Seniors 'B' fundraising fun night


Seniors 'B' Team Managers, Rab Brown and Paul Withers will be holding a fundraising night for the upcoming Nations Cup. Details below -

What - Seniors 'B' Team fundraising fun night
When - Friday 26th August
Where - Greenisland WMSC
Time - 8.00pm start

Evening includes - Night at the Races - Stand up Bingo - Pitchie - 80s Disco

Everybody welcome, come along and enjoy the craic

Irish Counties Blackball event


Follow this link to view details on this exciting new planned tournament

http://www.rballsports.com/cmsnews.php?fm=3&mid=8646

More details as we get them

Blackball Pro Am Event



For details of an upcoming Blackball Pro Am Event in Co.Tyrone follow the link at the top of this page or the link below

LOCAL BLACKBALL COMPETITIONS

NI Special Pool Team for the World Championships


Best of luck to the players representing TEAM NI in the Learning Difficulties section at the 2016 Blackball International World Championships in Killarney. Team Manager John Clarke will be doing his best to help the boys bring home silverware. Squad as follows -

Paddy Reid - (Ballycastle)
Clifford Healy - (Bangor)
Philip Haveron - (Larne)
Alan Bell - (Dungannon)
Sammy Johnston - (Larne)
John Brown - (Newtownards)

The event will take place in the splendid INEC Gleneagle Hotel (pictured above) from 11-16th October

Charity donation


Larne & District Pool League Chairman Bill McIlroy Sr presents a cheque for £200 to Karen Spiers in aid of the Finlay Spiers Appeal

The League also donated £100 this season to the Northern Ireland Learning Difficulties Pool Section.

Our League sponsor The Q.Club made a similar donation of £100 also to the Learning Difficulties section.

Well done to all involved. If your League would like a charity donation posted on our website or FB page please contact us at nipablackball@yahoo.co.uk

Nesbitt on fire


What a fantastic showing by young James Nesbitt. The 22 year old Coleraine cueist retained the NIPA Invitational title in the competition which was held in the Primacy Sports Bar, Bangor on Sunday 12th June. In the final he beat the experienced North Down & Ards Individual Champion Herbie O'Neil by 6-1. It's a great boost for James before he heads off to Killarney to represent Team NI at Under 23 level in the 2016 Blackball International World Championships in October. Results as follows -

LAST 16
S.Greenberg 4-6 J.Nesbitt
P.Carville -- Bye
D.Croskery 1-6 E.McDowell
V.Taggart 2-6 A.Rolston
H.O'Neil 6-1 K.English
S.Johnston 6-5 R.Stockman
R.Bowman 5-6 R.Hawkins
L.McIlreavy -- Bye

LAST 8
J.Nesbitt 6-3 P.Carville
E.McDowell 6-3 A.Rolston
H.O'Neil 6-1 S.Johnston
R.Hawkins 3-6 L.McIlreavy
SEMI FINALS
J.Nesbitt 6-4 E.McDowell
H.O'Neil 6-4 L.McIlreavy
FINAL
J.Nesbitt (Coleraine) 6-1 H O'Neil (Ards)

FINAL FRAMES
O'Neil Nesbitt Nesbitt Nesbitt Nesbitt Nesbitt Nesbitt

IPA TOUR Glasgow


The IPA Blackball Tour Event 3 takes place in Glasgow from Friday 10th - Sunday 12th June. Local interest includes Ronan McCarthy, Rab McCullough, Gary Clarke, Declan Duff, Johnny Mackay and Tyler McConnell.

Click here for live streaming -  http://ipapool.com/tour-extra/live-streaming/

To view live frame by frame updates go to http://ipa.poolapplive.com/fixture2.php

NI Mens B1 Team Sponsor


Mens B1 Team Manager Robert Mcullough is delighted to have gained a new sponsor for the upcoming Nations Cup in Coleraine in October.

GIBSON REMOVALS from Ballyclare will be supplying each player with 2 new team shirts. Thanks go to Nick and Kim of Gibson Removals, you can find the company on FACEBOOK at https://www.facebook.com/search/1473757522848118/local_search?surface=tyah

Gibson Removals, 40 Ballymena Road, Doagh, County Antrim, BT39 0QR

Phone - 028 9343 8343 or 07714 123342


Letters for work


If any player needs an official letter from the NIPA to hand in to their work regarding selection for the upcoming World Championships in Killarney or Nations Cup in Coleraine please email us at nipablackball@yahoo.co.uk

The NIPA Masters Invitational



This coming Sunday 12th June sees the NIPA Masters Invitational take place in the Primacy Sports Bar, Bangor. Details below -

What - 2016 NIPA Masters Invitational
When - Sunday 12th June
Where - Primacy Sports Bar, Bangor
Venue - Open from 9.30am
Time - Registration closes at 11.00am
Dress code - Yes
Format - Straight Knock Out

The following players have qualified for this event and are all invited to battle it out for the 2016 title. In the photo is 22 year old cueist James Nesbitt from Coleraine, who is the current holder.

ARDS LEAGUE
Robert Bowman (Masters Individual Champion)
Maryjo McCourt (Ladies Individual Champion)
Davy Drysdale (Seniors Individual Champion)
Tramayne Beattie (Open Individual Champion)
BALLYCLARE
John Barrons (Seniors Individual Champion)
Alaister Wilson (Open Individual Champion)
BALLYMENA LEAGUE
Pat McAnally (Open Individual Champion)
Gary Ormandy (Masters Individual Champion)
BALLYNAHINCH LEAGUE
Kevin Dickson (Individual Champion)
CARRICKFERGUS LEAGUE
Lee McIlreavy (Under 23 Champion)
Robert Hawkins (Masters Champion)
Sara Greenberg (Ladies Champion)
Paul Henderson (Seniors Champion)
Kenny English (Individual Champion)
CASTLEWELLAN LEAGUE
Paul Carville (Open Individual Champion)
COLERAINE LEAGUE
Corey Sweeney (Individual and Under 23 Champion)
Willie Eakin (Seniors Champion)
Raymond Stockman (Masters Champion)
CRUMLIN LEAGUE
Stephen Johnston (Open & Masters Individual Champion)
Gary Whiteside (Seniors Individual Champion)
DROMARA LEAGUE
Wayne Beggs (Open Individual Champion)
EAST DOWN LEAGUE
Duane Croskery (Open Individual Champion)
LARNE LEAGUE
Bill McIlroy Sr (Seniors Individual Champion)
Gary Johnston (Under 23 Individual Champion)
Ed McDowell (Open Individual Champion) 
Dessie Cooper (Masters Individual Champion)
NORTH DOWN & ARDS LEAGUE
Herbie O'Neil (Open Individual Champion)
OTHER
James Nesbitt (NI Masters Invitational Champion)
Ronan McCarthy (NI Mens Individual Champion)
Collette Henriksen (NI Ladies Individual Champion)
Neil McKelvey (NI Seniors Individual Champion)
Bill McIlroy Sr (NI Masters Individual Champion)
Declan Duff (NI Under 23 Individual Champion)
Gerard McDermott (NI Under 18 Individual Champion)
Aaron Rolston (NI Under 15 Individual Champion)
Paddy Reid (NI Special Pool Mens Individual Champion)
Valerie Taggart (NI Special Pool Ladies Individual Champion)
Stephen Johnston (European Nations Individual Masters Champion)
Collette Henricksen (European Individual Ladies Champion, Nations Cup Individual Ladies Champion and NI Individual Ladies Champion)

Date change


The 2016 NIPA Champions of Champions due to be held on Sunday 5th June has been postponed. Once a new date is confirmed we will publish it on here and on our Facebook page. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Ladies B Teams confirmed


The NIPA are delighted to announce our two Ladies B teams that will be competing in the 2016 EBA Nations Cup in Coleraine in October. Good luck girls.



LADIES B1
LADIES B2
Susan Graham (M) - (Ards)
Katrina McVeigh (PM) - (Downpatrick)
Roisin Smith - (Newcastle)
Andrea Reid - (Cardiff)
Kim Dockery - (Bangor)
Angie Carson - (Newtownabbey)
Alex Babb - (Bangor)
Clare Roberts - (Carrickfergus)
Maryjo McCourt - (Carnlough)
Sally Caughey - (Ards)
Jean McIlroy - (Larne)
Elise Richardson - (Ards)
Angie Willis - (Newtownabbey)
Krissie Cutler - (Ards)
Kathy Leddy - (Bangor)
A.McAllister (Bangor)/L.McClelland (Ballymena)
A.McAllister (Bangor)/L.McClelland (Ballymena)

Ladies Trials DAY 2/2


Congratulations to Jean McIlroy. The Larne lass won DAY 2 of the NIPA Ladies Trials to book herself a spot on the Ladies B1 Team to represent TEAM NI at the 2016 EBA Nations Cup in Coleraine.

The Ladies will have an 'A' Team at the Blackball International World Championships in Killarney and 2x 'B' Teams at the said Nations Cup both in October.

DAY 2 - /24

17 - Jean McIlroy
15 - Angie Willis
15 - Kathy Leddy
12 - Andrea McAllister
11 - Sally Caughey
09 - Clare Roberts
09 - Katrina McVeigh
08 - Susan Graham

Both 'B' Teams will be confirmed on website and our FB page shortly.

Final table

 
1 Maryjo McCourt 21
2 Angie Willis 20
3 Jean McIlroy 17
4 Kathy Leddy 15
5 Andrea McAllister 12
6 Linzi McClelland 12
7 Sally Caughey 11
8 Clare Roberts 11
9 Elise Richardson 10
10 Krissie Cutler 9
11 Katrina McVeigh 9
12 Susan Graham 8
13 Una Zuzane 7
14 Nicole Devlin 5

NIPA Seniors Tour Finals Day


Finalists Stephen Johnston & Marty Goudie

The titles just keep coming for Stephen Johnston with the latest being the 2016 NIPA Seniors Tour Champion. In Finals Day which was played to a finish in the Q.Club, Larne on Sunday 29th May he ousted Marty Goudie in a high quality final by 7-5 to claim the top prize of £450. Well done and thanks to all the players who took part in the Tour during the season.

LAST 16 MAN EVENT
Sam Newell V Bye
Greg Stevenson 7-1 Steve Massey
Marty Goudie 7-5 Dave Jones
Paddy McGivern 7-5 Sara Greenberg
John Tennyson V Bye
Tristan Scott-Heyes 6-7 Robert Hawkins
Stephen Johnston V Bye
Kenny English 6-7 Ellis Martin
LAST 8 MAIN EVENT
Sam Newell 4-7 Greg Stevenson
Marty Goudie 7-0 Paddy McGivern
John Tennyson 7-3 Robert Hawkins
Stephen Johnston 7-4 Ellis Martin
SEMI FINALS MAIN EVENT
Greg Stevenson 2-7 Marty Goudie
John Tennyson 3-7 Stephen Johnston
GRAND FINAL MAIN EVENT
Marty Goudie (Carrickfergus) 5-7 Stephen Johnston (Lisburn)

Final Frames
Goudie Johnston Goudie Johnston Goudie Johnston Goudie Johnston Goudie Johnston Johnston Johnston

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LAST 8 PLATE EVENT

Steve Massey V Bye
Sara Greenberg 5-4 Dave Jones
Tristan Scott-Heyes V Bye
Kenny English V Bye
SEMI FINALS PLATE EVENT
Steve Massey 1-5 Sara Greenberg
Kenny English 5-3 Tristan Scott Heyes
FINAL PLATE EVENT
Kenny English (Carrickfergus) 5-3 Sara Greenberg (Newtownabbey)

Final Frames
Greenberg English English English English Greenberg Greenberg English

Photo 
Plate Runner Up & Winner, Sara Greenberg and Kenny English

Seniors Trials conclude


It's congratulations to Neil Campbell. The Ballyclare cueist scored a fantastic 17/20 today in a strong field at Day 2/2 of the NIPA Seniors Team Trials for the 2016 EBA Nations Cup. Both Seniors squads are now confirmed as follows -

SENIORS B1
Rab Brown (M) - Glengormley
Sam Newell - Bangor
Andy McMeekin - Newtownabbey
Ellis Martin - Larne
Neil Campbell - Ballyclare
Chris Halloran - Downpatrick
Gerry McCorry - Larne

SENIORS B2
Paul Withers (M) - Ballynahinch
Eddie Gribben - Larne
Herbie O'Neil - Ards
Mark Stockton - Omagh
Paul Francey - Ballymena
Gary Johnston - Lisburn
Kenny English - Carrickfergus

Masters B2 Team for Nations Cup


We are delighted to confirm our Masters B2 squad for the 2016 EBA Nations Cup in Coleraine in October. Good luck lads

Jim Taylor (Kircubbin)
John Holland (Belfast)
Paul O'Connor (Coleraine)
Hugh Regan (Bangor)
Jimmy McCullough (Bangor)
Ivan Christie (Ballinderry)

2016 Champions of Champions and Masters Invitational events



CHAMPIONS OF CHAMPIONS (Sunday 5th June 2016, Q.Club, Larne)

The following teams from NIPA affiliated Leagues have qualified for the 2016 Champions of Champions event in June. The Thatch Bar (Larne League) pictured right have won the event for three years in a row, can anyone stop them from making it four ?

Where - The Q.Club, Larne
When - Sunday 5th June 2016
Team Registration closes at 11.00am. One player from a team can register for the whole team. Any team not registered by 11.00am will lose one frame for every 5 minutes they are late in registering.  Teams can register a maximum of 8 players
Venue - Open from 9.30am
Dress code - yes, NIPA
Format - 5 A Side. KNOCK OUT and PLATE
Eligibility - To be eligible to play, a player must be registered with a team playing in the Competition and have played in a minimum of 3 League matches for that team in the season ending 2015/2016. Teams must have a minimum of 4 players to enter.
 
Connollys (Ballymena League Champions) - Alan Davidson
In Betweeners (Ballymena League Runners Up) - Philip Houston
McMullans (East Down League Champions) - Tom Morgan
Russell's Bar (East Down Cup Winners) - Mark Magoran
Potters Aces (Coleraine League Champions) - Geoffrey Boreland
Potters 'A' (Coleraine League Runners Up) - Willie Eakin
The Oaks (Ballynahinch League Champions) - Sam McCleery
Ramery Inn - (Ballynahinch Cup Winners) - Charlie Sloan
Sharks (ND & A League Champions) - Jake McCready
Imperial (ND&A League Runners Up) - Darren Sterrett
Hasbeens (Ballyclare League Champions) - Iain Britton
McConnells (Carrick League Champions) - Jeff Moore
Swift (Carrick League Runners Up) - Paul Roberts
Barracudas (Ards League Champions) - Steven Strain
First and Last 'A' (Ards Cup Winners) - Stewart McCormick
Thatch Bar (Larne League Champions) - Bryan McWhirter
Saints (Larne Cup Winners) - Dean McDonagh
Wayside Inn (Ballyclare Cup Winners) -Kyle Kirkwood
Drumaness GAC - (Castlewellan League Winners) - Brendan Blaney
Townhouse - (Castlewellan Cup Winners) - Chris Anderson
Coach Club 'A' - (Dromara League Winners) - Colin Carlisle
Leapogue Lads - (Dromara Cup Winners) - Raymond Jess

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MASTERS INVITATIONAL (Sunday 12th June 2016, Primacy Sports Bar, Bangor)

The following players from NIPA affiliated Leagues have qualified for the 2016 Masters Invitational event in June. Current Champion is 22 year old James Nesbitt from Coleraine (pictured right)

What - 2016 NIPA Masters Invitational
When - Sunday 12th June
Where - Primacy Sports Bar, Bangor
Venue - Open from 9.30am
Time - Registration closes at 11.00am
Dress code - Yes
Format - Straight Knock Out

ARDS LEAGUE
Robert Bowman (Masters Individual Champion)
Maryjo McCourt (Ladies Individual Champion)
Davy Drysdale (Seniors Individual Champion)
Tramayne Beattie (Open Individual Champion)

BALLYCLARE
John Barrons (Seniors Individual Champion)
Alaister Wilson (Open Individual Champion)

BALLYMENA LEAGUE
Pat McAnally (Open Individual Champion)
Gary Ormandy (Masters Individual Champion)

BALLYNAHINCH LEAGUE
Kevin Dickson (Open Individual Champion)

CARRICKFERGUS LEAGUE
Lee McIlreavy (Under 23 Champion)
Robert Hawkins (Masters Champion)
Sara Greenberg (Ladies Champion)
Paul Henderson (Seniors Champion)
Kenny English (Open Individual Champion)

CASTLEWELLAN LEAGUE
Paul Carville (Open Individual Champion)

COLERAINE LEAGUE
Corey Sweeney (Open Individual and Under 23 Champion)
Willie Eakin (Seniors Champion)
Raymond Stockman (Masters Champion)

CRUMLIN LEAGUE
Stephen Johnston (Open & Masters Individual Champion)
Gary Whiteside (Seniors Individual Champion)

DROMARA LEAGUE
Wayne Beggs (Open Individual Champion)

EAST DOWN LEAGUE
Duane Croskery (Open Individual Champion)

LARNE LEAGUE
Bill McIlroy Sr (Seniors Individual Champion)
Gary Johnston (Under 23 Individual Champion)
Ed McDowell (Open Individual Champion)
Dessie Cooper (Masters Individual Champion)

NORTH DOWN & ARDS LEAGUE 

????? (Open Individual Champion) Playing 1st June

NATIONAL
James Nesbitt (NI Masters Invitational Champion)
Ronan McCarthy (NI Mens Individual Champion)
Collette Henriksen (NI Ladies Individual Champion)
Neil McKelvey (NI Seniors Individual Champion)
Bill McIlroy Sr (NI Masters Individual Champion)
Declan Duff (NI Under 23 Individual Champion)
Gerard McDermott (NI Under 18 Individual Champion)
Aaron Rolston (NI Under 15 Individual Champion)
Paddy Reid (NI Special Pool Mens Individual Champion)
Valerie Taggart (NI Special Pool Ladies Individual Champion)

INTERNATIONAL
Collette Henricksen (European Individual & Nations Cup Individual Ladies Champion)
Stephen Johnston (European Nations Individual Masters Champion)

Blackball Referees Exam


The NIPA will be hosting a sitting of the Referees Blackball Exam in McConnells of Doagh on Thursday 9th June at 7.30pm.

Could any NIPA affiliated League who wishes to send anyone to sit the exam please register name/s by calling Robert on 07970450050. Affiliated Leagues can send 2 representitives free of charge.

Cost for anyone else wishing to sit the exam is £10. Please contact us at above number if you wish to sit the exam independently of an affiliated League.

This coming weekends events


Saturday 28th May - SENIORS TRIALS DAY 2/2 (Q.Club, Larne )
Venue open at 9.00am, 10.00am start

Sunday 29th May - LADIES TRIALS DAY 2/2 (Primacy, Bangor)
Venue open at 9.00am, 10.00am start

Sunday 29th May - SENIORS TOUR FINALS DAY (Q.Club, Larne)
Venue open at 10.00am, 11.00am start

Calling all Under 15s, 18s and 23s !!!


Any player who is interested in representing Team Northern Ireland at at International event in October at either Under 15, Under 18 or Under 23 level, please email your name and date of birth into nipablackball@yahoo.co.uk or contact an Exec Committee member direct