What a treat we are in for this season. TJ's A might finally have some competition with the emergence of a new look CWC Dreamteam bursting with experience and talent. If CWC can turn the Premier Division into 2 horse race then that will be great for the Newry Pool League.
If the Premier Division is going to be a 2 horse race then Division 1 is going to be a stock car race. Last season Bears were pipped at the post by TJ's D in a thrilling title battle but this season is going to be a demolition derby. With so much quality in Division 1 it is going to be carnage!
Dan's C dropping through the Premier trap door have strengthened big time and have individuals winner Seamus McVerry still very much the focal point of their team.
Trainors Bar in Camlough cantered through Division 2 in 2nd gear. They dumped Premier side Whitecross out of the Vegas Cup and took a 4-0 lead against quadruple winners TJ's A only to let it slip. Trainors have added the 2 Bradley's and this side is going to be right up there.
Windmill Bar may have difficulty completing they're Premier Division fixtures but they're right at home in Division 1. They have 1 of the best talents in the Division with Aaron O'Callaghan inspiring a strong squad these lads will be contenders for sure.
Nan's had a good season last time out and were in with a shout of the title but just ran out of steam in the final furlong. They'll be up there again this season.
Ballyholland were the last team in all 3 Divisions to lose their 100% record last season but they didn't have the quality to sustain a title challenging campaign. They may not win the league but the points they take off the contenders will have a huge bearing on who does.
A Conor Dullaghan inspired Granvue Hotel were right in the mix up until the last few matches. It's hard to imagine they'll win Division 1 but yet again they'll take points off the contenders and not many teams will take 2pts back from Omeath.
Johnny Murphys look a good steady mid-table team. They got off to a good start last season and to stay away from the relegation zone they'll be looking another good start.
TJ's B look weaker than last year but should still be able to hold their own in Division 1.
McGuigan's B would be ok any other season but this Division is very strong this year so it could be a difficult campaign for the Monaghan Street side.
Bosco got off to a nightmare start last season and looked condemned to Division 2. They rallied well in the 2nd half of the season to stay up but if they start poorly again then there will be no escape this time around.
Indo should be starting to prepare for life in Division 2. The days of Indo being a top side are long since gone and this team are in for a battle Royal to pick up points in Division 1. Easily favourite's for the drop Indo are in for a long, hard season.
The fixture list looks kind for Trainor's Bar as they aim for 2 promotions in 2 seasons. They look odds on for maximum points until week 6 where they meet Windmill. That game will be in Camlough so Trainor's could open up a lead at the top early on. The big derby game with Dan's will be the next match for Trainor's as they travel to the model village week 7.
Indo, Granvue and TJ's B are Trainor's opening 3 fixtures.
Dan's travel to Windmill in the 2nd round of fixtures. What a game this promises to be. This early clash of the titans will be crucial as nobody will want to lose ground on Trainor's. Dan's have their bye in round 3 so the prospect of being 4pts behind the leaders is a daunting one.
Windmill travel up the hill to take on Ballyholland (week 4) the round after Dan's in another tricky game. Trainors is the big 1 in week 6. Week 9 Windmill have their bye and the final 2 games of the season are tough. They will host Nan's Rams and travel down to a tricky looking tie in Bosco.
If Indo can avoid early relegation they won't be too delighted to see their final 2 league games will both be away from home. Away to TJ's B could be massive and a trip over to Nan's Rams should surely seal their feat.
Get ready for some fireworks in this Division. Any one of 5 or 6 could win this league. This will be cut throat pool and dropping points could could be difficult to claw back with so many big teams certain to be challenging.
I can't wait to see this Division going toe to toe.
Look out for a run down of Division 2 coming soon!
Stephen Teggart was ice cool as he rescued what could turn out to be a crucial point against pretenders to their title crown - CWC A.
It's fair to say Stevie Teggart took a bit of stick off us this time last year but like all true champions he has come out fighting and shown us all why he is one of the most reliable players in the Vegas Casino sponsered Newry Pool league.
The first frame was arguably the 2 best players in the Newry Pool league going head to head. Manny Byrne v Kieran McMahon. Byrne is a regular at the latter stages of the World Pool Championships while McMahon played on the snooker scene in England in his younger days. The frame was unusually tactical but after a good hard battle it was Manny Byrne that created the opening and finished with a long tricky looking black. 1-0 TJ's A.
Harvey Lavelle inflicted a 1st defeat of the season on Raymond McKenna to level the scores. It wasn't vintage Lavelle but he did enough to square the match 1-1. Jack Courtney had a good chance to make it 2-1 TJ's but Paddy Clarke mopped up when Courtney messed up and CWC led the match 2-1.
Declan McMahon came back into the team and in typical Postie service he delivered with aplomb. Cathal Phelan is enjoying his season so far but McMahon was clinical when he levelled up at 2-2.
Tristan Byrne was up against Paul 'Bunty' O'Callaghan for the 2nd time this season. Bunty didn't make the same mistake twice and exacted revenge for 3-2 CWC.
The next frame was a foregone conclusion before it started. Declan McConville is a beaten docket so far this season. He was never going to have the confidence to beat Pat Brady never mind the talent. It was 4-2 CWC A and a 5 point deficit was staring TJ's A in the face.
It was time for Laurence McAlinden to step up to the plate. This is where champions are made and championships decided. McAlinden is the quiet captain but on the table he is ruthless. Niall McVerry had that incredible finish in the last match but Larry doesn't give you that much room on a table and the opportunity arose captain marvel pulled it back to 4-3.
The 'Iceman' Teggart was playing another shrewd operator Paddy Tavey. Both players are well capable of tying a game up or taking out a big finish. Stephen Teggart took the initiative and eventually got the opening he needed to give the hosts TJ's a share of the spoils and keep the 3 point margin between the sides the same.
Bears are making a mockery of our tip for relegation straight back to Division 1. They took on the high flying Orchard Bar and tore them to shreds. Bears have already beaten TJ's A and this win over Orchard was no less a surprise.
Karl McGuinness took his weekly frame when he beat Garry Powell and home side Orchard were in the lead.
Joe Poucher was a surprise loser to Ralph Crummy.
Charlie Broughton had a very good win over Sean McKevitt
Mervyn Kernaghan couldn't give his side a good advantage when an excellent potting Adrian 'Oz' Holman tied the scores at 2-2.
Paddy Murphy didn't have to be brilliant to beat PJ McDaniel and Bears had the lead for the 1st time 3-2.
Seamus Keenan v Lee Irvine wasn't for a fainthearted ref but eventually Keenan prevailed to ensure at least a point from the visit to the Orchard.
Anthony Morgan is having a cracking season and he made it 5-2 with a good win over Ritchie Crawford.
Eddie Heaney produced the icing on the cake and rounded off a terrific night when he defeated Sean McCaul for a final scoreline 6-2 Bears.
Whitecross have taken a lot of stick here but just like Stevie Teggart they have come out fighting. They've now won 2 league games on the spin after a very good win over TJ's Tigers. Captain
Jason Lennon and Niall O'Hare had given the visiting Tigers a 2-0 lead. Captain Gavin Malone took our advice and played their best player Mickey O'Hanlon further up the card. He came on 3rd to reduce the arrears to 2-1. James Toner has had mixed fortunes for Whitecross but a super 8 ball finish squared the match at 2-2.
Noel Donaldson gave the hosts the lead and Whitecross were on course for a big upset.
At 3-2 Marty O'Callaghan was back on form to make it 4-2 Whitecross.
Captain Gavin Malone bottled the chance to sew up both points when Gavin McNally made it 4-3.
Brian O'Neill was on hand to save the day for the South Armagh side. His rare win gave Whitecross 2 very valuable points when he defeated Richie Taylor.
Carrickcruppen returned to winning ways when they thrashed Killeavy. Killeavy GAC club are having a difficult season and Cruppen put them to the sword Thursday night.
Tommy Lavelle, Pat Byrne, Jamie Lavelle and Paddy O'Callaghan fired the visiting Cruppen into a stunning 4-0 lead.
Killeavy got off the mark thanks to Emmett Fearon taking advantage of an under power Martin McVeigh.
This was only a blip as Carrickcruppen pushed on. Kieran Hanna, Ciaran Hanna
And J. Beanny rounded off a handy night on the baize for Carrickcruppen. It wasn't vintage Cruppen but 2 useful points more on the board.
Division 2 saw the top 2 teams go head to head in what promised to be one of the games of the night. Armagh/Down had home advantage when South Armagh big shots Saint Moninna came to Town.
Both teams are unexpectedly leading the way as the other big hitters keep slipping up.
St Moninna went into the game with 7 wins from 9 and with no draws.
Armagh/Down with 6 wins, 2 draws and 1 loss.
Both teams had 14 points and having home advantage meant Armagh/Down were slight favourites.
Barry Smith is a good quality player and the Moninna pet expert had sharpshooter Shane Durnin on a leash. Smith was on form and took out Durnin who famously beat TJ's A legend Manny Byrne in the singles.
Andrew Mackin was picture perfect when he doubled the Saints lead by beating Shane McVerry. 0-2.
Martin White is a quality player with bags of experience. He was able to freeze out the very talented Oran Keenan and Armagh/Down trailed 3 nil.
Luckily for Darren Mackin he's winning more games than his beloved Man United and it was Mackin that made it a stunning 0-4 when he defeated another talented Armagh/Down player Sean Donnan.
Michael McCormack had a patchy start to the season but he's really hit form in December for St. Moninna. Gerard Foley is steady but McCormack is on fire lately and it was the 'super Mac' that wrapped up the 2 points to make the score a mesmerising 5-0 against their nearest rivals.
Another Mackin, this time John came to the baize. John has come on well this season and he made it 6-0 by beating a fairly decent Ryan Gray.
Conor McQuid has bags of experience and has a history of winning trophies. It's always a gamble playing him in his preferred position of 7th but so far it's working perfectly. Brendan McCabe was out of his depth and McQuid turned on the style to make it a mind boggling 7-0 away from home.
Dominic Donnelly had a bit of pressure on him to complete the unblemished 8 zip scoreline. Willie Andrews is a really Quality player and a bit of a cult figure in Armagh/Down. Andrews shows his class by keeping the fight going and not throwing in the towel. Andrews win prevented the dreaded whitewash.
The near flawless performance puts Saint Moninna 2 points clear at the top of Division 2 and in prime position for an all out assault for the title.
CWC B took full advantage of Armagh/Down's humiliation to go joint 2nd with the Monaghan Street side.
Sheepbridge B offered very little resistance as CWC hammered their visitors into an early submission.
Chris Cunningham and Cathal Murphy put CWC 2-0 up with wins over Ryan O'Hare and Conan Brannigan.
Sheepbridge looked to have steadied the ship when Darren Donaghy beat Seamus McKeown. 2-1.
It was just a stay of execution though. Raymond Sands then the experienced Tommy Rooney put CWC 4-1 up. John McAvoy and Mark Keenan had no answer for Sheepbridge.
Paul Kelland has been around a while now and he is very at home in Division 2. He had little problems wrapping up the 2 points with a good win over good potter Nathan Hand. 5-1.
Sheepbridge had 2 good players as their final duo and maybe had they played earlier they could have altered the result. Hindsight is a wonderful thing though.
Liam Turley and Gerard Bagnall ooze quality but with Cailum McParland and Paul Kelland having nothing to play for it was no surprise the excellent potting Sheepbridge duo claimed the last 2 frames.
5-3 is a great result for CWC and strangely they have the exact same frames for and against as Armagh/Down who they are joint 2nd with.
If St. Moninna and CWC had easy wins then the same certainly can't be said of Millvale Arms who needed the win to keep within touching distance of the league leaders.
Millvale trailed 2-1 and 3-2 against a Madden's Bar who dreamt of sneaking a point behind Millvale Bar. Madden's were among the favourites to finish bottom of Division 2 but a win here would put them a 1 point behind a Millvale team that are one of the favourites for promotion.
Colly McCann loves his pool and is a really top potter. He put Millvale 1-0 up against a formidable opponent in Decky Cunningham.
Wayne Riley and Kieran Bradley hit back as the visiting Madden's promised an upset. Gary Gibney and Willie Hughes the dissapointed homesters.
Ryan Diamond was in sparkling form and playing Dearbhile Murphy didn't put him off making it 2-2 at the halfway stage.
Decky Campbell is a great wee player and he had Madden's of the verge of a great point when he beat Brendan Hoey to his side 3-2 up.
Killian McDonald is an excellent player and he had a good win over the very experienced Martin Reavey to tie up the scores with just 2 to play.
Ling Agavi had a superb win over Gareth 'Guff' Carroll to put Millvale back in front for the 1st time since the opening frame. 4-3.
Marty McGoldrick was the hero and not for the 1st for Millvale. He's a good tidy cueiest and wins his fair share and in the nerve wrecking final frame he scraped over the line for 2 really hard earned points. Brian Robinson is no world beater and McGoldrick is miles ahead in talent and temperament.
Millvale still remain 3 points from top spot but they know only too well they are very much in the hunt.
Forresters have had the odd terrific draws against the top sides this season but they got humiliating humbled by bottom side Indo B on Thursday night. Forresters have a decent squad but defeats have been far too easy come so far this season.
Indo picked up their 1st win and it was just a walk in the park in this big derby game.
Brendan Flanagan and Denver Jenkins put Indo 2-0 up.
John McClorey beat Margaret Ireland to reduce the arrears to 2-1.
Aidan Griffin and Birdy Conway made it 4-1 in this bottom of the table clash. Colly Rowntree wrapped up Indo's 1st brace of points when he beat Rayme Magee for 5-1.
Hugh McGrath and Ollie White are 2 quality players but their wins for Forresters was too little too late for the hosts as they lost out 5-3 to a superb Indo B.
Indo remain bottom and need to build on this result. As for Forresters they need to take a long hard look at themselves.
Trainor's Bar on Canal Street had a good win over Boyds Bar while Cavern Bar joined TJ's C on 7points when they travelled in to TJ's.
The updated league tables are online and there will be a short blog on the Premier Division and Division 1 soon.
Newry Pool League Pool Blog 15-1-2017
The Newry and District Pool league would like to extend their deepest sympathies to the family of Kevin Morgan, a former league player ,who died suddenly last week. Kevin's brother Anthony plays for Bears and our thoughts and prayers are with him and all the family circle at this sad time.
A Kieran Hanna inspired Carrickcruppen got the 2nd half of their league campaign off to a cracking start when they beat Orchard Bar in the South Armagh Gaelic club. Cruppens problems this season have been well highlighted and its was good to see their captain taking our advice in rearranging their team for this match.
Paddy O'Callaghan played well and even though opponent Karl McGuinness was badly out of sorts , O'Callaghan needed a stunning black to put Carrickcruppen 1-0 up.
The majestic Kieran Hanna was taking on the dangerous Joe Poucher. Both ex-Corrinshego league winners this promised to be high quality. It was high quality alright as Hanna cleared for yet another break finish. The in form Hanna played a beautiful 2nd last red and freed up the black for an excellent finish to make it 2-0 Carrickcruppen.
When PJ McDaniel beat Jamie Lavelle the signs were bad for Crupney as they'd only picked up 1 point when he had lost. 2-1.
Pat Byrne and Orchard Bar's Richie Crawford got involved in an uncharacteristic tactical battle but the pot of the night from Pat Byrne (a stunning full length yellow with top spin) was enough to win the game for Carrickcruppen 3-1.
Barry McAllister had a good win over Brendy Devlin and Carrickcruppen where on the hill and on the verge of 2 very welcome points. 4-1.
Captain of Carrickcruppen Paul Hughes missed a sitter to the middle pocket to gift the frame to Sean McCaul and the comeback looked more likely now at 4-2.
Orchard ace Lee Irvine came too high off his last red and missed the tricky black to the middle. Tommy Lavelle made hard work of his yellows but he scraped over the line and won 2 well earned points for Carrickcruppen. 5-2.Good win
for south armagh side. Mervyn Kernaghan won a cosmetic final frame for Orchard when he beat Ciaran Hanna Junior.
Hustlers missed the chance to keep pace with the leading teams when they could only manage a draw with struggling McGuigans A. In fact Hustlers needed a final frame equaliser from the experienced Kevin Magee to rescue a point.
Damien 'Diddles' McArdle got the Bellini's based side into the lead when he beat Brian Campbell.
McGuigan's reversed the lead when Terry McNally and Paul McAreavey hit form to beat Billy O'Neill and league supremo Micky Cunningham for 2-1.
It was all square at the half-way mark thanks to Bernie Magee getting the better of Brendan Healy.
Damian Kearney was ousted by Dusty O'Hagan and McGuigan's were back in the ascendancy. Shane McAllister returned to winning ways when he ended his 2 month league drought for Hustlers to beat Tommy O'Hanlon and it was 3-3.
Cathal McCoy was out of sorts and Bud Flanagan took full advantage to give McGuigan's A a surprise lead in Bellini's with 1 frame to go.
It was left to league Chairman Kevin Magee to come up with some magic to win the final frame of the night to grab a last ditch draw for Hustlers , when he showed Mike McArdle his nerves of steel. 4-4.
CWC A got their free 2 Points in the absence of Killeavey, so the pressure was on TJ's A to win and keep on the leaders' tales.
TJ's A raced into a 2-0 lead thanks to Paul Morgan and Raymond McKenna. Adrian Annett replied for TJ's Tigers when he beat Jack Courteny to make it 2-1 but the A team pressed on.
Laurence McAlinden was sublime as he fired in a superb break finish against Niall O'Hare. Manny Byrne then Declan McMahon wrapped up the 2 points.
Richie Taylor and Davey Hanna won the last 2 frames for the Tigers for a final score of 5-3.
Whitecross v Bears will be played this week.
A place in the 1/4's is at stake as the best Newry and District Double Acts go head to head. The question is can anybody stop back to back winners Pat Brady and Harvey Lavelle from making it a Triple Crown? They destroyed the field one after another last season so maybe they'll get a better challenge this season.
Barry Kelland & Kieran Cunningham (CWC B) v Mark Shevlin & Fred Cameron (St. Monnina)
A good opportunity for both Division 2 pairings to secure a last 8 spot. CWC B will ply their trade in Division 1 next season but Kelland and Cunningham have their work cut out in this Pairs clash. Cunningham is a good potter while Kelland has the craft.
Mark Shevlin is one of the better Division 2 talents and although Fred Cameron could be extra baggage Shev could squeeze the mid-table St. Monnina pair through.
Shevlin and Cameron
Paddy Tavey & Stevie Teggart (CWC A) v Brendan McVerry & Brian McGeough (Windmill)
Pool and the Pairs especially always has the potential to throw up shocks. Two players that are hot favourite playing two massive outsiders can cause complacency. This is easily the biggest mismatch on paper.
Tavey and Teggart are both outstanding potters and have a safety department to match anyone. The duo can concentrate on adding to their Premier Division league title.
McVerry and McGeough aren't the best potters in the competition and they aren't they certainly aren't the best tactically. Largely their league campaign has been very poor.
So is this all set up for a huge shock? NO chance!
Verdict Tavey and Teggart.
Paddy O'Callaghan & Mickey Green (Dan's A) v Tommy O'Hanlon & Adrian Murphy (Millvale)
What a game this is going to be. This may be Premier Division v Division 2 but the Premier Division lads could arguably be 2nd favourites.
O'Callaghan and Green will have a simple game plan. Pot pot pot. The two lads are clueless when it comes to tactics or any sort of safety game. If the two Dan's players are in form they will be a joy to watch and be unstoppable. O'Hanlon and Murphy may have dropped down to Division 2 but don't be fooled. These to are former top Premier Division players. Both are quality potters but are very astute in the tactical department. They may not be a clinical as they once were but they will certainly enter this match with little fear.
This is the game where a surprise result could well be on the cards. The venue TJ's might just swing it for the free potting Premier duo.
Verdict: O'Callaghan and Green.
Pat McClenaghan and Stephen Sherry (Nan's Rams) v Benny Hoey and Ryan Diamond.
McClenaghan and Diamond are the stars on show here and it's between Sherry and Hoey to make the least mistakes.
Pat McClenaghan has been the most consistent of the 4 and although Ryan Diamond has improved since Christmas it might not be good enough. Sherry is a good sold player for the Nan's duo and while Benny Hoey has quality in his armoury it's the Nan's pair full of confidence.
Verdict: McClenaghan and Sherry.
John Daly and Kieran Larkin (Murphy’s Bar) v Darren O'Hanlon and Martin White (Murphy’s Bar)
This intriguingly interesting South Armagh Derby match could be a cracker to kick off the night in TJ's. John Daly is in stunning form and a good run to the last 32 of the individuals showed he is a very capable player. He almost won every single league game before Christmas. His partner in crime is Kieran Larkin. Larkin isn't anywhere near Daly's standard but he can pot a ball and can play cagey pool.
Darren O'Hanlon is a top quality player and his partner Martin White is a good standard for Division 1. These 2 have top tier experience and although they are no geniuses they would still hold their own.
A South Armagh Derby is nail biting enough but playing team mates can be a bare knuckle ride. Experience is key.
Verdict: O'Hanlon and White.
Stephen Cunningham and Michael Teggart (St. Monnina) v Raymond Sands and Paul Kelland (CWC B).
3rd from top of Division 1, the St.Monnina pair won't be taking the top of Division 2 CWC B duo for granted.
Cunningham and Teggart just like their opponents Sands and Kelland are far from the most exciting nor consistent players in their respective teams.
Cunningham and Teggart are probably the better potters but Sands and Kelland would likely edge the inevitable tactical exchanges. The quick TJ's Table might just suit the St. Moninna pairing the better.
Verdict: Cunningham and Teggart.
Sheila Johnston and Kevin Crilly (Murphy’s Bar) v Declan McConville and Kieran McMahon (CWC A).
This could be one of the most one sided games since Wrexham took on Arsenal in the FA Cup in the 1991-92 season. Johnston and Crilly are up against here. Both can draw belief from the fact both McConville and McMahon have tasted defeat many times this season and have both crashed out of the individuals in recent seasons to rank outsiders.
Could this be one of the sporting upsets of the local sport scene in long a many a year? No chance!
Verdict McConville and McMahon.
Gerard Bagnall and Liam Turley (Glenn) v James O'Hagan and Niall Connolly (Dan's A)
Gerard Bagnall is the pick of the Glenn crop. He's used to winning week in week out. Liam Turley is a good partner for Bagnall. He can be tactical and these 2 should not be underestimated.
James O'Hagan and Niall Connolly are in superb form lately. Connolly recently gave Kieran McMahon a real scare in the individuals. O'Hagan has one of the best records in the Premier Division. Both are very attacking and will hope for an open attacking table.
Verdict: O'Hagan and Connolly.
Cailum McParland and Chris Cunningham (CWC B) v Brendan McCabe and Shane McVerry (Armagh/Down)
Chris Cunningham is the most exciting player of this opening quartet. He is an excellent potter and seems to have overcome his fear of potting the black. Cailum McParland will need to try and curtail Cunningham's attacking instincts.
McCabe and McVerry are a good experienced pairing with decent win rates. They will certainly be confident of progressing.
Verdict: Cunningham and McParland.
Robbie White and Niall McQuillan (Ballyholland) v Brendan Devlin and Mervyn Kernaghan (Orchard Bar)
What a cracking match-up this is. Robbie White and Niall McQuillan are like a match and a stick of dynamite. Together they are explosive. Both ultra aggressive potters and both excellent players with impressive win rates.
Brendan Devlin and Mervyn Kernaghan are no less talented but certainly a little more conservative on the attacking front.
The CWC tables will no doubt suit the Ballyholland fireworks display but unless they produce 2 massive clearances then there is likely to be a damp squib for them.
Verdict: Devlin and Kernaghan.
Eddie Heaney and Ralf Crummy (Bears) v Seamus McVerry and Jimmy McVerry (Dan's A).
Neither of the Bears 2 have covered themselves in glory this season. Eddie Heaney will be glad to see Division 1 so he can get back to winning ways. Ralf Crummy has been one of the more reliable Bears players but he still shouldn't get overly excited by that as he wasn't up against much.
Seamus McVerry and Jimmy McVerry will be delighted with this draw. Seamus is an outstanding potter and an intelligent player. Jimmy is a lucky player and this combination of luck and skill is really all you need to lift trophies.
Verdict McVerry and McVerry.
Nicky Langton and Gerard McGuigan (McGuigan's B) v Billy O'Neill and Ciaran O'Neill (Hustlers)
Langton and McGuigan have hit some good form recently to fire McGuigan's Bar to the top of the Premier Division. Langton the safety operative and McGuigan is the attacking operative.
Billy and Ciaran O'Neill are the 2nd father/Son duo on the table and they will have to work equally as hard. Young Ciaran is the most improved player in the league over the past 2 seasons. He might just be able to carry his Dad over the line.
Verdict: O'Neill and O'Neill.
Shane McAllister and Barry Murphy v Paddy Heaney and Adrian Holman.
Yet another tough one to call. Shane McAllister is the pick of the the 4 players while the other 3 are in and around the same standard. Heaney and Holman will need to nullify McAllister if they are to prevail. Murphy will trust McAllister and I'd Murphy can hold his nerves this could be a potent partnership.
Verdict: McAllister and Murphy
Shane Phelan and Cathal Phelan (Whitecross Bar) v Raymie Magee and Chris McKeown. (Forresters)
The 2 Phelan's are in red hot form this season. Whitecross would probably be long relegated by now only for these 2 brilliant cueiests.Shane has come on leaps and bounds and is playing with real confidence. The Phelan twins are rightly among the favourites for the title.
Talking of Confidence - Chris McKeown has been one of the highlights of the season and he will be brimming with confidence. He set the individuals alight with some sterling performances and could he pull of another brilliant result to make the last 8? Raymie Magee is no soft touch and these lads will definitely give the Phelan's a run for their money.
Verdict: Cathal Phelan and Shane Phelan.
Pat Brady and Harvey Lavelle (CWC A) v Colm Shields and Jim McMahon (Ballyholland)
Pat Brady and Harvey Lavelle have gone 2 full seasons unbeaten in the Pairs and if memory serves me correctly they didn't even drop a frame en route to their 2nd consecutive Pairs title last season. Both players have a cruel safety game and both are stunning potters.
Colm Shields and Jim McMahon got the draw nobody wanted. Colm is the current captain and Jim is the former captain. 2 good solid players. Shields recently dished up a break finish so if the table is open they can cause the champions trouble. It is however immensely unlikely.
Verdict: Shields and McMahon.
Diamuird Lonergan and Conor O'Hare (Sheepbridge) v Paddy Clarke and Seamus McGeoghegan (CWC A)
What a game to finish the night and finish our blog. Both teams have slow methodical players and exciting flashy potters.
Lonergan and McGeoghegan would be good sleeping tablets if the could crush them and put them in capsules O'Hare and Clarke are like a tin of Red Bull with 100% added Carbon dioxide with extra sugar.
This could be an explosion of outrageous potting or it could be a snore fest. Is it possible to have both? Conor O'Hare and Paddy Clarke certainly can get a snooker if required but outrageous exuberant potting is more likely to come to fruition.
This is going to be a close one. Seamus McGeoghegan is the key here. If he can play will and make less mistakes than Diamuird Lonergan then they could edge a classic.
Verdict: Clarke and McGeoghegan.
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