2022 WILLIE LUCAS MEMORIAL RESULTS


PRELIMS 1ST LEGS

P1/ Q.Club Larne  19-25  Antrim Sports Club 
P2/ Ulster Uni Old Boys Belfast  21-14  Racks Ballymoney
P3/ QE2 1 Carrickfergus  25-11  QE2 2 Carrickfergus

PRELIMS 2ND LEGS

P1/ Antrim Sports Club  19-25  Q.Club Larne (Q.Club win Shootout)
P2/ Racks Ballymoney  23-25  Ulster Uni Old Boys Belfast
P3/ QE2 2 Carrickfergus  10-25  QE2 1 Carrickfergus

QUARTERS (Saturday 5th & Sunday 20th March)

Coach Club Hillsborough  V  Q.Club Larne
Blackstaff Select Belfast  V  Q.Sports Academy Fintona
Crumlin Antrim  V  Ulster Uni Old Boys Belfast
QE2 Carrickfergus  V  Potters Coleraine




2022 Willie Lucas Super 7s Draw

Home ties on Saturday 15th January 2022. Away ties on Sunday 23rd January 2022 @ 2.00pm

PRELIMS
1/ Q.Club, Larne V Antrim Sports Club
2/ Ulster Uni Old Boys, Belfast V Racks, Ballymoney
3/ QE2 1 Carrickfergus V QE2 2 Carrickfergus
LAST 8
Coach Club, Hillsborough V Winner Prelim 1
Blackstaff Select, Belfast V Q.Sports Academy, Fintona
Crumlin V Winner Prelim 2
Winner Prelim 3 V Potters, Coleraine

APRIL 2022 NATIONS CUP OF POOL CANCELLED

Click on the link below for the Official confirmation statement from the EBA that the 2022 Nations Cup of Pool in Bridlington in April has been cancelled.

http://www.eba-pool.org/

WELL DONE JOHN

It was great to see Northern Ireland Special Pool Section back playing competitively yesterday as they held the Masters Invitational in Antrim Sports Club.

16 players took part and after the final black of the day was potted, it was John Brown who received the trophy from NI Specials Men's Team Manager John Clarke after defeating Clifford Healy 3-2 in the Final pairing. 



NORTHERN IRELAND SPECIALS

It's with great pleasure that we are able to announce that Northern Ireland Special Pool are hosting their first competition back after a long break due to Covid-19.

16 players have been invited to attend the Invitational Masters being held in Antrim Sports Club on Saturday 4th December 2021.
The 16 players are:
1. Clifford Healy
2. Phillip Haveron
3. Alan Bell
4. Sammy Johnston
5. John Brown
6. John Henderson
7. Jason McAfee
8. Eddie Huey
9. Conrad McFeeley
10. Mark Gray
11. Clifford McKendry
12. Jonathan McAuley
13. Kevin Walsh
14. Mark Irvine
15. Harry Chambers
16. Brian T Mennie
This is our first competition back and we a hoping to organise additional competitions for more of our members in the near future.



OUR 2021-2022 INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONS


 

ROONAY BACK ON TOP

Congratulations to Michelle Roonay, the Fermanagh girl has just won her 5th Northern Ireland Ladies Individual Title at the event played in Antrim Sports Club on Sunday 28th November. She won 25 frames for the loss of only 4 on her way to the title which concluded in a 7-3 Final win against the very impressive Ashleigh Dinsmore. In the photo, Michelle receives her trophy from the NIPA's Pauline Lynch.



MARCUS WINS UNDER 23 CROWN

It's yet another title in the bag for 18 year old Ryan Marcus as he retains the Northern Ireland Under 23 Crown to add to the Men's title he won two weeks ago. In an all Larne Final he beat Aaron Rolston by 7-1 with Aaron also having played some great stuff to reach the Final. In the photo, Ryan receives his trophy from the NIPA's Pauline Lynch


 

MCCARTHY THE MASTER

It's well done to Ronan McCarthy. In an all County Down Final he ousted the brave Martin Sharvin by 7-4 to add the Masters Title to the Seniors Crown which he won last week. The event was played to a finish in Antrim Sports Club on Saturday 27th November. 



WELL DONE YOUNG GERARD

It's a fantastic double for Belfast's Gerard Heaney Jr as he won both the Northern Ireland Under 15 & 18 Individual Titles for 2021-2022. Both events were played out on Saturday 27th November in Antrim Sports Club. Gerard beat Rhys McLaughlin (Antrim) 7-1 in the Under 15 Final and Lewis Dougherty (Coleraine) in the Under 18 Final. In the photo, Gerard receives his U18 Trophy from NIPA Chairperson Pauline Lynch.


 

NI SENIORS INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONSHIP

MCCARTHY MAKES IT 7 FROM 10 !!!

It's congratulations to the evergreen Ronan McCarthy. The Kircubbin man has just won the 2021-2022 Northern Ireland Seniors (Over 40s) crown, his 7th such win in 10 years. On his way to victory McCarthy won 36 racks for the loss of only 8, fantastic shooting indeed. Ronan collects £500 for his win.

Runner Up was newly installed NI Seniors 'A' Team Manager, Larne's John Tiger Kerr, who finished off a great week with a very tough run to the final with wins over Marty Goudie, Warren Miskimmin, Alan Johnston, Stephen Johnston and Dee Irwin.  

All the day's scores are on the Northern Ireland Pool Association page on Cuescore.com

Once again thanks to our sponsors, Moes Grill and the Antrim Sports Club Team who pulled out all the stops to help us deliver a successful second weekend of our Individual Championships


 

MARCUS CROWNED CHAMPION

In the photos 

1/ Ryan receives his trophy from NIPA Secretary Gillian Rolston
2/ Ryan celebrates with friends after his win
3/ Luke Monaghan from Antrim Sports Club pictured with Ryan after the Final 





NEW NIPA MEN'S CHAMPION !!!

 

RYAN MARCUS - NEW NAME ON THE TROPHY !!!

Well where do we start ? What a fantastic weekend in Antrim Sports Club as we crowned a new 2021-2022 Northern Ireland Men's Individual Champion.

And it is none other than 18 year old Ryan Marcus from Larne who overcame all in a field of 128 to beat the experienced Paddy Clarke by 8-4 in the Final. Most of the punters had predicted a Brennan v McCarthy Final as the two Professionals were in different sides of the draw and indeed it looked odds on as both made their way steadily to the Semi Finals. But Marcus and Clarke hadn't read the script and both registered nailbiting wins, both matches going to the deciding thirteenth frame.

In the Final it was Ryan who started quickest racing into a 3-0 lead, a lead he was never to relinquish even though as the experienced Paddy fought back as hard as he could. Paddy was favourite to close the gap to 7-5 in frame twelve but he let Ryan back to the table and he pulled of a superb difficult double to land plum on the black which he promptly dispatched to lift the trophy.

It's the second major title for Ryan at his young age as he adds Northern Ireland Men's Individual Champion to the European Nations Individual Under 23 title won in 2019

PATH TO GLORY

5-3 v Wayne Lewis- L128

6-4 v Declan Lavery - L64

6-4 v Robert Malcolm - L32

6-1 v Greg Stevenson L16

7-2 v Manny Byrne - QF

7-6 v Declan Brennan - SF

8-4 v Paddy Clarke - F


There are so many people the NIPA would like to thank for making this weekend a great success. In no particular order. All the players who took part, Iain Britton for his very professional job on the streaming, Gee Crawley and 14 year old Rhys McLaughlin for constantly keeping the tables and balls in fantastic condition. Amy McRandal for running the Cuescore scoring system all day Saturday and last but not least Rab Fee and his hard working team in Antrim Sports Club for their constant attention to detail to help us deliver the Championships.


And we go again next Sunday 21st November when 64 players will battle it out for title of Northern Ireland Seniors (over 40s) Individual Champion currently held by Ronan McCarthy.

EBA 2022 NATIONS CUP OF POOL

The European Blackball Association are delighted to confirm the dates and venue for the 2022 Nations Cup of Pool. It's just great to be putting an International event back on after a long enforced break due to Covid 19. We can't wait to see faces, old and new, back in Bridlington in April


 

TEAM NI MANAGERS POSITIONS

The NIPA are taking applications from anyone interested in the following Team Managers positions for the below posts -

Northern Ireland Seniors (Over 40s) 'A' 
Northern Ireland Under 18 'A'

Please register your interest by contacting NIPA Secretary Gillian Rolston by email at nipablackball@yahoo.co.uk or on Facebook Chat, also to Gillian

For the Seniors 'A' please state whether you are interested in the role of Manager only or Player/Manager.

The first event to attend is the 2022 EBA Nations Cup in Bridlington, Yorkshire in April.

Closing date for applications is Sunday 31st October 2021

REMEMBERING CLIFF

REECE WINS THE CLIFF WILSON MEMORIAL

What a great day we had up in Racks, Ballymoney yesterday Saturday 2nd October. And at the end of the day the youngest player in the field, 16 year old Reece McCloskey from Coleraine, took home the top prize of £400. Reece also won a brand new Hainsworth Match cloth which was donated to the Memorial event by Ross McInnes from Blackball Tables Ltd, Scotland. It was a fitting win as Cliff always encouraged the youth to get involved in the sport he loved.

Well done to Dan Clarke too, the Moira man Was in fine form all day and led 3-1 in the Final but it was Reece who finished the strongest to come back for a 6-4 victory.

The NIPA were delighted to have Cliff's two sons, John and David, in attendance at the event and many a great story was relived about Cliff's passion and dedication to his local League in Newtownards and to the NIPA.

A massive thanks to all the players who came to the event and to Nigel, Aarons and their staff at Racks for their help in making it a successful day up in North Antrim.

In the photos -

1. Winner, Reece McCloskey with his trophy.

2. Finalists Dan Clarke and Reece McCloskey with NIPA Chairperson Pauline Lynch

3. NIPA Secretary Gillian Rolston with John Wilson and David Wilson




 

FRANCE SECURE CHAMPIONSHIPS

Congratulations to France who have put together a fantastic bid and won the right to hold the 2022 Blackball International World Pool Championships. They will be held in Albi, South of France from 8-15th October. More exciting details on the French bid to follow soon.




THE CLIFF WILSON MEMORIAL CUP

As a tribute to lifelong stalwart of the NIPA, we will be holding a Competition in his memory on Saturday 2nd October. Cliff was a rock for the NIPA through good times and not so good times
always willing to help right up to the very end and we all miss him dearly.
32 spaces but names will only be entered into the draw on receipt of the entry fee.
Looking forward to getting back into competitive playing mode again and seeing faces old and new