Jigsaw NI team win Andy and Nessie Ross Boccia tournament

Wednesday 16 November 2016 by Jigsaw NI

In October 2016, the fifth ‘Andy and Nessie Ross’ Boccia tournament took place, in memory of Nessie Ross, a previous committee member of Boccia N.I and participant in many Boccia N.I. tournaments and her husband, Andy Ross. With 18 teams competing from across Belfast, Dundonald, Antrim and Newtownabbey, the tournament was very closely fought. All teams played three games against three different teams with the team with most points at the end of these games taking home the shield. The winner of this tournament was a Jigsaw NI team – The 3 P’s. There was a tie for second place with three teams having to play off to see who came runner up, one of these being another Jigsaw NI team, but after the play off second place went to St Brigid’s Dodgers from Newtownabbey. Clare McQuiston, Manager of Jigsaw NI, said “This was a very well organised tournament by Boccia NI. There was a great turn out on the day and on behalf of Jigsaw NI I’d like to thank Boccia NI for organising and facilitating the tournament. It is a brilliant achievement for the 3 P’s, winning their first ever tournament. The group have great fun at their weekly boccia session and it is obvious that they are improving all the time. Well done and congratulations to all the teams, especially “The 3 P’s.”

The Andy and Nessie Ross Boccia tournament 2016 took place on 20th October 2016 in the Spectrum Centre. All teams enjoyed their day out.

Boccia is a great way of getting people active, while adding a competitive edge when playing games. Jigsaw NI organises and facilitates weekly sessions of Boccia in Andersonstown Leisure Centre on Thursday mornings 10.30-11.30am, Connswater Community and Leisure on Thursday afternoons 1.30pm – 2.30pm and in Skipperstone CC, Bangor on Thursdays 11.30am – 12.30pm and is very popular with our service users.

Winning Team: The 3 Ps

Boccia is a Sport that can be enjoyed by almost anyone regardless of age or ability both in a friendly and/or competitive environment. Jigsaw NI also offers Art, Swimming, Chair-based Activity and Exercise in water. If anyone over 18 with a disability is interested in any of our activities please contact Liz or Clare on 028 90319054.

Sam Hunter Boccia Tournament

Thursday 19 May 2016 by Jigsaw NI

Boccia NI’s Sam Hunter tournament took place on 12th May 2016 at the Spectrum Centre. There were 16 teams from all over Belfast and Newtownabbey areas that took part in the competition, from all different settings including, folds, community organisations, sheltered dwellings, nursing homes etc.

Each team played three games and their total points calculated up. The top four teams with the most points got through to the semi-finals. Jigsaw NI had three of the top four places, which is a brilliant achievement and testament to the training they put in each week. The three Jigsaw NI teams that got through to the semi-finals were ‘Beach Boys, Glynis’ Boys and The Three C’s’. The final team to make it into the semi-final was the ‘Ardrigh Lassies’. ‘The Beach Boys’ met ‘The Three C’s’ in one semi-final and ‘Glynis’ boys’ took on the ‘Ardrigh Lassies’ in the other semi-final. After two tightly fought semi-finals, ‘Beach Boys and Glynis’ Boys’ came out on top progressing to the final.

Sam Hunter Winners 2016 - Glynis' Boys


‘Glynis’ Boys’ (pictured above) had come runners up in the last two tournaments, so were very keen to win this time round. The final again was a very tight affair, but Glynis’ Boys edged ahead in the first end and Beach Boys just couldn’t catch up, leaving Glynis’ Boys winning their first tournament of the year. The Andersonstown group meet every Thursday and it is obvious from different tournaments that their practice every week is benefitting the teams in tournaments.

Sam Hunter Runners Up 2016 - Beach Boys

Clare McQuiston (Manager of Jigsaw NI) said: “the tournament was great fun for all that attended and all the teams really enjoyed it. We’d like to thank Boccia NI for organising and inviting us to the event. Well done to all teams that participated and a special congratulation to Glynis’ Boys for winning the tournament. They have been so consistent this year, with two runners up places and now a win out of the three tournaments held.


Jigsaw NI Boccia Tournament 2016

Wednesday 16 March 2016 by Jigsaw NI

The Jigsaw NI Boccia tournament took place on 10th March 2016 at Connswater Community and Leisure. There were ten different teams that took place in the tournament from the three different Jigsaw Boccia groups that are held in Connswater, Andersonstown and Bangor.

The teams were split into two different leagues and played on separate courts. Each team played three games within their league. On court 1 ‘Mary’s Mates’ (Andersonstown team), ‘The Seasiders’ (Bangor team) and ‘The Rascals’ (Connswater team) were all on 4 points after the first game, but in the second game The Rascals took the lead collecting seven points. The Rascals maintained the lead in this league with The Seasiders coming in second and this would be the semi-final. A close fought game took place but The Rascals came out on top and proceeded on to the Grand Final.

On court 2 ‘Glynis’ Boys (Andersonstown team) and ‘The Beach Boys’ went well out on the lead after their first game racking up 11 points and 10 points respectively. By game three ‘The Beach Boys’ took the lead by three points with ‘Glynis’ Boys’ being runner up. The semi-final was therefore against ‘The Beach Boys’ and ‘Glynis’ Boys’ which ended in a draw. At this stage one member of each team was elected to play a shootout to see who could get nearest to the jack and become winners of this game. This team would proceed through to the final against The Rascals who were already through on the other court. ‘Glynis’ Boys’ won the shootout and met ‘The Rascals’ in the overall Final.

The final between ‘Glynis’ Boys’ and ‘The Rascals’ was another tightly fought game, but in the end ‘The Rascals’ came out on top, making this the first year one of the Connswater teams won the shield.

Clare McQuiston, Manager of Jigsaw NI said “This year’s tournament was a great success and we’d like to thank Active Community coaches Stephen and John who helped us on the day and meant the tournament ran very smoothly. Congratulations to ‘The Rascals’ on winning the shield. This now means that the Jigsaw NI Boccia shield has been won by a team from each of the weekly groups (Andersonstown, Connswater and Bangor). Well done to all the teams that took part in the tournament and commiserations to ‘Glynis’ Boys’ who have missed out narrowly on winning for a second time this year.”

The Rascals - winner of Jigsaw NI Boccia tournament 2016

Glynis' Boys - runner up in Jigsaw NI Boccia tournament 2016

Boccia NI Dedication Tournament 2016

Friday 4 March 2016 by Jigsaw NI

The 2016 Boccia NI’s Dedication Tournament took place at the Spectrum Centre on the 25th of February 2016. The tournament was dedicated to Margaret Coleman who was a member of last year’s winning team - Clifton Strollers from Clifton Nursing Home.

There were eleven different teams competing in this year’s competition that were from all over the Belfast and Newtownabbey areas. These teams came from different settings, including nursing homes, folds, sheltered dwellings, community groups including Jigsaw NI.

All teams played three games each; the top four teams with the highest scores at the end of the three games would continue on to the semi-final stages, and the winners of this to play off in the final. Two of Jigsaw NI’s teams ended up getting to the final, with Mary’s Mates coming out on top and Glynis’ boys coming runner up on the day.

Clare McQuiston, Manager of Jigsaw NI, said “The Jigsaw NI teams did really well today and for two teams to reach the final is a huge achievement, considering the competition that turn up to Boccia NI’s tournaments. Congratulations to Mary’s Mates on winning, seems they are back to form and playing well. Well done to Glynis’ Boys also and for all the teams that took part and made the tournament a great success.”

Every team enjoyed the day out and it was nice that everyone involved met new people from different settings and were able to come together and play a sport that they all love.


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