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POSTED By : NEWRY POOL LEAGUE
Post Date : Mon 11 Feb 2019 07:05 PM
Newry Pool League Blog

 

CWC A dealt Trainor's A a hammer blow on Thursday night in their top of the table, tension filled match.

This was the big one as far as Trainor's were concerned. They went into this fixture 1 point ahead of rivals CWC and if they could avoid defeat, then with only 6 league games remaining they would really believe this could be their year.
Both teams were in serious hot form. CWC had been blitzing teams lately and hadn't even conceded more than 2 frames in a match since the 2nd week in December. Trainor's arrived on the back of a 7-1 demolition job on Nans. A 6-2 before that and an unforgettable 8-0 thrashing of Orchard just 3 league games ago. They've only been beaten once all season and that was to CWC.
Prior to this game Pat Brady and Harvey Lavelle were on 10 league game wins in a row. Raymie McKenna had won 8 of his last 9 games. Kieran McMahon had only won 3 of his last 6 which was encouraging for Trainor's.
Paddy Tavey had won 9 of his last 10 league games for Trainor's. The visiting Trainor's would be relying heavily on Seamus McVerry who has won 10 and lost just 3 all season.  Niall McVerry has won 3 in a row and then lost. He then won 4 in a row and lost and he's now on 3 in a row so could a defeat be imminent? Let's see how this match unfolded.

This high quality match began with Seamus McGeohegan taking on Damien Kearney. Kearney had won 3 from his last 4 while McGeohegan had lost 5 in a row before he won last week. This game went to form and Kearney had the league leaders 1-0 up.
CWC 0-1 Trainor's
Paddy Clarke was red hot favourite against Seamus Graham. Individuals champion Clarke has 10 league wins but he did manage to lose last week. Clarke yet again showed why he is one of the best in the local game with some classy pool to tie the match after two.
CWC 1-1 Trainor's
Kieran McMahon won his 1st 8 league games but with 3 defeats in his last 6 this game sensational potter Eddie McCaughey real belief he could win his 6th game in his last 7. McMahon showed why he is one of the biggest legends in the local game with a stunning break finish. That's his 2nd break and dish of the season.
CWC 2-1 Trainor's
Raymond McKenna and Paddy Tavey renewed acquaintance's and it was the tempestuous Tavey that delighted the away team with a mesmeric break finish. It was his 1st dish of the season but more importantly the sides were level.
CWC 2-2 Trainor's
It was the battle of the captains up next. Both are dictators who rule a ruthless regime but only one would finish this a the high king. McVerry had one visit and Brady brushed up a tasty 8 ball clearance to reign supreme.
CWC 3-2 Trainor's
Harvey Lavelle and Seamus McVerry are two of the most in form players in the Premier Division. As mentioned above both players are on 10 wins. The first attempt to finish the frame ended with a heated debate and was eventually re-racked. Seamus McVerry took full advantage when he cleared with confidence to level the match yet again.
CWC 3-3 Trainor's
Terry McNally has lost only one league game since he signed for CWC A . He'd won his last 5 and 7 out of 8. James O'Hagan on the other hand has just has lost 6 out of his last 7 games. It looked like O'Hagan was going take the frame but he missed an easy black that would have guaranteed the draw to keep Trainor's top of the league. McNally made no mistake and cleared to delight the loud home support.
CWC 4-3 Trainor's
It was down to Mr tactics Bernie Magee and Liam Bradley to decide if the points would be split. Magee has 5 defeats in his last 8 league games while Bradley has only 1 league defeat all season and  10 wins. His only defeat was against CWC. The form guide meant nothing as magical Magee put in a virtuoso performance to smash Trainor's hearts and fire CWC a point clear at the top.
CWC 5-3 Trainor's.

Nan's Rams finally after won a league game on their 15th attempt. It was a massive match for them as a defeat followed by a McGuigan's win would have seen them relegated with 6 games still to go. Realistically its just a stay of execution. Even after their win they are 7 points adrift of 2nd from buttom Hustlers and 8 off McGuigan's.
Nan's headed to Bellinis with little to be excited about apart from a few tasty Carlsberg but Mark Pentony and Andrew Chan lifted the spirits when they beat Gyn Trainor and Denvor Jenkins.
The magnificent Stephen Sherry had the Rams in dreamland when he beat the attacking Joey Magill. It was 3-0 and Nan's dared to dream of a maiden victory.
Shane McAllister and then Kevin Magee  dragged Hustlers back into it when the beat Mal Maguire and Leigh McAlinden for 3-2.
Mickey Nugent restored the two frame advantage when he beat Ray Magee and it was looking good for the Rams at 4-2.
Billy O'Neill showed his quality under pressure to pull it back to 4-3. Mark Maguire tasting yet more Premier Division defeat.
Barry Murphy has been quite consistent this season for Hustlers while his final frame opponent Jimmy O'Hare has been consistently light on wins. It was a tense final frame with a few mistakes but O'Hare was the hero when he finally ended the Nan's winnless run.
Whitecross cemented their 3rd place in the league with a good comeback win over McGuigan's. The previous week they got their 1st win of 2019 with victory over 3rd place rivals Orchard Bar.
McGuigan's took a terrific 3-0 lead out in Whitecross. A strong front 3 of Gerard McGuigan, Conor O'Hare and Martin Conroy beat Michael Feenan, Brian O'Neill and Shane Phelan.
Gareth McCann is back winning again and he, Alan Burke and then another player back winning again - Gavin Malone levelled the match at 3-3. John Hogan, Nicky Langton and Pat Byrne losing out for McGuigan's.
Cathal Phelan is another of the Whitecross players who have ended their barren run lately and he put Whitecross on the hill with a win over Paul McAreavey for 4-3.
John O'Hanlon came in to be the Whitecross hero and take both points with a win over Damien Flanagan.
The blog has been told Mickey O'Hanlon, who was down to play on the sheet, had arranged a romantic meal in Friar Tucks but was running late so he missed his game. Thanks for the tip off lads!
Bears came from behind to beat Orchard Bar.
Ralf Crummy and Diarmuid Lonergan put Bears 2-1 up after Jamie Fletcher took the opener for the visitors.

CWC A dealt Trainor's A a hammer blow on Thursday night in their top of the table, tension filled match.

This was the big one as far as Trainor's were concerned. They went into this fixture 1 point ahead of rivals CWC and if they could avoid defeat, then with only 6 league games remaining they would really believe this could be their year.
Both teams were in serious hot form. CWC had been blitzing teams lately and hadn't even conceded more than 2 frames in a match since the 2nd week in December. Trainor's arrived on the back of a 7-1 demolition job on Nans. A 6-2 before that and an unforgettable 8-0 thrashing of Orchard just 3 league games ago. They've only been beaten once all season and that was to CWC.
Prior to this game Pat Brady and Harvey Lavelle were on 10 league game wins in a row. Raymie McKenna had won 8 of his last 9 games. Kieran McMahon had only won 3 of his last 6 which was encouraging for Trainor's.
Paddy Tavey had won 9 of his last 10 league games for Trainor's. The visiting Trainor's would be relying heavily on Seamus McVerry who has won 10 and lost just 3 all season.  Niall McVerry has won 3 in a row and then lost. He then won 4 in a row and lost and he's now on 3 in a row so could a defeat be imminent? Let's see how this match unfolded.

This high quality match began with Seamus McGeohegan taking on Damien Kearney. Kearney had won 3 from his last 4 while McGeohegan had lost 5 in a row before he won last week. This game went to form and Kearney had the league leaders 1-0 up.
CWC 0-1 Trainor's
Paddy Clarke was red hot favourite against Seamus Graham. Individuals champion Clarke has 10 league wins but he did manage to lose last week. Clarke yet again showed why he is one of the best in the local game with some classy pool to tie the match after two.
CWC 1-1 Trainor's
Kieran McMahon won his 1st 8 league games but with 3 defeats in his last 6 this game sensational potter Eddie McCaughey real belief he could win his 6th game in his last 7. McMahon showed why he is one of the biggest legends in the local game with a stunning break finish. That's his 2nd break and dish of the season.
CWC 2-1 Trainor's
Raymond McKenna and Paddy Tavey renewed acquaintance's and it was the tempestuous Tavey that delighted the away team with a mesmeric break finish. It was his 1st dish of the season but more importantly the sides were level.
CWC 2-2 Trainor's
It was the battle of the captains up next. Both are dictators who rule a ruthless regime but only one would finish this a the high king. McVerry had one visit and Brady brushed up a tasty 8 ball clearance to reign supreme.
CWC 3-2 Trainor's
Harvey Lavelle and Seamus McVerry are two of the most in form players in the Premier Division. As mentioned above both players are on 10 wins. The first attempt to finish the frame ended with a heated debate and was eventually re-racked. Seamus McVerry took full advantage when he cleared with confidence to level the match yet again.
CWC 3-3 Trainor's
Terry McNally has lost only one league game since he signed for CWC A . He'd won his last 5 and 7 out of 8. James O'Hagan on the other hand has just has lost 6 out of his last 7 games. It looked like O'Hagan was going take the frame but he missed an easy black that would have guaranteed the draw to keep Trainor's top of the league. McNally made no mistake and cleared to delight the loud home support.
CWC 4-3 Trainor's
It was down to Mr tactics Bernie Magee and Liam Bradley to decide if the points would be split. Magee has 5 defeats in his last 8 league games while Bradley has only 1 league defeat all season and  10 wins. His only defeat was against CWC. The form guide meant nothing as magical Magee put in a virtuoso performance to smash Trainor's hearts and fire CWC a point clear at the top.
CWC 5-3 Trainor's.

Nan's Rams finally after won a league game on their 15th attempt. It was a massive match for them as a defeat followed by a McGuigan's win would have seen them relegated with 6 games still to go. Realistically its just a stay of execution. Even after their win they are 7 points adrift of 2nd from buttom Hustlers and 8 off McGuigan's.
Nan's headed to Bellinis with little to be excited about apart from a few tasty Carlsberg but Mark Pentony and Andrew Chan lifted the spirits when they beat Gyn Trainor and Denvor Jenkins.
The magnificent Stephen Sherry had the Rams in dreamland when he beat the attacking Joey Magill. It was 3-0 and Nan's dared to dream of a maiden victory.
Shane McAllister and then Kevin Magee  dragged Hustlers back into it when the beat Mal Maguire and Leigh McAlinden for 3-2.
Mickey Nugent restored the two frame advantage when he beat Ray Magee and it was looking good for the Rams at 4-2.
Billy O'Neill showed his quality under pressure to pull it back to 4-3. Mark Maguire tasting yet more Premier Division defeat.
Barry Murphy has been quite consistent this season for Hustlers while his final frame opponent Jimmy O'Hare has been consistently light on wins. It was a tense final frame with a few mistakes but O'Hare was the hero when he finally ended the Nan's winnless run.
Whitecross cemented their 3rd place in the league with a good comeback win over McGuigan's. The previous week they got their 1st win of 2019 with victory over 3rd place rivals Orchard Bar.
McGuigan's took a terrific 3-0 lead out in Whitecross. A strong front 3 of Gerard McGuigan, Conor O'Hare and Martin Conroy beat Michael Feenan, Brian O'Neill and Shane Phelan.
Gareth McCann is back winning again and he, Alan Burke and then another player back winning again - Gavin Malone levelled the match at 3-3. John Hogan, Nicky Langton and Pat Byrne losing out for McGuigan's.
Cathal Phelan is another of the Whitecross players who have ended their barren run lately and he put Whitecross on the hill with a win over Paul McAreavey for 4-3.
John O'Hanlon came in to be the Whitecross hero and take both points with a win over Damien Flanagan.
The blog has been told Mickey O'Hanlon, who was down to play on the sheet, had arranged a romantic meal in Friar Tucks but was running late so he missed his game. Thanks for the tip off lads!
Bears came from behind to beat Orchard Bar.
Ralf Crummy and Diarmuid Lonergan put Bears 2-1 up after Jamie Fletcher took the opener for the visitors.

Brendy Devlin and Mervyn Kernaghan restored then had Orchard 3-2 up but Bears had fight to strike back and take the last 3 frames through Adrian Holman, Neil Heaney and Eddie Heaney. The Heaney's the celebrated all weekend and it was just a coincidence the Eddie had his big stag do that weekend. Hope the hangovers aren't too bad

POSTED By : NEWRY POOL LEAGUE
Post Date : Sun 06 Jan 2019 05:02 PM
Newry Pool League Blog

 

The Vegas Cup was whittled down to the last 8 on Thursday night. Three Premier Division teams left the 'Party' while Premier Division leaders Trainor's A and current champions CWC A booked their place in the next round but not without their drama's.

 
Bar. 7 Duke Street Warrenpoint stunned Premier Division side McGuigan's with a comprehensive victory in Newry. Bar 7 are in a decent position aiming for promotion from Division 1 up to the glorious pastures of the Premier Division. 
This Bar 7 team is mostly made up from former Boyds players that slid from the top tier to the bottom in a matter of years but these lads are on the climb again. 
Gerard McGuigan and Nicky Langton put McGuigan's 1 up as the favourites looked to stamp their authority on the game. 
Kevin and JP Lennon squared things before Kris and Richard Fletcher fired the visitors 2-1 up. 
Shane Cunningham beat Damien Flanagan for 3-1 and from that moment Bar 7 realised they had a real chance. 
Conor O'Hare got lucky to beat Chris O'Hare to make it 3-2.
The biggest result was the next one. The sensational Martin Conroy was beaten by Kevin Lennon in a massive shock. It was a severe kick to the sensitive area for McGuigan's. 
Pat Byrne is an unbelievably attacking player and can beat anyone if his luck is in but Kris Fletcher is a bit more patient and it was Fletcher that fired his Bar 7 into the last 8 with a score of 5-2.
Mike McArdle reduced the margin to 5-3 by beating Jeremy O'Brien but it was Bar 7 that rubbed salt in the wounds by taking the final frame. Richard Fletcher was in backstroke mode when he beat Paul McAreavey for a satisfying 6-3 win. 

 
Ballyholland caused somewhat of a shock when they dumped Nan's Rams from the Vegas Cup. Some would say this was no shock as they are odds on to swap Divisions.
Mark Maguire and Rony O'Reilly had the hosts Nan's 1 up but Ballyholland led 2-1 by the end Pairs.
Robbie White returned with another sharp shooter Niall McQuillan to level and Jim McMahon with captain Brendan Keenan put Ballyholland 2-1 up.
Mark Pentony levelled for 2-2 and it was game on.
Robbie White was the toast of Ballyholland as the teacher made it 3-2 Ballyholland but yet again it was all square when Nan's legend Mal Maguire continued his return to form for 3-3.
Pat McClenaghan hadn't won a league game in his last 6 attempts but he did bag a Vegas Cup win to put Nan's one win from the last 8. 4-3 Nan's.
This post Christmas cracker just had to go to the wire and the superb Niall McQuillan got his 2nf of the night to level at 4-4.
Andrew Chan would take on Ballyholland skipper Brendan Keenan for a place in the last 8. No pressure then!
Chan is on a 4 match (league) losing streak and had earlier lost his Pairs game.
Brendan Keenan had lost a pressure final frame against Ollie White when the Division 1 league leaders fell to Forester's A 5-3 in the final league game before the break. Keenan did win his Pairs match earlier in the night so he had reason to feel confident.
It was the grinder Keenan that produced the goods as he out-foxed the free potting Chan and it was Ballyholland that matched on to the last 8 as Nan's miserable season continued.

 
Whitecross got trounced when Hustlers  headed out to the Countryside in this very one sided contest.
Hustlers had the perfect start by taking all 3 Pairs matches. Ciaran and Billy O'Neill, Barry Murphy and Joey Magill then Kevin Magee and Shane McAllister had the Bellinis side cruising.
Alan Burke got Whitecross back into the tie when he took the opening Singles tie but Hustlers where in no mood to roll over.
Shane McAllister made it 4-1 and Ciaran O'Neill wrapped the match with little fuss 5-1.
Barry Murphy is having a very good season and the underrated Murph made it 6-1.
Billy O'Neill had the score 7-1 before man of the moment and the Hustlers Hall of Famer Kevin Magee finished the route 8-1.

 
While Trainor's weren't pushed to the limit they didn't get everything their own way against high flying St. Monnina A.
St. Monnina A are joint top of Division 1 but the arrived in Trainor's without their talisman, former overall individuals winner Stephen Teggart.
Trainor's got off to a super start taking a 2-0 lead in the Pairs but the Saints stunned Trainor's when Conor McQuiad and Paddy Hughes grinded out a win over natural potters Sean Murray and Eddie McCaughey to make it 2-1.
Paddy Tavey and Liam Bradley then Jimmy and Seamus McVerry had taken the 1st wins of the night. 
Captain fantastic Niall McVerry then Eddie McCaughey put Trainor's on the hill as they cruised to a 4-1 advantage.
If Trainor's thought it was going to be all plain sailing they were wrong. The wind was changing and Michael Teggart did Dee Kearney's Trainor's career no favours when he beat the aforementioned Kearney to make it 4-2.
Premier Division leaders Trainor's were getting twitchy when St. Monnina captain Conor McQuiad beat the out of sorts James O'Hagan and now it was 4-3. Game on.
Andrew Mackin is a good steady player but he was never going to trouble the rock solid Paddy Tavey. Tavey is up there with the best when he's on form and even his B game is too much for most. Tavey sealed Trainor's last 8 spot comfortably.
Paddy Hughes beat Seamus McVerry to finish the scoring at a tight looking 5-4.

 
Gary Gibney and Collie McCann beat Kieran McMahon and Terry McNally to give Millvale the lead against quadruple holders CWC A.
Millvale were in dreamland when Benny Hoey and the sparkling Ryan Diamond made it 2-0 when they outplayed Bernie Magee and Pat Brady.
Raymond McKenna and Harvey Lavelle eased the CWC pressure by taking last of the Pairs against Dean Fallon and Willie Hughes.
The singles games crushed Millvale as Kieran McMahon, Harvey Lavelle, Pat Brady and Raymond McKenna raced to the tape for 5-2.
Terry McNally and Bernie Magee made it 7-2.
Colly McCann, Gary Gibney, Benny Hoey, Dean Fallon, Willie Hughes and Martin McGoldrick did themselves proud in the singles but fell short. How Ryan Diamond didn't play in the singles is one of life's Little mysteries but that's neither here nor there.
 
Bosco battered McSwiggans 7-2 as they strolled into the last 8.
Caolan Murphy and Ryan Lennon have McSwiggans a surprise lead but it was 2-1 by the end of the Pairs to Bosco.
Eamon Hurley, Robbie Devlin, Ryan Devlin, Sean McCaul and Gary Wilson fired Bosco 7-1 up. McSwiggans got a consolation final frame of the night win from Gary Clarke.
 
Johnny Murphy's gave Orchard Bar a good game out in the Orchard.
Marty White and Darren O'Hanlon pulled a frame back for Murphy's when they trailed 2-0 in the Pairs.
Jamie Fletcher and Mervyn Kernaghan then made it 4-1 and the South Armagh side looked down and out.
Darren O'Hanlon and Kevin Crilly breathed new life into the contest to make it 4-3.
Liam Turley made sure it wouldn't go to a decider when he beat John Daly for 5-3.
Pat Quinn has been quite unbelievable this season but he won't be too worried that the so far unbeaten David Cromie extended his run to make it 6-3 Orchard.
 
Bears progressed 6-2 against Dan's Rebels despite going 1 down.
Raymond Flynn made in 1-0 to the hosting Dan's but then Bears kicked into gear.
Eugene McDermott, Ralph Crummy and Paul Murphy took the next 3 singles games after Bears led the Pairs 2-1.
That was enough for 5-1 and Bears were in the last 8.

 

POSTED By : NEWRY POOL LEAGUE
Post Date : Fri 21 Dec 2018 09:10 PM
Newry Pool League Blog

 

Newry Pool league Blog Div  1/2

Forester's A smashed the Division 1 title race wide open again after shocking league leaders Ballyholland. John Magee captained his Forester's side to a 3-0 lead and needed the final frame for a stunning 5-3 win at the City venue. Unfortunately for Kieran Loughran, Hugh McGrath and the rest of the boys John Magee didn't bother putting full names on the score sheet so they can't get the write-up they deserve. 

Stevie Teggart is the obvious jewel in the St. Monnina A crown but they have many diamonds in their ranks as the surged to the top of Division 1 on frame difference. 

Tom McGuinness, Paddy McCann and Paddy Hughes are a wealth of experience that only Mastercard could buy. (other credit cards are available 😉). 

The gulf in class between top and bottom hasn't in this Division hasn't always been apparent thanks to a plethora of surprise results but St. Monnina whopped bottom club Glen Social Club. 

Declan Brady, Stephen Teggart and Stephen Cunningham got the South Armagh cueiests into a 3-0 lead when they beat Paddy Morgan, Jay Kelly and Caolan Lonergan. 

Kevin Sands got the better of Michael Teggart to give the South Down side hope of an unlikely comeback. 

Tom McGuinness is an experienced top player and has more than his share of talent and bottle. He beat Raymond Sands who himself has no shortage of experience. 4-1 Saints. 

Paddy McCann is a class act once he hits form and he had little problems in sewing up both points for 5-1. He beat Pat Rice comfortably. 

Brian Harte made it 6-1 by beating Ben Mackin before top potter Paddy Hughes rounded off a terrific team performance by beating Mark Kidd and made the scoreline a thumping 7-1.

Division 1 of the Newry and District Pool League has no teams from Newry in the top 4 in the current league standings. St. Monnina A and Ballyholland are joint top with 13 points and only 1 point behind them is Johnny Murphy's and Bar 7 Duke Street Warrenpoint, both on 12 points. 

Murphy's have a tight solid looking squad and consistency will be key to honours this season. 

CWC B on the other hand have struggled since their promotion from Division 1 last season. Just two wins and two draws sees CWC B in the relegation zone and will need drastic improvement to avoid a return ticket back to Division 2.

Marty White is a reliable potter for Murphy's and he put the home side 1 up. 

The Brilliant Tommy Rooney and the exciting potting machine Chris Cunningham fired the City side into a surprise 2-1 lead but they couldn't build on it. 

Anthony Reynolds and the superb Darren O'Hanlon reversed the 1 frame lead for Johnny Murphy's who now led 3-2.

The legendry former committee member Pat Quinn beat Kieran Cunningham to make sure the South Armagh side would get at least a draw from the night. 4-2.

Calium McParland is improving all the time and he grinded out a win over the stubborn Kieran Larkin and now CWC B could dream of salvaging a draw. 

Oliver Lonergan was the hero for Johnny Murphy's when claimed the win and the 2 points. 

No. 7 in Warrenpoint kept pace with the Division 1 leaders with a good win over a dangerous Bosco team. 

Darren Devlin gave the visitors the lead when he beat No. 7 proprietor Kris Fletcher. 

Marty Bolton and Richard Fletcher and the former Boyds team mates 2-1 up before Robert Devlin levelled at the halfway mark for Bosco. 

Kevin Lennon and Shane Cunningham took the next two for No. 7 and the Point side were 4-2 up and had all the momentum. 

That carried into the penultimate frame when Chris O'Hare wasted no time in wrapping the 2 points. 

Ciaran Morgan is a top player and it was a bit of a surprise for Bosco to play such a talented player last. He won the final frame of the night to finish the scoring at 5-3.

Windmill, Bosco and Cavern are in a bunch sitting in behind the leaders and could mount a challenge. They are just 3 points away from top spot. Cavern only got promoted from Division 2 last and will be delighted with their progress but they look the least likely of that group to push on for the title. 

Trainor's B and Forester's A sit 1 point further back on 9 points. Although only 4 points away from the top they will be looking at results below them more than above them. 

CWC B and Glen are on 6 points and joint bottom. CWC B look best equipped to drag themselves away from the relegation zone with a lot of the players having played in the top tier a number of years ago. 

Glen look snookered to be fair. They lost a few of their best players before the season started. It's a tricky visit though for any team so winning their home games will be vital to any hopes of retaining their Division 1 status. 

 

POSTED By : NEWRY POOL LEAGUE
Post Date : Sun 02 Dec 2018 09:19 PM
Newry Pool League Blog

 

Whitecross stunned current Premier Division Champions CWC A in the Newry and District Pool League and gave leaders Trainor's a huge boost towards winning their 1st ever top tier league title.


Accross the City the Champions elect were on their way to a demolition job on the Hustlers taking the points at 5-0. CWC were getting dragged in a right scrap with Whitecross in the Working Men's Club.

There was no surprise when the teamsheets were released that Kieran McMahon would play Michael Feenan. Shane Phelan was brave in his picks and decided to fight fire with fire. It was 'The Machine' verses the 'Tornado'. McMahon boasted an unblemished record of 8 league wins from 8 games. Feenan had 6 wins from 8. Both players have 1 break finish each so far and both players fear No One!
When McMahon fouled he left Feenan a tricky looking table. Feenan has moved up a gear this season and the Formula Karting employee left McMahon for dust clearing the table with unnerving accuracy. It was a huge frame for Whitecross to win and Kieran McMahon's dream of going the whole season unbeaten was obliterated by a touch of sheer class. The 'Tornado' has finally arrived and is ready to wreak havoc. The Premier Division - "you have been warned" . 1-0 Whitecross.
Shane Phelan would have fancied his chances against Bernie Magee. Magee has played all 8 league games and only winning half of them is below his normally high standards. Phelan edged the tactical battle and improved his record to 7 wins from 9 while Magee lost his 6th game of the season. 2-0 Whitecross.
Brian O'Neill has impressed massively this season for Whitecross winning some crucial pressure games. But Harvey Lavelle is a cut above most and it was taxi boss Lavelle that won the fare and pulled it back to 2-1.
A confident in form Alan Burke is worth and extra 7 or 8 points a season for Whitecross. Burke won his 3rd frame out of 7 when he played  Terry McNally to fire Whitecross 3-1 up.
Current individual champion Paddy Clarke was in sensational form. He broke and cleared for his 1st dish of the season. It was simply devine pool from the money player and improved his record to 6 wins a 2 defeats so far. Opponent Gareth McCann only has 2 wins from the 8 he's played. For change there was nothing he could do about it as he watched on in awe of Clarke.
Now it was 3-2 and CWC in the ascendancy.
Cathal Phelan is having a horror show this season for Whitecross. It was a dangerous game by captain Shane Phelan to play Cathal 6th as he would no only too well Pat Brady would be waiting. Going into this game Brady had won the same amount of games that Phelan had lost - 6. Brady won his last 4 after surprisingly losing twice early in the season. The confident Brady was too strong for Phelan and it was all square 3-3 with 2 to play.
Gavin Malone's record of 3 wins from 8 prior to his game was abysmal and Micky Cunningham had'nt much to do to put  malone back into his corner. Nobody was expecting a high quality frame and its just as well. Cunningham made the least mistakes and edged it to put CWC A 4-3 up and on the brink of a massive 2 points.
It looked like Whitecross had thrown the match away losing the last 3 frames to trail 4-3. Seamus McGeoghegan is one of the most experienced players in the Newry Pool League. He had won his last 2 games but with only 4 wins a 3 defeats, the tactical legend was far from unbeatable. Joseph McTaggart had lost his last 2 and won his previous 2 in the only 4 league games he's played so far.
McTaggart was cueing well and his attacking style was too much for the tactical McGeoghegan. Jokie potted the final black of the night to send Whitecross delirious.
Some of their players partied into the small hours to celebrate this most unlikely draw.

Eddie McCaughey, Niall McVerry, Jimmy McVerry, Seamus McVerry and Paddy Tavey wrapped the 2 points for a 5-0 win for leaders Trainor's Bar. Hustlers finally hit back when Shane McAllister inflicted James O'Hagan's 3rd defeat in a row.
Sean Murray won his 3rd in a row to make it 6-1 but Hustlers had the final say when Kevin Magee beat Seamus Graham to finish the scoring 6-2.
Hustlers captain Kevin Magee will surely have had a wee word in the ear of Dee Kearney who didn't even make the Trainor's sub bench. This story line would be the envy of the writers at Eastenders. McVerry doesn't rate Kearney while Kearney thinks he's too good not to start every week. Players miss two or three games and come straight back in in front of Kearney. Kearney has decisions to make about his future but at this moment we're being left hanging like a good old Eastenders cliffhanger.

We in the blog are delighted to give Orchard Bar the next write up. Not because they had a comfortable win away to Nan's Rams but because they finally filled in the card with full names on it. So we've gave them some attention this week as a special treat for them.
Orchard are sitting in a healthy 3rd place in the league, 2 points clear of Whitecross Bar in 4th. 4 wins, 3 draws and only 2 defeats leaves them only 3 points behind current champions CWC A.
Tony McGovern and new signing Jamie Fletcher have been on a different level this season. They're playing to a league challenging level. Tony McGovern has an incredible 8 wins from 9 games after his win over Mark Pentony. 1-0 Orchard Bar.
Nan's are rock bottom with no wins and only the 2 draws. They offered little resistance to the rampant Orchard.
The sensational Jamie Fletcher looked decent with Boyds but not exceptional. He's moved up a level and not only is he holding his own, he's been blasting opponents away with some stunning pool. Fletcher beat Pat McClenaghan for his 6th win on the bounce and his 7th in 8 games. 2-0 Orchard.
David Cromie needed to slow the talented Andrew Chan down to make it 3-0. David Cromie has only played 5 games but remarkably he's won all 5.
Nan's finally breathed life into the contest when Jimmy O'Hare beat Brendy Devlin. It was Devlin's 4th defeat of the campaign. His 5 wins to date have been crucial for though for high flying Orchard. 3-1.
Two exciting players contested the 5th frame of the night. Mal Maguire was good but not good enough to beat Darren Devlin and it was 4-1. After a bad start Devlin has won 4 of his last 5 games and 3 of his 4 defeats came in the 1st 4 games of the season.
Mervyn Kernaghan is the man for the big occasion. He is a big game player. He lost 4 games out of 4 that he played early in the season but he has now won his last 2 after beating Micky Lennon. That was the 2 points in the bag and 3rd place secured at 5-1.
Liam Turley is a super potter but he's finding life in the Premier Division a whole lot tougher. He suffered his 6th defeat on Thursday night and with only the 1 win he badly needs a confidence boost. Leigh McAlinden putting him to the sword this time. 5-2.
Noel Malcomson picked up his 1st win of the season although he's only played 3. Malcomson is a good solid player and will be a good addition if the can keep him interested. He beat Rony O'Reilly to make it 6-2.
The Rams were at home and more dropped just leaves them closer to The Premier Division exit door. For Orchard the aim must be to catch CWC and nab 2nd spot in the league.

McGuigan's Bar eased their relegation fears with a powerful performance over the hapless Bears.
Conor O'Hare, Damien Flanagan, Gerard McGuigan and John Hogan had McGuigan's 4-0 up.
Pat Byrne put on a potting masterclass to beat Paul Murphy to take the points at 5-0.
Ralph Crummy made it 5-1 but Nicky Langton showed that McGuigan's were still hungry and he made it 6-1.
Eddie Heaney won again for Bears to make it 6-2.
Its tight at the bottom of the table. Well its tight above Nan's with Hustlers, Bears and McGuigan's all looking to avoid the relegation trap door that looms large!

The draw for the individuals is out now so check it out on Destination Newry.
Don't forget we will preview each and every single draw so keep an eye out for that one.

 

Pairs Entries being taken soon.

 

POSTED By : NEWRY POOL LEAGUE
Post Date : Tue 27 Nov 2018 08:04 PM
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There wasn't much in the way of shocks in the last 16 of the Cunningham Cup. All the Premier Division big hitters are safely through at a canter. There were some big wins as half the games were won by 5 frames or more. Two 8-1 wins and two 7-2 saw some of the underdogs receive a severe beating.

The lowest ranked team left in the Cunningham Cup is Forester's B. They were taking on Glen Social Club. Both clubs are really struggling this season. Forester's are 3rd from bottom just 1 point off bottom spot in a really tight Division 2. Although if you were a real optimist then Forester's are only 2 points off 3rd place. 2 wins and 2 draws out of 8 isn't promotion form though.
Glen Social Club are rock bottom of Division 1 with 1 win and 2 draws. They are only 5 points off top spot but have lost some good players recently and the likes of Gerard Bagnall moving to Orchard Bar has left Glen favourites for the drop.

David O'Brien and Pat Hughes got the hosting Forester's B off to the perfect start with some good pool over Jay Kelly and Pat Rice.
Marty O'Brien and Stevie Quinn doubled the INF pubs' advantage when they stunned Daniel Shields and Paddy Morgan.
Mark Kidd and Kevin Sands opened Glen's account. Kidd is a Tottenham Hotspur supporter so our heart goes out to him. Sands considers himself an athlete and it was the Glen duo that had Barney O' Connor and Gerard O'Connell on the run.
Forester's led 2-1 going into the singles games but Glen would still be slight favourites to squeeze through.
Caolan O'Connor beat namesake Caolan Lonergan in a massive frame for Forester's. It was the confidence boost they needed and gave them belief to push on.
Marty O'Brien made it 4-1 when he stuffed out of sorts Ben Mackin. Forester's were in dreamland and 1 frame away from a place in the last 8.
Pat Hughes was the Forester's B hero when he edged out John Morgan for a famous 5-1 win.
Raymie Sands is a very skillful experienced player and it turned out a huge mistake playing him so far down the pecking order. David O'Brien found Sands in hot form and the scoreline was 5-2.
Peter Smyth was the captain who masterminded the Forester's win and he was delighted to add his name to winners party. He beat the useful Kevin Sands.
Stevie Quinn rounded off a stunning night when he beat Mark Kidd. Kidd had  already a win from earlier in the Pairs but Glen had downed tools and Quinn finished off a famous night with a resounding 7-2 win.

Whitecross and Hustlers had to work hard for their wins.
Nifty Fifty are top of Division 2 and in confident mood heading out to Whitecross.
Robbie Loughran and Axel Foley took the opener and after that good start they led 2-1 thanks to smart partnerships.
Shane and Cathal Phelan equalised but Aidan Griffin and Brendan McAllister showed they weren't there to make up the numbers as Nifty Fifty led 2-1 at they end of the Pairs.
Michael Feenan continued his good form and Shane Phelan won and Whitecross led 4-2.
Chris McKeown pulled it back to 4-3 for the INF side.
Alan Burke took the winning high fives and Cathal Phelan and Joseph McTaggart made it 6-3.

Hustlers were all square at 2-2 but St. Monnina B ran out of top quality players to sustain a good challenge.
Gwyn Trainor and Billy O'Neill then Denvor Jenkins and Ray Magee had Hustlers 2-1 in the Pairs. Sandwiched inbetween was an excellent win for Fred and Matt Cameron.
Declan Donnelly equalised to give Hustlers some food for thought.
Shane McAllister put Hustlers 3-2 up to put behind him a personally difficult start to the season.
Kevin Magee put Hustlers on the hill at 4-2 and super potter Ciaran O'Neill dragged the home side over the line for 5-2.
Billy O'Neill and Barry Murphy made it a comprehensive 7-2 win.
It's good to see players like Pete Donnelly still mixing it with the big guns and long may it continue. Its back to Division 2 for St. Monnina B.

Dee Kearney must think the Pool God's are conspiring against him as he picked up yet another defeat. He's had his disagreement's with Trainor's captain Niall McVerry and he just can't nail down a regular spot in their star studded team.
Eddie McCaughey and James O'Hagan, Jimmy McVerry and Seamus Graham then Sean Murray and Noel Bradley fired Trainor's into a commanding 3-0 lead against TJ's C.
Adam Carroll had one of the best results of the last 16 when he beat powerhouse Paddy Tavey to make it 3-1.
Niall McVerry then the potting machine Eddie McCaughey booked the last 8 spot for Trainors A.
Liam Bradley then Seamus McVerry made it 7-1 before the famous Nathan Crudden tamed Dee Kearney for 7-2.

CWC A are safely through to the last 8 winning 8-1. Kevin Lennon and Richard Fletcher had the cheek to win the opener for Bar 7 Warrenpoint but CWC A took all 8 remaining frames. Paddy Clarke won the all important 5th frame for CWC to get the win while Micky Cunningham picked up a rare win to make it 8-1.

Orchard Bar had a terrific win at the home of Windmill Bar. Orchard had their last 8 spot booked with a stunning 5-0 demolition job. New signing Gerard Bagnall sealing the win.
Davey Loughran bagged Windmill's solitary frame to make it 5-1.
Orchard stormed on for an 8-1 win.

McGuigan's struggled against Killeavy INF. It was 2-2 before McGuigan's pushed on for 5-2. John Hogan getting McGuigan's winning frame.
The South Armagh side won the last 2 to make it a tighter looking 5-4 to McGuigan's.

Red hot Ballyholland got a fright from Port Bar. Ballyholland are riding high in Division 1 while Port are on the back of some average results in Division 2.
Port Bar led 3-2 but when Giby Vettiankal levelled Ballyholland never looked back.
Colm Shield was the hero when he made it 5-3 to Ballyholland. Gerard McAvoy made it a 6-3 win for Ballyholland.

IT IS IMPERATIVE  THAT ALL  TEAMS  PUT THE FULL NAMES OF THEIR PLAYERS ON THE TEAM SHEETS.

If teams like Nifty Fiftys want their achievements to get regular coverage on the blog then they need to put full names on the sheets.
Also Orchard Bar and St. Monnina B are  other teams who don't bother putting full names on scorecards. These players can't all be receiving DLA.
We in the blog would be grateful if all captains could spend an extra 30 seconds to fill in full names.
Thank You.

Also what an incredible amount of names entering this years individuals. 135 entries is phenomenal yet again.
The draw will be this Thursday night in cwc and as we are  the biggest and most Popular Blog in Newry will preview every single game like we always do.

So tune in for our massive blog on all Individuals with the biggest league in the country Thanks . 

 

POSTED By : NEWRY POOL LEAGUE
Post Date : Mon 12 Nov 2018 09:45 PM
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That's the 1st round of fixtures complete for the Premier Division teams. After 7 games only Trainor's have yet to taste defeat and only Nan's Rams have yet to have that sweet taste of victory. In fact Trainor's are the only team in all 3 Divisions yet to be beaten and Nans are the only team in all 3 Divisions yet to win. Needless to say the two teams clashed Thursday night but with Nan's struggling for form and Trainor's on cloud 9 there was only going to be one winner here.
Paddy Tavey, Noel Bradley, Niall McVerry (cptn), Sean Murray and Seamus McVerry secured the 5 frames needed to wrap up both points.
Dee Kearney won his 1st league game since the opening league fixture to round off a comfortable 6-2 victory.
Andrew Chan had beaten James O'Hagan to make it 3-1. Rony O'Reilly had a win over Cathal McCoy but it was only putting a better look on the scoreline. Trainor's where home a dried at that stage.

CWC A destroyed McGuigan's 7-1 while Hustlers had a good win over the slipping Bears. The points were secured at 5-2 and the game ended 6-2.
Whitecross let a 4-2 lead slip when they drew 4-4 with Orchard Bar in South Armagh. Michael Feenan gave captain Shane Phelan food for thought when he lost whilst playing in his new promoted role. Maybe handier games would suit Feenan and less pressure in the future.

There was a fascinating top of the table clash in Division 1.
Windmill were riding high and after years of getting tipped for big things they've finally put themselves in a positive position.
Bar 7 in Warrenpoint started the session slowly but have skipped up the table quietly going about their business. Most of their players are former Boyds cueists with very little to cheer about since they slid out of top tier pool.
Kris Fletcher is running Bar 7 on Duke Street and he's trying to get his pool team on the map. It was Fletcher that got the ball rolling with a win over the talented David Heartley.
Sharp potting Conor Heaney levelled the scores with a controlled display against Marty Bolton.
Richard Fletcher and Kevin Lennon edged Bar 7 into a 3-1 lead. Fletcher beating Brendan McVerry and Fletcher having a notable victory over super accurate Aaron O'Callaghan.
Conor Cunningham is another exciting Potter and he pulled it back to 3-2 when he beat JP Lennon.
Bar 7 took control of the match when Bar 7 captain Jeremy O'Brien beat David Loughran for 4-2.
Shane Cunningham wasted no time wrapping up the 2 points with a fine display against Brian McGeough.
Sub Christopher Marley won the final frame for Windmill against Chris O'Hare to finish the scoring 5-3 to Bar 7.
The win puts Bar 7 joint top on 8 points with Windmill but Bar 7 have a game in hand.

Trainors B moved up to 7 points along with St. Monnina A, Ballyholland and Foresters A.
Johnny Murphy's hosted Trainor's B and a win for Murphy's would have put them joint top in an extremely open Division 1.
Tommy Mooney was never going to be troubled by Gavin Harte and so Trainor's had the early advantage.
Anthony Reynolds is a former snooker player and a very strong pool player. He beat Declan Finnegan to tie the scores after 2.
Luke Phelan and Aaron Ruddy fired Trainor's B 3-1 up with wins over the talented Darren O'Hanlon and the steady Martin White.
The superb Martin Daly who was astonishingly good last season pulled it back to 3-2 by beating Brendan McNally.
Davey Doran made it 4-2 before the steady Charlie Docherty took the winning high fives to make it 5-2.
Kevin Crilly and Clive Whelan brushed aside for Murphy's.
Pat Quinn pulled back a consolation frame for Murphy's when he beat Paddy McKeown.
Final score 5-3 to Trainor's B.

Ballyholland travelled from the wilderness out to even more wilderness when they took on title rivals St. Monnina.
Ballyholland had drew 3 games and only won a single match prior to this one. They hit form on the night to blitz St. Monnina on their way to a 5-1 victory before the Saints took the final to frames of the night.
Niall McQuillan is Ballyholland's main man this season and he put the visitors 1 up when he beat Declan Brady.
The experienced St Monnina replied through Michael Teggart's win over Colm Shields.
That's as good as it got for St. Monnina. One after the other they fell like a deck of cards in a Ballyholland  storm.
Gerard McAvoy, Brendan Keenan and Giby Vettiankal all played a massive part in the Ballyholland side that won promotion to the Premier Division two years ago and know the route to the promised land. They fired the Harps into a 4-1 lead.
Stephen Cunningham and Andrew Mackin posed no threat to Ballyholland and while Tom McGuinness is a solid player it was his loss that left St. Monnina with only a point to play for.
Paddy McCann was the Saints player tasked with preventing the points heading back through the City. Former Ballyholland captain Jim McMahon loves a good tactical battle and his battle hardened style was enough to thwart McCann's attacking instincts and it was 5-1 to Ballyholland.
Conor McQuiad and Brian Harte took the bad look off it for the South Armagh  lads. Kevin McGovern and Manny Kelly won't lose too much sleep over their defeats.
It's disappointing loss for St. Monnina especially being on their home table but looks like any one can beat any one in this Division and it looks like this could well be the biggest promotion scrap in years.

Could ALL teams please put FULL names on their result cards.
Also don't be afraid to put some info on a frame like 8 ball finish or Re-spot black etc and we'll give it a mention! Would all teams please note that it is 2 shots to an opponent if a foul is committed from the break.

And also please note that you are not disqualified if you miss cue or fail to hit a ball it is simply 2 shots. For any player to be disqualified they would have had to have  played a blatant deliberate shot (ie) deliberately potting your opponents ball