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.
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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.
Also what an incredible amount of names entering this years individuals. 135 entries is phenomenal yet again.
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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