2015 NIPA SENIORS TOUR FINALS DAY


FINALS DAY in the NIPA 2014/2015 Seniors Tour will take place on Sunday 31st May in the Swift Sports Bar, Carrickfergus. The seeded draw is as follows. Plate event for First Round losers.

Brian Crilly (1) V (16) Kenny Geddis
Kenny English (8) V (9) Stephen Johnston
Neil Campbell (5) V (12) Alan Johnston
John Tennyson (4) V (13) Tony Tennyson
Greg Stevenson (6) V (11) Gary Johnston
Dee Irwin (3) V (14) Rab Brown
Raymond Crowe (7) V (10) Raymond Stockman
Sam Newell (2) V (15) Paddy Mulholland

Some great matches are in store, Carrick & Larne League team mates Kenny English and Stephen Johnston go head to head as do Uncle and Nephew John and Tony Tennyson. Neil Campbell v Alan Johnston and Greg Stevenson v Gary Johnston are too hard to call whilst Kenny Geddis will relish the chance of knocking out 1st seed and newly crowned European Champion Brian Crilly. In the meeting of the Raymond's, Crowe and Stockman will be an interesting battle of opposite styles of play whilst Rab Brown and Paddy Mulholland will be hoping for upsets against 3rd and 2nd seeds respectively Dee Irwin and Sam Newell. Good luck to all.

LIVE STREAMING

What - 2015 NIPA Seniors Tour Finals Day
When - Sunday 31st May
Where - Swift Sports Bar, Carrickfergus
Time - Registration closes 11.00am. Players not registered in person by 11.00am shall lose one frame for every 5 minutes late
Venue - Open from 10.00am for practice
Dress code - Yes
Format - Knock Out Best of 13 , Plate Best of 9

Condolences


The NIPA would like to offer their condolences to Edith McFeeters on the passing of her mother Violet after an illness.

The funeral will take place at 10.00am on Tuesday 26th May to Movilla Cemetery.

Our thoughts are with you Edith


NIPA Ladies Tour


Congratulations to Maryjo McCourt on winning the NIPA Ladies Tour Event 4. Maryjo will be seeded No 1 for Ladies Finals Day which will take place in the Q.CLUB, Larne on Sunday 7th June. Out of the four Tour events McCourt was winner in two and runner up in two, a great achievement indeed. And also well done to Elise Richardson who was in fine form in reaching her first event Final to secure her place in the line up for Finals Day.

FINALS DAY
QUARTER FINALS
MARYJO McCOURT V KIM DOCKERY
SALLY CAUGHEY V ELISE RICHARDSON
SARA GREENBERG V KRISSIE CUTLER
JEAN McILROY V DEBRA MURPHY
SEMI FINALS
MARYJO McCOURT or KIM DOCKERY V SALLY CAUGHEY or ELISE RICHARDSON
SARA GREENBERG or KRISSIE CUTLER V JEAN McILROY or DEBRA MURPHY

CLICK HERE to view the final table after the 4 events played

EVENT 4 1st ROUND
Kathy Leddy 3-4 Sally Caughey
Susan Graham 1-4 Roisin Smith
Debra Murphy 4-3 Joanne Podbylski
Kim Dockery 3-4 Elise Richardson
Maryjo McCourt 4-1 Sara Greenberg
Tasha Magill 4-1 Chloe Baillie
Krissie Cutler V Bye
Jean McIlroy V Bye
LAST 8
Roisin Smith 4-2 Sally Caughey
Debra Murphy 1-4 Elise Richardson
Tasha Magill 0-4 Maryjo McCourt
Krissie Cutler 2-4 Jean McIlroy
SEMI FINAL
Elise Richardson 4-2 Roisin Smith
Maryjo McCourt 4-2 Jean McIlroy
FINAL
Maryjo McCourt (Belfast) 4-1 Elise Richardson (Bangor)

FINAL FRAMES
McCourt McCourt McCourt Richardson McCourt

The NIPA Ladies Blackball Tour Event 4 takes place this Sunday 24th May in the Q.Club, Larne. The Top 8 players after this last day of play will compete for the top prizes in Finals Day on Sunday 7th June.

VENUE - Q.CLUB, 3, Narrow Gauge Road, Larne BT40 1HU

Registration closes at 12.00 noon sharp. Please leave home early to get parked and into the venue, especially those of you that have not been there before.

In the photo
Event 4 Finalists Elise Richardson and Maryjo McCourt

2015 EBA Nations Cup accommodation

Gleneagle Hotel Complex, Killarney, County Kerry

Details have been released about accommodation for the 2015 EBA Nations Cup in Killarney, County Kerry in September.

PLAYERS DO NOT HAVE TO STAY AT THE VENUE HOTEL OR HOTEL APARTMENTS NOW. We have been advised that various other hotels/guest houses are within walking distance of the Gleneagle Hotel venue, so go ahead and book elsewhere if you do not wish to stay in the Hotel or Hotel Apartments

For those wishing to stay in the Gleneagle Hotel details are as follows -
Hotel general enquiries phone number - 00353 6466 36000
Hotel reservations phone number - 00353 6466 71500
Hotel website - www.gleneaglehotel.com
Hotel email - info@gleneaglehotel.com
Hotel booking reference - EBA Nations Cup
Single room - 95 EUROS per night B&B
Twin / Double rooms - 105 EUROS per night B&B
Triple rooms - 135 EUROS per night B&B

Bookings can be made immediately for those wishing to stay in the Gleneagle Hotel

Apartments are limited and on allocation via Team Managers only

The Competition
Arrive - Tuesday 1st September
Playing days - Wednesday 2nd September to Monday 7th September
Depart - Tuesday 8th September

Under 23s head to Killarney


The EBA confirmed today that the UNDER 23 SECTION will be playing alongside the Mens, Seniors, Masters and Ladies in Killarney in the 2015 Nations Cup.

Dates are as follows -

Arrive - Tuesday 1st September
Play - Wednesday 2nd to Monday 7th September
Depart - Tuesday 8th September

Accommodation details to follow

The EBA are trying to arrange an Under 15 and Under 18 Tournament at the end of October. If they are successful details will be posted on here in due course.

Change of venue


Please note, the venue for the Mens 'B' Team Trials Day 3 on Sunday 7th June 2015 has been changed from the 147 Club in Omagh to the Swift Bar in Carrickfergus. Kick off time will be 11.00am

Carrick & District League Individuals


Apologies to anyone who tuned in to watch this, but a fault at the Ustream server meant viewing time was limited. We hope to stream the final stages next Tuesday 26th May

Tune into the NIPA Ustream Channel tonight to watch action from the Carrick & District League Individuals live from the Swift Bar, Carrickfergus. Plenty of top cueists in the draw such as Rab McCullough (Defending Champion), Dee Irwin, Ed McDowell, Paul Henderson, Shaun McAlister and Stephen Johnston to name but a few.

Updated information re 2015 UK Open


Information from promoter Ross McInnes re the 2015 UK Open

"" I have had to make a number of changes to the format of the UK Opens being held at the Hilltop/Milton hotel Carlisle over the weekend of 11/13th September.
I believe that because of the change of date to the Nations Cup one week before, interest in these events are down, mainly because the players cannot afford to attend two hotel event one week after the next.
As I have already paid a large sum to book the hotel, I cannot cancel and as such have to change things around, to guarantee the event will be full.
Any player who has paid their deposit for an event can have their money refunded or change from one event to another if they want instead.
There will now be 4 events, all still double elimination down to a certain level, this information will come later.
The 4 events are; 64 person UK Open for any age. 32 Senior event [over 40 as at 11th October 2015] 16 Masters event [over 50 as at 11th October 2015] and a 16 players Ladies event.
All entry fees are £50 with an added prize fund as follows; Open £3600 Seniors £1800 Masters £1000 Ladies £1000. total £7400.
Players have to stay two nights at a cost of £40 B&B pp sharing per night and £65 for a single room.
Again entries are on a first come basis. Any player who has already informed me that they are coming can now change their mind and as I said ALL players can be refunded their entry fee or change to another section if they can. ""



The NIPA have been allocated spaces for the Seniors, Masters and Ladies UK Opens which will take place from 11-13th September 2015 in the Milton Hilltop Hotel, Carlise. Anyone interested in availability of spaces contact us at nipablackball@yahoo.co.uk

What - UK Blackball Open (for Open, Seniors, Masters & Ladies)
Entry fee - £50 per event
Accommodation - Players must stay in hotel 11th & 12th September
Cost - £40 pppns. £65 single per night
Format - Double elimination
Streaming - Yes
Tables - 16 Supremes
TD - Yvonne Ewing
Senior Referee - John Reid
Event Organiser - Michaela Tabb

Mens B Team Trials update



After Day 2 of 3 the leaderboard in the Mens B Team Trials is as shown below.

A great performace from Damian Reid (Coleraine) with 19/25 frames sees him leap to the top of the pile. Tied for 2nd four frames behind are Paul Harris (Carrickfergus) and Wayne Lewis (Ballyclare). Players best two scores from the three days of play go towards counting to team selection. Day 3 is on Sunday 7th June.

In the photo left to right
Damian Reid, Wayne Lewis and Paul Harris

35 (16 + 19) Damian Reid
31 (16 + 15) Paul Harris
31 (16 + 15) Wayne Lewis
30 (17 + 13) Kyle Kirkwood
29 (13 + 16) Paddy Lynch
28 (14 + 14) Iain Britton
28 (14 + 14) Joe McCrory
26 (14 + 12) Gerald McCaffery
26 (12 + 14) Tom Leggett
24 (11 + 13) Tyler McConnell
23 (09 + 14) Michael Thompson
22 (10 + 12) Scott Hay
21 (09 + 12) Gavin Armstrong
19 (09 + 10) Colin Wilson
18 (10 + 08) Alan Rainey 
16 (08 + 08) Billyjoe Browne
15 (09 + 06) James Meredith
14 (00 + 14) Aaron Leslie
13 (13 + 00) Andy Galloway
07 (00 + 07) Michael Higgins

Mens B1 Retained
Damian Corrigan, Ronan Fay, Dean McDonagh, Lee Hull, Johnny Mackay, Rab McCullough
Mens B1 Wild Card
Rab Fee, Mark Allen

Mens B2 Retained
Darren Whiteside, Johnny Johnston, Paul Roberts, Trevor Whiteside
Mens B2 Wild Cards
TBC

International Trials and Team Selection

 
** Please Read Carefully. There have been a few venue changes for some of our trials. Scroll down to your relevant category to check. Dates and times remain the same **

IMPORTANT - DO NOT ENTER TRIALS IF YOU ARE NOT AVAILABLE TO TRAVEL TO INTERNATIONAL EVENTS

OVERS INFORMATION FOR TRIALS
SENIORS - Players must be over 40 years of age on 2/9/15
MASTERS - Players must be over 50 years of age on 2/9/15

UNDERS INFORMATION FOR TRIALS
UNDER 23s - Players who will be overage after the 2015 EBA Nations Cup in Killarney can now enter the Mens Trials to try and qualify for Mens International events in 2016 but must give the U23 section priority in remaining 2015 events. Under 23B1s & B2s to be hand selected too. More details to follow.

MENS TRIALS - 
DAY 1 - Saturday 16th May - St Comgalls Club, Larne. Start time 10.00am
DAY 2 - Sunday 17th May - St Comgalls Club, Larne. Start time 10.00am
DAY 3 - Sunday 7th June - 147 Club, Omagh. Start time 11.00am 
MENS A TEAM (5 person team)
Handpicked and to include an invite to the NI Mens Individual Champion
MENS B1 TEAM (11 person team)
Can retain up to 6 players from any Mens squad in the previous year. Top 5 from Trials and 1 or 2 wild cards which can be from players who did or did not play in Trials.
MENS B2 TEAM (11 person team)
Can retain up to 4 players from any Mens squad in the previous year. Players ranked 6-12 in Trials after B1 Team is finalised. 2 Wild Cards who have not played in more than 1 Adult International event which can be players who did or did not play in Trials.

LADIES TRIALS
DAY 1 - Saturday 9th May - Q. Club, Larne. Start time 11.00am
DAY 2 - Sunday 10th May - St Comgalls Club, Larne. Start time 11.00am
DAY 3 - Saturday 20th June - The Swift, Carrickfergus. Start time 11.00am
LADIES A TEAM (5 person team)
Handpicked and to include an invite to the NI Ladies Individual Champion
LADIES B1 TEAM 7 person team)
Players ranked 1-7 from Trials plus 1 or 2 wild cards which can be from players who did or did not play in Trials.
LADIES B2 TEAM (7 person team)
Players ranked 8-14 from Trials plus 1 or 2 wild cards which can be from players who did or did not play in Trials.

SENIORS TRIALS
DAY 1 - Saturday 9th May - The Swift, Carrickfergus. Start time 11.00am
DAY 2 - Sunday 10th May - The Swift, Carrickfergus. Start time 11.00am
DAY 3 - Saturday 20th June - The Swift, Carrickfergus. Start time 11.00am
SENIORS A TEAM (5 person team)
Handpicked and to include an invite to the NI Seniors Individual Champion
SENIORS B1 TEAM (5 person team)
Players ranked 1-5 from the Trials plus 1 or 2 wild cards which can be from players who did or did not play in Trials.
SENIORS B2 TEAM (5 person team)
Players ranked 6-10 from the Trials plus 1 or 2 wild cards which can be from players who did or did not play in Trials.

MASTERS TRIALS
DAY 1 - Saturday 9th May - St Comgalls Club, Larne. Start time 11.00am
DAY 2 - Sunday 10th May - St Comgalls Club, Larne. Start time 11.00am
DAY 3 - Saturday 6th June - Swift, Carrickfergus. Start time 11.00am
MASTERS A TEAM (5 person team)
Handpicked and to include an invite to the NI Masters Individual Champion
MASTERS B1 TEAM (5 person team)
Players ranked 1-5 from the Trials plus 1 or 2 wild cards which can be from players who did or did not play in Trials. 

UNDER 15 A TEAM
TBC

Only players who are Individual Members can enter Trials. To enquire about becoming an IM please email us at nipablackball@yahoo.co.uk

Players best 2 days scores out of a possible 3 days count towards their final finishing position

MENS, SENIORS, LADIES, MASTERS -  Entry fee is £40 this is for all 3 events

Due to the increasing number of players withdrawing from squads after they have accepted selection the NIPA have introduced the following penalties. Any player withdrawing from a squad after accepting selection shall be banned from playing in the next International Team and Individual event for which they are eligible. Any player withdrawing from a squad for the 2nd time in a 2 year period will be banned for the next 3 International Team and Individual events for which they are available.
Exceptions to above are for deaths in the family or a medical condition for which a Doctors line shall be required

It is hoped the above will reduce the problem which can severely disrupt Managers plans and team moral from A to B1 to B2 teams in a section. If a player does withdraw the Manager can only take 1 player from a lower team and only if he/she is left with 4/5 10/11 or 6/7 in attendance at an event. If a situation develops where a Manager is more than one player short then replacements must be selected in accordance with the selection process but cannot be players who have already been selected for another team unless the Managers and the player/s agree on it

If a player in a B1 Trial selection position refuses selection then his/her space is offered to the next player down and so on

An Individual Champion can refuse the invite without punishment if he/she wishes to trial for another age appropriate category

A player can only Trial in the one category, his/her preferred category to play in. eg if a player whose age lets him/her play Seniors Pool enters the Seniors Trials the Seniors Managers have first choice on him/her over any other section.

Once a Manager selects his/her squad, that squad is for all events in the year. Exception to this is withdrawls and age relevant criteria

A Masters B2, an Under 18 B1 and an Under 15 B1 Team may be formed depending on Trials.

NIPA dress code applies to all Trials

The Executive Committee reserve the right to add to or amend these terms and conditions if deemed necessary

2015 NI Under 15 Individual Blackball Championship


Following on from the huge success of the new Under 15 category at the recent EBA European Championship, the NIPA will be holding our own National Championship which wil become an annual event. Details below -
What - 2015 Under 15 NI Individual Championship
When - Sunday 21st June 2015
Time - Registration closes at 12.00 noon sharp. Players must register in person
Club open - From 11.00am for practice
Where - Potters Pool & Snooker Club, Coleraine
Cost - Free to enter, but players must be Junior Members (cost £7.50 per year)
Dress code - Yes
Format - Straight Knock Out
Age criteria - Players must have been under 15 years of age on 1st January 2015, please bring ID.

POTTERS POOL & SNOOKER CLUB - 76A, LONG COMMONS, COLERAINE, BT52 1LJ

TRIALS INFORMATION




First of all folks apologies for the delay in posting this. In an attempt to provide some financial assistance to players who qualify to represent the NIPA at International events the following has been put in place for the 2015/2016 season.

SENIORS
Players ranked 1-10 (2 x B Teams) get £40 trials entry fee back if they accept selection
Trials Winner receives extra £40, Runner Up receives extra £20
Any balance remaining goes into the A Team fund
Players lose any monies if they withdraw
Money paid out at 2015 EBA Nations Cup in Killareney

MASTERS
Players ranked 1-5 (1 x B Team) get £40 trials entry fee back if they accept selection
Trials Winner receives extra £40, Runner Up receives extra £20
Any balance remaining goes into A Team fund
Players lose any monies if they withdraw
Money paid out at 2015 EBA Nations Cup in Killarney

LADIES
Players ranked 1-14 (2 x B Teams) get £40 trials entry fee back if they accept selection
Trials Winner receives extra £40, Runner Up receives extra £20
Any balance remaining goes into the A Team fund
Players lose any monies if they withdraw
Money paid out at 2015 EBA Nations Cup in Killarney

MENS
In the Men’s section due to larger participating numbers it is as follows. The A Team will receive a Team fund of £300 per event for 2 events in the international year (European Championships and World Championships or Nations Cup). All retained and trial qualifying players on the B1 and B2 teams will receive £65, this will be split £30 for first event and £35 for second event in the International year. Wild cards will receive nothing. As this is the first year of retained players the Committee feels this is the fairest way of dividing the trials income. In future years it is hoped the retained players who will become retained by means of a set criteria (still to be decided with the managers) will receive a greater financial subsidy than the successful trialists. Again this is to give the players the incentive to perform to the highest standard at International events and to be rewarded for it. Above based on 64 entrants.

ALL MONIES WILL BE PAID OUT TO PLAYERS AT THE RELEVENT EVENTS

Terms & conditions subject to change

U18 & U23 Trials update



Due to the very low turnouts the NIPA have decided to cancel the remaining trials for the Under 18 and Under 23 sections. Teams will now be handpicked. All players who trialled last Friday will be given a full refund and anyone outside of Larne will be given a travel refund. 

Under 23 players who will be overage after the 2015 EBA Nations Cup in Killarney can now enter the Mens Trials this weekend to try and qualify for Mens International events in 2016 but must give the U23 section priority in remaining 2015 events. Under 23B1s & B2s to be hand selected too. More details to follow.

TEAM TRIALS

 
SENIORS 'B' TEAM TRIALS (AFTER DAY 2/3)
Players best 2 scores from 3 days count towards final total
DAY 3 - Swift, Carrickfergus, Saturday 20th June at 11.00am

31 (16 + 15) Marty Goudie
24 (13 + 11) Kenny Geddis
23 (09 + 14) Greg Stevenson
23 (10 + 13) Paul Francey
21 (10 + 11) Michael Wilson
21 (12 + 09) Neil Campbell
20 (09 + 11) Gary Fitzsimmons
19 (09 + 10) Andy McMeekin
19 (11 + 08) Tony Tennyson
17 (10 + 07) Daniel Clarke
17 (09 + 08) Paddy Mulholland
17 (09 + 08) Tristan Scott Heyes
16 (10 + 06) Paul Withers
16 (07 + 09) Paddy McGivern
16 (08 + 08) Rab Brown
12 (00 + 12) Kenny English

LADIES 'B' TEAM TRIALS (AFTER DAY 2/3)
Players best 2 scores from 3 days count towards final total
DAY 3 - The Swift, Carrickfergus, Saturday 20th June at 11.00am 

27 (16 + 11) Roisin Smith
25 (13 + 12) Alex Babb
25 (13 + 12) Angie Willis
23 (10 + 13) Clare Roberts
23 (12 + 11) Lyndsey Ruddock
22 (10 + 12) Andrea McAllister
22 (13 + 09) Debbie Murphy
22 (10 + 12) Linzi McClelland
20 (09 + 11) Angie Carson
19 (11 + 08) Susan Graham
16 (08 + 08) Andrea Reid
12 (00 + 12) Maryjo McCourt
09 (00 + 09) Kathy Leddy
07 (07 + 00) Katrina McVeigh
04 (04 + 00) Sally Caughey
06 (04 + 02) Una Zuzane

MASTERS 'B' TEAM TRIALS (AFTER DAY 2/3)
Players best 2 scores from 3 days count towards final total
DAY 3 - The Swift, Carrickfergus, Saturday 6th June at 11.00am

29 (13 + 16) Paul O'Connor
23 (08 + 15) Hugh Regan
19 (11 + 08) Jim Taylor
16 (10 + 06) Ivan Christie
15 (07 + 08) Hugo Manson
08 (08 + 00) Joe Patton
08 (06 + 02) Gordon McCormick 

International Squads


Team NI  International Squads for 2015/2016

MENS 'A'
Gary Wallace (M), Ronan McCarthy, Pat McAnally, Ady Toner, Ryan Foster, Shaun McAlister, Marc Hutchinson Gary Clarke
SENIORS 'A'
Ian Wylie (M), Drew Sloan, Billy Moore, Neil McKelvey, Lee Caulfield, Willie Eakin, Brian Crilly, Gerry McCorry
MASTERS 'A'
Eric Sterrett (M), Stephen Johnston, Bill McIlroy Sr, Raymond Stockman, Robert Hawkins, Alan Johnston, Davy Drysdale
LADIES 'A'
Jean McIlroy (M), Tasha Magill, Sara Greenberg, Mary Cunningham, Julie Henderson, Claire Stewart, Michelle Roonay, Collette Henriksen

DAY 2/2 - NI LADIES SPECIALS v ENGLAND LADIES SPECIALS


CLICK ON THE USTREAM LINK AT THE TOP OF THE LEFT HAND COLUMN to view the action from NI LADIES SPECIALS v ENGLAND LADIES SPECIALS in a friendly challenge match

Live from The Swift, Carrickfergus

INDIVIDUALS
PRELIMS
Briege McFaul V Susan O'Kane
Philomena Bradley V Margaret Hill
Helen Palmer V Brenda Healy
Brenda Delargy V Shauna McLaverty
LAST 16
Susan O'Kane V Philomena Bradley
Brenda Healy V Brenda Delargy
Grainne Cregan V Natalia Vranjes
Valeria Taggart V Pearl Hobbs
Zaryha Davenport V Frances McCann
Catherine Hipple V Carly McClements
Samantha Chick V Patricia McTasney
Roisin Toner V Ross Hobbs
LAST 8
Philomena Bradley V Brenda Healy
Grainne Creggan V Valerie Taggart
Frances McCann V Carly McClements
Patricia McTasney V Roisin Toner
SEMI FINALS
Brenda Healy V Valerie Taggart
Frances McCann V Patricia McTasney
FINAL
Frances McCann V Valerie Taggart

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE INDIVIDUAL WINNER
Valerie Taggart (N.Ireland)


TEAM EVENT GROUP STAGES
TEAM 3 N.IRELAND 5-4 TEAM 1 N.IRELAND
TEAM 4 N.IRELAND 2-7 TEAM 2 N.IRELAND
TEAM 1 ENGLAND 5-4 TEAM 2 ENGLAND

TEAM 1 N.IRELAND 6-3 TEAM 1 ENGLAND
TEAM 2 ENGLAND 2-7 TEAM 2 N.IRELAND
TEAM 3 N.IRELAND 4-5 TEAM 4 N.IRELAND

TEAM 1 N.IRELAND 8-1 TEAM 2 ENGLAND
TEAM 1 ENGLAND 6-3 TEAM 4 N.IRELAND
TEAM 2 N.IRELAND 3-6 TEAM 3 N.IRELAND

TEAM 1 ENGLAND 2-7 TEAM 2 N.IRELAND 
TEAM 1 N.IRELAND 8-1 TEAM 4 N.IRELAND
TEAM 2 ENGLAND 4-5 TEAM 3 N.IRELAND

TEAM 1 N.IRELAND 6-3 TEAM 2 N.IRELAND
TEAM 1 ENGLAND 2-7 TEAM 3 N.IRELAND
TEAM 2 ENGLAND 3-6 TEAM 4 N.IRELAND

SEMI FINALS
TEAM 1 N.IRELAND 5-0 TEAM 2 N.IRELAND
TEAM 3 N.IRELAND 5-2 TEAM 1 ENGLAND

FINAL
TEAM 1 N.IRELAND 4-5 TEAM 3 N.IRELAND

CONGRATULATIONS TOTHE WINNERS -  TEAM 3 N.IRELAND
BRIEGE MCFAUL, SUSAN O'KANE & PHILOMENA BRADLEY 

FINAL GROUP TABLE

N.IRELAND 1 5 4 1 32 13 19 8
N.IRELAND 3 5 4 1 27 18 9 8
N.IRELAND 2 5 2 3 24 21 3 4
ENGLAND 1 5 2 3 18 27 -9 4
N.IRELAND 4 5 2 3 17 28 -11 4
ENGLAND 2 5 1 4 17 28 -11 2

Condolences


The NIPA would like to pass on their condolences to long time stalwart Willie Eakin on the passing of his mother Annie after a long illness.

Our thoughts are with Willie at this sad time

It's Larne again for a magnificent Treble


It's congratulations to Larne League Interleague 'A' Team. They are NIPA Interleague Champions for the
very first time after the event on home soil in the St Comgall Club, Larne on 3rd May 2015. In one of the most exciting finals in memory Larne defeated Coleraine, with the match going right down to the last ball in the last frame, 17-16. It's a shame one team had to lose but Larne's win completes an unprecedented Interleague Treble for the town as the previous day they won the 'B' Team event and 'B' Team Plate event.

It had all looked hopeless for Larne in the Final as they trailed a rampant Coleraine 0-5 until slowly but surely they edged their way back into it and when Ellis Martin potted the 799th and final black of the two days of play a new name was to be engraved on the NIPA Interleague Shield


Top photo
Larne Captain Barney Hylands (3rd from right back row) receives the Winners shield from St Comgalls Club Chairman Dave McKendry (2nd right)




Middle photo
Gallant Runners Up, Coleraine Pool League. Pictured back row (left) is outgoing Captain Raymond Stockman who has captained the team for 25 out of the last 30 years.



Bottom photo
North Down & Ards Pool League who defeated Carrick 12-4 to win the Plate event and kindly donated their prize money to the NI Special Pool Section, thanks lads.


And finally, the NIPA would like to thank the officials and staff of the St Comgalls Club, table supplier Baizecraft and the 260 players who helped make the 2015 Interleague events another huge success

Interleague 'A' Team event


LIVE RESULTS FROM THE NIPA INTERLEAGUE 'A' TEAM EVENT - SUNDAY 3rd MAY, ST COMGALLS CLUB, LARNE

CLICK ON HERE FOR LIVE STREAMING FROM 11.00am

GROUP A
BALLYCLARE 15-7 BALLYNAHINCH
LARNE 12-10 BALLYCLARE
LARNE 16-6 BALLYNAHINCH

GROUP B
OMAGH 12-10 CARRICK
COLERAINE 12-6 OMAGH
CARRICK 10-12 COLERAINE

GROUP C
NORTH DOWN & ARDS 9-13 ANTRIM
BALLYMENA 13-9 NORTH DOWN & ARDS
ANTRIM 7-12 BALLYMENA

Above group matches not neccesarily played in order shown

SEMI FINAL PLAY OFFS (Runners Up in each group, Best of 11)
ANTRIM 6-5 OMAGH
BALLYCLARE 3-6 ANTRIM
OMAGH V-V BALLYCLARE


SEMI FINALS
COLERAINE 12-10 BALLYMENA
LARNE 12-6 ANTRIM

FINAL
LARNE 17-16 COLERAINE



PLATE EVENT SEMI FINALS
NORTH DOWN & ARDS 6-0 BALLYNAHINCH
CARRICK 6-5 BALLYCLARE

PLATE EVENT FINAL
CARRICK 4-12 NORTH DOWN & ARDS

It's Larne at the Double !!


Congratulations to Larne & District Pool League. They completed the "Double" at the Interleague 'B' Team event by winning both the Main event and Plate event. The Competition was held in the St Comgalls Club, Larne on Saturday 2nd May. In the Main event Carrick B1s showed their early intent to make it 4 wins in a row in the annual tournament as they dominated the group winning all 3 matches. Larne B1s just edged out Ballymena 'B' into 2nd spot which earned them a play off against Ards B1 to see who would play who in the Semi Finals. Larne won it 6-2 and edged past Coleraine 'B' in an entertaining Semi Final. In the other Semi Carrick B1s, after a slow start, stormed back to win 12-7 against North Down & Ards 'B'. In the Final, Larne edged ahead early doors and were never behind in the match, going on to secure a 17-11 win for Manager Bill McIlroy Sr.

In the Plate, Larne B2s under the guidance of Alex Irvine and Rab Wilson won an exciting final against Ballymena 'B' by 12-10. A great double for the Larne League, but what price their 'A' Team can claim glory tomorrow for what would be a unique treble. Omagh, Coleraine, Ballymena and 6 others will have something to say about that. Best of luck to all teams.

Top photo
Larne & District B1 Team

Bottom photo
Larne & District B2 Team

GROUP A
Larne B1 16-6 NI Ladies
Carrick B1 12-10 Ballymena B
NI Ladies 6-16 Ballymena B
Carrick B1 14-8 Larne B1
Ballymena B 9-13 Larne B1
NI Ladies 4-18 Carrick B1

GROUP B
Coleraine B 12-11 Ards B1
Larne B2 7-15 Ballyclare B
Ards B1 12-11 Larne B2
Ballyclare B 7-15 Coleraine B
Coleraine B 14-8 Larne B2
Ards B1 15-7 Ballyclare B

GROUP C
Carrick B2 15-7 Ards B2
Ards B2 6-16 North Down & Ards  B
North Down & Ards B 13-9 Carrick B2

SEMI FINAL PLAY OFF
Larne B1 6-2 Ards B1

SEMI FINALS
Carrick B1 12-7 North Down & Ards B
Larne B1 12-10 Coleraine B
FINAL
Carrick B1 11-17 Larne B1


PLATE EVENT PRELIMS
NI Ladies 0-6 Larne B2 
Ards B2 6-0 Ballyclare B
Ballymena B 7-4 Carrick B2

SEMI FINALS
Ards B1 4-6 Ballymena B 
Larne B2 6-2 Ards B2

FINAL
Ballymena B 10-12 Larne B2

THE INTERLEAGUE DRAW


Well, the 2015 NIPA Interleague is upon us and takes place over the next 2 days, 2nd & 3rd May in the St Comgalls Club, Larne. The draw has been made and some fantastic matches are in store for us. Good luck to all teams and good luck to any would be bookmakers in trying to pick a winner from either A or B event.


INTERLEAGUE 'B' TEAM EVENT



GROUP A GROUP B GROUP C
LARNE 1 COLERAINE CARRICK 2
N.I.LADIES ARDS 1 ARDS 2
CARRICK 1 LARNE 2 N.DOWN & ARDS
BALLYMENA BALLYCLARE

Winning team in each group qualifies for Semi Finals
Runners Up in Groups A & B will play a "Best of 11" Play Off with winner going into Semi Finals
Teams from same group will not meet in Semi Finals
 
INTERLEAGUE 'A' TEAM EVENT



GROUP A GROUP B GROUP C
ARDS OMAGH N.DOWN & ARDS
LARNE CARRICK  ANTRIM
BALLYCLARE COLERAINE BALLYMENA
BALLYNAHINCH


Winning team in each group goes to Semi Final along with Runners Up in Group A
The 2 teams qualifying from Group A will not meet in the Semi Finals