Teams for Bridlington


The following teams have been confirmed to represent Northern Ireland at the 2018 EBA European Championships in Bridlington in April. Others to follow as they are finalised -

Best of luck to all

LADIES 'A'
Collette Henriksen - Enniskillen
Claire Stewart - Antrim
Tasha Magill - Belfast
Michelle Roonay - Enniskillen
Julie Henderson - Coleraine
Mary Cunningham - Newry
Emma Cunningham - Milton Keynes

MASTERS 'A'
Robert Hawkins - Larne
Stephen Johnston - Lisburn
Willie Eakin - Coleraine
Gerry McCorry - Larne
Davy Drysdale - Ards
Raymond Stockman - Coleraine
Marty Goudie - Carrickfergus

NI Ladis 'B' Team Bridlington Trials (Day 1 of 3)


Results as follows from Day 1 of 3

13 - Alex Babb
13 - Sara Greenberg
12 - April Roonay
11 - Elise Richardson
11 - Natalie McCullough
11 - Roisin Smith
10 - Angie Willis
08 - Andrea McAllister
08 - Kathy Leddy

Remember, a players best 2 scores from the 3 events determines her final total and placing, so plenty of time to improve on Day 1. Day 2 still open to players who were bunable to enter Day 1.

DAY 2 - Sunday 7th January 2018 - Reds Sports Lounge, Ballymena
DAY 3 - Sunday 4th February 2018 - Q.Club, Larne
 

Northern Ireland Ladies 'B' Team Trials

The Spa Arena, Bridlington



** IMPORTANT **
DO NOT ENTER THESE TRIALS IF YOU ARE NOT AVAILABLE TO TRAVEL TO THE 2018 EBA EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS IN BRIDLINGTON FROM 9-14th APRIL 2018. NO PRIZE MONEY CAN BE WON UNLESS YOU TRAVEL.

DAY 1 - Sunday 10th December 2017 - Primacy Bar, Bangor
DAY 2 - Sunday 7th January 2018 - Venue TBC
DAY 3 - Sunday 4th February 2018 - Q.Club, Larne

A players best 2 days scores out of a possible 3 days determines her total score.

Registration closes at 12.30pm on each day

LADIES 'A' TEAM (5 PERSON TEAM) - Manager - Collette Henriksen
Managers picks but to include invite to current NI Ladies Individual Champion

LADIES 'B' TEAM (7 PERSON TEAM)- Manager - Alex Babb
1-5 from Trials plus 2 Managers picks

Format - Round robin
Cost - £10 per day or £25 for all 3 payable at Day 1
Prize money - To Winner & Runner Up, only paid on arrival in Bridlington and only if players travel
NIPA dress code - Yes
AMs - Players must be current NIPA members, memberships available on the day at £15
Players - All players must be eligible to represent Northern Ireland at Blackball Pool
Age - Open to all over 18s as at 1st January 2018.

Terms and conditions subject to amendment

Mens International Trials for Bridlington



 ***** IMPORTANT *****
DO NOT ENTER THESE TRIALS IF YOU ARE NOT AVAILABLE TO TRAVEL TO THE 2018 EBA EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS IN BRIDLINGTON FROM 9-14th APRIL 2018. NO PRIZE MONEY CAN BE WON UNLESS YOU TRAVEL.

MENS TRIALS -
DAY 1 - Saturday 13th January 2018 - Q.Club, Larne (pictured below). 10.00am start time
DAY 2 - Sunday 14th January 2018 - Reds, Ballymena (pictured above). 10.00am start time
DAY 3 - Sunday 21st January 2018 - Q.Club, Larne. 10.00am start time

A players best 2 days scores out of a possible 3 days determines his total score.

MENS A TEAM (5 person team) - Manager Derek Whiteside - Trials Winner, NI Champion (If he is unable to go then the Runner Up will be invited), 4x Managers Picks

MENS B TEAM (7 person team) - Manager Trevor Whiteside - 4x Managers Picks including himself, Top 4 remaining in Trials after A Team has been confirmed.

MENS B1 TEAM (7 person team) - Dependant on Trials

COST - £10 per day or £25 for all three payable at Day 1

PAYOUT - (Monies will only be paid to players who attend Bridlington and will be paid out in Bridlington)
Trials Winner - £250. NI Champion (or Runner Up) £250. Managers picks £250
Trials 2nd, 3rd, 4th & 5th - Guaranteed £100 each. All 5 places may also receive a percentage of prize fund from Trials (dependant on entries)

NIPA DRESS CODE - Yes

AMs - To play in these Trials all players must be NIPA Associate Members. Memberships available on the day costing £15

PLAYERS - All players must be eligible to represent Northern Ireland at Blackball pool

AGE - Open to all over 18s as at 1st January 2018

Terms and conditions subject to amendment

2018 NIPA Interleague


We are now taking entries from NIPA affiliated Leagues for our 2018 Interleague Competitions (details below). To enquire about entering please contact us by email to nipablackball@yahoo.co.uk

In the photo - Coleraine Captain Willie Eakin (left) receives the 2017 'A' Team Winners Shield from the hosting Club Chairman Dave McKendry of the St Comgalls Recreation Club in Larne. Can anyone stop Coleraine from making it three wins on the trot ?

NIPA 2017 Interleague 'B' Team Event
When - Saturday 3rd March 2018
Where - Queens Hall, West Street, Newtownards, BT23 4EN
Venue open from - TBC
Registation Time - Registration closes 11.00am. One player from a team can register for the whole team. Any team not registered by this time will lose one frame for every 5 minutes they are late in registering. Any frames lost for late registration will apply to all that teams' matches in the group stage if applicable. Play will start at approximately 11:15am.
Cost - £10 per player if League NIPA affiliated, £20 if not
NIPA Dress Code - Yes (Captains please remind ALL players)
Format - Entries dependent
Plate event - Yes
Team size - 11 a-side (15 maximum per squad)
Criteria - Players must have played in a minimum of 5 available fixtures in the League they are representing this current season. Players cannot play in both the 'A' and 'B' events. Leagues cannot enter a team into the 'B' Event unless they enter a team into the 'A' Team event. Exceptions apply - 1. Ladies. Players cannot play in both the 'A' and 'B' events

NIPA 2018 Interleague 'A' Team Event
When - Sunday 4th March 2018
Where - Queens Hall, West Street, Newtownards, BT23 4EN
Venue open from - TBC
Time - Registration closes 11.00am. One player from a team can register for the whole team. Any team not registered by this time will lose one frame for every 5 minutes they are late in registering. Any frames lost for late registration will apply to all that teams matches in the group stage if applicable. Play will start at approximately 11:15am.
Cost - £10 per player if League NIPA affiliated, £20 if not
NIPA Dress Code - Yes (Captains please remind ALL players)
Format - Entries dependent
Plate event - Yes
Team size - 11 a-side (15 maximum per squad)
Criteria - Players must have played in a minimum of 5 available fixtures in the League they are representing this current season. Players cannot play in both the 'A' and 'B' events. Leagues cannot enter a team into the 'B' Event unless they enter a team into the 'A' Team event. Exceptions apply - 1. Ladies. Players cannot play in both the 'A' and 'B' events.

Terms & conditions subject to amendment

League affiliation


The following Leagues have affiliated to the NIPA for the 2017/18 season. Just a reminder to any League wishing to affiliate to play in our Interleague and avail of discounted entry the deadline for payment is Sunday 17th December 2017.

Cost is £75, to enquire on how to pay please email us at nipablackball@yahoo.co.uk

PAID 2017/18
Antrim Singles League
Carrick & District
Crumlin Singles League
Coleraine & District
Dromara & District
North Down & Ards League

2018 Interleague


The NIPA are pleased to confirm that our venue for the 2018 Interleague will be the Queens Hall in Newtownards.

In partnership with the Ards & District League we will be holding the B Team Event on Saturday 3rd March and the A Team Event on Sunday 4th March.

In the photo - 2017 Winners, Coleraine & District League will be going for three consecutive wins.

More details to follow soon !!

Team Managers in Bridlington

The fantastic Spa Arena, Bridlington

Once Christmas is behind us it'll not be long before Bridlington, Yorkshire becomes the centre of attention in the form of the 2018 EBA European Blackball Championships. Top cueists from all over Europe will battle it out in Team and Individual events in Mens, Ladies, Seniors, Masters, Unders and Learning Disability categories. See below for our current list of Managers who will be leading Team NI into the Championships -

Mens 'A' - Derek Whiteside
Mens 'B' - Trevor Whiteside
Ladies 'A' - Collette Henriksen
Ladies 'B' - Alex Babb
Seniors 'A' - Michael Wilson
Seniors 'B' - Rab Brown
Masters 'A' - Robert Hawkins
Masters 'B' - TBC
Under 18 - Alex Irvine
Learing Disabilities - TBC

Our condolences


The NIPA Committee would like to offer our condolences to our Specials 'A' Team Manager and Chairman of the Specials Section John Clarke on the passing of his mother Winifred after an illness.

The funeral will take place at 2.00pm in the Old Congregation Presbyterian Church, Randalstown on Thursday 30th November

Our thoughts are with you John at this sad time.

Coleraine FC pay a visit


A big thank you to Manager Oran Kearney and players of the Northern Ireland Premiership leaders Coleraine Football Club who paid a surprise visit to Lodge Hotel last week to meet up with some of the Northern Ireland Learning Disabilities Special Pool Section players. Thanks also to John McIlreavy for arranging the visit.


Specials Team Winners - 2017 Festival


Top photo - Senior Team Winners Rathmoyle, included in photo is Mr John Clarke (left) NISPA Chairman and Mr Eddie O'Connor of Eddie O'Connor's Estate Agents, Derry/Londonderry (right)
Middle photo - Ladies team winners, Mountfern
Bottom photo - Social Team winners Conlig




Specials Most Improved Player Winners - 2017 Festival


Top photo - Most Improved Male player Stephen Fleck. Doing the presentation is Mr Maurice Bradley MLA, on behalf of sponsor Councillor  George Duddy
Bottom photo - Most Improved Female player Catherine Scott,



Specials Individual Winners - 2017 Festival


Bottom photo - Kevin Walsh, Social Individuals winner receiving his trophy from Mr Eddie O'Connor of Eddie O'Connor's Estate Agents, Derry/Londonderry
Middle photo - Valeria Taggart, Ladies Individual winner
Bottom photo - Alan Bell, Men's Individual





Specials Individual Plate Winners - 2017 Festival


Top photo - Mark Irvine, Men's Individual Plate winner, presenting the trophy is Miss Claire Sugden MLA
Middle photo - William Busby, Social Individual Plate winner
Bottom photo - Natasha Thursby, Ladies Individual Plate winner




Northern Ireland Special Pool Festival


Once again the Specials Committee put on a fantastic three days of Pool at their annual 2017 Festival in the Lodge Hotel, Coleraine. Old and new friendships were rekindled and made and there were some outstanding performances in both team in individual events. A big thank you to everyone who took part and to all the carers, officials and referees. Results below, photos to follow -

SCHOOLS TEAM MAIN EVENT
Winners - Sandleford B (Coleraine)
Runners Up - Sandleford A (Coleraine)
PLATE EVENT
Winners - Hillcroft A (Newtownabbey)
Runners Up - Hillcroft B (Newtownabbey)

LADIES TEAM MAIN EVENT
Winners - Mountfern A (Coleraine)
Runners Up - Maghera A (Maghera)
PLATE EVENT
Winners - Now Project (Belfast)
Runners Up - Mountfern B (Coleraine)

MENS TEAM MAIN EVENT 
Winners - Rathmoyle A (Ballycastle)
Runners Up - Independants (N.Ireland)
PLATE EVENT
Winners - Mountfern A (Coleraine)
Runners Up - George Sloan (Ballymena)

SOCIAL TEAM MAIN EVENT
Winners - Conlig (Belfast)
Runners Up - Greystone (Antrim)
PLATE EVENT
Winners - ASL B (Bangor)
Runners Up - Benbradagh (Limavady)

SPEED POOL
Ladies - Valerie Taggart (Portrush)
Mens - Clifford Healy (Bangor)

DOUBLES
Winners - Jean McIlroy (Larne) & Alan Bell (Portadown)
Runners Up - Kathy Leddy (Ards) & Kevin Walsh (Bangor)

MOST IMPROVED PLAYERS
Female - Catherine Scott (Ballymoney)
Male - Stephen Fleck (Ballymena)

ALL ABILITIES INDIVIDUAL
Winner - Rab McMaw (Ballynure)
Runner Up - Mark Clayton (Portadown)
PLATE
Winners - Michael Carlin (Coleraine)
Runners Up - Adrian Doherty (Coleraine)

SOCIAL INDIVIDUAL 
Winner - Kevin Walsh (Bangor)
Runner Up - Sean Fleming (Belfast)
PLATE
Winner - William Busby (Ballymena)
Runner Up - Stephen Ellis (Limavady)

MENS SENIOR INDIVIDUAL
Winner - Alan Bell (Dungannon)
Runner Up - Paddy Reid (Ballycastle)
PLATE
Winner - Mark Irvine (Belfast)
Runner Up - John Henderson (Portadown)

LADIES INDIVIDUAL
Winner - Valerie Taggart (Portrush)
Runner Up - Briege McFaul (Belfast)
PLATE
Winner - Natasha Thursby (Antrim)
Runner Up - Helen Palmer (Coleraine)

""...........Oh Patsy Macnally, oh Patsy ...........""


Pat McAnally is our new 2017-2018 Northern Ireland Mens Individual Champion. And it was no more than he deserved as on Finals Day which brought back the Last 16 players Pat defeated giants of the game Drew Sloan, Ronan McCarthy, Paddy Clarke and then the superb Gordon Boomer in the Final to lift the crown.

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Top photo - Pat receives his winners trophy from McLean representitives Georgia Lee and Anna
Bottom - Pat (left) with Gordon after their epic Final







It's Mika again


Michelle Roonay (right) lifts the Norther Ireland Ladies Individuyal title for the third time in four years. In the picture also is Runner Up Collette Henriksen and NIPA Chairperson Pauline Lynch.

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Ronan retains


Top photo - 2017-18 NI Seniors Individual Champion Ronan McCarthy
Bottom - Runner Up Drew Sloan

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Willie is the Master of the Masters.


2017-18 NI Masters Individual Champion Willie Eakin (right) with Runner Up John Tennyson

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Its Rab and the boys for 4 in a row


Antrim 147 win the Willie Lucas Memorial Super 7s trophy for the fourth time in a row. Victory for the Antrim boys was made even sweeter as 146 Antrim took the Plate event

Top photo - Rab Fee & Declan Lavery proudly display a photo of Wille Lucas and the Super 7s trophy
Bottom - 147 & 146 Antrim celebrate together.

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