Bridlington squads to date

The fabulous Spa Arena, Bridlington

The following players have been confirmed for the 2017 European Championships in Bridlington in April. Other squads to follow as soon as possible, all players to forward a £100 bond to the NIPA by January 31st which will be returned on arrival in Bridlington (Emails sent out 6/12/16, if not received please contact us immediately at nipablackball@yahoo.co.uk). Flybe return flights from Belfast to Leeds/Bradford now available for those opting to fly.

MENS 'A'
Rab McCullough (PM) (Belfast), Gary Wallace (Belfast), Dean McDonagh (Larne), Carl Martin (Fintona), Steven McGurn (Omagh), Rab Butler (Newtownabbey), Shaun McAlister (Larne)

SENIORS 'A'
Brian Crilly (PM) (Bangor), Willie Eakin (Coleraine), Craig Robson (Bangor), Billy Moore (Coleraine), Michael Kane (Carrickfergus)

SENIORS B1
Neil Campbell (Ballyclare), Greg Stevenson (Dromore), James Meredith (Belfast), Eddie Gribben (Larne), Gary Johnston (Lisburn), Kevin McCorry (Magherafelt)

LADIES 'A'
Collette Henriksen (C) (Enniskillen), Michelle Roonay (Enniskillen), Tasha Magill (Dundonald), Sara Greenberg (Newtownabbey), Julie Henderson (Coleraine)

LADIES B
Alex Babb (PM) (Bangor), Elise Richardson (Ards), Linzi McClelland (Ballymena), Sally Caughey (Ards), April Roonay (Enniskillen), Andrea McAllister (Bangor), Clare Roberts (Carrickfergus), Kathy Leddy (Bangor)

MASTERS 'A'
Stephen Johnston (Lisburn), Raymond Stockman (Coleraine), Gerry McCorry (Larne), Davy McGurn (Omagh), Davy Drysdale (Ards), Robert Hawkins (Larne)

WORLD INDIVIDUAL CHAMPION


It's not everyday Northern Ireland gets an Individual World Pool Champion, so it's hats off to Davy Drysdale who won Gold in Killarney at the recent Blackball International Masters Event. Meet the man behind the title.

Name - David Drysdale
Age - 56
Nickname - Dry
Where do you live - Portavogie, County Down
League Pool Team - Village Inn, Kircubbin (North Down & Ards League)
Best moment in Pool - Winning the 2016 Masters World Individual crown and the 2016 Masters World Doubles crown with my best friend Stephen Johnston
Favourite Pool venue - Gleneagle Hotel, Killarney
International debut - Isle of Man in 2005
Favourite food - Chinese
Favourite tipple - Guinness
Favourite TV show - Blacklist
Favourite music - David Bowie
Favourite footy team - Man Utd
Favourite holiday spot - Cyprus
Favourite car - Jaguar XJ
Favourite snooker player - Alex Higgins
Highest break - 58 back in 1990
Married - Wife Barbara, two daughters Nicky and Hollie
Any pets - No
Other hobbies - Socialising and having a few frames of Pool in my local
Celebrity you would like to go on a date with - Britney Spears

BRIDLINGTON DATES


The 2017 EBA EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS

UNDERS & LEARNING DIFFICULTIES

Travel out - Tuesday 18th April
Play days - Wednesday 19th to Saturday 22nd April
Travel home - Sunday 23rd April

MENS, LADIES, SENIORS, MASTERS

Travel out - Saturday 22nd April
Play days - Sunday 23rd to Friday 28th April
Travel home - Saturday 29th April

Flybe flights from Belfast City Airport to Leeds/Bradford Airport still not yet released. Shouldn't be long now so keep your eye on the Flybe website at http://www.flybe.com/

NIPA SENIORS (Over 40s) TOUR EVENT 2


Congratulations to Marty Goudie on his first NIPA Tour win. In the Final the Carrickfergus man overcame a battling Raymond Stockman potting his last ball out of a snooker in Frame 10 before sinking the winning black. Our next Seniors Tour (Event 3) takes place on Sunday 15th January, venue TBC.

LAST 16
John Tennyson 6-4 Dave Jones
Gary Davidson 4-6 Michael Kane
Paddy McGivern 2-6 Raymond Stockman
Neil Campbell 6-0 Alan Ferguson
Marty Goudie 6-5 Stephen Johnston (-1)
Kenny Geddis 6-0 Sam Newell (-1)
Mark Graham 6-3 Paddy Mulholland
Kenny English V Bye
LAST 8
John Tennyson 4-6 Michael Kane
Raymond Stockman 6-2 Neil Campbell
Marty Goudie 6-4 Kenny Geddis
Mark Graham 6-4 Kenny English
SEMI FINALS
Michael Kane 3-6 Raymond Stockman
Marty Goudie 6-5 Mark Graham
FINAL
Raymond Stockman (Coleraine) 4-6 Marty Goudie (Carrickfergus)

FINAL FRAMES
Goudie Stockman Goudie Stockman Goudie Stockman Goudie Goudie Stockman Goudie

In the photo - Finalists Raymond Stockman (left) and Marty Goudie 

SENIORS, MASTERS & LADIES SECTIONS


REGARDING ANY PLAYER WHO IS WISHING TO BE CONSIDERED TO ATTEND THE 2017 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS IN BRIDLINGTON FROM 23-28th APRIL 2017 TO PLAY IN THE ABOVE SECTIONS 'B' TEAM EVENTS.

Could you please confirm your interest as soon as possible by contacting us by any of the following means.

By text to 07970 450050
By Private Facebook Message to Nipa Pool
By email to nipablackball@yahoo.co.uk

Please state your name, and preferred section. Seniors (players must be over 40 on 23rd April 2017). Masters (players must be over 50 on 23rd April 2017)

Depending on response, we can confirm any Trials format if necessary. Please only reply if you are available to travel.

All selected players to pay a £100 trip deposit which will be returned on arrival in Bridlington.

2016 NI Special Pool Festival


The 2016 NI "MR CHIPS" FESTIVAL OF SPECIAL POOL was another great success as a large field battled it out on the green baize for the titles on offer. The event was held in the Lodge Hotel, Coleraine find below the roll of honours. Photographs to follow.

MENS INDIVIDUAL
Winner - Clifford Healy, Runner Up - Alan Bell
Plate Winner - Mark Irvine, Plate Runner Up - Jonathon McAuley

LADIES INDIVIDUAL
Winner - Valerie Taggart, Runner Up - Margaret Hill
Plate Winner - Roisin Toner, Plate Runner Up - Geraldine McGurk

ALL ABILITIES INDIVIDUAL
Winner - Brian Parsons, Runner Up - Adrian Doherty
Plate Winner - Michael Carlin, Runner Up - James McKeegan

SOCIAL INDIVIDUAL
Winner - Jason Kyle, Runner Up - Harry Chambers
Plate Winner - Andrew Doey, Runner Up - Drew Elliott

DOUBLES EVENT
Winners - Jason McAfee & Susan Graham, Runners Up - Trevor Patterson & John McIlreavy

MENS SPEED POOL
Winner - Robbie Millar

LADIES SPEED POOL 
Winner - Natasha Thursday

MOST IMPROVED MALE
Winner - Eammon McKillop

MOST IMPROVED FEMALE
Winner - Michelle Devlin

SENIOR TEAM EVENT
Winners - ASL Bangor A, Runners Up - Independants A
Plate Winners - Rathmoyle A, Runners Up - George Sloan Centre

LADIES TEAM EVENT
Winners - Mica Drive, Runners Up - Mountfern A
Plate Winners - Maghera, Runners Up - Mountfern B

SOCIAL TEAM EVENT
Winners - Millbrook B, Runners Up - Rathmoyle B
Plate Winners - Tower Court, Runners Up - Forest Lodge

JUNIOR TEAM EVENT
Winners - Sandleford C, Runners Up - Sandleford B
Plate Winners - Hillcroft A, Runners Up - Hillcroft B

NI SENIORS TOUR EVENT 2

Event 1 Winner - Herbie O'Neil

The "ALL NEW" NIPA 2016 - 2017 Seniors Tour Event 2 takes place this Sunday 27th November in Minnesota's in Ballymena

REGISTRATION CLOSES AT 12.00 NOON SHARP, PLEASE LEAVE HOME IN PLENTY OF TIME.

DATES
EVENT 1 - Sunday 2nd October 2016 - Q.Club, Larne
EVENT 2 - Sunday 27th November 2016 - Minnesotas, Ballymena
EVENT 3 - Sunday 15th January 2017 - Venue TBC
EVENT 4 - Sunday 19th February 2017 - Venue TBC
EVENT 5 - Sunday 2nd April 2017 - Venue TBC

Format - New Handicap Playing Format (See below)
Events - 5 Stand alone Events
Event 2 - Sunday 27th November 2016
Where - Minnesotas, Ballymena (8 Supreme Tables)
Time - Registration closes at 12.00noon sharp
NIPA dress code - Yes
Races - Straight Knock Out, all matches races to 6
Who - Open to any player over the age of 40 on the day of the event
Cost - New reduced entry fee. £15 (Players must be NIPA members to enter, new members very welcome)
Info - This season each event will be a stand alone event with no Finals Day. Handicaps will apply for the full Tour unless NIPA Committee decide an adjustment is required. Last seasons Tour players handicaps for this season shown below, others available on request

Brian Crilly = -1
Dee Irwin = -1
Herbie O'Neil = -1
Sam Newell = -1
Stephen Johnston = -1
Alan Corrigan = 0
Alan Ferguson = 0
Anthony McCorry = 0
Billyjo Browne = 0
Daniel Clarke = 0
Dave Jones = 0
Davy Drysdale = 0
Ellis Martin = 0
Gary Davidson =0
Gary Johnston = 0
Greg Stevenson = 0
John Tennyson = 0
Kenny English = 0
Kenny Geddis = 0
Mark Graham = 0
Marty Goudie = 0
Paddy McGivern = 0
Paddy Mulholland = 0
Raymond Stockman = 0
Robert Hawkins = 0
Rodney Patterson = 0
Steve Massey = 0
Tony Tennyson = 0
Tristan Scott-Heyes = 0 
Nigel McDowell = +1
Rab Brown = +1
Sara Greenberg = +1

2016 - 2017 INTERLEAGUE and NI MENS INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONSHIPS


The 2016 - 2017 NIPA Interleague Events and Northern Ireland Mens Individual Championships will be held in the St Comgalls Club in Larne. Dates are as follows -

Saturday 25th February - Interleague 'B' Team Event
Sunday 26th February - Interleague 'A' Team Event
Saturday 4th March - NI Mens Individual Championships
Sunday 5th March - NI Mens Individual Championships (to a finish)

In the photo - Coleraine & District League captain Willie Eakin displays the 2015-16 seasons Winners Shield. Can they defend it ? More details to follow soon.


VICE CHAIRPERSON


We are currently looking for an interim Vice Chairperson. Anyone interested please email us at nipablackball@yahoo.co.uk asap.

The position will be available for election on an official basis at our 2017 AGM

LADIES B1 POST


Anyone interested in the Managers post for the N. Ireland Ladies B1 Team please email us at nipablackball@yahoo.co.uk asap.

First event on the calendar is the 2017 European Championships in Bridlington in April for which we will soon be selecting our squad

Other positions currently available are Seniors B1, Ladies B2 and Masters B2

It's Gareth, but only just as the IPA weekend in NI draws to a close


What a fantastic showpiece Final we had between Gareth Hibbott and Marc Farnsworth in the Professional World Series Event Northern Ireland Leg. It went the distance to the deciding frame with both players ripping out clearance after clearance.

In the deciding frame Farnsworth went for game potting a red into the middle and taking the cueball on down to open up his last two colours. But agonisingly the white scratched and Hibbott wasted no time in clearing up to scoop the title and the Winners prize of £2,000.

The NIPA Committee would like to thank IPA Chairman Kevin Barton and the 5 IPA players who travelled over and put on a top display of Blackball Pool from Friday to Sunday. Also, the staff of the Primacy Sports Bar in Bangor and the Q.Club in Larne for their involvement in making this a memorable weekend.

Check out the IPA website at www.ipapool.com for details of their upcoming events

In the photo - Gareth Hibbott (Winner), Pauline Lynch (NIPA Chairperson), Marc Farnsworth (Runner Up)


IPA PROFESSIONAL WORLD SERIES WINNER - GARETH HIBBOTT
NIPA/IPA INDIVIDUAL CHALLENGE CUP WINNER - GARETH HIBBOTT
NIPA/IPA £100 A MAN EVENT WINNER - MARC FARNSWORTH
NIPA v IPA 5 PERSON TEAM EVENT WINNERS - NIPA
LAST MAN STANDING WINNER - GARETH HIBBOTT

PROFESSIONAL FINAL - HIBBOTT v FARNSWORTH


IPA WORLD SERIES PRO FINAL - (Northern Ireland Leg)

Live frame by frame updates (Best of 5 Sets, each Set Best of 5)

RESULT - Gareth Hibbott 3-2 Marc Farnsworth

SET SCORES - (3-1) (3-1) (2-3) (0-3) (3-2)


Hibbott wins the Individual Challenge Cup


Gareth Hibbott is looking unstoppable as he won the NIPA/IPA Individual Challenge Cup at the IPA World Series in Northern Ireland. He came from 2-3 down to oust Rob Donkin 5-3 in the Final pairing.

In the photo - NIPA Chairperson Pauline Lynch presents the trophy to Gareth Hibbott, also pictured is Runner Up Rob Donkin


NIPA/IPA Individual Challenge Cup


Today, Sunday sees the Final of the IPA Pro Event between Marc Farnsworth and Gareth Hibbott at 6.00pm. But first we have the NIPA/IPA Individual Challenge Cup starting at 1.00pm where local cueists get the chance to mix it with the IPA players. Draw as below -

Live streaming at  http://www.ustream.tv/channel/nipa-live-pool-matches

LAST 16
Tyler McConnell 5-4 Adam Freeburn
Wayne Lewis 5-3 Neil McFaul
Maryjo McCourt 2-5 Nicky Griffiths
Gareth Hibbott 5-2 Kristian Phillips
Tommy Morrow 5-2 Colin Moore
Marc Farnsworth 5-1 Ricky Clyde
Kenny English 3-5 Greg Stevenson
Tasha Magill 0-5 Rob Donkin
LAST 8
Tyler McConnell 3-5 Wayne Lewis
Nicky Griffiths 3-5 Gareth Hibbott
Tommy Morrow 2-5 Marc Farnsworth
Greg Stevenson 1-5 Rob Donkin
SEMI FINALS
Wayne Lewis 2-5 Gareth Hibbott
Rob Donkin 5-1 Marc Farnsworth
FINAL RESULT
Gareth Hibbott 5-3 Rob Donkin

FINAL FRAMES
Hibbott Donkin Donkin Hibbott Donkin Hibbott Hibbott Hibbott


NIPA 13-7 IPA


What a fantastic win for the NIPA team against a star studded IPA team. After winning Frame 1, we were never to relinquish the lead in a match with a very high standard of Blackball Pool from both sides. Ronan McCarthy sealed the deal with a break & dish in Frame 20 to secure a memorable 13-7 win. Top of the pots for NI was Gee Crawley with 4/4. Well done to all the lads.

In the photo - IPA Chairman Kevin Barton (left) presents the winners Shield to the Northern Ireland team of Sam Newell, Gary Clarke, Gee Crawley, Ronan McCarthy and Colin Moore


£100 PER MAN EVENT

Marc Farnsworth

What a fantastic Final we had last night in the £100 a Man event. World Ranked No. 1 Marc Farnsworth overcame current World Champion Gareth Hibbott in the 13th and deciding frame in a classic battle of the highest standard. If tonights World Series Final between the pair is half as good then we are in for a treat. All welcome to come along and watch in the Primacy Sports Bar, Bangor at 6.00pm

Anyone fancying a flutter can get 4/7 Farnsworth or 5/4 Hibbott at Corals Bookmakers http://sports.coral.co.uk/pool

QUARTER FINALS
Rob Donkin 5-7 Nicky Griffiths
Gareth Hibbott 7-4 Gary Clarke
Ronan McCarthy 7-1 Colin Moore
Kristian Phillips 5-7 Marc Farnsworth
SEMI FINALS
Nicky Griffiths 3-7 Gareth Hibbott
Ronan McCarthy 3-7 Marc Farnsworth
FINAL
Gareth Hibbott 6-7 Marc Farnsworth

FINAL FRAMES
Farnsworth Hibbott Farnsworth Hibbott Farnsworth Hibbott Hibbott Farnsworth Farnsworth Farnsworth Hibbott Hibbott Farnsworth

NIPA v IPA Team Event


Pictured before the start of the team event are the IPA (white tshirts) and the NIPA (black), 

BEST OF 25 (Live updates)

NIPA 13-7 IPA 

SESSION SCORES

3-2, 4-1, 2-3, 4-1





Hibbott & Farnsworth into the Final


The Final of the IPA World Series in Northern Ireland will be contested by Gareth Hibbott (England) and Marc Farnsworth (England). The World Champion and World Ranked No 1 respectively were in sparkling form as they overcame Nicky Griffiths (Wales) and Kristian Phillips (Wales). The Final takes place this Sunday at 6.00pm or straight after the NIPA/IPA Individual Challenge Cup.

Everyone welcome down to the Primacy Sports Bar in Bangor to watch the action in this much anticipated Final.

Fancy a flutter on it, Coral are offering 4/7 Farnsworth and 5/4 Hibbott http://sports.coral.co.uk/pool

Fridays Last Man Standing event was won by Hibbott, he beat local cueist Colin Moore in the final pairing but spare a thought for Kristian Phillips who was drawn out of the hat 6 times out of 9 picks, eventually going down to a Hibbott break & dish !!

Today (Saturday) sees the 5 A Side Team match between the NIPA and the IPA. Kick off is 4.00pm, this is followed by the £100 a Man event. The field is the 4 IPA Professionals, IPA Amateur Rob Donkin and our own Gary Clarke (Ballymena), Colin Moore (Bangor) and Ronan McCarthy (Kircubbin). Good luck to all

In the photo - The playing arena in the Primacy Sports Bar, Bangor sporting a Supreme Winner table with blue Ivan Simonis cloth for the ultimate pool playing experience

Primacy ready for the IPA (N.Ireland leg)


FRIDAY 18th NOVEMBER
PROFESSIONAL SEMI FINALS
(Best of 5 Sets, each set Best of 5 Frames)

GARETH HIBBOTT 3-0 NICKY GRIFFITHS
MARC FARNSWORTH 3-0 KRISTIAN PHILLIPS

FINAL SUNDAY 20th NOVEMBER 6.00pm

GARETH HIBBOTT v MARC FARNSWORTH

LIVE STREAMING AT  http://www.ustream.tv/channel/nipa-live-pool-matches

FANCY A FLUTTER ON IT, GO TO  http://sports.coral.co.uk/pool

Come along to the Primacy in Bangor this weekend to watch the best in the business. Schedule below.

Further legs of the IPA World Blackball Series are being held in Gibraltar, South Africa, Malta, Southern Ireland and Norway. The IPA have taken Blackball Pool to a new level and have recently just announced a groundbreaking sponsorship deal with Corals Bookmakers. We are delighted to welcome Kevin Barton and the team over to NI and we hope they enjoy their trip.

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


Condolences


The NIPA Committee would like to offer their condolences to players Claire Stewart and Rab Fee on the passing of Claire's mother Arlene on 12th November.

Our thoughts are with you at this sad time.