Monday, 26 January 2015

Carrick well represented at NI Championships

Carrick League players had a good showing at the NIPA 2015 Individual Championships at the Stormont Hotel, Belfast over the weekend 23-25th January.

Doagh Weapons' Rab McCullough was in fantastic form all day reaching the Final of the Mens event before losing out to the legend that is Ronan McCarthy

And in the Masters' it was an all Carrick Final as Scorpions' Raymond Crowe ousted Spartans' Robert Hawkins 5-3 to lift the trophy.

Fixtures for Tuesday 27th January

Alpha v Swift
Teddy Bears v Greenisland Galacticos
Scorpions v Whitehead Spartans
Whitehead Trojans v Hit Men& Her
Greenisland Colts v Greenisland WMSC
Doagh Weapons v Eastway
Cowboys v Warriors

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Results from Tuesday 20th January

Swift 10-4 Warriors
Greenisland Galacticos 14-0 Alpha
Whitehead Spartans 11-3 Teddy Bears
Hit Men & Her 7-7 Scorpions
Greenisland WMSC 5-9 Whitehead Trojans
Eastway 10-4 Greenisland Colts
Doagh Weapons 8-6 Cowboys

League Fixtures for Tuesday 27th January
Alpha v Swift
Teddy Bears v Greenisland Galacticos
Scorpions v Whitehead Spartans
Whitehead Trojans v Hit Men& Her
Greenisland Colts v Greenisland WMSC
Doagh Weapons v Eastway
Cowboys v Warriors

The Greenisland Galacticos kicked off the evening’s proceedings with a whitewash over Mark Kitson’s Alpha team with Johnny McKay, Paul Harris, Chris Carson and Manager Derek Whiteside completing well taken hat-tricks, Trevor Whiteside with a fine brace.
League leaders The Swift played host to stable mates The Warriors and made short work of the match, winning both sessions 5-2.  Rab Butler was back on song with a well taken hat-trick, also for the hosts Dee Irwin with a fine hat-trick of his own and Andy Arbuthnot 2/3. Gee Crawley recorded a well taken hat-trick for the visitors. 
The Doagh Weapons were under pressure going into the break 5-2 against Hugh McMurtry’s Cowboys.  However the second half was a different matter with Rab McCullough and Iain Britton completing well taken hat-tricks and Jeff Moore with a fine brace to take the second half 6-1 and the match 8-6 despite another Marty Goudie hat-trick for the visitors.
In Monkstown, the Hitmen & Her played host to second placed Scorpions.  With both teams enjoying great form this season this was always going to be a tight affair. With the hosts taking the first frame, Scorpions manager Johnny Thompson kicked off a 3 frame burst for the visitors, Paul Henderson & Tom McCorry took 2 of the last 3 of the session to steady the ship going into the break 4-3 in favour of the visitors. The Hitmen & Her took the first 2 frames of the second to take the lead for the first time 5-4, Darren Whiteside opened his account to level the scores, Paul Henderson then completed his brace to put his team’s nose in front 6-5. Colin Rafferty & Darren Haddock took the next 2 frames to secure a point and set up an all Managers last frame with Johnny looking to complete his hat-trick and Robert Henderson after a share of the points. An unfortunate in off the black meant a share of the points at 7 each. Best for the host P Henderson 2/3, A McMeekin 2/3 and for the visitors C Rafferty 2/3 & J Thompson 2/3.
The Whitehead Spartans completed a hat-trick of demolitions with this week’s victims The Teddy Bears on the end of a 11-3 drubbing. S McWhirter, K English & R Hawkins all completed well taken hat-tricks with L Topping chipping in with a fine brace.
The Whitehead Trojans travelled to take on the Greenisland Working Men’s Club, hoping to put recent form behind them.  With the scores at 4-3 in favour of the hosts at the break it looked like more of the same. However the Trojans finally showed what they are capable of, winning all but 1 frame in the second half to take the match 9-5. An all-round team performance with S Hamilton recording a well taken hat-trick and duo of C Hobson & G Fitzsimmons with fine braces, best for the hosts A Mackay 2/3.

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

League results from Tuesday 13th January

Cowboys 6-8 Swift
Warriors 6-8 Greenisland Galacticos
Alpha 3-11 Whitehead Spartans
Teddy Bears 0-14 Hit Men & Her
Scorpions 8-6 Greenisland WMSC
Whitehead Trojans 7-7 Eastway
Greenisland Colts 4-10 Doagh Weapons 

League Fixtures for Tuesday 20th January
Swift v Warriors
Greenisland Galacticos v Alpha
Whitehead Spartans v Teddy Bears
Hit Men & Her v Scorpions
Greenisland WMSC v Whitehead Trojans
Eastway v Greenisland Colts
Doagh Weapons v Cowboys

League champions the Greenisland Galacticos travelled to take on Clare Roberts’ Warrriors , with the match looking like a standard day at the office.  The second half was a different affair all together with the Warriors winning 4 out of the first 5 to level the scores up at 6 each, thanks to a hat-trick from Tucker Kidd and a brace from Derek Baird, but it wasn’t to be as new Northern Ireland B1 Manager Trevor Whiteside and Chris Carson made sure of the final 2 to record an 8-6 win. Best for the Champions Johnny McKay with a well taken hat-trick.

Over on table 1, League leaders The Swift took on Hugh McMurtry’s Cowboys.  With recent new signing Marty Goudie continuing his fine form with a well taken hat-trick and Pete McCaffery with a brace, the league leaders had a match on their hands. The leaders showed why they are top with an all-round team performance with Dee Irwin, Andy Arbuthnot and manager Paul Roberts recording braces of their own, with the point secured by their manager in the last frame for the second time in 2 weeks.

Second placed Scorpions played host to The Greenisland Working Men’s Club, with the visitors getting off to a flyer winning the first 3 before the old guard of Colin Rafferty, Raymond Crowe and manager Johnny Thompson steadied the ship. With the scores 4-3 in favour of the visitors, the hosts ran out the next 4 to put themselves on the hill, Paul Kerr made sure of the points to keep them in touch at the top. Best for the hosts Colin Rafferty 2/2, Paul Kerr 2/3, Johnny Thompson 1/1 and Colin Montgomery 1/1 and for the visitors Andy Mackey 2/2 Rab Brown 2/3.

The Doagh Weapons travelled to Greenisland to take on Harry Warwick’s Colts, with the teams sharing the first 4 frames before the Weapons took control, winning the last 3 of the first session.  The second half was a carbon copy with Rab McCullough and Iain Britton completing hat-tricks to take the match 10-4. Best for the hosts R Croft 1/1

The Teddy Bears played host to The Hitmen & Her and the result of this match had players inquiring of the committee if this was a no show result as the Monkstown team recorded a white wash 14-nil, a first for a visiting team in recent history. Paul Henderson & Andy McMeekin with fine hat-tricks, Tom McCorry, Robert Henderson, Mark McMeekin and Sara Greenberg with well taken braces.

The Whitehead Spartans travelled to Rathcoole to take on Mark Kitson’s Alpha team.  The hosts got off to a great start taking the first 2, but the visitors got going, taking 4 out of the next 5 for a 4-3 lead at the break. Clinical would be the word to describe  the second half as The Spartans won all the frames on offer with manager Robert Hawkins recording his first hat-trick of the season.  Not to be out done, Kenny English completed 1 of his own. Also for the visitors William Irvine 2/3

In Whitehead, the Trojans played host to Eastway.  The first half was a tight affair with the hosts leading 4-3 at the break.  The Whitehead lads then took 3 of the first 4 in the second half to put themselves on the hill, but the Rathcoole lads dug deep, winning the last 3 with R Whiteside completing another well taken hat-trick and manager Davy Flanigan edging out Trojans manager Tristan Scot Hays in the last for a share of the points. Best for the hosts Stevie Hamilton 2/2, G Fitzsimmons 2/2 & Tyler McKee 2/2. 

Saturday, 3 January 2015

League Results from Tuesday 6th January

Swift 8-6 Greenisland Galacticos
Warriors 4-10 Whitehead Spartans
Alpha 3-11 Hit Men & Her
Teddy Bears 6-8 Greenisland WMSC
Scorpions 10-4 Eastway
Whitehead Trojans 4-10 Doagh Weapons
Greenisland Colts 8-6 Cowboys

The New Year got off to a cracking start with the Champions travelling to league leaders The Swift. The Galacticos, with a full strength team, got off to a great start winning the opening 3 frames and looked to be carrying their recent Knock-Out Cup final form into this tie.  However the Swift lads woke up and ran out the next 6 frames to take a 6-3 lead. The Greenisland men took 3 out of the next 4 and with the Swift on the hill at 7-6, Derek Whiteside’s lads had a chance to head back up the road with a point. Paul Harris and Paul Roberts played out a very cagey last frame each potting then hiding, the first real chance fell to P Harris only for an unlucky positional shot to let him down.  Swift manager Paul Roberts then took his chance and all the points, not to mention completing his hat-trick to go along with teammate Dee Irwin’s well taken hat-trick. Best for the visitors T Whiteside 2/3 & S McAlister 2/3.

The Whitehead Trojans played host to The Doagh Weapons and were hoping that a change of year would bring better fortune. At the break the Whitehead lads trailed 3-4 and given the opposition the form seemed to be on the up.  However Tyler McConnell’s Weapons got down to business in the second half winning all but 1 frame to take the match 10-4 thanks to an all-round team performance with a hat-trick for Rab McCullough and braces for Wayne Lewis, Craig Loughlin and manager Tyler McConnell. Best for the hosts was Gary Fitzsimmons
Back in Carrick The Teddy Bears hosted The Greenisland Working Men’s Club, and other than losing the opening frame, they dictated this very tight match until the eleventh frame  when the visitors won 2 out of the next 3 to put themselves on the hill and set up an all Joe final frame. A very controlled frame from Joe Patton made sure of all the points for the Greenisland lads in a result that could’ve very easily been reversed only for lady luck. Best for the visitors R Brown 3/3, H Reagan 2/3 M Lowry 1/1.
New boys The Greenisland Colts got their New Year off to a flyer with the result of the evening, beating Knock-Out Cup finalists The Cowboys 8-6. Pete McCaffrey opened the evening with an 8 ball clearance followed by Marty Goudie breaking and clearing. With Hugh McMurtry’s  Cowboys leading 4-3 at the break, the Colts found some momentum running out the second session 5-2 thanks to a well taken hat-trick from manager Harry Warwick and braces for D McCandless & N McCandless, best for the visitors Hugh McMurtry (Hat-trick) , Marty Goudie 2/3.
The Hitmen & Her travelled to the Alpha and gave a season debut to new signing Tom McCorry, and he didn’t disappoint with a well taken hat-trick. Manager Robert Henderson, fresh and tanned, found his missing form, putting together a fine hat-trick of his own. The Alpha started well taking the first, middle and last frame of the opening session to only trail by 1 at the break. The visitors took it to a higher gear in the second half claiming every frame to record the highest score line of the evening. Also for the visitors Paul Henderson 2/3 & Andy McMeekin 2/3, best for the hosts Johnny Blair 2/3.
The Whitehead Spartans travelled to play Clare Roberts’ Warriors with a full squad in tow and went about their work in a business-like manner, winning both sessions 5-2 despite a Gee Crawley hat-trick for the hosts. Best for the visitors L Topping 2/2, Robert Hawkins 2/2, Kenny English 2/3 & William Irvine 2/3.
The Eastway travelled the short distance to Whitehouse Working Mens Club to take on Johnny Thomson’s Scorpions, the Rathcoole lads quickly found themselves 5 nil down before pulling 2 back before the break. The second half seen Darren Whitside and Paul Kerr complete their hat-tricks and Mervyn McIlvenny with a well taken brace. The Scopions made sure of the points to keep their own titles hopes alive.

Monday, 29 December 2014

Subway Shield & Swift Flyer

What - Subway Shield Competition
Where - Greenisland WMSC
When - New Years Day, 1st January
Time - 12 noon
Cost - £3 only
Format - Handicaps for non League players

Drinks promotion for players
4x pints for £10
4x spirits and 1x can also £10

Supplied by Subway

The SWIFT BAR will be holding a Flyer Competition on Tuesday 30th December. Kick off is 8.00pm and entry is £5 per person. Either played to Knock Out or Round Robin format depending on numbers on the night.

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Galacticos lift the Cup

Congratulation to Derek Whiteside's Greenisland Galacticos on winning the Knock Out Cup. The
Final was held in the Swift Bar on Monday 22nd December 2014. It all looked so good for Hugh McMurtry's Cowboys as they led 3-2 after the first five frames, but the Galacticos moved into top gear winning six out of the next seven frames to record an 8-4 win.

The Greenisland mens victory guarantees them entry into the NIPA Champion of Champions on the 28th June in the Primacy Sports Bar, Bangor.

In the photo L-R
Dean McDonagh, Chris Carson, Trevpr Whitrside, Derek Whiteside, Gary Johnston, Paul Harris

Monday, 15 December 2014


Brian Brady

Congratulations to Hugh McMurtrys Cowboys Pool Team. They stormed to victory in the Brian Brady Memorial Shield last night in the Swift Bar, Carrickfergus. Cowboys became the first team representing the "bottom half of the table" to win the Shield played in honour of former League stalwart Brian Brady.

Always a good night when the entire league comes together under the 1 roof and for 1 night only the managers give over control off selection to the luck of the draw.
The top half of the draw got under way with The Scorpions beating the Hitmen & Her 4-2, a full turn of the black could’ve made it 3 each but it wasn’t to be for the Monkstown team. With the Galacticos and the Doagh Weapons receiving byes, the last remaining semi-final spot was contested between the Spartans and The Swift. The Whitehead lads won the first singles 2-1 and were looking good for the win only for the league leaders to close out the next 3 to win 4-2.
The bottom half kicked off with the Cowboys taking on The Trojans. Hugh McMurtry’s lads showed their intent early on with a 4 nil drubbing of the Whitehead lads. Over on table 4 The Teddy Bears got off to a great start taking the first 3 frames however Clare Roberts’ Warriors won both the doubles to make it 3-2. With only 1 more player available, The Teddy Bears made sure in the next to win 4-2.With  what can only be described as positional pool, The Alpha and The Greenisland Colts played out a 2 and a half hour marathon with the Rathcoole team coming out 4-3 winners.
The Top half semi-finals got underway with The Swift taking on The Greenisland Galacticos, holders of the Shield. With the Greenisland lads sitting 3-1 up Swift manager Paul Roberts took matters into his own hands winning his doubles and the next single to level the score 3 each. With a wise head on young shoulders Dean McDonagh played out a controlled game to put the holders in the top half final. On Table 1 The Doagh Weapons got their evening off to a flyer taking the first 3 frames and looked to be cruising for a whitewash. However, the Scorpions got themselves in with a shout, winning both the doubles, but it wasn’t to be as Rab McCullough closed out the match to book a place in the top half final against his old team.
The Bottom half semi-finals were over in the blink of an eye with The Cowboys ripping out The Teddy Bears 4 nil and the Greenisland Working Men’s Club taking out the Alpha 4 nil also. The final kicked off with the Cowboys winning their ninth straight frame of the evening, Andy Mackey levelled the scores and a good match looked to be on the cards, however, it wasn’t to be as Hugh McMurtry’s lads quickly found themselves on the hill with 2 to play. The Greenisland lads didn’t take their chances so The Cowboys chilled out and awaited the winner of the top half final.
The holders took a slim 2-1 lead after the singles in the top half final, with the doubles shared. The Doagh Weapons needed to win the remaining 2 frames to make the grand final and they didn’t disappoint with Manager Tyler McConnell beating his international manager Trevor Whiteside to level the scores. It was left to their talisman Iain Britton to get them over the line, which he finally did.
A fitting final for the Brian Brady Shield between 2 relatively new teams The Cowboys & The Doagh Weapons got underway. With the Cowboys taking every chance on offer, they found themselves on the hill in double quick time. The Doagh lads got themselves back into contention winning both the doubles to make the score 3-2. With a big fat middle bag for the black, the Weapons looked nailed on to level the score and with plenty still to come they were feeling confident. The occasion, late hour, who knows but the black stayed on the table and the script couldn’t have been better written as Cowboys Manager Hugh McMurtry cleared the table to lift the shield. To think only 4 short months ago The Cowboys were on the verge of disbanding, a very popular team now also have the chance to lift the Knock-Out Cup next Monday as they face league Champions The Greenisland Galacticos in the final.
The Carrick & District Pool League Committee would like to wish all their players and loved ones a very Merry Christmas and look forward to meeting you all on the baize January the sixth.

Top Half of table Last 8
Swift 4
 Spartans 2
HM&H 2  Scorpions 4
Eastway 0  Greenisland Galacticos 4
Doagh Weapons  Bye
Top Half Semis
Greenisland Galacticos 4 Swift 3
Doagh Weapons 4 Scorpions 2
Top Half Final
Doagh Weaopns 4 Greenisland Galacticos 3

Bottom Half of table Last 8
Warriors 2
 Teddy Bears 4
Trojans 0  Cowboys 4
Alpha 4  Colts 3
Greenisland WMSC  Bye
Bottom Half Semis
GWMSC 4 Alpha 0
Cowboys 4 Teddy Bears 0
Bottom Half Final
Cowboys 4 GWMSC 2