EGM


Just a reminder folks that the NIPA EGM will take place on Sunday 22nd October in McConnell's of Doagh. Start time is 12:00 noon. Anyone interested in getting involved to shape the future direction of the Association please come along.

Duff lands 2017-2018 Under 23 title


Big congratulations to Declan Duff on retaining the NIPA Under 23 Individual Title. The event was held on Sunday 15th October in Reds in Ballymena and although it was a low turnout the quality of the field was strong.

LAST 8
Ryan Marcus 6-1 Adam Freeburn
Aaron Rolston 6-2 Rory Kinney
James Nesbitt 6-1 Corey-Lee Brett
Declan Duff v Bye
SEMI FNALS
Aaron Rolston 6-5 Ryan Marcus
Declan Duff 6-4 James Nesbitt
FINAL
Declan Duff (Lurgan) 7-1 Aaron Rolston (Larne)

In the photo - Winner, Declan Duff (left) with Runner Up Aaron Rolston

Thanks go to Reds Sports Lounge for hosting the event.

EBA Nations Cup Fixtures


To view the fixtures, go to the EBA website at WWW.EBA-POOL.ORG

TEAM NI opening matches are as follows -

NI MENS A v CATALONIA (11.00am, Thursday 2nd November)
NI MENS B v IRELAND B (11.00am, Thursday 2nd November)

NI LADIES A v SCOTLAND (3.30pm, Thursday 2nd November)
NI LADIES B v WALES (11.00am, Thursday 2nd November)

NI UNDER 18s v IRELAND (12.45pm, Thursday 2nd November)

Entries coming in fast


To check the list of entries for the 2017-2018 Northern Ireland Individual Championship weekend in the Lodge Hotel, Coleraine go to our Facebook Page at Nipa Pool.

Willie Lucas Super 7s entries also on Nipa Pool

Lists updated regularly

NIPA weekend at the LODGE HOTEL - Blackball Festival


Mens, Ladies, Seniors (over 40s) and Masters (over 50s) 2017-2018 National Individual Championships and the Willie Lucas Super 7s Team Memorial


Details as follows -


FRIDAY 17th NOVEMBER
2017-2018 NORTHERN IRELAND SENIORS (OVER 40s) INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONSHIP  
Players must be over 40 on 17th November 2017, please bring ID in case it is requested
Registration closes 7.00pm - All paid players will go into the draw unless they personally confirm they are not able to make it. Any  paid players not in attendance at close of registration shall have one frame awarded to their opponent and another one frame for each subsequent 5 minutes of late arrival.
Players must be eligible to represent NI at Blackball Pool
Played down to Last 4
Entry fee (Prepay) - £20
Entries taken on the day (spaces permitting, maximum 64)- £25
Draw made on the day
NIPA Dress code applies
Format - Straight Knock Out

SATURDAY 18th NOVEMBER
2017-2018 NORTHERN IRELAND MENS INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Players must be eligible to represent NI at Blackball Pool
Registration closes 10.30pm - All paid players will go into the draw unless they personally confirm they are not able to make it. Any  paid players not in attendance at close of registration shall have one frame awarded to their opponent and another one frame for each subsequent 5 minutes of late arrival.
Played down to either Last 16 or 5.00pm
Entry fee (Prepay) - £20
Entries taken on the day (spaces permitting, maximum 128) - £25
Draw made on the day
NIPA Dress code applies
Format - Straight Knock Out

2017-2018 WILLIE LUCAS SUPER 7s MEMORIAL
Registration Time - Registration closes 4.30pm. One player from a team can register for the whole team. Any team not registered by this time will lose one frame for every 5 minutes they are late registering.
Cost - £70 per team affiliated Leagues, £100 non affiliated
NIPA Dress Code applies (Captains please remind ALL players)
Format - Entries dependent
Plate event - Yes
Team size - 7. Teams can register 10 maximum
Criteria - All players in a team must play in the same Pool League and have played in a minimum of 2 matches in that League in this current season. Exceptions apply 1. Ladies. All teams may also include an overseas based player who has represented NI within the last year.
To enter a team - Email nipablackball@yahoo.co.uk

SUNDAY 19th NOVEMBER
2017-2018 NORTHERN IRELAND LADIES INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Players must be eligible to represent NI at Blackball Pool
Registration closes 10.30pm - Played to a finish
Entry fee - £20
Entries taken on the day (spaces permitting, maximum 32) - £25
Draw made on the day
All paid players will go into the draw unless they personally confirm they are not able to make it. Any  paid players not in attendance at close of registration shall have one frame awarded to their opponent and another one frame for each subsequent 5 minutes of late arrival.
NIPA Dress code applies
Format - Straight Knock Out

2017-2018 NORTHERN IRELAND MASTERS (OVER 50s) INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
Registration closes 10.30pm - Played to a finish
Players must be eligible to represent NI at Blackball Pool
Players must be over 50 on 17th November 2017, please bring ID in case it is requested
Entry fee - £20
Entries taken on the day (spaces permitting, maximum 32) - £25
Draw made on the day
All paid players will go into the draw unless they personally confirm they are not able to make it. Any  paid players not in attendance at close of registration shall have one frame awarded to their opponent and another one frame for each subsequent 5 minutes of late arrival
NIPA Dress code applies
Format - Straight Knock Out

2017-2018 NORTHERN IRELAND SENIORS (OVER 40s) INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONSHIP
1.00pm to a finish - Any player not in attendance at close of registration shall have one frame awarded to their opponent and then another one frame for each subsequent 5 minutes of late arrival

2017-2018 NORTHERN IRELAND MENS INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONSHIP
3.00pm to a finish - Any player not in attendance at close of registration shall have one frame awarded to their opponent and then another one frame for each subsequent 5 minutes of late arrival

PAYMENT METHODS TO CONFIRM YOUR PLACE
1/ In person to any Committee member
2/ Online bank transfer into - Sort Code 980060 Account Number 10478253
3/ Call into any branch of Ulster Bank and lodge into - Sort Code 980060 Account Number 10478253

If selecting methods 2 or 3 please put your name down as reference otherwise we won't know if you have paid

Terms & conditions subject to change or amendment

Northern Ireland Under 23 Individual Championship


This Sunday in Reds, Ballymena - Open to any player eligible to represent NI at Blackball Pool


Well done Aaron and Ryan


2017-2018 NIPA Under 18 Individual Final
Aaron Rolston 7-4 Adam Freeburn

Top photo - Winner Aaron Rolston (right) with Runner Up Adam Freeburn and NIPA Under 18 Manager Alex Irvine




2017-2018 NIPA Under 15 Individual Final
Ryan Marcus 7-0 Dion Lynch

Bottom photo - Winner Ryan Marcus (left) with Runner Up Dion Lynch and NIPA Secretary Robert Hawkins



Passports for Malta


Just a reminder to all players, officials and partners/family/friends to check your passport is still in date to allow you to travel.

Upcoming 2017-2018 Northern Ireland Under 15/18/23 Championships


8th October 2017 - Under 15 & Under 18
15th October 2017 - Under 23

Open to everyone who is eligible to represent NI. It's pay on the day but if you have any questions about entering message us on here please. Details on the posters.


McCarthy wins British Open title


It's congratulations once again to Ronan McCarthy. The Kircubbin man has just won the 2017 IPA British Open title with a fantastic Final win against Simon Ward of Wales. Ronan also disposed of Scotland's Mark Boyle and England's Clint l'Anson along the way to his success.

There were great performances over the weekend too from Gary Clarke (Ballymena) and Rab Fee (Antrim). Gary reached the Quarter Finals of the Amateur Event and Rab the Semi Finals. Both players should have gained enough points to play on the Professional circuit next year.

In the photo - Ronan McCarthy at the IPA British Open in Hounslow, Heathrow.


IPA British Open - Tour Event 5


Tune in this weekend from Friday 29th September to Sunday 1st October to watch the action and get score updates from the Heston Hyde Hotel (close to Heathrow Airport) as over 200 players vie for the three titles on offer in the Professional Event, Open Event and Amateur Event. It is the last IPA Tour Event of 2017, sure to be another cracking spectacle of Blackball Pool at its' best.

Plenty of Northern Irish interest, good luck to all travelling players.

Links

Tour 5 Draws - http://ipapool.com/events/2017-ipa-tour-5-british-open/

IPA Website http://ipapool.com/

Live Streaming - http://ipapool.com/tour-extra/live-streaming/


EBA endorses Strachan 861 cloth


The EBA have confirmed that they will be using Strachan 861 (formerly Simonis 861) powder blue cloth for a three year period starting with the 2018 European Championships in April in Bridlington.

The cloth has been in regular use in recent IPA Events and has received superb reviews all round.

The EBA will be forwarding on details of retail suppliers in each Member Nations country shortly.

From Blackball Blogger
"" The cloth, which has the obvious major change of colour, creating a fresh and modern look which is ideal for blackball. It also helps to build a unique identity for the game, and stops it looking like a small snooker table. Of course the change of colour could have been achieved using the same cloth as before, so the play-ability needed to be improved as well. And it has. We have found that the cloth is a lovely pace, a fraction quicker, but very controllable. They are more reactive, with quicker spin, allowing players to move the white around the table with greater ease. The cushions play a little differently, with pace and spin having more of affect on the angles. But overall we are seeing the players having more shots available to them ""

FOSTER WINS TOUR EVENT 1


Congratulations to Ryan Foster on winning the NIPA Tour Event Number 1 which was held in Reds Sports Lounge on Sunday 17th September. After battling his way to the the Final Ryan faced an in form Ricky Clyde but he saved his best performance of the day to last winning by seven frames to two.


IN THE PHOTO
Winner Ryan Foster (left) with Runner Up Ricky Clyde

PRELIM
Ryan Foster 6-0 Michael Higgins
LAST 16
Ryan Foster 6-4 Stephen Johnston
Johnny Murray 6-1 Aaron Rolaton
Rab McCullough 6-0 Thomas Fleming
Ryan Marcus 6-1 Ryan Scott
Dessie Moore 6-4 Robert Hawkins
Ricky Clyde 6-3 Aaron Leslie
Raymond Stockman 5-6 Gavin Patton
Lee Hull 6-1 James Nesbitt
LAST 8
Ryan Foster 6-3 Johnny Murray
Rab McCullough 6-1 Ryan Marcus
Dessie Moore 5-6 Ricky Clyde
Gavin Patton 1-6 Lee Hull
SEMI FINALS
Ryan Foster 6-4 Rab McCullough
Ricky Clyde 6-3 Lee Hull
FINAL
Ryan Foster (Ballymena) 7-2 Ricky Clyde (Ballymoney)

FRAMES
Foster Clyde Foster Foster Foster Clyde Foster Foster Foster

MENS A TEAM SHIRTS


A big thanks goes to Johnny Johnston of Dinky Donuts who has donated £150 towards our Mens A Team polo shirts for the upcoming 2017 EBA Nations Cup in Malta.


Johnny has opted to support the  Childrens Cancer Unit Charity a fantastic cause and a fantastic typical gesture by the Newtownabbey businessman.


To enquire about having Dinky Donuts at your event call 07518 914906. Available for all types of functions.

2017 EBA UK Individual Championships


The 2017 EBA UK Individual Pool Championships take place in the Hilltop Hotel Carlisle this weekend from Friday 8th until Sunday the 10th September.

The event has 4 Sections - Men’s Ladies, Seniors [ Over 40s ] & Masters [Over 50s ] and will carry the official titles of UK Individual Blackball Champion for 2017.

Played on 16 Supreme tables using Hainsworth Match Cloth and Aramith Pro Cup balls the weekend of Blackball Pool will have a qualified referee there at all times with each event being played to a Double Elimination format.

For live results in each section download the PoolAppLive App from either the Play Store or the App Store, enter Site Name eba and then select the Live option.

Live streaming by Terry Higginson from RhinoTV. http://www.rhinotv.co.uk/

Northern Ireland will be represented in each section with travelling players. Good luck to all.

UK OPEN (Last 64)
1 Keith McDougall v Chris Young [senior]
2 Lewis McHoul v Mark Cullimore
3 Andy McKinnon v Jamie Simpson
4 Gary McLeish v James Ramsay [senior]
5 Ross Fernie v Kelvin Walton
6 Liam McPherson v Niven Adams [senior]
7 Rab Fee v Anton Riley
8 Lee Killen v Ivan Thompson
9 Callum Menzies v Eric Wilson
10 Liam Dunster v Jim Stephens [senior]
11 Liam Foley v Billy Snaddon [senior]
12 Chris Ferrier v James Peoples
13 Ben Davies v Scott Ross
14 Mark Boyle v Graham Sillars
15 Wes Fox v Lee Wrigglesworth
16 Paul Harkness v Jordan Park
17 Shaun Stebbings v Scott Dunbar [senior]
18 Gareth Hibbott v Jamie Burnett [senior]
19 Ryan Fleming v Davy Forrest [senior]
20 Robert Hoey v Jordan Shepherd
21 Keith Keldie v Aldo McLeod [senior]
22 Declan Maley v Shuan Spence
23 Clint I'Anson v Ray Stuart [master]
24 Paul McCann v Paul Bushnell
25 Ronan McCarthy v Gary Hannah
26 Mike Beckett v Daniel Wylie
27 Andy Croasdale v Shaun Wishart
28 Scott Gillespie v Martin Fisher [senior]
29 James Johnston v Stuart Weeks [senior]
30 Stuart McCulloch v Keith Robertson [senior]
31 Craig Marsh v Ross McInnes [master]
32 Chris Corcoran v Mark Bowen

UK SENIORS (Last 32)
1 Davy Forrest v Jim Dunlop
2 Mark Bowen v Jamie Burnett
3 James Ramsay v Andy Bell
4 Jim Stephens v Kevin Dooley
5 Scott Dunbar v Aldo McLeod
6 John Reid v JJ Kirkpatrick
7 Chris Young v Chick McCaig
8 Alan Maxwell v Eddie McVee
9 Brian York v Les Donaldson
10 Niven Adams v Antz Morrison
11 Stuart Weeks v Terry Higginson
12 Ian MacColme v Tam O' Ware
13 Ian Middlemas v Paul Cochrane
14 Billy Snaddon v Gary Johnson
15 Keith Robertson v Martin Jones
16 Martin Fisher v Mark McDonough

UK MASTERS (Last 16)
1 Pat O Kane v George Fagan
2 Billy Stirling v Stephen Johnston
3 Carl Tombs v Mark Donnan
4 Ross McInnes v Ray Stuart
5 George Sutherland v Charlie Shaw
6 Tam Newall v Darren Smith
7 Brian McNair v Pete Bate
8 Jim McMeekin v David Drysdale

UK LADIES (Last 16)
1 Amber Curren v Yvonne Saunders
2 Harriet Haynes v ----------
3 Claire Stewart v Hayley Argent
4 Maria Lewis v Jenny Leavens
5 Yvonne Ewing v Charlie McDonaugh
6 Jacky Williamson v Jenny Lawson
7 Emma Cunningham v Lauren Williams
8 Viv Roscoe v Melissa Abbott

NIPA AGM this Sunday


Just a reminder that the 2017 NIPA AGM will take place this Sunday 27th August in McConnell's of Doagh. Start time is 12.00 noon. Terms that will expire are Chairperson, Vice Chairperson and Treasurer. Nominations to be proposed and seconded by Individuals present.

Could all Leagues and interested individuals please try and send delegates or attend this very important meeting to discuss the future direction of the NIPA. Many thanks.

IPA European Open - Tour Event 4


Tune in this coming weekend from 10.00am on Friday to watch the action and get score updates from the Hilton Hotel in Coventry as 240 players vie for the three titles on offer in the Professional Event, Open Event and Amateur Event. Northern Ireland will be represented in the Professional Event by Kircubbin's World Ranked No 3 Ronan McCarthy whilst in the Amateur look out for Rab Fee (Antrim), Gary Clarke (Ballymena), Declan Lavery (Antrim), Declan Duff (Lurgan), Wayne Lewis (Ballyclare) and Greg Stevenson (Dromore).

Tour 4 Draws - http://ipapool.com/events/2017-ipa-tour-4-european-open/

Betting from Corals - http://sports.coral.co.uk/pool

IPA Website http://ipapool.com/

Live Streaming - http://ipapool.com/tour-extra/live-streaming/

Daily Sporthttp://www.pro9.co.uk/html/article.php?sid=3116



TEXAS HOLD 'EM FUNDRAISER


Everyone welcome to test their Poker skills this Friday night 11th August at a Texas Hold 'Em fundraiser for our Under 18 Team travelling to the 2017 EBA Nations Cup in Malta. Please note slightly different start time of 7.30pm than the originally advertised one of 7.00pm.