INTERNATIONAL QUALIFYING PROCESS 2025


DO YOU WANT THE CHANCE TO PLAY ON TEAM NI ON THE 2025 INTERNATIONAL STAGE AT THE EBA NATIONS CUP & OR EBA EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS, BOTH EVENTS ARE FOR A & B TEAMS. DATES & VENUES TBC BUT MAYBE A MEMORABLE TRIP TO AN EVENT SOMEWHERE ON MAINLAND EUROPE, IRELAND OR THE UK !!!
CLOSING DEADLINE FOR EVENT 1 IS TOMORROW THURSDAY AT 1.00pm
RANKING #1 EVENTS START AT 12.00 noon in EACH CLUB
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NEW NIPA RANKING EVENTS FOR MENS, LADIES, SENIORS & MASTERS !!
EVENT 1 OF EACH RANKING SECTION IS THIS COMING SUNDAY, DEADLINE TO ENTER IS THIS THURSDAY AT 1.00pm
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6TH RANKING EVENT ADDED !!!
To give players more flexibility, we are now making it BEST 4/6 EVENTS instead of BEST 4/5 EVENTS to determine points and ranking positions towards selection for 2025 International events.
The Northern Ireland Individual Championships in Mens, Ladies, Seniors & Masters sections will now carry ranking points.
Dates as follows (all played in Antrim Sports Club)
Mens NI Individual - Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th October 2024
Ladies NI Individual - Saturday 12th October 2024
Masters (Over 50s) NI Individual - Sunday 13th October2024
Seniors (Over 40s) NI Individual - Sunday 27th October 2024
RANKING EVENT 1 PAID ENTRIES
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MENS - Jack Carson, Gavin Armstrong, David Lam, Daniel Connor, Chris Cork, Paddy McDowell, Stevie Quinn, Aaron Rolston, Krzys Kusa, Paddy Lynch
LADIES - Katrina McVeigh, Roisin Smith, Maryjo McCourt, Alex Babb, Ashleigh Dinsmore, Elise Richardson, Siobhan Rainey, Ciara Furgrove-Crawley, Kira Kriuova
SENIORS (OVER 40s) - Andy Mackey, Paul Roberts, Tristan Scott-Heyes, Sean Gourley, Rab Butler, Gareth Fears, Steven Higgins, Simon McConnell, Gee Crawley, Iain Britton, Davy Blair Mark Millar, Aaron Leslie, Gerry McCorry, Ian McCalmont, Wayne Lewis, Jason Heffron, Roger Smyth
MASTERS (OVER 50s) - Jason Hunter, Andy Spiers, Chris Foster, Stevie Ferris, Gary Wylie, Jonathan McKeever, Adrian Darragh, Marty Goudie, Willie Brown, Stephen McLaughlin, Aaron Farr, Paul Kerr
EVENT 1 is on Sunday 28th APRIL. Anyone wishing to be considered for International Pool in 2025 please get your name and payment in asap. Details on poster. Any questions, send us a PM please.
IMPORTANT !! - THESE EVENTS ARE FOR INTERNATIONAL SELECTION PURPOSES ONLY. DO NOT ENTER IF YOU ARE NOT WILLING TO TRAVEL WITH TEAM NI TO AN INTERNATIONAL EVENT IN 2025. ONLY 30% OF ANY MONIES WON WILL BE PAID OUT PER EVENT, THE BALANCE WILL ONLY BE PAID TO PLAYERS ON ARRIVAL AT A 2025 INTERNATIONAL EVENT.
Eligibility to represent Northern Ireland at Blackball on the International stage in 2025
Players must play in minimum 3 of the following events in 2024
In any of above 5 Ranking events
In one or more Northern Ireland Individual Championship event
In one or more NIPA Grand Prix event
In either the Towns Cup or Willie Lucas Super 7s
Player Managers, Wild cards or Retained players must still meet the eligibility criteria and have participated in a minimum of three events. The format for the 5 ranking events will be announced once final numbers are confirmed per event.
RANKING EVENT DATES AND VENUES ON ATTACHED POSTER (Best 4/6 Events determine a players ranking)
Entry fee is £25 per person per event (Includes £5 registration).
Entry fees for each ranking event must be paid in advance before draw made, ie not on the day
Players can only play in ONE category of ranking event.
On selection for a Team, players will have 7 days to confirm they will attend the next International event and a further 7 days to forward on a non refundable £50 deposit which will be returned at said event.
‘A’ TEAM SELECTION PER CATEGORY (5 PERSON TEAM)
Player/Manager
Northern Ireland Champion
1x Managers retention
1x Managers wild card
Players ranked 1 and 2
If the Northern Ireland Champion is unable to go then Players ranked 1,2 & 3 will be invited onto the 'A' Team. with 4,5 & 6 for the 'B' Team and 7,8 & 9 for the 'B1' Team.
‘B’ TEAM SELECTION PER CATEGORY (5 PERSON TEAM)
Player/Manager
1x Managers retention
1x Managers Wild card
Players ranked 3, 4 and 5
‘B1’ TEAM SELECTION PER CATEGORY (5 PERSON TEAM)
Player/Manager
1x Managers retention
1x Managers Wild card
Players ranked 6, 7 and 8
GRANDMASTERS 'A' - (3 person team from 2025)
Player/Manager
Northern Ireland Champion
Wild card
Trial Winner (Trial held Saturday 31st August 2024)
GRANDMASTERS 'B'
TBC if enough interest
UNDER 15/18 Teams picked from their Tour events
AGE ELIGIBILITY FOR ALL RANKING EVENTS
In age defined sections (Seniors, Masters & Grandmasters) players can enter at under the specified category age as long as they turn 40, 50 or 60 respectively before the International event in 2025 that they aspire to play in.
This is a new system for us and as such will need tweaked as we go along before it becomes a finished product but a complaint by players was that they can’t get considered for a place so this gives committed players a pathway to qualify for a team.