NIPA Seniors Tour Event 3

 
The N.I.P.A 2014/2015 Seniors Pool Tour (Over 40s) Event 3 will take place on Sunday 21st December. Six Tour events throughout NI will culminate with a seeded Finals Day on 31st May 2015 for the TOP 16 players.

Event 3 will be held in the 147 Snooker & Pool Club, 2b Old Market Place, Omagh BT78 1BT

EVENT 3 - 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 (Winner - Brian Crilly, Runner Up - Billy Moore)
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.

Players are reminded that only the Top 16 qualify for Finals Day and only players best 4 scores from 6 events determine where they finish in said table

Specials Fundraiser

Q. CLUB, Larne

Well done to the Q.Club in Larne. Father and son act Alex and William Irvine held a Christmas Turkey Shoot to help raise money for the Northern Ireland Special Pool Section. 

32 players entered and £85 was raised on the night for the Specials.

Robert Hawkins beat Gerry McCorry 3-2 in the Final with Winner and Runner Up receiving a large and small turkey respectively

UNDER 15 TRIALS


The NIPA will be holding an Under 15 Trial with the view to selecting a team to take to the  2015 EBA European Championships in Bridlington in April.

When - Friday 9th January 2015
Where - Q. Club, Larne (3, Narrow Gauge Road, Larne BT40 1XB)
Time - 7.00pm start
Dress code - Yes, proper NIPA dress code
Cost - Free to enter
Age - Players must be under the age of 15 on 1st January 2015
Who - Anyone who is eligible to represent NI welcome

NI Ladies 'A' Team for Bridlington


The Northern Ireland Ladies 'A' Team has been confirmed for the 2015 European Championships in Bridlington in April as follows -

Jean McIlroy (M) - Larne
Sara Greenberg - Newtownabbey
Tasha Magill - Craigavon
Mary Cunningham - Newry & Mourne
Maryjo McCourt - Belfast
Roisin Smith - Down
Julie Henderson - Coleraine

Best of luck girls

Payment reminder for Individual entries at Stormont


All players are reminded that anyone who has their name entered into any of the Individual events at the Stormont Hotel in January must have paid the entry fee by 18th January 2015. ANY PLAYER UNPAID BY THAT DATE WILL BE REMOVED FROM THE LIST AND WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO PAY INTO THE COMPETITION ON THE DAY EVEN IF SPACES AVAILABLE

CLICK ON HERE to see how to pay

Welcome on board lads


Welcome on board to the following new Team Managers. Starting with our 'A' Teams Managers have started selecting their squads for the 2015 European Championships in Bridlington. Best of luck to all players and managers alike.

Mens B1 - Gary Wallace
Masters B1 - Hugo Manson
Under 23 A - Scott Hay
Under 23 B2 - Lee Gribben
Under 18 A - Gary Clarke

Mens A - Handpicked team 
Mens B1 - Must retain at least 10 players from any International squad from Brid/Perth/Coleraine plus 3 Wild cards if required 
Mens B2 - Must retain at least 10 players from any International squad from Brid/Perth/Coleraine plus 3 wild cards if required 

Seniors A - Must retain at least 4 players from any International squad from Brid/Perth/Coleraine plus 2 wild cards if required 
Seniors B1 - Must retain at least 4 players from any International squad from Brid/Perth/Coleraine plus 2 wild cards if required 
Seniors B2 - Must retain at least 3 players from any International squad from Brid/Perth/Coleraine plus 3 wild cards if required

Masters A - Must retain at least 4 players from any International squad from Brid/Perth/Coleraine plus 2 wild cards if required
Masters B1 - Must retain at least 4 players from any International squad from Brid/Perth/Coleraine plus 2 wild cards if required
Masters B2 - (if EBA permitted) Must retain at least 3 players from any International squad from Brid/Perth/Coleraine plus 3 wild cards if required

Ladies A  - Must retain at least 4 players from any International squad from Brid/Perth/Coleraine plus 2 wild cards if required 
Ladies B1 - Must retain at least 5 players from any International squad from Brid/Perth/Coleraine plus 3 wild cards if required 
Ladies B2 - Must retain at least 5 players from any International squad from Brid/Perth/Coleraine plus 3 wild cards if required 

Under 23 A - Must retain at least 4 players from any International squad from Brid/Perth/Coleraine plus 2 wild cards if required. If player/s are lost via going over age corresponding wild cards can be brought in 
Under 23 B1 - Must retain at least 4 players from any International squad from Brid/Perth/Coleraine plus 2 wild cards if required. If player/s are lost via going over age corresponding wild cards can be brought in 
Under 23 B2 - Must retain at least 4 players from any International squad from Brid/Perth/Coleraine plus 2 wild cards if required. If player/s are lost via going over age corresponding wild cards can be brought in 

Under 18 A - Must retain at least 4 players from any International squad from Brid/Perth/Coleraine plus 2 wild cards if required. If player/s are lost via going over age corresponding wild cards can be brought in

If any manager wishes to take extra players above stated amount he/she must retain said extra from Brid/Perth/Coleraine corresponding amount 
Any player who's age now enables him/her to play in a different category can do so if selected by appropriate Team Manager as one of their retained players
Terms and conditions subject to change

NIPA new 3 A Sides Event !!


The NIPA will be holding a new 3 A Sides Competition. It will be in the Swift Sports Bar, Carrickfergus on Sunday 1st March. Details below

What - NIPA 3 A Sides Event
Where - Swift Sports Bar, Carrickfergus
When - Sunday 1st March 2015
Time - TBC
Dress code - Yes
Squad - Teams can register up to 4 players
Cost - £10 per person if IM, £20 per person if not
Criteria - Each squad may include only 1 'A' Team standard player (Vetted by Exec Committee)
Format - TBC

1/ Colin Moore (C), Herbie O'Neil, Brian Crilly

Further details to follow

New NI LADIES TOUR !!


The NIPA are delighted to announce a new Pool Tour for Ladies.

The new N.I.P.A Ladies Pool Tour Event 1 will take place on Sunday 18th January 2015. Four different events throughout NI will culminate with a seeded Finals Day on 7th June 2015 for the Top 8 players.

Event 1 Primacy Sports Bar, 107 Bloomfield Road South, Bangor, BT19 7HR

EVENT 1 - Registration CLOSES AT 12.00 noon sharp, please leave home in plenty of time to get parked and into venue.

Event 1 - Sunday 18th January 2015 - Primacy Sports Bar, Bangor
Event 2 - Sunday 29th March 2015 - Primacy Sports Bar, Bangor
Event 3 - Sunday 26th April 2015 -
Swift Bar, Carrickfergus
Event 4 - Sunday 24th May 2015 - Q. Club, Larne
Finals Day - Sunday 7th June 2015 - Q.Club, Larne


Name - NIPA Ladies Pool Tour
Cost - £15 per event (pay on the day) or Prepay £50 by 18th January for all 4 events
Payout - £30 & £15 to Winner & Runner Up on the Day. The rest all carries through to Finals Day. To receive any cash prizes on Finals Day players must compete in Finals Day.
Finals Day - Players must play in at least 3/4 Tours to be eligible for Finals Day which will be played off by the Top 8 in a seeded Knock Out. If a player is a no show on Finals Day, seeded Player Number 1 shall receive a bye. If two players no show Seeded Player Number 2 shall also receive a bye. And so on
Tied placings -1/Points  2/Highest attendance at events 3/Total frames won at all events
Dress code - NIPA dress code
Format - Knockout
Points per event - Winner=12,  Runner U=10, Semi Finalists=8, Quarter Finalists=6, Last 16=4, Last 32=2, Last 64=1 Appearance points=5.

Dates, venues and conditions subject to change, please check back regularly. For any queries contact nipablackball@yahoo.co.uk

Sponsorship offer for NI Mens 'A' Team



The NIPA have received a sponsorship offer regarding our Mens 'A' team as follows -
                                                                                                      
SPONSORSHIP OFFER TO COVER 3 EVENTS
1. 2015 European Championship
2. 2015 Nations Cup
3. 2016 European Championships

SPONSHIPS DETAILS
TEAM BONUS
2015 European Championships
If team reaches semi final stage the players would receive £500
2015 Nations Cup
If team reaches semi final stage the players would receive £350
2016 European Championships
If team has not reached the semi final stage in any of the 2 previous events but does so at this event the players would receive £700
If team has reached a semi final stage in any of the 2 previous events and does so again in this event the players would receive £500
If team wins the event £1000 shared between team players
TEAM MANAGER
Team manager to receive £100 for each of the 3 events regardless of team performance

CONDITIONS
The team competing at the 2015 Nations Cup must contain at least 3 players from the 2015 European Championships
The team competing at the 2016 European Championships must contain at least 3 players from the 2015 Nations Cup.

SPONSOR
At this stage the sponsor wishes to remain anonymous

A&E Tour updated tables


CLICK ON THIS LINK to view the updated ranking tables after Event 2 of the NIPA A&E Blackball Tour.

Ronan McCarthys win takes him to top spot in the Elite Section ahead of Rab Fee whilst in the Amateur Section Colin Moore leads only on frame difference from Raymond Baxter and Connor McCann. Sam Newell, Ellis Martin, Herbie O'Neil and Raymond Stockman are close behind only 5 points adrift.

MR CHIPS SPECIAL POOL FESTIVAL 2014




PRESS RELEASE & RESULTS
  
The presentation ceremony at this years Mr Chips Festival displayed the growth of talent of Special Needs players from throughout N.Ireland with the winners stretching from Limavady to Bangor. In his opening remarks Mr John Clarke, Vice chairman of N.Ireland Special Pool, stated that despite serious cutbacks within the various Health Trusts the number of competitors at this year’s festival had continued to grow.  He thanked Mr Clem Howard of Mr Chips for continuing his roll as the lead sponsor for the event and also highlighted his further support for the 2014 event, a gesture which was very much appreciated by all involved.  He also expressed his gratitude to Coleraine Borough Council for their continuing financial assistance as well as thanking all the staff of the Lodge Hotel for their kindness to everyone involved during the event. Mayor George Duddy, on behalf of the Council, in his remarks stated his delight that this prestigious event was held in Coleraine on an annual basis and that he could see from the faces of all the players that they had enjoyed the two days of competition. Leading the way on the presentation list was current N.Ireland international player Paddy Reid from Ballycastle who lifted the much sought after N.Ireland Men’s Individual title.  The equally prestigious Ladies Individuals was won by a local female from Portrush, Valerie Taggart. The Social Individuals which is for players of lesser ability went to Michael Crawford of Cookstown Gateway Club. In the team events the social title was won by Millbrook from Ballymoney, the ladies event went to Mica Drive from Belfast and Rathmoyle from Ballycastle lifted the men’s event. The junior team event and individuals, which are limited to entries from special schools throughout N.Ireland was a closely fought battle between Sandleford School, Coleraine and Hillcroft School Newtownabbey. The plate event was won by Castletower Ballymena who narrowly beat a new team from Carrick Junior Gateway Club. In the All Ability section the main silverware went to a local man from Coleraine, Adrian Doherty. Other local winners included the Tina O’Neill from Mountfern who won the most improved female playerBringing the ceremony and the festival to a close Mr Trevor Harte, event organise, expressed his gratitude to the numerous local business's who made the event possible through their participation in the table sponsorship scheme as well as the local pool players for their refereeing services over the 3 days.

MR CHIPS 2014 SPECIAL POOL FESTIVAL


Photos from the recent Specials Festival, sponsored by MR CHIPS of PORTRUSH

Senior Team Winners - Rathmoyle

Senior Team Plate Winners - Millbrook ALS

Social Team Winners - Millbrook

Social Team Plate Winners - Mountfern

Ladies Team Winners - Mica Drive

Ladies Team Plate Winners - Mountfern A

Doubles Winners - Alex Babb & John MaCauley

Most improved male player - Aaron Cahoon

Most improved female player - Tina O'Neil

Individual Winner - Paddy Reid

Mens Individual Plate Winner - William Patton

Ladies Individual Winner - Valerie Taggart


Ladies Individual Plate Winner - Philomena Bradley

All Abilities Winner - Adrian Doherty

All Abilities Plate Winner - James McKeegan


NIPA A&E Tour Event 2


In the photo - NIPA A&E TOUR EVENT 2 FINALISTS Ronan McCarthy (left) and Tommy Morrow

The event was held in the Primacy Sports Bar, Bangor on Sunday 7th December with McCarthy running out the winner after a ninth and deciding frame for a 5-4 success. Ronan picked up the winners cheque of £400 with Tommy receiving £200 for Runner Up

The NIPA A&E TOUR EVENT 3 heads to Potters, Coleraine next on Sunday 8th February

NIPA A&E Tour Event 2 - Sunday 7th December

 
A&E TOUR EVENT 2. PRIMACY SPORTS BAR, BANGOR, Sunday 7th December.

LIVE MATCH UPDATES

PRELIMS
William Irvine 5-1 Stephen Johnston
Dee Irwin 5-1 Kyle Kirkwood
Connor McCann 5-2 Ryan Foster
Gee Crawley 5-0 Marty Goudie
Maryjo McCourt 3-5 Tom Leggett
Greg Stevenson 3-5 Iain Britton
Kenny English 5-1 Neil McFaul

1st ROUND
Ricky Crooke 3-5 Sam Newell
Paddy Lynch 3-5 Herbie O'Neil
Paddy Mulholland 2-5 William Irvine
Raymond Baxter 5-1 Tony Tennyson
Colin Moore 5-1 Robert Hawkins
Gary Crawford 5-1 Mark Miller
Ellis Martin 5-3 Gary Johnston
Wayne Lewis 5-3 Ady Toner
Dee Irwin 4-5 Paul Withers
Connor McCann 5-2 Gee Crawley
Raymond Crowe 2-5 Tom Leggett
Gavin Armstrong 3-5 Iain Britton
Colin Wilson 4-5 Kenny English
Michael Higgins 2-5 Kenny Geddis
Raymond Christie 5-3 Ryan McKillop
Raymond Stockman 5-4 Tyler McConnell

2nd ROUND
Sam Newell 5-0 Herbie O'Neill
Raymond Baxter 5-4 William Irvine
Colin Moore 5-1 Gary Crawford
Ellis Martin 5-2 Wayne Lewis
Paul Withers 2-5 Connor McCann
Tom Leggett 5-4 Iain Britton
Kenny English 5-1 Kenny Geddis
Raymond Christie 4-5 Raymond Stockman 

COMBINED SECTION LAST 16
Kenny English 3-5 Rab Fee
Connor McCann 3-5 Tommy Morrow
Sam Newell 5-1 Gary Clarke
Raymond Stockman 0-5 Mark Allen
Tom Leggett 2-5 Ronan McCarthy
Raymond Baxter 5-0 Ronan Fay
Colin Moore 3-5 Rab McCullough
Ellis Martin 5-0 Damian Corrigan

COMBINED SECTION LAST 8
Rab Fee 1-5 Tommy Morrow
Sam Newell 5-2 Mark Allen
Ronan McCarthy 5-3 Raymond Baxter
Rab McCullough 5-0 Ellis Martin

COMBINED SECTION SEMI FINALS
Tommy Morrow 5-2 Sam Newell
Rab McCullough 3-5 Ronan McCarthy

GRAND FINAL
Ronan McCarthy (Ards) 5-4 Tommy Morrow (Ballymoney)

Final Frames
Morrow McCarthy McCarthy Morrow McCarthy McCarthy Morrow Morrow McCarthy

Registration for the following named players closes at 9.45am

Ady Toner Gary Crawford Ricky Crooke
Colin Moore Gary Johnston Robert Hawkins
Darren Lowe Herbie O'Neill Sam Newell
Darren Sterrett Johnny Mackey Shaun McAlister
Davy Moore Mark Millar Stephen Johnston
Declan Duff Paddy Lynch Tony Tennyson
Declan Lavery Paddy Mulholland Wayne Lewis
Ellis Martin Raymond Baxter William Irvine

Registration for all other players in the Amateur Section closes at 12.00 noon

Registration for all players in the Elite section closes at 4.30pm

PLEASE LEAVE HOME EARLY TO GET PARKED AND INTO THE VENUE BEFORE CLOSE OF REGISTRATION.
PRIMACY SPORTS BAR, 107 BLOOMFIELD ROAD SOUTH, BANGOR, BT19 7HR

CLICK ON HERE for Tour details and tables

Photos from the Specials Festival (Schools Event)


Main Event Runners Up - Hillcroft School

Plate Runners Up - Carrick Junior Gateway

Main Event Winners - Castletower

Plate Winner - Sandleford

Northern Ireland MENS 'A' TEAM Managers Post


The very prestigious post of Northern Ireland MENS 'A' TEAM Manager has become available with the stepping down of current Manager & NI Mens Individual Champion Ronan McCarthy. Anyone interested in the position please send in a CV to nipablackball@yahoo.co.uk and also state why you think you would be best suited for the post and what attributes you could bring to the NIPA.

Applications to be received by Saturday 13th December 2014

Mens NI Championship full up


What a fantastic response to our Mens Northern Ireland Individual Championship. 160 entries in a week in for what will be the biggest ever Individual Pool event in NI. The Stormont Hotel will be buzzing over the weekend 23rd-25th January as Mens, Seniors (over 40s), Masters (over 50s), Ladies, Under 18s and Under 23s battle it out for the various prestigious titles of Northern Ireland Champion.

Spaces still available in other events apart from the Mens but get your name in quick

Reserve list now being taken for Mens event.

PAYMENT DETAILS
Any player unpaid by 18th January will be removed from the list
PAYMENT METHOD
1. Only after your name has been accepted by a Committee member, you can pay directly into the NIPA BANK A/C. Ulster Bank, Sort Code 980060, Account No. 10478253
Please state as reference your name and the categorie/s you wish to enter
NIPA Individual Members - (£15 Mens, Seniors, Ladies, Masters. £10 U18s, U23s)
Non Members - (£30 Mens, Seniors, Ladies, Masters. £20 U18s, U23s)
To enquire about membership call Robert Hawkins on 07970 450050
2. In person to Rab McCullough, Robert Hawkins, Trevor Harte or Jean McIlroy
3. Players can enter and pay on the day, but only if spaces available

Current Champions
Mens - Ronan McCarthy (Ards)
Seniors - Dee Irwin (Belfast)
Masters - Alan Johnston (Larne)
Ladies - Roisin Smith (Down)
Under 18 - Declan Duff (Craigavon)
Under 23 - Declan Duff  (Craigavon)

Managers positions


Anyone interested in any of the following Team Manager posts please forward your CV to nipablackball@yahoo.co.uk and also state why you think you would be best suited for the post and what attributes you could bring to the NIPA.

All applications to be received by Sunday 30th November 2014

MENS B1
SENIORS B2
MASTERS B1
MASTERS B2
LADIES B2
UNDER 23 A
UNDER 23 B2
UNDER 18 A

EBA rule change


The EBA have implememted a new ruling regarding "Ball in Hand" as follows

In the event of a "Ball in Hand" situation arising the "Player" commiting the said foul will be required to pass the cue ball to the opposing player if requested

Ruling to start at the 2015 European Championships in Bridlington

Under 15s for Bridlington


The EBA have confirmed that there will be an new Under 15 category in Bridlington in 2015. It will be a 3 person Team with 2 substitutes permitted and each Nation will be allowed to enter 2 teams.

MR CHIPS 2014 Festival of Special Pool


Results from the 2014 Festival of Special Pool
sponsored by Mr Clem Howard, 
MR CHIPS, 14/16 Main Street, Portrush

MENS INDIVIDUAL WINNER - Paddy Reid, RUNNER UP - Clifford Healy
LADIES INDIVIDUAL WINNER - Valerie Taggart - RUNNER UP - Margaret Hill
MENS INDIVIDUAL PLATE WINNER - William Patton, RUNNER UP - Aaron Cahoon
LADIES INDIVIDUAL PLATE WINNER - Philomena Bradley, RUNNER UP - Carly McClements

MENS INDIVIDUAL SPEED POOL WINNER - Clifford Healy
LADIES INDIVIDUAL SPEED POOL WINNER - Shauna McLaverty

SOCIAL INDIVIDUAL WINNER - Michael Crawford, RUNNER UP - Harry Chambers
SOCIAL INDIVIDUAL PLATE WINNER - Crawford Chambers, RUNNER UP - Philip Mulholland

MOST IMPROVED MALE PLAYER - Aaron Cahoon
MOST IMPROVED FEMALE PLAYER - Tina O'Neil

DOUBLES WINNERS - John McAuley and Alex Babb

ALL ABILITIES INDIVIDUAL WINNER - Adrian Doherty, RUNNER UP - Rab McMaw
ALL ABILITIES PLATE WINNER - James McKeegan, RUNNER UP - Davy Morgan

SENIOR TEAM WINNERS - Rathmoyle, RUNNERS UP - Muckamore 'A'
SENIOR TEAM PLATE WINNERS - Millbrook ALS, RUNNERS UP - Bangor ALS

LADIES TEAM WINNERS - Mica drive, RUNNERS UP - Maghera
LADIES TEAM PLATE WINNERS - Mountfern 'A', RUNNERS UP - Greystone

SOCIAL TEAM WINNERS - Millbrook 'B', RUNNERS UP - Mountfern 'C'
SOCIAL TEAM PLATE WINNERS - Mountfern 'B', RUNNERS UP - Mountfern 'D'

SCHOOLS WINNER - Sandleford, RUNNERS UP - Hillcroft
SCHOOLS PLATE WINNERS - Castletower, RUNNERS UP - Carrick Junior Gateway Club

Ballyclare Charity Fundraiser


McConnells of Doagh from the Ballyclare & District Pool League hosted the fourth annual
McConnells v Legends Charity Pool match. After a tight opening session the match scores were level at 4-4. In the second session the young McConnells team moved through the gears with eight in a row to take a commanding 12-4 lead. The Legends rallied a bit to give the final scoreline a bit of respectibility in a 15-7 win for McConnells who lift the Sammy Hynds trophy for the third time.

Pool aside, £220 was raised for the chosen Charity "ARTIBILITY" which is based on Agnes Street, Belfast. Massive thanks to everyone who contributed to what was a fantastic night of craic, banter and togetherness in the Doagh venue

Top of the pots for Team NI at the Nations (Adult Event)


MENS B1 - Sam Newell  68%
MENS B2 - Paul Roberts 57%
SENIORS B1 - Mark Stockton 70%
SENIORS B2 - Greg Stevenson 79%
MASTERS B1 - Robert Bowman 65%
MASTERS B2 - Jim Taylor 56%
LADIES B1 - Naomi Rutledge 60%
LADIES B2 - Linzi McClelland 60%
UNDER 18 B1 - Callum McGlinchey 51%
UNDER 23 B1 - Lee Hogg 52%
UNDER 23 B2 - Matthew Steen 38%

League affiliation


Just a reminder to Leagues affiliated to the NIPA last term that the closing date for renewal is 30th November 2014 after which unpaid Leagues will be considered non affiliated.

Any new Leagues wishing to affiliate please email us at nipablackball@yahoo.co.uk or call 07970 450050

Our next Team Managers and Affiliated League Delegates meeting is on Sunday 14th December at 4pm in McConnells of Doagh.

Streaming from the Specials Festival


CLICK ON HERE for streaming from the closing stages of the Specials Festival on Wednesday 19th November, live from the Lodge Hotel in Coleraine.

Sammy Johnston and Frances McCann will hope to successfully defend their Mens and Ladies Titles from 2013