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


Friday, 12 December 2014

A family first for Carrick League

In what was a family first for Carrick & District Pool League Cowboys Pool Team hosted the Greenisland Galacticos with every player with the same family surname.

Cowboys or ""Team McMurtry"", consisted of Manager Hugh, his two sons Joel and Reece and Hugh's brother Roy and his son Jack.

The fact Galacticos ran out 12-2 winners didn't daunt the McMurtrys at all and the Cowboys will be looking for revenge on Monday week in the Final of the Knock Out Cup.

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Tuesday 16th December

Next Tuesday (16th December) sees a break from League action with the taking place of the Brian Brady Memorial Shield Competition. The event will be played to a finish in the Swift Bar, Carrickfergus.

Brian Brady was a founder member of our Pool league over 20 years ago. We hold his memory in the highest regard. Brian was not only a talented pool player and organiser, he was a leader and encouraged the players who were not as talented, or able as himself, to participate for the fun and love of the sport. Brian would of have approved of the innovative format of this competition. The top half of the league are drawn out against each other, as are the bottom half. This ensures that at least one team from the top and bottom half will be in the final. Teams will consist of at least 5 players (although all registered players may be entered into the hat for the draw). Player’s names will be drawn out and randomly and selected to play one single frame and /or one doubles frame. Format will be best of 7. Order of play will be: 3 singles, 2 doubles and 2 singles. First team to four wins.

Derek Whiteside's Galacticos Team will be hoping to retain the trophy they won in 2012/2013 season,

Details of start times etc to follow

League results from Tuesday 9th December

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

The champions travelled for a dry run of their up-coming Knock Out Cup Final with Hugh McMurtry’s Cowboys. Galactico’s manager Derek Whiteside must be happy with his team’s performance as they ran out both sessions 6-1 with hat-tricks for Paul Harris, Trevor Whiteside, Chris Carson and Steven Carson with a brace. Best for the hosts Roy McMurtry 2/2. League leaders the Swift travelled to Whitehead to take on the Spartans in what was billed as a tricky match for the title contenders and they weren’t wrong as the hosts won the first 4 frames of the evening. Paul Robert’s men then ran out the next 5 frames to take the lead and, with both teams matching each other frame for frame, Spartans Manager Robert Hawkins took the last of the evening for a share of the points and the first dropped by the Swift. Best for the hosts S Johnston 2/3 & S McWhirter 2/3 and for the visitors R Butler 2/3. Over in Doagh the Weapons rolled out the heavy artillery for the travelling Scorpions.The first half was a tight affair with the visitors taking a slim 4-3 lead at the break.  In the second session Tyler McConnell’s lads took the first to level the tie and with a handy line up still to play they were feeling confident. However it was not to be, as the Scorpion lads took out the next 4 to secure the points and chill for the rest of the evening. Best for the hosts W Lewis 2/2 and for the visitors Darren Whiteside 2/3, P Kerr 2/3, M McIlvenny 2/3, C Rafferty 2/3. The Eastway played host to the Teddy Bears and, with their table completely refurbished, the Rathcoole lads took full advantage running out the first 5 frames and the session 5-2.  After the break the Teddy Bears got within contention only for Trevor Greer to complete his hat-trick and secure the points. Best for the hosts D Flanagan 2/3 and for the visitors T Boyd 2/2 The Hitmen & Her played host to Clare Roberts’ Warriors.  After taking on the champions and title contenders in recent weeks the Hitmen made the most of home advantage taking the sessions 5-2 & 4-3, Paul Henderson recorded yet another hat-trick, but not to be out done Andy McMeekin popped in a sweet hat-trick of his own, Sara Greenberg completed the evening with a well taken brace, best for the visitors Clare Roberts 1/1. The Greenisland Colts clocked in the nightshift as they played host to the Whitehead Trojans.  Given recent results the Whitehead lads ground out every frame and eventually   took both sessions 4-3 despite a Davy McCandless hat-trick. Best for the visitors  Connor McKinney 2/2 & T S Hays 2/3. Over on the other table Greenisland Working Men’s Club played host to the Alpha, with the visitors getting off to a great start.  The Greenisland lads had to dig deep to take the first session 4-3, the scoreline in the second 5-2 flattered the result as the Alpha made everyone work for their point. Best for the hosts A Galloway 3/3, G Burns 2/3 & J Patton 2/3 and for the visitors Johnny Blair 2/3.

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

League results from Tuesday 2nd December

Swift 9-5 Hit Men & Her
Greenisland Galacticos 7-7 Whitehead Spartans
Warriors 4-10 Greenisland WMSC
Alpha 4-10 Eastway
Teddy Bears 5-9 Doagh Weapons
Scorpions 12-2 Greenisland Colts
Whitehead Trojans 6-8 Cowboys

League fixtures for Tuesday 9th December
Whitehead Spartans v Swift
Cowboys v Greenisland Galacticos
Hit Men & Her v Warriors
Greenisland WMSC v Alpha
Eastway v Teddy Bears
Doagh Weapons v Scorpions
Greenisland Colts v Whitehead Trojans

Round Up
The GreenislandGalacticos entertained the Whitehead Spartans in what was to be a close evening indeed, with both teams going frame for frame and, with the scores at 6 each, Stephen Carson stepped up to make sure of a point for the Champions and complete his hat-trick.  They don’t call him special for nothing and Kenny English didn’t disappoint, making sure in the last to take a share of the points. Best for the visitors S Johnston 2/3 & S McWhirter 2/3
League leaders The Swift played host to the Hit Men & Her, and with a full team in attendance they carried on where they left off last time out, winning both sessions 5-2 & 4-3.  Special mention goes to Paul Henderson who put together another fine hat-trick for the visitors. Best for the hosts K Kirkwood 2/2, S McLean 2/2, D Irwin 2/3, R Butler 2/3 and a cameo for manager, Paul Roberts.
Second placed Scorpions seem to love the number 12 as for the second week in a row they destroyed their opposition 6-1 6-1.The Colts really never got going with only manager Harry Warwick and Davy McCandless registering for the visitors. For the hosts, Carrick Interleague A Team manager Darren Whiteside put together another fine hat-trick with Davy Montgomery, Paul Kerr, Mervyn McIlvenny and Raymond Crowe all bagging 2/2, and a cameo from D Haddock.
The Cowboys travelled to Whitehead to face the Trojans.  With last week’s match still fresh in their minds against the Trojans’ stable-mates, the McMurtry clan put in a steady shift taking both sessions 4-3. With hat-tricks for both Hugh & Roy, the Carrick men made sure of the points this time out. Best for the hosts was manager Tristin Scott-Hayes 2/3.
Clare Roberts’ Warriors played host to The Greenisland Working Men’s Club and were up against it from the word go as the visitors put last week’s performance behind them and ran out both sessions 5-2. Stuart Lennon made the most of the evening taking a fine hat-trick. Best for the visitors Joe Patton 3/3, Andy Galloway 2/3, Michael Lowry 2/3 &Rab Brown 2/2
In Rathcoole it was derby night as stable-mates Eastway and The Alpha faced off. However it wasn’t to be the Alpha’s night as the evening became the D Flanagan & R Whiteside show with both putting together well taken hat-tricks.
The Teddy Bears, sitting 7th at the beginning of the evening they had a mid-table clash ahead of them as they played host to the Doagh Weapons.  It was to be one of those evenings for Dee Mcilwaine’s men as the visitors got off to a great start taking the first session 5-2 and made sure of the points in the second thanks mainly to their talisman Iain Britton finding his form again with a well taken hat-trick.  Wayne Lewis chipped in again with a solid brace and John Barrons rounded the evening off with a hat-trick of his own. Best for the hosts Roly McWilliams 2/3

Wednesday, 26 November 2014


Carrick & District League would like to offer their condolences to Greenisland WMSC player Joe Patton and his family on the death of his mother on Tuesday morning.

The funeral will be from Wilton Funeral Home this Saturday (29th November) at 10.00am and on to Carnmoney Cemetery afterwards.

League results from Tuesday 25th November

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

League fixtures for Tuesday 2nd December
Swift v Hit Men & Her
Greenisland Galacticos v Whitehead Spartans
Warriors v Greenisland WMSC
Alpha v Eastway
Teddy Bears v Doagh Weapons
Scorpions v Greenisland Colts
Whitehead Trojans v Cowboys

The Champions travelled to Monkstown to take on a very in-form Hit Men & Her, hoping to put last week’s defeat behind them they took the first session 5-2. The second half didn’t go to planned as they found themselves a player down, thus making the score 5-4 but an all-round team performance got them over the line thanks to hat-tricks from T Whiteside & C Carson.  Best for the hosts A McMeekin 2/3.
Table-toppers The Swift travelled to take on an in-form Greenisland Working Men’s Club and paid full respect with a full squad in attendance.  Paul Roberts’ men showed why they are still unbeaten, winning both sessions 5-2 with Rab Butler putting together another fine hat-trick, Kyle Kirkwood and James Merideth completed a job well done with well taken braces. Best for the hosts H Regan 2/3.
In Whitehead, the Trojans had a night to forget as they played host to Johnny Thompson’s Scorpions. The Whiteabbey lads ran out both sessions 6-1 with M McIlvenny, D Haddock, D Whiteside and C Rafferty all bagging braces.
Dee McIlwaine'’s Teddy Bears travelled to Greenisland to take on new boys The Colts.  Harry Warwick’s lads, showing steady improvement, got to the break trailing by a single frame however the second half was a different matter as the Carrick lads took the next session 5-2. Best for the hosts H Warwick 2/3 & A Blaine 1/1 and for the visitors A Moore 2/2 & G Wylie 2/2
The Cowboys played host to the Whitehead Spartans and looked to be in cruise control as they got to the break 5-2 ahead. However, Robert Hawkins’ men dug deep taking the second session 6-1, thus securing the match. Best for the hosts H McMurtry 2/3 & T Leggett 2/3 and for the visitors D Lowe 2/2, S Johnston 2/3 & K English 2/3
Eastway played host to Clare Robert’s Warriors and had a match on their hands with the visitors taking the first half 4-3. In the second the Rathcoole lads were 5-6 down but pushed on to win the last 3 thanks to  R Whiteside & D Flanigan completing their hat-tricks, best for the visitors S Kidd 2/3 & S Lennon 2/3.
Over in Doagh, Tyler McConnell’s Weapons played host to Mark Kitson’s Alpha team.  The Weapons got off to a great start, taking the first session 5-2 but the Alpha lads & lasses took 4 out of the first 5 of the second half to level the score at 6 each.  Michael Higgins completed a fine hat-trick aided by Wayne Lewis with a now routine brace to secure the points for the lads from Doagh as well as Jeff Moore with a fine brace at the beginning of the evening. Best for the visitors a  J McComb Hat-trick, and A Carson 2/3.