Friday, 14 August 2015

2015/2016 season approaches

It seems as soon as if the last season has only ended and the new 2015/2016 season is upon us. Great news for all the poolheads among us of which there are many. Can Champions the Swift successfully defend their title. Expect strong challenges from Knock Out Cup holders Galacticos and McConnells od Doagh. Last years League Runners Up Scorpions will hope to go one better whilst on their day Spartans and Hit Men & Her are more than capable of turning over anyone. It all adds up to what should be a fantastic 2015/2016 season.

More great news for our League as we will be staging the 2016 NIPA Interleague event in the Nortel Club. Nortel last hosted the a very successful Interleague event in 2014 along with some of our own local League competitions.
Important dates for meetings as follows -

2015 AGM - Monday 24th August, in the Eastway Club at 8.00pm

REGISTRATION - (TEAM NAMES, PLAYERS & FEES), Monday 14th September 2015, Eastway Club at 8.00pm

FIRST LEAGUE FIXTURE - Tuesday 15th September

Monday, 27 July 2015


Carrick aand District Pool League would like to offer their condolences to Swift player Dee Irwin on the passing of his mother Alice.

Alice's funeral will be held on Tuesday 28th July 2015 from 28, Mountjoy Street, Belfast BT13 2QA

Our thoughts are with Dee at this time.

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Congrats Paul and Clare

Congratulations to local Carrick League players Paul & Clare Roberts on the birth of their first child. The baby boy was born today 16th July. It's been quite a year for Paul as he led The Swift Pool Team to the League Championship title but his playing days may be slightly curtailed for next season !!!!! lol

Best of luck to all the family.

Saturday, 30 May 2015

League Prizegiving Night 2014/2015





Irwin regains Player of the Year title

Congratulations to Swift Bar cueist Dee Irwin. After a gap of two years he is Carrick & District
Pool League Player of the Year again, an impressive fifth time in eight years that the Belfast man has held the title.

Runner Up was Paul Kerr of the Scorpions and in third spot was Paul Henderson from Hit Men & Her. Well done to all three on the podium.

41 Dee Irwin
36 Paul Kerr
34 Paul Henderson

In the photo (left to right)
Paul Henderson, Dee Irwin, Paul Kerr and League Chairman Derek Whiteside

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

McCullough retains his Title

After two gruelling evenings of Blackball Pool in the Swift Bar, Carrickfergus, Rab McCullough is still the CITY AIR EXPRESS Carrick & District Pool League Individual Champion. From a fantastic entry of 74 the Doagh Weapons cueist retained the coveted trophy he first won last season in a nailbiting Final against Rab Butler of the Swift Pool team in a match of the highest quality with clearance after clearance. In the Semi Final McCullough overcame team mate Wayne Lewis 5-1 and Butler who was 4-0 up versus Spartans' Ed McDowell had to endure a great comeback and nervy last frame for a 5-4 success.

Well done to all who took part in the best Carrick Individual for many years

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Carrick League Annual Charity donation

Well done to all involved in Carrick & District Pool League's 2015 Annual Charity fundraising. We raised a fantastic £419.50 for a very worthy cause "FRIENDS OF CANCER"

In the (photo left to right)
Rab Brown (League Secretary) and Michael Lowry (League Treasurer) present Sarah Breen (Friends of Cancer) with the cheque.

Telephone: 028 9069 9393

Friends of the Cancer Centre
Northern Ireland Cancer Centre
Belfast City Hospital
Lisburn Road
Belfast BT9 7AB

Thursday, 21 May 2015

City Air Express League Individuals

What a fantastic turnout for the Carrick League Individuals. From a field of 74 we are now down the last 22 players who will play to a finish next Tuesday night 26th May in the Swift Bar, Carrickfergus. In the top half of the draw current Champion Rab McCullough is still there and faces a top bill match against 2010 winner Dee Irwin if both win their Last 16 ties. In the bottom half the 5 that stand out are Rab Butler, Shaun McAlister, Paul Henderson, Ed McDowell and the Carson brothers of Chris and Steven. Good luck to all 22 cueists.


Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Player of the Year update

4th & 5th places in the C&DPL Player of the Year 2014/2105 are now confirmed. There was very little in it, so well done for getting so close and  just missing out on the Top 3.

Rab Butler was in the top spot for a lot of the season but a couple of missed weeks led to his falling frpm that top spot. Rab McCullough was also consistent through the whole season never venturing far from the top 10.
This leaves the following 3, one of which will be our 2014/2015 Player of the Year. Who has been the most consistent player of the season will be revealed at our Prize giving on Friday 29th May in Greenisland WMSC. Can any of these players do the double and add the Individual title to their Player of the Year title tonight?
In alphabetical order

Could it be Paul Henderson who attended every match of the season knotching up several hat tricks along the way but had a couple of weeks near the end where he was below his normal performanance ?
Could it be Dee Irwin who missed a few weeks near the beginning of the season, could this have cost him the top spot although knotching up quite a few hat tricks afterwards?
Or could it be Paul Kerr who had a slow start finding his flow again after a few years break, but once he got started there was no stopping him?

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

End of Season Cups

CASTLE CUP (played in Monkstown SC)
Greenisland Galacticos 0-8 Doagh Weapons
Whitehead Spartans 8-2 Hit Men & Her
Whitehead Spartans 8-3 Doagh Weapons

KNOCKAGH CUP (played in Greenisland WMSC)
Warriors 4-8 Teddy Bears
Cowboys 2-8 Whitehead Trojans
Whitehead Trojans 8-4 Teddy Bears

HARBOUR CUP (played in Whitehead Rangers Club)
Greenisland WMSC 8-2 Greenisland Colts
Eastway 3-8 Alpha
Greenisland WMSC 8-3 Alpha

In the photo
Castle Cup Winners - Whitehead Spartans 

Friday, 8 May 2015

Player of the Year

Well done to following who had a great season landing themselves in the top 10 of the POTY just missing out on the top spots.
In 10th place the Warriors Gee Crawley who consistently stayed around the top 10 mark
and in joint 8th place Spartans Kenny English who never dropped from the top 10 once he got there
and also Scorpions Darren Whiteside who unknown to him was joint 1st at the new year break.
Places 7th to 4th will be revealed in the upcoming weeks along with other statistics for the season.

Friday, 1 May 2015

Player of the Year

 As the league matches are now over we finally have a City Air Express Carrick & District Pool League Player of the the Year. Many players have found themselves on and off the Top 10 leader board over the season but well done to the players who have kept their form right to the end. Who has been crowned winner of this prestigious title will be revealed at the end of season Prizegiving on Friday 29th May at the Greenisland Working Mens Social Club along with 2nd and 3rd places.
In the meanwhile we will remind you who is in the running and give you places 11 - 20 who also deserve a round of applause. We will also reveal 10th to 4th place in the upcoming weeks so stay tuned.
Top 10 in no particular order
Robert McCullough (Doagh Weapons)
Chris Carson (Galacticos)
Dee Irwin (Swift)
Andrew McMeekin (HM&H)
Paul Kerr (Scorpions)
Paul Henderson (HM&H)
Darren Whiteside (Scorpions)
Robert Butler (Swift)
Gee Crawley (Warriors)
Kenny English (Spartans)

11th. Andrew Arbuthnot (Swift)
12th. Marty Goudie (Cowboys)
13th. Iain Britton (Doagh Weapons)
14th. Stephen McWhirter (Spartans)
15th. Kyle Kirkwood (Swift)
16th. Trevor Whiteside
17th. Johnny Mackay (Galacticos)
18th. Peter McCaffrey (Cowboys)

19th Colin Rafferty (Scorpions)
20th Paul Roberts (Swift)

Predictions table

Well done to Johnny Mackay who has won the predictions competition for the 2014/2015 season. Once he got himself to the top there was no catching him although it was always closely contested and there was never more than 1 or 2 points in it. A bottle of his choice will be his and given to him at the end of Season prize giving on Friday 29th May in the Greenisland Working Mens Social Club. Thanks to everyone who took part all year.
Final Predictions leader board for 2014/2015

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Results from Tuesday 28th April

Greenisland Galacticos 8-6 Swift
Spartans 12-2 Warriors
Hit Men & Her 11-3 Alpha
Greenisland WMSC 4-10 Teddy Bears
Eastway 4-10 Scorpions
Doagh Weapons 9-5 Whitehead Trojans
Cowboys 11-3 Greenisland Colts

The Weapons kicked off the last matches of the season against the Whitehead Trojans and finished as they started with talisman Rab McCullough and Iain Britton both bagging well taken hat-tricks. Elsewhere the Teddy Bears continued their impressive season with a clinical performance against a poor GWMSC, Andy Lindsey and Stewart Kelly both signed off with well taken hat-tricks.
The Cowboys hosted this year’s new boys, the Greenisland Colts.  With family McMurtry in full attendance, the Cowboys took apart the visitors with session wins of 5-2 and 6-1, Marty Goudie finishing his first season back as he started with a well taken hat-trick backed up with a fine treble from Davy Douglas. League runners-up the Scorpions had an impressive away win against Davy Flannigan’s Eastway with Paul Kerr and Darren Whiteside finishing with a well taken trebles.
Clare Roberts’ warriors travelled to Whitehead and didn’t have the best of evenings as they found an in-form Spartans team that only dropped 2 frames with another returning player Ed McDowell signing off with 2/2 backed up by the ever-present Stephen McWhirter registering a fine hat-trick. The Hitmen hosted Angie Carson’s Alpha and, as always the case with this, a great evening’s craic.  Paul Henderson and Andrew McMeekin finished off their best seasons to date with another hat-trick and Sara Greenberg added another hat-trick to her fine season’s collection.
And finally the match of the evening between the out-going champions and the newly crowned Champions, Galacticos v the Swift.  Paul Roberts’ men were aiming to go unbeaten and of course the Galacticos really couldn’t let that happen.  As most of the rest of us were tucked up in bed these 2 teams were starting their second half, with the hosts leading 4-3 at the break the pressure was on the visitors. Derek Whiteside’s Galacticos carried on with the script and pulled out a 2 frame lead before The Swift got back on terms at 6-5 down.  With the next 2 frames shared, the Swift manager put himself in for the last and still the chance of going unbeaten. It wasn’t to be as Shaun McAlister held his cool in a tense situation to close out the match in favour of the hosts 8-6.
A great season with some great returning talent making the difference and shaking up the top half of the league, two new teams at either end and not forgetting some future stars finding their feet in a highly competitive league.  With the league settled, focus now moves to our end of season programme with the first running of the 5-asides next Tuesday in the Swift kicking off at 7.30pm with the Castle, Knockagh and Harbour Cups the following week with venues TBC.
Tuesday the nineteenth of May is the big 1 with the open individuals also in the Swift - times and details to follow.
Good luck to all our teams travelling to Larne for the interleague, Derek Whiteside’s B1 team hope to make it 4 in a row and A team manager Darren Whiteside with his retro old school team hope to roll back the years and all the very best to new B2 manager Tristan Scott Hays looking for a successful start to his interleague career.
Player of the year will be posted 2 per week in order with the top 2 revealed at  prize night in the Greenisland Working Mens’ Club on Friday the twenty ninth of May, 8pm kick off.

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