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Post Date : Sun 07 Oct 2018 05:41 PM
Newry Pool League Blog



CWC A romped home out in the homeland of the HillBillies Whitecross. The Working Men's Club welcomed back Raymond McKenna to the party. McKenna defected from the smallest Pool League in the Country to the biggest Pool League in the Country. It was a no brainer for McKenna and he got straight down to work to bring all 4 trophies back to CWC for the 2nd year in a row.
It was no surprise to see McKenna back in competitive pool again but it was a surprise was to see League Secretary  Micky Cunningham joining the quadruple winners. Playing with Hustlers it looked like he was happy being a mid-table player but it looks now like he is hungry for more trophies. Only the future will tell us whether he will  be a help CWC to  there 3rd Title in a row  or a hindrance but he will certainly have plenty to say even if it's not on the baize.

Shane Phelan on his home table was taking on the now familiar Paddy Clarke in the nights opening frame. Phelan had his chances against Clarke in last seasons Cunningham Cup final but not this time. Clarke hit destroy mode and blasted Phelan off the table.
Cathal Phelan had a chance against former team mate Raymie McKenna after the latter snookered himself on the black when on an 8 ball clearance. Phelan couldn't tie the returning McKenna up and it was 2-0.
Gareth Mc Cann could offer little resistance and Kieran McMahon made it 3-0 to the league champions.
When CWC legend Harvey Lavelle knocked his yellow off the table he gifted the frame to Michael Feenan. The Whitecross Tornado or Tomato to some of his fans had a few drop in's to bring the score back to 3-1.
Alan Burke was playing the ring rusty Micky Cunningham in 5th frame of the night. Burke used all his negative tactics to thwart Cunningham and Whitecross were now back in the match at 3-2.
Incredibly Whitecross missed a glorious chance to level. Mickey O'Hanlon was on for the 1st break finish of his illustrious career but for some reason turned down a sitter of a black and opted for a safety shot. Needless to say Pat Brady thought it was Christmas come early and he severely punished the reluctant O'Hanlon to make it 4-2.
A loose shot from Gavin Malone was enough to give Bernie 2 shots and the frame that sealed both points. Magee was calm and assured as he mopped up for 5-3.
Seamus McGeoghegan destroyed Whitecross debutant John O'Hanlon for a comprehensive 6-2 win for CWC A.

Nan's Rams last seasons Division 1 winners and also Runners up McGuigan's Bar both got draws for the 2nd week in a row.
Nan's had the tricky task of Orchard bar to negotiate. The City side got off to a flying start taking a 2-0 lead.
Mark Pentony and the superb Pat McClenaghan seeing of the out of sorts Mervyn Kernaghan and Lee Irvine.
Jamie Fletcher and the excellent Brendy Devlin pulled the match level at the halfway point. Stephen Sherry and Mal Maguire losing out.
Tony McGovern had a disappointing season last time out but he played some good pots when he defeated Leigh McAlinden to give Orchard the lead for the 1st time in the match. It was McGovern's 2nd league win in a row and he could well be a big player for Orchard this season.
Micky Lennon drew the sides level when he beat newcomer Liam Turley for 3-3.
PJ McDanial is a tough nut to crack and this time it was the ultra attacking Andrew Chan who found out. 4-3 to Orchard.
Noel Brown was a brilliant signing for Orchard last season but he tastes his 1st league defeat of the season against the reliable Rony O'Reilly to salvage a well earned draw in the Orchard.

Bears who got relegated last season only managed a reprieve at the very last minute to hang on to their elite status. They'll be fairly happy to have picked 2 draws from their opening 2 league games.
Just like Nan's newly promoted McGuigan's raced into a 2-0 lead. The experienced Gerald McGuigan and smart potting Martin Conroy doing the damage for the Monaghan Street side. Eugene McDermot and Garry Powell the two Bears players that will need to up their game drastically.
Seamus 'The Snail' Keenan and Paul Murphy levelled for Bears after good wins over Dusty O'Hagan and Damian Flanaghan for 2-2.
Eddie Heaney couldn't make it 2 wins from 2 games when he fell to the cue of super quick and now super accurate Pat Byrne. Byrne has been welcomed back to our league after leaving the minnow league for greener pastures. It was now 3-2 McGuigan's but not for long.
Anthony Morgan tied things up with 2 frames to go with some terrific shooting against John Hogan.
Adrian 'Oz' Holman put Bears on the cusp of their 1st league win of the season when he out potted Mike McArdle.
But it just wasn't to be for the home side Bears. The fairly reliable Paddy Heaney was out fought by the tactically astute Paul McAreavey.
This was a cracking match and nobody can doubt a draw was the fair result.





Post Date : Wed 03 Oct 2018 04:07 PM
Newry Pool League Blog





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.


Post Date : Mon 15 Oct 2018 07:31 PM
Newry Pool League Blog


All hail The Mighty Bears. On Thursday night Bears travelled to the Working Men's Club. The home of the magnificent, all conquering CWC A. The current quadruple trophy holders wracked up an accumulative score of 18-6 last season against Bears.

Bears had clearly been improving. Starting with a 7-1 defeat they narrowed the margin to 6-2 and finally 5-3.
Bears went on to get relegated while CWC polished off all 4 of the top trophies on offer.
The team news prior to the match on Thursday was not great for CWC. Harvey Lavelle and Singles Champion Paddy Clarke would be absent.
Bears have been boosted by summer signings Eugene McDermott and Diamuird Lonergan.
6 of Bears' starting line-up where regulars in last seasons relegated squad while only 4 of CWC's stars played in last seasons quadruple winning side although they had multiple league winner Raymie McKenna on the team sheet. Could Mickey Cunningham, Eugene Magee and Art Ruddy step up to the plate as CWC's new signings?

Kieran McMahon got down to work straight away with some exquisite pool.  Neil Heaney never had the armoury to trouble the 'Machine' McMahon.
CWC thought it was business as usual when Bernie Magee beat Ralph Crummy for 2-0.
Young Eoghan Magee is a nice potter but you need more than potting ability to beat super experienced ex-snooker player Eugene McDermott. The latter was too good and it was 2-1.
Raymond McKenna was hot favourite against Seamus Keenan but the 'snail' always beats the Hare apparently and at the half-way stage it was all square at 2-2.
Art Ruddy didn't fill Paul Murphy with fear after a nervous start and Murphy did the needful for Bears who edged in front 3-2.
Incredibly CWC A captain Pat Brady went to the penultimate league game of the season before he finally tasted defeat. It was Niall McQuillan that ended Brady's dream of going a whole season with a 100% winning record with only one more match to play. Surely only 3 games in he wouldn't taste defeat. But  yes he did and it was Diamuird Lonergan who wasnt  to inspired after loosing the lag twice and was put into bat first and bat he did wallop into the bottom left pocket to put Bears 4-2 up.
It was up to new signing and Pool League Secretary Micky Cunningham to try and at least take the match into a decider. Garry Powell is no soft touch. He fairly mixed season last time out but he's a great potter and a dangerous opponent. Cunningham was on for the perfect finish until he missed an easy pot on a straight black  and when Powell got a lucky snooker it was curtains for CWC A. Powell sealed a famous win and the 2 points and to rub salt in the wounds Adrian Holman made it 6-2 with a win over Seamus McGeoghegan.
It's not the end for CWC A but when their big names are missing their squad looks very vulnerable.
Well done Bears who won't be the pushover many teams faced last season.

Trainors Bar look like they could the main challengers to CWC A. They beat 7 man Hustlers in a re-fixture midweek and after a hard fought win over Orchard on Thursday they are now the only Premier Division side with 100% record.
They got off to a flyer in Camlough with James O'Hagan and Niall McVerry taking the opening 2 frames of the evening.
Gerard Bagnall playing his 1st ever Premier Division game beat Dee Kearney. Kearney is having a little wobble as his form has dipped and now faces the axe.
Tony McGovern levelled the scores at 2-2 when he beat Seamus Graham. McGovern has now won all 3 of his league games so far.
Paddy Tavey then David Cromie exchanged frames to go into the last two frames level at 3 apiece.
Seamus McVerry and finally Liam Bradley scraped Trainor's over the winning line for the two points that fired the Camlough side top of the league.

McGuigan's got their 1st league win of the season with a very comfortable victory over fellow newly promoted Nan's Rams.
Gerard McGuigan, Martin Conroy, Pat Byrne, Paul McAreavey and Mike McArdle gave McGuigan's an unassailable 5-1 lead. Pat McClenghan had levelled the match 1-1 before the visitors kicked into gear.
Luckily For Nan's McGuigan's took their foot off the gas which let Jimmy O'Hare and the superb Rony O'Reilly take the last 2 frames of the night. O' Reilly has won all 3 of his games so far and one of the few with 100% win record.

Cathal Phelan, Michael Feenan and Shane Phelan had Whitecross 3-1 up against Hustlers before the wheels came off. Barry Murphy had levelled before long time team mate Shane McAllister started the come back at 3-2.
Ciaran O'Neill tied the match with 2 frames left on the card.
Whitecross legend Mickey O'Hanlon became one of the few players to have played all 3 league games and lose them all. It was another pool legend Kevin Magee that beat him to make it 4-3 to Hustlers.
Hustlers had no 8th man and so Gavin Malone picked up his 1st league win of the season to salvage a draw for Whitecross.

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