CWC A began their quest for a third consecutive league title with a win but they didn't get it all their own way as the visiting Hustlers took them to a dramatic deciding frame. It took seasoned campaigner Seamus McGeogeghan to finally drag CWC A over the line to claim both points.
A very much strengthened Trainors A mean business this year and they joined CWC on 2 points when demolished Whitecross with minimal fuss.
Last seasons Division 1 champions Nan's Rams and runners up McGuigan's both picked up a point from the opening round of league fixtures. Indeed both lead 4-3 but couldn't close out the matches. Bears' Eddie Heaney denied the Rams a win while Noel Brown thwarted McGuigan's from claiming maximum points.
Elsewhere in Division 1 title contenders St. Monnina A and CWC B clash on Tuesday night in a refixture..
Warrenpoint's No. 7 Bar Duke St. will be dissapointed to have dropped a point to newly promoted Cavern Bar. Foresters A had a good season last time out and will hope to challenge for promotion. They had a good home win against Glen Social Club. Trainor's B will be delighted to kick off with a win when they travelled into Bosco for 2 excellent points. Windmill and Johnny Murphy's will do well to be in the hunt for trophies but they did both pick up a point their opening league clash.
In Division 2 Port Bar were welcomed back to the Newry Pool League and they shared the points with visiting Bellinis. McSwiggan's Bar had a good season last time out and a Divisional Cup win set them up nicely to challenge for title honours this season. A comfortable 6-2 win over Indo was the start they were looking for. Millvale might just be favourites for Division 2 and they picked up the brace of points on offer when they beat Bosco B. Foresters B and Nifty Fifty fought out a Derby draw when they split the points in a tense thriller. Dan's Rebels took the points in a mid-table looking match up with St. Monnina B.
Kieran McMahon got CWC A off to a dream start when he broke and dished against Barry Murphy. Hustler's captain Kevin Magee was happy in the knowledge that Murphy really hadn't a prayer of getting a win and cut his losses. For McMahon it was good to hit the ground running in a pressure free frame.
Paddy Clarke was inch perfect with his quality finish against the talented Ciaran O'Neill. Last seasons individuals champion will hope to improve on last years patchy league form and his sheer class shone through to put CWC A 2-0 up.
Hustlers got a Ray of light when Kevin Magee's skillful brother grinded out a win over Harvey Lavelle. Funnily enough his name is Ray and he left Lavelle very disappointed to make it 2-1.
Willie Brown could be a good signing for CWC - if he turns up. His absence gave Hustlers a win for 2-2.
Pat Brady was sublime when he had a brake finished against the tricky Shane McAllister for 3-2 CWC.
Two of the leagues most experienced players went toe to toe in the 6th frame of the night. Magee fears no opponent but the masterfully tactical Bernie Magee edged a tight game to put CWC on the brink of victory.
Hustlers had Billy O'Neill to thank for taking it to the final frame. He beat Raymond McKenna who has been exiled but he returned a little rusty and O'Neill to charge for 4-3.
Not for the first and it certainly won't be the last time, Seamus McGeogeghan answered the call and held firm while others were biting their nails off to defeat Denver Jenkins to seal a 5-3 CWC A win.
Trainors showed their title credentials when the whopped Whitecross. Whopping Whitecross doesn't make you title contenders but the Camlough side have a strong looking side and they made Whitecross look very light weight.
Dee Kearney was the 1st new signing to take the stage for Trainors. He started last season in impressive fashion and a terrific win over Cathal Phelan was a dream start for himself and Trainors.
Alan Burke broke and Eddie McCaughey showed Burke the brush as the Keady native came in and superbly cleared the table for 2-0.
New Trainors captain Niall McVerry led by example when he schooled the self proclaimed Tornado Michael Feenan for 3-0.
This blogs player of the year last season, Shane Phelan was taking Paddy Tavey in a crunch game for Whitecross. Tavey is still living the dream as he is now a Newry Pool League Premier Division Winner. Phelan is the current holder of the Pairs trophy with his brother Cathal. Phelan was superb last season and he was sublime on Thursday night when he broke and cleared. Did nobody video Tavey's face when he got dished????
The come back was on when Gareth McCann edged out Trainors debutant Seamus Graham to make it 3-2.
Cathal McCoy also on his Trainors debut thrashed Mickey O'Hanlon and the home team were back on track at 4-2.
James O'Hagan was fluent when he wrapped up the 2 points beating Gavin Malone and Liam Bradley dispatched Brian O'Neill in the dead rubber final frame for 6-2.