2018 Champions of Europe !!!!

The "Nordie" Huddle Pre Final
Northern Ireland Ladies are the new 2018 EBA European Blackball Champions. Manager Collette Henriksen led her team to a clean sweep winning all six group matches followed by a 13-9 Semi Final success over England after trailing 0-4 early in the match. Come the Final it was nip and tuck the first half dozen racks or so but our Ladies upped the pace and sealed the Title with a 13-5 win over a strong Scotland side, Julie Henderson holding her nerve to pot the winning black and start the celebrations.

Take a bow Collette Henriksen, Julie Henderson, Mary Cunningham, Michelle Roonay, Claire Stewart, Emma Cunningham and Tasha Magill. You were fantastic and considering the small pool of players to choose from in NI it makes the victory even more amazing.

The 2018 Blackball International World Championships are in November, how good would it be to do the "Double" ? South Africa, France, the Home Nations and others will have plenty to say about that but this team is incredible and can beat anyone.

Other Team Round Ups

Mens 'A' - Didn't qualify from a very tough group but showed plenty.
Mens 'B' - As 'A' Team didn't qualify but encouraging signs for the future
Mens 'B1' - First time on this big stage for a lot of the guys, two wins in the group stage
Ladies 'B' - Definitely improving, lost four matches by 11-10.
Seniors 'A' - Finished fifth from ten, only one point away from qualification
Seniors 'B' - Three wins six defeats in a really tough group. Finished seventh
Seniors 'B1' - As 'B' Team, three wins six defeats for an eigth placed finish
Masters 'A' - Qualified into Semi Finals but lost 13-8 to eventual Winners Scotland
Under 18 - Great achievement by the kids in topping the group, but lost out to England in the Semi Final shoot out
LD 'A' - Made the Semi Finals but agonisingly lost 13-12 to England
LD 'B' - Fantastic for the guys as they bring home the trophy after a nailbiting 13-11 win over Scotland in the Final
LD 'B1' - Missed out on qualification but some good performances by the team