ROUND UP FROM A MEMORABLE WEEKEND AT THE LODGE


Where to start ? Well firstly a huge thank you to BARRY DEMPSEY for coming up to Coleraine at short notice and installing 20 Supreme tables for the event, it was very much appreciated and the tables played great all weekend. To RICKY BIGLEY of STREAMING SERVICES NI who done a superb job with the live stream, very quick in sorting out any problems and very approachable, we would definitely recommend him to anyone looking an event streamed and not only for our sport of Pool. To our sponsor McLEAN BOOKMAKERS for their continued support of our event - Kaci and Georgia-Lee disappointed youze didn't get up to sing and dance for us this time … only joking, lol 😁. To the LODGE HOTEL and all the hospitality from their staff a big thank you for another successful weekend. Thank you to referees ALEX IRVINE and ROBERT HAWKINS and to PADDY LYNCH for his immense contribution to the Top Table team. To LUCY and CARA BELL and AMY MCRANDLE for their help with the ballot and to the coolest man in the room REMO DEVITO for bringing vanilla, honeycomb and parma violet flavoured Morellis Ice Cream to the Top Table 🍦🍧. And last but definitely not least our dedicated Committee at the Top Table, PAULINE LYNCH, GILLIAN ROLSTON and DEREK WHITESIDE all take a bow please for your tireless advance planning and work at the event, incredible job 👏

To you the players, thank you all for making the weekend the success it was. Great to see new faces along with familiar ones and it's especially heart warming to see upcoming talent in the Under 15/18 and 23 age groups. The road ahead looks good.
OUR NEW 2019 - 2020 INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONS
MENS - Declan Brennan (Newry) 8-7 Gerard Heaney (Belfast)
LADIES - Maryjo McCourt (Carnlough) 7-1 Roisin Smith (Newcastle)
SENIORS - Ronan McCarthy (Kircubbin) 7-2 Brian Crilly (Bangor)
MASTERS - Ronan McCarthy (Kircubbin) 7-5 Brian Crilly (Bangor)
UNDER 23 - Ryan Marcus (Larne) 7-5 Reece McCloskey (Coleraine)
UNDER 18 - Reece McCloskey (Coleraine) 7-4 Ryan Marcus (Larne)
UNDER 15 - Reece McCloskey (Coleraine) 7-1 Tyler Mitchell (Coleraine)

We started off on Friday night with our Under 15s/18s and 23s, Masters (over 50s) and Ladies events and all five were very competitive with some memorable matches. In the Ladies Maryjo McCourt was unstoppable as she stormed to her second National title. "MJ" won 25 frames dropping only 4 on her way to the title. In the Final she faced Roisin Smith who had played great to get there but it wasn't to be and Roisin had to settle with the Runners Up trophy. It's a good confidence builder for both girls before they head to Cyprus for the EBA Nations Cup in November.
In the Masters Final we had a cracker between reigning Champion Brian Crilly and Ronan McCarthy playing in this age bracket of over 50 for his first time. Ronan led 4-1 and looked like running away with it but big Brian dug deep and brought it back to 5-5. It wasn't to be two in a row for the Bangor man as Ronan went on to take the next two racks for a 7-5 win.
The Under 23 defending Champion Connor Marron went down to Reece McCloskey in the first round and one of the Tournament favourites Rory Kinney lost out in an 11th frame decider to Ryan Marcus. Those two winners would go on to meet in the Final and in a great match it was Ryan who took it with a 7-5 success. 16 year old Ryan has now won all three NI Unders titles, U15/18 and U23, a tremendous achievement indeed.
Sunday was to be Reece's day though. First he stormed to victory 7-1 in the Under 15 Individual Final over Tyler Mitchell who had beaten the previous seasons Champion Tyler Hutchinson in the Semis. And to put the icing on the cake for the 13 year old he added the Under 18 title coming from 0-2 down to oust Ryan Marcus 7-4 in the Final.
Now to the Seniors (over 40s). Some great talent and experience on display in this event and some fantastic matches but when it was all done and dusted the final pairing was the same as the Masters Final, Brian Crilly against Ronan McCarthy. McCarthy was on fire and produced a superb display to win his second title of the weekend by 7-2
The Mens, the biggest of them all. We had 94 entrants in the Mens and what an event it was with Declan Brennan defending his title concluding in a nail biting 8-7 win over the ultra consistent Gerard Heaney. Declan rode his luck to get there first he trailed Paddy Clarke 3-5 before coming back to win a deciding 11th rack and what a battle he had against rank outsider Tom Morgan. The Last 16 match was tied at 5-5 with Tom in pole position, but Declan forced the match into a 9 ball re-reack in which he won the lag but decided to give the break away. It turned out to be the right decision and Declan went through 6-5. His Semi Final against Rab Fee was lethal stuff as he raced to a 7-0 victory in about 35 minutes. Meanwhile in the other half of the draw Gerard had knocked out a lot of peoples tournament favourite Ronan McCarthy by 6-5 and also took the scalps of Ricky Clyde and Sam Newell before facing Rab McCullough in the Semi Final. What a comeback from Heaney as he trailed 3-6 only to take the last four frames including a nervy decider to make it into the final. Already looking forward to next years, can Declan make it a hat trick, can Ronan win another NI Mens title, will Gerard go one step further or will Rab McCullough get over the Semi Final disappointment to go on to glory. Plenty of others more than capable too.
Twelve teams battled it out in the Willie Lucas Super 7s Memorial and it was Remo Devito's Coleraine "Potters" team who defended their title in a repeat of last years Final against Gordon Boomer's Highwaymen from Dromara Blackball Pool League. Biggest shock result of the night was little Lecale League beating the 147 Antrim side by 6-1 in the Group stage !! Allen McKibben led a delighted Newcastle League to success in the Plate with an 8-4 win against Coleraine.
Report from our Special Pool Section who had their Festival from Monday - Wednesday to follow.





NIPA UNDER 15s FOR CYPRUS


We are delighted to announce our Under 15 three person team that will be representing Team NI at the 2019 EBA Nations Cup in Cyprus in November. Best of luck to all the lads, enjoy your trip.

Willie Eakin - (Team Manager)
Reece McCloskey
Dion Lynch
Taylor Baxter

STREAMING AT THE LODGE ON SUNDAY - DAY 3/3


Live streaming from the NI 2019-2020 NI Championships on the NIPA Facebook page Nipa Pool

LIVE RESULT UPDATES ALL DAY AT FOLLOWING LINKS

MENS INDIVIDUAL TO A FINISH FROM 3.00pm

SENIORS INDIVIDUAL TO A FINISH FROM 10.00am



"BET MCLEAN" 2019 - 2020 NIPA Individual Championships & Willie Lucas Super 7s



LAST DAY TO ENTER !!!!!!!!
FOLKS FOR ANYONE WANTING TO ENTER, THE 31st AUGUST DEADLINE DATE IS THIS COMING SATURDAY
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We are now taking entries for the Northern Ireland Blackball Championships in Lodge Hotel, Coleraine in September. To enter YOU MUST send your entry via 

1/ PAYPAL - Friends and Family option to gillianrolston@outlook.com in GBP only, not Dollars. 
or 
2/ BANK TRANSFER TO SORT CODE 090129 ACCOUNT NUMBER 41085059

Please check back to our Facebook page Nipa Pool to confirm your name has been added, no names will be added until your payment has been received. Anyone wishing to stay over at the Lodge or nearby accommodation is advised to book as soon as possible. Payment methods at the top and bottom of this post. You cannot enter by forwarding your name with no payment. Only payment secures entry.

MENS ~  LADIES ~ SENIORS ~ MASTERS ~ U23  ~ U18 ~ U15 ~ SUPER 7s

List of entries updated regularly on our Facebook page NipaPool
FRIDAY 13th SEPTEMBER
2019-20 NI UNDER 15s/18s INDIVIDUAL C'SHIPS

Players to register before 31st August 2019
Starts at 5.30pm
Free entry
Played to a finish
Draw made on the day
U15s must be under 15 on 1st January 2020. Please bring ID
U18s must be under 18 on 1st January 2020. Please bring ID

2019-20 NI UNDER 23s INDIVIDUAL C'SHIP

All players must register and pay entry fee before 31st August 2019
Starts at 5.30pm
£10 entry
Played to a finish
Players must be under 23 on 1st January 2020. Please bring ID

2019-20 NI LADIES INDIVIDUAL C'SHIP

Players must register and pay entry fee before 31st August 2019
Players must be Associate Members of the NIPA (memberships must be paid in advance by 31st August at £15 per person per season)
Registration closes 6.30pm - Played to a finish
Entry fee - £20 (PREPAY)
Draw made on the day
All paid players will go into the draw unless they personally confirm they are not able to make it. Any paid players not in attendance at close of registration shall have one frame awarded to their opponent and another one frame for each subsequent 5 minutes of late arrival.

2019-20 NI MASTERS INDIVIDUAL C'SHIPS

Players must register and pay entry fee before 31st August 2019
Registration closes 6.30pm - Played to a finish
Players must be Associate Members of the NIPA (memberships must be paid in advance by 31st August 2019 at £15 per person per season)
Players must be over 50 on 13th September 2019, please bring ID in case it is requested
Entry fee - £20 (PREPAY)
Draw made on the day
All paid players will go into the draw unless they personally confirm they are not able to make it. Any  paid players not in attendance at close of registration shall have one frame awarded to their opponent and another one frame for each subsequent 5 minutes of late arrival

SATURDAY 14th SEPTEMBER

2019-20 NI MENS INDIVIDUAL C'SHIP

Players must register and pay entry fee before 31st August 2019
Players must be Associate Members of the NIPA (memberships must be paid in advance by 31st August at £15 per person per season)
Registration closes 10.00am - All paid players will go into the draw unless they personally confirm they are not able to make it. Any paid players not in attendance at close of registration shall have one frame awarded to their opponent and another one frame for each subsequent 5 minutes of late arrival.
Played down to either Last 16 or 5.00pm
Entry fee (PREPAY) - £20
Draw made on the day

2019-20 WILLIE LUCAS SUPER 7s MEMORIAL

Registration Time - Registration closes 4.30pm. 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 registering. Cost - £10 per player (members) or £20 per player (non member). Captains please remind ALL players that NIPA dress code applies. Format - Entries dependent, Plate event - Yes. Team size - 7. Teams can register 10 maximum.
Criteria - All members of each team must have represented that League (exception - Ladies) in the 2018/2019 season. Each team can only register 1x Elite standard player, teams must be sent to the NIPA by 31st August for NIPA approval with payment. Any team changes after 31st August may still be accepted by sending details to our Facebook page or to our email at nipablackball@yahoo.co.uk
Each team may contain one maximum overseas based player

SUNDAY 15th SEPTEMBER

2019-20 SENIORS (OVER 40s) INDIVIDUAL C'SHIP

Players must register and pay entry fee before 31st August 2019
Players must be over 40 on 15th November 2019, please bring ID, it may be requested
Registration closes 10.00am - All paid players will go into the draw unless they personally confirm they are not able to make it. Any paid players not in attendance at close of registration shall have one frame awarded to their opponent and another one frame for each subsequent 5 minutes of late arrival.
Players must be Associate Members of the NIPA (memberships must be paid in advance by 31st August at £15 per person per season)
Played to a finish
Entry fee (PREPAY BY 31st AUGUST) - £20
Draw made on the day

2019-20 NI MENS INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONSHIP

3.00pm to a finish - Any player not in attendance at close of registration shall have one frame awarded to their opponent and then another one frame for each subsequent 5 minutes of late arrival
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PAYMENT METHODS TO CONFIRM YOUR PLACE  

To enter YOU MUST send your entry via either -

1/  PAYPAL Friends and Family option in GBP only, not Dollars to gillianrolston@outlook.com 
or 
2/  BANK TRANSFER TO SORT CODE 090129 ACCOUNT NUMBER 41085059

PLEASE NOTE - NO CASH WILL BE HANDLED ON THE DAY AND ONLY ADVANCE PAYMENT SECURES YOUR PLACE

Please put your name and Competition/s down as reference otherwise we won't know if you have paid. Use Paypal Friends and Family option

ALL INDIVIDUAL & TEAM EVENTS ARE NIPA DRESS CODE. ANYONE NOT ATTIRED IN OUR DRESS CODE SHALL BE ALLOWED TO FINISH THE MATCH HE/SHE IS PLAYING IN BUT WILL THEN BE GIVEN A WARNING AND MUST CHANGE BEFORE HIS/HER NEXT MATCH. FURTHER ABUSES WILL RESULT
IN PLAYER BEING DISMISSED FROM EVENT

ALL PLAYERS MUST REGISTER IN PERSON

ALL PLAYERS MUST BE ELIGIBLE TO REPRESENT NORTHERN IRELAND AT BLACKBALL AT INTERNATIONAL LEVEL

Terms & conditions subject to amendment

NI SPECIAL POOL FESTIVAL SCHEDULE


SPONSORED BY EDDIE O'CONNOR ESTATE AGENTS


www.eocestateagents.com






This month sees the Northern Ireland Special Pool Section celebrate their 26th Festival of Pool. It debuted in 1993 when 32 cueists competed to become the inaugural NI Individual Champion

In the following years the annual event has grown dramatically in numbers with over 300 players competing in the 2018 event on 21 specially installed tables..

Originally set up as an event for people with Learning Disabilities it now incorporates competitions for those with physical disabilities and Mental Health problems.


The fantastic Lodge Hotel has become home for the Festival and the local community provide much needed financial aid by actively supporting our table sponsorship scheme.

2019 SCHEDULE

MONDAY 16th SEPTEMBER
11.00am to 2.30pm - Physical & Mental Health Disabilities Individual Events

TUESDAY 17th SEPTEMBER
11.00am to 5.00pm - NI Championships Adult & Junior Learning Disabilities Team Events
7.00pm - Individual Speed Pool
8.00pm - Doubles featuring the NIPA Ladies International Team
9.00pm - Fun Event featuring management and players from Coleraine Football Club

WEDNESDAY 18th SEPTEMBER
11.00am to 4.00pm - NI Championships Adult Learning Disabilities Individual Events

In the photos - Our Specials and carers on their recent visit to Stormont






NIPA Memberships


Just a friendly reminder that the £15 NIPA annual membership fee is now due. Must be paid before the Lodge Hotel next weekend 13-15th September for anyone taking part in any of the Bet McLean Northern Ireland Individual Championship events (Unders 15s/18s/23s exempt)

The 2019 - 2020 BetMcLean Northern Ireland Blackball Championships, 13-15th September. Lodge Hotel, Coleraine



TOUR EVENT 4


What a Final we have in store when Ronan MCCarthy and Pat McAnally will do battle at our 2019 Tour Event 4 conclusion. Ronan overcame Ryan Marcus 7-4 in the Q.Club, Larne Venue Final whilst Pat seen off Drew Sloan by 7-3 in Reds, Ballymena.

The Final will take place in the Q.Club, date TBC



All in at the 147 Club, Antrim


A big thanks from the NIPA Committee to all involved in making our Texas Holdem Fundraiser night in the 147 Snooker Club, Antrim a huge success. Special mention for Rinty Monaghan and Rab Fee and the staff in the 147 Club for all their help and hospitality.

47 punters took to the baize of the poker tables and at 2.30am the winner was declared as Steven Bartley who took home the top prize of £580. Runner Up was Robert Hawkins who banked £400 for his efforts.

Once again thanks to all involved.

In the photo - Winner Steven "The Stork" Bartley (sitting) with Runner Up Robert "The Hawk" Hawkins

NIPA TOUR EVENT 4


Venues are as follows for this Sundays Tour. on 1st September. Groups released on the day. Play starts at 10.00am in each Club with both venues opening from 9.00am.

PLAYERS ARE REMINDED THAT NO FOOD OR DRINKS ARE TO BE BROUGHT INTO EITHER CLUB, BOTH CLUBS SELL FOOD AND DRINKS.

REDS AND THE Q.CLUB LET US USE THEIR TABLES FREE OF CHARGE AND THE £5 REGISTRATION FEE GOES BACK INTO THE PRIZE FUND. THANKS FOR YOUR CO-OPERATION

DRESS CODE - Any player wishing to wear shorts can do so because of the warm weather. Shirt with collar must still be worn though

FOLLOWING PLAYERS TO REDS

Andrew Abram
Keith Agnew
David Armstrong
Raymond Baxter
Deaglan Campbell
Dan Clarke
Ryan Foster
Adam Dixon-Freeburn
Robert Hawkins
John Kerr
Kyle Kirkwood
Cory Lee Brett
Paul Lenfestey
Patrick Lynch
Connor Marron
Huggy McAlister
Patrick Mcanally
Don McAuley
Jean Mcilroy
Joe Meara
James Meredith
Angus Millen
Dessie Moore
Tommy Morrow
Paddy Mulholland
Sam Newell
Gareth Rowe
Ryan Taylor
Darryl Watt
Matthew Willighan
2 Free Spaces

FOLLOWING PLAYERS TO Q.CLUB

Scott Agnew
Micky Birt
Richard Campbell
Barry Casey
Gareth Fears
Jim Gilchrist
Marty Goudie
Lee Gribben
Alan Johnston
Stephen Johnston
David Jones
Aaron Leslie
Wayne Lewis
Darren Lowe
Davy Magill
Ryan Marcus
Thomas McCann
Ronan Mccarthy
Neil Mcfaul
David Mc Gurn
Lee Hatchet Mcilreavy
Matthew Quinn
Connor Reeves
Aaron Rolston
Ryan Scott
Greg Stevenson
Gary Wallace
Paul Watters
Derek Whiteside
Trevor Whiteside
2 Free spaces

Our sincere condolences


The Committee of the NIPA would like to pass on our condolences to regular Ladies player Angie Willis on the passing of her son Stephen.

Angie, our thoughts are with you and your family at this very sad time.

2019 NIPA TOUR EVENT 4


(Played in Reds, Ballymena & Q.Club, Larne)

Hi folks, Event 4 of our 2019 Blackball Tour takes place next Sunday 1st September in Reds and the Q.Club.
We still have a few spaces left, please contact NIPA Secretary Gillian Rolston via her personal Messenger account or via this page as soon as possible. Cost is £20, the event is played to Group format then a handicapped Knock Out


Ladies Tour Table after Event 2/5


Event 3 takes place on Sunday 13th October in the Coach Club, Hillsborough.



NIPA Ladies Pool Tour


NIPA LADIES POOL TOUR TABLE

See in the photo todays Table from Event 2 which was held in the Primacy, Bangor on Sunday 18th August. 

Well done to Winner Tasha Magill who scored an outstanding 10/11. Tasha was closely followed by Debra Murphy on 9/11. Thanks to all the girls who took part.

Event 3 takes place in the Coach Club, Hillsborough on Sunday 13th October

Team NI Specials for Cyprus


The very best of luck to our Learning Disabilities Section travelling to Cyprus in November for the 2019 EBA Nations Cup. Bring it home guys.

LEARNING DISABILITIES SQUAD
John Clarke (M), Sammy Henry (M), Kim Lundy (M)
Clifford Healy
Paddy Reid
Philip Haveron
John Brown
Alan Bell
Sammy Johnston
John Henderson
Mark Irvine
Jason McBride
Eddie Huey
Valerie Taggart
Jonathan McAuley
Kevin Walsh

Good luck Team NI


The very best of luck to all players and officials travelling to Cyprus in November to represent Team NI at the 2019 EBA Nations Cup of Pool. Enjoy your trip guys.

MENS A
Rab McCullough (PM)
Rab Fee
Ronan Fay
Gary Clarke
Declan Brennan
Alastair Wilson

MENS B
Derek Whiteside (M)
Roger Smyth
Trevor Whiteside
Eddie McCallion
Ricky Clyde
Gary Wallace
Wayne Lewis
Matthew Quinn
Neil McFaul
Paddy Lynch

LADIES A
Mary Cunningham (PM)
Emma Cunningham
Alex Babb
Roisin Smith
Ashleigh Dinsmore
Maryjo McCourt
Danielle Randle

SENIORS A
Tristan Scott-Heyes (M)
John Lawther
Dan Clarke
Greg Stevenson
Alan Johnston
Bill McIlroy Sr
Willie Eakin
Darren Whiteside

SENIORS B
Tristan Scott-Heyes (PM)
Kevin McCorry
Kenny English
Lenny Swan
James Meredith
Billyjo Brown
Joe Patton

UNDER 23 A
Derek Whiteside (M)
Aaron Rolston
Ryan Marcus
Rory Kinney
Daniel Connor
Adam Freeburn
Delaney McLaughlin
Zac McCandless

UNDER 15 A
To follow

LEARNING DISABILITIES SQUAD
John Clarke (M), Sammy Henry (M), Kim Lundy (M)
Clifford Healy
Paddy Reid
Philip Haveron
John Brown
Alan Bell
Sammy Johnston
John Henderson
Mark Irvine
Jason McBride
Eddie Huey
Valerie Taggart
Jonathan McAuley
Kevin Walsh

Our condolences


The NIPA Committee would like to pass on our condolences to player Iain Britton on the passing of his mother Rosemary after an illness.

Our thoughts are with Iain and the family at this sad time.

NIPA Affiliated Leagues


Well done to all teams who won their respective Leagues and to their Captains who bring it all together during the season -

2018 - 2019 ~ TEAM LEAGUE WINNER 
Ards ~ Derailers (Stuart Beattie)
Ballymena ~ Mighty Reds (Gary Clarke)
Ballynahinch ~ The Anchor, Killyleagh (Peter Kelly)
Belfast ~ Stadium 'B' (Steven Harrison)
Carrick ~ Doagh Dragons (Kyle Kirkwood)
Castlewellan ~ Drumaness GAC (Tom Morgan)
Coleraine ~ Potters A (Willie Eakin)
Dromara ~ Dromore Strikers (Malcolm Russell)
Hilltown ~ Depot Bar Rathfriland (Gary Connolly)
Larne ~ Team Five (Bryan McWhirter)
Lecale ~ The Four Roads (Katrina McVeigh)
Newcastle ~ Quinns Bar (Eamon Starkey)
North Down ~ McBurneys (Darren Sterrett)

Our condolences


The NIPA Committee would like to pass on our condolences to long time player Tom Leggett on the passing of his mother Susan on 19th July after a long illness. Susan's funeral will take place from the John Gray Funeral Home in Bangor on Tuesday 23rd July at 12.30pm.


Our thoughts are with you at this sad time Tom.

POKER FUNDRAISING NIGHT


♠️♥️♣️♦️
Saturday 31st August, starts 5.00pm.
NIPA poker fundraising night in The 147 Snooker Club, Antrim

Texas hold'em night

💥 Buy in £20 (12k starting stack)
💥 Rebuy £20 (15k stack)
💥Add on at break £20 (optional) (20k stack)
💥20 min blinds

70% of prize fund on the night will be paid out with 30% going towards our funding for Youth Academy and our international funding scheme !
We hope that all teams can get involved and spread the word to as many poker playing friends as possible as without these nights we struggle to fulfil our expectations for Juniors and sending international teams to represent our wee Country further afield !
We will also be having some great raffle prizes on the night & also Bounty prizes !! Hot food will be provided at the break !

Mixed Doubles & NATR Fundraisers


Could anyone who is interested in taking part in a Mixed Doubles event please contact Gillian Rolston asap. All money raised going towards our International Fundraising. Details below -

When - Saturday 27th July 2019
Where - Q.Club, Larne
Starts - 5.00pm
Cost - £10 per person
Winning Team - £100
Dress code - Casual relaxed
Teams - Will be drawn out of a hat

Each team will be numbered and each number will be sold for £25 in a blind draw, whoever has the winning team receives £125.

We will be holding a "Night at the Races" straight after, which is always great craic, everyone welcome.