FRANCE SECURE CHAMPIONSHIPS

Congratulations to France who have put together a fantastic bid and won the right to hold the 2022 Blackball International World Pool Championships. They will be held in Albi, South of France from 8-15th October. More exciting details on the French bid to follow soon.




THE CLIFF WILSON MEMORIAL CUP

As a tribute to lifelong stalwart of the NIPA, we will be holding a Competition in his memory on Saturday 2nd October. Cliff was a rock for the NIPA through good times and not so good times
always willing to help right up to the very end and we all miss him dearly.
32 spaces but names will only be entered into the draw on receipt of the entry fee.
Looking forward to getting back into competitive playing mode again and seeing faces old and new

2021/2022 NORTHERN IRELAND INDIVIDUAL BLACKBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS

Delighted to announce the details of our upcoming Individual Championships for all categories. To enter please visit our Facebook page at Nipa Pool to view the details. Looking forward to seeing friends old and new.





TOUR CANCELLATION

Hi all

Unfortunately we have decided not to go ahead with the A&E Tour. It was something we had wanted to try and offer to the players but we did not receive enough deposits to make it viable. Probably a number of reasons, players having to commit to 3 days in a row the obvious one.

But we are banking the dates we had set for the Tour (except the first which we are changing) and will be announcing a different format very soon for them

Dates as follows -

2nd / 3rd October 2021

26th / 27th February 2022

2nd / 3rd April 2022

28th / 29th May 2022

Keep your eye on our website (www.nipa-blackball.com) and Facebook Page (Nipa Pool) for new details.

Anyone who paid a deposit will be refunded asap.

NIPA COMMITTEE


The NIPA AGM was held on Sunday 27th June 2021 and our Committee for the 2021/2022 Season was confirmed as follows -

Chairperson - Pauline Lynch

Vice Chairperson - Wayne Lewis

Secretary - Gillian Rolston

Treasurer - Robert Hawkins

Good luck to all in moving forward after the recent Covid 19 Pandemic which threw our sport and indeed everything else upside down since it visited us.

FEE SHOOTS THEM ALL DOWN


Firstly it was great to be back at our first event after lock down with the NIPA Shoot Out taking place in Antrim Sports Club. 

And it was Antrim's own Rab Fee who took the top prize seeing off everyone on his way with some lethal finishing. In the Final he met Larne's 18 year old Ryan Marcus who had also played some superb Pool to make the last two. But it was the experience of Rab that won through for a comfortable 5-1 win.

Highlight of the day must have been the match between Paddy Clarke and Alan Johnston. Paddy led 4-2 with only 3 minutes left on the clock but BOOM !!!! Alan has a golden break to bring it back to 4-3, Paddy has a golden duck to make the match level at 4-4 and amazingly Alan fires in another golden break to steal the match 5-4 !!!

Big thanks to everyone who took part and to Antrim Social Club for hosting.

In the photo - Winner Rab Fee (left) with Runner Up Ryan Marcus.

OUR CONDOLENCES


The NIPA Committee would like to offer our condolences to long time player Davy Drysdale on the passing of his father Stanley after a short stay in hospital.

Stanley's funeral will be at Kirkistown Cemetery (BT22 1JD) at 11.45am on Thursday 24th June

Our thoughts are with you at this sad time.

NIPA AGM


Hi all,

The 2021 NIPA AGM details are as follows -

When - Sunday, 27th June 2021

Time - 3.00pm

Where - Antrim Sports Club

Positions up for election are Treasurer and Vice Chairperson. If interested please contact NIPA Secretary Gillian Rolston. 

CALLING ALL UNDER 15s & UNDER 18s


The NIPA are gauging interest on numbers to see if is viable to include an Under 15 and an Under 18 Individual Championship (2021/2022), along with all our other categories, for which the dates will be released very soon.

Entry for both Under 15 & Under 18 categories is free. Players must be under 15 and under 18 respectively on 1st January 2022

Please comment on our Facebook Page Nipa Pool under the appropriate post if you are interested in entering or message Gillian Rolston also on Facebook



GREAT TO BE BACK

It's great to be able to advertise an event after all this time without one. We are easing our way back in with a Blackball Shoot Out competition on Saturday 26th June, hopefully we will have no further lock downs so a full calendar can follow.



Our condolences


The NIPA Committee would like to pass on our condolences to our Secretary Gillian Rolston and player Neil McKelvey on the death of their father Billy McKelvey also Grandfather to U23 player Aaron Rolston.

Billy passed away suddenly late on Friday night 12th March.

Our thoughts are with the whole family circle at this very sad time. 

2021 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS IN APRIL/MAY CALLED OFF


Dear Members

It is with a sad heart that we must inform you that due to the Covid 19 restrictions which are imposed on the venue,
  1. 24 tables instead of 40
  2. No spectators (not even other team members) only players
  3. Travel restrictions and quarantine measures
we will have to postpone the European Championships, we are awaiting for the venue to give us dates for possibly summer or autumn months, once they come back to us, we will communicate it to you, in the meanwhile we invite any Nation to submit proposals for the possibility of hosting the Championships in the latter half of the year and also we open up the bids for the 2022 Nations Cup in April/May

Regards

EBA Executive Committee 

OUR CONDOLENCES

The NIPA Committee would like to pass on our condolences to the family and friends of Alan Henry who passed away today 6th January after a short illness. Alan, from Ballymena, was a highly respected Manager of the Northern Ireland Mens 'A' Team and part of our Committee during the mid to late 1980s and will be sadly missed.

Our thoughts are with the whole family circle.

OUR CONDOLENCES


The Committee of the NIPA would like to pass on our condolences to NIPA member Michael Wilson from Ballynure on the passing of his father Dessie on Sunday 15th November.

You are in our thoughts at this very sad time Michael

CHAMPIONSHIPS CANCELLED


Hi all 

It will probably be of no surprise to you that the 2020-2021 Northern Ireland Individuals (all categories) are now cancelled. The Championships were due to be held in late October and early November in Antrim Sports Club.

Everyone who paid by PayPal will receive a full refund of all fees paid over the next couple of days.

Could anyone who paid their fees by Bank Transfer please send their Name, Sort Code and Account Number to Gillian Rolston on Messenger to receive their refunds.

We are all gutted and can only hope we will all get back to playing Pool in the not too distant future.

Meanwhile everyone take care


NIPA Committee - Pauline, Gillian, Wayne

The 2020 - 2021 NORTHERN IRELAND INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

*** PLEASE NOTE AMENDED DATES ***

We are delighted to announce that we have confirmed arrangements for the 2020-2021 Northern Ireland Individual Blackball Championships which were originally postponed due to the Covid 19 Virus. Obviously these dates are dependent on the ongoing situation in the country and guidance from Stormont.




OUR SINCERE CONDOLENCES


Yet again we have to offer our condolences to the loved ones of one of the NI Pool family. Rosemary Taggart, who was a constant attendee at Northern Ireland Special Pool events at home and abroad supporting her daughter Valerie, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, September 22nd. 

Our thoughts are with the whole family circle at this very sad time. 

In the photo Rosemary (right) with daughter Valerie. Rosemary was a huge part of Valerie's successes in winning multiple titles at World, European and National level 

OUR SINCERE CONDOLENCES

The NIPA Committee would like to pass on our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Jason McBride from Ballycastle who passed away suddenly on Sunday 20th September. 

Jason, 35, played in our Learning Disabilities Section and represented Northern Ireland proudly on many occasions. He will be sadly missed at events at home and further afield.

Thinking of the the family circle at this very sad time.





OUR SINCERE CONDOLENCES

 

The Committee of the NIPA would like to pass on our sincere condolences to Ballymena's Corey-Lee Brett on the recent passing of his partner Shaciara McDowell aged 18 years.

Our thoughts are very much with you Corey-Lee and the entire family circle at this very sad time.

LODGE WEEKEND CANCELLED

ANNOUNCEMENT

It is with a heavy heart that we inform you know that a decision has been taken to cancel the Northern Ireland Individual Championships & Willie Lucas Super 7s weekend due to be held in the Lodge Hotel from 23-25th October. With the current Covid 19 restrictions and legislation and continued uncertainty, it would just not be feasible to hold this as planned.

We are currently looking at all other options and we will update you as soon as we can but the safety of our members has to be paramount.

Anyone who had booked a room in the Lodge Hotel, please cancel as soon as possible as they cannot be sure who all was staying for the competition.

If anyone has any questions, please feel free to contact us via email or private message.

Hope to catch up with you all soon.

 

Gillian (Secretary)