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 4th June 7:45 start in Whitehead Rangers Club

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) 4 v 5 Colts 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 B (Harry, Colin, Gary)

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

Wednesday 17 January 2024

Juniors Doubles Champions

Congratulations to Riley Patterson and Kyzler Todd (pictured above on left) on their 5-4 win against Gerard Heaney and Rhys McGlaughlin in the juniors double’s competition kindly hosted by QE2 Snooker Club and sponsored by SKC GAMING NI.

Final frames:

1-0 Gerard Rhys 
1-1 Riley Kyzler
2-1 Gerard Rhys 
2-2 Riley Kyzler
3-2 Riley Kyzler
4-2 Riley Kyzler
4-3 Gerard Rhys 
4-4 Gerard Rhys 
5-4 Riley Kyzler

Semi finals were both 4-2 victories over Jack Carson & Zak Sheldon and Jude Quinn & Jake Quinn.

Doubles latest results

Tuesdays league doubles sponsored by SKC GAMING NI

1 P Harris & G Wallace vs R McKillop & R Scott (pp) tba

2 A Quinn & S Kelly 3 vs R Butler & S Herron 4

3 N McFaul & R Stewart 2 vs 4 C Rafferty & M Wilson

4 M Porter & J Rainey 4 vs S Duff & R Kerr 2

5 A Galloway and G Brown 1 vs S Campbell & R Foster 4

6 L McIlreevy & D Whiteside 3 vs D Montgomery & T McGurk 4

7 J Fulton & S Simpson 4 vs T Scott Heyes & A Arbuthnot 0

8 T McKee & C O’Toole 4 vs P Kerr & M McIlvenny 1

Quarter finals 20/02/2024

1 winner of 👆 match 1 v R Butler & S Herron

2 M Wilson & Colin Rafferty v M Porter & J Rainey 

3 S Campbell & R Foster v T McGurk & D Montgomery

4 J Fulton & S Simpson v T McKee & C O’Toole

Best of luck folks.

Tuesday 16 January 2024

Doubles Prelim Results

Last night we held 9 preliminary matches in the League Doubles sponsored by SKC Gaming NI Ltd

Last years champions Chris and Jack Carson along with Cllr Bobby Hadden receiving their winners shield.

Prelim 1 Paul Kerr & Mervyn McIlvenney 4 v 2 Stuart McClean & Dean Reid
Prelim 2 Sarah Lou & Marion 1 v 4 Penfold & Hatchet
Prelim 3 Joe & Chris 2 v 4 A Quinn & S Kelly
Prelim 4 A Rolston & Trigger 2 v 4 Bull & Butler
Prelim 5 Tristan & Buff 4 v 0 Scott & Bug
Prelim 6 Fulty & Simpsy 4 v 2 Harry & Colin
Prelim 7 Keith Hunter & Davy B 3 v 4 Steaker & Raff
Prelim 8 Ryan S & N McFaul 4 v 3 Aaron Farr & Ricky Moulds
Prelim 9 Benny Bessyoom & Ricky Topping 0 v 4 Tyler McKee & Ciaran O'Toole (W/O)

Well done to all who made it to the next round. Tonight we go again in the last 16.

Tuesday 16th January

1 in Railway Bar start at 8:15
Paul Harris & Gary Wallace v Ryan Scott & Ryan McKillopp
2 in Times start at 8:15
A Quinn & S Kelly v S Herron & Rab Butler
3 in Legion start at 8:15
Neil & Ryan v Raff & Steaker
4 in Greenisland start at 8:15
Mark Porter& John Rainey v Sammy Duff & Robin Kerr
5 in Bowling Club start at 8:15
Andy Galloway & Gary Brown v Ryan Foster & Stevie Campbell

6 in Whitehead start at 8:15
Darren W & Hatchet v Davy Montgomery and Tom McGurk
7 in Q Club start at 8:15
Fulty & Simpsy v Buff & Tristan
8 in Q Club start at 8:15
Tyler & Ciaran v Paul Kerr & Mervyn
Juniors doubles Tuesday 16th January in QE2
Race to 4 at 7:30pm.
1 Jake & Joel v Rhys and Gerard
2 Jack & Jude v Kyzler and Riley.

Monday 15 January 2024

Galacticos top at the halfway stage

Last week In Carrick & District Pool League sponsored by SKC Gaming NI Ltd the final matches of the first half of the season took place.
Scorpions welcomed Whitehead Trojans to the Times Bar.
The last time these two teams met, Trojans were victorious in the Knock Out Cup.

Trojans’ again started well with Stuart Kelly and Ricky Moulds winning 2 of the first 3 frames. Lee McIlreevy secured Scorpions'. Chris Carson, Darren Whiteside, Paul Kerr and Lee McIlreevy gave the home side a 5-2 advantage at half time.
Chris Carson and Darren Whiteside soon put Scorpions on the hill at 7-2. Trojans’ Stuart Kelly ripped out a great finish under pressure before his team mate, Ricky Moulds cut in a good black to the middle only to see the cue ball rolling into the corner pocket and gifting Colin Rafferty the frame and Scorpions all three points. Paul Kerr, Darren Whiteside and Lee McIlreevy, with a break and dish, took the final three frames to maintain second place and touching distance with the league leaders.
MVP’s were Lee McIlreevy and Darren Whiteside winning 3/3.

Whitehead Spartans began 2024 with a home tie against the Times Tigers. The Spartans settled quickly and raced into a 3-0 lead thanks to wins from Mark Millar, Kenny English and Billy Pawson. Back to back reverse dishes from Trevor Whiteside and Aaron Rolston stretched the home teams lead to 5-0 before Mark Millar took his second frame of the evening to make it 6-0. Tigers captain Davy Montgomery dug deep to win frame 7 and ensure his team didn't succumb to a first session whitewash. The second session started better for the Tigers with a win for Tom McGurk. The Tigers mini comeback was short lived though as the Spartans won the last 6 frames through Aaron Rolston (×2), Billy Pawson, Trevor Whiteside, Mark Millar and Kenny English. The Spartans will be delighted with the manner of this victory and the Tigers may well put the score line down to only returning after the Christmas break. Special mention to Aaron Rolston who is now top in the race for player of the year having played significantly less frames than those closest to him. He boasts an excellent 100% record with 17 wins from 17 frames played in the league.

In a most enjoyable evening of Pool at Greenisland Working Men's Social Club there was a friendly but competitive match between the Bay City Bowlers of Carrickfergus and Greenisland Colts.
The Colts began well with a first frame win but the Bowlers quickly equalised.
The Colts took the next two prior to the Bowlers having a two frame winning streak to keep it a tight tense affair.
The Colts pulled away again with wins for Colin Beckinsale and Patton.
Tit for tat ensued thereafter before Vice Captain Beckinsale secured at least a draw for his team being the victor of the evenings eleventh frame.
The Bowlers Ryan James then held his nerve potting an excellent high pressure black to keep it close.
You quite literally could have heard a pin drop during said black ball shot.
However despite having a couple of key players absent through illness ultimately the depth of the Colts squad was enough to see them successful on this particular occasion as Colts players Paul Watters and Joe Patton won the final frames of the evening seeing their team over the finish line for their first match of 2024.

Q-Club Larne entertained the league leaders Greenisland Galacticos. Last seasons league and cup matches were compelling affairs with 3 games, a win each and a draw, so another close encounter was anticipated.
Galacticos rushed out of the blocks with a 4-0 lead in 20 mins, highlights included a Roger Smyth reverse dish. Q Club are known for their powers of recovery though and another looked on the books as the Larne men hit back with 3 in a row starting off with a Ciaran O’Toole win in the 5th frame
With frames 8 and 9 shared it was all to play for but this is where championships are won and lost and this might be the biggest 3 frames of the season for the Galacticos yet as Derek Whiteside, Ali Wilson and Roger Smyth got them over the line to take the match to 8-4 and the 3 points.

At the halfway point of the season it looks to be between the Galacticos and the defending champs, Scorpions with 2 points in it. A wildcard in the mix however could well be the Cubs who are 5 back but get better each passing week. All to play for in the second half.

In other matches
Rab and Big Ts Rockets beat stablemates Rockets To Be 12-2.
Cubs beat Railway Bar 10-4.

This week is the annual doubles competitions.

Friday 5 January 2024

Aaron wins the first trophy of 2024

Congratulations to Colts’ Aaron Watters (left) for winning the annual New Year's Day SKC Cup.

Aaron came through an impressive field of 22 players to take the coveted title and £125 cash prize.

He was 2-0 down to William McCann in the final but managed to hold his nerve to come back and win 3-2 in a tense affair.

William took £75 for his endeavours and Trevor Whiteside and Paul Watters received £30 each for reaching the semis.

A great day was had by all and the competition was played in a great spirit all day.

Massive thanks to SKC for their generous sponsorship and Greenisland CateringCo for the excellent food.

Happy New Year to all of our customers and we look forward to seeing you all soon.

Thursday 21 December 2023

Galacticos Top The Christmas Tree

In the last league match before Christmas in the SKC Carrick & District Pool League the Galacticos ensured they are the star at the top of the Christmas tree with a great team performance to overcome Spartans 9-5 on Table 1 in Greenisland Working Mans Club.

On table 2 in Greenisland The Whitehead Trojans had a perfect start going 3-0 up with wins by Aaron Farr, Stevie McLaughlin and Stevie Hamilton. Their lead was soon eroded after the Greenisland Colts pulled 3 frames back thanks to some great pool from Andy Galloway, Chris McCurry and Joe Patton. Aaron Farr took frame 7, to give the Trojans a slim lead at the half way mark. The second half started like the first with 3 straight frames from the Whitehead guys, putting them on the hill at 7-3. Stevie Hamilton potted the 8 ball in frame 12, to secure the 3 points for the Trojans. A valiant effort by the Colts, gave them a much deserved bonus point as they took 3 of the last 4 frames. Best for the Trojans was Aaron Farr and Stevie McLaughlin, both with 3 out of 3. Best for the Colts was Chris McCurry and Joe Patton, who each scored a brace. Final score Trojans 8 Colts 6.
The support from Greenisland Working Men's Club was welcomed and the festive food was appreciated by all.

Third placed Cubs took on and Bay City Bowlers at the QE2 club in an intensely competitive match. QE2 Cubs started with a perfect 3-0 but faced a setback when a player lifted the white ball. This incident sparked debate as per the Blackball rules, which prohibits any player from lifting the white ball. In the spirit of Christmas The Cubs gifted the frame to The Bowlers. Despite the disruption, Bay City Bowlers managed to pull back another frame, but QE2 regained composure, concluding the first half with a 5-2 lead.
In the second half another Cub lifted the cue ball to clean it (mid frame) but the Bowlers chose not to accept this additional Christmas present. Despite some closely contested matches, QE2 ultimately secured a 10-4 victory.

Rockets 2B hosted the reigning league champions, Scorpions from Times Bar.
The Whiteabbey men started well with a sublime finish from Ricky Hill and an equally impressive finish from Mark Porter. Scorpions hit back with 5 frames on the trot. Two for Darren Whiteside and two for Paul Kerr. Michael Wilson ripped out a pinpoint break and dish too for the Scorpions to lead 5-2 at half time.
Rockets 2B’s John Rainey made it 5-3 plucking victory from the jaws of defeat before Paul Kerr kick started another four frame flurry with a fabulous break and dish for his hat trick. Michael Wilson, Colin Rafferty and Darren Whiteside added to the Scorpions haul. Stevie Campbell took a consolation frame for Rockets 2b before Michael Wilson rounded off a solid 10-4 victory to maintain touching distance with the league leaders. Scorpion's three wise 'Hat-Trick Men were Michael Wilson, Darren Whiteside and Paul Kerr and Lee McIlreevey was the Christmas star for Rockets 2b.

Rab & Big T's Rockets moved up to 5th in the table with a convincing victory over Tigers at Times Bar. The visitors from Whiteabbey Legion came out swinging and finished the first half 7-0 up.
The Tigers started with their first frame on the board by Scott Pettigrew. Up next was Andy Arbuthnot and with his 2nd single visit finish, it was a clinical B&D that got the Legion lads over the line 8-1 up. The Rockets lost only one more frame with Johnny Eccles recording the Tigers second winning frame.
The result was 12-2 to the Rockets.
Man of the match was Andy Arbuthnot with two Break and Dishes and an eight ball clearance.
Rab Butler also recorded a hat trick and Stephen Herron a brace.

Q Club moved up to 6th in the league with a hard fought victory over Railway Blues winning 5-9.

The Carrick Pool League would like to thank our league Sponsors, SKC Gaming for the ongoing support, the sponsor of the Knock Out Cup, BM Kitchen Designs and Amber Castle Entertainment for sponsoring the Harbour Cup. 

We wish everyone a peaceful and merry Christmas and hope to see everyone again for further competitive pool in 2024.

The first event of the year is Subway Hangover Cup on New years day at 1pm in Greenisland Working Men's Social Club. Everyone is welcome. You don't even have to be registered in the league to play in this one. Its a great day out for a cure.

Wednesday 13 December 2023

Players Memorial Shield results

Our Players Memorial Shield competition commenced last night.

This competition was influenced by former players and committee members who had a desire to see ‘smaller’ teams reaching a final. The top half will be drawn against each other and the bottom half will be drawn against each other. Winners of both draws will reach the final.

Top Half  was played in Q-Club Larne

Prelim1 Rockets 6 Spartans 2
Prelim 2 Galacticos 6 Trojans 4

Quarter final Q Club 6 Rockets 2

Quarter final Galacticos 4 Scorpions 6

Bottom Half was played out in Greenisland Working Men's Social Club

Tigers 5 Colts 6

Quarter Finals
Colts 6 Bowlers2
Railway Blues 6 Rockets 2B 2

Semi Finals will take place in Whitehead Rangers on Tuesday 13th February at 7:30 pm Sharp

Table 1 will see Reigning Champions Scorpions take on Q Club
Table 2 will see Colts take on Railway Blues

The players named on this shield are remembered fondly through this competition.

Wednesday 6 December 2023

Colts Back To Winning Ways

In the Carrick & District Pool League sponsored by SKC Gaming NI, the Times Bar Derby had saw reigning league Champions, Scorpions facing stablemates Tigers. Darren Whiteside made a rare start and finished with a great long red and black in off his opponent’s yellow. Lee McIlreevy soon made it two and Chris Carson made it 3-0 to the reigning champions. Scott Pettigrew pulled one back for Tigers with a pin point finish before Scorpions reeled of another 3 on the bounce with wins for Paul Kerr, Colin Rafferty and another for Chris Carson.

Tigers started the second half with John Fulton taking control and finishing well to begin the come-back. Lee McIlreevy put the Scorpions on the hill with a blistering finish. Paul Kerr soon secured the points. Scott Pettigrew took another frame for Tigers before Paul Kerr reached his hat trick. Darren Haddock chipped another in for the Scorpions with a great long black. Tigers 'MVP', Scott Pettigrew, took the final frame and secured a hat trick of his own.

Final score Scorpions 10 Tigers 4.

Greenisland Colts hosted Whiteabbey Legion’s Rockets To Be. Colts were fired up after their poor performance last time out and raced to a 5-0 lead with wins for Harry Warwick, Aaron Watters, Joel Patton & and Brace from Andy Galloway.

Rockets To Be’s John Rainey took the sixth frame 5-1. H Warwick gave his team a 6-1 lead at the break.

First up in the Second half making her first outing for the Colts was Zoe Galloway. She was unlucky and Darren McFarlane took it.

Joe Patton put the Colts on the Hill before H Warwick made his hat trick and secured the points for the Colts.

Aaron Watters extinguished any chance off the Rockets To Be earning a bonus point. A Galloway took the twelfth frame securing his hat trick.

The icing on the cake had to be (player of the match) Zoe Galloway’s black. It was like something you would see on the ultimate pool tv channel. She must have been watching Colin ‘The Fizz Bomb’ Beckinsale, giving her a 50% win ratio for the season. Mark Porter got a consolation frame making the Final Score 11-3

What a performance from the Colts back to winning ways with the biggest win of the night.

In other league matches:

Bay City Bowlers 4 Railway Blues 10.

Qe2 Cubs 8 Trojans 6

Rab & Big T’s Rockets 4 Galacticos 10

Spartans 9 Q Club 5


We also hosted our 3 a sides competition. Sixteen teams entered and the results were as follows:

Colts ‘Ladies’ 0 v BMT 5 (Buff, Tristan, Machine)

Scorpion Daddies (Paul, Darren, Chris Lee) 5 v Bowlers Too1 (Gareth, Aaron, Ryan)

Bagger Waggers (Deano, Kevin, Stuart) 4 v Colts A 5 (Andy, Aaron, Joe, Paul)

Trojans A 5(Girvan, Gary, Stevie Hamilton) v Galacticos 0 (Roger, Neil, Ali)

Spartans 3 (Mark, Trevor, Robert, Kenny) V Trojans C 5 (Stevie Q, Aaron F, Stuarty)

BaggerGrincherwixters 5 (Rab, Bull, Davy) v Trojans B 3 (Andy , Ricky, Steve)

Q Club 3 (Ryan Andy, Scampi, Rorie) v Tigers 5 (Bug, Tom, Scott, Jonny)

Our stand out match was

Bowlers: Iain, Benny, Iain, Glen 4 v Colts B Harry, Colin, Gary 5 Some Men For 2 Men ..

Against the odds Colts Captain Harry Warwick and Vice Captain Colin Beckinsale were Victors with just the 2 of them to compete in Tuesday evenings 3 a side competition against The Bay City Bowlers 3 man team .. A great result for the Greenisland Colts despite their 3rd team member being absent . Doing it the hard way Warwick lost the first frame meaning they couldn't afford to concede another frame for the remainder of the match however although somewhat of a tall order they both battled on to successfully proceed to the next round of the Competition.

The 3 a side quarter finals take place on Tuesday 30th January.

Thursday 23 November 2023

Galacticos suffer their first defeat and Smyth Dodges any shots

The Bay City Bowlers travelled down to Whitehead, hoping for an upset against 3rd placed Trojans. However, the match started well for the hosts with the first 3 frames taken by Stevie Quinn, Ricky Moulds and Aaron Farr. The next 4 frames were shared to make it 5-2 at the half way mark.

The second half started with another 2 frames for the hosts, to put them on the hill. Max Riley won the next for the visitors, taking out a great finish. Frame 11 saw big Gordy McCormick secure the 3 points for the Trojans with some fine potting. Bowlers won the next 2 to make it 8-5 and were fighting hard to secure a bonus and their first point of the season (if they reached 6 frames). It was not to be. Trojan Gary Fitzimmons took out a great finish in the final frame. Well done to Stevie Quinn, Aaron Farr, Ricky Moulds and Gary Fitzimmons each winning 2/2 and to the Bowlers for adding to a fiercely contested match. Final score Trojans 9 Bowlers 5. This result moved Trojans up to 3rd place in the league.


Railway Blues hosted the Spartans. The visitors took an early two-frame lead with wins from Mark Millar and Robert Hawkins. Sammy Duff pulled one back for the Blues before Spartans went on a rampage taking the next four consecutive frames. Wins from Paddy Graham, Trevor Whiteside, Mark Miller and Kenny English. 6-1 Spartans at the break.

The Blues didn't let their heads drop and the late arrival of Craig Laughlin got them the first frame of the second session. Ryan Stewart and Sammy Duff quickly put another two frames on the board for the blues 6-4 with four frames to go. The Spartans then turned it on again, a third frame of the night from Mark Millar took them to the hill before Trevor Whiteside finished it off in style. With two frames to play the Blue only hope was of a bonus point. Craig Laughin won his second of the evening leaving it up to Sammy Duff. An excellent clearance with a very difficult black won Sammy his third frame of the match and secured the bonus point for the Blues.

Another great evening of pool played in the correct manner. Railway Blues 6 Spartans 8


The Tigers welcomed Greenisland Colts to the Times Bar, with the Colts getting off to the best possible start with a win for Andy Galloway over Scott Pettigrew.

The next four frames were shared with Johnny Eccles completing a nice reverse dish over Paul Watters, Davy Montgomery beating Andy Galloway, Aaron Watters beating Steven Simpson and Harry Warwick beating John Fulton.

Tom McGurk beat Paul Watters and John Fulton beat Joe Patton to leave the halftime score 4-3 for the Tigers.

The second half saw the Tigers put the foot down, winning the first 4 frames with wins for Scott Pettigrew, Johnny Eccles, Steven Simpson and Tom McGurk over

Aaron Watters, Harry Warwick, Joe Patton and Paul Watters respectively. This guaranteed a win for the Tigers. Score 8-3

Aaron Watters beat Davy Montgomery and Harry Warwick beat Tom McGurk to bring Colts to five and hopeful of an all important bonus point, but in the last frame of the night John Fulton secured his second win of the night over Joe Patton

Final Score 9-5 for the Tigers

Q Club took on Rab and Big T’s Rockets

Rockets won the first session 5-2 taking advantage of missed opportunities from the hosts this included a brace from Davey Blair at the beginning of the session and the end. Highlight of the session was an impressive six-ball clearance from Stephen Herron which included a bit of development work on his reds which Stephen duly finished.

After the break Q Club went strong with McKillop and Johnston back to back 3 times and started well but this was ended on frame 9 with Andy Arbuthnot beating his team mate in Larne, Alan Johnston. Joint captains, Rab Butler and Tristan Scott Heyes, would seal the win winning the next 2 frames and the match would then play out to 4-10. Hat tricks from Davey Blair and Rab Butler moved the Whiteabbey men from to 5th and the Q Club dropping to fourth in the table.

QE2 Cubs had a great victory over Rockets to Be and moved up to 4th in the league table.

The Scorpions arrived in Greenisland desperate to stop the runaway league leaders and take the wind out of their sails. The message was clear "Stop Dodge and we can win".

Stop him they did.

The first frame was an edgy affair with Lee McIlreavy edging out Paul Harris to give the visitors the lead. Ali Wilson brought the home team level with a great clearance before Johnny Nelson patiently edged the third. The visitors went two ahead with Paul Kerr breaking and dishing against Roger Smyth before Neil McFaul kept his composure to pull one back for the hosts. Smyth was on the receiving end of another break and dish, this time from Nelson before Gary Wallace won the next.

4-3 the visitors at half time.

Wilson and Harris took the next two to put the Greenisland men ahead for the first time of the evening, but it would be the last.

McIlreavy completed a rare hat trick as he broke and dished Smyth who didn't get a shot after playing in 3 frames of pool. Carson and Kerr took the next two to guarantee the visitors a point before McIlreavy pulled out his second break and dish of the evening to guarantee three points for the defending champions and close the gap at the top.

League veteran Paul Harris earned the home team a much needed bonus point with the fifth break and dish of the evening.

A fantastic match played at the highest standard blows the league wide open.

Thursday 16 November 2023


The eagerly anticipated Knockout Cup Final took place on Tuesday night and didn't disappoint. Whitehead Rangers Club hosted the event as both The Spartans and The Trojans play their home matches there.  Both sides boasted a host of international players many of whom had just returned from Malta whilst representing Northern Ireland. 

The Trojans settled into the match more quickly than their opponents taking the first 2 frames. The Spartans rallied and won 4 of the next 5 frames to lead at the interval. The see - saw nature of the match continued in the second session and the match finished tied at 7-7.  

A decider was required to separate the sides and it was Kenny English of The Spartans who held his nerve and edged out the all important frame. 

The match was a high quality affair and fitting of any final. Unfortunately there had to be a losing side, but The Trojans can take a lot of positives from their run in the Cup and the quality they have displayed in each round.

The newly reformed Spartans have won the first major trophy of the season and will be hoping it is the first of many in the coming years. 

A big thanks to Whitehead Rangers for hosting the event and to Barry from BM KITCHEN DESIGNS for sponsoring this highly sought after trophy.

Tuesday 31 October 2023

Galacticos go 4 points clear at the top

Halloween occurred on our Tuesday pool night. Many of our players are away on international pool duties in Malta and we have had torrential rain and flooding on our roads but the Carrick & District Pool league sponsored by SKC GAMING NI would not be deterred from keeping their pool balls rolling this week.

Trojans v Railway Blues

A fine clearance by Ricky Moulds quickly put the home side 1-0 up. A superb long red set Stevie McLaughlin up for an easy black to the middle pocket to make it 2-0 for the Trojans. A fine cut on the black from Aaron Farr quickly made it 3. The next frame was a to and fro affair, but following a foul by his opponent, Stevie Hamilton potted the black to make it 4-0. An unfortunate in off by Alan Corrigan let his opponent in, but he failed to capitalise. A brilliant cut on his final red and a black into a blind pocket made it 5-0. Andy Quinn had the easiest of shots on the black, following a foul by his opponent. 6-0. The last frame of the first half was long one, with it finally going the way of Ryan Stewart to give the Railway Blues their first win of the night. A great clearance gave Ricky Moulds his second frame of the night to put the Trojans on the hill. In the next frame, Stevie Quinn almost went in off after potting the black, but the white refused to drop, giving the Trojans a well earned 3 points. More fine potting from Aaron Farr also gave him his second frame of the night and put the Trojans further ahead. The final 4 frames were shared, with wins for Ryan Stewart and Kenny Crawford for the visitors and Andy Quinn and Girvan Fleming for the hosts. Best for the Railway Blues was Ryan Stewart with 2/3. Best for the Trojans were Ricky Moulds, Aaron Farr and Andy Quinn all with 2/2. Final score Trojans 11 Railway Blues 3.

Bay City Bowlers vs Rockets to Be

Rockets To Be took the lead after a tactical first frame with Ricky Hill making an unbelievable double on the final red to close the frame out. The Bowlers hit back in the second frame with a great finish from Rab Carson - three tough yellows and the black to level the score one each. The third frame was a scrappy one which Gareth McIlwrath thought he’d won until the white dropped in the middle pocket after potting the black. Frames four and five went to the Rockets to Be with a nice clean-up from John Rainey and an amazing double to the middle from Mark Irvine. Frame six went a bit awkward but Stevie Campbell held his nerve and took the frame. The Bowlers’ Ian McMillan took the final frame of the first half, the score at half time Bowlers 2 – 5 Rockets to Be.

The second half began with the rockets continuing their winning streak with wins from Ricky Hill & Mark porter in frames 8 & 9, but in frame 10 the Bowlers looked to be gaining some momentum after another great finish from Rab Carson and a win from Glen Colwell in 11 to make the score 4-7 to the Rockets to Be. Alas it wasn’t to continue as in frame 12 Cris McCurry took the winning frame. The last two frames were one a piece with wins for Ian McMillan and Mark Irvine.

Final score Bay City Bowlers 5 – 9 Rockets to Be. All in all, a close match. Special mentions to Ricky Hill 2/2, Mark Porter 2/2, Ian McMillan 2/2 and Rab Carson 2/3.

Scorpions vs Q Club

William Irvine was soon on the board for the visitors. Gerry McCorry and Michael Wilson gave Scoprions the lead before a brace from Ciaran O’Toole and Ryan Scott swung the lead back to Q Club. Chris Carson levelled once more and again William Irvine put the Q Club ahead. 3-4 at the interval. Colin Rafferty and Gerry McCorry swung the lead back to Scorpions again, and yet again the Q Club wrestled back the lead with another two hard fought frames for William Irvine and Ciaran OToole. Lee McIlreevy levelled at 6-6 in this epic match. Ciaran OToole put the Q Club on the hill with a great pressure double on the black. An equally exquisite penultimate last ball off two cushions set Michael Wilson up for the win. Final Score Scorpions 7 Q Club 7. Hat Tricks for Q Club’s William Irvine and Ciaran OToole earned them the titles of most valuable players on the night.  

This draw means Galacticos move 4 points clear at the top of the league table..


In other matches

QE2 Cubs won 10-4 over Tigers

Colts 4 Galacticos 10

Rab and Big T’s Rockets v Spartans was postponed

Thursday 26 October 2023

Trojans & Spartans set up an all Whitehead Final in the BM Kitchens Knock Out Cup

The first semi final of the BM KITCHEN DESIGNS Knockout Cup was contested on Monday 23rd October as Trojans hosted Colts.

It began with a superb reverse dish by Aaron Farr, in no time at all, to set the home team on their way. Stuart Kelly continued the high quality start with an excellent break and dish. It was soon 3-0 Trojans, as Stevie McLaughlin took his opportunity to clear. A well worked out clearance by Joe Patton gave Colts their first frame of the match. In the next, an exchange of safety play ended when Andy Quinn secured 2 shots. Andy potted some great balls, including a nice long black, to take the frame. 4-1. Next up the 2 captains took to the table. Stevie Hamilton took the frame with a 6 ball clearance, including cannoning a difficult ball off the cushion, to make it 5-1. Stuart Kelly secured a 6-1 lead for the Trojans at half time with some great potting.
An excellent break and dish from Aaron Farr put the Trojans on the hill. With another great performance, Stuart Kelly took the 9th frame to give the Trojans an 8-1 win to put them in the final against either the Q Club or Whitehead rivals the Spartans , who play this evening.

The Whitehead Spartans were up against their neighbours Q Club in Larne on Tuesday 24th October. The Whitehead men controlled the first session with a 6-1 lead over the hosts capitalising on many missed opportunities. Q Club reeled off 3 frames in the second half to keep the match alive however it was new signing Aaron Rolston who sealed the match with a finish in the 12th frame to set up an all Whitehead final between the Trojans and the Spartans.

The Final of the BM KITCHEN DESIGNS' Knockout Cup takes place on 14th November 2023 in Whitehead Glasgow Rangers Supporters Club at 20:15. 

If you cannot make it to the venue we will be operating a live stream on our pool league Facebook channel

Wednesday 18 October 2023

Galacticos get it tight but take all three points

In the League matches this week, sponsored by SKC GAMING NI the in-form Galacticos travelled to play the extremely talented youngsters of the Cubs in the resplendent QE2 in what many had called the tie of the evening, and the match didn't disappoint.
Rhys McLaughlin gave the Cubs an early lead before the Galacticos had a stroke of luck when Riley Patterson magnificently developed a safe black only to watch, aghast, as it trickled into the middle pocket giving the Greenisland men a fortunate frame. Ryan Marcus, making his seasonal debut, potted an exquisite black to put his team ahead before Kyzler Todd capitalised on an uncharacteristic miss to draw level again. Paul 'Old Man' Harris reverse dished the next before Marcus completed his double with a pinpoint clearance. A break and finish from Ali Wilson gave the Greenisland men a generous half time lead.
The second half started with Rhys McLaughlin giving the Cubs hope with a tidy finish, only for Wilson to register his second break and dish of the evening to restore the Galactico's three frame lead.
Joel Quinn was up next with a win and the Galacticos were finding it difficult to shake the dogged youngsters.
Gary Wallace guaranteed a point with the third break and dish of the evening before Harris guaranteed the win for the league leaders.
Cubs still knew they had the bonus point to play for and showed maturity beyond their years as Gerard Heaney Jr took out a seemingly impossible finish, before Kyzler Todd secured a bonus point for the Cubs with a composed finish in the last frame.
The Cubs were entitled to the bonus point and, perhaps, a draw but the experience of the Galacticos just got them over the line in a fantastic match.

The Spartans started well with wins for Billy Pawson and Mark Millar to put them 2 ahead. Last years Champions soon settled and took the next 7 frames before Kenny English stopped their charge with a trademark break and finish. The Scorpions soon took the match with Chris Carson winning his second frame of the night. Trevor Whiteside won the next frame to keep the home side in contention for a bonus point, but it proved only to be a consolation as the Scorpions won the last 2 frames. Player of the match was Chris Carson with 3 wins from 3 frames.

The Tigers welcomed Bay City Bowlers to the Times Bar, getting off to the best possible start with wins for John Fulton over Aaron Reid, Tom McGurk over Rab Carson and Johnny Eccles over Glen Colwell.
The fourth frame provided another learning experience for both teams, a dry break by Ian Riley left Steven McWhirter with an open table, and after potting a yellow ball with his first shot, Steven
mistakenly thought he still had an open table and then potted a red ball!! The referee called deliberate foul and loss of frame, and even though Ian offered to continue to play the frame out and not
take the deliberate foul (it was agreed it was just an honest mistake), the 2 captains agreed to adhere by the rules and the frame was awarded to the Bowlers. 3-1

Johnny Eccles beat Tommy Hutton and Tom McGurk beat Benny Booysen to leave the score 5-1 to the Tigers, before Glen Colwell notched a win over captain Davey Montgomery with a nice double on the black to leave the score 5-2 at half time.

Rab Carson got the second half off to a good start for the Bay City Bowlers with a win over Steven McWhirter, before 3 wins on the spin for the Tigers secured the win, Davey Montgomery beating Ian Riley,
John Fulton beating Glen Colwell and Johnny Eccles completing his hat-trick of wins on the night by again beating Tommy Hutton. Score 8-3

Benny Booysen got some revenge over Tom McGurk to give the Bowlers hope of maybe getting a losing bonus point, however this was short lived with the Tigers winning the final 2 frames of the night with Davey Montgomery beating Aaron Reid in a battle of the captains, and John Fulton completing his own hat-trick of wins with a win over Rab Carson.
Final Score 10 -4 for the Tigers, an enjoyable night and we look forward to the return leg down in Carrick later in the season.

Railway Blues hosted Rab and Big T's Rockets.
The Rockets took an early 4 frame lead, wins from Deano, Stephen, Davey and Rab. Graham Cahoon made it 4-1 with a debut win! 6-1 at the break after wins from Stephen and Warren.

Darren Hill won the first frame of the second session to give the Blues a bit of hope. Unfortunately it was short lived as The Rockets went on a rampage, winning the last 6 frames. Wins from Tristan x2 Rab x2 and Deano x2.

With an ongoing security alert in Larne the QClub and Colts game had to be postponed. 

Rockets to Be 4 Trojans 10

Tuesday 17 October 2023

Rhys is our Under 23s Champion

Congratulations to QE2 Cubs' Rhys McLaughlin on winning the Carrick and District Pool League Under 23s Competition sponsored by SKC Gaming NI

Rhys adds this title to the Northern Ireland Under 18s title he recently won.

A gallant runner up in both finals was Jack Carson who also plays from QE2 Cubs.

The final Score was 7-5.

A big thank you to Johnathan Nelson, proprietor of Qe2 Snooker and Pool Hall on the Woodburn Road in Carrickfergus and to Andy Quinn for his support throughout this tournament.

Wednesday 11 October 2023

Last 8 in seniors

Our seniors quarter finalists:

Paul Kerr v Rab Butler

Stevie Simpson v Gerry McCrorry

Robert Hawkins v Stevie Quinn

Jonny Johnston v Trevor Whiteside

Saturday 7 October 2023

Under 23s Round up

Carrick Pool League sponsored by SKC Gaming NI held their annual under 23s individuals competition on Monday 9th October.

Coming through some close matches and securing their places in the final are Jack Carson and Rhys Mclaughlin.

Results from previous rounds:
Max riley vs Jack carson
4-5 jack
Kye robinson vs jack carson
0-6 jack
Jake Quinn vs Jude
5-4 jake
Riley Patterson vs jake
6-0 riley
Gerard heaney vs rhys mclaughlin 5-4 rhys
Rhys vs zak sheldon
Rhys got a walkover
Joel Quinn vs Kyzler
5-6 Kyzler
Rhys v kyzler
6-3 Rhys
Riley v Jack Carson
6-3 Jack
Final Jack Carson vs Rhys Mclaughlin

This sets up a mouth watering match just a week after these two same players met in the final of the NIPA u18s tournament.

We plan to stream the final on Friday night from 4:45pm. Better still get yourself down to the QE2 and witness these future cue sports stars in action live.

A big thanks to Johnathan Nelson for providing the tables for the boys during this tournament in the QE2.

Over 40s Draw

Carrick Pool League sponsored by SKC Gaming 

Senior’s Draw (40’s +)

Monday 9th October Prelim’s 

 Greenisland Working Men’s Social Club

1. Paul Kerr v  Ian Riley

2. Scott Pettigrew v Darren Whiteside

3. Alan Johnston v Mark Porter

4. Ryan McKillop v Colin Rafferty


Last 32 

Tuesday 10th October 

19.30pm Start 

Bowling Club 

1. Prelim 1 v Prelim 2

2. Prelim 3 v Prelim 4


3. Paul Harris v Kenny English

4. Tristan S.H. V Rab Butler

Q Club 

5. Aaron Reid v Stevie Simpson

Prelim 5 

Harry Warwick v Colin Beckinsale 

6. Joe Patton v Prelim 5 


7. Gee Crawley v Aaron Farr

8. Gareth McIlwrath v Gerry McCrorry

Railway Bar 

9. Robert Hawkins v Davy Montgomery

10. Steven McGlaughlin v Andy Quinn

Whiteabbey Legion 

11. Michael Wilson v Kevin Mullan

12. Stevie Quinn v Davy Blair

Whitehead Ranger’s 

13. Ricky Moulds v John Rainey

14. Jonny Johnston v Andy Galloway

Times Bar 

15. Trev Whiteside v Alan Corrigan

16. Gary Wallace v Glen Caldwell 

Last 16 Winners In Each Venue 

Play Each Other 

All Races to 4

Thursday 5 October 2023

Galacticos stretch their lead at the top

This weeks round up:

Q club travelled to Qe2 

Tyler McKee took out a classy finish after he went off table from break second frame saw Jedi master McKillop and Jack Carson play a more tactical frame which Jack ended up winning. Rhys McLaughlin did not take advantage of his chance and Andrew potted a long red and black to win.

Wins from Riley and Jude saw the home side 4-3 down at half time.

Coming out the second half the cubs knew work had to be done so they sent out Carson against McKillop again which saw him break dry then Carson played a double from the gods which sickened the away players to make it 4-4 with Carson yelling upp the jedis. Riley Patterson took out a classy finish.

Then Q club went with experienced AJ and Ryan Scott to take them 6-5 up and just like last week the cubs came back and won 8-6 winning the last 3 frames star players on the night Jack Carson and Riley Patterson.

Scorpions welcomed Rab and Big T’s Rockets to the times bar. Rockets took the first frame with a good finish. Darren Whiteside levelled scores before Davey Blair put the Rockets ahead with a sensational finish. Lee MciIreevy made it 2-2 with a classy finish of his own and Colin Rafferty put Scorpions 3-2 up after honest Rab Butler called a foul that the ref did not see. Jonny Johnston drew level for Rockets and Chris Carson gave the Scorpions a slender 4-3 lead at the interval. Rockets came out with a steely determination after the break and rampantly punished the Scorpions’ many unforced errors in their first home league match of the season, winning the second half 7-0. Men of the match were Jonny Johnston 3/3 and Davy Blair 3/3.

Undefeated Galacticos travelled to Bowlers who have yet to secure a point. A flattering first half score line of 0-7 in favour of Galacticos appeared at half time and reports are that many of the frames could have went either way. Gary Wallace took his second frame of the night and secured another three points for the league leaders. Rab Carson finally got a frame on the board for Bowlers and nonagenarian, Tommy Hutton (aged 92) gave a great account of himself on his debut but captain Derek Whiteside eventually took the win. Glen Colwell added another for the Bowlers before the remainder of frames went to the champions elect.

Final Score Bowlers 2 Galacticos 12. Men of the match, Derek Whiteside 3/3, Paul Harris 3/3 and Aaron Rolston's 3/3 sees him move to the top of the player of the year table.

Colts v Spartans 

Spartans travelled to Greenisland to play the Colts and raced into a 0-3 lead in double quick time with wins for Mark Millar (Reverse Dish), Paddy Graham & veteran Robert 'the Hawk' Hawkins with a Break & Dish. 

Colts Aaron Waters had an 8 Ball clearance himself against Special K Kenny English but Billy Pawson restored the three frame lead soon after. Colts vice Captain Colin Beckinsale & Spartans' Mark Millar shared the next two frames 2-5 at the break.

Spartans took the next three frames with wins for R Hawkins, P Graham & Kenny English. Joe Patton pulled a frame back for the Colt’s 3-8 The Spartans finished off the Match  taking the last three Frames to complete a 3-11 away win.

R Hawkins & M Millar both getting Hattrick wins for their team 

You can view this match on Carrick and District Pool League's Youtube Channel

In other matches

Rockets To Be  8-6 Railway Blues

Trojans10-4 Tigers

Friday 29 September 2023

Big 3 as you were and a change at the bottom

Q Club welcomed the Bay City Bowlers to Larne for week 4 of the Carrick & District Pool league sponsored by SKC GAMING NI Ltd

After last week’s cup heroics in Whiteabbey, Q Club were able to utilise their squad depth to replace Brian Crilly with Andrew Ferguson in 1 change for the hosts. The Bowlers themselves had a 7-man strong panel. 

It was a blistering first session for Q Club as they seized control of the match limiting the chances and table time to the visitors. Highlights included a Ryan McKillop break and dish. 

After a 10-minute half time break the Bowlers kept the match alive by taking the first 2 frames of the second session to keep alive hopes of a comeback. This was dashed by Alan Johnston who steadied the ship and put the Larne boys on the hill. Ultimate pool’s Ryan Scott sealed the 3 points in an entertaining 11th frame. 

Overall, a relatively straightforward win for the Larne lads with headlines being the impressive form of Tyler McKee and Ryan McKillop continuing in the league with a hat trick and a double respectively. Star man for the Bowlers was Rab Carson who had his own impressive double with 2 well taken finishes. 

Next week sees the Bowlers host League favourites, the Galacticos, and Q Club travel to the QE2 Cubs.

Railway Blues 3-11 Scorpions

The Railway Blues started well with a win from Ryan Stewart! The class and experience then shone through from the scorpions with 6 frames on the trot, wins from Darren Whiteside ×2, Paul Kerr, Michael Wilson ×2 and Chris Carson! 

The second session started well for the blues, Craig Laughlin winning his first frame. However, the comeback was short lived as Colin Montgomery and Michael Wilson put scorpions over the line. A break and dish from Chris Carson took the scorpions further ahead. Keith McKee got a conciliation frame for the blues. Paul and Chris won the last two frames to give the scorpions an 11-3 victory.

Galacticos 10-4 Trojans

The Galacticos entertained the Trojans, fresh from their emphatic cup victory over the Scorpions, and the visitors had another victory in mind.

Arron 'Farrohneex' Farr started off well for the visitors with a precise reverse dish before Gee Crawley patiently toyed with his opponent to draw level. Rolston and Harris put the home side ahead and they looked set for another rampant victory. The away side had different ideas though as Alan Corrigan, Stevie Hamilton and Ricky Moulds took out some quality finishes to have the visitors ahead at half time.

The Galacticos headed to the jukebox and, with the assistance of Patti Pabelle and her unique brand of 80s funk, rattled out a 7-0 second half rout to take the match 10-4.

A match that the Galacticos would probably have lost last season ended up with a flattering scoreline for the home side. Adding Crawley, Wilson and Smyth to their ranks to compliment last season's stalwarts seems to have given the Greenisland man an extra depth this season.

Spartans 6-8 QE2 Cubs

Whitehead Spartans took on the Cubs at the QE2 Club in Carrick. The match was a close affair, and the Spartans lead for most of it. The Cubs showed great character by taking the last 3 frames to win 8 - 6. Players of the night were Rhys McLaughlin and Jake Quinn who won both of their frames against experienced opponents.  

Special mention goes to Jake Quinn who produced a classy break and finish just before the interval to keep his team in touching distance when they were behind.

Tigers 7-7 Rockets To Be

Controversy alert!!! to come later!!


The Tigers welcomed league new boys Rockets to be to the Times bar, hoping for revenge after a play-off defeat in last week’s knock out cup. Rockets to be got off to the best possible start though with Stevie Campbell edging a close frame over Steven Simpson. John Fulton levelled with a good finish over Mark Porter. Chris McCurry won his first of 3 frames v Tom McGurk with an exquisite bank shot and then John Lainey thought he had put the Rockets to be even further ahead only to go in-off the black v Johnny Eccles. 2-2


Wins for Ian McMillan and Darren McFarlane put the Rockets 4-2 up and then skipper Davey Montgomery reduced the deficit at half time to 4-3 with a win over Ricky Hill.


Step up Mr Controversy!!! The second half started with John Fulton going head-to-head with Ricky Hill, a frame which Ricky won. However, unknown to both teams, no player can play 2 frames consecutively, even either side of the H/T break, so Ricky had to later forfeit the frame. 

The great start to the second half continued for Rockets to be with a fine clearance by Mark Irvine over Davey Montgomery and another great bank shot for Chris McCurry over Tom McGurk, and then a second win for Stevie Campbell over Steven Simpson. Score at this stage was 8-3 to the Rockets to be, or so we thought!!


Last 3 frames of the night saw wins for Davey Montgomery, John Fulton and Tom McGurk, to leave the score at 8-6, and a losing bonus point for the Tigers, and it was only then we were made aware of the controversy above, which changed the result to 7-7. Unlucky on the Rockets to be who had played really well on the night and had done enough to secure their first win. No doubt both teams, young in experience as they are, will learn the rules as we go and learn from the experience.

Rab & Big T’s Rockets 9-5 Colts

The Greenisland men travelled to Whiteabbey with a sense of purpose and determination! The evening began with Andy Galloway and JJ placing bets on the Colts getting 4 frames. I believe Andy took a £20 bet on the visitors reaching 4, then proceedings began.

The Colts came out swinging, with their eyes  on the prize and Andy’s eyes on the £20, Andy had a battle with JJ in the first frame. JJ kept trying to hide the white and Andy repeatedly escaped while promoting his balls, which were diminishing as the frame went on! After a tense frame of to and fro and lots of snooker attempts from JJ, once known as “best safety player in Carrick”. But JJ gave away 2 shots to give Andy the opportunity for the finish. However JJ couldn’t bear the thought of watching Andy potting the black, so re-enacted the infamous scene of Rab Mac in the Regal, swiping balls with his cue and taking his disappointment out on the table. 1-0 Colts. (The pair reserved their rights to decline a gentleman’s handshake.)

Fortunately the cloth remained intact, and we continued with Buff facing Joe Patton. This was a similar frame with no signs of a finish in sight, so after some more cautious pool, Joe managed to take the frame and in a kind and loving manner the pair shook hands like gentlemen. 2-0 Colts.

Up stepped the two Captains, Big T and Harry Warwick faced each other. In a frame that wasn’t overly pretty, the nervy T managed to pull a frame back. 2-1 Colts. Then Aaron Watters stepped up and took the next frame against our favourite vision blocker, Stuart McClean. Buff turned to Big T and said, “Ah well mate, sure the pool’s not pretty to watch so far anyway, let’s just watch the footy instead.” 3-1 Colts and JJ looked at me with a glint of worry in his eyes.

Fortunately Rab, the Rockets Manager stepped up next with a good win, followed by Kevin Mullan, against Colin Beckinsale and Andy Galloway respectively. 3-3.

Aaron Watters took the last frame beating wee Buff, culminating in the first half score being 4-3 to the Colts!

The second half was a different story, starting with a great finish from Big T against Harry, levelling the score, 4-4.

It was then Rab, JJ and Stu beating Colin, Joe and Andy, putting the home side on the hill, 7-4 Rockets.

Big T up against Aaron next. T saw an opportunity early in the frame. Taking out another super finish to get the team over the line, he secured another hat trick for the much improved, clean and sober Captain. And before anyone asks, Big T claims that there was no pool table in rehab, and I believe him. Along with his old habits, it seems he has almost ditched his trademark twitch too, improving his game massively. 8-4 Rockets. (He commented afterwards, “Ian Brown knew, The Drugs Don’t Work.”)

The last two frames went one a piece, Harry beating Rab to give the visitors a chance at the bonus point, but Kev beat Joe in what can only be called a very strange frame. Don’t know how the hell Kev won, when Joe had complete control, but hey, that’s pool.

End result, 9-5 Rockets.

Man of the match was Big T with his hat trick, 2nd week in a row. I expect big things from the big man this year!

Wednesday 20 September 2023

Knock out Cup sponsored by BM Kitchen Designs Quarter Finals round up

After a great result the previous evening The Rockets To Be travelled to Whitehead Rangers to face The Spartans.

The Spartans started strongly and kept this up for the entirety of the match, capitalising on any minor error from their opponents. Unfortunately The Rockers To Be couldn't produce the heroics from the last round and were beaten 8-0.
Although this was a bruising defeat the league's newcomers can take heart from their performance and consider themselves a little unlucky not to get a few frames on the scoreboard.
Winners on the night for the home team - Jim Gilchrist x 2, Mark Millar x 2, Billy Pawson, Robert Hawkins, Kenny English and Trevor Whiteside.

Scorpions still buoyant after a great win the previous night, welcomed Whitehead Trojans to the Times Bar. Aaron Farr put the visitors ahead after a nice double to set up a routine finish. Scorpions soon levelled with a win for Lee McIlreevy. Stevie Quinn put Trojans ahead again and Chris Carson levelled at 2-2. Stephen McGlaughlin made it 2-3 and Aaron Farr chipped in his second before Paul Kerr pulled one back 3-4 at half time. Lee Mcilreevy levelled the scores again before Aaron Farr made his hat trick and the Trojans raced to the hill with wins for Stuart Kelly and the pool Gods were looking down on Andy Quinn as he eventually took a crucial win. Chris Carson began what he hoped would be a Scorpions comeback back but Stuart Kelly held his nerve to win the decisive 13th frame and secure The Whitehead men’s place in the semis. Scorpions wish the Trojans the best of luck in the next round.

Rab & Big Ts Rockets v Q Club
The Whiteabbey Legion welcomed the Larne lads tonight for what would become an epic battle in the Carrick Pool League KO Cup Quarters.
The visitors drew first blood with Brian Crilly claiming the first point on the board, but Stuart McClean levelled it with a good finish in the 2nd frame, 1-1. Next, maintaining the momentum, up stepped Rab, Big T and then this year’s new signing, Warren Miskimmin, giving the Rockets 4 on the bounce, 4-1 up. But Tyler McKee and Ryan Scott had other ideas, winning the next 2 frames to close the gap, Rockets going into the break 4-3 up.
The second half of the match started with a similar pattern, Tyler winning the first to equalise at 4-4. Big T and Rab were up next, winning theirs to give the Rockets a lead again, 6-4 Rockets. However Ryan Scott, Rorie and Tyler hit back yet again with 3 frames on the bounce, giving the visiting Larne men the lead again for the first time since Brian put them 1-0 up. Q Club leading 7-6, it was down to Big T, with a second frame against his old compadre Scampi, to give the Rockets a chance at a playoff. Wasn’t pretty, but with a wee bit of shit on his safety play shoes Big T managed to get the draw, 7-7!
So after a pretty tippy tappy night in all, with a few half decent finishes a few tactical battles, it was down to McKillop and Miskimmin. Warren won the lag for break and smashed them, resulting in possibly the best split of the night, but was dry. To be fair, the balls opened up lovely, but still needed some precision, which wee Ryan delivered clinically for a nice reverse dish.
Well done to the Q Club lads, good match.
Good luck in the semis.

After a recent league match defeat against The Railway Blues the Greenisland Colts set out to redeem themselves in this evenings cup fixture
Ryan Stewart secured a first frame victory for the blues then Aaron Watters & Joe Patton took the following frames to put the Colts ahead then Kenny Crawford brought the blues level before Captain Harry Warwick & Vice Captain Colin Beckinsale won the next 2 frames followed by a win for Blues player Craig Loughlin thus making the first half score line a friendly yet tense enough 4 - 3 in the Colts favour.
The second half however seen the Colts pull away somewhat losing only one of 5 frames with wins for Colts Glen Burns, Aaron Watters & Harry Warwick with Ryan Stewart being the only Railway Blues team member to win a second half frame before Colt Colin Beckinsale finally got his team over the finish line.
Final result Railway Blues 4 Greenisland Colts 8
Spartans V Rockets to Be

The semi finals of the BM Kitchen Designs Knock Out Cup takes place on Tuesday 24th October.
Q Club in Larne will host their Whitehead neighbours, Spartans.
Trojans from Whitehead will host Colts from Greenisland.