Want to test yourself against the Pros ?

This Sunday 30th October, the Q.Club in Larne hosts the qualifier for players to have a chance to test themselves against 4x IPA Pros and 1x IPA Amateur in the NIPA/IPA Individual Challenge Cup.

It's a great chance to try and make it through to the Last 16 which will take place in the Primacy Sports Bar in Bangor on Sunday 20th November and possibly pit your skills against the likes of Marc Farnsworth (World ranked No 1), Gareth Hibbott (Current IPA World Champion), Kristian Phillips, Nicky Griffiths and Rob Donkin

Gareth Hibbott
What - Qualifier for last 16 of NIPA/IPA Individual Challenge Cup
Where - Q.Club, Larne
When - Sunday 30th October
Time - Registration closes at 12.00noon
Cost - £10 per person
NIPA Dress code - Yes
Who - Open to all NIPA members only

*** Only enter this qualifier if you are available to play in the Last 16 on Finals Day on Sunday 20th November ***

Round up from a memorable week in Killarney

Team NI have returned from competing in the 2016 World Championships and once again our players excelled with some outstanding team and individual performances. Well done and thank you to everyone who travelled down to the beautiful County of Kerry to represent NI

Mens A - The lads were fantastic finishing 3rd in the group to qualify for the Quarter Final stage beating European Champions Wales along the way. And what a result against a star studded Scotland side, a 13-10 win in a classic match took the boys to the Last 4 where they only lost out to eventual new World Champions France.

Ladies A - Jean McIlroys team topped the group losing only one match to earn an automatic spot in the Semi Finals where they agonisly lost out 13-12 to South Africa who went on to become World Champions. Our Ladies overcame England to claim Bronze in the 3rd and 4th place play off and Collette Henriksen and Michelle Roonay topped the overall scoring stats in the Ladies Section both scoring a fantastic 80%

Seniors A - A disappointing campaign after being Runners Up in Perth 2 years previous. Missed out on qualification from the group.

Masters A - Another outstanding performance to top the group with nine wins from nine matches seen Eric Sterrett's lads gain an automatic Semi Final spot where they faced neighbours Southern Ireland. Unfortunately it wasn't to be as we lost to a strong Irish team who went on to win the crown. But our lads rallied and went on to beat South Africa 13-12 to claim Bronze in the 3rd and 4th place play off. And what a week for David Drysdale, the County Down man beat all put before him to become 2016 Masters Individual World Champion and it got event better as Drysdale claimed the World Doubles crown with partner Stephen Johnston. Raymond Stockman also excelled claiming Bronze in the Individuals, all in all an unforgetable week for the Masters

Under 23s - Steven McGurn's lads qualified out of the group into the knock out stages but unfortunately lost out on a semi final spot after a narrow 13-11 defeat by Malta. But what a performance by Adam McMackin and Carl Martin, the Tyrone pairing claiming Gold in the Doubles event with fantastic pool throughout.

Under 18s - Qaulified to the knock out stages where they went on to secure a fantastic 13-12 win over South Africa to reach the Semi Finals against England. Unfortunately the lads came up short but what a showing by young Oisin Wallace as the Omagh lad claimed the Silver medal in the Individuals only losing out to classy English cueist Ben Rowland.

Specials - Fantastic again from our Specials as they claimed Gold, beating reigning Champions Scotland 13-11 in a nailbiting finale. Take a bow Clifford Healy, Paddy Reid, John Brown, Alan Bell, Sammy Johnston and Philip Haveron. To add the icing to the cake Johnston/Bell and Healy/Reid took both Silver and Bronze respectively in the Doubles event.

Top of the pots for Team NI were -

Mens - Tommy Morrow 63%
Ladies - Collette Henriksen & Michelle Roonay 80%
Seniors - Brian Crilly 71.73%
Masters - Raymond Stockman, Bill McIlroy & Stephen Johnston 73%
Under 23 - Steven McGurn 56.81%
Under 18 - Oisin Wallace 60%
Specials -Alan Bell & Clifford 73%

Photos to follow

'A' Team Manager

The NIPA would like to welcome Rab McCullough to position of Mens 'A' Team Manager. Derek Whiteside will in turn move up to B1 Manager as we start to plan ahead for the 2017 EBA European Championships. B teams will be 7 person teams from now onwards and this change will attract teams from other Nations rather than just the UK and Ireland, Belguim and The Netherlands being the first two to have shown a solid interest in attending.

It's Gold for the Iceman and the Masters

After a fantastic week in Killarney the feelgood feeling was kept alive for Team NI as Drew Sloan in the Mens Indvidual and Hugo Manson's Masters in the Team event left the Lodge Hotel in Coleraine with 2016  EBA Nations Cup Winners medals. Drew,affectionately known as the "Iceman" beat the impressive Kevin Vane from England 5-0 in the final whilst our Masters team overcame Scotland 13-10. Well done to both and also to everyone who represented NI at the 2016 Nations Cup of Pool.

Our Under 15s, 18s and 23s take centre stage now as they play from 25th -27th in their Nations Cup.

The 2016 EBA Nations Cup of Pool

(The Lodge Hotel, Coleraine, Northern Ireland)

For updated results, tables and streaming links go to the EBA website at WWW.EBA-POOL.ORG

20th - 23rd October (Mens, Ladies, Seniors & Masters)

25th - 27th October (Under 23, Under 18, Under 15)

Good luck to all

Good luck to all players and officials representing Team NI at the 2016 EBA Nations Cup of Pool. The event will be held in the Lodge Hotel, Coleraine from 20th-27th October.

World Championship updates

Go to the EBA website at WWW.EBA-POOL.ORG to view where all the Gold, Silver and Bronze medals went at the 2016 Blackball International World Championships.

Good luck to all in Killarney


The 7 day countdown to Killarney has begun. Safe journeys and the very best of luck to all our players, officials and others heading down to County Kerry to represent Team NI at the 2016 Blackball International World Championships against some of the best from all over of the globe. 

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Wednesday 10.00 Mens Netherlands v Morocco
Wednesday 12.30 U23s Scotland v England
Wednesday 15.00 Doubles Selected matches


The 2016 NI Special Pool Festival

Below is the Programme of Events for the 2016 ""MR CHIPS"" Festival of Special Pool. 

The Committee and the players would like to sincerely thank Mr Clem Howard owner of "Mr Chips" for his past and present headline sponsorship of the Festival. Without Clem's generosity over the years it would no doubt have been much more difficult to provide the players with such a high quality event. We would like to welcome on board and thank Mr Eddie O'Connor of EC Estate Agents from the Maiden City, who will be sponsoring the team events.

NIPA Seniors Tour Event 1

In the photo - County Down's Herbie O'Neill, winner of the NIPA Seniors Tour Event 1. The competition was held in the Q.Club, Larne on Sunday 2nd October

Anthony McCorry 5-6 Marty Goudie
Greg Stevenson 6-4 Andy McMeekin
Dave Jones 6-3 Paddy McGivern
Alan Ferguson 1-6 Barney Hylands
Alan Johnston 6-3  Kenny English
Mart Goudie 3-6 Greg Stevenson
Dave Jones 1-6 Barney Hylands
Alan Johnston 6-3 John Tennyson
Tony Tennyson 1-6 Herbie O'Neill
Bill McIlroy Sr 6-3 Ellis Martin
Kenny Geddis 0-6 Gary Johnston
Stephen Johnston (-1) 5-6 Brian Crilly (-1)
Ian Wylie (+1) 1-6 Steve Massey
Greg Stevenson 5-6 Barney Hylands
Alan Johnston 1-6 Herbie O'Neill
Bill McIlroy Sr 6-5 Gary Johnston
Brian Crilly (-1) 6-2 Steve Massey
Barney Hylands 3-6 Herbie O'Neill
Brian Crilly (-1) 6-2 Bill McIlroy Sr
Herbie O'Neill (Ards) 6-0 Brian Crilly (-1) (Bangor)


 The Programme of Events has been released for the 2016 Blackball International World Pool Championships starting on 11th October in Killarney, Ireland. Go to the EBA website at WWW.EBA-POOL.ORG and follow the link.

TEAM NI Opening Fixtures as follows

NI MENS v Australia (Tuesday 1.30pm)
NI LADIES v Scotland (Tuesday 4.00pm)
NI SENIORS v Wales (Tuesday 1.30pm)
NI MASTERS v Australia (Tuesday 4.00pm)
NI UNDER 23s v  Catalonia (Tuesday 4.00pm)
NI UNDER 18s v France (Tuesday 1.30pm)
NI SPECIALS v England (Tuesday 1.30pm)

Mens 'A' Team warm up for Killarney

The N.Ireland Mens 'A' Team played a pre World Championship warm up match against a Larne
Select Team in the Q.Club, Larne on Friday 30th September.

N.Ireland Mens 'A' 15-10 Larne Select

Session scores
2-3 4-1 4-1 2-3 3-2

Top photo - NI Mens 'A' team
Ricky Clyde, Ryan Foster, Dean McDonagh, Pat McAnally, Thomas Morrow

Bottom photo - Larne Select
Kenny English, Barney Hylands, Raymond Stockman, Michael Kane, Neil Campbell

Top scorer for our Mens 'A' Team was Ricky Clyde with 5/5, and for the Select Team Kenny English and Raymond Stockman both scored 3/5

The five players pictured will head off to the 2016 Blackball International World Championship on Monday 10th October along with team mate Ronan Fay who is presently working in England

The 2017 EBA Nations Cup of Pool

Congratulations to the Malta Eight Ball Federation on being successful in their bid to host the 2017 EBA Nations Cup of Pool. The event is for both 'A' and 'B' Teams and will be played in early November.

More details to follow as soon as we get them.


The "ALL NEW" NIPA 2016 - 2017 Seniors Tour kicks off this Sunday 2nd October with the first event being held in the Q.Club, Larne

EVENT 1 - Sunday 2nd October 2016 - Q.Club, Larne (registration closes at 12.00noon sharp)
EVENT 2 - Sunday 27th November 2016 - Minnesotas, Ballymena
EVENT 3 - Sunday 15th January 2017 - Venue TBC
EVENT 4 - Sunday 19th February 2017 - Venue TBC
EVENT 5 - Sunday 2nd April 2017 - Venue TBC

Format - New Handicap Playing Format (See below)
Events - 5 Stand alone Events
Event 1 - Sunday 2nd October 2016
Where - Q.Club, Larne (8 Supreme Tables with Hainsworth Match cloth)
Time - Registration closes at 12.00noon sharp
NIPA dress code - Yes
Races - Straight Knock Out, all matches races to 6
Who - Open to any player over the age of 40 on the day of the event
Cost - New reduced entry fee. £15 (Players must be NIPA members to enter)
Info - This season each event will be a stand alone event with no Finals Day. Handicaps will apply for the full Tour unless NIPA Committee decide an adjustment is required. Last seasons Tour players handicaps for this season shown below, others available on request

Brian Crilly = -1
Dee Irwin = -1
Sam Newell = -1
Stephen Johnston = -1
Alan Corrigan = 0
Alan Ferguson = 0
Anthony McCorry = 0
Billyjo Browne = 0
Daniel Clarke = 0
Dave Jones = 0
Davy Drysdale = 0
Ellis Martin = 0
Gary Johnston = 0
Greg Stevenson = 0
John Tennyson = 0
Kenny English = 0
Kenny Geddis = 0
Marty Goudie = 0
Paddy McGivern = 0
Paddy Mulholland = 0
Raymond Stockman = 0
Robert Hawkins = 0
Rodney Patterson = 0
Steve Massey = 0
Tony Tennyson = 0
Tristan Scott-Heyes = 0 
Nigel McDowell = +1
Rab Brown = +1
Sara Greenberg = +1

2016 World Championship entries

Below are the entries to date for the 2016 Blackball International World Championships to be held in Killarney 11-16th October

MENS - (15) LADIES - (10) SENIORS - (11) MASTERS - (10)

Australia Australia Australia Australia
Catalonia England Catalonia Catalonia
Cyprus France England England
England Gibraltar France France
France Ireland Gibraltar Gibraltar
Gibraltar N. Ireland Ireland Ireland
Ireland S. Africa N. Ireland N. Ireland
Malta Scotland Norway S. Africa
Morocco Uganda S. Africa Scotland
N.Ireland Wales Scotland Wales

S. Africa



UNDER 23 - (9) UNDER 18 - (8) UNDER 15 - (6) WH'CHAIR - (13)

Australia England England Australia x1
Catalonia France Gibraltar England x2
England Ireland Ireland 1 Ireland x5
France Malta Ireland 2 N. Ireland x1
Ireland N. Ireland Scotland 1 Russia x1
Malta S. Africa Scotland 2 Wales x1
N. Ireland Scotland
Others x2
S. Africa Wales


MENS LDs - (6) LADIES LDs - (2)

England Ireland

Ireland S.Africa

N. Ireland

S. Africa



2016 EBA Nations Cup entries

The following teams have entered the upcoming 2016 EBA Nations Cup of Pool which will take place in Coleraine, Northern Ireland starting the Thursday 20th October



N. Ireland B1 N. Ireland B1 N. Ireland B1 N. Ireland B1
N. Ireland B2 N. Ireland B2 N. Ireland B2 N. Ireland B2
Scotland B1 Scotland B1 Scotland B1 Scotland B1
Scotland B2 Scotland B2 Scotland B2 Scotland B2
Wales B1 Wales B1 Wales B1 Wales B1
Wales B2 England B1 Wales B2 S. Ireland B1
S. Ireland B1 England B2 S. Ireland B1 S. Ireland B2
S. Ireland B2
S. Ireland B2 England B1
England B1
England B1 England B2
England B2
England B2


N. Ireland B1 N. Ireland B1 N. Ireland B1
N. Ireland B2 N. Ireland B2 N. Ireland B2
Scotland B1 Wales B1 Scotland B1
Scotland B2 England B1 Wales B1
Wales B1 England B2 England B1
England B1
England B2
England B2

UNDERS Nations Cup warm up

In the picture is Potters owner Willie Eakin (back left) with some of the NIPA UNDER 15/18/23 players who took part in a Nations Cup warm up event in Potters, Coleraine on Sunday 25th September.

Knock Out Main Event Final
Ryan Marcus (Larne) 4-2 Richard Purcell (Castlerock)

Plate Event Final
Ryan Scott (Larne) 4-3 Adam Harte (Coleraine)

Top scorers in the team event were Dean Vauls (Coleraine) and Adam Harte (Coleraine).

Good luck to all our Under 15/18/23 players that will be representing Northern Ireland in the event which takes place in the Lodge Hotel, Coleraine from 25-27th October.

Greenberg & McIlroy at the Double

Winners - Sara Greenberg & Jean McIlroy

Congratulations to Sara Greenberg (Newtownabbey) and Jean McIlroy (Larne). The duo won the 2016-2017 NIPA Ladies Doubles event in the competition which was held in the Primacy Sports Bar, Bangor on Sunday 25th September.

In a close final that went to the deciding frame they beat Tasha Magill (Dundonald) and Roisin Smith (Newcastle) by 4-3.

Final frames
Greenberg/McIlroy Magill/Smith Magill/Smith Greenberg/McIlroy Magll/Smith Greenberg/McIlroy Greenberg/McIlroy

U15/18/23 Nations Cup warm up

Just a reminder to all Under 15/18 & 23 players competing in the upcoming EBA Nations Cup in October in the Lodge Hotel, Coleraine that we will be having a warm up day in Potters Pool & Snooker Club in Coleraine this Sunday 25th September.

Start time 1.00 pm

NIPA dress code applies
Dressy trousers - any colour, no jeans, combats, cords, chinos etc
Dress Shoes - any colour, no trainers etc
Shirt - with collar polo shirt acceptable, no football tops or logos

Potters Pool & Snooker Club, Long Commons, Coleraine BT52 1LJ

2016-2017 Ladies Doubles Championship

This Sunday 25th September sees the 2016-2017 Northern Ireland Ladies Doubles Championship take place in the Primacy Sports Bar, Bangor . Details below -

Where - Primacy Sports Bar, Bangor. Open from 11am for practice
When - Sunday 25th September 2016
Time - Registration closes at 12.00 noon sharp.
Cost - £10 per person (AM), £20.00 per person (Non AM)
Dress code - Yes
Who - Open to anyone who is eligible to represent Northern Ireland at Blackball Pool
Format - Straight Knockout

In the photo
Current holders Tasha Magill (Dundonald) and Mary Cunningham (Newry)

2016 Tasha Magill & Mary Cunningham
2015 Tasha Magill & Mary Cunningham
2014 Angie Acheson & Angie Carson
2013 Sara Greenberg & Julie Henderson
2012 Sara Greenberg & Julie Henderson
2011 Elise Richardson & Krissie Cutler