Wednesday 19 June 2024

Winning Silverware in Railway Blues First Season Is ACE

This match quite literally had everything a break & dish a reverse dish fabulous attacking pots and tactical safety play in fact one could say it was appropriately entertaining given the events sponsor and the last match of our season.
The Times Tigers roared away to a great start of this evenings CDPL Harbour Cup Final Sponsored by the ACE Amber Castle Entertainment.
Quite quickly they found themselves 5 - 2 in front of this year's newcomers The Railway Bar Blues.
You could have been forgiven at this point for thinking that perhaps with this being The Blues team's debut in a Cup final match of this magnitude that it was possibly going to prove a little too much on this their first competitive season.
The Newtownabbey men however had other ideas and suddenly somehow stoked the fire in their engine to steam back at their more experienced Times Bar Belfast opponents.
Soon equalising prior to forging ahead to an eventual 7 - 6 lead.
With the Tigers needing the next game to draw level and of course The Blues requiring just one more to cross the finish line it was indeed as I'm sure you can well imagine a tense atmosphere within the
Greenisland Working Men's Social Club.
Said game however culminated with Railway Blue Craig "The Equaliser" Laughlin being victorious holding his nerve and potting his penultimate ball from a snooker to clinch the 2024 Harbour Cup Winners title along with his team mates.
Well done Railway Blues and commiserations to Times Tigers.

Wednesday 5 June 2024

Galacticos are SKC Gaming NI League Champions 2023/24

In the Carrick & District Pool League, sponsored by SKC Gaming NI, we have had a tremendous season. There were highs and lows, tense deciders and great fun to be had on match nights.

One team, on paper stood out as massive favourites, Greenisland Galacticos.
Galacticos are a team with a perfectly blended mix of talented, youthful exuberance and
experienced stars from across county Antrim.

Going into last night's match they were 3 points ahead of the last season's champions, Times Bar Scorpions, who they play next week in a postponed match.

If Galacticos reached six frames and gained the bonus point they would win the league.  It seemed the Galacticos were stuttering to get over the finish line. The Q Club were holding their own at 3-3. The formidable Galacticos' Ryan Marcus made it 4-3. Roger Smyth made it 5 -3 and Gary Wallace sealed the vital 'bonus point' frame to secure the SKC Gaming NI league title. The final score was 9-5 to Galacticos. Well done to the Galactic gentlemen and well deserved.

Almost like the equivalent of 'sleeping in' The Greenisland Colts got off to a bad start losing the first 3 games of the evening. The Carrickfergus Bowlers were halted briefly with a 4th frame win by Colt Chris McCurry however it would seem the Colts snooze button got pressed again as the Bowlers went into the half way interval 5 - 2 up
The second half saw the Greenisland Colts waking up a little to make somewhat of a comeback with frames very much tit for tat this half.
The Bowlers were very nearly guilty of celebrating too soon as it would prove a much closer affair than
the beginning of the match would perhaps have indicated.
In the end the Bowlers pictured left had done enough to be victorious with a final 8 - 6 result.

This result took Bowlers off the dreaded 'wooden spoon position in the league which was awarded to them last season.

Best on the evening was Bowler Ryan James Ward the only player with 3 wins from 3 played and best for the Colts was Vice Captain Colin Beckinsale with 2 from 3 and Colt Joe Patton with 2 from 3 also
The Colts would like to thank the Bowlers for their hospitality as they provided some beautiful food and refreshments for all during the half way interval which was both very much appreciated and enjoyed.

In other matches:
Trojans 4 Scorpions 10
Railway Blues 2 QE2 Cubs 12
Tigers 5 Spartans 9
Rockets to Be 3 Rab & Big T's Rockets 11

More reports to follow.

Thursday 30 May 2024

Robert Rolls Back The Years

On Wednesday 29th May Carrick & District Pool League, sponsored by SKC Gaming NI, held the inaugural Grandmasters Pool competition in Greenisland Working Mens Club.

Robert Hawkins rolled back the years to find some vintage attacking pool form. He Raced to a 5-1 victory over Stevie Hamilton in the semi final.

In the other semi it was Joe Patton who was equally as devastating as he took victory by the same score over Gordon McCormick.

The final was expected to be an extremely close affair with two of our league's most experienced players pitting their wits against each other. 

On reflection it was a fairly one sided victory. Robert Hawkins aggressively outthought and out potted Patton in the race to 6. Patton simply could not contain the Islandmagee star no matter how defensively he tried. This match was streamed live and will be available on our league's Youtube channel next week.

Well done to all of the players and thanks to Greenisland Club for kindly hosting this exciting event.

Wednesday 29 May 2024

Paul Kerr 'The Master' Reigns On

In the Masters, Scorpions Darren Whiteside came through a tough semi win over ‘Rab & Big T’s Rockets’ Davy Blair 5-2.

In the other semi Scorpions’ Paul Kerr came through an equally tough match against Scorpions Gerry McCorry 5-2.

In the final, Darren created some great opportunities after some thunderous breaks but failed to convert them. Paul Kerr raced to a 4-0 lead before Darren eventually got on the board with a well taken finish.

Paul ran out a comfortable 6-1 winner with patient play and precise finishing to retain his grip on the Masters title.

Big thanks to Whitehead Glasgow Rangers for hosting this event and their wifi for the live stream

Old Man Harris and Wallace with doubles Delight

This week in Carrick & District Pool League, sponsored by SKC Gaming NI we had our ‘Doubles’ competition which was hosted by Q Club in Larne.
Galacticos’ Paul Harris and Gary Wallace breezed into the final after victory over Scorpions’ Michael Wilson and Colin Rafferty.

They met Q Club’s Tyler McKee and Ciaran O’Toole (pictured below) who confidently eased into the final after a semi-final win over Tigers’ Tom McGurk and Davy Montgomery.

The final was perhaps closer than the score line suggests but the experience and expertise of Harris and Wallace (pictured right above) saw them through to lift the prestigious title 6-2. 

Gary Wallace adds this title to the league open individuals title he won earlier in the season.

No Change at the Top

Q Club ended their home campaign with a fine 10-4 win over Ballyclare’s Railway Blues in an entertaining encounter.
Pre match Q Club had to contend with the loss of 2 key players in Tyler McKee and Ryan Scott who are down in Killarney representing County Antrim. However this is what squad building is for and Q Club were still able to send out a strong 6 man team.
It was the Ballyclare men who took the early lead though via team captain Ryan Stewart and Craig Laughlin who stepped up when given the chance and confidently took their chances. Q Club Vice Captain Rorie McAllister knew he needed the third frame and duly delivered with a fine pressure clearance to get the Larne men back on track and the quality off the match went up further with an Ian McCalmont break and dish and a Ciaran O’Toole reverse dish to give Q Club a half time 4-3 lead.
The match went back on level terms straight away in the second half as Craig Laughlin added another reverse dish. It looked as if the match could go all the way however the home team managed to raise their game and take the next 6 frames to close the home campaign off with a win.
Shout outs must go to McCalmont for completing his hat trick and McAllister a double. Best on the night for the Railway Blues was captain Stewart and Laughlin with 2/3s.

Times Bar Scorpions hosted Rockets To Be. Mercurial Paul Kerr followed by Chris Carson gave the Scorpions a 2-0 lead before Captain Mark Porter pulled one back for the Whiteabbey Royal British Legion men. Chris Carson, Darren Whiteside and Colin Rafferty took the next 3 but again Captain Mark Porter dug deep keeping his team in the tie at 5-2. Paul Kerr and Michael Wilson put the Scorpions on the hill at 7-2 and Darren Whiteside secured a valuable 3 points. Paul Kerr chipped in for his hat trick followed by Michael Wilson and a brace for Colin Rafferty for the second Scorpion hat trick of the evening.
Final score Scorpions 12 Rockets To Be 2.

A strong start to this match for the Trojans of Whitehead with a hatrick of victories
However Greenisland Colt Aarron Watters would see his side off the starting blocks with a credible reverse dish win of the fourth
This would be followed by a win for Colt Captain Harry Warrick which would turn out to be the first of his 3 wins from 3 frames played on this particular evening
Next though came Trojan Stevie Quinn to stall the Colts Come back by winning what would prove to be his 2nd win from 3 played
The Colts took the next 2 to keep it a tight affair
Before the Trojans made it somewhat tit for tat taking the following 2
Next it really was a tense atmosphere as each team would take a win from each of the remaining 4 frames played with the difference perhaps being a 3 from 3 performance by Trojans second Quinn team member A . Quinn
A terrific match all together with a final result of Trojans 8 Colts 6

In other matches
Qe2 Cubs 14 - 0 W/O v Bowlers; Rab & Big T's Rockets 8 Tigers 6; Spartans 5 Galacticos 9.

Friday 17 May 2024

Colts get their biggest league win

In the Carrick & District Pool League, sponsored by SKC Gaming NI Ltd

Greenisland Colts were away to Whiteabbey Royal British Legion Branch and Club Limited Rockets To Be. The Rockets got off to a great start with a sterling performance by Mark Porter.
However unfortunately for them the remainder of the evening would prove to be a very good night at the office for the Colts with Captain Harry Warwick, Vice Captain Colin Beckinsale, Aarron Watters, Christopher McCurry, Joe Patton and Andy Galloway winning every frame thereafter making it a 13 - 1 victory
A few highlights included a break and dish by Colt McCurry, a reverse dish and a lovely doubled black finish by Colt Patton and it must be said a nice fizzy doubled black ball finish by Colt vice captain Colin Beckinsale.

We saw a repeat of the Harbour Cup match only a few weeks ago as once again the Railway Blues hosted the Bay City Bowlers in The Railway Bar & Steam Dining In what turned out to be a tense first half the Railway men won the first frame via Ryan Stewart. It looked as if Rab Carson had the frame wrapped up after potting his final yellow but the pace of the table just took the cue ball further than he anticipated to leave a hard cut in the middle.
Frame two turned out to be the longest frame of the night lasting some 20-25 minutes but Glen Colwell took the win eventually with some fantastic table craft to leave Robin Kerr feeling disconsolate in what was a marathon frame of pool. The next two frames both went to the Railway men Jackie Murdoch and Graham Cahoon. That doesn’t tell the whole story with both Bowlers having their chances in each frame and Ricky was sadly denied in a black ball shoot out. 3-1 down with 3 to play the Bowlers stepped it up a gear with Ryan, Ricky & Glen taking the final 3 frames of the half to give the Bowlers a narrow 4-3 lead at half time.
The second half began with both teams probably expecting a similar narrative to the first half but how wrong that would prove to be with the Railway men rattling off 6 frames in succession. Amongst these wins was a quite superb clearance from Craig Laughin who would deny Glen Colwell his third win in succession and guarantee the Railway Blues at least a point with that win. The Bay City Bowlers did get a late consolation win with an outrageous fluke from Rab Carson on his final colour to leave a straightforward black. The final result was a 9-5 victory to the Railway men in what was an enjoyable night with great camaraderie between both sets of players.

The Trojans took on the Cubs in QE2 Snooker Club, hoping for a win, following defeat at the QE2 club last November. The first half went well for the Trojans and although every frame could have gone either way, they were 5-2 up at the interval. The Cubs fought hard in the second half, with some excellent clearances, but on the night the Trojans were too strong, taking all 3 points. Best for Trojans were Stephen McLaughlin, Ricky Moulds, Stevie Quinn and Stevie Hamilton each with 2/3. Best for the Cubs was Riley Patterson with 2/3. Final Score Trojans 9 QE2 Cubs 5.

Second placed Scorpions were up against their Times Bar stablemates, the Tigers. Scott Pettigrew ripped out a lovely reverse dish in the first frame. Michael Wilson and Paul Kerr put the Scorpions 2-1 up before Davy Montgomery levelled and a great tactical frame. Scorpions began to pull away with wins for Chris Cason and Darren Whiteside before Jonny Eccles brought it to 4-3 at half time. Scorpions knew that only a win would do if they had any chance of keeping the league leaders within touching distance.
Michael Wilson and Paul Kerr stretched the scorpion lead but Tigers captain wasn’t letting his team go down without a fight as he won another epic tactical encounter to reduce the arrears to 6-4. Rafferty ripped out a fabulous finish followed by wins for Paul Kerr for his hat trick and a reverse dish for Chris Carson before Michael Wilson broke and dished for his hat trick in the final frame. Tigers 4 Scorpions 10 was the final score but on reflection a few of the frames could have went either way.

The Galacticos had four games left going in to Tuesday and four difficult ones at that. But if they are to hold off the challenge of the Scorpions they need 10 points to become champions.
The hosts entertained Rab and Big T's Rockets and got off to a nice start with Paul Harris, Ryan Marcus and Ali Wilson giving them a 3-0 lead. Evergreen Andy Arbuthnot pulled one back for the visitors with a sublime clearance but Roger Smyth and youngster Marcus scored the next two to make it 5-1 to the Greenisland Working Men's Social Club men. Captain and star man Rab "Bagger" Butler gave the Rockets hope taking the last in the session for a 5-2 half time score line.
Wilson scored again but Davy Blair took the next to keep the pressure on the hosts who responded with four on the trot, two from Gee Crawley, another from Smith and man of the match Wilson completing his hat trick. Arbuthnot took the last for the visitors as the hosts ran out 10-4 victors.
Next up for the league leaders is a tricky tie away to Knockagh Cup final opponents Spartans in what should be an enthralling match.

Q Club took the points as they hosted Spartans in an 8-6 win.

Wednesday 8 May 2024

Trojans lift the 3asides title

This week in Carrick & District Pool League, sponsored by SKC Gaming NI, we had the conclusion of the 3 a sides tournament. The Baggerwixters were up against it in the semis when the captain Bagger Rab Butler was ill. Stephen Herron and Davy Blair bravely soldiered on but 2 against 3 Trojans was a mountain too high to climb. Trojans eased into the finals.

In the other semi final 'Colts' took on the reigning champions, the 'Scorpion Daddies'. Scorpions raced to a 3-0 lead with wins for Paul Kerr, Lee McIlreevy and Chris Carson. Aaron Watters started the come back with a beautifully taken reverse dish, followed by Paul Watters and Joe Patton soon levelling at 3-3 in this race to 5. Paul Watters put the Colts in front before Darren Whiteside levelled for Scorpions at 4-4. The big decider saw Chris Carson methodically take control of the frame before a fine finish to see Scorpion Daddies into the final.

Trojans took the first frame of the final through a finish of intent
from Stuart Kelly. The Scorpions won the first set 2-1 with wins for Chris Carson and Lee McIlreevy. Trojans won the second session 2-1 with wins for Aaron Farr and Stevie Quinn. Stevie Quinn put the Trojans 4-3 up and Chris Carson levelled at 4-4. The big decider could have been won by Lee McIlreevy but an awkward missed black handed control of the frame to Aaron Farr who calmly ripped it from the Scorpions grasp to give the Trojans their first taste of 3 a sides glory.

A big thanks to SKC Gaming NI and to Q Club Larne for hosting the finals night.

Thursday 2 May 2024

Masters down to last 4

Masters Quarter Finals Results

1 Paul Kerr 4-0 Tom McGurk
2 Gerry McCorry 4-3 Michael Wilson
3 Darren Whiteside 4-0 Ricky Moulds
4 Mark Porter 1-4 Davy Blair

Semi Finals (race to 5) and final (race to 6) all played to a finish on May 28th starting at 19:30 in Whitehead Rangers.
Paul Kerr v Gerry McCorry
Darren Whiteside v Davy Blair

Wednesday 1 May 2024

Galacticos and Spartans reach the final of the Knockagh Cup

In the semi finals of the Knockagh Cup The Trojans put up a stiffer resolve than they did in their recent league fixture, but alas the strength in depth of Derek Whiteside's the Galacticos (pictured below) was enough to see them through to the finals with an 8-5 win.

Q Club entertained Whitehead neighbours, The Spartans and got off to a blistering start as Tyler McKee and Ryan McKillop won the first 2 frames but momentum was halted as Paddy Graham took out a very good 5 ball clearance to get the visitors back in the match. Alan Johnston got the Larne men 2 frames ahead again but the Spartans captain, Trevor Whiteside, stepped up with a reverse dish in frame 5 to narrow the gap again.
This was what the Spartans needed as they took the next 2 frames to go 4-3 up at the break, highlight being a classy Kenny English finish under pressure with his opponents balls over pockets.
With the match looking at half time like going all the way to a playoff it was the Spartans who stepped up and took 4 of the next 5 frames to seal the match. Captain Whiteside got his double as did the much improved Paddy Graham who also won a very credible 2/2.
The final will be Derek Whiteside's Galacticos against his big brother, Trevor Whiteside's Spartans. It promises to be an entertaining Friday night in Q Club.
We hope to have a live stream for the fans.

Harbour Cup sponsored by Amber Castle Entertainment semi finals round up

In the Harbour Cup sponsored by Amber Castle Entertainment The Times Tigers visited The Greenisland Colts at Greenisland Working Men's Social Club
It's always a friendly but competitive atmosphere when these two teams meet and also almost always a close tense affair.

However recently The Times Tigers (pictured below) and have had the edge with last weeks League match win against the Colts all be it a slim victory The Times Tigers perhaps with that little confidence boost under their belt would once again come out on top.
The first half was very much Tit for Tat but The Times team took the evenings second half much more convincingly.

Although their was the usual thrills and spills of missed blacks and cue balls going in off, these are often the narrow margins that make the difference to so many matches and on this occasion such happenings saw The Tigers victorious, getting to the eight frame winning line after only twelve frames played. They will now proceed to the FINAL of the Harbour Cup Tournament.

Railway Blues secured their place in the final with a solid 8-5 win over Rockets to Be.
The final will be played in Whiteabbey Legion on 18th June. We hope to have this live streamed for your entertainment.

Wednesday 24 April 2024

Amber Castle Entertainment’s Harbour Cup

Harbour Cup sponsored by Amber Castle Entertainment 

Monday 29th April
Prelim 1 Railway Blues 8 v Bay City Bowlers 6

Semis Tuesday 30th April
Railway Blues 1 v Rockets to Be
Colts v Tigers

Knockagh Cup 
Prelim 1 29th April
Rab & Tristans Rockets 7 v Trojans 8
Prelim 2
Galacticos 8 v Scorpions 3

Semis Tuesday 30th April
Trojans  v Galacticos
Q Club v Spartans

Two halves of seven will be selected. All matches are a race to 8 frames. If its 7-7 a play off will occur and captains can select a registered player who has not yet played 3 frames in that match.

Tuesday 23 April 2024

Galacticos have one hand on the trophy

Galacticos have moved 3 points clear at the top of the league with a commanding victory in a rescheduled match with Trojans on Monday night.

It was always going to be a tough match for home team against the high flying Galacticos, as they went 2-0 down with wins from Paul Harris and Gary Wallace. Stevie Hamilton grabbed the 3rd frame for Trojans, but it was the Greenisland men who took a 6-1 lead at the half way mark, with wins from Roger Smyth twice, Derek Whiteside and Ali Wilson. 

The second half began with a nice finish from Trojan Girvan Fleming, but Galacticos stretched their lead with wins from Gary Wallace twice, Roger Smyth (break and dish) and Ali Wilson. The final 2 frames were shared by Andy Quinn for the home team and Paul Harris for the visitors. Best of the night were Gary Wallace and Roger Smyth, both winning 3/3. Final Score Trojans 3 Galacticos 11.

Wednesday 17 April 2024

Bay City Bowlers Get Their First Win...Ever!

We are delighted to report that the Bay City Bowlers have won their first league match in the Carrick & District Pool League. The team who hail from Carrick Bowling Club joined the league in 2022. Most of their players had never played in a team or a league before. They were learning the rules as they went along. They play for the enjoyment and the love of the game but but desperately wanted to break the duck. Last year they received the wooden spoon last season for bottom place in the league. Last week they dug deep and got their first ever draw. This week they had an emphatic 5-9 win against Rockets To Be in the Whiteabbey Legion. They started well and led 3-4 at half time. The second half was all Bowlers and their man of the match was Ryan Ward winning 3/3 (in photo) but well done to the entire team and backroom staff and coaches. If at first you don't succeed Try and Try again.

Third placed Whitehead Spartans hosted Rab and T’s Rockets in what many believed would be tight match. Those predictions proved to be correct as after 14 frames there was nothing to separate the teams. The Rockets started strongly with Davy Blair and Andy Arbuthnott giving them a 2 frame lead. Spartans Paddy Graham stopped their momentum with an important win. Kevin Mullen restored The Rockets 2 frame lead with a hard fought victory. The Spartans rallied and took the next 3 frames through Mark Millar, Robert Hawkins and Kenny English to lead 4-3 at the break. Spartans captain Trevor Whiteside started the second session with a break and dish which was quickly backed up by a win from Kenny English. After The Spartans winning 5 in a row it was now over to The Rockets to show their class and they obliged by winning the next 4 through Rab Butler (x2), Tristan Scott-Heyes and Davy Blair. Kenny English completed his hat trick and made sure that the points were split. A hard fought match and a fair result on the night of 7-7.

Q Club entertained defending champions Scorpions on Tuesday night in what turned out to be a cracker of a battle. Both teams put out strong panels and it was the Larne men who got themselves into a 3-1 lead courtesy of messers A Johnston, R Scott and R McKillop. However the champions are made of stern stuff and a 5 frame blitz in the middle of the match saw them take a commanding 6-3 lead. However Q Club got back to a unlikely 6-6 with another 3 frames in a row, shout to Ryan Scott who completed a fine double and Andrew Ferguson who came in from the cold in frame 11 to take out a very good 5 ball clearance. With the champions toiling and knowing they could ill afford to lose anymore ground to the Galacticos, it was Darren Whiteside who stepped up in frame 13 with finish of the match with a 1 visit finish. There was still work to do in the final frame and for a moment it looked like Ian McCalmont would snatch the hosts a draw however an unfortunate kick gave Chris Carson the one opportunity he needed and Carson took out a precision 6 ball clearance to keep the champions alive in the SKC Gaming Carrick and District pool league.
In the Greenisland Derby Colts took on Galacticos.
The first frame was nip and tuck. Chris McCurry snookered himself on the black and got out of it well before league veteran Paul Harris bumped in a huge long red to leave himself a couple of tap ins to give the Galacticos the lead. Colts’ Colin Beckinsale was unfortunate not to respond with a break and dish after kicking out the black a smidgen too far. A kick cost Gee Crawley a clearance and Colin equalised. Roger Smyth held his nerve in a testy affair before another tight frame went the way of the Galacticos giving them a 3-1 lead. Aaron Watters hung the black for a reverse dish in the next but League champion Gary Wallace failed to capitalise and the Colts pulled one back. Roger Smyth took the last in the first session to give the Galacticos a 5-2 half time lead. Old Man Harris put the Galacticos further ahead with another cagey win before Roger Smyth eliminated the Hawk's nemesis Joseph Patton after three hours and forty seven minutes of textbook pool to put the Galacticos on the hill. Gee Crawley took out a pinpoint finish to give the Galacticos all three points in the next. Colts rolled out three of the last four but, alas, it was too little too late for Colts but enough to cement top spot for the Galacticos.

The Blues welcomed the Trojans to the Railway Bar on Tuesday night! Trojans started well winning the first two frames Ricky Moulds and Andy Quinn giving them the lead. Sammy Duff and Graham Cahoon made it 2-2 but it was the Trojans who lead 4-3 at the break. Wins from Girvan Fleming and Ricky Moulds for the Trojans and Robin Kerr for the Blues.

After the break Ricky Moulds made it 3/3 for himself with another clever finish. The game ebbed and flowed with the trojans staying in control for the majority of it. Wins from Robin Kerr and Robert Craig made it 6-5 with 3 frames to play but the Trojans turned it on winning all three, Steven Hamilton, Gordon McCormick and Girvan Fleming securing the 9-5 victory

In other matches

Tigers 4 – 10 QE2 Cubs

Friday 12 April 2024

Galacticos in pole position for the final run in

Bay City Bowlers hosted the Tigers in an eventful match. Initially, the Tigers surged ahead to a 2-0 lead, but the resilient Bowlers fought back to level the match at 2-2. Despite the Bowlers' efforts, the Tigers' experience shone through as they led 5-2 at the break. After the break, the Tigers continued their dominance, winning the next two games to extend their lead to 7-2. However, the Bowlers mounted a spirited comeback, narrowing the score to 7-6 and securing at least one point. In a decisive final frame the Bowlers' captain's lack of experience and composure led to the Tigers winning the final frame which handed victory to the visitors with a 8-6 score line. Congratulations to the Tigers on their victory, and best wishes to them for the future.

The league leaders, The Times Bar Scorpions took on Whitehead’s Spartans. Mark Millar took the first frame and Robert Hawkins took the next for Spartans. Paul Kerr reduced the deficit before Trevor Whiteside made it 3-1. Scorpions’ Colin Rafferty brought the arrears back to one before Robert Hawkins and Mark Millar saw the first session out to a 2-5 lead for the Spartans.

Scorpions came out in the second half with a steely determination with wins for Paul Kerr, Lee McIlreevy and Chris Carson to level at 5-5. Spartans are renowned for their fighting spirit and captain Trevor Whiteside put them back in front. Mark Millar made it 5-7 winning his 3rd of the night against Paul Kerr, leapfrogging Paul to the top of the player stats and knocking Scorpions from their perch at the top of the league. Scorpions dug deep once more though. Colin Rafferty and Chris Carson took the final frames securing a hard fought 7-7 draw and a valuable 2 points.

The Greenisland Colts
got off to a flying start after reaching the final of the Players Memorial Shield last week. Vice Captain, Colin Beckinsale, took the first frame against Q Club’s Ryan McKillop, Larne singles champion.

The Colts would also go on to win the next 4 frames in a row with victories Colts Andy Galloway, Aaron Watters, Chris McCurry and Captain Harry Warwick taking the score line to a perhaps unexpected by some it must be said 5 nil lead for the Colts.

The Q Club would dig deep however with Ryan McKillop taking the 6th frame.

This attempt to kick start the Larne team would be stalled once more however by a 7th frame win for Colt Watters against Q Club player Ryan Scott, finishing the first half with a score line of 6 - 1 to the Colts.

The second half begun more favourably for the visiting Larne team with wins for Ryan McKillop and Ciaran O'Toole.

Greenisland Colts’ McCurry would go on to win the next securing at least a draw.

This seemed to inspire Watters to immediately win the next seeing Colts over the finish line and this also giving him an impressive 3 wins from 3 games played.

Captain Warwick took victory in the next and Chris McCurry took the next, winning a personal 3 from 3 for his team on the evening before Joe Patton took the final frame victory bringing the score line to an impressive Greenisland Colts 11 Q Club 3. A great night of pool enjoyed by all.

Greenisland Working Men's Social Club will have been in a celebratory mood when they heard the scores from the top two teams.

QE2 Cubs went down to a 4 - 10 defeat by a very impressive Galacticos who moved to the top of the league with that result leapfrogging Times Bar Scorpions.

In other matches:

Trojans and Rockets To Be pp

Rab and T’s Rockets v Railway Blues pp’d 
Rescheduled dates will be within two weeks.

Wednesday 10 April 2024

Paul Kerr Retains the Seniors Title

Well done to Scorpions’ Paul Kerr on retaining the 2023/24 Seniors title.

Spartans’ Trevor Whiteside put up a gallant fight but the final score was 6-4 to the evergreen Pool Machine Paul Kerr.
Frame winners
1 Whiteside
2 Whiteside
3 Kerr
4 Kerr
5 Kerr
6 Kerr
7 Kerr

8 Whiteside
9 Whiteside
10 Kerr
Well done to both players for putting on such a great final. Thanks to Greenisland Workingmens Club for hosting this final and to our sponsors SKC Gaming NI

Monday 8 April 2024

Galactico's Gary Wallace Whips Them All To Lift The Title

The Carrick and District Pool League annual open singles competition occurred this weekend in the Q Club in Larne.

On a day when storm Kathleen was whipping up winds across the country it was Galacticos' Gary Whirlwind Wallace who was whipping his opponents throughout the day.

Gary took on last year’s seniors finalist, Davy Blair in the first round and romped to a 5-2 win. 

In the next round Gary took out Northern Ireland International player, Stevie Quinn 5-1.  

Next up was a 5-2 victory over one of the most decorated players in the Carrick League, Paul Harris. 

The 22/23 champion, Chris Carson was Gary’s opponent in the semi final and he was dispatched 6-4. The final was against Scorpions' Lee McIlreevy and Gary was in control for the entire match. 

The final score was 7-5 and Gary got over the line potting the black to the middle pocket from a snooker.

A massive well done to Gary Wallace on lifting the open singles with a near perfect days pool.

The league committee would like to thanks Alex and William Irvine for their hosting and sponsorship of this prestigious individual’s event.

All results from the days action can be found here.

Thursday 4 April 2024

Masters Down to Quarter Finals

Prelim 1 Gary Fitzsimmons 0 - 4 Paul Kerr 
Prelim 2 Aaron Farr 4 - 2 Stevie Blair.
Prelim 3 Stevie Hamilton 3 - 4 Gerry McCorry
Prelim 4 Gordon McCormick 0- 4 Michael Wilson 
Prelim 5 Joe Patton 3 - 4 Aaron Reid

First Round
1 Paul Kerr 4 - 1 Colin Beckinsale
2 Aaron Farr 1 - 4 Tom McGurk
3 Gerry McCorry 4 - 1 Ian McMillan
4 Michael Wilson 4 - 0 Robert Hawkins
5 Aaron Reid 0 - 4 Darren Whiteside
6 Harry Warwick 3 - 4 Ricky Moulds
7 Mark Porter 4 - 3 Davy Montgomery
8 Steven Herron 0 - 4 Davy Blair

Quarter Finals to be played on 1st May
1 Paul Kerr v Tom McGurk
2 Gerry McCorry v Michael Wilson
3 Darren Whiteside v Ricky Moulds
4 Mark Porter v Davy Blair

Wednesday 27 March 2024

Scorpions lift the Prestigious Players Memorial Shield

In the final of the coveted SKC Gaming NI Players Memorial Shield the Greenisland Colts faced the reigning champions, Times Bar Scorpions in a packed Whiteabbey Legion.

In a raucous atmosphere the random draw occurred and Joe Patton half heartedly lagged stating that “You can never pot a ball from the break on this table”.
Scorpions’ Lee McIlreevy broke and potted 3 balls before ripping the rest out in a scintillating break and dish top put the Champions 1 up.

Paul Kerr soon made it 2-0 with a precision finish and Gerry McCorry took out a fine finish to make it 3-0. 

Scotch doubles was next and in a much tighter frame the experience of Michael Wilson and Darren Whiteside was enough to make it four nil. Lee McIlreevy and Paul Kerr took the next scotch doubles frame after some great tactical prowess to seal the 5-0 victory.

A big thanks to the Legion, Rab Butler and Mark Porter for ensuring the table was fit for a final and a special mention to the Scorpiettes who turned up to cheer on their men.

The final line goes to the former players that we have had the pleasure to know and compete with and against. They will never be forgotten.

Thursday 14 March 2024

Cubs and Galacticos peak in time for international duties

A big win for the Cubs, just peaking before they go on a tour of duty to the nations cup in Bridlington next week. An even bigger win for the international studded Galacticos too. Scorpions come through a tough battle to remain at the top for the international break.

The QE2 CUBS match started with a tactical frame with Riley Patterson over coming AJ
Second frame saw McKillop take out a good finish. Kyzler Todd would pinch a frame then Jack Carson went in off for a break and dish 2-2 cubs took the last 3 frames to lead 5-2 at the break. Second session would start off well for Cubs with a dish from Rhys McLaughlin with his second on the night and then the next 2 frames would be shared at 7-3 and Andrew made it 7-4 but cubs won the last 3 frames to close out the match 10-4 star players on the night Riley Patterson 3/3 and Rhys McLaughlin 3/3.

Greenisland Galacticos can almost taste second spot as the season gets down to the business end and the perennial bridesmaids were in the mood to consolidate their league position as they entertained the Bay City Bowlers.
The home team raced to a flattering 12-0 lead very quickly, capitalising on almost every visit awarded to them.
Hat tricks for Gary Wallace and Roger Smyth along with braces for Neil McFaul, Paul 'Old Man' Harris and Derek Whiteside gave the Greenisland men an unassailable lead with some pinpoint finishing. The visitors rallied late on and Ryan James-Ward and Ian McMillan took the last two frames but it was too little too late for the Carrick men who found their hosts in good form.

Rab & Big Ts Rockets hosted Scorpions
Scorpions started well with Lee McIlreevy and Paul Kerr taking the first two frames. Buff managed to pull one back for the Rockets, only for Lee and Darren to increase the gap to 4-1 to the visitors. The Rockets fought back though with two good wins, Bull and Davy with wins against Paul and Chris, resulting in a respectable 4-3 score line with the visitors having a slight advantage.
The Scorpions came out swinging in the second half, with each of the five men recording wins in the first five frames, 9-3 Scorpions, taking the opportunity for a bonus point off the table for the Rockets. The last two frames went to the Rockets with wins from Rab and Buff, to finish the match 9-5 to Scorpions.
After a valiant effort from the Rockets in the first half, the Scorpions were just too good in the second half and got their well deserved win.
Man of the match - Lee McIlreevy with a good hat trick.

The Colts travelled to Whitehead Rangers to play The Spartans who started strongly with wins for Mark Millar, Paddy Graham, Billy Pawson and a brace from Robert Hawkins. A break and finish from captain Trevor Whiteside and a reverse clearance from Mark Millar saw the Spartans complete a first half whitewash. The Colts didn't let the score line discourage them and produced a spirited second half performance, winning it by 4 frames to 3. Harry Warwick rolled back the years and won 2 of the frames which included a reverse clearance from a dry break. Other point scorers for the Colts were Aaron Watters and Joe Patton. A 10-4 victory for the Spartans on the night keeps them 3rd in the league table with plenty of points still to play for.

The Trojans Ricky Moulds took the first frame against Tigers’ Tom McGurk and Aaron Farr doubled the lead beating John Fulton.
Tigers' Steven Simpson beat Andy Quinn to reduce the deficit to 2-1, however another two for Trojans with Stephen Hamilton beating Davy Montgomery and Stephen McLaughlin beating Johnny Eccles. Trojans led 4-1 at this stage.
Scott Pettigrew beat Girvan Fleming and then a break and dish for Tom McGurk over Aaron Farr left the score at 4-3 at half time.
The second half began similar to the first half, wins for Andy Quinn and Ricky Moulds over Steven Simpson and John Fulton made the score 6-3 to the Trojans.
Tom McGurk reduced the gap to two frames with a good clearance to beat Stephen Hamilton, but Aaron Farr restored the 3 frame advantage with a win over Scott Pettigrew to put the Trojans on the hill at 7-4.
Controversy in the next frame where the departed Ricky Moulds had been listed to play Johnny Eccles! the frame handed to the Tigers by default. Could the hosts win the last 2 frames to secure a draw??
This hope was shortlived with a fine clearance by Stephen McLaughlin over Davy Montgomery to give the Trojans the victory.
The evening rounded off with a fine win for Steven Simpson over Girvan Fleming to at least give the Tigers a losing bonus point.

Result 8-6 to the Trojans, but as always a great nights craic down at the Times Bar.

The blues welcomed the Rockets to the Railway on Tuesday night, Ryan Stewart put them 1-0 but the score was quickly leveled by Stevie Campbell. The blues then found a bit of rhythm winning the next three, Darren Hill, Graham Cahoon and Robin Kerr with the wins. Mark Porter pulled one back before Sammy Duff made it 5-2 at the break. 

Craig laughlin put the blues 6-2 up just after the break. The Rockets weren't going to lie down though, winning three consecutive frames, Stevie Campbell, Derek Chapman and Mark Porter with the wins. Ryan Stewart then made it 7-5 to the blues but John Rainey won the 13th frame taking the game to a decider. Craig Laughlin held his nerve to put the Blues over then line in a close final frame. 8-6 to the Railway Blues.

Wednesday 6 March 2024

Scorpions Go Top... for now.

With league leaders, Galacticos postponing their match this week against Trojans, the reigning league champions, Times Bar Scorpions had an opportunity to leapfrog them if they secured all 3 points against Railway Blues.

In the first half Gerry McCrorry and Lee Mcilreevy notched up two each One of Lee's was a break and dish. Darren Whiteside, Paul Kerr and Chris Carson chipped in too to make it 7-0 at the interval. Lee McIlreevy soon made it 8-0 securing fine personal hat trick. Paul Kerr made it 9-0. Darren Whiteside and Chris Carson also chipped for their hat tricks. Robin Kerr took a solitary frame for the Railway Blues in a convincing 13-1 win as the Scorpions move back to the top of the table.

The Bowlers hosted the Q Club, and it was the visitors who swiftly took the lead with a well-deserved 7-0 advantage at the break. Despite the hosts' efforts to mount a comeback in closely contested matches after the break, their endeavours were futile, and the visitors emerged as deserving winners. The event was conducted in good sportsmanship; however, it became evident that the Bowlers require additional practice and experience to compete with top-tier teams. Bowlers extend best wishes for their forthcoming matches.

The Tigers got off to a good start winning 5 of the first six games. With the score at 7-2 The Rockets To Be clawed their way back to make it 7/5 but Scott Pettigrew grinded out the 13 frame to secure the points for the Tigers. Mark Porter won the last game to give the Rockets a bonus point. This was a great match by both teams, man of the match was Tom McGurk who had a break and dish against Steven Campbell.

A bad night at the office for The Greenisland Colts as they were defeated by Rab & Big T's Rockets by 12 frames - 2.
Several of the frames were genuinely tighter than the score line would suggest and there were a number of excellent and very tactical frames played. This particular evening would favour the Rockets team by quite a margin with Colts Captain Harry Warwick and Colt Joe Patton winning a frame each for their team.

In other matches:
Cubs 7 Spartans 7
Colts 2 Rab & Big T’s Rockets 12
Galacticos v Trojans Postponed

Carrick & District Pool League ‘Open Singles Competition’ proudly sponsored by Q-Club Larne is open for registrations. Get the date pencilled into your diary. 6TH April.

Our first Open Individuals winner was Scotty Clarke back in 1995 
Our reigning champion is Chris Carson.
This annual tournament will occur on Saturday 6th April 2024 in Q Club 3 Narrow Gauge Road, Larne, United Kingdom.
It’s only £5:00 to enter this prestigious event which is ‘open’ to all registered players of the Carrick & District Pool League no matter what age, gender, ability, race etc.
We will be expecting each team manager to collect the monies from their players. Once the monies have been received by the team managers then we will add the players into the draw. Only players who have paid will be in the draw.
Our treasurer, Harry Warwick will collect the monies from the team managers.
The draw for the event will take place on Friday 5th April at 8:00 p.m. here on our Facebook Live.
Matches will be races to 5 up until and including the last 8.
Semi-finals will be races to 6.
The final will be a race to 7.
Will we see your name added to the winners list this year?

Wednesday 28 February 2024

Galacticos Stretch Their Lead at the Top Of The Table

In the 14th League match of the season, sponsored by SKC Gaming NI Ltd Galacticos stretched their lead at the top of the table with a 14-0 walkover from 11th placed Rockets To Be.

2nd placed Scorpions welcomed 8th placed Colts to The Times Bar.
Lee McIlreevey broke and sublimely dished. Colts Joe Patton soon levelled the scores. Paul Kerr regained the scorpion lead and again Colts levelled through Paul Watters. Colin Beckinsale put Colts ahead with one of the pressure finishes of the night facing 4 difficult balls and a black over the jaws. Michael Wilson Levelled at 3-3 for Scorpions and Chris Carson provided a slender 4-3 lead at half time for the home side.
Paul Kerr put Scorpions 5-3 up before Colts’ Paul Watters had a scintillating break and dish. Paul Kerr made it 6-4 and Lee McIlreevy put Scorpions on the hill with a fabulous reverse dish. Chris Carson secured the points for Scorpions and Darren Whiteside added with another reverse dish. Michael Wilson secured a 10-4 win that was much closer than the score line suggests.
MVP Scorpions Paul Kerr 3-3.

Spartans moved up to 3rd with a 11-3 victory against the Bay City Bowlers who remain at the foot of the table in 12th.

Cubs were in 3rd position before dropping to 4th after a convincing 11-3 victory for Rab & Big T's Rockets, who move up to 5th.

9th placed Tigers took the points at 10th placed Railway Blues with an 8-6 win.
In other matches

7th placed Q Club fell to 6th placed Trojans with a 6-8 defeat.

10th placed Railway Blues 6 - 8 went down to 9th placed Tigers

Wednesday 21 February 2024

In the semi finals of the players memorial shield sponsored by SKC Gaming NI the Greenisland Colts came through a tough battle but progressed to the final with a 5-3 win over Railway Blues.
Railway Blues Ryan Stuart had got his team off the starting blocks with a first frame win.
Colts hit back with Aarron Watters in the second frame. The third frame taken by Railway Blue Josh followed by a fourth frame doubles win for Colts Captain Harry Warwick and his playing partner Joe Patton.
Patton again was victorious for the Colts in the next doubles game with playing partner Gary Brown.
Everyone in attendance soon realised this would be a tight one as Railway Blue Jackie Murdock took the next frame. Colt Captain, Harry Warwick kept the pressure on by winning the seventh frame.
Andy Galloway seen his team over the finish line and into the Cup Final with a last frame win.

In another epic match which the Times Bar Scorpions came from 3-0 down to win 5-3 over a very strong Q Club team.
Ryan McKillop, Andrew Ferguson and Tyler McKee romped to a 3-0 lead before the city dwelling Scorpions adjusted to the sea air. 
 Paul Kerr and Lee McIlreevy took the first Scotch doubles frame for Scorpions. It was soon followed by Gerry McCorry and Chris Carson in the next Scotch doubles frame. In the next singles frame Gerry levelled the scores at 3-3 with a solid win before Michael Wilson put the Scorpions on the hill. Lee McIlreevy made it five and send Scorpions through to the final after a fantastic come back. You can never write the reigning champions off.

Big thanks to Whitehead Glasgow Rangers Supporters club for hosting the semi finals.

Whiteside & Kerr into the Seniors Final

SKC GAMING NI Seniors semi finals singles results:
Trevor Whiteside (Spartans) 5 Stevie Quinn (Trojans) 3
Quinn, Quinn, Whiteside, Quinn, Whiteside, Whiteside, Whiteside, Whiteside.

Paul Kerr (Scorpions) 5 Gerry McCorry (Scorpions) 0
Kerr, Kerr, Kerr, Kerr, Kerr

Wednesday 14 February 2024

Doubles down to last 4

SKC Gaming NI CDPL Doubles Quarter finals results:

Paul Harris and Gary Wallace 4-1 Stephen Herron & Rab Butler
Michael Wilson & Colin Rafferty 4-3 Mark Porter & John Rainey
Davy Montgomery & Tom McGurk 4-0 Stevie Campbell & Ricky Hill
Ciaran O'Toole & Tyler McKee 4-2 Steven Simpson & John Fulton

Congratulations to our doubles semi finalists. To be played to a finish on Tuesday 28th May 7:45 start in Q Club Larne

Semi Finals are a race to 5
1 Paul Harris & Gary Wallace (Galacticos) v Michael Wilson & Colin Rafferty (Scorpions)

2 Davy Montgomery & Tom McGurk (Tigers) v Ciaran OToole & Tyler McKee (Q Club)

Final is a race to 6.

Tuesday 13 February 2024

Q Club move up the table

Q Club were too strong for Colts in their home venue in Q-Club Larne for their rearranged match.
Joe Patton did however put the Colts in front but a flurry of wins for Alan Johnston, Ryan McKillop, Craig Johnston, Ciaran O'Toole and Ryan Scott saw the Q Club on five frames in quick fashion. Andy Galloway got the second for Colts. 5-2 at the interval.
The second half was much of a mirror image of the first with Galloway taking the 8th frame for Colts before another burst of frames for Q Club with further wins for Ryan Scott, Ciaran O'Toole, Ryan McKillop, Rorie McAllister, and Ian McAlmont. Chris McCurry won the Colts fourth frame of the evening. Final score Q Club 10 Colts 4.
This makes the league table look more respectable with no outstanding fixtures. Q Club move up to 5th (from 7th) and Colts remain in 8th.

Thursday 8 February 2024

Cubs give Scorpions a scare

The Carrickfergus Bowling Club played host to a match between the Bay City Bowlers and Rab and Big T's Rockets. The evening began favourably for the visiting team as Stephen Herron dominated, preventing Ian Riley from getting a shot on the table and securing a well-deserved win. Although the Bowlers managed to win the next game, Herron's return to the table showcased his class and precision once again. Despite some closer matches, the visitors led 6-1 at the break. The Bowlers rallied after the interval, scoring two wins, but their momentum was short-lived as the visitors ultimately triumphed 11-3. Congratulations to Rab, Tristan and the Rockets and best wishes for their upcoming games.

The Railway Bar Blues got off to a flying Scotsman start taking the first game of the evening before Colt Joe Patton evened things up in the second

The Railway team then continued their flying start by winning the next three until Colt Vice Captain applied the brakes briefly by winning the first halves sixth frame prior to Railway Blue Sammy Duff claiming the final frame of the first half

Seeing the Railway Men in a strong 5 - 2 position going into the second half

Colt Patton once again entered the signal box to switch the tracks in favour of the Colts with a win leading to the Colts steaming ahead taking the next 5 frames in a row with Beckinsale securing at least a draw for his team winning the evenings twelfth frame

Duff stoked the fire for the Railway men once again with a thirteenth frame win ensuring the evening came to the end of the line in nail biting fashion resulting with it must be said a fair seven each draw

Never was the saying a game of two halves more appropriate and for once Beckinsale has contained himself and not got too carried away with his write up/report of the evenings happenings


Michael Wilson began the match with Intent. A Thunderous break from Big Bertha saw 5 balls off the break and a convincing victory followed. Paul Kerr made it 2 nil to Scorpions. The Cubs rallied with 4 on the trot from Rhys McGlaughlin, Jude Dalrymple, Jack Carson and Joel Quinn. Paul Kerr took the last frame of the first set to stay within touching distance at 4-3. The second half began again with Scorpions taking the first two frames through Chris Carson and Michael Wilson before the cubs hit back again. Jack Carson and Jude Dalrymple put the Cubs back in front at 6-5 with some composed finishing. In the longest frame of the night Gerard Heaney had the upper hand before the patience and experience of Paul Kerr saw him level the scores again at 6-6. Darren Haddock took out a pressure finish to put te Scorpions on the hill and Michael Wilson broke the final frame again potting 5 yellows and soon claiming a tight victory. Final Score Cubs 6 Scorpions 8.

MVP’ Michael Wilson and Paul Kerr 3/3.

In other matches

Spartans took the points over their derby pals Trojans 5-9.

Rockets to be went down 4-10 to Q-Club

Galacticos had a 10 -4 victory over Times Bar Tigers 

Reigning 3 a sides champions Scorpions Daddies reached the last four defeating BMT in their postponed match.

Paul Kerr, Darren Whiteside and Chris Carson took the first 3 frames. Paul Kerr put the Daddies on the hill before Andy Arbuthnot took out a nice finish to keep the BMT’s hopes alive. Chris Carson extinguished those hopes and sent the Daddies into the next round with some crispy potting.

Wednesday 31 January 2024


SKC GAMING NI 3 A SIDES QUARTER FINALS on Tuesday, January 30th, 2024. 

Whitehead Table 1
BMT V DADDIES was postponed until Wednesday 7th February.

Whitehead Table 2
Colts A (Andy, Aaron, Joe, Paul) 5 v 4Colts B (Harry, Colin, Gary)

A comprehensive win for an in form Joe, Paul & Andy in this evenings 3 a sides Versus team mates fellow Colts Harry, Colin & Gary.

Some excellent pool played by all players. The highlight of the evening for those in attendance (Certainly by Colin) was Colin despite being severely put off and distracted by missing Love Island which was airing on television during the match and despite Joe Patton being an undisputed very talented 2023 pool masters finalist said cue sports excellence was made to look kind of ordinary to be honest as the Colts Vice Captain took the final frame of the evening with a by now signature flamboyant crossover show reel black ball finish once again reminding all concerned of exactly why he gained the "Fizz Bomb" handle awarded to him by highly experienced and renowned N.Ireland Pool player manager Derek Whiteside.
Greenisland Table 1
Trojans A (Girvan, Gary, Stevie h) 3 v  5 Trojans C (Stevie Q, Aaron F, Stuarty)
Greenisland Table 2
BaggerWixters (Rab, Bull, Davy) 5 v  2 Tigers (Bug, Tom, Scott, Jonny)

Tuesday, May 7th, 2024 3 a sides semi and finals night will take place in Q Club. SEMI STARTS AT 19:45

Table 1
BMT/DADDIES (Buff, Machine, Tristan/ Chris, Darren, Paul, Lee) V Colts A Andy, Paul and Aaron

Table 2
Trojans C (Stevie Q, Aaron F, Stuarty) v BaggerWixters (Rab, Bull, Davy) 

Wednesday 24 January 2024

League results week 12

This week we saw some tight battles and flattering score lines in the Carrick & District Pool League sponsored by SKC GAMING NI

Whiteabbey Legion Rockets hosted Trojans.

The first half was going swimmingly for the Whitehead lads 5-0 Trojans. Rab Butler and Big T Scott Heyes stopped the onslaught though, closing the first session at 5-2.

The second session was a similar affair. The Trojans took the first five again, going 10-2 up, and with only Rab and Big T winning one each at the close of the second half, the match result was a convincing 10-4 for the Whitehead Trojans.
MVP was Stuart Kelly with a decent hat trick and Andy Quinn scored a good brace for Trojans.

Cubs welcomed Colts to QE2.
The Colts won the first 2 frames. The Cubs the next 2 frames. The Colts took the next 2 frames and again the Cubs took the next 2 frames to level at 4-4.

The highlight of the evening was a sublime show reel finish for the little ‘giant slayer’ Jude during his second frame of the evening.

No individual hero's on this particular evening (Perhaps with the exception of Colts Captain Harry Warwick (pictured) winning all 3 frames) but each team member from both teams digging deep, performing well and doing their bit for their team mates resulting in a fair 7 each draw.

The Cubs have been doing rather well recently but it would seem, after a win earlier in the season for the Colts and this a second leg draw, the Colts are somewhat of a bogey team for the young guns. A great friendly but very competitive evening of pool was in the end enjoyed by all.

Scorpions welcomed Bay City Bowlers to Times Bar. Lee McIlreevey got the ball rolling for Scorpions as they romped to a 7-0 lead at half time. Some of the frames could have went either way but the experience of the reigning champions assisted in them getting over the winning line in those tight frames. Darren Whiteside secured the win in the eighth frame and the Scorpions continued winning the tight frames. Michael Wilson won the 14th frame with a whitewash to secure a flattering 14-0 victory.

The Rockets to Be braved adverse weather conditions and travelled to Whitehead Rangers Club to face The Spartans. The reverse of this fixture earlier in the season was a pretty one sided affair, but the away team have been steadily improving and the Spartans knew not to take their opponents lightly. 
The first half scoreline was 5 - 2 in favour of the Spartans, but the visitors kept playing in a manner which captain Mark Porter will be very pleased with. The visitors battled hard for every frame and narrowly lost the second session by 4 frames to 3. The Spartans will be glad to continue their ascent up the league table and get as many points on the board as possible in their debut season.
Frame winners for The Spartans were Mark Millar 3/3, Trevor Whiteside 2/2, Aaron Rolston 2/3, Kenny English 1/2 and Billy Pawson 1/2.
For the Rockets to Be were William Craig 2/2, Ricky Hill 2/3 and Mark Porter 1/3.

The Q Club and Times Bar Tigers played out a competitive match in the Q Club on Tuesday past with the Larne men just about coming out on top. A strong start from Q Club certainly did help as they raced out to a 4-1 lead aided by impressive Tyler Mckee and Ryan McKillop finishes. 

However Davy Montgomery’s men don’t know the word quit and helped by a quickfire Tom McGurk double they narrowed the gap to 6-4. A special shout out to Tom who completed his hat trick from the first session and took out 2 finishes that many a fella would be proud off.

With the match poised at 6-4 Stevie Simpson was very unlucky with a dry break and was punished with an expert 7 ball finish from Ryan Scott. Ryan drawing on his years of experience on the Ultimate pool, blackball and International rules scene to deliver to the delight of the home support.

With Q Club guaranteed a draw it was left to Ian McCalmont to seal the three with another solid finish in frame 12. All in all a close but just about deserved home win.

The Q Club would also like to place their thanks to the doubles team of Gary Wallace and Paul Harris. Both lads kindly agreed to postpone their doubles match against Ryan Scott & Ryan McKillop after one of the Ryan’s took unwell on the day of the match. The match will take place this Monday night (29th Jan) at 7:30pm in QE2 Snooker Club in what’s sure to be a fine match. 

In other matches

Railway Blues 2-12 Galacticos