Team NI Squads for European Championships


Confirmed Team NI Squads to date for the 2015 EBA European Championships below - Bridlington, 7-16th April


MENS 'A' TEAM LADIES 'A' SENIORS 'A'
Gary Wallace (M)  Jean McIlroy (M) Ian Wylie (M)
Ady Toner Tasha Magill Lee Caulfield
Shaun McAlister Maryjo McCourt Billy Moore
Herbie O'Neil Mary Cunningham Willie Eakin
Marc Hutchinson Sara Greenberg Bill McIlroy Sr
Lee Hull Roisin Smith Dee Irwin

Julie Henderson Brian Crilly



MASTERS 'A' UNDER 23 'A' UNDER 18 'A'
Eric Sterrett (M) Scott Hay (M) TBC
Davy McGurn Corey Sweeney
Davy Drysdale Steven McGurn
Stephen Johnston Carl Martin
Robert Hawkins James Nesbitt
Raymond Stockman Adam McMackin
Gary Neeson Gary Johnston (Lar)



UNDER 15 'A' SPECIALS 'A'
Alex Irvine (M) TBC
Galvin McDermott

Adam Freeburn

Bradley Boreland

Aaron Rolston







MENS B1 MENS B2 LADIES B1
Trevor Whiteside (M) TBC Susan Graham (M)
Paul Harris
Naomi Rutledge
Pat McAnally
Linzi McClelland
Ryan Foster
Clare Roberts
Johnny Mackay
Kathy Leddy
Darren Whiteside
Alex Babb
Johnny Nelson
Eadith McFeeters
Johnny Johnston
Angie Willis
Tom Leggett

Paul Roberts

Paul Kerr

Gerry McCorry

Gary Johnston (Lis)

Dean McDonagh




LADIES B2 SENIORS B1 SENIORS B2
TBC Rab Brown (M) Kenny Geddis (C)

Uel Stewart Eddie Gribben

Chris Halloran Neil Campbell

Kenny English  Paul Withers

Marty Goudie Paddy Mulholland

Rodney Patterson Kevin McCorry

Greg Stevenson



MASTERS B1 UNDER 23 B1 SPECIALS B1 
Hugo Manson (M) TBC TBC
Alan Corrigan

Joe Patton

Hugh Regan

Robert Bowman

Jim Taylor




NI Under 15 Team for Bridlington


The NIPA Under 15 Team to represent Northern Ireland at the EBA European Championships in Bridlington has been confirmed as follows -

Galvin McDermott (Omagh)
Bradley Boreland (Coleraine)
Adam Freeburn (Coleraine)
Aaron Rolston (Larne)

This is a new category for the EBA and we wish all the players and Manager Alex Irvine the best of luck.


NIPA 2015 Ladies Doubles Championships


This Sunday 1st February sees the 2015 Northern Ireland Ladies Doubles Championships take place in the Primacy Sports Bar, Bangor where defending Champions Angie Willis & Angie Carson will be hoping to retain their title from last year. Details below -

Where - Primacy Sports Bar, Bangor
When - Sunday 1st February 2015
Time - Registration closes at 12.00 noon sharp.
Cost - £10 per person (IM), £20.00 per person (Non IM)
Dress code - Yes
Who - Open to anyone who is eligible to represent Northern Ireland at Blackball
Format - Knockout

In the photo
Angie Carson & Angie Willis with Runners Up Alex Babb & Mary Cunningham

BetMcLean 2015 NIPA MENS INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONSHIP


UNSTOPPABLE McCARTHY 4 IN A ROW
Ronan McCarthy has retained the BETMcLEAN Mens Northern Ireland Individual Blackball title with a blistering display in the Strormont Hotel, Belfast on Sunday 25th January. The County Down man won 38 frames for the loss of only 7 on his way to his fourth Championship win in a row. Belfast's Rab McCullough also excelled in reaching the final with some fantastic results on his way but McCarthy wasn't going to be denied his moment, the only question is can someone stop the great man making it 5 in a row next year. Its another fantastic Double for McCarthy as he also won the Seniors title earlier in the day defeating Larne's Bill McIlroy in the Final

In the photo
Ronan McCarthy receives his trophy and £750 winners prize from NIPA Senior Referee Kathy Leddy

PRELIMS
Davy Moore 2 - 5 Emmett Maguire
Uel Stewart 5 - 1 Marty Quigg
Paul McAlister 2 - 5 Ryan McKillop
Paddy Lynch 5 - 0 Adrian Rouke
Damian McGarrell 0 - 5 Iain Britton
Lee Gribben 2 - 5 Darren Lowe
Steven McIlreavy 5 - 1 Willie Morton
Herbie O'Neil 5 - 4 Aaron Leslie
Lee Topping 3 - 5 Deccy Lavery
Dean Trainor 2 - 5 Raymond Stockman
Anthony McCorry 2 - 5 Chris Carson
Johnny Mackay 3 - 5 Tyler McConnell
Tristan Scott-Heyes 0 - 5 Rodney Patterson
Pat McAnally 5 - 3 Tom McCorry
Billyjo Brownr 5 - 2 Si Lynch
Trevor Whiteside 2 - 5 Raymond Baxter
Corey Sweeney 5 - 0 Colin Rafferty
Gary Johnston (Lis) 2 - 5 Terry McDowell
Marc Hutchinson 5 - 3 Michael Wilson
Darren McDonald 3 - 5 James Meredith
Ian Boal 3 - 5 Ben Nesbitt
Robert Hawkins 2 - 5 Mark Allen
Colin Moore 5 - 1 Conor McAlinden
Raymond Crowe 4 - 5 Paul Carville
Colin Wilson 5 - 1 Robert Henderson
Michael McDonald 0 - 5 Colin Montgomery Sr
Gary Johnston (Lar) 0 - 5 John Fry
Gordon Boomer 4 - 5 Greg Stevenson
Kyle Kirkwood 5 - 3 Declan Duff
Barry Cunningham 3 - 5 Mark Stockton
Andrew McMeekin 3 - 5 Gee Crawley
Stuart McLean 1-5 Gary Clarke
1st ROUND
01 Emmett Maguire 1 - 5 Uel Stewart
01 Ryan McKillop 5 - 4 Paddy Lynch
02 Iain Britton 4 - 5 Darren Lowe
02 Steven McIlreavy 5 - 2 Herbie O'Neil
03 Deccy Lavery 5 - 3 Raymond Stockman
03 Chris Carson 5 - 0 Tyler McConnell
04 Rodney Patterson 3 - 5 Pat McAnally
04 Billyjo Browne 1 - 5 Raymond Baxter
05 Corey Sweeney 1 - 5 Terry McDowell
05 Marc Hutchinson 5 - 2 James Meredith
06 Ben Nesbitt 3 - 5 Mark Allen
06 Colin Moore 5 - 4 Paul Carville
07 Colin Wilson 3 - 5 Colin Montgomery Sr
07 John Fry 3 - 5 Greg Stevenson
08 Kyle Kirkwood 1 - 5 Mark Stockton
08 Gee Crawley 1 - 5 Gary Clarke
09 Brian Crilly 2 - 5 Sam Newell
09 William Irvine 0 - 5 Raymond Christie
10 Gary Crawford 5 - 3 Paul Henderson
10 Ryan McQuillan 1 - 5 Tom Leggett
11 Paul Withers 5 - 3 Stephen Johnston
11 Chris Gordon 2 - 5 Gareth Rowe
12 Richard Campbell 1 - 5 Tommy Morrow
12 Neil Campbell 5 - 0 Daryl Watt
13 Paul Harris 5 - 3 Kevin McCorry
13 Craig Laughlin 0 - 5 Ronan McCarthy
14 Ian Dewar 5 - 2 Darren Morgan
14 Ivan Christie 1 - 5 Paul Kerr
15 John McNeilly 5 - 2 Michael Higgins
15 Derek Gordon 4 - 5 Shaun McAlister
16 Alan Rainey 5 - 0 Conor McKinney
16 Paul Roberts 2 - 5 Alaister Wilson
17 Stuart Jess 3 - 5 Johnny Thompson
17 Stefan Christie 3 - 5 Davy McGurn
18 Andrew Patterson 5 - 2 Ryan Logan
18 Steven McGurn 5 - 0 Mervyn McIlvenny
19 Drew Sloan 2 - 5 Damian Reid
19 Lee McIlreavy 0 - 5 Stephen Beggs
20 Wayne Lewis 1 - 5 Dee Irwin
20 Kenny Geddis 1 - 5 William McCracken
21 Dave Jones 4 - 5 Keith Hunter
21 Ryan Scott 1 - 5 Marty Goudie
22 Jamie Anderson 2 - 5 Rab Fee
22 Ronan Fay 5 - 1 Stephen Massey
23 Robert Artt 2 - 5 Lee Hull
23 Roger Smyth 0 - 5 Robert Wilson
24 Mark Irvine 0 - 5 Ryan Foster
24 Rab Brown 2 - 5 Conor McCann
25 Gavin Armstrong 5 - 3 James Nesbitt
25 Sean Brannigan 3 - 5 Stephen Herron
26 Kenny English 5 - 3 Paddy McGivern
26 Stephen McWhirter 0 - 5 Scott McClelland
27 Bill McIlroy Sr 5 - 1 Colin Carlisle
27 David McComb 4 - 5 Ady Toner
28 Craig Gawley 4 - 5 Paddy Mulholland
28 Chris Beattie 0 - 5 Rab McCullough
29 Daryl Rogan 5 - 0 Gerry McCorry
29 James McGarrell 0 - 5 Philip Houston
30 Johnny Johnston 0 - 5 Bill McIlroy Jr
30 James Gourley 5 - 0 Gary Wallace
31 Neil McFaul 5 - 0 Scott Hay
31 Willie Eakin 5 - 4 Gerald McCaffrey
32 Brendan O'Mullan 5 - 3 Gavin McClements
32 Nigel McMaster 5 - 0 Joe McCrory
2nd ROUND
01 Ryan McKillop 3 - 5 Uel Stewart
02 Steven McIlreavy 5 - 1 Darren Lowe
03 Deccy Lavery 2 - 5 Chris Carson
04 Pat McAnally 5 - 2 Raymond Baxter
05 Marc Hutchinson 4 - 5 Terry McDowell
06 Colin Moore 2 - 5 Mark Allen
07 Greg Stevenson 5 - 2 Colin Montgomery Sr
08 Gary Clarke 5 - 2 Mark Stockton
09 Raymond Christie 3 - 5 Sam Newell
10 Tom Leggett 5 - 2 Gary Crawford
11 Paul Withers 3 - 5 Gareth Rowe
12 Tommy Morrow 5 - 0 Neil Campbell
13 Paul Harris 1 - 5 Ronan McCarthy
14 Ian Dewar 4 - 5 Paul Kerr
15 Shaun McAlister 5 - 3 John McNeilly
16 Alaister Wilson 5 - 0 Alan Rainey
17 Johnny Thompson 3 - 5 Davy McGurn
18 Andrew Patterson 0 - 5 Steven McGurn
19 Damian Reid 5 - 2 Stephen Beggs
20 Dee Irwin 2 - 5 William McCracken
21 Keith Hunter 1 - 5 Marty Goudie
22 Ronan Fay 5 - 2 Rab Fee
23 Robert Wilson 3 - 5 Lee Hull
24 Conor McCann 4 - 5 Ryan Foster
25 Stephen Herron 5 - 1 Gavin Armstrong
26 Kenny English 5 - 3 Scott McClelland
27 Ady Toner 2 - 5 Bill McIlroy Sr
28 Paddy Mulholland 0 - 5 Rab McCullough
29 Daryl Rogan 5 - 2 Philip Houston
30 James Gourley 5 - 4 Bill McIlroy Jr
31 Neil McFaul 2 - 5 Willie Eakin
32 Nigel McMaster 0 - 5 Brendan O'Mullan
3rd ROUND
Uel Stewart 5 - 2 Steven McIlreavy
Chris Carson 3 - 5 Pat McAnally
Terry McDowell 2 - 5 Mark Allen
Greg Stevenson 3 - 5 Gary Clarke
Sam Newell 5 - 3 Tom Leggett
Gareth Rowe 1 - 5 Tommy Morrow
Ronan McCarthy 5 - 1 Paul Kerr
Shaun McAlister 5 - 0 Alaister Wilson
Davy McGurn 5 - 2 Steven McGurn
Damian Reid 5 - 2 William McCracken
Marty Goudie 1 - 5 Ronan Fay
Lee Hull 5 - 2 Ryan Foster
Stephen Herron 5 - 4 Kenny English
Bill McIlroy 4 - 5 Rab McCullough
Daryl Rogan 3 - 5 James Gourley
Willie Eakin 5 - 3 Brendan McMullan
LAST 16
Uel Stewart 4 - 5 Pat McAnally
Mark Allen 3 - 5 Gary Clarke
Sam Newell 5 - 4 Tommy Morrow
Ronan McCarthy 5 - 0 Shaun McAlister
Davy McGurn 5 - 2 Damian Reid
Ronan Fay 5 - 2 Lee Hull
Stephen Herron 0 - 5 Rab McCullough
James Gourley 3 - 5 Willie Eakin
QUARTER FINALS
Pat McAnally 4 - 5 Gary Clarke
Sam Newell 1 - 5 Ronan McCarthy
Davy McGurn 4 - 5 Ronan Fay
Rab McCullough 5 - 0 Willie Eakin
SEMI FINALS
Gary Clarke 2 - 6 Ronan McCarthy
Ronan Fay 5 - 6 Rab McCullough
FINAL
Ronan McCarthy 7 - 2 Rab McCullough

Antrim win it for Willie



Congratulations to the 147 Club, Antrim. Rab Fee's lads stormed to victory in the 2015 Willie Lucas Super 7s with a fantastic display of total Pool claiming the top prize of £800. Willie Lucas who lived in Antrim would have been very proud of the display the 147 team put on, they were really only under real pressure once and that came in the form off defending Champions Omagh in a nailbiting 15-13 Quarter Final win. Waiting in the Final for the 147 was the Primacy Bar from Bangor who also excelled all day but just couldn't match the Antrim boys in the last pairing. Well done to Thatch Bar from Larne too, after losing out narrowly to Omagh in their first match, they went on to win the Plate event with much to spare.

In the picture
Mark Allen, Declan Lavery, Roger Smyth, Alaister Wilson, Rab Fee, Ryan McQuillan and Jordan Brown celebrate their success with Wllie's daughter and son Shauna and Dayne Lucas (left and second from right)

PRELIM MAIN EVENT
Scorpions 12 - 15 Primacy
1st ROUND MAIN EVENT
Omagh 15 - 13 The Thatch
147 Antrim 15 - 3 McCornerside
Coast Road 15 - 7 NI Ladies
Swift 15 - 13 Coach Legends
Horseshoe 5 - 15 Hasbeens
Hit Men 5 - 15 Crumlin
Lastminute.com 9 - 15 Primacy
Potters 15 - 2 Ballbreakers
LAST 8
Willie Lucas
Omagh  13 - 15 147 Antrim
Coast Road 15 - 9 Swift
Hasbeens 14 - 15 Crumlin
Primacy 15 - 11 Potters
SEMI FINAL
147 Antrim 15 - 4 Coast Road
Crumlin 13 - 15 Primacy
FINAL
147 Antrim 15 - 9 Primacy ND&A

PERLIM PLATE EVENT
The Thatch 11 - 2 Coach Legends
PLATE EVENT
Ballbreakers 5 - 11 McCornerside
NI Ladies 11 - 12 Hit Men
Horseshoe 7 - 11 Scorpions
The Thatch 11 - 1 Lastminute.com
SEMI FINAL
McCornerside 11 - 9 Hit Men
Scorpions 7-11 The Thatch
FINAL
McCornerside 2-11 The Thatch

2015 NIPA UNDER 18 INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONSHIP


Congratulations to Declan Duff who has just retained the Northern Ireland Under 18 Blackball Individual title. In his final year in the junior category Declan overcame the field to lift the crown after defeating talented 14 year old Galvin McDermott 5-2 in the Final.

In the picture
Declan receives his trophy from NIPA Senior referee Kathy Leddy

LAST 16
John English 1 - 5 Nathan Campbell
Chloe Bailie 1 - 5 Galvin McDermott
Bradley Boreland 0 - 5 Gerard McDermott
Daryl McKee 1 - 5 Callum McGlinchey
Oisin Wallace 5 - 2 Aaron Wilson
Sam Ross 5 - 2 Thomas Fleming
Declan Duff v Bye
Adam Freeburn v Bye
QUARTER FINALS
Nathan Campbell 3 - 5 Galvin McDermott
Gerard McDermott 4 - 5 Callum McGlinchey
Oisin Wallace 5 - 3 Sam Ross
Declan Duff 5 - 1 Adam Freeburn
SEMI FINALS
Galvin McDermott 5 - 3 Callum McGlinchey
Oisin Wallace 3 - 5 Declan Duff
FINAL
Galvin Mcdermott (Omagh) 2 - 5 Declan Duff (Craigavon)

BetMcLean 2015 NIPA LADIES INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONSHIPS


Northern Ireland has a new BETMcLEAN Ladies Blackball Individual Champion. Michelle Roonay demolished the field with a dazzling display in the Competition played over 2 days in the Stormont Hotel, Belfast. A record 32 cueists competed in the NIPA's biggest ever Ladies Championship to date. Michelle's frame count was 26-4, a remarkable achievement. Also a big well done to former NI Ladies Champion Clare Stewart who after a while out of the game came back and reached the Final at her first attempt.

In the picture
Michelle (right) receives her trophy from NI Ladies 'A' Team Manager Jean McIlroy

LAST 32
Kathy Leddy 5 - 3 Joanne Podbylski
Clare Stewart 5 - 0 Emma Service
Tasha Magill 4 -5 Jean McIlroy
Audrey Jones 5 - 1 Katrina McVeigh
Debra Murphy v Bye
Sally Caughey v Bye
Sara Greenberg 5 - 0 Krissie Cutler
Lyndsey Ruddock 4 - 5 Angie Willis
Clare Roberts 4 - 5 Alex Babb
Susan Graham 5 - 0 Una Zuzane
Elise Richardson 2-5 Julie Henderson
Mary Cunningham v Bye
Naomi Rutledge 1 - 5 Michelle Roonay
Kim Dockery 5 - 0 Helen McKinney
Wendy Long 1 - 5 Roisin Smith
Andrea McAllister 1 - 5 Maryjo McCourt
LAST 16
Kathy Leddy 2 - 5 Clare Stewart
Jean McIlroy 3 - 5 Audrey Jones
Debra Murphy 5 - 3 Sally Caughey
Sara Greenberg 5 - 2 Angie Willis
Alex Babb 3 - 5 Susan Graham
Julie Henderson 5 - 1 Mary Cunningham
Michelle Roonay 5 - 0 Kim Dockery
Roisin Smith 3 - 5 Maryjo McCourt
QUARTER FINALS
Clare Stewart 5 - 1 Audrey Jones
Debra Murphy 5 - 3 Sara Greenberg
Susan Graham 3 - 5 Julie Henderson
Michelle Roonay 5 - 0 Maryjo McCourt
SEMI FINALS
Clare Stewart 5 - 4 Debra Murphy
Julie Henderson 2 - 5 Michelle Roonay
FINAL (PLAYED ON SUNDAY)
Clare Stewart 1 - 6 Michelle Roonay

BetMcLean 2015 NIPA SENIORS INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONSHIP


Ronan McCarthy is the new BetMcLean Northern Ireland Seniors Individual Champion. The Ards man won it in style for the 3rd time in 4 years after defeating a brave Bill McIlroy Sr in the Final of the event which was played over two days in the Stormont Hotel, Belfast.

In the photo
Ronan receives his trophy from NIPA Chairperson Pauline Lynch

LAST 64
Kenny Geddis 3 - 5 Stephen Herron
Neil Campbell 1 - 5 Bill McIlroy Sr
Paul Withers 5 - 0 Jean McIlroy
Alan Johnston 0 - 5 Dee Irwin
Kenny English 3 - 5 Darren Sterrett
Dessie Cooper 5 - 4 Gerry McCorry
Bye v Willie Eakin
Davy Drysdale v Bye
Barry Stokes 5 - 3 John Tennyson
Robert Henderson 0 - 5 Drew Sloan
Chris Halloran 5 - 3 Rodney Patterson
Stephen Beattie 0 - 5 Paul Lenfesty
Brian Crilly 5 - 1 Sara Greenberg
Raymond Stockman 2 - 5 Sam Newell
Paddy Mulholland 5 - 4 Gary Neeson
Michael Wilson 2 - 5 Lee Caulfield
Girvan Fleming 2 - 5 Tristan Scott-Heyes
Davy McGurn 5 - 3 Paul Henderson
Paul Trimby 2 - 5 James Gourley
Stephen McWhirter 0 - 5 Ellis Martin
John McNeilly 1 - 5 Mark Stockton
Jim Taylor 0 - 5 Ronan McCarthy
Billy Moore 4 - 5 James McGarrell
Bye v Jeff Moore
Raymond Crowe 5 - 4 Stephen Massey
Damian McGarrell 2 - 5 Kevin McCorry
Ivan Christie 2 - 5 Dave Jones
Stephen Burns 3 - 5 Greg Stevenson
Bye v Johnny Nelson
Sam Peacock 2 - 5 Uel Stewart
Stephen Johnston 5 - 2 James Meredith
Rab Brown 0 - 5 Gary Johnston
LAST 32
Stephen Herron 0 - 5 Bill McIlroy Sr
Paul Withers 2 - 5 Dee Irwin
Darren Sterrett 5-1 Dessie Cooper
Willie Eakin 5 - 4 Davy Drysdale
Barry Stokes 5 - 2 Drew Sloan
Chris Halloran 5 - 2 Paul Lenfesty
Brian Crilly 1 - 5 Sam Newell
Paddy Mulholland 1 - 5 Lee Caulfield
Tristan Scott Heyes 1 - 5 Davy McGurn
James Gourley 4 - 5 Ellis Martin
Mark Stockton 4 - 5 Ronan McCarthy
James McGarrell 5 - 1 Jeff Moore
Raymond Crowe 5 - 4 Kevin McCorry
Dave Jones 4 - 5 Greg Stevenson
Jonny Nelson 5 - 3 Uel Stewart
Stephen Johnston 5 - 3 Gary Johnston
LAST 16
Bill McIlroy Sr 5 - 2 Dee Irwin
Darren Sterrett 5 - 1 Willie Eakin
Barry Stokes 3 - 5 Chris Halloran
Sam Newell 5-1 Lee Caulfield
Davy McGurn 2 - 5 Ellis Martin
Ronan McCarthy 5 - 2 James McGarrell
Greg Stevenson 4 - 5 Raymond Crowe
Jonny Nelson 5 - 4 Stephen Johnston
QUARTER FINALS
Bill McIlroy Sr 5 - 0 Darren Sterrett
Sam Newell 5 - 1 Chris Halloran
Ellis Martin 2 - 5 Ronan McCarthy
Raymond Crowe 2 - 5 Johnny Nelson
SEMI FINALS
Bill McIlroy Sr 5 - 2 Sam Newell
Ronan McCarthy 5 - 1 Johnny Nelson
FINAL
Bill McIlroy 1 - 6 Ronan McCarthy

2015 NIPA UNDER 23 INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONSHIP


Congratulations to Steven McGurn. The Omagh lad is the new Northern Ireland Individual Under 23 Blackball Champion. Steven was in fantastic form sweeping all before him culminating with a 5-2 win over Coleraine's Corey Sweeney in the Final. In the picture Steven receives his trophy from NIPA Under 23 Team Manager Scott Hay. The event was held in the Strormont Hotel, Belfast.

LAST 32
Galvin McDermott v Bye
Barry Cunningham 5 v 0 Terry Wallace
Oisin Wallace 5 - 2 Declan Duff
Lee McIlreavy 2 - 5 Steven McGurn
Matthew Campbell 5 v 1 Lee Gribben
Gary Johnston 5-2 Aaron Wilson
Matthew Stein 5- 2 Adam Freeburn
Lee Topping 5 v 0 Ryan McMaster
Ryan Murphy v Bye
Neil McFaul 1 v 5 Dylan Parker
Carl Martin 5 -1 Ryan Scott
Corey Sweeney 5 - 1 James Nesbitt
Gerard McDermott 5 -1 Thomas Fleming
Lee Wright 5 - 3 Andrew Lilly
Dean Trainor 5 - 0 Nathan Campbell
William Irvine 5 - 3 Conor Kneeland
LAST 16
Galvin McDermott 1 - 5 Barry Cunningham
Oisin Wallace 0 - 5 Steven McGurn
Matthew Campbell 5 - 2 Gary Johnston
Matthew Stein 5 - 4 Lee Topping
Ryan Murphy 5 - 3 Dylan Parker
Carl Martin 4 - 5 Corey Sweeney
Gerard McDermott 5 - 0 Lee Wright
Dean Trainor 5 - 3 William Irvine
QUARTER FINALS
Barry Cunningham 3 - 5 Steven McGurn
Matthew Campbell 5 - 1 Matthew Stein
Ryan Murphy 1 - 5 Corey Sweeney
Gerard McDermott 2 - 5 Dean Trainor
SEMI FINALS
Steven McGurn 5 - 3 Matthew Campbell
Corey Sweeney 5 - 2 Dean Trainor
FINAL
Steven McGurn 5 - 2 Corey Sweeney

BetMcLean 2015 NIPA MASTERS INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONSHIP


A big congratulations to Raymond Crowe. The Newtownabbey man is the new BetMcLean 2015 NIPA Masters Individual Champion. Raymond defeated Robert Hawkins 5-3 in the Final to lift the trophy for ther first time.

In the photo
Declan Lavery (right) from McLeans Bookmakers presents Raymond with the Masters Individual trophy

LAST 32
Chris Jeffrouy 5 - 3 John McIlreavy
Robert Hawkins 5 - 2 Jimmy McCullough
Jim Taylor v Bye
Stephen Johnston 5-0 Eric Sterrett
Hugh McMurtry 0 - 5 Alan Corrigan
Raymond Stockman 5 -2 John Hooks
Robert Wilson v Bye
Dessie Cooper 5 - 3 Robert Bowman
Raymond Crowe 5 -2 Gary Neeson
Tommy Carville 5 -1 Ian Wylie
Brian Richardson 5 - 3 Hugo Manson
Gordon McCormick 3 - 5 Joe Patton
John Perry v Bye
Davy Drysdale 5 -3 Ivan Christie
Sam Peacock 0 - 5 Davy McGurn
Alan Johnston v Bye
LAST 16
Chris Jeffrouy 1 - 5 Robert Hawkins
Jim Taylor  1 - 5 Stephen Johnston
Alan Corrigan 2 - 5 Raymond Stockman
Robert Wilson 1 - 5 Dessie Cooper
Raymond Crowe 5 - 0 Tommy Carville
Brian Richardson 3 - 5 Joe Patton
John Perry 1 - 5 Davy Drysdale
Davy McGurn 5 - 1 Alan Johnston
QUARTER FINALS
Robert Hawkins 5 -2 Stephen Johnston
Raymond Stockman 5 - 4 Dessie Cooper
Raymond Crowe 5 - 0 Joe Patton
Davy Drysdale 3 - 5 Davy McGurn
SEMI FINALS
Robert Hawkins 5 - 4 Raymond Stockman
Raymond Crowe 5 - 4 Davy McGurn
FINAL
Robert Hawkins 3 - 5 Raymond Crowe

HERE WE GO !!


Well, it is now upon us. By Sunday night we will know who will be crowned Northern Ireland Individual Champions in Mens, Ladies, Seniors, Masters, Under 23 and Under 18 categories

All roads lead to the Stormont Hotel as nearly 350 Pool players battle it out for the prestigious title.

With the Willie Lucas Super 7s sandwiched in between, it promises to be a fantastic weeken in the capital city.

All the very best to each and every player.

Reigning Champions
Mens - Ronan McCarthy (Ards)
Ladies - Roisin Smith (Down)
Seniors - Dee Irwin (Belfast)
Masters - Alan Johnston (Larne)
Under 23s - Declan Duff (Craigavon)
Under 18s - Declan Duff (Craigavon)

Willie Lucas Super 7s - 147 Club (Omagh)

FRIDAY 23rd JANUARY
6.00pm
UNDER 23 NI INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONSHIPS to a finish
MASTERS NI INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONSHIPS to a finish

SATURDAY 24th JANUARY
10.00am
SENIORS NI INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONSHIPS played down to minimum Semi Finals concluded Sunday at 10.30am
11.30am
LADIES  NI INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONSHIPS played down to minimum Semi Finals concluded Sunday at 4.00pm
2.30pm
UNDER 18s NI INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONSHIPS to a finish
5.30pm
WILLIE LUCAS SUPER 7s MEMORIAL to a finish

SUNDAY 25th JANUARY
10.00am
MENS NI INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONSHIPS to a finish

2015 Willie Lucas Super 7s

Willie "The Glove" Lucas

The 2015 Willie Lucas Super 7s Memorial event looks like being the most competitive yet. To date 14 teams from NIPA affiliated leagues have entered the Competition which takes place alongside our Individual events in the Stormont Hotel weekend festival.

It's not to late to enter a team there are 2 spaces left, contact Robert Hawkins on 07970 450050 to do so.

Teams must be registered by 5.30pm on Saturday 24th January. Registration only requires one player from a team to register the players names at the Top Table. Any team not registered in time will lose 1 frame for every 5 minutes they are late in registering

Criteria - All players must play in the same League and have played a minimum of 3 League games in that League this current season. (this rule does not apply to Ladies, Specials or Under age teams)
Cost - £100 affiliated. £200 non affiliated
Dress code - Yes, NIPA dress code applies
Players - Teams can register 10 maximum

TEAMS TO DATE -

Coach Legends   Dromara        Colin Carlisle
147 Antrim Rab Fee
Thatch  Larne Bryan McWhirter
Primacy ND&A Brian Crilly
Hasbeens  Ballyclare Rab McCullough
McCornerside Ballyclare Wayne Lewis
Scorpions  Carrick Johnny Thompson
Crumlin  Crumlin Raymond Christie
Potters  Coleraine Willie Eakin
Omagh  Omagh Davy McGurn
Hit Men  Carrick Robert Henderson
NI Ladies  NIPA Jean McIlroy
Coast Road  Larne Robert Hawkins
Swift Carrick Paul Roberts
Horseshoe  Crumlin Ivan Christie

Reserves for Stormont


The following reserves can now come in to the various spaces in the Individuals at the weekend in the Stormont Hotel, Belfast. Could everyone contact Robert Hawkins on 07970 450050 as soon as possible to confirm you still wish to play and arrange payment.

RESERVES BELOW MUST BE PAID BY MIDNIGHT ON THURSDAY 22nd JANUARY

MENS
Alan Stewart
Willie Stewart

SENIORS
Dom Halligan

MENS B1 SQUAD


Manager Trevor Whiteside has confirmed his B1 Squad to represent NI at the 2015 European
Championships in Bridlington in April.

Trevor Whiteside (M) (Carrick)
Pat McAnally (Ballymena)
Ryan Foster (Ballymena)
Gary Johnston (Lisburn)
Johnny Mackay (Ballyclare)
Tom Leggett (Belfast)
Paul Harris (Carrick)
Johnny Nelson (Larne)
Dean McDonagh (Larne)
Paul Roberts (Carrick)
Darren Whiteside (Belfast)
Johnny Johnston (Newtownabbey)
Paul Kerr (Belfast)
Gerry McCorry (Larne)

Registration times for NI Individuals and Willie Lucas Super 7s


All players must have personally registered by the following times for whatever event they have entered. Please leave home in plenty of time to get parked and into the venue.

**ANYONE NOT REGISTERED BY THE FOLLOWING TIMES WILL BE EXCLUDED FROM THE EVENT**


NI Masters Individual Championship - 6.00pm (Friday 23rd January)
NI Under 23 Individual Championship - 6.00pm (Friday 23rd January)

NI Seniors Individual Championship - 10.00am (Saturday 24th January)
NI Ladies Individual Championship - 11.30am (Saturday 24th January)
NI Under 18 Individual Championship - 2.30pm (Saturday 24th January)
Willie Lucas Super 7s - 5.30pm, Team Captain Only (Saturday 24th January)

NI Mens Individual Championship - 10.00am (Sunday 25th January)


Proof of age may be asked for (except for Mens & Ladies events)

Reminder that NIPA Dress Code must be adhered to

Reserves for NI Individuals


Any players on any of the "Reserve Lists" who have made it in to any of the NIPA Individual events will be contacted on Monday after we get a bank statement to see any online payments made over the weekend before the payment deadline

NIPA Ladies Tour EVENT 1 Results

Finalists, Maryjo McCourt and Tasha Magill

Well done to Maryjo McCourt who has just won Event 1 in the new NIPA Ladies Pool Tour. In a fantastic entry, 20 girls took to the green baize in the Primacy Sports Bar, Bangor, Sunday 18th January.

The next Event is also in the PRIMACY SPORTS BAR, BANGOR on 29th March. If you missed Event 1 it is still not too late to enter, so mark it in your diary and come along to Event 2.

CLICK ON HERE for all the TOUR details and the updated ranking table after TOUR E1

PRELIMS
Maryjo McCourt 4-1 Elise Richardson
Sally Caughey 4-3 Kathy Leddy
Sara Greenberg 4-3 Kim Dockery
Tasha Magill 4-1 Wendy Long
ROUND 1
Maryjo McCourt 4-2 Sally Caughey
Sara Greenberg 4-1 Roisin Smyth
Linzi McClelland 4-1 Emma Service
Jean McIlroy 4-1 Susan Graham
Mary Cunningham 4-3 Joanne Podylski
Tasha Magill 4-3 Angie Willis
Helena Knox 4-0 Una Zuzane
Krissie Cutler 4-3 Andrea McAllister
LAST 8
Maryjo McCourt 4-2 Sara Greenberg
Jean McIlroy 4-3 Linzi McClelland
Tasha Magill 4-1 Mary Cunningham
Krissie Cutler 4-2 Helena Knox
SEMI FINALS
Maryjo McCourt 4-0 Jean McIlroy
Tasha Magill 4-0 Krissie Cutler
FINAL
Maryjo McCourt (Belfast) 4-3 Tasha Magill (Craigavon)

NIPA new 3 A Sides Event !! update.


The NIPA will be holding a new 3 A Sides National Championship. It will debut in the Swift Sports Bar, Carrickfergus on Sunday 1st March. Please note, the following changes have been made from the original format.

1. No restriction now on who can play in any given team except only open to players who are eligible to represent NI at Blackball
2. Turn up and pay on the day, no need for advance payment or player names

What - NIPA 3 A Sides Event
Where - Swift Sports Bar, Carrickfergus
When - Sunday 1st March 2015
Time - TBC
Dress code - Yes
Squad - Teams can register up to 4 players
Cost - £10 per person if IM, £20 per person if not
Format - TBC
Teams - No restriction on who can play in ny given team except only open to players who are eligible to represent NI at Blackball
Team Entry fees -  Pay on the day, no need for advance payment or player names

T&Cs subject to change.

New NI LADIES TOUR !!


The NIPA are delighted to announce a new Pool Tour for Ladies.

The new N.I.P.A Ladies Pool Tour Event 1 will take place on Sunday 18th January 2015. Four different events throughout NI will culminate with a seeded Finals Day on 7th June 2015 for the Top 8 players.

Event 1 Primacy Sports Bar, 107 Bloomfield Road South, Bangor, 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 - Sunday 18th January 2015 - Primacy Sports Bar, Bangor
Event 2 - Sunday 29th March 2015 - Primacy Sports Bar, Bangor
Event 3 - Sunday 26th April 2015 -
Swift Bar, Carrickfergus
Event 4 - Sunday 24th May 2015 - Q. Club, Larne
Finals Day - Sunday 7th June 2015 - Q.Club, Larne


Name - NIPA Ladies Pool Tour
Cost - £15 per event (pay on the day) or Prepay £50 by 18th January for all 4 events
Payout - £30 & £15 to Winner & Runner Up on the Day. The rest all carries through to Finals Day. To receive any cash prizes on Finals Day players must compete in Finals Day.
Finals Day - Players must play in at least 3/4 Tours to be eligible for Finals Day which will be played off by the Top 8 in a seeded Knock Out. 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
Tied placings -1/Points  2/Highest attendance at events 3/Total frames won at all 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.

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

Under 15 Trial

NIPA Under 15 Trialists with winner Galvin McDermott on the left

The NIPA held their first ever Under 15 Trial in the Q. Club, Larne on Friday 9th January with the aim of taking a team to the 2015 EBA European Championships which will be held in Bridlington in April.

And very well done to Galvin McDermott, the Omagh lad was in superb form winning 15 out of his 18 frames played on the night. Results as follows -

15 Galvin McDermott
13 Adam Freeburn
11 Aaron Rolston
10 Bradley Boreland
08 Ryan Marcus
05 Dylan Ross
01 Cameron Smyth

MENS B1 & B2 update


Congratulations to former Mens B2 Manager Trevor Whiteside on becoming the new Mens B1 Manager. With no 'A' Team Manager in place as we prepared for the 2015 European Championships, the then 'B1' Manager Gary Wallace and Trevor offered their services to make respectives moves upwards to the 'A' and B1 posts. Trevor will start selecting his squad from today and when completed will along with Gary select the B2 Squad for which a Captain will be appointed to look after Team affairs in Bridlington.

New 'A' Team Manager and Squad

The Spa, Bridlington

The NIPA are pleased to announce that Gary Wallace has been appointed as our new Mens 'A' Team Manager and his squad to represent NI at the 2015 European Championships in Bridlington has been confirmed.

Gary Wallace (M) - (Manchester)
Marc Hutchinson - (Coleraine)
Ady Toner - (Coleraine)
Herbie O'Neil - (Ards)
Shaun McAlister (Larne)
Lee Hull - (Coleraine)

UNDER 15 TRIALS


The NIPA will be holding an Under 15 Trial with the view to selecting a team to take to the  2015 EBA European Championships in Bridlington in April.

When - Friday 9th January 2015
Where - Q. Club, Larne (3, Narrow Gauge Road, Larne BT40 1XB)
Time - 7.00pm start
Dress code - Yes, proper NIPA dress code
Cost - Free to enter
Age - Players must be under the age of 15 on 1st January 2015
Who - Anyone who is eligible to represent NI welcome

NIPA Child Protection Officer Pauline Lynch will be in attendance on the night. Relevant Safeguarding forms must be completed before competing in event.

New EBA "Ball in Hand" Tournament rule


At an NIPA Executive Committee meeting on 7th January, it was decided after taking on board many players views NOT to introduce the new EBA "Ball in Hand" Tournament Rule (below) at the Northern Ireland Individuals in the Stormont Hotel later this month. We will review the matter directly after the 2015 European Championships in Bridlington in April when the rule will be implemented and first played at a major tournament.

NEW EBA TOURNAMENT RULE
""When playing without a referee and a foul is committed and a player wishes to take the cue ball back to the baulk area.
He/she (the player with two shots) MUST ask his/her opponent (the player who committed the foul) to pick up the cue ball and hand it to him/her, failure to do so and picking up the cue ball yourself will result in 'LOSS OF FRAME'. This does not apply when the cue ball is in the ball return chute""

Under 23 'A' Squad

Bridlington Spa

Manager Scott Hay has confirmed his Under 23 'A' Team Squad to represent NI at the 2015 European Championships in Bridlington

Scott Hay (M) - (North Down)
Stephen McGurn - (Omagh)
Adam McMackin - (Omagh)
Corey Sweeney - (Coleraine)
James Nesbitt - (Coleraine)
Gary Johnston - (Larne)
Carl Martin - (Omagh)