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IBA Intercounty Championships

For A + B Team Event draws, please follow the links below. Team event will start at 8pm on Thursday 14th June.

Individual Events will start at 8pm on Friday 15th June.

Draw will be made shortly after the deadline expires, which is 10pm on Friday 8th June.


The 2018 Irish Blackball Championships

Hotel Curracloe, Co.Wexford
June 14th-17th 2018

IBA presents Irish Blackball Championships featuring 5 man InterCounty Team event plus Singles Championship.

Open to all who live in the 4 corners of our island, North, South, East and West.

Categories across the board including Mens, Mens B, Ladies,Masters(o50),Under 23, LD and Wheelchair competitions

Entry Fees:

Men's A: €250 per 5 Man team.

Each additional sub €50 extra

Men's B: €200 per 5 Man team with each additional sub €40 extra

Masters €200 per 5 Man team. Each additional sub €40 extra

Ladie's €150 per 3 player team. Each additional sub €50 extra

Learning Disabilities: €150 per 3 Person Team. €50 per player extra.

WheelChair Individual: €50 entry fee

Under 23's Individual €30 entry fee

All entries/fees being handled by treasurer Mary Morris.

☢Team Formats:
Men's and Seniors will both be best of 25 frame matches including the group round robin stage before the knockout stage.
All other sections will be best of 15 frame matches including the group round robin stage before the knockout stage. There will also be a plate for Teams who are knocked out at the Group stages.

☢Team panels:
Men and Seniors will be 5 a side teams with up to 7 players allowed per team panel.
In all of the other categories the teams will be 3 a side with up to 5 players allowed per team panel.
A county can enter multiple teams in any section if they wish

IBA are inviting all individuals who are interested in running a county team(s) to contact John Maher here on facebook or at his email address: [email protected]

*All teams will be designated a Colour if more than one team represents a county.

Entry fee for the singles event is €20 for all players and a player can only play in one category in the singles.

☢Player Eligibility:
For a player to be eligible to represent a particular county he/she must meet at least one of the following criteria:
a: The player was born in that county
b: (1) The player was born in that county but is currently living or working overseas. The player may be requested to provide proof by means of a legal document eg a birth certificate
b: (2)
Any person not living in Ireland, but of Irish descent, ie: through parents/grandparents, can play for the county they are from.
c: The player currently resides or works within the postcode of that county
All Nationalities welcome as long as they meet criteria above.

☢Dress Code:
All team members must adhere to the dress code in place namely Matching polo or dress shirts (with collar) bearing their county badge and trousers.Additional sponsorship logo also allowed.
Singles Entrants Polo Shirt, Trousers and Shoes (colour optional)
*Failure to meet these criteria will mean refusal to compete.

☢Match Format:
1. Teams will be drawn into groups and normal round robin will apply
( * If numbers too high we will revert to straight Knockout format with losing 1st round teams going into the plate, in an effort to ensure we finish within the 3 days. Counties will be given plenty of notice if this is to occur)
2. Captains submit their 5 player names in order before each session
3. All frames are played ie 25 frames in Mens & Seniors and 15 frames in other categories
4. Final Group standings are determined by match points, then frame count, then head to head if teams have the same number of points and frames won.


I.B.A. Rule Changes

IBA Tour: In an effort to combat No-Shows at Tour Events, Repeat Offenders will in future  have to prepay online if they wish to participate. The Minority are ruining it for the majority, having no regard for players having groups decimated or the tournament organisers who are doing their utmost to ensure an enjoyable playing atmosphere and maintain tour costs.

International:  All Players representing IBA on International duty abroad must have personal travel insurance cover for themselves. IBA are not responsible or liable for any expenses incurred whilst travelling.

All players upon been notified of selection to represent IBA at an international and have committed to respective squads must provide Team Manager with non refundable deposit of 100 by date set by IBA Committee.  *This deposit also applies to major internationals held on home soil. Players will receive deposit back from Team managers in Airport morning of departure. Failure to travel after committing will mean loss of deposit.

New Look Rankings

Thanks to Cuescore's JanOtto Weberg, We have a brand new Ranking system in place after he back engineered all of last season's Tour into the database. Now we are up to date and ready to go for the new season with rankings updated within an hour of any event completion!
*Click Picture to see Full Rankings Lists

Pool Loses one of its own.

It is with a heavy heart that we bring the very sad news, that one of our members, Dermot Byrne, has passed away. Dermot died in the early hours of Sunday 16th July 2017.
Dermot attended Irish Blackball Association Events for many years, and qualified through rankings to represent Ireland at European and World Championship Events, and was so proud to compete for his country.
Dermot was known to all as a 'Gent'. He was easy going, and respectful of others.
We are so proud to have had the opportunity of knowing Dermot, and the Honour of being in his company.
On behalf of the entire membership of the Irish Blackball Association, we would like to offer our sincerest condolences to his loving wife, 3 beautiful daughters and extended family members at this time.
We will miss you friend.

Irish Blackball Association


International Messages

Dutch Blackball Association: " Our condolences to all family and friends " 
Danny Dijkstra

Northern Irish Pool Association: " Please pass on the most sincere condolences of the Northern Ireland Pool Association to all concerned" Robert Hawkins

European Blackball Association: "On behalf of myself the Executive of the EBA and all our nations we would like to offer our condolences to the Family and friends of Dermot. Dermot was a personal friend and a fellow pool player. Our international pool family is devastated to lose one of our own. Dermot will be sadly missed a gentleman who wouldn't say boo to anyone. Dermot you are in our hearts and in our thoughts. Kevin Byrne Chairman EBA

Irish Blackball Association NEWS!!

Irish Blackball takes another step forward in its drive to make Pool in Ireland easy and informative to all players in using the latest technology in online tournament software by utilising Cuescore.

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IBA Tour Polos on Sale Now....€20

Sizes: S / M / L / XL / XXL / XXL Price: €20                             Contact any Committee Member

Colours:  Black ,White ,Burgundy ,Royal blue ,Sky blue ,Navy blue ,Sunflower ,Orange ,Emerald ,Bottle green ,Pink.

Congratulations to Irish Masters Team.

Fantastic Performance by all the lads.

Anto Saul ( Captain)

Jimmy McCabe

David Costelloe

Martin Rocker Rothwell

Martin Keenan 

Dave Martyn

Joey Morris

Brendan Hinchy


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Tour Photo's From Irish Blackball Tour

Great selection of pics from Irish Blackball Association Tour 1 Event which was held in the Regency Hotel, Dublin.

Click Pic on left to get straight through to the Photos provided by Andy Fleming.