Monday, 23 January 2023

Home & Away Cup QF 2nd Leg Results

The Carrick & District Pool League, Sponsored by SKCGaming, Home and Away Cup Quarter Finals 'Away' leg is planned for 24/01/2023 at 20:15.

This competition is a race to 15 frames over two fixtures 'home' and 'away'.

Colts v Bowlers

Greenisland Colts captain, Harry Warwick was snowed in so Vice Captain Colin Beckinsale took the helm and steered his team to a first leg 9-5 lead over the Carrickfergus Bowlers Pool Team.

The score on the second leg was 8-6 to the Bowlers. This was their first ever victory on any single night in the Carrick & District pool League and should give them confidence going into the rest of the season.

In a nail biting finish in the overall race to 15, with nerves of steel Colts’ vice captain, Colin Beckinsale threaded the black ball through the eye of a needle to secure the deciding frame and claim victory for his team.
The Colts are delighted to reach the semi finals and lifted their Vice Captain hero aloft shoulder high reminiscent of a scene from a blockbuster Hollywood Movie in sincere gratitude for his win rate which far exceeds his loss rate.

A great enjoyable evening was had by one and all. Overall final score Colts 15 Bowlers 13.

Scorpions hosted Rockets at the Times Bar. This match was 7-7 going into the second leg. Rockets took a 7-10 lead after a nervy start from the Scorpions through Jonny Johnston, Andy Arbuthnot and Dean Reid. Colin Rafferty stopped the rot. Paul Kerr fired in the next followed by Darren Whiteside and Chris Carson to lead 4-3 at the mini interval (11-10 on aggregate). Scorpions aren't themselves when they are hungry. Half time pasties and chips arrived from local favourite Manny’s, courtesy of Brian the Times Bar Proprietor and the boys were soon refuelled. Andy Arbuthnot levelled the scores at 11-11 before Lee McIlreevey broke and dished in the next. Paul Kerr made it 13-11 and Michael Wilson put the Scorpions on the hill at 14-11. Colin Rafferty escaped from a snooker to pot his last ball and then doubled the black to secure Scorpions place in the semi final draw.

Trojans hosted Galacticos at Whitehead Rangers with Trojans trailing 6-8. 
The Galacticos came to Whitehead with a strong team and from the start took out some strong finishes to race ahead into the semi final.Some frames were closer than the final score suggested but the galacticos  marched into the semi final with a 15/8 score line.Good luck guys.
Galacticos won 7-2 on the night.

Q Club hosted Tiger
s at Q Club Larne leading 8-6 in their race to 15 frames.

Q Club got off to the perfect start with the experienced Robert Hawkins grinding out a close first frame over Stephen Simpson. However if the Q Club men thought it was going to be clear sailing they had another thing coming. Davy Montgomery’s men won the next 4 frames to lead 4-1 on the night and take an overall 10-9 lead. The next 2 frames were shared so going into halftime it was the Shore Road men with the advantage. John Fulton excelling with 2/2. The Q Club men needed a fast start in the second half however Davy Montgomery had other ideas with a big win over Ryan McKillop including an excellent cut on the black. 

The Larne men however were to find another gear and took the next 5 frames to get over the line, experience the order of the day with 2 wins for Alan Johnston and another Hawk fudging masterclass. 

For Q Club: Robert Hawkins took 2/2, Ryan McKillop 2/3 and Alan Johnston 2/3

For Times: Davy Montgomery 2/3 and John Fulton 2/3.

Wednesday, 18 January 2023

Home and Away Cup QF First leg

The Carrick & District Pool League, Sponsored by SKCGaming, got underway last night with the Home and Away Cup Quarter Finals first leg. It was the first match since the Christmas break. This competition is a race to 15 frames over two fixtures of 14 frames.

In our Live Streamed match, the Legion Rockets entertained The Scorpions at Whiteabbey Royal British Legion.

Darren Whiteside put the visitors ahead with some clever tactical play. Andy Arbuthnot took out a great finish to level the scores. Deano Reid put the Rockets ahead with some great positional play. Darren Haddock took out a lovely finish to draw level once more. ‘Gentleman’ Rab Butler put the Rockets ahead and again the Scorpions came back level this time with a decent finish from Paul Kerr. Chris Carson took the next frame to give the Scorpions a 3-4 lead at the interval.

The Rockets (pictured above) were in their new T- shirts, sponsored by Subway. The players and fans were treated to some delicious Subway platters. Eat Fresh at the interval.

Rab Butler levelled the scores after swerving a full ball snooker to pot his last ball and land plumb on the black. Lee McIlreevy made it 4-5 as he ripped out the finest finish of the night. Deano Reid levelled the scores once more and Rab Butler put the Legion Rockets back in front 6-5 with his hat trick. Darren Whiteside levelled the scores again and Lee McIlreevy took the Scorpions to 7-6. Deano Reid took his 3rd win of the night and levelled the scores at 7-7 going into next week’s second leg. It could not have been closer. There was never more than one frame in it and a draw was a fair result.

Bowlers v Colts
It was a very close affair as the Colts visited the Bowlers on a snowy January evening in Carrickfergus.
Max Reilly took the first frame for the Bowlers, answered by Jack Carson and Colin Beckinsdale taking the next two frames for the Colts. The Bowlers replied with Andy Comrie and Ian Reilly snatching the next two frames. Aaron Watters and Jack Carson picked up frames 6 and 7 then the Bowlers equalised thanks to Andy Comrie in frame 8. The Colts took frame 9 and the Bowlers again equalised in frame 10. The next 4 frames were very tense, although the Colts managed to close all four.
MVPs Colts - Jack Carson, Colin Beckinsdale & Andy Galloway with two frames each. Bowlers- - Andy Comrie with two frames.
Final Score Bowlers 5 - Colts 9.

In other matches

Galacticos lead Trojans 8-6

Tigers trail Q Club 8-6

It's all to play for next week and none of these matches are foregone conclusions.

Wednesday, 11 January 2023

Home And Away Cup Draw

The home and away cup draw took place live on Facebook last night facilitated by the league secretary Darren Whiteside and top cueist, Paul Kerr. 
See live draw here 

Quarter Finals to be played on 13th January 2023

Tigers v Q Club

Bowlers v Colts

Rockets v Scorpions

Galacticis v Trojans

Tuesday, 3 January 2023

Tristan Wins The Subway Hangover Cup

Congratulations to Tristan Scott Heyes on winning the New Years Day Subway Hangover Cup in Greenisland Working Mens Club. 

Tristan, the captain of the Rockets pool team, sliced through the field of quality players like a hot knife going through footlong Hearty Italian BLT.

Tristan met Rockets deputy captain, Rab Butler in the final. 

Tristan said, "I couldn't be more proud to have won this event - of all events. I am also delighted to see my apprentice, Rab Butler reaching the final.  I have been coaching him for a few years now and last year I carried him to a doubles victory in the Belfast league too.

I have wanted to win this event since its conception and can now say I am the Subway Champion."

Tristan bagged the top prize of £150 and more importantly the title of 2023 Subway Hangover Cup Champion.

Beaten Finalist Rab Butler lifted £80.

Semi finalists Paul Harris and Paul Watters lifted £40 each.

Thursday, 22 December 2022

Scorpions are top of the Christmas Tree

The rescheduled Times Bar Derby match between the Tigers and the Scorpions took place on Tuesday night.

At half time it looked to be plain sailing for the league leaders at 6-1. Darren Whiteside, Paul Kerr, Michael Wilson and Chris Carson took the first four frames before Steven Simpson stopped the rot with a reverse dish. Chris Carson and Lee McIlreavy took the last two frames of the first half.

Tigers captain had words with his players and they came out fighting in the second half winning 4 of the next 5 frames as Davy Montgomery swerved his last ball and then doubled the black to begin the come back. Stephen Simpson took the next and John Fulton took the next. Darren Whiteside put Scorpions on the hill at 7-4 before Stephen Simpson got his 3rd of the night. It was looking like 7-6 but the Tigers captain’s black juggled in the jaws gifting Chris Carson the frame and the Scorpions the points. Darren Whiteside made it 9-5 with a decent finish to a close match. Men of the match were Tiger's Stephen Simpson 3/3, Scorpions Chris Carson 3/3 and Darren Whiteside 3/3.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all at Carrickfergus and District Pool League sponsored by SKC Gaming.

Wednesday, 14 December 2022

Knock Out Cup Goes to Scorpions

In the final of the Knock out Cup Sponsored by SKC Gaming last night we had two teams with virtually nothing to separate them. It would be a brave bookie to lay odds on either team.

Scorpions from Times Bar on the York Road beat Galacticos 8-6 earlier in the season. Galacticos beat Scorpions 8-6 in their home venue, Greenisland Workingman’s club.

They have both played 8 matches, 112 frames and they are only separated by a difference of one solitary frame (in favour of the Scorpions).

In the league’s player of the year table, six of the top ten players are from these two teams.

The first frame looked to be going to Galacticos when Gary Wallace covered the corner pocket with his last ball. Darren Whiteside pulled out an excruciating double, the length of the table, with running screw and side to land plumb on the black to the middle for the early Scorpions lead.

Aaron Rolston levelled with a well-controlled finish for Galacticos. Ed McDowell put Galacticos in front before Michael Wilson levelled at 2-2. Neil McFaul played a great tactical frame to put Galacticos in front. Aaron Rolston had a fabulous reverse dish to extend Galacticos lead to 4-2. Chris Carson brought back the arrears to 4-3 at the interval.

Lee McIlreavey levelled the scores with a solid display. Galacticos’ Trevor Whiteside played a great double the length of the table on the black and unfortunately it juggled in the jaws. Darren Whiteside held himself together to take out his remaining balls and slot the black putting the Scorpions in front once again. Galacticos’ ever-reliable Neil McFaul levelled at 5-5. Yet again Chris Carson put the Scorpions in front. Michael Wilson put the Scorpions on the hill with a well-controlled and well thought out finish. Galacticos, as expected, hit back once more as Ed McDowell slotted a long black to bring the scores to 6-7.

Scorpions’ Chris ‘The Dish’ Carson stepped up and broke the balls with authority after beating Neil McFaul in the lag. A yellow dropped. He went on to pot the remaining yellows one by one and manoeuvre the cue ball up until the final black. A scintillating clearance. Down the black ball went much to the joy of the Scorpions Pool Team.

Scorpions were delighted to lift the first trophy of the season.  

Galacticos can hold their
heads high as they played a massive part in a match that could have gone either way.

Here’s is a link to the match from our YouTube channel

All at SKC Gaming Carrick & District Pool League wish you a very merry Christmas and a happy new year.

Wednesday, 7 December 2022

This weeks league match results and reports

It's the last Carrick Pool League sponsored by SKC Gaming league match reports of the season before Christmas.

Trojans knocked Rockets off the top spot with an 8-6 win. 

This was a very close affair and the match rocked from one team to another. At half time it was 4/3 Trojans but the Rockets stormed back to make it 6/6. Trojans sensed a win against the top four was on the cards and pushed hard to take the last two frames. Final score 8/6 Trojans mvp Stuart Kelly 3/3.

Scorpions Vs Q Club

Darren Whiteside took the first frame of the night before Kenny English Levelled. Paul Kerr put the Scorpions back in front and Mervyn McIlvenny put the Scorpions 3-1 up. William Irvine and Kenny English hit back to level the scores before Chris Carson gave the Scorpions a slender 4-3 lead at the interval.
Kenny English took his 3rd frame of the night with a lovely finish to level the scores again. Scorpions knew they needed to dig deep. Paul Kerr, Chris Carson, Lee McIlreevy took the Scorpions to the hill at 7-4. The Q Club still were capable of a draw and the manager asked Scorpions to keep the focus. Paul Kerr replied, “Hold my beer” before breaking and ripping out a sublime finish to give Scorpions all 3 points and put them back to the top of the league. Darren Whiteside took the next and Chris Carson ripped out another break and dish to finish off a great match of two very different halves of pool. Final Score Scorpions 10 Q Club 4. Top Cueists Paul Kerr 3/3 Chris Carson 3/3 Kenny English 3/3.

Bowlers Vs Galacticos

It was an enjoyable night as the Bowlers hosted Galacticos, some decent craic and laughs all round.
At the end of the first half Galacticos led 7-0, although a few frames easily could have gone either way. It was frame 10 before the Bowlers took a frame, Gareth McIlwrath winning against Neil McFaul with a nice clearance to finish. Paul Ford won the 12th frame against Paul Harris taking the bowlers to 2 frames. Galacticos mopped up the last 2 frames but not without a fight from Max Reilly and Ian Reilly. Best performers from Galacticos were Gary Wallace 3/3 and Trevor Whiteside 3/3 with Paul Harris, Neil McFaul and Derek Whiteside taking 2 frames each.
A lot of very close frames on the night, final score Bowlers 2 – Galacticos 12.

Colts 5 Tigers 9

Thursday, 1 December 2022

SKC Gaming Knock Out Cup Semi Finals

It was another fabulous night of pool for SKC Gaming Carrick and District pool League this week. Q Club hosted Galacticos in the semi-finals of the SKC GAMING Knock Out Cup.

Everything went the way of the Greenisland men as they raced to a 4-0 lead despite (admittedly) deserving nothing from any of the frames but the Q Club were not in the mood to be denied.

Alan Johnston, Kenny English and Ryan Scott brought the score back to 4-3 at half time despite the fortune the Galacticos were carrying.

Young Aaron Rolston gave his team a two-frame advantage though it didn't look on but, as usual, he ripped one out despite looking unlikely. Ed McDowell ended the night on the receiving end of two break and dishes ensuring he didn't waste too much chalk of an evening.

Trigger Whiteside took a tough frame against Alan Johnston before 80 denier tight adorned youthful prodigy Ryan Marcus edged the next to put the visitors on the hill.

Neil Mcfaul closed out a tight frame to ease the Greenisland men in to the final. Final Score Q Club 4 Galacticos 8

Whitehead Trojans hosted Scorpions in the recently refurbished Glasgow Rangers Supporters club. The pool table was impeccable which gave rise to a very high standard of pool.

Andy Quinn looked to be in control of the table but Darren Whiteside put the first frame on the Scorpions board with an unexpected finish from nowhere. One soon became two, then three with Lee McIlreavey and Michael Wilson taking advantage of some unforced errors. Stuart Kelly got the first frame on the board for the Trojans with a lovely finish before the Scorpions took the next 3 frames through Mervyn McIlvenney, Colin Rafferty and a swift break and dish for Chris Carson. 1-6 at the interval.

Darren Whiteside put the Scorpions on the hill but Trojans by name Trojans by nature. They did not let their heads drop. Andy Quinn began the come-back with a great break and finish followed by Stephen Hamilton chalking another up but it was too little too late. Captain fantastic, Mervyn McIlvenney secured the win for the Scorpions as they reached the magic number of 8. Final Score Trojans 3 Scorpions 8.

The final takes place on 13th December between Galacticos and Scorpions. They have both beaten each other 8-6 in the league this year and the final promises to be another tight affair with very little between these two power houses of pool.

Whiteabbey Royal British Legion is the venue and everyone is welcome to attend.

We also hope to go Facebook live for this final here.

Thursday, 24 November 2022

Rockets retake the top spot

There is a change at the top of the SKC Gaming Carrick and District pool league.

Galacticos has showed why they were favourites to win the league at the start of the season and nothing has changed. They stamped their authority on the match winning the first two frames via Gary Wallace and Aaron Rolston. Scorpions hit back with three wins, for Paul Kerr, a reverse dish for Darren Whiteside and a fine finish from Johnny Nelson to take the lead. This battle took another turn as the Galacticos hit back with 4 in a row with solid displays for Gary Wallace, Aaron Rolston, Shaun McAllister and Ed McDowell.
Darren Whiteside stopped the rot with another reverse dish before Aaron Rolston made a hat trick of wins and put Galactic’s on the hill at 7-4. Paul Kerr kept the Scorpion hopes alive but Shaun McAllister eased to the magic number 8 giving the Galacticos all 3 points. Chris Carson took the final frame of the match, which could be a very important bonus point for the Scorpions in their challenge this year. Final score Galactic’s eight Scorpions 6. Best for the Galacticos were Aaron Rolston on 3/3. Scorpions Paul Kerr and Darren Whiteside had 2/3.

The Colts welcomed Bowlers to Greenisland Working Man’s Social Club and got off to a flying start with wins for Glen Burns x 2, Jac
k Carson x2, Aaron Watters, Colin Beckinsale & Lawrence Armour all chipped with 1 each however if the Bowlers had taken their chances it could’ve been closer. The halftime score flattered the Colts 7-0. Ian McMillan pulled one back for the Bowlers.
Aaron Watters won ninth frame to ensure Colt has all three points. Jack Carson took his third frame of the night & Colin Beckinsale with his Second gave the Colt’s a 10-1 lead. Bowlers took the next two frames with wins for Gareth McIlwraith & Paul Ford. Harry Warwick won the last frame of the night to complete an 11-3 win for the Colt’s over the Carrick Bowler’s

Q Club got off to a flying start and got themselves a 5.2 lead at half time but some frames were closer than the scores suggest. The half time lead was too much for the Trojans to pull back and Tyler McKee wrapped the three pts up for Q club. Final score 9.5

Tigers vs Rockets
"They haven't gone away yet ya know”. It was hat-tricks all round at the Times Bar for the ever-impressive Legion Rockets. It was great to see the Nugget Andy Arbuthnot back to his brilliant best after the recent passing of his Father with his treble done and dusted in the first eight games as the Rockets soared to a 7-1 lead. Steady Eddie JJ delivered a double also with the Beast from the East Stuart McClean landing three! Special mention for Davy at the Double Break n Dish though! Superb. Rab Bagger spared the Big Dinky DONUT by a late win at the end. 
Rockets head back to the top of the league with a fabulous performance. Final score Tigers 2 Rockets 12.

Wednesday, 16 November 2022

SKC League Results from 15th November 2022

In the SKC Carrick & District Pool League this week top of the league Scorpions faced newcomers, The Bowlers.

Darren Whiteside got the ball rolling for the bunch of guys from the Times bar with a tight win. Paul Kerr doubled the lead and Lee McIlreavey made it 3 before Paul Kerr broke and dished to make it 4. Chris Carson Darren Whiteside and Darren Haddock made it 0-7 at the half time interval.

Bowlers took a time out to have a team talk and attempted to steady the ship but it was to no avail.

Paul Kerr put the Scorpions on 8 and secured the points. Lee McIlreavey x 2, Chris Carson x 2, Darren Haddock and Darren Whiteside secured the whitewash of 0-14. In all fairness a few of the frames could have went either way. Final score Bowlers 0 Scorpions 14.

Due to the unavailability of the Times Bar a late switch took place with the Q Club becoming the hosts and looking to bounce back after last weeks draw with the Colts.

Q Club got off to a strong 3-1 lead but credit to the Tigers for getting back into it ensuring there was only a 1 frame lead for the hosts at the break. The highlight of the first session being a classy break and dish from Birthday Boy Robert Hawkins.

The close frames continued in the second session and in frame 11 it looked like the Tigers would take the lead only for a costly foul to give Ryan McKillop a relatively simple finish to maintain the hosts lead.

This was what was needed for Q Club and they kicked on to win the next 2 frames to secure the win, Ian McCalmont sinking the winning black in frame 13. The Tigers left their first trip to Larne with a deserved bonus point, Steven Simpson winning the final frame.

Both teams turned with 7 person strong panels giving 2 frames each. Braces for Q Club from Tyler McKee and Ian McCalmont. The Tigers had braces from Tom McGurk and Steven Mcwhirter.

Good luck to the Tigers for rest of the season and we look forward to our trip back at the Times Bar.

In other matches Colts fell to the high flying Rockets 2-12.

Galacticos kept within touching distance of the top with a 9-5 victory over Trojans

Other match reports to follow.

Wednesday, 9 November 2022

SKC Carrick & District Pool League Week 7 round up

The QClub hosted The Greenisland Colts

The Colts got off to a flying start with young Jack Carson giving the Colts a Dream Start with a Reverse Dish.
A vintage performance from the canny old fox Robert
(The Hawk) Hawkins levelled the match. Colts galloped to a 4-1 lead with wins for Aaron Watters, Harry Warwick & Andy Galloway. The last two frames before the break were shared with Ian McCalmont and Aaron Watters at 2-5 the Colts were one away from a bonus point. Jack Carson duly provided in in style with a break & dish potting all seven yellows only to hang the Black over the bottom pocket. In his next visit he found himself snookered but came off the top cushion to pot the black to take the frame Colts 2-6. Colts fancied a big upset was on the cards but the Q Club had other Ideas. The fightback started with a Break & Dish from the Robert Hawkins. Aaron Watters thought he’d won the tenth frame when he potted a hard Black in the corner only to see the white fly into the middle pocket, handing the game to Q Club’s Tyler McKee. Wins for Ryan McKillop, Robert Hawkins & Ryan Scott gave the Home Side a 7-6 lead. Andy Galloway stepped up for the Colts and produced a much needed big performance to level the match 7-7 and share the points in a great pool match.
Best of the night for Q Club: Robert Hawkins 3/3
Colts: Andy Galloway, Jack Carson, Aaron Watters 2/3
League Leaders, Scorpions hosted Trojans.
Darren Whiteside was first on the scoresheet for the Scorpions, quickly followed by Lee McIlreavey x 2, Colin Rafferty. Paul Kerr x 2 guaranteeing at least a bonus point before Alan Corrigan got a frame on the board for the Trojans.
Scorpions were relentless and started the second half in the same fashion with further wins for Paul Kerr with the cheekiest double on his last ball, Lee McIlreavey and Chris Carson taking their lead to 9-1 and securing the points and securing their number one spot (with a game in hand).
Trojans’ didn’t let their heads go down. Wins for Stephen Hamilton, Stephen Quinn and 2 for Joe Patton (which included a lovely reverse dish) made the score a bit more palatable for the Whitehead men’s journey home.
Men of the match were Scorpions’ Paul Kerr 3/3, Lee McIlreavey 3/3 and Trojans’ Joe Patton 2/2. Final Score Scorpions 9 Trojans 5

Rockets v Bowlers
The visitors got off to a great start with Aaron Reid and Paul Ford winning their first two, but then with a few to and frow frames the Legion took the next five and it was 5-2 at the break.
In the second half it was a similar affair, with some good battles on the baize, several frames could have gone either way, however the Rockets prevailed and won 5-2 in the second half and won 10-4 overall.
A great night had, with new introductions, the new Bowlers first match in the Legion, the first time a team that is actually based in Carrickfergus has been involved in quite a few years!!! Hats off to the Bowlers!
On behalf of the Rockets, we want to wish the Bowlers all the best of luck going forward!
Man of the match was Tristan Scott Heyes winning 3/3.
This important win puts Rockets into second place in the league.
Final score Rockets 10 Bowlers 4

Galacticos took 3 points against Tigers to 
continue their 'under the radar' rise up the table to within touching distance of the top (with a game in hand) winning 10-4

Wednesday, 2 November 2022



SKC Gaming Knock Out Cup Quarter Final Results:

Rockets v Galacticos

It started well for the hosts as Dean Reid capitalised on a dry break with a magnificent clearance and Rab Butler doubled the lead with another nice clearance. The visitors were soon back on level terms as Aaron Rolston edged a tactical frame and Gary Wallace took out a lovely clearance. Stuart McClean tap broke the next frame and managed to take the win. A break and dish from Wallace and tasty clearance from Shaun McAlister gave the visitors a 4-3 half time lead.
Wallace doubled a great black instead of playing safe before Butler pulled one back for the hosts. Trevor Whiteside potted his last ball and the white. Davy Blair was able to compose himself for the two ball clearance to equalise.

Neil McFaul put the visitors ahead in the next frame. McAlister put the Galacticos on the hill.
Aaron Rolston took out a composed clearance to send his team into the semi finals. Rockets 5 Galacticos 8

Q Club v Bowlers

This was straightforward win for the Q Club and a tough night for the Bowlers.

The home side played very well and deserved the win.

There were a couple of lengthy tactical frames but they all went to the home side. For the Bowlers, Paul Ford was unlucky to lose, in potting the black only for the white to drop in the middle pocket. Consolation for the Bowlers was that they reached the quarter finals! Q Club 8 Bowlers 0

Tigers V Scorpions

The Scorpions took the early advantage with solid wins for Lee McIlreavey and Chris Carson before John Fulton pulled one back for the Tigers. Darren Whiteside and Michael Wilson made it 1-4. Tigers dug deep with great finishes from Tom McGurk and Stevie Blair to make it 3-4 at the interval.
Scorpions regrouped and rattled off the next four frames with wins for Lee McIlreavey, Michael Wilson, Colin Rafferty and Chris Carson. Some of the frames in this match could have went either way and Scorpions are delighted to be into the draw for semi finals. Tigers 3 Scorpions 8

Trojans v Colts
Stuart Kelly put the home side one up and it looked like Andy Quinn would double the lead, potting the first six balls when he missed his last ball up stepped young Jack Carson with an 8ball clearance. Aaron Watters doubled the lead with a great Break & Dish. Colts captain wanted to increase the visitor’s lead to 3 frame when Alan Corrigan had a dry break but Harry Warwick missed his first ball & was a spectator for the rest of the frame as Alan Johnston cleared the table with a fabulous 8ball Clearance to level the match 2-2. The Trojans reeled of the next three frames with wins for Stephen Quinn, S Kelly & Alan Corrigan to lead 5-2 at the break. S Kelly took the first frame after the break giving him 3/3 on the night. Jack Carson got his second of the night with a Reverse Dish. Andy Quinn put the Trojans on the Hill 7-3 and Stephen Quinn pulled out a terrific finish to secure an 8-3 win for the Whitehead Trojans & book their place in the Semi-Finals. Live draw will occur next Tuesday. Semi Finals to be played on 29th November 2022.

Thursday, 27 October 2022

League Week 5 Update

This week in the Carrick and District Pool League Sponsored by SKC Gaming we had some great matches.

Colts (pictured right) hosted Galacticos in 'The Greenisland Derby'. This match always has a good

atmosphere & rivalry and this didn’t disappoint.
The Colts got off to a winning start as Glen Burns won the first frame courtesy of Trevor Whiteside potting the black ball out of turn. Gary Wallace levelled the match & Trevor quickly responded by winning the third frame with a fine clearance. Neil McFaul & Ed McDowell made it four in a row for Galacticos. The Colts' Colin Beckinsale & Jack Carson grabbed the last two frames before the interval to pull the score back to 3-4.
Glen Burns won his second of the night to level the match Trevor Whiteside & Aaron Watters shared the Next two 5-5 the Colts had chances to win a few more frames but it wasn’t too be as Captain Derek Whiteside, Ed McDowell, Neil McFaul & Gary Wallace closed the match out for the much favoured Galacticos 5-9.

Trojans took the points in the Bowling club.
Despite fighting hard this was to be another tough week for the Bowlers losing 4 - 10 to the Trojans.
The Trojans got off to great start, winning the first four frames and ending 6 - 1 up at the halfway mark. Trojan dominance continued, adding another three frames before the Bowlers rallied to take three of the last four frames.
Well done to Trojans Girvan Fleming, Stuart Kelly, Thomas Fleming and Stephen Hamilton who each got a brace. Bowlers team captain, Aaron Reid, also got a brace for the home side, his first wins of the season.
Great game played in the right spirit.

Rockets hosted Q Club
A good nip and tuck match was had! It was a pleasure to have the newly appointed Larne team in the Whiteabbey Royal British Legion. A great bunch of guys that would have any team slightly nervous about the outcome!
The first half was a back and forth battle, with Rockets going 3-1 up. Q Club fought well bringing it back to 3-3. Keith Machine was fortunate that Tyler McKee didn’t take out his last 2 balls, allowing Keith to finish his 4 yellows and the black, to give Rockets a 4-3 lead at the break.
The second session was similar at the start, with Rockets winning 3 of the first 4 frames. At 7-5 up, it was all about getting over the line for the Rockets! For the Q Club it was all about getting the draw! Keith 'The Machine' had other plans, as he was aiming for the hat trick (His manager had told him beers are on him next week if he won all 3 frames), so he did!! In the 14th frame, Rab Butler had his eyes on a hat trick too and William Irvine was playing to get his team the bonus point. William was able to dig deep and pull that bonus point out of his gut.
4-3 Rockets at the break. Ended with a good 8-6 win against a very stro
ng and experienced Larne side.
Man of the match;
Keith Machine Hunter - with a hat trick
Shot of the match - Stuart McClean's black.
Good luck to the Q Club going forward (a nicer bunch of lads you will struggle to meet)!
Scorpions retain top spot (on frame difference). Their match v Tigers was postponed.

Wednesday, 19 October 2022

Week 4 Scorpions retain top spot


In week 4 of The SKC Carrick & District Pool League the league positions are beginning to settle.

Scorpions v Colts

There was no change at the top as Scorpions put on a solid display to retain their number one position. 

They raced to a 5-0 lead with wins for Chris Carson. Darren Whiteside, Lee McIlreavey, Paul Kerr and Mervyn McIlvenney with a sublime break and dish. Jack Carson stopped the rot with a Colts frame.

 Scorpions reeled off another quick fire 4 in a row to secure the points and prevent the bonus point, with further wins for Paul Kerr, Lee McIlreavey, Chris Carson and a break and dish from Darren Whiteside.

Jack Carson took another Colts frame before Paul Kerr, Darren Whiteside and Chris Carson made their hat tricks. Best for colts was Jack Carson on 2/3. Final score Scorpions 12 Colts 2.

Trojans v Tigers

This was a game of two halves. The Tigers stormed to a 5/2 lead at halftime before the Trojans rattled of seven in a row to take the match 9/5. Man of the match was Stuart Kelly winning 3/3.

Q Club v Bowlers

Q Club returned to action in the SKC Carrick and District Pool League with a 13-1 win against the Bowlers. Although a deserved win there is no doubt the scoreline flattered the hosts with a couple of frames that the visitors should have won. Overall a very enjoyable match played the right way. No question the Bowlers will improve as the season goes on especially as they get use to Blackball rules.

Hat tricks for Rorie McAllister, Tyler McKee and Ryan Scott with veteran Alan Johnston picking up a brace. Gareth McIlwrath notching up a frame for the Bowlers.

Rockets v Galacticos

Rockets returned to action in the Whiteabbey Legion against reigning champions the Galacticos. The Galacticos got off the mark first and raced into a 3 nil lead with the next four frames going in favour of the Rockets with a 3-1 scoreline. 
The first 4 frames of the second session were shared at 2 frames each. The Galacticos then went two clear in frames 11 & 12 only needing one more for the win. But it wasnt to be as the Rockets fought back to level the scores once again. A very fair result with some good pool being played on the night

Trebles from Rab Butler and Johnny Johnston / Braces from Gary Wallace, Dean Mcdonagh, & Neil McFaul, who remains on 100% at the top of the player of the year stats.

Wednesday, 12 October 2022

Carrick & District Pool League Sponsored by SKC Gaming Week 3 Round up.

Another lesson in League pool for the Bowling Club as the learning continued. First four frames were shared 2-2, followed by 2 for the Tigers. Bowling Club picked up the seventh frame to finish first set 3-4 down

The Tigers then took control winning seven on the bounce to win match 11-3. There were a number of close frames however all went to the Tigers.

Stand out player for the Bowling Club was Ian McMillan winning two out of three. Several Tigers also picked up two frames each in a comprehensive win.

Colts vTrojans

The Trojans travelled up the road to Greenisland Working Mens Social Club with a strong side & raced into a four frame lead with wins for Andy Quinn, Stuart Kelly, Alan Corrigan & Stephen Quinn. Colt’s Cpt Harry Warwick pulled one back saving a first half whitewash as wins for Trojans Cpt Girvan Fleming & Stuart Kelly with some sublime potting in the seventh frame to give the visitors a 1-6 lead going into the break.

With wins for Andy Quinn & Alan Corrigan, the score line increased to 1-8. Colt’s pair Aaron Watters & Colin Beckinsale gave a bit of hope for the home side winning the next two frames & with three to play hoping for a Bonus Point it wasn’t to be Stuart Kelly, Girvan Fleming & Gordon McCormick completing a 3-11 win over the Colts

Man of the Match with 3-3 was Stuart Kelly 

In the top of the table clash Scorpions hosted Rockets at the Times Bar.

Scorpions got off to a flyer winning the first 4 frames with wins for Paul Kerr, Darren Whiteside, Lee McIlreavy and Colin Rafferty. Jonny Johnston registered 2 frames for the Rockets and Paul Kerr registered his second with a pinpoint break and dish to make the halftime score 5-2.

Darren Whiteside and Paul Kerr made it 7-2 before the league leader’s inevitable comeback began. Rocket’s Andy Arbuthnot and Rab Butler took the next with superb finishes, but Darren Whiteside stopped them in their tracks with an eight ball reverse dish, doubling the black to send the Scorpions to the top of the league.

It’s 3 points for a win, 2 for a draw and 1 bonus point if a losing team reaches 6 frames.

‘Merciless’ Mervyn McIlvenny took the next frame and put the bonus point out of reach. Davy Blair took final frame.

Final Score Scorpions 9 Rockets 5. Top cueists were Scorpion’s Paul Kerr and Darren Whiteside 3/3.

The star studded Galacticos postponed their match (with Q Club) due to some of their international players and manager attending the world championships in France.

Wednesday, 5 October 2022

Rockets Soar To The Top Of The Table

In week 2 of the SKC Gaming Carrick and District Pool League we had some massive wins and some very close affairs.

Q Club vs Scorpions

A close nip and tuck battle occurred in the Q Club on Tuesday night as two teams with plenty of experience battled it out. Scorpions raced out the gates with a 2-0 start but the Q Club battled back with a 4 frame blitz to guarantee a lead at the interval. The last 2 frame double then made it 4-4 before the next 6 frames were evenly shared to split the points. Scorpion Veteran Gerry McCorry earning the draw by drawing on his years of learning the angles to escape a snooker to pot his last colour and land perfectly on the black.
Alan Johnston excelled for the hosts with 2/2 and for the visitors Chris Carson delivered an excellent hat trick 3/3.

Tigers vs Colts

Colts got off to a flyer in the first set with good wins for Colin Beckonsale, Aaron Watters, Glen Caldwell, Harry Warwick and Keith Armstrong and only John Fulton
and Tom McGurk winning for the hosts. Trailing 5 -2 at half time, team captain Davey Montgomery, John Fulton and Stevie Blair brought the scores level at 5 each. Aaron Watters restored the lead for Colts only for the score to be level once more with a win for Tom McGurk. 6 each, 2 to play. Colts again went ahead 7 6 with a close frame won by Lawrence Armour but team captain Davey Montgomery rescued a draw for the Tigers with a win in the last frame of the night. Spoils were shared and a very enjoyable match in Times bar.

Galacticos vs Bowling Club

The reigning champions were buoyant in their 1st home game of the season.
McFaul, Wallace and Rolston all scored hat tricks while prodigal son Dean McDonagh made an eagerly anticipated return to the league with a quickfire double. Ed McDowell had 2/3 with only a hapless in off on the black costing him a frame.
The score line flattered the Greenisland men with only a touch of inexperience and, perhaps, nerves preventing the visitors from registering a few more frames.
Galacticos have two postponements in the next two weeks as they have three players travelling to France for the World Championships in Albi and one travelling to Tangier for a different World Championship.

Rockets vs Trojans

A solid performance from the Rockets as they soared to a 6-1 at the break, coasting. The match ended with a good 10-4 win to place them firmly on top of the league.

Man of the match;
Andy Arbuthnot - with a brace

Good luck to all players going to the World Pool Championships next week.

Wednesday, 28 September 2022

Knock Out Cup Draw

The draw was made live on Facebook last night and is as follows:

Q Club v Bowling Club

Trojans v Colts

Rockets v Galacticos

Tigers v Scorpions 

These matches will be played on Tuesday 1st November 2022


It's great to be back at the SKC Carrick & District Pool League

Q Club made a winning start to their first campaign in the Carrick & District pool league with a 8-6 win over Whitehead neighbours the Trojans. After the home side made a strong 3-1 start it was John Kerr who inspired a Trojan comeback to lead 5-4. A couple of close frames followed however it was Rorie McAllister who edged the Q Club lads over the line at 8-5. Robert Hawkins and Tyler McKee excelled for the hosts with 2/2 and John Kerr, Andy Quinn 2/3 for the visitors.

Q Club 8-6 Trojans

Scorpions welcomed outgoing champions the Galacticos to the Times and a thrilling match ensued.

Veteran duo Michael Wilson and Darren Whiteside helped themselves to the first two frames with a couple of lovely clearances before Neil McFaul and Aaron Rolston equalised for the unfancied visitors.

But the Scorpions were in the mood as two great clearances from Lee McIlreavey sandwiched a win for Paul Kerr to give the hosts a 5-2 halftime lead.

Mcfaul completed his double to give the visitors hope only for McIlreavey to reaffirm the hosts lead with his hat trick frame.

Paul 'Old Man' Harris took the  next for the visitors but the debuting Chris Carson guaranteed the home side a point. The visitors rallied and Shaun McAlister won one to give hope of a draw for the Greenisland men but Carson got the all important eighth frame as the home team and supporters burst into an ear ringing rendition of "We are the champions" during jubilant celebrations. Gary Wallace held his nerve in a raucous atmosphere to give the cup hopefuls from Greenisland an important bonus point.

Scorpions 8 Galacticos 6

Rockets V Tigers 

Great first match!

I’d like to firstly take this opportunity to say welcome back to all teams and all players!

The Match was a tight one and the Tigers showed great grit and determination throughout! At 6-5 to Rockets it was still a close one with both teams fearing slip ups! Rockets scraped by with an 8-6 win.

Players of the match were;
For the Rockets, Rab Butler with a hat trick.
JJ with a brace.

And John Fulton with a good hat trick for the Tigers

Fair play to the Tigers, they represented themselves very well!

Rockets 8 Tigers 6

Bowling Club V Colts

It was a baptism of fire for the Bowling club in their first ever match in the Carrick & District Pool League Sponsored By SKC Gaming as they hosted Colts.

Glen Ford got the home side of to a winning start defeating Glen Caldwell. The Colt’s took the next five with wins for Aaron Watters, Jack Carson, Lawrence Armour, Colin Beckinsale & Harry Warwick

Andy Comrie pulled one back for the Bowling Club just before the break halftime score 2-5 for the Colt’s. In the second half all seven frames went to the Away Team Putting COLTS Top of the League on Frame Difference after Week One

Glen Caldwell & Willie McCandless 1/2

Jack Carson, Aaron Watters, Lawrence Armour, Colin Beckinsale & Harry Warwick all had 2/2

Bowling Club 2 Colts 12

Monday, 26 September 2022

Week one is upon us

We will be all hopeful of getting points on the league table at our first fixture of the season on Tuesday 27th September.  Some of us will be rusty after so long away from the game. Others have been staying sharp with monthly competitions. 

Keep an eye on our Facebook Pages for live streams.

This weeks fixtures are:

Bowling Club vs Colts,

Scorpions vs Galacticos, 

Rockets vs Tigers,

Q Club vs Trojans.

Wednesday, 21 September 2022

The 2022 fixtures have been released

 Click the link above to see the fixture list.

We are delighted to rise from the pandemic's ashes. 

 Eight teams will compete this season for the coveted SKC Carrickfergus & District Pool League Title (and many other trophies throughout the 2022/23 season). We warmly welcome a new team from Carrick Bowling Club, two teams from Greenisland WWMC (Colts and Galacticos) two teams from Times Bar (Scorpions and Tigers), one team from Q Club, one team from Whiteabbey Royal British Legion (Rockets) and one team from Whitehead Glasgow Rangers Supporters Club (Trojans). 

 The fixtures have been made up until Christmas. If you can make it come down to your local bar and support your local team If you can't make it then keep an eye out for live matches throughout the season on our YouTube channel and Facebook channel. 

Tuesday, 20 September 2022

D Day

The deadline to register a pool team closes at 12:00 noon Tuesday 20th September. 

The season fixtures will be made soon after the registration window closes. The league will play their first fixture on Tuesday 27th September.

Friday, 9 September 2022

It is with deep sadness that Carrickfergus and District Pool League acknowledges the passing of Queen Elizabeth II. 

We are profoundly thankful for a life of unparalleled dedication and service.

In a radio address in 1947 a young Princess Elizabeth promised that her whole life, whether it be long or short, would be devoted to the service of her people, and for the next 75 years she was more than true to her word.

In Carrickfergus Pool League we hope to maintain the values of integrity, loyalty, service and kindness that Queen displayed all of these years.

As we embark on a new chapter we are thankful for what has gone and are hopeful for the future.

God Save The King.

Wednesday, 7 September 2022

Carrickfergus & District Pool League sponsored by SKC Gaming

We had our Agm on Tuesday 6th September.

A new committee were voted in.

The registration window was left open until 20th
 September for any last minute teams to enter.

7 teams have already registered and a few others are very close to finalising squads.

A start date was agreed of 27th September.

It is hoped that we can maximise publicity with weekly reports in papers, social media and live matches streamed throughout the season.

Please email if you would like to make contact with the league or follow our Facebook page (2) Carrick Pool League sponsored by SKC Gaming | Facebook

We hope it will be a successful season for everyone involved.

Friday, 18 March 2022

We're Making Plans For Our Come Back Season

A.G.M. / Registration Meeting

Venue: Greenisland WWMC 
Date:Tuesday 6th September

Time:  8:00 PM 

Please send one delegate from your team to register. 

Registration is £75 per team.

We have openings in the committee and anyone is welcome.

Friday, 13 August 2021


The Committee of Carrick & District Pool League would like to offer our condolences to long time member Harry Warwick of Greenisland Colts Pool Team on the death of his wife Isobel after an illness.

Harry, know that our thoughts are with you and the family circle at this sad time.

Saturday, 3 April 2021


The Committee of Carrick & District Pool League would like to pass on our condolences to long time League player Stephen Hamilton on the death of his mother Jean suddenly at the age of 91.

The funeral will take place on Thursday 8th April at 12.00 noon at Greencastle Methodist Church, Whitewell Road, North Belfast and afterwards to Carnmoney Cemetery.

Monday, 3 August 2020


With our League season having ended, so has our Player of the Year event and it's congratulations to Greenisland Galacticos cueist Ed McDowell on topping the table ahead of many fine players.

The ever consistent Andy Arbuthnot from Whitehead Trojans was in the Silver position with Scorpion Paul Kerr who had won the title for two out of the previous three seasons in Bronze

Big thanks to all the players who played in our League during the 2019-2020 season, watch out for details for the 2020-2021 campaign on this page.

Saturday, 1 August 2020


Congratulations to Greenisland Galacticos Pool Team. Derek Whiteside's team have been crowned 2019-2020 SKC sponsored Carrick & District Pool League Champions. Due to the continuing uncertainty around the Covid-19 Pandemic the Committee decided to end the season with all current League positions being final.

Galacticos are more than worthy winners, going through their whole campaign unbeaten winning 14 and drawing 2 of their 16 matches. Colin Rafferty's Scorpions are Runners Up with Paul Roberts' Planet Bingo edging Tristan Scott-Heyes' Whitehead Trojans into 3rd spot on frame difference.

Watch this space for any developments going forward for our 2020-2021 season

Sunday, 3 May 2020

Our condolences

The Committee of Carrick & District Pool League would like to pass on their condolences to the family of Bobby Surgenor who passed away this weekend after an illness.

Bobby, who played in our League out of the RAOB Club for Buffs and Castle, was loved and respected by many.

The funeral will be held on Wednesday 6th May at Irvine's Funeral Home in Carrickfergus.

Our thoughts are with you at this sad time.

Wednesday, 18 March 2020


Carrick Pool League sponsored by SKC Gaming have decided to cease ALL fixtures and competitions due to the spread of Covid-19.

The health, safety and well being of our players, their families and fans is paramount at this moment in time.

We will continue to follow the guidance of the Public Health Agency in relation to commencing the league again when it is safe to do so.

For further guidance on staying safe and preventing the spread of covid-19 follow the link below:

Tuesday, 10 March 2020



Planet Bingo 5-9 Galacticos
Tigers 6-8 Trojans
Dragons 9-5 Legion
Cockweasels 14-0 Alpha
Colts 3-11 Scorpions


St Patrick's Day - No fixtures


League Individuals Stage One


Galacticos V Tigers
Trojans V Colts
Planet Bingo V Alpha
Dragons V Scorpions
Scorpions V Cockweasels

Friday, 6 March 2020


Congratulations to Ryan Marcus on winning the League Under 23 Individual. Ryan (Galacticos) won the Final 6-3 against Josh Withers (Colts) with both players playing good Pool in the match. Ryan as we all know has become a top player in our League but keep your eye out for Josh who is improving rapidly too.