All roads lead to Omagh this coming Sunday 21st September 2014 for EVENT 1 in our new Amateur & Elite Tour.



Players must be registered in person in the venue before registration closing time to be included in the draw. Please leave home in plenty of time to get parked and into the venue

The 147 Club will be open from 9.30am. All players must be attired to NIPA dress code

147 SNOOKER & POOL CLUB, Old Market Place, Omagh BT78 1BT

Open Tour 5 concludes

Runner Up Stehen Johnston (left) & Winner Ronan McCarthy (right)

Our 2014 Open Tour concluded in the Swift Bar, Carrickfergus on Sunday 14th September. Ronan McCarthy took the honours with a 7-3 win over Stephen Johnston in the final to top the overall points table WHICH CAN BE VIEWED HERE Next week all roads lead to the 147 Club in Omagh for the first leg of our new A&E Tour

Sam Newell 7 - 2 Maryjo McCourt
Sam Newell 5 - 7 Damian Corrigan
Paddy Mulholland 5 - 7 Michael Higgins
Stephen Johnston 7 - 1 Wayne Lewis
Emmet Maguire 4 - 7 Gary Johnston
Dean McDonagh 5 - 7 Shaun McAlister
Herbie O'Neill  7 - 6 Kenny English
Ronan McCarthy 7 - 5 Robert Hawkins
Davy McGurn 7 - 5 Rab McCullough
D Corrigan 7 - 0 M Higgins
S Johnstone 7 - 3 G Johnstone
S McAlister 7 - 6 H O'Neill
R McCathy 7 - 1 D McGurn
D Corrigan   5 - 7 S Johnstone
R McCarthy 7 - 4 S McAlister
S Johnstone (LISBURN) 3-7 R McCarthy (ARDS)

McCarthy Johnstone McCarthy McCarthy Johnstone, McCarthy McCarthy Johnstone McCarthy McCarthy

NIPA Open Tour Event 5 - Sunday 14th September

This coming Sunday sees the last event (number 5) in our 2014 Open Tour before the start of our new sold out (64 players) A&E Tour which kicks of the following Sunday 

EVENT 5 REGISTRATION CLOSES AT 11.00am on Sunday 14th September.

4, Rodgers Quay, Carrickfergus, BT38 8BE (Beside Carricfergus Castle)

Please leave home in plenty of time to get parked and into the venue.

Tour Update -
A pay on the day option is being offered by the NIPA. Pay on the day for an event will be £30 (a player can only use this option on 3 out of the 5 events

Event 1 - Sunday 23rd February (147 Club, Omagh)
Event 2 - Sunday 16th March (Primacy, Bangor)
Event 3 - Sunday 6th April (Potters, Coleraine)
Event 4 - Sunday 4th May (Primacy, Bangor)
Event 5 - Sunday 14th September (Swift Bar, Carrickfegus)

To view more info click on this link

SENIORS B1 Team Nations Cup warm up

The NI Seniors B1 Team have arranged a pre Nations Cup warm up event on Sunday 28th September. It will be held in Potters Snooker and Pool Club, Coleraine and kicks off at 1.00pm. Taking part along with our Seniors Team are three Coleraine select 5 person teams 

Manager - Ian Wylie (North Down)
Raymond Stockman (Coleraine)
Willie Eakin (Coleraine)
Kenny English (Carrickfergus)
Rodney Patterson (Ards)
Mark Stockton (Omagh)
Bill McIlroy Sr (Larne)

Nations confirmed for 2014 World Championships

The following Nations have confirmed they will be participating at the 2014 World Blackball Championships in Perth in October

Northern Ireland
Shetland Isles
South Africa

Seniors Tour Event 1 Sunday 7th September

Congratulations to North Down's Sam Newell on winning the new NIPA Seniors (Over 40s) Tour Event 1. The Competition was played in the Primacy Sports Bar, Bangor and 25 players competed for points to go towards finals day for which the Top 16 qualify. But what a great performance too by Runner Up Paddy Mulholland from Antrim. He made his way to the final where in frame 10 he potted the black which would have taken it into a deciding frame, only to watch the white trickle slowly into the corner pocket.

The next event will be held in Potters Snooker & Pool Club, Coleraine on Sunday 12th October

Tour details and up to date table HERE

Prelims - Race to 6
James Gourley 2-6 Gary Johnston
Jim Taylor 2-6 Rodney Patterson
Greg Stevenson 6-1 Jean McIlroy
Mark Marsh 2-6 Kenny English
Alan Johnston 2-6 Dee Irwin
Sara Greenberg 2-6 Stephen Johnston
Paddy Mulholland 6-4 Jimmy McCullough
Tony Tennyson 2-6 Kenny Geddis
John Tennyson 5-6 Neil Campbell

Last 16 - Race to 6
Gary Johnston 6-2 Rodney Patterson
Greg Stevenson 6-4 Kenny English
Dee Irwin 2-6 Stephen Johnston
Paddy Mulholland 6-3 Kenny Geddis
Neil Campbell 6-3 Mark Stockton
Rab Brown 5-6 Raymond Crowe
James McGarrell 2-6 Sam Newell
Raymond Stockman 6-2 Robert Hawkins

Last 8 - Race to 6
Gary Johnston 5-6 Greg Stevenson
Stephen Johnston 5-6 Paddy Mulholland
Neil Campbell 6-4 Raymond Crowe
Sam Newell 6-1 Raymond Stockman

Semi Final - Race to 6
Greg Stevenson 4-6 Paddy Mulholland
Neil Campbell 4-6 Sam Newell

Final - Race to 6
Paddy Mulholland (Antrim) 4-6 Sam Newell (North Down)

Final frames
Newell Mulholland Mulholland Mulholland Newell Newell Newell Newell Mulholland Newell

HERE WE GO FOR 2014/2015

The first event in our 2014/2015 calendar takes place this Sunday in the Primacy Sports Bar, Bangor with the SENIORS TOUR EVENT 1. It's an exciting season ahead for the NIPA with the WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS in Perth, the NATIONS CUP on home soil in Coleraine, our new A&E TOUR at various venues throughout the country and all our NATIONAL INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONSHIPS in the Stormont Hotel, Belfast. Our INTERLEAGUE EVENTS take place in Larne in May followed by our INTERNATIONAL TEAM TRIALS for qualification to the 2015 NATIONS CUP in Perth and 2016 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS in Bridlington. There is something for everyone Juniors, Adults and Special Needs, male and female and with local Leagues flourishing the choice for playing Blackball Pool has never been greater. We hope everyone enjoys the season ahead as much as we are looking forward to it and remember the Committee are only a phone call or email away as we strive to make Pool better for all our members


Definition of our Code of Conduct

To understand why this document and policy was put together we need to look at the bigger picture. The NIPA as a Sport NI recognised national body has to have a duty of care in relation to all its members, Special Needs, Juniors and Adults. Part of the duty of care policy has to be to give all members a mechanism by which their concerns or complaints in regards to posts on social media by fellow members that they class as offensive, derogatory, abusive or threatening can be addressed. This is what this policy is about, it is not about trying to censor any individual from criticising the NIPA or its' policy and it states that openly on the form


The Northern Ireland Pool Association (NIPA) is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the wellbeing of all its members. The Association believes that it is important that Members, Team Managers, Administrators and Parents associated with the club should, at all times, show respect and understanding for the safety and welfare of others. Therefore members are encouraged to be open at all times and to share any concerns or complaints that they may have about any aspect of the Association by either contacting someone on our Executive Committee (numbers on our website ) or via their League Committee. As a member of Northern Ireland Pool Association you are expected to abide by the following code of practice:
·         Respect the rights, dignity and worth of others.
·         Be fair, considerate and honest in all dealing with others.
·         Be professional in and accept responsibility for your actions.
·         Operate within the rules of the sport, including National and International guidelines which govern the NIPA.
·         Do not use your involvement with the NIPA, to promote your own beliefs, behaviours or practices where these are inconsistent with those of the NIPA
·         Demonstrate a high degree of individual responsibility especially when dealing with persons under 18 years of age, as your words and actions are an example.
·         Avoid unaccompanied and unobserved activities with persons under18 years of age, wherever possible.
·         Refrain from any form of harassment of others.
·         Refrain from any behaviour that may bring the NIPA into disrepute.
·         Adhere to the NIPA’s dress code.
·         Show concern and caution towards others who may be sick or injured.
·         Be a positive role model.
NIPA members are expected to refrain from posting derogatory remarks towards fellow players and officials on any social media site. Any member posting such remarks who continues to ignore NIPA official warnings will have their membership cancelled with no financial recompense. The NIPA does not see this as a form of censorship on its members as we do encourage constructive criticism, we view it as an essential step to preserve a harmonious relationship amongst all its members.

Players clarification in reference to the 2014 World Championships and Nations Cup

The NIPA Committee wish to inform the players who will be representing the NIPA at the 2014 World Championships or the 2014 Nations Cup that they will not be required to become Individual Members of the NIPA nor will they be required to sign the new players Code of Conduct. This notification is based on the fact that the above was not part of the criteria at the time these players qualified to represent Northern Ireland.


The N.I.P.A 2014/2015 Seniors Pool Tour (Over 40s) Event 1 will take place on Sunday 7th September. Six different events throughout NI will culminate with a seeded Finals Day on 31st May 2015 for the TOP 16 players.

Event 1 will be held in the PRIMACY SPORTS BAR, 107 Bloomfield Rd South, BT19 7HR

EVENT 1 - 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
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

Name - NIPA 2014/2015 Seniors Pool Tour
Cost - £20 per event
Payout - £50 & £25 to Winner & Runner Up on the Day. The rest all carries through to Finals Day
Entry - Players must be over 40 years of age on the day of any Event. Please bring ID.
Finals Day - Players must play in at least 4/6 Tours to be eligible for Finals Day which will be played off by the Top 16 in a seeded knock Out. First round losers on Finals Day will enter a Plate Competition. If a player is a no show on Finals Day, Seeded Player Number 1 shall receive a bye. If two players no show Seeded Player Number 2 shall also receive a bye. And so on. To receive any cash prizes on Finals Day players must compete in Finals Day
Tied placings -1/Points, best four from six events 2/Highest attendance at events 3/Total frames won at all 6 events
Dress code - NIPA dress code.
Format - Knockout
Points per event - Winner=12,  Runner U=10, Semi Finalists=8, Quarter Finalists=6, Last 16=4, Last 32=2, Last 64=1 Appearance points=5.

To play in this event, players must be paid up Individual Members of the NIPA

Dates, venues and conditions subject to change, please check back regularly. For any queries contact nipablackball@yahoo.co.uk



Below are the following players confirmed and paid onto the new NIPA Tour

AMATEURS (54 players) - Stephen Johnston, Davy McGurn, Sara Greenberg, Jean McIlroy, Kenny English, Wayne Lewis, Willie Eakin, Maryjo McCourt, Marty Goudie, Lee Hull, Gee Crawley, Johnny Mackay, Robert Hawkins, Tyler McConnell, Michael Higgins, William Irvine, Rab Brown,  Mark Miller, Ricky Crooke, Shaun McAlister, Darren Lowe, Kyle Kirkwood, Ellis Martin, Gary Johnston, Tom Leggett, Ady Toner, Paddy Lynch, Emmett Maguire, Paul Withers, Davy Moore, Ryan McKillop, Raymond Stockman, Herbie O'Neil, Colin Moore, Tony Tennyson,  Greg Stevenson,  James Meredith, Gavin Armstrong, Neil McFaul, Iain Britton, Gary Crawford, Ryan Foster, Colin Wilson, Raymond Crowe, Raymond Baxter, Dee Irwin, Raymond Christie Declan Lavery, Alaister Wilson, Paddy Mulholland, Kenny Geddis Connor McCann, Declan Duff, Paul Carville, Sam Newell, Darren Sterrett

ELITE (8 players) - Ronan McCarthy, Gary Clarke, Rab McCullough, Damian Corrigan, Ronan Fay, Tommy Morrow, Rab Fee, Mark Allen

All players must also be fully paid up NIPA members for season 2014/2015. £15 adults, £7.50 Under 18s

Under 18B Trial

Our second Under 18B Team selection process/trial will be held on Saturday 20th September after which we will select an NI team for the upcoming 2014 Nations Cup in Coleraine in November, details below. If enough interest we may be able to enter 2 Teams.

What - NIPA Under 18 Trial for the 'B' Team Nations Cup
When - Saturday 20th September
Where - 147 Snooker Club, Omagh
Who - Open to anyone who is eligible to represent NI at Blackball
Age - Players must have been under 18 on 1st January 2014
Time - Starts 2pm sharp
Cost - Free to enter
Dress code - Yes, NIPA dress code
Format - Dependent on numbers

Table after Day 1
8 Callum McGlinchey (Omagh)
7 Aaron Wilson (Larne)
7 Galvin McDermott (Omagh)
4 Adam Freeburn (Coleraine)
4 Thomas Fleming (Carrickfergus)


No !!! We are not going to the big house up on the hill to sort out the politicians, but we are delighted to announce that we are going to the luxurious building across the road, the Stormont Hotel. We will be having a weekend of Pool from Friday night to Sunday night, 23rd - 25th January 2015.

All our Individual Championships for Mens, Ladies, Seniors, Masters, Under 23s and Under 18s will be played to a finish on 16 Supreme Pool tables.

More details to follow, but needless to say we are delighted to have secured this top prestigious venue for all our flagship Individual Championships and more.

Under 18s

Results table from the Selection Trial for our Under 18B Team to compete at the Nations Cup were as follows

From 12 frames total

8 Callum McGlinchey (Omagh)
7 Aaron Wilson (Larne)
7 Galvin McDermott (Omagh)
4 Adam Freeburn (Coleraine)
4 Thomas Fleming (Carrickfergus)

Masters A Team friendlies

D15 Cuesports Club, Dublin 23rd August

Southern Ireland Seniors 'A' 22-20 Northern Ireland Masters 'A'
Session scores 4-2, 2-4, 4-2, 5-1, 2-4, 1-5, 4-2

Southern Ireland Masters 'A' 18-18 Northern Ireland Masters 'A'
Session scores 3-3, 4-2, 1-5, 3-3, 3-3, 4-2

Top of the Pots for NI were Davy Drysdale and Alan Johnston both on 8/13
Thanks go to the staff and players off the D15 Club for their hospitality on the day


Best of luck to the following players who have been confirmed to represent NI at the 2014 Blackball International World Championships in Perth, Scotland in October.

Paddy Reid (Moyle)
Clifford Healy (North Down)
Clifford McKendry (Moyle)
Nigel Campbell (Coleraine)
Jason McBride (Moyle)
Robin Gilliland (Antrim)

NI UNDER 18B team for Nations Cup

An Under 18B Team selection process/trial will be held this Sunday to select a NI team for the upcoming 2014 Nations Cup in Coleraine in November, details below

What - NIPA Under 18 Trial for the 'B' Team Nations Cup
When - Sunday 24th August
Where - Potters Snooker & Pool Club, Coleraine
Who - Open to anyone who is eligible to represent NI at Blackball
Age - Players must have been under 18 on 1st January 2014
Time - Starts 2pm sharp
Cost - Free to enter
Dress code - Yes, NIPA dress code
Format - Dependent on numbers

Potters Address: 76 Long Commons, Coleraine BT52 1LJ

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 qualifiers for the Seniors, 32 for the Masters and 32 for the Ladies.
Each qualifying 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 qualify for one event.

NI Ladies B2 Nations Cup Team

The Northern Ireland Ladies B2 Team competing at the 2014 EBA NATIONS CUP in Coleraine in November has been confirmed as follows -

Clare Roberts (Carrickfergus)
Kathy Leddy (Ards)
Krissie Cutler (North Down)
Kelly Mitchell (Omagh)
Linzi McClelland (Ballymena)
Andrea McAllister (Newtownabbey)
Frances McGuigan (Newtownabbey)
Joanne Podbylski (Ards)
Introducing the new NIPA Amateur & Elite 
Blackball Pool Tour

Event 1 ~~ Sunday 21st September 2014 (147 Club, Omagh)
Event 2 ~~ Sunday 7th December 2014 (Primacy Sports Bar, Bangor)
Event 3 ~~ Sunday 8th February 2015 (Potters, Coleraine)
Event 4 ~~ Sunday 22nd March 2015 (Swift Bar, Carrickfergus)

56 Amateur players, 8 Elite
Amateur players £80, Elite £120

To enter - Either pay to one of the following 3 persons  Rab McCullough 07742 793884, Trevor Harte 07814 432753, Robert Hawkins 07970 450050 or alternatively transfer your entry fee to Sort Code 950441, Account Number 30015997 stating your name and AET 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. A player who enters then subsequently withdraws shall still be liable to the NIPA for the entry fee
Selection of Elite players  - The 8 Elite players will be selected by the NIPA Executive Committee from the players who enter
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 -  ""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
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.
Prize money Combined section - Winner - £400, Runner up - £200, Semi Finalists - £100 each 
Registration closing times - Omagh 10.45am. All other venues 10.00am
Dress code - Full NIPA Dress Code for each event
Any Questions - Call Trevor Harte on 07814 432753, Rab McCullough on 07742 793884 or Robert Hawkins on 07970 450050
Terms & conditions subject to change