Youths, Juniors & U21s Nations Cup, Rhyl, Wales

Although our lads were well beaten in their opening match by a very strong Scotland side, they excelled in the next, leading England all the way only to lose our by a single frame. In game 3 the lads were rewarded with an exciting win over neighbours Southern Ireland, followed by a 15-18 loss to Wales.  Courtesy of finishing 4th, NI qualified for the Semi Finals where they met Group Winners Scotland. But once again Tournament Favourites Scotland, who went on to be crowned Champions, came out on top, this time by a 17-6 scoreline. All in all the lads had a great Tournament, conducted themselves well and put up a good showing against strong opposition. Apart from a couple it was all of our squads first taste of a big Tournament and part of the learning curve for them. It bodes well for the future. Well done to 15 year old Lee Wright and 13 year old Declan Duff who were Runners up in the Under 16s Doubles Final and very well done to Ben McMorran, William Lowes, Lee McIlreavy and Scott Clarke who won the Nations Cup U18s Speed Pool Event for Northern Ireland.

Lee McIlreavy, (Captain) (Coleraine), Corey Sweeney (Coleraine), Scott Clarke (Coleraine), Lee Lindsay (Coleraine), Christie Riley (Coleraine), Dean Henderson (Coleraine), Ben McMorran (Fintona), William, Lowes (Newtownards), William Irvine (Larne), Lee Hogg (Larne), Philip Maine (Antrim), Jamie Davison (Ballymena), Lee Wright (Ballymena), Declan Duff (Dundrod)

Team Results Group Stage
Scotland 25-8 Northern Ireland
Scotland 21-12 Wales
Scotland 24-9 Southern Ireland
Scotland 17-16 England 
England 23-10 Southern Ireland
England 17-16 Northern Ireland
England 19-14 Wales
Wales 30-3 Southern Ireland
Wales 18-15 Northern Ireland 
Northern Ireland 18-15 Southern Ireland 

Team Semi Finals
Scotland 17-6 Northern Ireland
England 17-12 Wales 

Team Final 
Scotland 17-8 England

Under 16s Doubles Final
Foster/McCallister (England) 4-0 Wright/Duff (Northern Ireland)

Nations Cup U18s Speed Pool Winners
Northern Ireland (Clarke/McIlreavy/McMorran/Lowes)