Magic McCarthy 3 in a row

What a fantastic day of Blackball Pool was had during the Northern Ireland Mens Individual Championships in the Lodge Hotel, Coleraine on Sunday 24th November. 128 players took to the green baize at 10.30am and by 1.00am into Monday morning only one was left standing. That man was the legend of NI Pool Ronan McCarthy. The Kircubbin cueist made his way to the final with wins of 5-0, 5-0, 5-1, 5-2, 5-2 and 6-2, the latter being a superb performance in the Semi Final against Northern Ireland's World No. 9 snooker star Mark Allen. Standing in the way of McCarthys third title in a row was Ballymoneys classy Tommy Morrow who had won a superb Semi Fiinal in a last frame decider against Antrim's Rab Fee. But in a Final that saw 7x eight ball clearances out of the 11 frames played, it was McCarthy who prevailed to lift the crown for the third time in a row and the winners prize of £700. Morrow collected £350 as Runner Up.

The winner of the ballot sponsored by McCLEANS BOOKMAKERS was Michael Higgins from Ballyclare. Michael scooped £100 of free bets at any McCLEANS branch

Top photo - Referee Alex Irvine presents Ronan McCarthy with his Winnrs trophy and below, Tommy Morrow receives his Runners Up trophy

The NIPA would like to thank The Lodge Hotel, Coleraine for their hospitality, Northern Ireland Special Pool for the use of the tables on the day, referee Alex Irvine, Sara Greenberg for selling the ballots, Pauline Lynch and Trevor Harte at the Top Table and you the players for making this a day to remember

Our match score updating and live frame by frame updates from the Semi Final stage onwards proved a massive success as our website received thousands of hits during the days play