2019 NIPA Interleague

The 2019 NIPA Interleague dates have been confirmed.. Both Events will be played in the Queens Hall, Newtownards, same venue as last year.

Saturday 23rd March - 'B' Team Event
Sunday 24th March - 'A' Team Event

Both Events are 11 person Teams. More details very soon !!!

Could NIPA affiliated Leagues please contact Secretary Gillian Rolston as soon as possible (16/3/19 at the latest) with your Team entries (Player names not required to on the day). All players must have played in a minimum of 4 games this season in the League they are representing.

In the photo, 2018 'A' Team Plate Winners - Ards & District

New managers

Best of luck to Mary Cunningham and Derek Whiteside who have been elected Managers of our Ladies A and Under 23 A Teams. First up is our upcoming trip to the 2019 EBA European Championships in Bridlington  in early May.


We are delighted to confirm our dates in the Lodge Hotel, Coleraine for the 2019 Northern Ireland Individuals Weekend to include the Willie Lucas Memorial Super 7s team event.

Due to the EBA Nations Cup in Cyprus in November we are a bit earlier this year. Dates as follows -


The NI All Abilities & Learning Disabilities will play from Monday 16th September. Full schedule to follow soon for all events.

In the photo - Our current Northern Ireland Mens Individual Champion, Declan Brennan receiving his trophy from NIPA Chairperson Pauline Lynch


The NIPA Open event which was scheduled for Sunday the 27th January in Reds Sports Lounge, Ballymena has been postponed.

Watch out for our new date later on in the season.

2019 EBA European Championships Teams

1st - 4th May 2019 (Under 15/18/23s)
6th -11th May 2019 (Mens, Ladies, Seniors, Masters)

Could any player wishing to be considered for selection for Team NI and is able to travel to the 2019 European Championships in Bridlington on the above dates please submit their name and preferred category to us by either emailing Secretary Gillian Rolston at nipablackball@yahoo.co.uk or by messaging Gillian on Facebook.

'A' Teams and 'B' Teams compete in the Euros in all categories.

Players can state more than one preferred category but by doing so the NIPA Hierarchy system applies as follows -
Category hierarchy - Mens, Under 23s, Ladies, Seniors (over 40s), Masters (over 50s)
Teams hierarchy - A - B - B1 - B2

Closing date for submitting names is Wednesday 30th January 2019

After closing date, Committee will send list of available players to each category Manager. Managers will then select their squad from players who are available to travel and send names to the Executive Committee who will then contact players and invite them onto that team.

5 Person Teams
Managers of 5 person 'A' Teams can select 3 Wild Cards. He/she must invite the current NI Champion in the category he/she manages. If said Champion wishes to play in another category Manager will have another Wild Card. Last 2 places must come from Play Offs which are by invitation only from Manager and Committee. 'B' Team Managers select 4 Wild Cards and 2 from a Play Off.

7 Person Teams
Managers of 7 person teams can select 6 Wild Cards. Last 2 places must come from Play Offs which are by invitation by Manager and Committee.

Any player unsuccessful in a Play Off for an 'A' Team shall  be offered a trial for the 'B' Team in that category if not selected as a Wild Card by the 'B' Team Manager.

Play off format to be confirmed by Team Managers (numbers dependent)

Players selected for European Championships will be considered first to attend the Nations Cup in Cyprus in November 2019.

Any issues arising not covered will be decided on by Committee

Invitation from our Special Pool Section

25th Year Anniversary Celebration for the Northern Ireland Special Pool Section

The 2019 NIPA Blackball Tour

Hi folks, just a reminder that if you have entered your name into our 2019 Tour the £65 deposit (or full £130 entry) needs paid by Monday 31st December 2018. After said date anyone unpaid cannot be guaranteed their place and it will be on a first paid only basis. 

For full Tour details and options on how to pay click on the following link. 

2019 NIPA Blackball Pool Tour

We are now taking names and deposits for the new bigger and better 2019 NIPA Tour. All details on how to enter are on the accompanying posters !!!!! Don't miss out, gaurantee your spot asap !!!!!!

McCarthy on Tour !!!

We had a fantastic climax to the 2018 NIPA Tour which was played to a finish today, Sunday 9th December, in Reds Sports Lounge, Ballymena with Ronan McCarthy once again proving that he is the man to beat. The Kircubbin cueist beat Ballyclare's Johnny Mackay by 7-4 in the Grand Final.

McCarthy takes home the top prize of £700 and Mackay £300

Johnny Mackay w/o Mark Stockton
Trevor Whiteside 7-3 Alan Rainey
Tyler McConnell w/o Paddy Lynch
Gerry McCorry 7-6 Adam Freeburn
Maryjo McCourt 7-6 Emmet McGuire
Robert Hawkins 7-3 Aaron Rolston
Marty Goudie w/o Mark Richardson
Ryan Foster 7-6 Ryan Scott
Darren Lowe 7-6 Paul Harris

LAST 32 
Gary Clarke 7-3 Ryan Foster
Kenny Geddis w/o Tommy Morrow
Joe Larkin 5-7 Johnny Mackay
Stephen Johnston 7-6 Trevor Whiteside
Darren Lowe 3-7 Davy Armstrong
Neil McFaul w/o Sean Davison
Aaron Leslie 7-5 Dave Jones
Maryjo McCourt 5-7 Rab McCullough
Ronan McCarthy 7-2 Marty Goudie
Corey Lee Brett 3-7 Davy Magill
Ryan Craig void Gordon Boomer
Dan Clarke 7-1 Tyler McConnell
Robert Hawkins 2-7 Greg Stevenson
Michael Thompson w/o Gary Wallace
Raymond Stockman 7-3 Kyle Kirkwood

Ryan Marcus 7-3 Gerry McCorry
Gary Clarke 7-3 Kenny Geddis
Johnny Mackay 7-6 Stephen Johnston
Dave Armstrong 6-7 Neil McFaul
Aaron Leslie 5-7 Rab McCullough
Ronan McCarthy 7-2 Davy Magill
Dan Clarke v Bye
Greg Stevenson 7-2 Michael Thompson
Raymond Stockman 7-5 Ryan Marcus
Gary Clarke 2-7 Johnny Mackay
Neil McFaul 4-7 Rab McCullough
Ronan McCarthy 7-4 Dan Clarke
Greg Stevenson 7-6 Raymond Stockman
Johnny Mackay 7-6 Rab McCullough
Ronan McCarthy 7-5 Greg Stevenson

Massive thanks to William Irvine of the Q.Club in Larne and Gary Clarke of Reds in Ballymena for running the 2018 Tour very professionally. Watch out for details coming very soon of our 2019 Tour. Happy Christmas to one and all !!!!


This coming Sunday 9th December sees Finals Day of the 2018 NIPA Tour. The venue is Reds Sports Lounge in Ballymena. Further details below. The two outstanding Finals from previous events will also be played out, Ronan McCarthy V Jonathon Murray and Gary Clarke V Rab McCullough. Should be a great days action of Blackball Pool up in Reds.

Please note - Registration closing times below, please leave home in plenty off time to get parked and into the venue.  Players late in registering will lose one frame for every 5 minutes they are late

What - NIPA 2018 Tour Finals Day
Where - Reds, Ballymena
Prelims  - Registration closes at 10.15 am
Previous Finals - Registration closes at12.15 pm
Last 32 - Registration closes at 1.45pm
Races - All matches Races to 7
Dress code - Yes
Open to - Qualifying players only
Winner - £700
Runner Up - £300
Semi Finalists - £150 each
Quarter Finalists - £50 each

1. (+1) Mark Stockton V Johnny Mackay (+1)
2. (+1) Alan Rainey V Trevor Whiteside (+2)
3. (+2) Tyler McConnell V Paddy Lynch (+3)
4. (+3) Adam Freeburn V Gerry McCorry (+1)
5. (Scr) Emmet McGuire V Maryjo McCourt (+3)
6. (+2) Paul Harris V Darren Lowe (+3)
7. (+2) Robert Hawkins V Aaron Rolston (+2)
8. (+2) Mark Richardson V Marty Goudie (+1)
9. (Scr) Ryan Foster V Ryan Scott (+3)

(Scr) Gary Clarke V Winner Prelim 9
(+3) Kenny Geddis V Tommy Morrow (Scr)
(+2) Joe Larkin V Winner Prelim 1
(+1) Stephen Johnston V Winner Prelim 2
(+1) Greg Stevenson or (+2) Davy Armstrong V Winner Prelim 6
(+2) Neil McFaul V Sean Davison (+3)
(+2) Aaron Leslie V Dave Jones (+3)
(+2) Davy Armstrong or (Scr) Rab McCullough V Winner Prelim 5
(Scr) Ronan McCarthy V Winner Prelim 8
(+3) Cory-Lee Brett V Davy Magill (+2)
(Scr) Ryan Craig V Gordon Boomer (Scr)
(+1) Dan Clarke V Winner Prelim 3
(Scr) Rab McCullough or (+1) Greg Stevenson V Winner Prelim 7
(+1) Gary Wallace V Michael Thompson (+1)
(+2) Raymond Stockman V Kyle Kirkwood (+1)
(+1) Ryan Marcus V Winner Prelim 4

Don takes his place

Congratulations to Don McAuley. The Ballymena cueist won the second NIPA / IPA Tour Qualifier today Sunday 2nd December in the competition which was held in Reds Sports Lounge. Don will accompany Ryan Scott, who won Event 1, into the Open and Amateur events of the IPA Tour when it comes to Belfast's Clayton Hotel in February 2019, mixing it with some of the top stars in the game of Pool. In the photo, Don is congratulated by NIPA Secretary Gillian Rolston.

Don McAuley V Bye
Peter McAlonan 2-5 Ryan Murphy
John McAllister 5-2 Adam Freeburn
Aaron Rolston 5-4 Connor Marron
Stephen Johnston 5-4 Robert Hawkins
Ryan Scott 3-5 Ryan Foster
Cory-Lee Brett 2-5 Niall McElroy
Davy Magill V Bye
Don McAuley 5-2 Ryan Murphy
John McAllister 5-4 Aaron Rolston
Stephen Johnston 2-5 Ryan Foster
Niall McElroy 4-5 Davy Magill
Don McAuley 5-4 John McAllister
Ryan Foster 3-5 Davy Magill
Don McAuley 5-2 Davy Magill

Managers posts

2019 is fast approaching and the following Managers posts are available for anyone wishing to apply. Closing date is 31st December. Please forward your name and phone number to NIPA Secretary Gillian Rolston at nipablackball@yahoo.co.uk


Competitions coming up in 2019 are as follows -

EBA European Championships (Bridlington)
1st - 4th May - Under 18s & Under 23s
6th - 11th May - Mens & Ladies

EBA Nations Cup (Ayai Napa, Cyprus)
10th - 16th November

14 hectic days

Well, a hectic fortnight of action on the table and months of planning by the NIPA has drawn to an end and we all draw breath before we move on. But what an unforgettable fortnight it was at the Lodge Hotel weekend and the World Championships in Bridlington.

First up was the Learning Disabilities Festival, full results are to follow but our 2018 Individual Champions are Alan Bell and Valerie Taggart who both retain their crowns from the previous year.

Our new 2018 Seniors and Masters Champion is Brian Crilly, a superb double from the big Bangor man.

We also have a new Ladies Champion with Newry's Mary Cunningham taking the honours

And what a competition the BET MCLEAN MENS event was. A record 134 entrants and when the final black ball of the competition was sunk it was Mayobridge's star cueist Declan Brennan who took home the winners trophy adding a new name to the list. Lurgan's Declan Duff had a fantastic run to the final and it's a good bet that in years to come the young man will put his name on it.

The Willie Lucas Memorial Super 7s Event had a record entry of 21 teams and it was local team Potters managed by Remo Devito who took home the trophy. Gordon Boomer's Highwaymen were Runners Up having ousted 147 Antrim who were going for five wins on the trot. In the Plate Event long time members Crumlin won their first NIPA trophy after a few near misses in the past, defeating Newcastle in a single frame play off.

After a late finish on the Sunday night we travelled early Monday to Bridlington for the Blackball International World Championships. See below a round up of how each team fared

A superb performance seen us top a group that included England and Wales but it wasn't to be as Derek Whiteside's lads lost in the Quarter Finals to eventual Winners France.

Pauline Lynch's Ladies qualified comfortably out of the Group and overcame Scotland in a Semi Final Play Off but we also lost to eventual Champions England and just missed out on a Bronze medal going down to France in the 3rd and 4th Place Play Off

A very tough section of 13 teams and unfortunately Michael Wilson's lads didn't make it out of the Group but had a noteable win over France and ran eventual Champions Scotland close at 12-13.

Robert Hawkins's Masters Team won 6 out of  9 Group matches to qualify into the Semi Final Play Off but unfortunately went down 13-9 to Wales

Under 23
7 wins and 4 losses seen Gillian Rolston's lads reach the Knock Out stage but we got off to a slow start against England eventually losing out 13-10

Under 18
Alex Irvine's lads agonizingly lost 5 out of their first 7 matches by 13-12. But they still made the Knock Out stages only to lose out to eventual winners Wales.

Learning Disabilities
Reached the Final and nearly retained their crown but lost to a very strong Scotland side after leading most of the match. Managers John Clarke and Sammy Henry can be proud of the lads once again.

Representing Team NI in the Wheelchair event was Rab McMaw. But unfortunately it wasn't to be for the former European Champion as he lost out on Group qualification by a single point.

Alan Bell took Bronze in the LD Singles a great honour for the Dungannon man but we had five players just missing out on a Semi Final spot all going down 5-4 in last frame deciders Clifford Healy (LD) Brian Crilly (Seniors), Ryan Marcus (U15), Aaron Rolston (U18) and Declan Duff (U23)

What a performance by Declan Duff and Eamon Ferris. The pair took Gold in the Under 23 Doubles event with some quality Pool throughout. Rab Fee and Declan Lavery won Silver in the Mens Doubles with Gary Clarke and Tommy Morrow taking Bronze, a great showing by our Mens players.  We also took Silver in the LD Doubles with the pairing of Clifford Healy and Paddy Reid reaching the Final. Seniors duo Darren Whiteside and Craig Robson just missed out on Bronze medals going down to a South African pairing in the 3rd and 4th Placed Play Off.

Apologies if we have missed anyone out still trying to get back down to earth from Planet Pool !!!

Top guns

There were many great performances for Team NI at the 2018 Blackball International World Championships that have just ended. Top of the pots for NI as follows -

Tommy Morrow - 72.73%,  Rab Fee - 72.41%
Tommy was highest percentage winner and most frames winner in the whole of the Mens section. Rab was Runner Up in highest percentage. Outstanding by both in such a strong section of 16 Nations.

Emma Cunningham - 73.33%
Emma was Runner Up for most frames won in the whole Ladies section. Great shooting Emma.

Brian Crilly - 58.33%

Davy McGurn - 62.5%

Steven McGurn - 68.52%

Ryan Marcus - 68.33%
Ryan won the most frames in the whole Under 18 Section and was Runner Up in the Percentages. Great going young man.

Paddy Reid 70.00% and Clifford Healy - 70.00%
Paddy and Clifford were joint winners of most frames won in the whole of the LD section. Well done guys.

Thanks Rab

The NIPA Committee would like to thank Rab McCullough for his dedication over the years whilst in the post of Vice Chairman. Rab has stood down from the Vice Chair position, we wish him well in the future.

Your chance to play on the IPA Tour

The NIPA will be hosting another qualifier this Sunday coming 2nd December to give you the chance to compete in the fantastic IPA Tour coming to Belfast 22-24th February 2019. The venue is Reds Sports Lounge in Ballymena with the Club open from 11.00am for a 12.00 noon start.

World Championships 20-26th November

WWW.EBA-POOL.ORG for all the links to the info and stats during the 2018 World Blackball Championships.

Team NI opening fixtures

2018 Blackball World Championships (20-26th November)

MENS -  Northern Ireland v Netherlands
LADIES - Northern Ireland v Australia
SENIORS - Northern Ireland v Catalonia
MASTERS - Northern Ireland v Gibraltar
UNDER 23 - Northern Ireland v Cyprus
UNDER 18 - Northern Ireland v France
SPECIALS - Northern Ireland v England
WHEELCHAIR - Rab McMaw (NI) v Gary Nicholson (Eng)

2018-19 BET MCLEANS Mens NI Individual Championship

The draw and results live from The Lodge Hotel in Coleraine

M01  Gary Johnston Sr 6-5 Gary Clarke
M02  Ryan Foster 1-6 Pat McAnally
M03  Jim Jennings 6-2 Jim Taylor
M04  Joe Larkin 6-3 Brian Crilly
M05  Gary Wallace w/o Marty Goudie
M06  Trevor Whiteside 2-6 Tommy Morrow

LAST 128
M01  Gary Johnston Sr 3-6 Pat McAnally
M02  Jim Jennings 3-6 Joe Larkin
M03  Gary Wallace 2-6 Tommy Morrow
M04  Corey Sweeney 6-3 Kenny Geddis
M05  Gerald McCafferty w/o Marc Hutchinson
M06  Gavin Armstrong 6-5 Michael Thompson
M07  Eamon Ferris w/o Lee Hull
M08  Johnny Mackay 6-4 Chris Ferguson
M09  Ryan Sharvin 6-2 Aaron Rolston
M10  Adam Freeburn 3-6 Ryan Marcus
M11  Peter Leddy 3-6 Ryan Scott
M12  Nigel Craig w/o Alan Rainey
M13  Declan Lavery 6-2 Ronan Fay
M14  Craig Laughlin 3-6 Declan Duff
M15  Aaron Leslie 3-6 Davy McGurn
M16  Michael Casement w/o Gerry McCorry
M17  David O'Sullivan w/o Darren Sterrett
M18  Gerard McDermott w/o Paul Carville
M19  Marty Enright 0-6 Rab Fee
M20  Oisin Wallace w/o Sean Brannigan
M21  Ian Magill (Boal) 5-6 James Meredith
M22  Deaglan Campbell 6-2 Joe McCleary
M23  Mark Robson 3-6 Tristan Scott-Heyes
M24  Ryan McKillop 1-6 Johnny Nelson
M25  George McCullough w/o Thomas McCann
M26  Aaron Wright 2-6 Paul Kerr
M27  Mark Richardson w/o Chris Beattie
M28  Mark Stockton 2-6 Iain Britton
M29  Galvin McDermott 3-6 Willie Eakin
M30  Stephen Johnston 4-6 Martin Sharvin
M31  Roger Smyth 6-3 Paddy Lynch
M32  Davy Magill 6-3 Simon Lynch
M33  Padraig Lynch 4-6 David McCombe
M34  Gavin Doran w/o Daryll Watt
M35  Chris Ross 3-6 Johnny Murray
M36  Fergal Kelly w/o Jason Crozier
M37  Darren McDonald 2-6 Paul Curran
M38  Davy Jones w/o Hugh Murdock
M39  Gareth Rowe 3-6 Steven Strain
M40  Gordon Boomer 6-1 John Tennyson
M41  Sam Newell 6-2 Warren Miskimmin
M42  Ryan Doyle 6-1 Gary Sharpe
M43  Rab McCullough w/o Paddy McDowell
M44  Daniel Clarke w/o Colin Carlisle
M45  Ivan Christie 4-6 Emmet McGuire
M46  James Nesbitt 6-3 Neil McFaul
M47  Ryan Craig 6-4 Damian McGarrell
M48  Michael Wilson w/o Gerard Rogan
M49  Ricky Clyde 6-4 Stephen McArthur
M50  Gary Wylie 3-6 Wayne Lewis
M51  Kyle Kirkwood 1-6 Paddy Clarke
M52  Corey Lee-Brett 6-5 Gareth Fears
M53  Ryan McQuillan 6-3 Kevin Duffy
M54  Mickey O'Boyle w/o Matthew Quinn
M55  Craig Robson 6-0 James Marmion
M56  Kieran Mallon 6-3 Greg Stevenson
M57  Allen McKibbin V Maynard Hamilton
M58  Declan Brennan 6-4 Alaistar Wilson
M59  Kevin McCorry 2-6 Ady Toner
M60  Neil Armstrong w/o Ciaran Reid
M61  Tyler McConnell 3-6 James McGarrell
M62  Neil Campbell w/o Paddy McGivern
M63  Chris Strain 6-2 Emmett McAteer
M64  Paul McGivern w/o Paul Lenfestey

M01  Pat McAnally 6-1 Joe Larkin
M02  Tommy Morrow 6-2 Corey Sweeney
M03  Marc Hutchinson 6-4 Gavin Armstrong
M04  Lee Hull 6-4 Johnny Mackay
M05  Ryan Sharvin 3-6 Ryan Marcus
M06  Ryan Scott 3-6 Alan Rainey
M07  Declan Lavery 3-6 Declan Duff
M08  Davy McGurn 6-4 Gerry McCorry
M09  David O'Sullivan 2-6 Gerard McDermott
M10  Rab Fee 6-4 Oisin Wallace
M11  James Meredith 1-6 Deaglan Campbell
M12  Tristan Scott-Heyes 1-6 Johnny Nelson
M13  Thomas McCann 3-6 Paul Kerr
M14  Chris Beattie 5-6 Iain Britton
M15  Willie Eakin 6-4 Martin Sharvin
M16  Roger Smyth 6-4 Davy Magill
M17  David McCombe 5-6 Daryll Watt
M18  Johnny Murray 4-6 Jason Crozier
M19  Paul Curran 1-6 Dave Jones
M20  Steven Strain 4-6 Gordon Boomer
M21  Sam Newell 6-2 Ryan Doyle
M22  Rab McCullough 6-3 Daniel Clarke
M23  Emmet McGuire 6-1 James Nesbitt
M24  Ryan Craig 4-6 Gerard Rogan
M25  Ricky Clyde 6-5 Wayne Lewis
M26  Paddy Clarke 6-4 Corey Lee Brett
M27  Ryan McQuillan 6-5 Matthew Quinn
M28  Craig Robson 3-6 Kieran Mallon
M29  Allen McKibbin 1-6 Declan Brennan
M30  Ady Toner 6-5 Neil Armstrong
M31  James McGarrell 6-3 Paddy McGivern
M32  Chris Strain 6-5 Paul Lenfestey

M01  Pat McAnally 6-4 Tommy Morrow
M02  Marc Hutchinson 2-6 Lee Hull
M03  Ryan Marcus 6-4 Alan Rainey
M04  Declan Duff 6-3 Davy McGurn
M05  Gerard McDermott 3-6 Rab Fee
M06  Deaglan Campbell 2-6 Johnny Nelson
M07  Paul Kerr 6-4 Iain Britton
M08  Willie Eakin 6-1 Roger Smyth
M09  Daryll Watt 1-6 Jason Crozier
M10  Dave Jones 2-6 Gordon Boomer
M11  Sam Newell 4-6 Rab McCullough
M12  Emmet McGuire 2-6 Gerard Rogan
M13  Ricky Clyde 3-6 Paddy Clarke
M14  Ryan McQuillan 6-3 Kieran Mallon
M15  Declan Brennan 6-0 Ady Toner
M16  James McGarrell 6-3 Chris Strain

M01  Pat McAnally 5-6 Lee Hull
M02  Ryan Marcus 1-6 Declan Duff
M03  Rab Fee 6-5 Johnny Nelson
M04  Paul Kerr 4-6 Willie Eakin
M05  Jason Crozier 6-5 Gordon Boomer
M06  Rab McCullough 6-0 Gerard Rogan
M07  Paddy Clarke 6-1 Ryan McQuillan
M08  Declan Brennan 6-1 James McGarrell

M01  Lee Hull 4-7 Declan Duff
M02  Rab Fee 7-4 Willie Eakin
M03  Jason Crozier 3-7 Rab McCullough
M04  Paddy Clarke 3-7 Declan Brennan

M01  Declan Duff 7-5 Rab Fee
M02  Rab McCullough 6-7 Declan Brennan


2018-19 NI Ladies Individual Championship

The draw and results live from The Lodge Hotel in Coleraine.

M01  Joanne Podbylski 4-6 Linzi McClelland
M02  Ashleigh Dinsmore 6-3 Sally Caughey
M03  Mary Cunningham 6-0 Heather McIlmail
M04  Roisin Smith 6-1 Valerie Kelly
M05  Alex Babb 6-1 Maryjo McCourt
M06  Siobhan Rainey 0-6 Jean McIlroy
M07  Elise Richardson V Bye
M08  Andrea McAlister V Bye

M01  Linzi McClelland 6-1 Ashleigh Dinsmore
M02  Mary Cunningham 6-2 Roisin Smith
M03  Alex Babb 2-6 Jean McIlroy
M04  Elise Richardson 4-6 Andrea McAlister

M01  Linzi McClelland 2-6 Mary Cunningham
M02  Jean McIlroy 4-6 Andrea McAlister