EBA DRUGS POLICY


Information received today regarding the promised introduction of drug testing by the European Blackball Association which will start in the upcoming 2018 Euros in Bridlington.

""The EBA wish to inform all members that in accordance with the decision made at the 2017 Annual General Meeting drug testing will be introduced at the 2018 European Championships.

Attached to this notification is a copy of the EBA Drugs Policy which outlines the procedure for testing along with all other useful information""

CLICK ON THIS LINK TO VIEW THE EBA DRUGS POLICY

2018 NIPA Interleague


We are still taking entries from for our 2018 Interleague Competitions (details below).

COULD ALL TEAM CAPTAINS PLEASE ENSURE PLAYERS LEAVE HOME EARLY ENOUGH TO GET PARKED AND INTO THE VENUE. COMPETITION WILL START ON TIME SHORTLY AFTER CLOSE OF REGISTRATION AT 11.00am. One player from a team can register for the whole team. Any team not registered by this time will lose one frame for every 5 minutes they are late in registering. Any frames lost for late registration will apply to all that teams matches in the group stage if applicable.

VENUE OPEN FROM 10.00am, FOOD BEING SERVED
Queens Hall, West Street, Newtownards BT23 4EN 


TO ENQUIRE ABOUT ENTRY please contact Gillian Rolston on Facebook or by phone or text on 07850 041823
  
'A' TEAM ENTRIES TO DATE
Carrick & District
Larne & District
Ards & District
Crumlin League 
Coleraine & District
Dromara League
East Down League
Ballymena Towers League
Ballynahich League
Castlewellan League

'B' TEAM ENTRIES TO DATE
Carrick & District B1
Carrick & District B2
Larne & District B1
Larne & District B2
Ards & District B1
Ards & District B2
Coleraine & District B1
Coleraine & District B2
Northern Ireland Ladies
Ballymena Towers League B1

In the photo - Coleraine Captain Willie Eakin (left) receives the 2017 'A' Team Winners Shield from the hosting Club Chairman Dave McKendry of the St Comgalls Recreation Club in Larne. Can anyone stop the North Coast team from making it three wins on the trot ?

NIPA 2018 Interleague 'A' Team Event
When - Sunday 4th March 2018
Where - Queens Hall, West Street, Newtownards, BT23 4EN
Venue open from - TBC
Time - Registration closes 11.00am. One player from a team can register for the whole team. Any team not registered by this time will lose one frame for every 5 minutes they are late in registering. Any frames lost for late registration will apply to all that teams matches in the group stage if applicable. Play will start at approximately 11:15am.
Cost - £10 per player if League NIPA affiliated, £20 if not
NIPA Dress Code - Yes (Captains please remind ALL players)
Format - Entries dependent
Plate event - Yes
Team size - 11 a-side (15 maximum per squad)
Criteria - Players must have played in a minimum of 5 available fixtures in the League they are representing this current season. Players cannot play in both the 'A' and 'B' events. Leagues cannot enter a team into the 'B' Event unless they enter a team into the 'A' Team event. Exceptions apply - 1. Ladies. Players cannot play in both the 'A' and 'B' events.

NIPA 2018 Interleague 'B' Team Event
When - Saturday 3rd March 2018
Where - Queens Hall, West Street, Newtownards, BT23 4EN
Venue open from - TBC
Registation Time - Registration closes 11.00am. One player from a team can register for the whole team. Any team not registered by this time will lose one frame for every 5 minutes they are late in registering. Any frames lost for late registration will apply to all that teams' matches in the group stage if applicable. Play will start at approximately 11:15am.
Cost - £10 per player if League NIPA affiliated, £20 if not
NIPA Dress Code - Yes (Captains please remind ALL players)
Format - Entries dependent
Plate event - Yes
Team size - 11 a-side (15 maximum per squad)
Criteria - Players must have played in a minimum of 5 available fixtures in the League they are representing this current season. Players cannot play in both the 'A' and 'B' events. Leagues cannot enter a team into the 'B' Event unless they enter a team into the 'A' Team event. Exceptions apply - 1. Ladies. Players cannot play in both the 'A' and 'B' events

Terms & conditions subject to amendment

MORE GOLD & SILVER FOR NI CUEISTS


It's more great news from the IPA World Blackball Championships as Collette Henriksen (Enniskillen) and partner Rab Fee (Antrim) took gold in the Mixed Doubles event. In the Final they defeated newly crowned Ladies World Champion Michelle Roonay (Enniskillen) and her partner Scott Ross (Glasgow). And like so many matches over the week it went right down to the wire with Collette and Rab edging it 5-4 in the deciding frame.

No let up for the top players as the IPA are straight back in action with the Freesports Blackball Champions Cup which kicks off tomorrow night Monday 12th February. Players from NI competing are Ronan McCarthy, Rab Fee, Gary Clarke and Michelle Roonay. 

Full draw at - http://ipapool.com/draws-schedules-2/
 
All the scores at - https://cuescore.com/ipapool

2018 CHAMPIONS CUP DETAILS

This new, unique event will run over 21 consecutive weeks, being screened LIVE, on Freesports on Monday nights, 7pm – 10.30pm, starting on the 12th February 2018.

The event is Open to the current 2018 IPA Professional players, the Ladies 2018 World Champion and there will be some regional qualifiers to ensure we have 64 players and sponsors invites.

The first 16 weeks will be the qualifying rounds. Each week 4 players will compete in a single elimination knockout and the winner will go through to the Last 16 stage. Following the completion of the qualifiers, the final stages will commence from week 17 until we find our eventual winner as per the schedule below.

Weeks 1-16 Qualifiers Weeks 17-19 Last 16 matches
Week 20 Quarter finals
Week 21 Semi Finals & Final


FREESPORTS TV
Sky channel - 424
Freeview channel - 95
BT TV channel - 95
Talk Talk channel - 95
Freesat channel - 252

MIKA is World Champion



What a fantastic achievement by Michelle Roonay. The Enniskillen cueist has just become 2018 IPA World Ladies Blackball Pool Champion. Viewers from all over the World tuned live into Freesports TV to watch Michelle defeat 2017 Champion Collette Henriksen in the Final and bring the title back to Northern Ireland for the second successive year.

After losing the first set 1-4 Michelle took the next in a deciding frame 4-3 to take the match into a deciding set. And once again it went down to the wire but Michelle held herself together with a nerve jangling eight ball clearance in the ultimate frame to sink the final black of the tournament and lift the title of 2018 IPA World Ladies Champion.

What a boost for the Fermanagh girl and all her team mates before she heads off with the Northern Ireland Ladies team to the 2018 EBA European Championships in Bridlington, England'
Congratulations Michelle, and well done too to Collette in reaching yet another Final.

Northern Ireland interest today Sunday 11th February as follows

Mixed Doubles
Collette Henriksen & Rab Fee
Michelle Roonay & Scott Ross
Emma Cunningham & Jack Whelan

Mens Doubles
Ronan McCarthy & Gary Clarke

Not long to go now until a record 127 different teams converge on the magnificent Spa Arena, Bridlington for the 2018 European Championships. Competing teams are as follows

MENS 'A' - England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Ireland, France, Gibraltar, Malta, Catalonia, Shetland, Belguim, Cyprus, Netherlands
MENS 'B' - England x3, Scotland x3, Wales x3, Northern Ireland x2, Ireland x3, Malta, Catalonia, Gibraltar, Netherlands

SENIORS 'A' - England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Ireland, France, Gibraltar, Malta, Belguim, Catalonia, Shetland
SENIORS 'B' - England x2, Scotland x2, Wales x2, Northern Ireland x2, Ireland x2

LADIES 'A' - England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Cyprus, Gibraltar, France
LADIES 'B' - England x2, Scotland x2, Wales x1, Northern Ireland x1

MASTERS 'A' - England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Ireland, Gibraltar
MASTERS 'B' - England x2, Scotland x2, Wales x2, Ireland x2, Gibraltar x1

UNDER 15 'A' - England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Gibraltar
UNDER 15 'B' - England x2, Scotland x2, Wales x1, Ireland x2

UNDER 18'A' - England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Ireland, France
UNDER 18 'B' - England x2, Scotland x1, Wales x2

UNDER 23 'A' - England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Malta, France
UNDER 23 'B' - England x2, Scotland x2, Wales x2, Malta

LDs 'A' - England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Ireland, Gibraltar
LDs 'B' - England x2, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland x2


Good luck all


Players from Northern Ireland travelling over to Bradford from 6-11th February for the 2018 IPA World Blackball Championships include Ronan McCarthy, Gary Clarke, Rab Fee, Declan Lavery, Greg Stevenson, Willie Eakin and Adam Freeburn, they will each be hoping to get a good run as will Emma Cunningham and Michelle Roonay. NI Ladies 'A' Team Manager Collette Henriksen (pictured right) will be defending her title of IPA Ladies World Champion. Good luck to each and every one of you, apologies if I have missed anyone out.

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Northern Ireland Ladies B Team for Brid


Day 3 of the Ladies 'B' Team Trials took place in the Q.Club, Larne on Sunday 4th February and on the day it was Team Manager Alex Babb and April Roonay who finished joint top. Sara Greenberg was the overall Trials winner. Alex has now confirmed her Ladies 'B' Team heading to the 2018 EBA European Championships in April as follows -

Alex Babb - (Newtownards)
Sara Greenberg - (Newwtownabbey)
Roisin Smith - (Newcastle)
April Roonay - (Enniskillen)
Elise Richardson - (Bangor)
Natalie McCullough - (Belfast)
Linzi McClelland - (Ballymena)
Andrea McAllister - (Newtownards)
Kathy Leddy - (Bangor)

Best of luck girls.

Our Condolences


The NIPA Committee would like to pass on their condolences to Ladies player Susan Graham on the sudden passing of her younger sister Debbie.

Our thought are with you Susan at this very sad time.

LAST CALL FOR DISCOUNTED BOAT TRAVEL TO BRID


Tomorrow (Tuesday 6th February) is the last day for anyone wanting to travel to Brid by boat and car (Larne - Cairnryan) to make their booking via the NIPA and avail of a discounted rate.

Please contact Gillian Rolston by Facebook or by email to nipablackball@yahoo.co.uk

Strachan 861


Just a reminder to all players travelling to Bridlington with Team NI in April for the 2018 EBA European Championships that the competition will be played on Powder Blue Strachan 861cloth (as used on the IPA Tour).


After your selection is confirmed best to get as much practice as possible on the cloth, local venues that have at least one table covered with the 861 are -


Reds Sports Lounge - Ballymena
Q.Club - Larne
147 Snooker Club - Antrim
Coach Club - Hillsborough
Potters - Coleraine (coming in January)
Regal - Portadown
Ross's Bar - Ballynahinch

Condolences


The NIPA would like to pass on our condolences to Ladies player Katrina McVeigh on the passing of mum Rosaleen Smyth after a long illness.

Our thought are with you Katrina at this sad time

Rainey storms to Trials success


Very well done too Alan Rainey on winning the NIPA Mens Team International Trials and a space on the Northern Ireland Mens 'A' squad heading off to the 2018 EBA European Championships in April to compete against the top nations and cueists from all over Europe. Alan followed up his 20/25 from last weekend with 17/25 today Sunday 21st January to top the pile. Trevor Whiteside, Neil McFaul (after a play off), Kyle Kirkwood and Paul Harris gained automatic spots on the Mens B Team after finishing in the relevant qualifying positions . Scores as follows - Best two from three days /50 -

37 - Alan Rainey
34 - Paul Harris
34 - Trevor Whiteside
33 - Kyle Kirkwood
32 - Neil McFaul
32 - Steven Strain
30 - Michael Thompson
27 - Ryan Scott
27 - Chris Ross
26 - Kenny English
25 - Kenny Geddis
25 - Andy Baillie
22 - Paddy McGivern
21 - Warren Miskimmin
16 - Jordan McKee
11 - Thomas Fleming

In the photo (left to right)
Alan Rainey (Ballymena), Trevor Whiteside (Carrickfergus), Neil McFaul (Larne), Kyle Kirkwood (Ballyclare), Paul Harris (Carrickfergus)

Seniors B1 Team for Bridlington


The Seniors B1 Team to represent Northern Ireland at the 2018 EBA European Championships in Bridlington is as follows -

Iain Britton (PM) - Ballyclare
Stephen Herron - Ballyclare
Eddie Gribben - Larne
Gary Rutherford - Ballyclare
Alan Johnston - Larne
+1 TBC

Best of luck to all

Mens Trials Day 2 - Sunday 14th January


Trevor Whiteside (Carrickfergus) was the man on fire today as he matched Paul Harris's total of 20/25 from the previous day.

Next Sunday 21st January is the final Trial (Day 3) when players' best two scores from a possible three will be added together to give a Final total to go towards team selection for Bridlington in April at the EBA 2018 European Championships. Harris still leads overall on 34 followed closely by Steven Strain (Newtownards) on 32.

Big thanks to both venues used, Reds in Ballymena and the Q.Club in Larne.



D1 D2 D3
Paul Harris 20 14
34
Steven Strain 16 16
32
Kyle Kirkwood 12 18
30
Trevor Whiteside 9 20
29
Ryan Scott 16 11
27
Neil McFaul 17 10
27
Christopher Ross 13 12
25
Kenny Geddis 13 12
25
Michael Thompson 14 10
24
Paddy McGivern 12 10
22
Andrew Baillie 7 13
20
Warren Miskimmin 6 12
18
Alan Rainey - 17
17
Jordan McKee 7 9
16
Kenny English 14 -
14
Anton Arthurs 12 -
12
Thomas Fleming - 5
5

For full details, follow this link - http://www.nipa-blackball.com/2017/11/mens-international-trials-for.html

Mens Trials - Day 1 Saturday 13th January


Day 1 scores as follows (Out of 25 frames)

20 - Paul Harris
17 - Neil McFaul
16 - Ryan Scott, Steven Strain
14 - Kenny English, Michael Thompson
13 - Kenny Geddis, Christopher Ross
12 - Anton Arthurs, Paddy McGivern, Kyle Kirkwood
09 - Trevor Whiteside
07 - Andrew Baillie, Jordan McKee
06 - Warren Miskimmin

In the photo - Leading the Mens Trials for Bridlington after Day 1 of 3 is Paul Harris from Carrickfergus.

Day 2 of 3 is tomorrow (Sunday 14th January) in Reds Sports Lounge Ballymena. 10.00am start, doors open at 9.00am.

Click here for full details of Mens Trials


Discounted car travel to Bridlington !!


The NIPA have negotiated generous discounts for anyone travelling to Bridlington by car on the Larne to Cairnryan ferry in April for the 2018 EBA European Championships. For enquiries please contact NIPA Secretary Gillian Rolston on Facebook or on 07850 041823

Massive thanks go to P&O Ferries for their  offer.

Mens International Trials for Bridlington



 ***** IMPORTANT *****
DO NOT ENTER THESE TRIALS IF YOU ARE NOT AVAILABLE TO TRAVEL TO THE 2018 EBA EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS IN BRIDLINGTON FROM 9-14th APRIL 2018. NO PRIZE MONEY CAN BE WON UNLESS YOU TRAVEL.

MENS TRIALS -
DAY 1 - Saturday 13th January 2018 - Q.Club, Larne (pictured below). 10.00am start time
DAY 2 - Sunday 14th January 2018 - Reds, Ballymena (pictured above). 10.00am start time
DAY 3 - Sunday 21st January 2018 - Q.Club, Larne. 10.00am start time

A players best 2 days scores out of a possible 3 days determines his total score.

MENS A TEAM (5 person team) - Manager Derek Whiteside - Trials Winner, NI Champion (If he is unable to go then the Runner Up will be invited), 4x Managers Picks

MENS B TEAM (7 person team) - Manager Trevor Whiteside - 4x Managers Picks including himself, Top 4 remaining in Trials after A Team has been confirmed.

MENS B1 TEAM (7 person team) - Dependant on Trials

COST - £10 per day or £25 for all three payable at Day 1

PAYOUT - (Monies will only be paid to players who attend Bridlington and will be paid out in Bridlington)
Trials Winner - £250. NI Champion (or Runner Up) £250. Mens 'A' Managers picks £250
Trials 2nd, 3rd, 4th & 5th - Guaranteed £100 each. All 5 places may also receive a percentage of prize fund from Trials (dependant on entries)

NIPA DRESS CODE - Yes

AMs - To play in these Trials all players must be NIPA Associate Members. Memberships available on the day costing £15

PLAYERS - All players must be eligible to represent Northern Ireland at Blackball pool

AGE - Open to all over 18s as at 1st January 2018

Terms and conditions subject to amendment

NI Ladies 'B' Team Bridlington Trials


Great shooting by Sara Greenberg at Day 2 of the NI Ladies B Team Trials. The Newtownabbey girl scored a fantastic 15/16 to lead the way on 28 frames. Joint second were Alex Babb and April Roonay. The Event was held in Reds Sports Lounge, Ballymena on Sunday 7th January.

Remember, a players best 2 scores from the 3 events determines her final total and placing, so plenty of time to improve on Days 1 and 2. 

Positions 1-5 from the Trials qualify for the NI Ladies B Team for Bridlington plus 2 Managers wild cards.

Results as follows after Day 2 of 3. Sixteen frames per day per player.





T1 T2 T3
28 Sara Greenberg 13 15
25 Alex Babb 13 12
24 April Roonay 12 12
22 Roisin Smith 11 11
19 Elise Richardson 11 8
15 Andrea McAllister 8 7
13 Kathy Leddy 8 5
11 Linzi McClelland - 11
11 Natalie McCullough 11 -
10 Angie Willis 10 -
3 Katrina McVeigh - 3

DAY 3 - Sunday 4th February 2018 - Q.Club, Larne (Registration closes 12.30pm)


Airport transfers to and from Bridlington


A coach is being arranged to transfer players from Leeds/Bradford Airport to Bridlington and back for the 2018 EBA European Championships. Flight details are as follows -

Outgoing flight - Sunday 8th April 2018
Departs George Best Belfast City Airport - 15:15
Arrives at Leeds/Bradford Airport - 16:15
Airline - Flybe
Flight number - BE 735

Return flight - Sunday 15th April 2018
Departs Leeds/Bradford Airport - 14:05
Arrives at George Best Belfast City Airport - 15:05
Airline - Flybe
Flight number - BE 734

To book a coach seat, contact Gillian Rolston or Robert Hawkins as soon as possible please. Cost dependent on final numbers.

CONFIRMED SO FAR
Sara Greenberg, Collette Henriksen, Michelle Roonay, April Roonay, Claire Stewart, Raymond Stockman, Aaron Leslie, Marty Goudie, Gary Johnston 

Condolences


The NIPA would like to pass on their condolences to Paddy Lynch & Pauline Lynch on the passing of Paddy's stepfather James (Jimmy) after an illness.

Our thoughts are with you and the family circle at this sad time.