Official World Championship polo shirts order form

 

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Shirts cost £17.50 each

NI Seniors B1


Pictured are some of the Northern Ireland Seniors B1 Team after a pre Nations Cup get together in Potters Club in Coleraine.

L-R
Raymond Stockman - Coleraine
Ian Wylie (Manager) - North Down
Rodney Patterson - Ards
Willie Eakin - Coleraine
Kenny English - Carrickfergus

Bill McIlroy Sr (Larne) and Mark Stockton (Omagh) compete the squad who will be hoping for a good showing in the Competition after reaching the Final of the 2014 European Championships in Bridlington in April.


Masters B1 v Masters B2


Result from the Masters (Over 50s) friendly in the Swift Bar, Carrickfergus on Saturday 27th September.

NI MASTERS B1 22-14 NI MASTERS B2
(3-3, 4-2, 6-0, 4-2, 3-3, 2-4)

Our two Masters teams competing in the 2014 EBA Nations Cup in Coleraine in November met up for a friendly practice match. The B1s came out on top in what was a worth while competitive match for both Captains, Alan Corrigan (B1s) and Hugo Manson (B2s).

Top of the pots on the day for the B1s was Robert Bowman on 5/6 and for the B2s it was Hugo Manson on 4/6

New NIPA Ladies Tour

 
COMING SOON !!!!!

The new NIPA Ladies Blackball Pool Tour


After the great turnout for our Ladies International Team Trials we are delighted to announce a new Tour for Ladies only. The format will be 4 Tour Events culminating with a seeded Finals Day.

Check back here soon for details and dates and venues !!!

PROGRAMME OF EVENTS FOR STORMONT



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

COST - MENS, LADIES, SENIORS, MASTERS - £15 for IMs, £30 non members
COST - UNDER 18s & UNDER 23s - £10 for IMs, £20 for non members
COST - WILLIE LUCAS SUPER 7s - £100 per team if League affiliated to NIPA, £200 if not

The Programme of events has been set up in such a way that players who are eligible  to play in more than one Individual Championship may do so.
Only players who are eligible to represent NI at Blackball can enter our Individual events.
Unders Individual Championships criteria - Any gender must be under 18 or 23 on 1st January 2015.
Overs Individual Championships criteria - Any gender must be over 40 or 50 on day of competition.
Ladies Individual Championships criteria - Any age of female.
Mens Individual Championships criteria - Any age of male.
Willie Lucas criteria -  All players must play in the same League and have played at least 3 League games in that League this season. (this rule does not apply to Specials, Under 18/23s or Ladies teams)

Details on how to enter will be published soon.
 
Anyone wishing to stay over either the Friday or Saturday night may do so at a reduced B&B room rate of £50 pnpps or £80 per person single. PLEASE QUOTE BOOKING CODE ID: 92127
Terms and conditions subject to change

SPONSORS

MCLEANS BOOKMAKERS -- TENNENTS -- LODGE HOTEL

The NIPA are delighted to welcome on board McLeans Bookmakers, Tennents and the Lodge Hotel as event sponsors for the upcoming 2014 EBA Nations Cup. Several other opportunities still exist, any other party who may be interested please contact us for further details at nipablackball@yahoo.co.uk

REMINDER - Seniors, Masters & Ladies UK Open


As a follow on from the hugely successful UK Blackball Open last year, Promoter Ross McInnes will now be holding a similar event, the UK Open for Seniors, Masters & Ladies. The 3 events will take place from 27th February - 1st March in the Hilltop Swallow Hotel in Carlisle, England (Approximately 2 hours 22 minutes from Cairnryan or 1 hour 14 minutes from Newcastle Airport). Any player interested in entering please email your name to nipablackball@yahoo.co.uk

PLAYERS WISHING TO COMPETE IN THIS EVENT MUST FORWARD THE NIPA £180 (entry fee and 2 nights accommodation) by 30th SEPTEMBER 2014. If we get more entries in a category than we are allocated then we will hold a play off with losers receiving a full £180 refund.

Events will have 64 players for the Seniors, 32 for the Masters and 32 for the Ladies.
Each place will cost £100.
Prize fund for the Seniors will be £6800 based on 64 entries.
Prize fund for Masters will be £3400 based on 32 entries.
Prize fund for Ladies will be £3400 based on 32 entries.
All events will start on the Friday and players will have to stay two nights at a cost of £40 per night.
All sections, just like the main UK Open will be Double Elimination with a race to 8 in the winners section and 5 in the losers section.
The Double Elimination will go down to the 8 winners to be joined by 8 losers in the Seniors event, this is where the prize money will start with the last 16 getting £150 last 8 getting £300 semi £600 runner up £1100 and winner £2100.
The other two events will be the same, with the Double Elimination going down to 4 from the winners section being joined by 4 from the losers section, again this is where the prize fund will start with the quarters getting £150, semis £300, runner up £700 and winner £1500.
Players can only enter one event.

A&E Ranking Table


To view the up to date ranking table after the A&E Tour Event 1 PLEASE CLICK HERE

Event 2 is in the Primacy, Bangor on Sunday 7th December 2014

EVENT 1 - WINNER - RAB FEE RUNNER UP - DAMIAN CORRIGAN

Under 18B Trial


The Under 18B Team selection process/trial concluded on Saturday 20th September in the 147 Club, Omagh. The NI team for the upcoming 2014 Nations Cup in Coleraine in November is as follows. Well done to all the lads selected.

18/26 Callum McGlinchey (Omagh)
15/26 Aaron Wilson (Larne)
15/26 Galvin McDermott (Omagh)
11/26 Adam Freeburn (Coleraine)
09/26 Thomas Fleming (Carrickfergus)
09/12 Dillan Parker (Lisburn)
06/12 Nathan Campbell (Lisburn)
04/12 Bradley Boreland (Coleraine)

FEE MAKES HIS CHARGE at A&E Tour Event 1


Winner Rab Fee (right) and Runner Up Damian Corrigan
THE 147 CLUB, OMAGH, played host to Event 1 of the new NIPA Blackball Amateur and Elite Pool Tour. And what a day we had as 53 players vied for the winners top prize. The new format has really appealed to the players imagination and with matches being "Best of 9" an upset is always on the cards. When the final black in the 389th frame of the day was sunk is was Antrims Rab Fee who took the honours after a nailbiting 5-4 win over Omagh's Damian Corrigan.  Both players were in sparkling form all day but Fee stood out after also seeing off whom many would see as Northern Irelands top two players, Ronan McCarthy and Tommy Morrow, both by 5-0 scorelines. Adding to the occasion and in the draw was Antrim's World Ranked No 8 snooker player Mark Allen who made it to the Quarter Final stage losing out to Belfast's Rab McCullough. There were also impressive performances from Conor McCann, Alaister Wilson, Colin Moore and debutante Marty Goudie. The next A&E Tour (Event 2) heads to The Primacy in Bangor on Sunday 7th December.

Where the prizes went
£400 Rab Fee
£200 Damian Corrigan
£100 Rab McCullough, Ronan McCarthy
£ 50 Conor McCann, Marty Goudie, Alaister Wilson, Ryan Foster, Raymond Baxter, Paddy Mulholland, Colin Moore, Herbie O'Neil
£ 25 Lee Hull, Stephen Johnston, Sam Newell, Raymond Stockman

PRELIMS
Gary Crawford 2-5 Lee Hull
Greg Stevenson 4-5 Ray Crowe
Deccy Duff 1-5 Davy McGurn
Colin Wilson 2-5 Conor McCann
James Meredith 4-5 Davy Moore
Marty Goudie 5-0 Michael Higgins
Ryan McKillop 2-5 Stephen Johnstone
Deccy Lavery 5-0 Sara Greenberg
Kyle Kirkwood 4-5 Neil McFaul
Dee Irwin 1-5 Sam Newell
Alaister Wilson 5-4 Paul Withers
Shaun McAlister 5-2 Kenny Geddis
Jean McIlroy 0-5 Ryan Foster
Ricky Crooke 5-0 Mark Miller
Paddy Lynch 3-5 Raymond Stockman
1ST ROUND
Lee Hull 5-4 Raymond Crowe
Davy McGurn 4-5 Conor McCann
Davy Moore 2-5 Marty Goudie
Stephen Johnston 5-4 Declan Lavery
Sam Newell 5-3 Neil McFaul
Shaun McAlister 4-5 Alaister Wilson
Ryan Foster 5-2 Ricky Crooke
Raymond Stockman 5-2 Robert Hawkins 
William Irvine 5-3 Maryjo McCourt
Emmet Maguire 2-5 Raymond Baxter
Gavin Armstrong 2-5 Paddy Mulholland
Tony Tennyson 4-5 Paul Carville 
Tyler McConnell 0-5 Ellis Martin
Colin Moore 5-0 Gary Johnstone
Wayne Lewis 2-5 Herbie O'Neil
Gee Crawley 4-5 Ady Toner
2nd ROUND
Lee Hull 4-5 Conor McCann
Marty Goudie 5-4 Stephen Johnston
Sam Newell 4-5 Alister Wilson
Ryan Foster 5-2 Raymond Stockman
William Irvine 2-5 Raymond Baxter
Paddy Mulholland 5-3 Paul Carville
Ellis Martin 2-5 Colin Moore
Herbie O'Neil 5-0 Ady Toner
COMBINED SECTION LAST 16
Damian Corrigan 5-3 Ryan Foster
Ronan Fay 0-5 Raymond Baxter
Mark Allen 5-1 Paddy Mulholland
Rab McCullough 5-3 Conor McCann
Ronan McCarthy 5-2 Alistair Wilson
Gary Clarke 0-5 Marty Goudie
Rab Fee 5-4 Colin Moore
Tommy Morrow 5-2 Herbie O'Neil
COMBINED SECTION LAST 8
Damian Corrigan 5-1 Raymond Baxter
Mark Allen 2-5 Rab McCullough
Ronan McCarthy 5-1 Marty Goudie
Rab Fee 5-0 Tommy Morrow
COMBINED SECTION SEMI FINALS
Damian Corrigan 5-4 Rab McCullough
Ronan McCarthy 0-5 Rab Fee 
GRAND FINAL
Damian Corrigan (OMAGH) 4-5 Rab Fee (ANTRIM)

FINAL FRAMES
Fee Corrigan Fee Corrigan Corrigan Fee Fee Corrigan Fee

A&E TOUR REGISTRATION TIMES


All roads lead to Omagh this coming Sunday 21st September 2014 for EVENT 1 in our new Amateur & Elite Tour.

AMATEUR Section - REGISTRATION CLOSES at 10:45am SHARP

ELITE Section - REGISTRATION CLOSES at 3:00pm SHARP

Players must be registered in person in the venue before registration closing time to be included in the draw. Please leave home in plenty of time to get parked and into the venue

The 147 Club will be open from 9.30am. All players must be attired to NIPA dress code

147 SNOOKER & POOL CLUB, Old Market Place, Omagh BT78 1BT


Open Tour 5 concludes

Runner Up Stehen Johnston (left) & Winner Ronan McCarthy (right)

Our 2014 Open Tour concluded in the Swift Bar, Carrickfergus on Sunday 14th September. Ronan McCarthy took the honours with a 7-3 win over Stephen Johnston in the final to top the overall points table WHICH CAN BE VIEWED HERE Next week all roads lead to the 147 Club in Omagh for the first leg of our new A&E Tour


PRELIM (RACE TO 7)
Sam Newell 7 - 2 Maryjo McCourt
ROUND 1
Sam Newell 5 - 7 Damian Corrigan
Paddy Mulholland 5 - 7 Michael Higgins
Stephen Johnston 7 - 1 Wayne Lewis
Emmet Maguire 4 - 7 Gary Johnston
Dean McDonagh 5 - 7 Shaun McAlister
Herbie O'Neill  7 - 6 Kenny English
Ronan McCarthy 7 - 5 Robert Hawkins
Davy McGurn 7 - 5 Rab McCullough
LAST 8 (RACE TO 7)
D Corrigan 7 - 0 M Higgins
S Johnstone 7 - 3 G Johnstone
S McAlister 7 - 6 H O'Neill
R McCathy 7 - 1 D McGurn
SEMI FINALS (RACE TO 7)
D Corrigan   5 - 7 S Johnstone
R McCarthy 7 - 4 S McAlister
FINAL (RACE TO 7)
S Johnstone (LISBURN) 3-7 R McCarthy (ARDS)

FINAL FRAMES
McCarthy Johnstone McCarthy McCarthy Johnstone, McCarthy McCarthy Johnstone McCarthy McCarthy

NIPA Open Tour Event 5 - Sunday 14th September

 
This coming Sunday sees the last event (number 5) in our 2014 Open Tour before the start of our new sold out (64 players) A&E Tour which kicks of the following Sunday 

EVENT 5 REGISTRATION CLOSES AT 11.00am on Sunday 14th September.

SWIFT BAR
4, Rodgers Quay, Carrickfergus, BT38 8BE (Beside Carricfergus Castle)

Please leave home in plenty of time to get parked and into the venue.

Tour Update -
A pay on the day option is being offered by the NIPA. Pay on the day for an event will be £30 (a player can only use this option on 3 out of the 5 events

Event 1 - Sunday 23rd February (147 Club, Omagh)
Event 2 - Sunday 16th March (Primacy, Bangor)
Event 3 - Sunday 6th April (Potters, Coleraine)
Event 4 - Sunday 4th May (Primacy, Bangor)
Event 5 - Sunday 14th September (Swift Bar, Carrickfegus)

To view more info click on this link

SENIORS B1 Team Nations Cup warm up

 
The NI Seniors B1 Team have arranged a pre Nations Cup warm up event on Sunday 28th September. It will be held in Potters Snooker and Pool Club, Coleraine and kicks off at 1.00pm. Taking part along with our Seniors Team are three Coleraine select 5 person teams 

SENIORS B1 Team
Manager - Ian Wylie (North Down)
Raymond Stockman (Coleraine)
Willie Eakin (Coleraine)
Kenny English (Carrickfergus)
Rodney Patterson (Ards)
Mark Stockton (Omagh)
Bill McIlroy Sr (Larne)

Nations confirmed for 2014 World Championships


The following Nations have confirmed they will be participating at the 2014 World Blackball Championships in Perth in October

Australia
Catalonia
Cyprus 
England
France
Gibraltar
Ireland
Libya
Malta
Northern Ireland
Norway
Russia
Scotland
Shetland Isles
South Africa
Uganda
Wales



Seniors Tour Event 1 Sunday 7th September


Congratulations to North Down's Sam Newell on winning the new NIPA Seniors (Over 40s) Tour Event 1. The Competition was played in the Primacy Sports Bar, Bangor and 25 players competed for points to go towards finals day for which the Top 16 qualify. But what a great performance too by Runner Up Paddy Mulholland from Antrim. He made his way to the final where in frame 10 he potted the black which would have taken it into a deciding frame, only to watch the white trickle slowly into the corner pocket.

The next event will be held in Potters Snooker & Pool Club, Coleraine on Sunday 12th October

Tour details and up to date table HERE

Prelims - Race to 6
James Gourley 2-6 Gary Johnston
Jim Taylor 2-6 Rodney Patterson
Greg Stevenson 6-1 Jean McIlroy
Mark Marsh 2-6 Kenny English
Alan Johnston 2-6 Dee Irwin
Sara Greenberg 2-6 Stephen Johnston
Paddy Mulholland 6-4 Jimmy McCullough
Tony Tennyson 2-6 Kenny Geddis
John Tennyson 5-6 Neil Campbell

Last 16 - Race to 6
Gary Johnston 6-2 Rodney Patterson
Greg Stevenson 6-4 Kenny English
Dee Irwin 2-6 Stephen Johnston
Paddy Mulholland 6-3 Kenny Geddis
Neil Campbell 6-3 Mark Stockton
Rab Brown 5-6 Raymond Crowe
James McGarrell 2-6 Sam Newell
Raymond Stockman 6-2 Robert Hawkins

Last 8 - Race to 6
Gary Johnston 5-6 Greg Stevenson
Stephen Johnston 5-6 Paddy Mulholland
Neil Campbell 6-4 Raymond Crowe
Sam Newell 6-1 Raymond Stockman

Semi Final - Race to 6
Greg Stevenson 4-6 Paddy Mulholland
Neil Campbell 4-6 Sam Newell

Final - Race to 6
Paddy Mulholland (Antrim) 4-6 Sam Newell (North Down)

Final frames
Newell Mulholland Mulholland Mulholland Newell Newell Newell Newell Mulholland Newell

HERE WE GO FOR 2014/2015


The first event in our 2014/2015 calendar takes place this Sunday in the Primacy Sports Bar, Bangor with the SENIORS TOUR EVENT 1. It's an exciting season ahead for the NIPA with the WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS in Perth, the NATIONS CUP on home soil in Coleraine, our new A&E TOUR at various venues throughout the country and all our NATIONAL INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONSHIPS in the Stormont Hotel, Belfast. Our INTERLEAGUE EVENTS take place in Larne in May followed by our INTERNATIONAL TEAM TRIALS for qualification to the 2015 NATIONS CUP in Perth and 2016 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS in Bridlington. There is something for everyone Juniors, Adults and Special Needs, male and female and with local Leagues flourishing the choice for playing Blackball Pool has never been greater. We hope everyone enjoys the season ahead as much as we are looking forward to it and remember the Committee are only a phone call or email away as we strive to make Pool better for all our members

GOOD LUCK TO ALL !!!

Definition of our Code of Conduct


To understand why this document and policy was put together we need to look at the bigger picture. The NIPA as a Sport NI recognised national body has to have a duty of care in relation to all its members, Special Needs, Juniors and Adults. Part of the duty of care policy has to be to give all members a mechanism by which their concerns or complaints in regards to posts on social media by fellow members that they class as offensive, derogatory, abusive or threatening can be addressed. This is what this policy is about, it is not about trying to censor any individual from criticising the NIPA or its' policy and it states that openly on the form

CODE OF CONDUCT

The Northern Ireland Pool Association (NIPA) is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the wellbeing of all its members. The Association believes that it is important that Members, Team Managers, Administrators and Parents associated with the club should, at all times, show respect and understanding for the safety and welfare of others. Therefore members are encouraged to be open at all times and to share any concerns or complaints that they may have about any aspect of the Association by either contacting someone on our Executive Committee (numbers on our website ) or via their League Committee. As a member of Northern Ireland Pool Association you are expected to abide by the following code of practice:
·         Respect the rights, dignity and worth of others.
·         Be fair, considerate and honest in all dealing with others.
·         Be professional in and accept responsibility for your actions.
·         Operate within the rules of the sport, including National and International guidelines which govern the NIPA.
·         Do not use your involvement with the NIPA, to promote your own beliefs, behaviours or practices where these are inconsistent with those of the NIPA
·         Demonstrate a high degree of individual responsibility especially when dealing with persons under 18 years of age, as your words and actions are an example.
·         Avoid unaccompanied and unobserved activities with persons under18 years of age, wherever possible.
·         Refrain from any form of harassment of others.
·         Refrain from any behaviour that may bring the NIPA into disrepute.
·         Adhere to the NIPA’s dress code.
·         Show concern and caution towards others who may be sick or injured.
·         Be a positive role model.
NIPA members are expected to refrain from posting derogatory remarks towards fellow players and officials on any social media site. Any member posting such remarks who continues to ignore NIPA official warnings will have their membership cancelled with no financial recompense. The NIPA does not see this as a form of censorship on its members as we do encourage constructive criticism, we view it as an essential step to preserve a harmonious relationship amongst all its members.

Players clarification in reference to the 2014 World Championships and Nations Cup


The NIPA Committee wish to inform the players who will be representing the NIPA at the 2014 World Championships or the 2014 Nations Cup that they will not be required to become Individual Members of the NIPA nor will they be required to sign the new players Code of Conduct. This notification is based on the fact that the above was not part of the criteria at the time these players qualified to represent Northern Ireland.

SENIORS TOUR EVENT 1

 
The N.I.P.A 2014/2015 Seniors Pool Tour (Over 40s) Event 1 will take place on Sunday 7th September. Six different events throughout NI will culminate with a seeded Finals Day on 31st May 2015 for the TOP 16 players.

Event 1 will be held in the PRIMACY SPORTS BAR, 107 Bloomfield Rd South, 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 - Sunday7th September 2014 - Primacy, Bangor
Event 2 - Sunday 12th October 2014 - Potters, Coleraine
Event 3 - Sunday 21st December 2014 - 147 Club, Omagh
Event 4 - Sunday 15th February 2015 - Swift, Carrickfergus
Event 5 - Sunday 8th March 2015 - Swift, Carrickfergus
Event 6 - Sunday 19th April 2015 - Primacy, Bangor
Finals Day - Sunday 31st May 2015 -
Swift, Carrickfergus


Name - NIPA 2014/2015 Seniors Pool Tour
Cost - £20 per event
Payout - £50 & £25 to Winner & Runner Up on the Day. The rest all carries through to Finals Day
Entry - Players must be over 40 years of age on the day of any Event. Please bring ID.
Finals Day - Players must play in at least 4/6 Tours to be eligible for Finals Day which will be played off by the Top 16 in a seeded knock Out. First round losers on Finals Day will enter a Plate Competition. 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. To receive any cash prizes on Finals Day players must compete in Finals Day
Scores - ONLY PLAYERS TOP 4 BEST SCORES FROM THE 6 EVENTS SHALL GO TOWARDS THE FINAL TABLE PLACINGS  TO DETERMINE WHO QUALIFIES FOR FINALS DAY
Tied placings -1/Points, best four from six events 2/Highest attendance at events 3/Total frames won at all 6 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.

To play in this event, players must be paid up Individual Members of the NIPA

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