Nations Cup Schedule


Click on the links in the left hand column to view the Adult playing schedule for the 2014 EBA Nations Cup

Mens
N.Ireland 1, N.Ireland 2, England 1, England 2, Scotland 1, Scotland 2, S.Ireland 1, S.Ireland 2, Wales 1, Wales 2
Seniors
N.Ireland 1, N.Ireland 2, England 1, England 2, Scotland 1, Scotland 2, S.Ireland 1, S.Ireland 2, Wales 1, Wales 2
Ladies
N.Ireland 1, N.Ireland 2, England 1, England 2, Scotland, Wales
Masters
N.Ireland 1, N.Ireland 2, England, Scotland

NI LADIES Fundraiser Event

 
The NI LADIES 'A' Team held a 4 Team 7-A-Side fundraising event in the Swift Bar, Carrickfergus on Sunday 19th October. The Ladies head off to the World Championships in Perth, Scotland this coming Saturday.

GROUP RESULTS
NI Ladies 8-6 Carrick Select
NI Mens B2 10-4 NI Seniors B2
Carrick Select 8-7 NI Seniors B2
NI Mens B2 10-4 NI Ladies
Carrick Select 8-6 NI Mens B2
NI Seniors B2 10-4 NI Ladies

FINAL
Carrick Select 11-10 NI Mens B2

Back row (L-R)
Tasha Magill, Sara Greenberg, Roisin Smith
Front row (L-R)
Jean McIlroy (Manager), Maryjo McCourt, Mary Cunningham

Official World Championship polo shirts order form

 

CLICK ON THIS LINK to request an order form for the official 2014 Blackball International World Championships souvenir polo shirts

Shirts can now be  ordered via the OFFICIAL WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FACE BOOK PAGE

Shirts cost £17.50 each

Updates from NIPA Seniors Tour Event 2 on Sunday 12th October

Finalists, Billy Moore (left) and Brian Crilly

Congratulations to Brian Crilly. The County Down man won the NIPA Seniors Tour Event 2 on 12th October in Potters, Coleraine. In the Final he defeated Coleraine's Billy Moore, but only just. Moore had come back from 2-5 down to level at 5-5 with the break in the deciding frame. And the balls split perfectly only for the white to find a pocket from which Crilly ran them out for victory. But Seniors 'A' Team Manager Darren Sterrett will be well pleased on the form of both players 2 weeks to the day before the start of the World Championships in Perth, Scotland.

Sitting joint top of the table are Neil Campbell (Newtownabbey). Raymond Stockman (Coleraine) and Sam Newell (North Down).  CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE UP TO DATE TABLE

CLICK HERE FOR LIVE STREAMING HIGHLIGHTS

PRELIMS
Uel Stewart 6-0 Rodney Patterson
Sam Newell 2-6 Brian Crilly
Alan Johnston 6-0 Jimmy McCullough
Julian Logue 6-1 Robert Hawkins
Willie Eakin 4-6 Kenny Geddis
Neil Campbell 6-1 Ivan Christie
Greg Stevenson 6-0 Paddy Mulholland
Raymond Stockman 6-1 Jim Taylor
LAST 16
Uel Stewart 4-6 Brian Crilly
Alan Johnston 1-6 Julian Logue
Kenny Geddis 4-6 Neil Campbell
Greg Stevenson 3-6 Raymond Stockman
Billy Moore 6-3 Paul O'Connor
John Hooks 5-6 Chris Jeffrouy
Tony Tennyson 0-6 John Tennyson
Ian Wylie 3-6 Stephen Johnston

QUARTER FINALS
Brian Crilly 6-4 Julian Logue
Neil Campbell 1-6 Raymond Stockman
Billy Moore 6-3 Chris Jeffrouy
Stephen Johnston 2-6 John Tennyson
SEMI FINALS
Brian Crilly 6-2 Raymond Stockman
John Tennyson 4-6 Billy Moore

FINAL RACE TO 6
Billy Moore 5-6 Brian Crilly

FINAL FRAMES
Crilly Crilly Moore Moore Crilly Crilly Crilly Moore Moore Moore Crilly

Condolences


The Executive Committee of the NIPA would like to pass on their condolences to our Under 23 B1 Team Manager John McIlreavy on the death of his father.

The funeral is at 2pm this Sunday from the family home in The Crescent, Coleraine

World Championship playing schedule


CLICK HERE for 2014 World Championship playing schedule

MENS - 16 TEAMS (2 Groups of 8)
LADIES - 11 TEAMS
SENIORS - 10 TEAMS
MASTERS - 8 TEAMS
UNDER 18 - 7 TEAMS
UNDER 23 - 9 TEAMS
SPECIALS - 5 TEAMS
WHEELCHAIR - 10 PLAYERS

NIPA Seniors Tour Event 2

 
The N.I.P.A 2014/2015 Seniors Pool Tour (Over 40s) Event 2 will take place on Sunday 12th October. Six different events throughout NI will culminate with a seeded Finals Day on 31st May 2015 for the TOP 16 players.

Event 2 will be held in the POTTERS SNOOKER & POOL CLUB, 76 Long Commons, Coleraine BT52 1LJ

EVENT 2 - 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 (Winner - Sam Newell, Runner Up - Paddy Mulholland)
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

CLICK HERE for full Tour details and the up to date table. To play in this event, players must be paid up Individual Members of the NIPA.

COUNTDOWN IS ON FOR PERTH

 

700 cueists head to Perth for the 2014 World Blackball Pool Championships

Perth will be the venue to host a “first” for Scotland at the end of October with the 2014 World Blackball Pool Championships being held in the city’s Bells Sports Centre. With around 700 players from 18 nations around the globe converging on the city, the organisers of the event, ISP Scotland, won the bid to host the biennial Championships in Scotland for the first time in the event’s history ahead of Malta and France.

Pictured right is Michaela Tabb who will be refereeing at the latter stages of the Championships .Michaela of ISP Scotland said “With prize money at almost £20,000 to be won across 8 championship categories and 48 tables being set up in the venue, this will be an exciting sporting week for Perth at the end of October.”

Michaela, who herself is the No1 cue sports referee internationally and a known sporting media celebrity, added “The event is being televised on Sky Premier Sports at certain points (bottom of page) during the championship week, however, it is a free event for fans of the sport to attend to spectate and the venue will have a 750 seating capacity for the week.  With teams and individuals having been chosen by their home countries, the World Blackball is set to be a highlight in what is a major year of sport for Scotland”.

Local businessman Andrew Morrison of Aim Developments is a key sponsor of the championship. Andrew commented “I’m a huge fan of the sport and with Perth regaining its city status only some time ago, I wanted to support the organising team in order that Perth would be hosting a sporting event of this world class stature.”

He added “The number of players and their supporters staying in Perth city centre during the week of the championships can only be beneficial economically to all local businesses and venues. With the World Blackball taking place only a month after Perthshire hosting the Ryder Cup, I think we can fairly say the Fair City is on the map as a sporting destination of choice”.

The championship starts on Sunday 26th October and ends on Friday 31st with last qualifications for certain categories on Saturday 25th. The qualification rounds on the Saturday are open for anyone to enter and it offers an ideal opportunity for local pool enthusiasts to grab their cues, get some practice in and attempt to achieve their sporting dreams.

It is scheduled to  be shown live on the Premier Sports Channel 428 and the Virgin Channel Thursday from 4pm until 11 pm and Friday Finals from 12 noon until finish at 7-8 pm. It will also be live on You Tube.

Nations attending -
AUSTRALIA, CAMEROON, CATALONIA, CYPRUS, ENGLAND, FRANCE, GIBTRALTAR, IRELAND,  LIBYA, MALTA, NORTHERN IRELAND, NORWAY, RUSSIA, SCOTLAND, SHETLAND ISLES, SOUTH AFRICA, UGANDA, WALES 

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