in The Gleneagle Hotel in Killarney, County Kerry, Ireland.
EBA Chairman Kevin Byrne said: “We’re delighted to be unveiling our ultimate competition pool tables. We’ve had input from some of the top players in the UK and Europe and the new tables provide players with a unique playing experience that allows them to demonstrate their skills to the fullest extent.
“The tables have been designed for competition play and are suitable for all standards of players up to and including International standard.”
There are a number of tables in the EBA range which are available for international tournaments, as well as for coin or home use.
Each has been manufactured using the finest materials with a laminated top frame and cabinet and solid timber polished legs complete with chrome trims. With an Italian slate-bed base – the best quality slate in the world - the tables are built to last, all play identically and are also readily transportable.
The tables have been handmade in Manchester by Optima Pool, the leading UK manufacturer of championship quality English pool tables for both trade and home.
Each table is covered with Hainsworth’s Match tournament cloth, a cloth that delivers a professional playing experience. Tightly woven from the finest yarns, the cloth provides spectacular speed and cue ball control with high levels of durability.
Hainsworth Marketing Manager Julie Greenough said: “Our cloth covers the best pool tables in the world. It has been exciting to work on the development of the EBA’s Optima Match Table and we’re looking forward to seeing the tables being played on for the first time at the tournament.”
Optima Pool MD Paul Adams said: “We are proud of our new tables which have all been made in our British factory by our skilled craftsmen. The ball response from all the cushions is superb and the pockets are tight and true. We’ve had fantastic reviews from players of all levels during the recent trials.”
For more information or images please contact Lucy Mason at Mason Media on 0151 239 5050. Mob: 07903 197402. Email: email@example.com
Mens 'A' Team Captain Ryan Foster is running a warm up competition for the EBA Nations Cup in Killarney. Details as follows -
What - Warm up Knock Out for 2015 EBA Nations Cup
Where - Minnesota's Snooker Club, Ballymena
When - Tuesday 25th August
Time - 7.30pm sharp
Cost - £10 (£7 entry + £3 table costs)
Tables - 4 brand new Supreme Winners
Dress - Casual
Ladies & U18s - +1 frame
Races - Dependent on entries, minimum race to 4
Minnesotas Snooker Club
62 Cullybackey Road
Ballymena BT43 5DF
Everyone very welcome, come along and join in.
CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE EUROPEAN BLACKBALL ASSOCIATION WEBSITE to view the "Programme of Events" for the 2015 Nations Cup in Killarney.
The event will be staged in the magnificent Gleneagle Hotel, pictured right from the 2nd - 7th September
TEAM NI opening fixtures
NI MENS 'A' v GIBRALTAR (4.00pm Wednesday)
NI MENS B1 v NI MENS B2 (1.45pm Wednesday)
NI SENIORS 'A' v WALES (11.30am Wednesday)
NI SENIORS B1 v NI SENIORS B2 (11.30am Wednesday)
NI LADIES 'A' v ENGLAND (1.45pm Wednesday)
NI LADIES B1 v NI LADIES B2 (1.45pm Wednesday)
NI MASTERS 'A' v ENGLAND (4.00pm Wednesday)
NI MASTERS 'B' v WALES 'B' (11.30am Wednesday)
The 2015 Nations Cup in Killarney, Ireland is nearly upon us. We hope everyone in TEAM NI has a very enjoyable tournament on the green baize meeting up with old friends and making new ones. Good luck to everyone. Competing teams are as follows. Full programme of events to follow Friday 21st August.
S.IRELAND, N.IRELAND, SCOTLAND, ENGLAND, WALES, CATALONIA, GIBRALTAR, CYPRUS
S.IRELAND B, N.IRELAND B1, N.IRELAND B2, SCOTLAND B1, SCOTLAND B2, ENGLAND B1, ENGLAND B2, ENGLAND B3, WALES B1, WALES B2
N.IRELAND, SCOTLAND, ENGLAND, WALES, GIBRALTAR
N.IRELAND B1, N.IRELAND B2, SCOTLAND B1, SCOTLAND B2, ENGLAND B1, ENGLAND B2, WALES B
S.IRELAND, N.IRELAND, SCOTLAND, ENGLAND, WALES, CATALONIA, GIBRALTAR
S.IRELAND B1, S.IRELAND B2, N.IRELAND B1, N.IRELAND B2, SCOTLAND B, ENGLAND B1, ENGLAND B2, WALES B
S.IRELAND, N.IRELAND, SCOTLAND, ENGLAND, WALES, GIBRALTAR, CATALONIA
S.IRELAND B, N.IRELAND B, SCOTLAND B, ENGLAND B1, ENGLAND B2, WALES B
The Q Club in Larne will be holding a competitive team competition day for the Men's A, B1 and B2 teams on Saturday 29th August starting at 1.00pm. (Club open from 12.00 noon) A round robin tournament (11 a side) will be held between the three above mentioned teams AND a local Q Club select eleven team will also take part. The five person A team will double up. Cost will be £10 per player with the winning team taking all. We are inviting all teams to this and any Masters, Seniors or Ladies teams that are interested can certainly double up or play twice !! Any other 11 person teams interested in playing can contact either Rab McCullough (07742793884) or William Irvine (07814006197). Handicaps given for any Ladies or Unders teams. Food will also be available and live sport all day on our two large screen TVs. Pool tables on freeplay.
What a fantastic night in the 147 Antrim at the Mens Teams Fundraiser Texas Hold'em Poker night. After a total count £1165 was raised to help out the 3 Mens Teams going to the 2015 EBA Nations Cup in Killarney. From a total entry of 68 punters and after 7 hours of play we made it down to 9 at the final table. The banter and craic was great all night and the top table finishes were as follows
Joint 1st - Michael Higgins
Joint 1st - Dave Jones
3rd - Eamon Stockton
4th - Adrian O'Kane
5th - Mark Jackson
6th - Anonymous aka "The Rock"
7th - Rebecca Yip
8th - Ryan Mahoney
9th - Leonard Clewer
In the photo - Joint winners Michael Higgins (Ballyclare) and Dave Jones (Ballynahinch)
Special thanks go to Mark Allen who donated his winnings from a side game and Dave Jones who donated part of his main event winnings. Also to Pauline Lynch for selling the raffle tickets, winners as follows
Tyler McConnell - Cue signed by Mark Allen
Kyle Kirkwood & Stephen Bell - Meal vouchers top NI restaurant chain
Wayne Lewis - Meal voucher at McConnells of Doagh
Craig Dempsey - Bottle of spirits
Rab Fee, Pauline Lynch & Ryan Mahoney - Bottles of wine
Thanks to Darren Clarke owner of Moes Grill (Junction One Retail Centre, Antrim) who supplied a fantastic buffet which everone thoroughly enjoyed
Last but not least massive thanks go to Rinty Monaghan for running the evenings cards. Without his organising skills it would not have been possible and I'm sure a few of you budding "Devilfish's" will try out his regular Thursday and Sunday night events after seeing how smoothly it was administered.
The NI Masters 'A' Team warmed up for the Nations Cup in September with a Tournament win in the
VILLAGE INN, KIRCUBBIN, CO.DOWN. In their first match they beat a Finnegans/Gilmores Select (Liam Gilmore) by 10-4 and in the Final overcame a Village Inn Select (Cathal O'Prey) by 10-6. Top of the pots on the day for the Masters was Raymond Stockman with 5/5.
Masters Team Manager Eric Sterrett would like to thank Village Inn owner Billy Dorrian for his kind sponsorship of the team. In the photo is Billy's wife Mary pictured with the Masters team.
Eric Sterrett's Masters 'A' Team will be taking part in a 4 team Tournament tomorrow Saturday 15th August in the VILLAGE INN, KIRCUBBIN, COUNTY DOWN. It's a 2.00pm start with teams entering as follows -
NI MASTERS 'A' -- Eric Sterrett
VILLAGE INN SELECT -- Cathal O'Prey
FINNEGANS SELECT -- Colin McManus
GILMORES CHOSEN FEW - Liam Gilmore
Many thanks to VILLAGE INN owner Billy Dorian for his sponsorship of the Masters Team heading to Killarney on September 1st for the 2015 EBA Nations Cup
Masters Team - Eric Sterrett (M), Bill McIlroy Sr, Raymond Stockman, Robert Hawkins, Alan Johnston, Davy Drysdale, Stephen Johnston
The 2016 NIPA Interleague is heading to the Nortel Club, Newtownabbey to be hosted by the CITYAIREXPRESS Carrick & District Pool League. The League hosted a successful 2014 event in the Nortel and Larne League (pictured) will be hoping to defend the 'A' Team title they won on home soil this year. Dates as follows -
INTERLEAGUE 'B' EVENT - Saturday 27th February 2016
INTERLEAGUE 'A' EVENT - Sunday 28th February 2016
More details to follow
Manager Gary Wallace has stepped down from his post at the helm of the Mens 'A' Team. The NIPA Committee would like to thank Gary sincerely for his time in charge of the team. With the Nations Cup under three weeks away we have asked Rab McCullough to oversee the team and he has accepted our offer. We wish Rab and the lads the very best of luck and they have our full support.
Mens 'A' Team
Ryan Foster (C) (Ballymena)
Pat McAnally (Ballymena)
Dean McDonagh (Larne)
James Nesbitt (Coleraine)
Chris Beattie (Aughnacloy)
The Mens 'B' Teams will be holding a fundraising Texas Holdem night in the 147 Club, Antrim this Saturday night. Details below, it's sure to be a great night with big cash prizes on offer. Tickets still available.
What - Texas Holdem Night
Where - 147 Snooker Club, Antrim
Time - 6.00 pm start, late registration up to 8.30pm
Cost - £20 buy in (1 top up of £20 and 1 optional add on of £20)
Payout - 75% (25% to Mens 'B' Teams fund)
Ballot - Selection of prizes to include £20 meal voucher, 2x £25 meal voucher, 2x kids eat free for a year vouchers ands wines and spirits
Anyone wanting a ticket contact Rab McCullough or get one direct from the 147 Club itself
Very well done to Ricky Clyde. The Ballymoney man took home the £200 winners prize from the NIPA Mens 'B' Team Section funderaiser which was held in the Q.Club, Larne on Sunday 9th August. After overcoming Chris Beattie in his Semi Final, Ricky went on to beat Bangor's in form Brian Crilly by 5-3 in the Final. Brian had earlier beaten Damian Corrigan in his Semi Final.
Thanks from organiser Rab McCullough go to all 32 players who entered and to the Q.Club, Larne for hosting the event and also making a donation to the B Team Section fund.
In the photo (l-r)
Brian Crilly, Ricky Clyde, Chris Beattie, Damian Corrigan
1/ Barney Hylands - £20 entry voucher for Mens 'B' Team Section fundraiser on Saturday 15th August
2/ Damian Corrigan - Bottle of Smirnoff
3/ Jimmy Moore - Bottle of Whiskey
N.Ireland B1 & B2 Team Manager Rab McCullough has arranged a Fundraising Pool Competituion for the two teams travelling to Killarney for the 2015 EBA Nations Cup in September. Details as follows -
What - Individual Pool Competition (Handicapped double elimination, Knock Out)
Where - Q.Club, Larne
When - Sunday 9th August
Rules - Blackball
Format - Double elimination, possibly down to latter stages dependent on number of entries.
Races - Races to 5
Handicaps - Pro standard minus 3, 'A' standard minus 2, B1 standard minus 1, all others scratch, Ladies plus 1
Tables - 8 Supreme Winner on freeplay. Handicaps decided by Robert McCullough, Robert Hawkins and William Irvine
Entry fee - £20 (75% payout) can be prepaid to above 3 persons or left into Q.Club
Dress code - Casual
Registration - Closes at 11.00am on the day, any pre paid entrants can turn up from 11.30am as they will already be included in the draw
Live football, Stoke City v Liverpool and other sport.
Come along for a great day of pool and craic whilst putting your skills to the test against some very good players from our Mens 'B' Teams.
The NIPA Committee would like to forward their condolences on to the Scottish Pool Association on the sudden passing of their Chairman Mick McGoldrick. Mick was held in very high regard throughout the world of Pool and will be sorely missed. We also forward our condolences onto Mick's family circle.
The following dates have been confirmed for the 2015 EBA Nations Cup of Pool for Specials, Under 15 and Under 18 sections
Arrive - Sunday 25th October
Play days - Monday 26th October and Tuesday 27th October
Go home - Wednesday 28th October
UNDER 15s & UNDER 18s
Arrive - Tuesday 27th October
Play days - Wednesday 28th October, Thursday 29th, Friday 30th October
Go home - Saturday 31st October
The Venue is the Towers in Mansfield, England (16 miles from Nottingham)
More information to follow
The NIPA are now inviting bids from Affiliated Leagues/Promoters to host our 2015/2016 season Interleague events. Any Leagues or Promoters interested please forward your bid to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 7th August 2015
CLICK ON HERE to view criteria for potential hosts -
The NIPA AGM was held on Saturday 27th June in McConnells of Doagh.
Welcome on board The Executive Committee to Rab Brown from Glengormley and Ady Toner from Coleraine who both take up posts of Vice Chairperson. NIPA stalwart Trevor Harte has stood down from Committee life and we thoroughly thank him for his huge input over the past years. The full Committee now is as follows -
Chairperson - Pauline Lynch
Vice Chairperson - Rab Brown
Vice Chairperson - Ady Toner
Secretary - Robert Hawkins
Treasurer - Jean McIlroy
Some other points of interest -
Individual Membership scheme has been renamed Associate Membership but will run by the calendar year 1st January to 31st December instead of from the 1st September to 31st August.
Voting rights - Each member of thye Executive Committee shall have one vote as will each affiliated League. Each playing section (Mens, Seniors, Masters, Ladies, Under 18s, Under 23s, Under 15s and Specials) will also have one vote each.
League affiliation fees have been reduced from £150 to £75 for the coming 2015/2016 season. Any new League joining the NIPA will get their second years affiliation fees free of charge.
It was unanimously agreed that the NIPA would affiliate to the EBA for the 2016/2017 season.
Manager Joanne Podbylski has confirmed her Ladies B2 Team travelling to Killarney in September to represent Northern Ireland at the 2015 EBA Nations Cup as follows -
Joanne Podbylski (M) (Newtownards)
Andrea Mcallister (Bangor)
Kathy Leddy (Bangor)
Sally Caughey (Bangor)
Andrea Reid (Cardiff)
Katrina McVeigh (Downpatrick)
Una Zuzane (Newtownabbey)
Chloe Podbylski (Newtownards)
Manager Lee Gribben has confirmed his Under 23B1 Team heading to Killarney in September to represent NI at the 2015 EBA Nations Cup as follows
Lee Gribben (M) (Larne)
Matthew Steen (Coleraine)
Conor Kneelands (Coleraine)
Ryan Scott (Larne)
Neil McFaul (Larne)
Lee McIlreavy (Coleraine)
Lee Topping (Larne)
Manager Paul Withers today confirmed his Seniors B2 Team (Over 40s) travelling to Killarney in September to represent Northern Ireland at the 2015 EBA Nations Cup.
Paul Withers (M) (Comber)
Paul Francey (Ballymena)
Gary Fitzsimmons (Whitehead)
Paddy McGivern (Crumlin)
Daniel Clarke (Moira)
Eddie Gribben (Larne)
Kevin McCorry (Magherafelt)