Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Knock Out Fixtures for Tuesday 23rd September

Next Tuesday (23rd September) sees a break from League action with the First Round of the CITY AIR EXPRESS Knock Out Cup. Each proceeding round is redrawn. Holders The Swift travel to Greenisland WMSC for a tricky away fixture in the defence of their title.

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

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

League fixtures 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. 

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

League results Tuesday 9th September


Champions Greenisland Galacticos travelled to the Alpha with 3 new signings in their ranks and made short work of the evening, winning the match 11-3, Carson brothers Steven & Chris both bagging hat-tricks along with league veteran, John McLean. The score line flattered the Greenisland men as the Alpha played some very good pool with Johnny Willis impressing on his debut. One of this season’s favourites, The Swift, move to the top of the table on frame difference with a 12-2 win over stable mates the Warriors with braces for Dee Irwin, Andy Arbuthnot, Kyle Kirkwood and captain Paul Roberts. New boys on the block, the Doagh Weapons, ripped through the Cowboys winning 10-4 with hat-tricks for Ian Britton, debut boy, Rab McCullough, and a brace from Wayne Lewis. The Scorpions new look team faced their first real challenge of the season against a very solid Hit Men & Her and they didn’t disappoint winning 7 in a row, winning the match 9-5. The Spartans travelled to the Teddy Bears winning the sessions 4-3 & 5-2.  Best for the visitors were Kenny English 3/3 and William Irvine 2/2. Whitehead Trojans entertained 4-man GWMSC and raced off into a 5-0 lead before the Greenisland men pulled it back to 6-5 with 3 to play.  The hosts held their nerve with joint Captain Gordon McCormick getting them over the line at 8-6. Greenisland Colts hosted Eastway, with the visitors taking the points after a comfortable 10-4 win and another fine hat-trick for Trevor Greer.

Saturday, 30 August 2014

League results Tuesday 2nd September



The new City Air Express Carrick & District Pool league got under way with Champions, The Greenisland Galacticos, opening their defence against Clare Roberts’ Warriors.  It was business as usual for the champions, going into the break 6-1 ahead. However Warriors came out fighting in the second half taking the 2nd session 4-3 and showing signs of continuing improvement. Best for the champions were Northern Ireland Men’s B2 Manager, T Whiteside (3/3) and P Harris (2/2). Dark horses for the league this year, the Scorpions had a retro look to their team with the addition of the successful 90’s doubles duo, Darren Whiteside & Ray Crowe.  They got their season under way against the Greenisland Working Men’s Club and they didn’t disappoint, winning both sessions 5-2.  Best for the visitors were Darren Whiteside (3/3), C Montgomery (2/2) and D Montgomery (2/2).The Hit Men & Her hosted the Teddy Bears and quickly ran away with the tie winning the first session 6-1.  Dee McIlwaine’s boys dug in for the second half winning the session 5-2 - a tighter than expected match but, given the Teddy Bears’ starts to the last two seasons, the Hit Men & Her will be pleased to bank the 3 points. Dee Willis’ Eastway entertained the league grinders Whitehead Trojans and won the first half comfortably 6-1 and the 2nd session 4-3, with Eastway’s Trevor Greer bagging a fine hatrick. League newcomers the Doagh Weapons hosted also newly formed Greenisland Colts winning the first session 6-1 and the 2nd half 5-2.  Best for the hosts were J Barons (2/2), C Laughlin (2/2) and J Moore (2/2). Tie of the night between last year’s runners up, The Swift, and 3rd place The Cowboys was a tight affair with manager Paul Roberts taking the last frame of the half to edge Swift in front 4-3, the second half was a different matter as the Swift boys ran out the session 6-1.Whitehead Spartans hosted last year’s wooden spoon holders The Alpha, winning both sessions 5-2.  Best on the night were K English (2/2), R Hawkins (2/2), S McWhirter (2/2). The season ahead looks to be one of the closest in recent years, with the talent moving around in the closed season. Last year’s runners up, The Swift, got off to the start they wanted after blaming their poor start last year for falling short at the business end of the season. Most settled team, the Hit Men & Her, look to be in with a shout, league veterans Spartans with a youthful injection from their stablemates the Trojans now have options given their average age. League champions the Galacticos have also added quality to their ranks and will be hard to break down, while newcomers the Doagh Weapons look very handy with the addition of last year’s player of the year, Rab McCullough, and with a mix of men’s and senior internationals in their ranks. Cup specialists in recent years, the Scorpions have signed well in the closed season and must be quietly confident. Our league seems to go from strength to strength every season and if the team managers can keep attendance up over the course of the season, there could be one of the best run-ins in the league’s history.

Wednesday, 27 August 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 2 League matches to be eligible

Galacticos send out a message

Galacticos Pool Team
The Charity Shield signaled the start of the 2014/2015 season in the Carrick & District Pool League. And it was League Champions Galacticos who issued a statement of intent by defeating Knock Out Cup Winners Swift Bar in the match which was held in the Swift Bar, Carrick on Tuesday 26th August.

Result & report
Galacticos 8-4 Swift

Tonight kicked off the City Air Express Carrick & district Pool League season with the curtain raiser charity shield between last year’s group of mates out for a social gathering the Galacticos and the new boys on the block cup specialists The Swift.
A very tight 1st half seen both teams trade frames with an in off in the 7th frame giving Paul Roberts Swift team the edge at the interval 4-3
The Galacticos manager Derek Whiteside sent his team out for the second half with a spring in their step winning the next 5 frames for an 8-4 victory to win the Charity Shield.
Both teams produced a high level of pool in both safety and clinical clearances when the few chances presented themselves and the match was played with lots of mutual respect. If tonight was about blowing away the summer cobwebs the coming weeks and months ahead look to be at yet an even higher level for Carrick pool.

This year’s League charity chosen by the League delegates is the FRIENDS OF CANCER CENTRE at Belfast City Hospital, a very worthy cause indeed.

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

New season ahead

The 2014/2015 CITY AIR EXPRESS Carrick & District Pool League season is near upon us. Note the following dates in your diary as we head towards the first full set of League fixtures on 9th September.

Tuesday 19th August - AGM
Tuesday 26th August - Team registrations & any amendments to the constitution (Swift Bar at 7.30pm) followed by the Charity Shield season opener between League Champions Galacticos versus Knock Out Cup Winners The Swift
Tuesday 2nd September - Opening League fixtures

Any questions please contact Secretary Rab Brown on 07899 913785

Monday, 9 June 2014

Prizegiving photos

Swift Pool Team - (Knock Out Cup & Home and Away Cup Winners)
Mix & Match OB - (3 A Sides Winners)

Barbarians - (Brian Brady Memorial Runners Up)

Rab McCullough - (League Individual Champion & Player of the Year)

Greenisland WMSC - (Knockagh Cup Runners Up)

Lee Topping - (Under 18 Individual Champion)

Warriors - (Harbour Cup Winners)

Galacticos - (League Champions)

William Irvine - (League Under 23 Champion)

Sara Greenberg - (League Ladies Champion)

Robert Hawkins - (League Masters Champion)

Scorpions Pool Team - (Home & Away Cup Runners Up)

Galacticos - (Brian Brady Memorial Shield Winners)

Trojans - (Knockagh Cup Winners)

Spartans - (Charity Shield Winners)

Alpha - (Wooden Spoon Winners)

Doubles Winner - (Rab Brown)

Cowboys Pool Team - (League 3rd place)