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) -
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
Larne Cup Winners - 2nd June
Ballyclare Cup Winners - 26th May
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)
???? (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)
???? (Masters Individual Champion)

NORTH DOWN & ARDS LEAGUE
???? (Open Individual Champion)

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

Masters B1s


The Masters B1 Team to represent NI at the 2016 EBA Nations Cup in Coleraine in October has been confirmed as follows by manager Hugo Manson -

MASTERS B1
Joe Patton - (Belfast)
Raymond Crowe - (Glengormley)
Rodney Patterson - (Newtownards)
Gary Patterson - (Newtownards)
Davy McGurn - (Omagh)
Dessie Cooper - (Ballymena)
Alan Corrigan (Carrickfergus)

UNDER 18 TEAM FOR KILLARNEY


Manager Alex Irvine has confirmed his Under 18 team for the 2016 Blackball Internatonal World Championships in Killarney in October as follows. Best of luck to the juniors -

Oisin Wallace - (Omagh)
Galvin McDermott - (Omagh)
Daryl McKee - (Belfast)
Adam Freeburn - (Limavady)
Callum McGlinchey - (Omagh)

MENS INTERNATIONAL TRIALS CONCLUDE


After Day 3/3 of the NIPA Mens International Trials the MENS B1 & B2 Teams to represent NI at the 2016 EBA Nations Cup in Coleraine in October are confirmed as follows. Good luck lads, lets do it.



MENS B1
MENS B2
Robert McCullough (PM) - (Belfast)
Derek Whiteside (M) - (Greenisland)
Aaron Leslie - (Glengormley)
Rab Butler - (Newtownabbey)
Kyle Kirkwood - (Antrim)
Johnny Mackay - (Ballyclare)
Barry Cunningham - (Fintona)
Marc Hutchinson - (Coleraine)
Drew Sloan - (Ballymena)
Gary Wallace - (Manchester)
Lee Hull - (Coleraine)
James Nesbitt - (Coleraine)
Declan Duff - (Lurgan)
Shaun McAlister - (Larne)
Damian Reid - (Coleraine)
James Meredith - (Belfast)
Gary Clarke - (Ballymena)
Ady Toner - (Coleraine)
Marty Quigg - (Belfast)
Colin Wilson - (Larne)
Gee Crawley - (Glengormley)
Lee McIlreavy - (Newtownabbey)
Iain Britton - (Ballyclare)
Trevor Whiteside - (Carrickfergus)
Stephen McArthur - (London)
Paul Roberts - (Carrickfergus)
Paul Harris - (Carrickfergus)
Paddy Lynch - (Maghera)


Gareth Fears - (Ballyclare)



Some of the players who will represent our Mens B teams on home soil at the 2016 EBA Nations Cup in October

James Meredith, Rab McCullough, Trevor Whiteside, Gareth Fears, Gary Clarke, Paddy Lynch, Stephen McArthur, Paul Roberts and Paul Harris

Well done to Gary Clarke again. He was in fine form for the second day in succession, topping the  scoring at DAY 3 of the Mens Trials with 20/25

UNDERS TOUR FINALS DAY


Its a big well done to Gerard McDermott. The 18 year old stormed to victory in the NIPA 2015-2016 Under 23 Tour in the Q.Club, Larne on Sunday 22nd May. In the Final Gerard beat 15 year old Aaron Rolston by 6-3. In the Plate event Oisin Wallace excelled in beating Neil McFaul 4-0 in the Final.

Prelims
Galvin McDermott 5-1 Adam Freeburn
Gerard McDermott 5-2 Oisin Wallace
Reece McMurtry 0-5 Thomas Fleming
Lee Topping 3-5 Corey Sloan
Quarter Finals Main Event
Ryan Scott 5-4 Galvin McDermott
Neil McFaul 2-5 Gerard McDermott
Aaron Rolston 5-1 Thomas Fleming
Ryan Marcus 5-4 Corey Sloan
Semi Finals Main Event
Ryan Scott 0-5 Gerard McDermott
Aaron Rolston 5-1 Ryan Marcus
Grand Final Main Event
Gerard McDermott (Omagh) 6-3 Aaron Rolston (Larne)

Final frames
Rolston McDermott McDermott Rolston Rolston McDermott McDermott McDermott McDermott


PLATE EVENT FINAL
Oisin Wallace (Omagh) 4-0 Neil McFaul (Larne)

In the photo
Tour winner Gerard McDermott (right) with Runner Up Aaron Rolston

LADIES TOUR FINALS DAY


Congratulations to Tasha Magill who has just won the 2015-2016 NIPA Ladies Tour. Finals Day was held in the Primacy Sports Bar, Bangor today Sunday 22nd May. In a high quality final she trailed 1-4 to Sara Greenberg but stormed back to lead 5-4. Greenberg dug deep to level at 5-5 and had the break in the deciding frame. But she broke dry and Magill took full advantage by clearing the table to take frame, match and title. The Plate event was won by Alex Babb though Andrea McAllister was very unlucky in the deciding frame as she potted the black only for the white to trickle slowly into the corner pocket.

Quarter Finals Main Event 
Maryjo McCourt V Bye
Sara Greenberg 5-3 Kathy Leddy
Clare Roberts 5-2 Alex Babb
Tasha Magill 5-1 Andrea McAllister
Semi Finals Main Event
Maryjo McCourt 3-5 Sara Greenberg
Tasha Magill 5-0 Clare Roberts
Grand Final Main Event
Tasha Magill (Lurgan) 6-5 Sara Greenberg (Newtownabbey)


PLATE EVENT SEMI FINALS
Andrea McAllister 3-1 Kathy Leddy
Alex Babb V Bye
PLATE EVENT FINAL
Andrea McAllister (Newtownards) 3-4 Alex Babb (Newtownards)

Top photo
Tour Winner Tasha Magill (left) with Runner Up Sara Greenberg

Bottom photo
Plate winner Alex Babb (left) with Runner Up Andrea McAllister

NIPA Mens Trials Day 2


Congratulations to Gary Clarke. The Ballymena cueist topped the pile at Day 2 of the NIPA Mens
International Team Trials. The event was held in the Primacy Sports Bar, Bangor. The final event (Day 3) will be held in Minnesota Snooker Club, Ballymena tomorrow, Sunday 22nd May

Day 2 results as follows /25
19 - Gary Clarke
18 - Marty Quigg
17 - Ian Britton
16 - Stephen McArthur, Gee Crawley, Scott Hay
15 - Gareth Fears, Steven Strain
14 - Ady Toner, Colin Wilson, Ricky Crooke
13 - Paddy Lynch, Trevor Whiteside
12 - Paul Harris, Johnny Blair, Andrew Bailie
11 - Lee McIlreavy, Keith Hunter
10 - James Meredith
09 - Ian Boal, Craig Johnston
08 - Neil McFaul, Michael Thompson
07 - Darren Lowe
06 - Paul Roberts

Masters Trials final standings


Congratulations to Joe Patton (Belfast) who was the winner at Day 2 of the NIPA Masters Trials. The event was held in the Q.Club, Larne on Saturday 21st May. Teams to compete in the 2016 EBA Nations Cup in Coleraine will be confirmed in the coming days.

Final standings from the Masters Trials are as follows

01. Rodney Patterson
02. Joe Patton
03. Gary Patterson
03. Raymond Crowe
05. Alan Corrigan
05. Kenny Geddis
07. Jimmy McCullough
07. Jim Taylor
09. John Holland
09. Paul O'Connor
11. Hugh Regan
12. Ivan Christie
13. Robert Bowman
14. Kieran O'Prey
15. David Wright
15. Gordon McCormick

Day 2 results /30
21 Joe Patton
20 Rodney Patterson
19 Gary Patterson, Kenny Geddis
16 Alan Corrigan
15 Paul O'Connor
13 Ivan Christie, Raymond Crowe
12 Jimmy McCullough, John Holland
11 Hugh Regan


This coming weekends events


SATURDAY 21st

DAY 2 of the MENS team trials in the Primacy, Bangor. Venue open at 8.00am for a 9.00am start.

DAY 2 of the MASTERS team trials in the Q.Club, Larne. Venue open at 9.00am for a 10.00am start.


SUNDAY 22nd

DAY 3 of the MENS team trials in Minnesota's, Ballymena. Venue open at 8.00am for a 9.00am start.

UNDERS Tour Finals Day in the Q.Club, Larne. Venue open at 10.00am for an 11.00am start.

LADIES Tour Finals Day in the Primacy, Bangor. Venue open at 10.00am for an 11.00am start.

North Down & Ards League fundraising


North Down & Ards Pool Association held a fundraiser on Friday night 13th May in The Primacy Sports Bar, Bangor. Players from the local area along with Crumlin League joined forces in a four team event and raised the fantastic total of £300 for local charity Homestart. The ND&A Committee would like everyone who took part with a special thanks from Chairman Darren Sterrett to the Crumlin League for sending a team down to Bangor.

CLICK ON THIS LINK to find out more about what Homestart do 

Seniors International Team Trials (Day 1 of 2, Primacy Sports Bar, Bangor)


Results from Day 1 of 2 of the Seniors (Over 40s) International Team Trials for qualification onto teams to represent NI at the 2016 EBA Nations Cup in October in Coleraine. Day 2 will be held in the Q.Club, Larne on Saturday 28th May. A players best score out of the two possible days play will be their final total towards team selection
 
Still every opportunity for players to qualify onto one of the NI teams if you missed todays trial.

/20
17 Ellis Martin
14 Gerry McCorry
13 Chris Halloran
13 Neil Campbell
12 Herbie O'Neil
12 Gary Johnston
11 Steve Massey
11 Kenny English
11 Paul Francey
11 Greg Stevenson
11 Dave Jones
09 James Gourley
08 Paddy Mulholland
08 Gary Fitzsimmons
07 Paddy McGivern
07 Paul Withers
07 Jan Orr
06 Tristan Scott-Heyes
04 Rab Brown

In the photo - Leader affter Day 1, Ellis Martin from Larne who registered a superb 17 frames from 20 played

Ladies International Team Trials (Day 1 of 2, Q.Club, Larne)


Results from Day 1 of 2 of the Ladies International Team Trials for qualification onto teams to represent NI at the 2016 EBA Nations Cup in October in Coleraine. Day 2 will be held on Sunday 29th May in the Primacy Sports Bar, Bangor start time 10.00am. A players best score out of the two possible days play will be their final total towards team selection.

Still every opportunity for players to qualify onto one of the NI teams if you missed todays trial.

/24
21 Maryjo McCourt
20 Angie Willis
15 Jean McIlroy
12 Kathy Leddy
12 Andrea McAlister
12 Linzi McClelland
11 Clare Roberts
10 Elise Richardson
09 Krissie Cutler
07 Una Zuzane
05 Nicole Devlin

In the photo - Winner of Trial Day 1 Maryjo McCourt from Carnlough who won a very impressive 21/24 frames

Masters International Trials Day 1 of 2 (Primacy Sports Bar, Bangor)


Results from Day 1 of 2 of the Masters (over 50s) International Team Trials. All being well we should be able to field two five person 'B' Teams at the 2016 Nations Cup in Coleraine in October. Day 2 will be held next Saturday 21st May in the Q.Club, Larne, start time 10.00am. A players best score from the possible two days will be his final total

In the photo - Winner after Day 1, Rodney Patterson from Newtownards who won a fantastic 26/30 frames.

/30
26 Rodney Patterson
21 Joe Patton
19 Alan Corrigan
19 Kenny Geddis
19 Raymond Crowe
16 Jim Taylor
16 Jimmy McCullough
15 John Holland
14 Ivan Christie
14 Robert Bowman
14 Hugh Regan
11 Kieran O'Prey
10 Gary Patterson
05 David Wright
05 Gordon McCormick

Under 23 A Team for Killarney


Manager Lee Gribben has confirmed his squad that will represent Team NI at Under 23 level at the 2016 Blackball International World Championships in Killarney in October. Good luck lads.

Corey Sweeney (Coleraine)
James Nesbitt (Coleraine)
Steven McGurn (Omagh)
Adam McMackin (Omagh)
Eoin Burns (Omagh)
Gary Johnston (Larne)
Lee Topping (Larne)

Mens International Trials Day 1 of 3 (Q.Club, Larne)


Results after Day 1 of a possible 3. Still time to enter  to try and gain a spot on an International team for this coming October, players best 2 scores count towards final total. 

/25
20 Paul Harris
17 Lee McIlreavy, Gee Crawley, James Meredith
16 Iain Britton, Colin Wilson
15 Ady Toner, Trevor Whiteside
13 Keith Hunter, Paul Robert, Neil McFaul
12 Darren Lowe
11 Andy Bailie, Paddy Lynch, Gareth Fears
10 Craig Johnston, Lee Gribben, Jonathon Blair
09 Rab Butler, Andy Mackey
08 Clem Howard
06 Michael Higgins

In the photo
Leader after Day 1, Paul Harris from Carrickfergus

IPA ENGLISH OPEN with CORAL


For anyone interested in viewing the odds for the upcoming IPA Blackball Tour Event this month (The English Open), follow this link to the Coral website.

http://sports.coral.co.uk/pool/english-open

Local interest includes Ronan McCarthy, Gary Clarke and Declan Duff