Thursday, 23 April 2015

Player of the Year

Next Tuesday 29th April will decide who is crowned CITY AIR EXPRESS Carrick & District Pool League Player Of The Year for 2014/2015. Who has been our most consistent player of this season ? The final League fixture would be a good week for a hat trick from the following players to see who wins the prestigious prize which will be revealed at our end of season prize giving on Friday 29th May. Good luck to all.

In no particular order

Robert McCullough (Doagh Weapons)
Dee Irwin (Swift)
Paul Henderson (HM&H)
Paul Kerr (Scorpions)
Robert Butler (Swift)
Chris Carson (Galacticos)
Andrew McMeekin (HM&H)
Gee Crawley (Warriors)
Kenny English (Spartans)
Andy Arbuthnott (Swift)
Darren Whiteside (Scorpions)

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

League Results from Tuesday 21st April

Swift 8-6 Spartans
Greenisland Galacticos 8-6 Cowboys
Warriors 7-7 Hit Men & Her
Alpha 8-6 Greenisland WMSC
Teddy Bears 8-6 Eastway
Scorpions 8-6 Doagh Weapons
Whitehead Trojans 13-1 Greenisland Colts

The league resumed after the international break and with the Title decided there was still the small matter of finishing positions for the Castle, Knockagh and Harbour Cups.  With the exception of the Trojan demolition of the Colts, this week was the tightest of the season.  New champions The Swift entertained The Spartans, the only team they didn’t claim full points against all season, and looked to be in full cruise-control at 3-1 up.  However, a 5 frame burst from the visitors including back-to-back break and finishes looked to be the end of the run.  At 6-3 down the same 5 players that lost didn’t make the same mistake again, running out the last 5 frames of the evening with manager Paul Roberts taking the last of the evening and setting up an all Champions match next week against the Galacticos - can they go all season unbeaten?
The Alpha finally claimed their first win of the season against GWMSC.  With the visitors playing a 3-man joker, the hosts made sure of the 3 frames they needed to secure 3 points. Second placed Scorpions played host to the Weapons and with the scores at 5-2 in favour of the hosts at the break, the Weapons sent out the same player to play eighth who had played seventh, thus resulting in the loss of that frame which was the difference between the 2 sides The Hitmen & Her travelled to take on the Warriors and another tight match ensued, as when 1 side won 2 frames the other matched right to the last frame. Outgoing Champions the Galacticos took their unbeaten run to 8 with a tight 8-6 win over visitors, The Cowboys. With Dee Mac back in attendance, the Teddy Bears climbed to their highest league position in 2 years with a tight 8-6 win over the visiting Eastway.
All in all a very tight evening of pool, where a single frame made all the difference.  The player of the year is so tight amongst the top 5, we have left out stats this week and next. 1 league fixture left, with third to sixth places confirmed for the Castle cup at least 4 teams could move to either the Knockagh or Harbour cups.

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Result from Tuesday 1st April

Re-arranged League Fixture

Warriors 10-4 Eastway

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Results from Tuesday 31st March

Hit Men & Her 2-12 Swift
Whitehead Spartans 4-10 Greenisland Galacticos
Greenisland WMSC 6-8 Warriors
Eastway 10-4 Alpha
Doagh Weapons 14-0 Teddy Bears
Greenisland Colts 4-10 Scorpions
Cowboys 11-3 Whitehead Trojans

Newly crowned league champions the Swift travelled to take the Hitmen & Her, a must win for the home side if they were to stay in contention for third place. With the title wrapped up, the visitors’ attention switched to keeping their unbeaten record going.  The small matter of 2 players from each side being in with a very good shot at the player of the year title made for an interesting evening. For the second week running the Hitmen found themselves getting hit for 6 as the champions took out both session 6-1 with hat-tricks for Kyle Kirkwood and Rab Butler, Andy Arbuthnot bagging 2/2 and Dee Irwin 2/3 it really was another night for the Monkstown team to forget.
Second placed The Scorpions travelled to take on the Greenisland Colts.  The hosts went for it in the first session and looked to be giving the visitors food for thought. However, the second half was a different matter as Johnny Thompson’s lads ran out the first 6 frames to make sure of the points, R Boyle took the last to give himself a full house 2/2. Best for the visitors P Kerr hat-trick, D Whiteside 2/2, C Rafferty 2/3.
With the Doagh Weapons recording a walk over due to the Teddy Bears being unable to field a team, the Galacticos had to go to Whitehead and get a result against an in-form Spartans team if they were to keep their chances alive for third place and the last envelope available on prize night. The visitors got down to business straight away, taking 4 of the first 5 frames before Kenny English and Ed McDowell steadied the ship for the hosts. After the break Darren Lowe levelled things up and a match seemed to be on the cards, but that was to be the last frame of the night for the Spartans as the Galacticos made sure of the remaining 6 frames. Best for the visitors J Mackay 2/3, P Harris 2/2, C Carson 2/2.
The Cowboys entertained the Whitehead Trojans, and with first blood to the visitors Davy Douglas making a rare appearance got the party going for the hosts with a run of 9 frames for the hosts that included a sub 1 min break and finish from Marty Goudie on his way to 2/2. Young Reece McMurtry potting his last red from a snookered position then taking a tough black and Davy completing a well taken hat-trick meant manager Hugh McMurtry went home a happy man for the second week in a row. Best for the visitors Gary Fitzsimmons 2/3
The Eastway played host for the Rathcoole derby evening and had everything their own way, winning both sessions 5-2 with hat-tricks for D Flanigan and D Whiteside, T Greer 2/3 and M Greer completing a good night’s pool 2/2. Angie Carson, Angie Willis, Mark Kitson and Johnny Blair on the score card for The Alpha.
Greenisland Working Men’s Club played host to Clare Roberts’ Warriors and with a full strength team in attendance the hosts had a match on their hands. Both teams shared the first 2 frames of the evening before the visitors got the run of the ball and opened up a 3 frame lead, however the rub of the green seemed to be doing the rounds as the hosts got themselves back on level terms at 4 each. Warriors duo of Johnny Johnston and Gee Crawley not for the first time this season made the difference on the night with well taken patient hat-tricks in their usual gentlemanly manner, also for the visitors Tucker 2/3 and for the hosts Hugh Reagan 2/3.



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

FIXTURES FOR TUESDAY 28th APRIL (Final League fixture of season)
Greenisland Galacticos v Swift
Spartans v Warriors
Hit Men & Her v Alpha
Greenisland WMSC v Teddy Bears
Eastway v Scorpions
Doagh Weapons v Whitehead Trojans
Cowboys v Greenisland Colts

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

League Results From Tuesday 24th March

Swift 9-5 Greenisland WMSC
Greenisland Galacticos 11-3 Hit Men & Her
Spartans 7-7 Cowboys
Warriors P-P Eastway (playing 1st April)
Alpha 5-9 Doagh Weapons
Teddy Bears 8-6 Greenisland Colts
Scorpions 7-7 Whitehead Trojans

The Swift are crowned 2014/15 League Champions

New league champions The Swift played host to Greenisland Working Men’s Social Club.  With their nearest rivals being held to a draw, Paul Roberts’ team clinched the title with 3 matches to spare. With session wins of 5-2 & 4-3 the hosts controlled this match from the beginning. Dee Irwin opened his night with a break & finish on his way to a fine brace, recent new signing Craig Crawley showed he has got the hang of the rules with a well taken hat-trick and Andy Arbuthnot completed the evening’s work for the hosts with a fine brace also. Best for the visitors Michael Lowry & Andy Mackey with 2/3. The League title success guarantees The Swift entry into the NIPA Champions of Champions event on 28th June. Good luck to our new Champions.
Current champions The Greenisland Galacticos entertained the Hitmen & Her and it was looking like the Monkstown team were going to put right their last encounter which many thought they should’ve won by taking the first 2 frames of the evening. However that was the last time they held the lead as they only managed 1 more frame on the board as the Galacticos took total control of the match. running out 11-3 winners. Shaun McAlister & Chris Carson recorded well taken hat-tricks backed up by Trevor Whiteside & Dean McDonagh both with 2/2. Best for the visitors Paul Henderson 2/3
The Scorpions placed host to league grinders The Whitehead Trojans and needed a win to keep their slim chances alive for another week. The hosts opened with the first 2 frames only for the visitors to reply with the next 2 and so set the scene for the evening with both teams matching each other frame for frame throughout the evening. With the visitors 4-3 down they took the first 2 after the break and the lead for the first time.  With the next 4 frames shared the Scorpions needed veteran Davy Montgomery to win the last for a share of the points. A great effort for a team that underwent major personal changes pre-season and now look to consolidate second place over the remaining 3 matches. Best for the hosts Paul Kerr 2/3, Davy Montgomery 2/2 and for the visitors Chris Hobson 2/2, Olly Arnold 2/3
The Doagh Weapons travelled to the take on the Alpha and, with 1 point the difference between third and fifth  the Doagh lads were taking no chances with a full strength team in attendance. The hosts got off to a great start taking the first 3 frames before manager Tyler McConnell took the tie by the scruff kicking off a 9 frame burst. Best for the hosts Angie Willis 2/3 and for the visitors Tyler McConnell 2/2
The Teddy Bears played host to The Greenisland Colts and looked to be continuing their march up the league, taking the first session 5-2.  However Harry Warwick’s Colts took 4 out of the first 5 of the second half to level the scores at 6 each. Teddy Bears manager Dee McIlwaine selected a strong finish to the session with duo of Stewart Kelly and Andy Lindsey delivering to take the match 8-6. Best for the hosts Andy Lindsey 2/3 and for the visitors Colin Beckinsdale 2/3
The Cowboys travelled to take on the Whitehead Spartans and took the first session 4-3 and an upset looked to be on the cards. After the break the hosts regained control taking the first 3 of the session and a 6-4 lead.  Tom Legget completed his brace to stop the hosts’ momentum and new Carrick Masters Champion Alan Corrigan completed a well taken hat-trick to level things up at 6 each. Kenny English put the Whitehead men on the hill to set up an all manager last deciding frame. Not for the first time this season Cowboys manager Hugh McMurtry held his nerve and a share of the points for the travellers. Best for the hosts Stephen McWhirter 2/3 Lee topping 2/3 and Kenny English 2/3.

League Fixtures for Tuesday 31st March
Hit Men & Her v Swift
Whitehead Spartans v Greenisland Galacticos
Greenisland WMSC v Warriors
Eastway v Alpha
Doagh Weapons v Teddy Bears
Greenisland Colts v Scorpions
Cowboys v Whitehead Trojans

Saturday, 14 March 2015

Seniors, Masters, Ladies, U23s & U18s Titles

Carrick & District Pool League, Seniors, Masters, Ladies, U23s and U18s Individuals took place in the Swift Bar, Carrick on Saturday 14th March. Results as follows -

Rab Brown 6-3 Jean McIlroy
Marty Goudie 6-1 Sara Greenberg
Davy Montgomery 6-5 James Meredith
Joe Patton 6-0 Alan Corrigan
Last 8
Marty Goudie 6-5 Rab Brown
Joe Patton 6-2 Davy Montgomery
Andy Lindsay 6-3 Gordon McCormick
Robert Hawkins 6-5 Tristan Scott Heyes
Semi Finals
Marty Goudie 6-3 Joe Patton
Robert Hawkins 6-2 Andy Lindsay
Robert Hawkins 6-2 Marty Goudie

Joe Patton 6-3 Andy Lindsay
Alan Corrigan 6-2 Gordy McCormick
Semi Finals
Alan Corrigan 6-1 Joe Patton
Robert Hawkins 6-3 Davy Montgomery
Alan Corrigan 6-2 Robert Hawkins

Jean McIlroy 6-0 Clare Roberts
Angie Carson 6-4 Angie Willis
Semi Finals
Jean McIlroy 6-2 Angie Carson
Sara Greenberg 6-1 Lyndsey Ruddock
Sara Greenberg 6-1 Jean McIlroy

Lee Topping 6-3 Thomas Fleming
Lee Topping 6-1 Reece McMurtry

Reece McMurtry 6-4 Thomas Fleming

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

League Results from Tuesday 10th March

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

The Greenisland Galacticos played stablemates GWMSC and, with bragging rights going the way of Glen Burns’ men last time out, the Champions were in no mood to make that mistake a second time. Gary Johnston & John McClean did the damage in the first session on their way to well taken hat-tricks and Paul 1 chance Harris with the first of his own fine hat-trick. After the break it was more of the same as the champions ran out both sessions 5-2, best for the hosts Joe Patton 2/3
Champions Elect the Swift travelled to take on the Eastway and had a harder evening than manager Paul Roberts expected, scraping over the line winning both sessions 4-3.  Dee Irwin got back on the hat-trick trail again backed up with a well taken brace from Kyle Kirkwood. Davy Flanagan, Lee McCord and M Greer all with 2/3 and 1 frame away from being only the second team this season to take points off The Swift team.
A full strength Cowboys team played host to second placed Scorpions.  With the first 4 frames shared, a tight match was on the cards. A 5 frame burst from the visitors put them on the hill with 4 to play. Despite a Marty Goudie hat-trick for the hosts, the last 4 frames of the match went the same way as the first 4. Darren Whiteside seems to have found his form again with a well taken hat-trick, Paul Kerr & Colin Rafferty with fine braces completed a 9-5 win.
Third placed Hitmen & Her played host to fourth placed Whitehead Spartans and quickly found themselves on the end of a first half thrashing with the visitors going into the break 6-1 up. The hosts gave it a go in the second half but the damage was done and the visitors got over the line 9-5. Ed McDowell marked his first league appearance with a well taken hat-trick backed up by manager Robert Hawkins and Lee Topping both with fine braces. Best for the hosts Andy McMeekin 2/3.
The Doagh Weapons played host to a full strength Warriors team and had a match on their hands, going into the break 4-3 down. John Barrons got the ball rolling after the break with the hosts taking the first 3 and control of the match at 6-4 up and 4 to play. Johnny Johnston completed a well taken hat-trick but it was to no avail as the last 4 frames were shared. Best for the hosts Rab McCullough 2/3, Iain Britton 2/3 & John Barrons 1/1 and for the visitors Gee Crawley 2/3.
The Whitehead Trojans played host to the Teddy Bears and, with recent first session results making life hard, Manager Tristin Scott Hayes mixed things up and gained a 4-3 lead at the break. The first 4 frames after the break were shared before The Teddy Bears took 2 in a row to put themselves on the hill and a chance to secure all the points. Thomas Fleming held his nerve beating an in form Stewart Kelly for the Trojans fourth draw of the season. Best for hosts Thomas Fleming 2/3, Stevie Hamilton 2/3 and Tristin Scott Hayes with a well taken hat-trick that included a nice break and clearance and for the visitors Andy Lindsay 2/3 & Stewart Kelly 2/3.
The Greenisland Colts played out 1 of the longest matches of pool in recent times against a travelling Alpha team. With the Colts cruising 5-2 up at the break it was looking like an early evening, however 3 hours later the hosts finally got over the line 8-6 winners. Best of the evening Mark Kitson of the Alpha with his second hat-trick of the season.

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

League Results from Tuesday 3rd March

Swift 10-4 Doagh Weapons
Hit Men & Her 12-2 Cowboys
Whitehead Spartans 8-6 Greenisland WMC
Warriors 7-7 Greenisland Colts
Greenisland Galacticos 8-6 Eastway
Teddy Bears 3-11 Scorpions
Alpha 6-8 Whitehead Trojans

The Swift continued their march to the title with a convincing win over a very strong Doagh Weapons side. After a tight first session with the visitors going into the break only 1 frame a drift and a very strong line up to follow, an upset looked to be on the cards.  However the champions elect turned on the style in the second half with Rab Butler completing a well taken hat-trick, taking the session 6-1.  Jeff Moore took the last frame of the evening bringing to an end a 26 frame winning streak for Dee Irwin. Best for the hosts Paul Roberts 2/2, Andy Arbuthnot 2/2 Dee Irwin 2/3 and for the hosts Rab McCullough 2/3.

Second placed Scorpions travelled to take on the Teddy Bears and had a pretty comfortable evening with session wins of 5-2 & 7 nil.  Paul Kerr continued his fine form with another well taken hat-trick, Colin Rafferty got back on the hat-trick trail and an all round team performance completed by the Darrens of Whiteside & Haddock with fine braces. Best for the hosts Adam Moore 2/3

The Hitmen & Her played host to The Cowboys looking to secure third place.  They went about their work in procession style with the loss of only 2 frames. Paul Henderson, Tom McCorry and manager Robert Henderson all with well taken hat-tricks and Andy McMeekin 2/3.

The Whitehead Spartans entertained The Greenisland Workings Mens's Club. A tighter than expected match saw the visitors go into the break 4-3 up. The second half saw Andy Mackay complete a well taken hat-trick for the visitors but too many chances were given away and the hosts took full advantage to take the match 8-6. William Irvine recorded another fine hat-trick with Kenny English 2/3 and Stephen McWhirter 2/2 and for the visitors Joe Patton 2/3.

The Alpha played host to The Whitehead Trojans and after recent results found themselves in strange territory 5-2 up at the break. Trojans Manager Tristin Scott Hays made the decision to play those players with success in the first half twice in the second and his call paid off with his team grinding themselves over the line 8-6. Best for the hosts Norman McAllister 2/2 and Johnny Blair 2/3. Olly Arnold and Chris Hobson both with well taken match winning hat-tricks for the visitors.

The Greenisland Colts travelled to take on the Warriors.  A tight first session saw the visitors 4-3 up at the break. The Warriors took the first 2 of the second half to take a 5-4 lead before a 3 frame burst including a well taken finish from Alan Blane put the visitors on the hill and a chance to put last week’s whitewash behind them.  However Gee Crawley and manager Clare Roberts made sure of a share of the points. Best for the hosts Clare Roberts 2/2, Gee Crawley 2/3 and Stewart Lennon 2/3 and for the visitors Colin Beckinsdale 2/3.

No report card was available for the Galacticos v Eastway
For the hosts P Harris, J McClean and Chris Carson all 2/3 and for the visitors T Greer 3/3 and D Flanagan 2/3.

League Fixtures for Tuesday 10th March
Eastway v Swift
Greenisland WMSC v Greenisland Galcticos
Hit Men & Her v Whitehead Spartans
Doagh Weapons v Warriors
Greenisland Colts v Alpha
Whitehead Trojans v Teddy Bears
Cowboys v Scorpions