EBA Nations Cup for Specials, Under 15s and Under 18s


The following dates have been confirmed for the 2015 EBA Nations Cup of Pool for Specials, Under 15 and Under 18 sections

SPECIALS
Arrive - Sunday 25th October
Play days - Monday 26th October and Tuesday 27th October
Go home - Wednesday 28th October

UNDER 15s & UNDER 18s
Arrive - Tuesday 27th October
Play days - Wednesday 28th October, Thursday 29th, Friday 30th October
Go home - Saturday 31st October

The Venue is the Towers in Mansfield, England (16 miles from Nottingham)

www.towersdirect.co.uk

More information to follow

Mens B1 & B2 Fundraiser


N.Ireland B1 & B2 Team Manager Rab McCullough has arranged a Fundraising Pool Competituion for the two teams travelling to Killarney for the 2015 EBA Nations Cup in September. Details as follows -

What -  Individual Pool Competition (Handicapped double elimination, Knock Out)
Where - Q.Club, Larne
When - Sunday 9th August
Rules - Blackball
Format - Double elimination, possibly down to latter stages dependent on number of entries.
Races - Races to 5
Handicaps - 'A' standard minus 2, B1 standard minus 1, all others scratch, Ladies plus 1
Tables - 8 Supreme Winner on freeplay. Handicaps decided by Robert McCullough, Robert Hawkins and William Irvine
Entry fee - £20 (75% payout) can be prepaid to above 3 persons or left into Q.Club
Dress code - Casual
Registration - Closes at 11.00am on the day, any pre paid entrants can turn up from 11.30am as they will already be included in the draw

Live football, Stoke City v Liverpool and other sport.

Come along for a great day of pool and craic whilst putting your skills to the test against some very good players from our Mens 'B' Teams.

2015/2016 season NIPA Interleague


The NIPA are now inviting bids from Affiliated Leagues/Promoters to host our 2015/2016 season Interleague events. Any Leagues or Promoters interested please forward your bid to nipablackball@yahoo.co.uk by Friday 7th August 2015

CLICK ON HERE to view criteria for potential hosts -

AGM


The NIPA AGM was held on Saturday 27th June in McConnells of Doagh.

Welcome on board The Executive Committee to Rab Brown from Glengormley and Ady Toner from Coleraine who both take up posts of  Vice Chairperson. NIPA stalwart Trevor Harte has stood down from Committee life and we thoroughly thank him for his huge input over the past years. The full Committee now is as follows -

Chairperson - Pauline Lynch
Vice Chairperson - Rab Brown
Vice Chairperson - Ady Toner
Secretary - Robert Hawkins
Treasurer - Jean McIlroy

Some other points of interest -

Individual Membership scheme has been renamed Associate Membership but will run by the calendar year 1st January to 31st December instead of from the 1st September to 31st August.

Voting rights - Each member of thye Executive Committee shall have one vote as will each affiliated League. Each playing section (Mens, Seniors, Masters, Ladies, Under 18s, Under 23s, Under 15s and Specials) will also have one vote each.

League affiliation fees have been reduced from £150 to £75 for the coming 2015/2016 season. Any new League joining the NIPA will get their second years affiliation fees free of charge.

It was unanimously agreed that the NIPA would affiliate to the EBA for the 2016/2017 season.

Ladies B2 Team for Killarney


Manager Joanne Podbylski has confirmed her Ladies B2 Team travelling to Killarney in September to represent Northern Ireland at the 2015 EBA Nations Cup as follows -

Joanne Podbylski (M) (Newtownards)
Andrea Mcallister (Bangor)
Kathy Leddy (Bangor)
Sally Caughey (Bangor)
Andrea Reid (Cardiff)
Katrina McVeigh (Downpatrick)
Una Zuzane (Newtownabbey)
Chloe Podbylski (Newtownards)

Under 23 B1 Team for Killarney


Manager Lee Gribben has confirmed his Under 23B1 Team heading to Killarney in September to represent NI at the 2015 EBA Nations Cup as follows

Lee Gribben (M) (Larne)
Matthew Steen (Coleraine)
Conor Kneelands (Coleraine)
Ryan Scott (Larne)
Neil McFaul (Larne)
Lee McIlreavy (Coleraine)
Lee Topping (Larne)

Seniors B2 Team for Killarney


Manager Paul Withers today confirmed his Seniors B2 Team (Over 40s) travelling to Killarney in September to represent Northern Ireland at the 2015 EBA Nations Cup.

Paul Withers (M) (Comber)
Paul Francey (Ballymena)
Gary Fitzsimmons (Whitehead)
Paddy McGivern (Crumlin)
Daniel Clarke (Moira)
Eddie Gribben (Larne)
Kevin McCorry (Magherafelt)

Referees Exam


Congratulations to Jason Horner (Newtownards) and Paul Withers (Ballynahinch) who both passed the recent NIPA sitting of the Blackball Rules Referees Exam. Commiserations to those who did not pass we will be doing another sitting next season for anyone wishing a resit or anyone wanting to sit it for their first time.

It's 3 in a row for NI Champions Thatch Bar


Larne League Champions The Thatch Bar have just claimed the 2015 NIPA Blackball Champions of Champions title for the third year in a row. The competition was played in the Primacy Sports Bar, Bangor on Sunday 28th June as the NIPA calendar for 2014/2015 drew to a close. The two favourites on paper Thatch and Shooters Sharks were drawn together in the Prelim round and although Sharks fought back strongly after a slow start it was Thatch who edged over the line at 11-9. In the first round proper Thatch strolled into the Semi Finals after an 11-2 win against Ballynahinch team, The Oaks whilst Ballymena Champions the In Betweeners overcame Ards Champions Barracudas 11-9 in a tense struggle. Carrick Champions the Swift made the Semis after coming from behind to oust Ballyclare Champions McConnells by 11-8 and finally Carrick Knock Out Cup winners the Galacticos overcame the Rowallane Inn from Ballynahinch by 11-5. To the Semi Finals, and Thatch were never in trouble as they reached the Final after a comfortable 11-4 success over the In Betweeners. But what a match we had in the second Semi as an all Carrick derby seen Champions the Swift take 5-1 and 9-6 leads only for the Galacticos to storm right back and take all five frames in the last session for an 11-9 success and the local bragging rights. But Thatch weren't going to be denied and went on to win the Final 13-8. It may have been a different story though if a couple of missed blacks at crucial times by Galacticos had dropped in the pockets. The question now is, can anyone stop the Thatch making it 4 in a row next season ?

In the Plate Event Oaks gave the Sharks a scare before eventually falling 3-6. Rowallane Inn led 4-1 against McConnells but it was the latter who got over the line at 6-4 to reach the Final. And in the Bangor v Ards derby match it was Barracudas who edged it 6-5 with a special mention for a fantastic clearance by Gary Wylie in the 11th and deciding frame. The final was also a tight affair between McConnells and Barracudas but it was the Ballyclare team who edged it 8-6 to lift the Plate.

Top overall scorers on the day both on 11 points were Jonny Nelson and Gerry McCorry
Champions - Thatch Bar, Larne League
Runners Up - Galacticos, Carrick League
Plate Winners - McConnells, Ballyclare League

2015 NIPA Champions of Champions Scores


Competition Result updates here during the day live from the Primacy Sports Bar, Bangor on Sunday 28th June.

MAIN EVENT PRELIM 
SHOOTERS SHARKS (ND&A) 9-11 THATCH (Larne)

MAIN EVENT QUARTER FINALS 
THATCH (Larne) 11-2 THE OAKS (Ballynahinch)
BARRACUDAS (Ards) 9-11 IN BETWEENERS (Ballymena)
SWIFT (Carrick) 11-8 MCCONNELLS (Ballyclare)
GREENISLAND GALACTICOS (Carrick) 11-5 ROWALLENE INN Ballynahinch)

MAIN EVENT SEMI FINALS
Thatch (Larne) 11-4 IN BETWEENERS (Ballymena)
SWIFT (Carrick) 9-11 GREENISLAND GALACTICOS (Carrick)

MAIN EVENT FINAL Best of 25
THATCH (Larne) 13-8 GREENISLAND GALACTICOS (Carrick)

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PLATE EVENT PRELIM 
Shooters Sharks (ND&A) 6-3 The Oaks (Ballynahinch)

PLATE EVENT SEMI FINALS 
Shooters Sharks (ND&A) 5-6 Barracudas (Ards)
McConnells (Ballyclare) 6-4 Rowallane Inn (Ballynahinch)

PLATE EVENT FINAL Best of 15
McConnells (Ballyclare) 8-6 Barracudas (Ards)

2015 NIPA Champions of Champions

Thatch Bar, Larne

The final event in the NIPA 2014/2015 calendar takes place this Sunday in the form of the 2015 Champions of Champions. 2014/2015 season League Winners and Knock Out Cup Winners of NIPA affiliated Leagues are invited to battle it out on Sunday 28th June in the Primacy Bar, Bangor to see who lifts the crown of the best NI Pub/Club Blackball Pool Team. If a team has won both League and Cup then the League Runners Up will be invited to compete. Reigning Champions The Thatch Bar (pictured right) from Larne, County Antrim will be hoping to make it a hat trick of  victories after successfully defending the titlelast year.

Where - The Primacy Sports Bar, Bangor
When - Sunday 28th June 2015
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 10.00am
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 in the Competition and have played in a minimum of 3 League matches for that team in the season ending 2013/2014. Teams must have a minimum of 4 players to enter.

Confirmed teams
ROWALLANE INN (Ballynahinch League Champions & Knock Out Cup Winners) - Davy Moore (C)
THE OAKS BAR (Ballynahinch League Runners Up) - Sam McCleery (C)
SWIFT BAR (Carrick League Champions) - Paul Roberts (C)
GREENISLAND GALACTICOS (Carrick League Knock Out Cup Winners) - Derek Whiteside (C)
IN BETWEENERS (Ballymena League Champions) - Philip Houston (C)
MCCONNELLS (Ballyclare League Champions) - Jeff Moore (C)
WAYSIDE INN (Ballyclare League Knock Out Cup Winners) - Kyle Kirkwood (C)
THATCH BAR (Larne League Champions & Knock Out Cup Winners) - Bryan McWhirter (C)
POTTERS A (Coleraine League Runners Up) - Marc Hutchinson (C)
SHOOTERS SHARKS (North Down & Ards League Champions & Knock Out Cup Winners) - John Lowry (C)
BARRACUDA'S (Ards & District League Champions) - Stevie Strain (C)

MENS 'B' TEAM FUNDRAISERS


Ok folks Northern Ireland Men's B1 & B2 team are holding a poker night fundraiser on the 15th August in 147 Club, Antrim.

Properly ran event with TD, tables, chips and format all on poster. Should be a real good nights craic and a chance of winning a few bob too. Also will have a raffle and spot prizes on the night (best hand) on the night with some great prizes on offer......

£50 Meal voucher
2x 2 kids eat free for a year vouchers
Selection of wine and spirits and a few other prizes still to be confirmed.
Payout on the night will be 75% to poker payout and remaining 25% towards the two teams

NI Ladies B1 Team


Manager Susan Graham has confirmed the Ladies B1 Team to represent Team NI in Killarney in the 2015 EBA Nations Cup as follows -

Susan Graham (M) (Bangor)
Roisin Smith (Belfast)
Alex Babb (Bangor)
Maryjo McCourt (Belfast)
Angie Carson (Newtownabbey)
Angie Willis (Newtownabbey)
Debbie Murphy (Bangor)
Linzi McClelland (Ballymena)
Clare Roberts (Carrickfergus)

Seniors B1


Manager Rab Brown has confirmed his Seniors B1 International squad after the conclusion of our the Trials  as follows -

Rab Brown (M) (Glengormley)
Marty Goudie (Carrickfergus)
Kenny English (Carrickfergus)
Kenny Geddis (Lisburn)
Neil Campbell (Ballyclare)
Greg Stevenson (Banbridge)
Sam Newell (Bangor)
Paul Kerr (Belfast)

Aaron secures Under 15 NI title


Congratulations to 13 year old Aaron Rolston on winning the inaugural NIPA Individual Blackball
Under 15 Championship. The event was held in Potters Pool and Snooker Club, Coleraine on Sunday 21st June. After overcoming Ryan Marcus in his Semi Final, Aaron was involved in a titanic struggle with Coleraine's Adam Freeburn in the final pairing. He looked down and out as Freeburn turned on the style to forge a 6-4 lead in the race to seven, but three great run outs from Rolston of which his uncle and 2010 N.Ireland Mens Individual Champion Neil McKelvey would have been proud off for himself, secured the victory and the title for the Larne youngster. Bradley Boreland won the Plate event after losing out 5-6 in a black ball fight in his Semi Final against eventual Runner Up Adam Freeburn.

SEMI FINALS Race to 6
Ryan Marcus 4-6 Aaron Rolston
Adam Freeburn  6-5 Bradley Boreland
FINAL Race to 7
Aaron Rolston (Larne) 7-6 Adam Freeburn (Coleraine)

FINAL FRAMES
Rolston Freeburn Freeburn Freeburn Rolston Freeburn Rolston Freeburn Rolston Freeburn Rolston Rolston Rolston

PLATE FINAL Race to 6
Ryan Marcus 2-6 Bradley Boreland



Top photo
2015 U15 Champion Aaron Rolston

Bottom
Ryan Marcus, Aaron Rolston, Adam Freeburn and Bradley Boreland

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Following on from the huge success of the new Under 15 category at the recent EBA European Championship, the NIPA will be holding our own inaugural National Championship which will become an annual event in our calendar. We are looking forward to seeing plenty of young cueists battle it out on the green baize for a Northern Ireland title this coming Sunday in Potters Pool & Snooker Club in Coleraine. Details below -
What - 2015 Under 15 NI Individual Championship
When - Sunday 21st June 2015
Time - Registration closes at 11.00 noon sharp. Players must register in person
Club open - From 10.00am for practice
Where - Potters Pool & Snooker Club, Coleraine
Cost - Free to enter, but players must be Junior Members (cost £7.50 per year)
Dress code - Yes
Format - Straight Knock Out
Age criteria - Players must have been under 15 years of age on 1st January 2015, please bring ID.

Any questions contact us on Facebook at Nipa Pool or on 07970450050

In the photo
The NI Under 15 Team who reached the Semi Finals of the 2015 EBA European Championships.
(L-R) Galvin McDermott, Bradley Boreland, Robert Hawkins (M), Aaron Rolston and Adam Freeburn

POTTERS POOL & SNOOKER CLUB - 76A, LONG COMMONS, COLERAINE, BT52 1LJ

Roisin tops the Ladies 'B' Team trials

 
Congratulations to Roisin Smith on topping the NI Ladies 'B' Team Trials which concluded on Saturday 20th June in the Swift Bar, Carrickfergus. The Newcastle lass was in great form scoring a fantastic 17/20 on the day for an overall score of 33/40. Ladies B1 Manager Susan Graham and B2 Manager Joanne Podbylski will now sort their squads out with the 2015 EBA Nations Cup in Killarney just over 9 weeks away.

33 (16 + 11 + 17) Roisin Smith
26 (13 + 12 + 13) Alex Babb
26 (00 + 12 + 14) Maryjo McCourt
25 (09 + 11 + 14) Angie Carson
25 (13 + 12 + 12) Angie Willis
23 (10 + 13 + 00) Clare Roberts
23 (12 + 11 + 00) Lyndsey Ruddock
23 (13 + 09 + 10) Debbie Murphy
22 (10 + 12 + 06) Andrea McAllister
22 (10 + 12 + 10) Linzi McClelland
19 (00 + 09 + 10) Kathy Leddy
19 (11 + 08 + 08) Susan Graham
18 (04 + 00 + 14) Sally Caughey
16 (08 + 08 + 07) Andrea Reid
13 (07 + 00 + 06) Katrina McVeigh
06 (04 + 02 + 01) Una Zuzane

Top photo
Trials Winner, Roisin Smith

Bottom photo
Some of the girls who took part on the day

Goudie tops Seniors 'B' Team trials


SENIORS 'B' TEAM TRIALS (AFTER DAY 3/3)
Players best 2 scores from 3 days count towards final total

Our Seniors (Over 40s) 'B' Team trials drew to a conclusion on Saturday 20th June in the Primacy Sports Bar, Bangor. And congratulations to Martie Goudie (top photo) from Carrickfergus who topped the pile scoring 31 from a possible 40 on offer. Seniors B1 Manager Rab Brown and Seniors B2 Manager Paul Withers will now go about confirming their squads as we head towards the Nations Cup in Killarney in early September.

31 (16 + 15 + 11) Marty Goudie
26 (09 + 14 + 12) Greg Stevenson
26 (12 + 09 + 14) Neil Campbell
25 (00 + 12 + 13) Kenny English
24 (13 + 11 + 11) Kenny Geddis
23 (10 + 13 + 00) Paul Francey
22 (09 + 10 + 12) Andy McMeekin
21 (10 + 11 + 09) Michael Wilson
20 (09 + 11 + 09) Gary Fitzsimmons
19 (11 + 08 + 00) Tony Tennyson
18 (07 + 09 + 09) Paddy McGivern
18 (10 + 06 + 08) Paul Withers
17 (10 + 07 + 06) Daniel Clarke
17 (09 + 08 + 00) Paddy Mulholland
17 (09 + 08 + 00) Tristan Scott Heyes
16 (08 + 08 + 06) Rab Brown

Seniors Trials Day 3 - Change of venue


Due to the large number of Ladies at their Trials, Day 3 of the Seniors Trials which was originally to run alongside the Ladies in the Swift will now be played in the Primacy Sports Bar, Bangor.

SENIORS TRIAS DAY 3 - PRIMACY BAR, BANGOR BT19 7HR Saturday 20th June 2015. Venue open from 10.00am, Trials start at 11.00am

LADIES TRIALS DAY 3 - SWIFT BAR, CARRICKFERGUS Saturday 20th June 2015. Venue open from 10.00am. Trials start at 11.00am

PLAYERS WHO DID NOT ENTER AT LEAST 1 OF THE PREVIOUS 2 DAYS CANNOT ENTER DAY 3 IN SENIORS AND LADIES TRIALS

SENIORS 'B' TEAM TRIALS (AFTER DAY 2/3)
Players best 2 scores from 3 days count towards final total

31 (16 + 15) Marty Goudie
24 (13 + 11) Kenny Geddis
23 (09 + 14) Greg Stevenson
23 (10 + 13) Paul Francey
21 (10 + 11) Michael Wilson
21 (12 + 09) Neil Campbell
20 (09 + 11) Gary Fitzsimmons
19 (09 + 10) Andy McMeekin
19 (11 + 08) Tony Tennyson
17 (10 + 07) Daniel Clarke
17 (09 + 08) Paddy Mulholland
17 (09 + 08) Tristan Scott Heyes
16 (10 + 06) Paul Withers
16 (07 + 09) Paddy McGivern
16 (08 + 08) Rab Brown
12 (00 + 12) Kenny English

LADIES 'B' TEAM TRIALS (AFTER DAY 2/3)
Players best 2 scores from 3 days count towards final total

27 (16 + 11) Roisin Smith
25 (13 + 12) Alex Babb
25 (13 + 12) Angie Willis
23 (10 + 13) Clare Roberts
23 (12 + 11) Lyndsey Ruddock
22 (10 + 12) Andrea McAllister
22 (13 + 09) Debbie Murphy
22 (10 + 12) Linzi McClelland
20 (09 + 11) Angie Carson
19 (11 + 08) Susan Graham
16 (08 + 08) Andrea Reid
12 (00 + 12) Maryjo McCourt
09 (00 + 09) Kathy Leddy
07 (07 + 00) Katrina McVeigh
04 (04 + 00) Sally Caughey
06 (04 + 02) Una Zuzane

Referees Blackball Exam


The NIPA will be staging a sitting of the Referees Blackball Exam in McConnells of Doagh on Thursday 18th June at 8.00pm.

Could any NIPA affiliated League who are sending anyone to sit the exam please register name/s by texting or calling 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.

Young James is the Master


Massive congratulations to 20 year old James Nesbitt on winning the 2015 NIPA Masters Invitational at the annual event which was held in Potters Pool & Snooker Club, Coleraine on Sunday 14th June. James who qualified for the event by winning the Coleraine League Individual is fast becoming a force to be reckoned with and on his way to victory he defeated Chris Cooke (Ards League Individual Champion), Raymond Stockman (Coleraine League Seniors and Masters Champion), Ryan McKillop (Larne Individual Champion) and Robert Hawkins (Carrick Seniors Champion). Northern Ireland Under 23 Manager Scott Hay will be delighted by James's success as he prepares his team for the 2015 EBA Nations Cup in September. James pocketed £100 for his efforts on the day.

In the photo
Winner James Nesbitt (right) with Runner Up Robert Hawkins

PRELIMS
Raymond Stockman 6-1 Ivan Christie
Chris Cooke 0-6 James Nesbitt
Ryan McKillop 6-3 Willie Eakin
LAST 8
Raymond Stockman 3-6 James Nesbitt
Ryan McKillop 6-2 Stephen Johnston
Robert Hawkins 6-3 Sara Greenberg
Paddy Reid 5-6 Raymond Crowe
SEMI FINALS
James Nesbitt 6-4 Ryan McKillop
Robert Hawkins 6-3 Raymond Crowe
FINAL
James Nesbitt (Coleraine) 6-3 Robert Hawkins (Larne)

FINAL FRAMES
Nesbitt, Nesbitt, Nesbitt, Hawkins, Hawkins, Hawkins, Nesbitt, Nesbitt, Nesbitt

Footballing fundraising fun for the NI Mens 'B' Section


5 A SIDE FOOTBALL "FUN"DRAISER
The Soccer Shed, Ballyclare
Sunday 9th August, 1.00pm Kick Off

The Northern Ireland Mens 'B' Team Pool Teams are holding a 5 A Side football round robin competition at the Soccer Shed in Ballyclare on Sunday 9th August at 1.00pm

Matches will be refereed by our very own IFA qualified referee Wayne Lewis and there will be prizes for the winning team with trophies and medals sponsored by Sport 'n' Sound of Ballyclare.

Match length - 8 Minutes
Entry fee - £10 a head
Format - Teams will be in groups of 4 playing in a round robin format with the top 1 or 2 qyualifying for the final (dependent on entries)

Event is open to everyone so bring your mates along. It's sure to be a great days craic with plenty of laughs and plenty of very fit and athletic pool players on plying their skills on a different green baize :-)  !!!

Drinks promotions available too at the venue

For any further information please contact Rab McCullough on 07742 793884

2015 NIPA Masters Invitational


POTTERS SNOOKER & POOL CLUB in Coleraine will play host this coming Sunday the 14th June to the 2015 NIPA Masters Invitational. Players who won Individual titles at local NIPA affiliated League level, Nationally or Internationally will play off for the said title. Entry to the event is free, details below.

What - 2015 NIPA Masters Invitational
When - Sunday 14th June
Where - Potters, Coleraine
Venue - Open from 10.00am
Time - Registration closes at 11.00am
Dress code - Yes
Format - Straight Knock Out

POTTERS, 76 LONG COMMONS, COLERAINE, BT52 1LJ

Shown below are all eligible players and the titles won 2014/2015

ARDS LEAGUE
CHRISTOPHER COOKE (Individual Champion)
BALLYCLARE
RAB MCCULLOUGH (Individual Champion)
JEFF MOORE (Seniors Champion)
BALLYMENA LEAGUE
GEORGE MCCULLOUGH (Individual Champion)
JIMMY KNOWLES (Masters Champion)
MARYJO MCCOURT (Ladies Champion)
BALLYNAHINCH LEAGUE
AARON MCCAFFREY (Individual Champion)
CARRICKFERGUS LEAGUE 
RAB MCCULLOUGH (Individual Champion)
ROBERT HAWKINS (Seniors Champion)
ALAN CORRIGAN (Masters Champion)
SARA GREENBERG (Ladies Champion)
LEE TOPPING (Under 23 Champion)
REECE MCMURTRY (Under 18 Champion)
COLERAINE LEAGUE
JAMES NESBITT (Individual Champion)
RAYMOND STOCKMAN (Seniors & Masters Champion)
LEE McILREAVY (Under 23 Champion)
AARON ROLSTON (Under 18 Champion)
CRUMLIN LEAGUE
IVAN CHRISTIE (Individual Champion)
STEPHEN JOHNSTON (Seniors & Masters Champion)
LARNE LEAGUE
RYAN MCKILLOP (Individual Champion)
BILL MCILROY SR (Masters Champion)
ANTHONY MCCORRY (Seniors Champion)
LEE HOGG (Under 23 Champion)
NORTH DOWN & ARDS LEAGUE
BRIAN CRILLY (Individual Champion)
NATIONAL
RONAN MCCARTHY (NI Mens Individual & Seniors Champion)
MICHELLE ROONAY (NI Ladies Individual Champion)
DECLAN DUFF (NI Under 18 Champion)
RAYMOND CROWE (NI Masters Champion)
STEVEN MCGURN (NI Under 23 Champion)
PADDY REID (NI Mens Specials Champion)
VALERIE TAGGART (NI Ladies Specials Champion)
INTERNATIONAL
WILLIE EAKIN (EBA Nations Cup Seniors Champion)
BRIAN CRILLY (EBA European Seniors Champion)

MENS 'B' TEAM TRIALS CONCLUDE

Some of the participants at the Mens 'B' Team Trials Day 3 in The Swift, Carrickfergus with TD for the day Pauline Lynch

Sunday 7th June in the Swift Bar Carrickfergus seen the conclusion of our Mens 'B' Team Trials. And well done to all who qualified for an automatic spot in either our Mens B1 or Mens B2 Squads as we look forward to the 2015 EBA Nations Cup in Killarney, Co.Kerry in September. Coleraine's Damian Reid topped the pile followed by Wayne Lewis, Iain Britton, Kyle Kirkwood and Paul Harris. After the 3 days play 'B' section Manager Rab McCullough's squads have shaped up as shown below. Thanks to everyone who took part and a special mention for Lurgan's Joe McCrory who played 8 hours on Day 3 with his right leg in plaster up to his knee after sustaining a ruptured achilles whilst out running.

Mens 'B1'
Rab McCullough (M), Damian Corrigan, Ronan Fay, Johnny Mackay, Dean McDonagh, Lee Hull, Mark Allen, Rab Fee, Damian Reid, Wayne Lewis, Iain Britton, Kyle Kirkwood, Paul Harris, Paddy Lynch

Mens 'B2'
Tom Leggett (C) Herbie O'Neil, Gee Crawley, Raymond Crowe, Raymond Baxter, Mark Stockton, Joe McCrory, Gerald McCaffrey, Aaron Leslie, Alan Rainey, Michael Thompson, James Meredith

SCOREBOARD (AFTER DAY 3 of 3)
Players best 2 days scores from 3 count towards final total

35 (16 + 19 + 14) Damian Reid
33 (16 + 15 + 17) Wayne Lewis
31 (14 + 14 + 17) Iain Britton
31 (17 + 13 + 14) Kyle Kirkwood
31 (16 + 15 + 14) Paul Harris
29 (13 + 16 + 11) Paddy Lynch
28 (14 + 14 + 11) Joe McCrory
27 (12 + 14 + 13) Tom Leggett
26 (14 + 12 + 00) Gerald McCaffery
25 (00 + 14 + 11) Aaron Leslie
25 (10 + 08 + 15) Alan Rainey
25 (09 + 14 + 11) Michael Thompson
24 (11 + 13 + 08) Tyler McConnell
23 (09 + 06 + 14) James Meredith
22 (10 + 12 + 09) Scott Hay
21 (09 + 12 + 09) Gavin Armstrong
19 (09 + 10 + 00) Colin Wilson
17 (00 + 07 + 10) Michael Higgins16 (08 + 08 + 08) Billyjoe Browne
13 (13 + 00 + 00) Andy Galloway

Under 23s


Manager Scott Hay has named his Under 23 'A' Team to travel to Killarney in County Kerry for the 2015 EBA Nations Cup in September.

Scott Hay (M)
Adam McMackin
Steven McGurn
Carl Martin
Gary Johnston
James Nesbitt

Lee Gribben will now get to work in forming our Under 23 B1 Team.

MJ is just "TOUR"iffic



Well done to Maryjo McCourt. The Carnlough girl has just won the new inaugural 2015 NIPA Ladies
Tour.

Maryjo, affectionately known as MJ, was mostly untroubled as she breezed to victory in Finals Day on Sunday 7th June in the Q.CLUB, Larne winning 18 frames for the loss of only 3. Sara Greenberg from Rathcoole was Runner Up winning 12 frames for the loss of only 1 on her way to the Final. In the Plate Event Final, Bangor's Kim Dockery overcame Krissie Cutler also from North Down.

Thanks to all the girls who participated in the Tour, next season it will be back bigger and better as Ladies Blackball Pool in NI grows all the time.

Thanks also to the Q.Club, Larne for their hospitality on the day.

Top photo
Winner Maryjo McCourt (left) and Runner Up Sara Greenberg with their trophies

Bottom photo
Plate Winner Kim Dockery (left) with Runner Up Krissie Cutler

Prizes
£300 - Maryjo McCourt
£150 - Sara Greenberg
£  75 - Elise Richardson, Jean McIlroy
£  50 - Kim Dockery
£  25 - Debra Murphy, Krissie Cutler, Sally Caughey