Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Upcoming Fixtures

Next Tuesday 28th October sees a fixture break due to the Blackball World Championships in Perth, Scotland. Carrick League has players representing Northern Ireland in various sections and along with live streaming from the event you can watch live play on Thursday 30th and Friday 31st on the Premier Sports Channel 428 on the Sky platform.

28th October - International break
No fixtures

Monday 3rd November -Knock Out Cup Semi Finals
Teddy Bears v Greenisland Galacticos
Cowboys v Hit Men and Her

Tuesday 4th November - League fixtures
Doagh Weapons v Swift
Eastway v Greenisland Galacticos
Greenisland WMSC v Whitehead Spartans
Cowboys v Hit Men and Her
Greenisland Colts v Warriors
Whitehead Trojans v Alpha
Scorpions v Teddy Bears

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

League Results from Tuesday 21st October


Champions Greenisland Galacticos entertained previous pace-setters the Doagh Weapons. With Johnny Mackay and Dean McDonagh available again, manager Derek Whiteside was very confident ahead of this encounter. Sure enough he was to be proved right as the Weapons seemed to have travelled without any ammunition. Other than Rab McCullough registering first in each session, there was no other addition to the score card from the Doagh lads. Best for the hosts D McDonagh 3/3, J Mackay 3/3 (1b&d), J McLean 2/2, C Carson 2/3 (1b&d) and S Carson 2/3.
League leaders The Swift, hosted new boys the Greenisland Colts. Paul Roberts’ team were able to relax knowing their nearest rivals would be up against it just to stay in touch. The Colts were always going to be up against it as the league leaders ran out 6-1 & 5-2 session winners, Stuart McClean following up last week’s hat-trick with a fine brace, Rab Butler ran out yet another 3/3 including 2 break and dishes, Kyle Kirkwood & James Meredioth added braces. Best for the visitors Colin Beckinsale 2/2
The Whitehead Spartans played host to the Eastway, the visitors getting off to their now trademark fast start. With the score at 2-4, manager Robert Hawkins got his team back on terms before the break and kick started a further 4 in a row to put his team on the hill. However, the visitors looked like they weren’t finished winning the next 2, but last year’s Spartan manager Kenny English made sure of the points. Best for the hosts Kenny English 2/2, Darren Lowe 2/2, Robert Hawkins 2/3 and for the visitors Ryan Whiteside 2/2, T Greer 2/3.
Back at the Swift Clare Roberts’ Warriors hosted Gordon McCormick’s Whitehead Trojans. With the score at 1-2 the Warriors found their range winning the next 5 and taking the sessions 5-2 & 4-3. Best for the hosts Gee Crawley 2/3, Derek Baird 2/2, T Kidd 2/3 and for the visitors Tyler McKee 2/3.
In Monkstown the Hit Men & Her played host to the Greenisland Working Men’s Club, with the visitors hoping to dazzle the in-form hosts by sporting their new colours. It wasn’t to be as the trio of Andy McMeekin, Paul Henderson and Sara Greenberg pulled out finishes for fun taking both sessions 4-3 & 5-2. Best for the hosts Paul Henderson 3/3, Sara Greenberg 2/3, Andrew McMeekin 2/3 and for the visitors Hugh Reagan 2/3.
The Teddy Bears played host to Hugh McMurtry’s Cowboys. Dee McIlwain soon found his team in an all-so-familiar position, 5-2 down at the break. In the second session the Teddy Bears got themselves in with a shout of a point. With the visitors on the hill at 5-7, up stepped young Jack McMurtry for his first taste of taking the points. He didn’t disappoint with the Teddy Bears taking a consolation last frame. Best for the visitors P McCaffrey 3/3 & A Corrigan 3/3.

Thursday, 16 October 2014

League Results from Tuesday 14th October

Whitehead Trojans 2-12 Swift
Greenisland Colts 5-9 Greenisland Galacticos
Doagh Weapons 6-8 Whitehead Spartans
Eastway 5-9 Hit Men & Her
Cowboys 7-7 Greenisland WMSC
Scorpions 9-5 Warriors
Teddy Bears 7-7 Alpha

League Champions, the Greenisland Galacticos, changed tables for the evening as they played stable mates, Greenisland Colts. With a semi-final spot in the Knockout Cup secured, the Champions were able to relax and enjoy the evening’s pool. Trailing 2-5 at the break, Harry Warrick’s lads showed more of their continued improvement as they narrowly lost the second session 3-4. Best for the hosts D McCandless 2/3, H Warrick 2/3 and, for the visitors, T Whiteside 3/3, C Carson 3/3, J McLean2/3.

League leaders, The Swift, travelled to Whitehead to take on the league grinders, The Trojans. Tristin Scott Hayes must have thought he was living out Groundhog Day as he found himself in the same position as last time his team turned out at home - 7 nil down at the break. There was to be no happy ending this time as The Swift showed why they have been leading the table from day one, winning the second session 5-2. Best for the visitors R Butler 3/3, P Roberts 3/3, S Mc Clean 2/2 and A Arbuthnot 2/3.

The Doagh Weapons hosted 2012 champions, the Whitehead Spartans, hoping to keep their 100% record going and stay in touch at the top. A tight first session saw the visitors hold a slight 4-3 lead at the break. After the break, with 3 to play, the Weapons got their noses in front 6-5. With a strong line up still to play, Tyler McConnell must have been confident of a point at least. However the Spartans weren’t in the mood for sharing as William Irvine, Kenny English and Robert Hawkins ran home the last 3 for all of the points as the visitors moved to third the table. Best for the hosts C Laughlin 2/2, R McCullough 2/3, I Britton 2/3. For the visitors K English 3/3, S McWhirter 2/2, W Irvine 2/3.

The Scorpions, hoping to get back to winning ways, played host to Clare Roberts’ improving Warriors. Darren Whiteside carried on where he left off last time out, scoring another fine hat-trick with M McIlvenny getting his season up and running with a nice brace. The Scorpions won both sessions 5-2 & 4-3, new Warriors signing T Kidd got his season going with a brace and Gee Crawley chipped in with a cameo 1/1.

The Eastway team hosted the Hit Men & Her. After throwing points away last time out the Eastway lads hoped to get back on track with home advantage. It wasn’t to be as a full strength HM&H fresh, from their cup win in Doagh, ran out the first session 5-2 and the second 4-3 with fine hat-tricks from A McMeekin & P Henderson and manager R Hendersonwith a brace.

Knockout cup semi-finalists, the Teddy Bears, played host to Mark Kitson’s Alpha. After holding their own with their recent run of fixtures, D McIlwaine's Teddy Bears must have thought they had 3 points in the bag leading 5-2 at the break. However, the Alpha team dug deep and won the second session 5-2 to take a share of the points with Angie Willis holding her nerve in the last. Best for the hosts R Williams 2/2 and for the visitors J McComb 2/3 A Carson 2/3, A Willis 2/3.

After stealing a point last time out, the Greenisland Working Men’s Club travelled to Knockout Cup semi-finalists the Cowboys. The hosts, buoyed by their cup success, won the opening 4 frames before leading 5-2 at the break. Glen Burns had a word, and his lads responded, winning 5 out of the next 6 frames and a chance to steal all the points, only for J McMurtry to salvage a point for the Cowboys.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014


Any players wishing to represent Carrick League in the NIPF (World Rules) Interleague Event in Ballymoney on 16th November please contact a League Committee member



Matches to be played Monday 3rd November

Results from Monday 13th

Knock Out Cup Last 8 Monday 13th October
Doagh Weapons 6-8 Hit Men & Her
Teddy Bears 8-6 Warriors
Cowboys 8-1 Scorpions
Greenisland Galacticos 8-5 Greenisland WMSC

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

League Results from Tuesday 7th October


The City Air Express Carrick & District League champions hosted the come-back kings, Whitehead Trojans. This tie had ‘draw’ written all over it after both teams’ performances last time out. To say this was a tight affair would be an understatement, as both teams matched each other frame for frame, with the Galacticos holding a slim lead 4-3 at the break. Trojans manager Tristin Scott Heyes got his lads to slow things right down for the second half, at 6 each and time closing in it looked like his tactics were working until the Carson brothers, Chris & Steven, closed the match out 8-6. Best for the champions P Harris 2/3, C Carson 2/3, S Carson 2/3 for the visitors S Hamilton 2/3, C Hobson 2/3. League leaders, The Swift, hosted the Scorpions.  Given both teams’ start to the season, this was billed as the tie of the week as both teams remained unbeaten. The Scorpions went for the jugular from the start opening up strongly with one of the best signings of the season, Darren Whiteside, and he didn’t disappoint winning the first and third frames, giving the Scorpions a 2-1 lead.  Swift manager, P Roberts, must have thought he was in for another epic evening but what happened next given the quality of his opponents will be hard to top all season as his team ran out the next 10 frames in a row with Scorpions manager J Thompson taking the last for consolation. Best for the hosts D Irwin 3/3, R Butler 3/3, A Arbuthnot 2/2, P Roberts 2/2, J Meredith 1/1. For the visitors D Whiteside 2/3. The only remaining unbeaten team travelled to a patched up Hit Men & Her hoping to stay in contention. A McMeekin opened up proceedings with a fine 8 ball clearance with P Henderson adding another before the break to keep the Hitmen in with a shout at 4-3. The second half demonstrated the depth of the new boys, the Doagh Weapons, as they ran out 9-5 winners with another  brace for birthday boy, Wayne Lewis and talisman Iain Britton adding yet another hat-trick, backed up with solid performances throughout the team. Best for the hosts A McMeekin 2/3. In Whitehead the Spartans had an opportunity to put last week’s demons behind them as they played host to new boys the Greenisland Colts.  To say they took the opportunity would be an understatement as they demolished the Colts 13-1. Best for the hosts W Irvine 3/3, R Hawkins 2/2, K English 2/2, L Topping 2/2, D Lowe 2/2, S McWirter 2/3 with manager H Warrick taking the only frame of the night for the Colts. Greenisland Working Men’s Club played host to a strong-starting Eastway and soon found out why, as they went into the break 5-2 down. The second half wasn’t looking much better for the Greenisland lads as they quickly found themselves 7-3 down, with no room for error the 4 remaining players took their chances and were rewarded with a hard earned point. Best for the hosts H Regan 2/3, A Galloway 2/3, R Brown 1/1, for the visitors D Flannigan 2/3. The Alpha played host to the Cowboys, with the Cowboys giving more table time to a couple of their future stars.  Alpha  must have fancied their chances of getting something out of the game, however Cowboys had a good old guard to back the young pups up taking the tie 10-4. Best for the visitors T Leggett 3/3, A Corrigan 3/3, H McMurtry 2/3. The Teddy Bears were hoping to get back to winning ways as they travelled the short distance to Clare Roberts’ Warriors. D McIlwaine’s men didn’t disappoint as they ran out both sessions 4-3 with an all round team performance. Best for the hosts G Crawley 3/3 and for the visitors R Williams 3/3, S Kelly 2/3, C McCrae 2/3 G Wylie 1/1.

Monday, 6 October 2014

3 A Sides round Up from Saturday 4th October

Eight teams contested the Carrick & District City Air Express 3-A-Sides in the Greenisland Working Men’s Club.

GI Joe’s - G Burns, A Galloway, A Blaine
Bucket of Coors (defending champions) - R Brown, J Patton, I Britton
Swifticos - P Roberts, T Whiteside, P Harris.
Hit Men & Hair - P Henderson, R Henderson, A McMeekin
Seven Up - S Hamilton, T S Heys, O Arnold
Seven Down - G McCormack, G Fitzsimmons, T Fleming
Muscles from Brussels - D Whiteside, M McIlvenny, S Greenberg
Gee BC - G Crawley, S Carson, A Arbuthnot, S Carson

The 8 teams split into 2 groups and played out a round robin, with the winner of each group playing the runner-up of the other group. After an intense 8 hours of pool, the Swifticos won Group 1 with the Muscles from Brussels taking second place after a tight victory over 7 up.  In group 2, defending champions, Bucket of Coors, topped the group unbeaten after a tight match with runners up, Gee BC.
Semi Finals
Bucket of Coors cruised into the final with a 5-0 win over the Muscles from Brussels. Over on the other table the Swifticos and Gee B C fought out an epic 2-hour match with the Swifticos coming out on top.
The Swifticos didn’t have it all their way as Doagh Weapons talisman, Iain Britton, did all he could with a fine hat-trick.  However after 11 hours of pool the Swifticos experience got them over the line to take the first major title of the season with a 5-3 win.
A great day’s pool was had by all with the level of pool on display a credit to the league team managers.

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

League 3 A Sides

What - Carrick & District Pool League 3 A Sides
Where - Greenisland Social Club
Date - Saturday 4th October
Time - 12.00 noon
Entry - £5 per head
Teams - Can sign up to 4 players
Condition - All players must have played in a minimum of 1 League matches to be eligible

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

League Results from Tuesday 30th september

Teddy Bears 2-12 Swift
Scorpions 7-7 Greenisland Galacticos
Trojans 7-7 Spartans
Greenisland Colts 4-10 Hit Men & Her
Doagh Weapons 9-5 Greenisland WMSC
Cowboys 9-5 Eastway
Alpha 5-9 Warriors

Champions, the Greenisland Galacticos, travelled to one of the season’s early pace setters, The Scorpions, and they didn’t disappoint, taking a very tight first half 4-3. Derek Whiteside’s men put their heads down in the second half winning, the first 4 frames to guarantee themselves at least a point but the Scorpions showed why they have to be taken as serious contenders this term as long-time Scorpion stalwart Colin Rafferty and recently returned Darren Whiteside took the last 2 frames for a share of the points. Best for the hosts D Whiteside 2/3 and Johnny Mackay 2/2 for the visitors.

Greenisland Colts continued their new adventure when they played host to the Hit Men & Her.  Unfortunately their opponents are enjoying a rich vein of form throughout the team with Sara Greenberg registering her second hat-trick in as many weeks, Glen Russell bagging a brace and a steady 2/3 from Paul Henderson & Andrew McMeekin. It wasn’t all bad news for the Colts as team manager Harry Warwick reports his team are settling down with improvements every time they play, best for the hosts Alan Blain with a nice 6 ball clearance including a “tasty” black.

League leaders The Swift needed to get back to winning ways after their shock exit from the knockout cup last time out.  This week they played host to recent headline-makers, the Teddy Bears. However, Build-a-bear it was not as the Swift team took no chances, fielding their strongest team by far this term, winning the first session 5-2 and destroying the Teddy Bears 7-nil in the second. Best of the night Kyle Kirkwood, Stuart Mclean, Dee Irwin, Rab Butler, Andrew Arbuthnot all scoring 2/2.

The Alpha team hosted Clare Roberts’ ever-improving Warriors team and, as usual, had a great night other than the result as the Warriors took the sessions 4-3 and 5-2. Best for the visitors were Gee Crawley, Jean McIlroy and Derek Baird all with 2/2 and for the hosts Johnny McComb also scored 2/2.

After taking the Champions to a deciding frame in the cup last week, the Eastway lads hoped to continue their form as they travelled to take on the Cowboys.  It wasn’t to be as Hugh McMurtry seems to have his team’s season up and running at last, winning the sessions 5-2 & 4-3. Best for the hosts Alan Corrigan with a fine hat-trick, Hugh McMurtry 2/2, Roy McMurtry and P McCaffrey both 2/3 and, for the visitors, M Greer 2/2.

The Doagh Weapons, sporting their new team colours, hosted the Greenisland Working Men’s Club and found themselves with a match on their hands as they trailed 4-3 at the break. However, as the Greenisland men found out, the Doagh lads had plenty in reserve as they ran out 6-1 winners in the second session. Stand out performances of the night would have to be Michael Higgins with two special 8 ball clearances, new boy Rab McCullough continues to impress with another fine hat-trick, Iain Britton chipped in with a nice brace and Jeff Moore played a cool cameo with 1/1. Best for the visitors R Brown 3/3.

In the most amazing derby match Whitehead Rangers Club and maybe even Carrick League has ever seen, Trojans came back from 0-7 down at the interval to take a deserved point in a 7-7 draw. It should have been a formality for the more experienced Spartans but frame after frame slipped away and it eventually fell to Neil McFaul, who ironically enquired about joining the Spartans only last week, to sink the final black albeit by a fluke to send the orange shirted Trojans wild with delight. Incredible stuff.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Knock Out Cup Results Tuesday 23rd September

Doagh Weapons 8-3 Greenisland Colts
Eastway 7-8 Greenisland Galacticos
Cowboys 8-0 Alpha
Greenisland WMSC 8-4 The Swift
Whitehead Trojans 6-8 Teddy Bears
Scorpions 8-5 Whitehead Spartans
Warriors V Bye
Hit Men & Her V Bye

QUARTER FINAL DRAW (Ties played Monday 13th October)
Doagh Weapons V Hit Men & Her
Teddy Bears V Warriors
Cowboys V Scorpions
Galacticos V GWMSC

City Air Express Knockout Cup holders, the Swift, opened their defence away to Glen Burns’s GWMSC. However it wasn’t to be manager Paul Roberts’ night as for every frame his team won, the Greenisland men won 2.  Going into the break 5-2 down, the Swift men set out their strongest order only to come up short, thanks mainly to a fine hat-trick from Andrew Macky, a brace from Hugh Regan and the rest of the team chipping in, best for the holders was Rab Butler with a brace.Greenisland Colts travelled to Doagh for the second time in 3 weeks to take on the Weapons, hoping for a better outcome than their last league encounter.  It was not to be with the Weapons running out 8-3 winners and maintaining their 100% start to the season. Best for the Weapons, John Barrons and Michael Higgins with 2/2 and Rab McCullough 2/3.League Champions The Galacticos travelled to take on a very in-form Eastway team and the Rathcoole men didn’t disappoint.  With the Galacticos on the hill at 7-4 up, the Eastway men won the last 3 of the match to force a tie break, but it wasn’t to be as Paul Harris held his nerve to complete his hat-trick and take his team into the quarter finals 8-7.The Cowboys enjoyed the luxury of a full strength squad available and, unfortunately for the visitors the Alpha, it showed with Hugh McMurty’s men running out 8-nil winners.  Best for the Cowboys were Alan Corrigan with a fine hat-trick and braces for Tom Leggett and Hugh McMurtry.Still full of confidence from their defeat of the champions last time out, the Teddy Bears travelled to Whitehead to take on the Trojans.  With very little to separate the teams, the Teddy Bears progress to the next round after winning both sessions 4-3. Best for the Teddy Bears was manager Dee McIlwaine 2/2 and for the Trojans Stevie Hamilton with yet another hat-trick.Scorpions edged out the Spartans for the second week in a row. The match was level at 5-5 but Scorpions Colin Montgomery Sr sealed the win with a precise 8 ball clearance in frame 13 for an 8-5 win. Darren Whiteside scored 3/3 and Paul Kerr 2/2 for the hosts

Next week’s League fixtures throw up some table challenging matches.  New boys on the block Doagh Weapons face their first real challenge away to GWMSC, can the Champions steady the ship as they travel to a rejuvenated Scorpions and can the Swift hold on to top spot travelling to an in-form Teddy Bears.  Elsewhere the Spartans will hope to stay in contention with a tricky in house match with the Trojans, Eastway travel to the Cowboys and the HM&H travel into unknown waters as they take on the Colts. Rounding up the week’s action Clare Roberts takes her ever improving Warriors to face the Alpha.

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

League Results from Tuesday 16th September


Week 3 of the City Air Express Carrick & District Pool League saw The Swift keep hold of top spot with a convincing win over the Alpha 12-2 with hat-tricks for James Meredith, Rab Butler and manager Paul Roberts. Newcomers the Doagh Weapons kept up the pressure on the leaders with a solid 10-4 win away to the Eastway New signing Rab McCullough continues to impress with another fine hat-trick while Craig Laughlin, Ian Britton and Robert Wilson all took braces. The Hit Men & Her got back to winning ways hosting the Whitehead Trojans with a sound 10-4 win.  Sara Greenberg led the way with a fine hat-trick and new signing Mark McMeekin bagged a brace on his debut. The Scorpions continued their strong start to the season with a tight win over the 2012 champions, the Spartans, winning both sessions 4-3.  Best for the visitors were Raymond Crowe 2/2, Darren Whiteside 2/3 and Paul Kerr also 2/3.  Spartans players Lee Topping and Kenny English both scored fine braces. With all 3 Greenisland teams at home you wouldn’t want to be the only visiting team but the Teddy Bears were up for the challenge.  Starting as a champions' performance, the Galacticos took the first 3 frames.  However the Teddy Bears showed they weren’t there just to make up the numbers, winning the next 5 to take a 2 frame lead, both teams traded the next 4 frames before the Teddy Bears won the last 2 of the match to record the first shock of the new season. Adam Moore scored a very cool headed hat-trick, Stuart Kelly and Tom Boyd both with braces. Over on the other table the GWMSC team were having a similar evening with the newly formed Colts leading the match from the beginning until they were caught at 6 each, Joe Patton and Andy Galloway steadied the ship winning the last 2 frames to take the match 8-6.The evening’s shocks were not over as last year's third place finishers, the Cowboys, played Clare Roberts' Warriors.  The first half was a tight affair with the Warriors leading 4-3 at the break however the second half was a different affair with the Warriors winning every frame to take the match 11-3. Johnny Johnston & Gee Crawley scored hat-tricks on their full debuts with Stuart Lennon & Derek Baird both scoring a brace.