Newry Pool League

Post Date : 04 Jul 2019 09:20 PM
CWC A v Trainor's A! What a game to finish the season with. Friday night has now become a massive event for both teams. The league Champions CWC will be hurting after their shock Divisional Cup defeat to Whitecross. For Trainor's it's a chance to save a season that promised so much but delivered so little. The Vegas Cup will be a welcome addition to either the CWC or Trainor's Bar and what a final this promises to be for all pool fans Destination Newry will be Streaming the final live at the Indo with commentary from the knowledgeable Cathal McCoy. The front bar holds a great table favoured by all the top pros and this will suit attacking players. This could well turn out to be a pot-fest. Match Preview Trainor's led the Premier Division up until their fall from grace shortly after Christmas. They took a hammering from champions elect CWC and that shattered the Camlough side before they drifted out of contention. CWC dumped Trainor's from the Cunningham Cup which also sucked the confidence right out of the challengers. This is now a chance of redemption. Trainor's Bar captain Niall McVerry knows he was a few players short of challenging for the title but they certainly have the players to beat CWC on Friday night. CWC were missing their captain Pat Brady when they lost out to Whitecross in the Divisional Cup Final. It was obviously a massive boost for Whitecross and Trainor's Bar will be cursing their luck on his return to the baize. CWC will be out to prove they are a different proposition with their talisman Brady. He is the gel that sticks this team together and strikes fear not only in opposition players but also his team mates. Picking the two teams will be a tough job for both captain's. We'll take a look at the possible line-ups. For Trainor's Eddie McCaughey is likely to be playing in the Pairs. He's won with James O'Hagan before but he could possibly partner Sean Murray. McCaughey is likely to be up 1st no matter who he's with. Seamus McVerry and Dad Jimmy McVerry would be sensible partners in the doubles but Niall McVerry sometimes prefers Seamus Graham. The Father and Son duo were only an inch away from booking their place in this year's Pairs final but Graham is favourite for the nod probably playing 2nd or 3rd on Friday night. Will Niall McVerry give the whole squad a run out or go for the jugular and play his best possible team? Paddy Tavey will almost certainly be the 1st singles player on the baize for Trainor's but he and the captain would be hard to beat if the were up 3rd in the Pairs. If McVerry goes for the squad game then Noel Bradley will get a run out. Bradley would partner James O'Hagan or else Sean Murray. More likely it would be Murray though with O'Hagan and McCaughey paired 1st. Paddy Tavey will play 1st in the singles as mentioned earlier. Niall McVerry is a cert for the singles along with Eddie McCaughey. Seamus McVerry will play in or around 7th. James O'Hagan would be difficult to leave out of the singles. He did have a torrid season but his form improved very late in the spring and really has to play. If O'Hagan plays then Liam Bradley would be likely to play 9th. The duel player had an excellent season and would have to be in the team. That could mean Dee Kearney would have to settle for a spot on the bench. If O'Hagan plays only in the doubles then Kearney will be the anchor man. CWC won't want to be trailing coming out of the Pairs like they did in their final against Whitecross. In saying that CWC may play a similar team to the one that faltered in the Divisional final. Pat Brady will have to decide if he will come into the Pairs. If he does he could drop Harvey Lavelle or Bernie Magee. Chances are he'll go with the status quo and play Lavelle and Magee. Paddy Clarke and Seamus McGeoghegan's winning partnership could be under pressure. Pat Brady pairing with Clarke would be an awesome duo. Kieran McMahon and Terry McNally would be hard to separate after winning this year's Pairs title together. These two you can bank on playing 3rd. Kieran McMahon is usually the 1st up in the singles followed by their back to back individuals champion Paddy Clarke. This is where the change will happen. Pat Brady will play the 6th frame of the evening. Terry McNally will drop to 7th and Raymie McKenna 8th. With McGeoghegan possibly losing out to Brady in the Pairs he would be 9th like so many trophy winning nights before. These match-ups are dependant on both captain's having their full squad to choose from. What a night of pool this should be. The Indo will be packed to the rafters in this splendid venue of Newry Pool. The table will be leveled and ironed for the clash of the titans and the players are going to treat us to thrilling skilful night of exquisite pool. The presentation night will commence straight after the Vegas Cup final so get the teeth whitened and your best smile on for the Newry Deomcrat photo's in the climax to another superb year of Pool. From Newry Pool league
Post Date : 23 Jun 2019 07:56 PM
Whitecross stunned Premier Division league Champions CWC A to win the Divisional Cup Final. Prior to this game pool pundits said there was more chance of Shergar winning the 2020 Grand National than Whitecross had of beating CWC to the chequered flag. The 2018 quadruple winners CWC finished the league campaign a staggering 15 points clear of their South Armagh counterparts. CWC won twice as many league games as 'The Cross'. 18 wins to 9. CWC lost just 1 single match - To Bears. Whitecross lost 7 of their 21 league games. CWC's frame difference was +64 while Whitecross were in the negative at -6. Those were damning facts but the league doesn't tell the whole story. Whitecross thrashed Premier Division runner​'s​-up and long time leaders Trainor's A 8-1 in this cup in the 1st round. Trainor's were hot favourite's after thrashing Whitecross only a few weeks earlier. Bears fancied their chances of upsetting Whitecross in the semi-final despite being in a relegation battle. Whitecross cruised into the final at 5-0 and finishing 6-2. The Divisional Cup sponsor's Trainor's Bar was proving a happy hunting ground for Whitecross. CWC beat Nan's Rams 6-3 and convincingly beat Orchard 7-2 in their semi-final to set up this final. The team news was also favourable to Whitecross as the legendary CWC A captain Pat Brady was going to miss the match due to being on holidays. Kieran McMahon was also a doubt before the game due to a​n Infected big toe​. Whitecross reported a clean bill of health with a full squad for captain Shane Phelan to choose from. Whitecross knew only too well they needed a good start if they were to stand any chance of giving CWC a run for their money. Shane Phelan could have opted for Pairs runner-up duo Michael Feenan and Mickey O'Hanlon but Gavin Malone was given the nod after their heroics in earlier cup matches. Malone providing the tactics and Feenan the potting. They would face two time Pair's champion Harvey Lavelle who picked Bernie Magee as his partner. The Whitecross Pair play with confidence and a shortage of that fear factor with a touch of class put the South Armagh lads 1-0 up. Shane Phelan is a 2018 Pairs champion and his chosen Partner was 2019 Pairs runner-up Mickey O'Hanlon. Bags of experience there, taking on 2 times and current individuals champion Paddy Clarke with the tactical Seamus McGeoghegan. Clarke and McGeoghegan were too good they levelled the match 1-1. Cathal Phelan and Brian O'Neill had the unenviable task of beating this year's Pairs champions Terry McNally and Kieran McMahon. Phelan had a dreadful start to the season but has improved immeasurably at the turn of the year. Brian O'Neill has been like a new signing for Whitecross this year but surely beating the Doubles champions would be beyond their wildest dreams. Sometimes dreams do come true and incredibly the Pairs champions got humbled by Phelan and O'Neill and Whitecross came out the Pairs leading 2-1. This was the season Michael Feenan finally showed the pool world what he is capable of. The Tornado left a trail of destruction especially in the 1st half of the season and reaching the final of the Pairs should be just the start for him. Feenan came up against an inspired Kieran McMahon though, who showed the young gun how to clear up in style to level the scores at 2-2. Cathal Phelan v Paddy Clarke was the match-up of the night. Both are clearly their teams best player. The former team mates ooze quality but the current back to back individuals champion Clarke was the obvious favourite to put CWC into the lead for the 1st time. It was the frame that arguably put that seed of doubt in the CWC minds as the brilliant Phelan kept his cool to fire Whitecross 3-2 in front. Alan Burke was in trouble against Raymie McKenna. Burke has had a good solid season and is a big game player. It was looking like McKenna had the frame in the bag but when he potted the black the white inexplicably rolled into the pocket and Burke had stolen the frame for 4-2 Whitecross. Whitecross captain Shane Phelan had the chance to make history and win these boys their 1st ever Newry Pool league top flight trophy. A few seasons ago Whitecross lost two finals in a month and the following season lost another final. The country lads are used to being the bridesmaid but never the bride. Could Phelan go down in folklore and secure the Premier Division Cup? The legendary Harvey Lavelle stood in his way. Lavelle has it all. Potting, safety, tactics, positional play and bottle by the bucket load are just some of his attributes. Phelan has been a key player for Whitecross this past couple of seasons capping it off with the 2018 Pairs title. He also won our blog player of the season last year. He was in a tense battle with Lavelle. Phelan saw his chance and rolled home the final few colours to leave a pressure black to the middle for the title. Years and years of untold hurt of Whitecross players rested firmly on his shoulders. Could Phelan handle the pressure? You bet he could! Shane Phelan stroked home the black with aplomb to the ecstatic delight of his Whitecross team mates. It was a fantastic win for Whitecross. So many times they have been to the well but came home dry. Now, at long last they can look forward to a team photo with a trophy in their grasp. Gareth McCann missed out on his game with Terry McNally and a possible showdown between Joseph McTaggart and Seamus McGeoghegan was averted thanks to Shane Phelan. Congratulations to Whitecross and ​hard luck CWC A.​😂
Post Date : 08 Jun 2019 05:09 PM


Paddy Clarke became the 1st player in well over two decades to win back to back Singles titles after a mesmerising performance last Thursday. Clarke was simply sensational. From the semi-final onwards he was virtually untouchable. His final opponent Pat Brady cruised to the decider dropping only won frame and it meant the CWC A team mates would contest the individuals finale for the second year in a row.

Brady won 3-1 against Cathal Phelan, 3-0 against Seamus McVerry and 3-0 against Raymie McKenna in the semi.
Clarke stuffed Shane McAllister 3-0 then had a right royal battle in his last 8 match. He was on course for a routine win against Thomas McGuinness when he led 2-0 but the St. Monnina player fought like an injured lion to pull it back to 2-2. The real Paddy Clarke stood up in the decider and squeezed into the semi with a brilliant finish and beat Kieran McMahon 3-0 in the last 4.

The two played out a classic final last year when Paddy Clarke edged a thriller 4-3. This year Clarke was in devastating form and he never gave Pat Brady a sniff, racing into a commanding 3-0 lead. Brady needed to win all 4 of the remaining frames and although he pulled it back to 3-1 nobody in the Forester's club really believed a comeback was possible. Clarke made no mistake in wrapping up his second consecutive individuals title at 4-1.

Clarke was just on a different playing field. He whizzed around the table producing his magic every time his tip struck the white ball. In his semi-final match he blitzed Kieran McMahon  3-0. There's not many players can say they annihilated Pat Brady and Kieran McMahon with an accumulative score of 7-1. Two legends of Newry Pool just brushed aside with nonchalance.
Not only two legends but  two team mates to add to the pressure.

Paddy Clarke had lots of praise for the Forester's club, Newry Pool league, the livestream and the fantastic crowd that attended the finals night.

For all those who enjoy reading the winners we tipped' you will be delight to hear we got one or two wrong.
Of the last 8 matches we got only one game wrong. Dee Kearney couldnt  get over the line against Seamus McGeoghegan.
Of our 1/4 picks only Terry McNally didn't make it to the semi-final. Kieran McMahon was just too good and the 'Machine' McMahon booked his spot 2-1.
We did get the final pairing correct but we went for Pat Brady and the way he was playing in the build up our pick looked good. Paddy Clarke turned on the style to and he'll be a short price to retain his title next year again.

Well Done Paddy Clarke..

Post Date : 27 May 2019 07:20 PM


Terry McNally, Eddie McCaughey, Garry Powell, Kieran McMahon, Tom McGuinness, Jim McMahon, Shane McAllister, Paddy Clarke, Cathal Phelan, Pat Brady, Seamus McVerry, Gerard McGuigan, Raymond McKenna, Damien Kearney, Seamus McVerry and Mickey O'Hanlon or Martin Conroy will contest the last 16 of the Newry individuals.

Current holder of the title of Newry best pool player is held by Paddy Clarke and he along with last year's beaten finalist Pat Brady are in course for another final date as they are in opposite sides of the draw.

Terry McNally has been arguably the player of the tournament so far. He annihilated 2015 individual's winner James O'Hagan 3-0. We did say in our previous blog that O'Hagan would need to bring his 'A' game but it wouldn't have mattered as McNally arrived in 'Destroy mode' and he glided through the 3 frames hardly missing a ball.

Paddy Clarke breezed past the helpless Martin White 3-0. Clarke was just irresistible but White missed a few opportunities to put pressure on the current champion. Clarke is a joy to watch when in full flow and White never had the firepower to trouble the champion.

Last year's runner-up had no problems dispatching of Ralph Crummy. We did tip Crummy to take a frame but Brady was in typical unforgiving mood and the 'Bald eagle' Crummy was soon to be the prey of 'Big Pat'. 3-0 was the final score.

Kieran McMahon is in determined mood as he seeks a return to the final. It's as far back as 2017 since McMahon has graced the final so he is a man on a mission! Winning the quadruple and the Pairs in the meantime has surely eased the pain slightly. 'The Machine' McMahon steam rolled Michael Teggart 3-0 just as we said he would. You have to go back to 2013 for the last time Kieran McMahon won the Individuals outright but he remains one of the favourites for the title.

Seamus McVerry is still a decent price to win the Individuals but the 2016 champion didn't drop a frame as he crushed Kieran Cummins 3-0. McVerry upset all the odds to win the tournament back in '16' but he has far heavier artillery in his way this year. Not taking away from his achievement but the bottlers he faced in TJ's are no longer the opposition and he faces tough players this time around.

Cathal Phelan is always there or thereabouts when it comes to the Newry individuals. He had a proper good scrap with surprise package Colm Shields. Phelan was in devestating form racing into a 2-0 lead. Shields held his nerve to take it to a decider. In a close final frame Shields missed a tricky double and Phelan booked his last 16 spot. It's a decade since Phelan picked up the Individuals title. 2009 was the last time he won the most prestigious trophy in Newry pool which was his 2nd in 3 years. Can he roll back the years or has Mother time just caught up with 3 time overall winner?

It was heartbreak for Shane Phelan as he was cruising 2-0 just like his Bro. Seamus McGeoghegan used all his match play experience to claw it back to 2-2 and finally end the dreams of Phelan to scrape over the line 3-2. McGeoghegan dragged Phelan into the trenches with some soul destroying tactical play to claim a famous win against his former team mate. Phelan had chances to win it but couldn't take them. We knew this would be a close match but we tipped Phelan to edge this. It was one of only two matches we got wrong.

The other was Brian O'Neill who lost out in another classic encounter. Jim McMahon proved how tough a competitor he his by taking the to a decider. O'Neill had a bit of a chance to book his last 16 spot but McMahon pulled out a decent finish and takes his place amongst the best players in Newry Pool.

Eddie McCaughey won't be known by every Newry Pool fan but the Keady native is making a name for himself slowly but surely. His exciting attacking style was perfect against the very open Pat Byrne. McCaughey was in stunning form and he mopped up effortlessly as Byrne couldn't take his chances. We had tipped 3-1 to McCaughey but he wasn't hanging about and finished it 3-0.

Shane McAllister beat former team mate Cathal McCoy 3-1 in a tense match. The bad news is that McCoy will be delivering us uninterrupted commentary on the livestream for the finals night. McAllister had a great run last year and will be hoping he can go further this time around.

Damien Kearney is one of three Trainor's A players still in the 2019 Newry individuals. He was never in any real trouble against the ultra attacking Cailim McParland. McParland relies on his stunning potting instincts but over best of 5 against the top players you need more strings to your bow. Dee Kearney sailed through 3-1 and will be having a small grim aimed at Niall McVerry as the Trainor's captain used Kearney rather sparingly during the season.

Garry Powell was in devastating form as he destroyed Colm McCann. McCann prides himself with his attacking pool. He lives by the sword and dies by the sword. Powell cut him to shreds with good tactical play and terrific patient clearances.  3-0 was the final score and it was a stiff learning curve for McCann. Powell will be stepping up in class now and will need to keep his good form going.

PJ McDanials didn't show up and Tom McGuinness was only too happy to book his place in the last 16.

Last 16 Draw.

T McNally v E McCaughey
G Powell v K McMahon
T McGuinness v J McMahon
P Clarke v S McAllister
C Phelan v P Brady
S McVerry v G McGuigan
R McKenna v M O'Hanlon/M Conroy
D Kearney v S McGeoghegan

Some incredibly mouth watering ties in that draw plus a fantastic opportunity for some rank outsiders to get to the 1/4 finals.

If the favourites go through we could see McNally v McMahon playing off for a place in the semi-final. Those two only went and won the Pairs together just a matter of weeks ago.

We will give all these games a quick preview closer to Thursday and give you our tip to win it.


Post Date : 23 May 2019 06:12 PM


                                                                                     Individuals Blog last 32

Finals Night Being Played Thursday 30th May Down to a Winner.
32 of Newry's finest pool players take centre stage this Thursday night as we trim our contenders to 16.
Two players have already qualified. Raymond McKenna beat Liam Bradley 3-2 and Gerard McGuigan beat Seamus Keenan 3-1.
@Foresters Table 1
1.James O’Hagan (Trainors A)  v Terry Mc Nally (CWC A)
James O'Hagan has improved his results just right at the tale end of the season after a disastrous run of form. He certainly has the talent. He is a recent winner of the competition after all but has this game come too soon?
Terry McNally is fresh from winning the Pairs and so he won't be short on confidence. McNally is a smart player and knows the correct shots to play.
Terry McNally could get a run for his money if O'Hagan hits form. The odds are against O'Hagan but a full distance 3-1 win for McNally is a good bet.

2.Eddie Mccaughey  (Trainors A) v Pat Byrne (Mc Guigan)
Two cracking potter's on show here. Eddie McCaughey is new to the Newry Pool scene but all the top Premier plays know him well. The Keady man plays exciting attacking pool and knows the patterns to make the game look easy.
Pat Byrne is an outrageous single ball potter. Controlling the white ball and having little to know safety game has often been his achillies heel.
Eddie McCaughey will fancy his chances here and we tip 3-1 to the Keady native.

3.Gary Powell (Bears) v  Colm Mc Cann  (Millvale)
Garry Powell regularly gets a good run in the singles and it's no fluke. He has a good tight all round game but his potting and taking out clearances are his preferred method of play.
Colly McCann is another extremely attacking player. It serves him well in Division 2 and although his superb single ball potting makes him a dangerous opponent he is moving up two Divisions here.
Garry Powell will be in a 50/50 game here if he gets into a potting fest here. His superior tactical game should edge a tight match 3-1

4.Michael Teggart (St Monnina A) v Kieran McMahon (CWC A)
Michael Teggart will know only his A game will give him a chance here. Teggart is a decent player who likes to play attacking pool. He will need to be able to mix it up with snookers and safety to rattle Kieran McMahon.
Kieran McMahon will have taken winning the Pairs in his stride and won't dwell on his latest success too long. McMahon is a born winner and with his incredible appetite for trophies only backs up his fantastic ability.
Easy 3-0 win for McMahon.

@Foresters Table 2
5.PJ McDanials (Orchard v Thomas McGuinness (St Monnina A)
Our 1st tactical match to preview.
PJ McDanials hasn't played as much this year as previous seasons. His percentage win rate is down as well which would coincide with a lack of games. McDanial can certainly take out pressure finishes but he loves a good tactical battle.
Tom McGuinness is a former Premier Division player and he had a really good season in Division 1 this season. McGuinness grows into the game and will have no problem covering pockets and slugging it out.
This could be our 1st surprise winner of the night. McGuinness could nick this one 3-2.

6.Brian O’Neill (Whitecross)  v Jim McMahon (Ballyholland) 
Brian O'Neill is much improved for Whitecross and he has more than played his part in his teams relatively  successful sesson.  His potting is his strong point and he is much more patient during a tactical match.
Jim McMahon was a crucial ever present for Ballyholland in their Division 1 title winning side. McMahon is your typical grinder. He will cover pockets and make life proper uncomfortable for any opponent.
We could see a respot in this match but O'Neill should have the fire power to get the win 3-2.

7.Paddy Clarke (CWC A)  v Martin White (John Murphys)
The current individual champion Paddy Clarke is the favourite to retain his title. He knows the patterns like no other and makes the game look ridiculously easy. His positional play has no equal in Newry pool. He won't hang about and will just go for the game at the earliest opportunity.
Martin White had a very good season for Murphy's in Division 1. White is a terrific potter and will be a dangerous opponent. He also is well fit to cover a pocket or lay a snooker.
Paddy Clarke could lose a frame here but a place in the last 16 should be secured with a bit to spare. 3-1.

8.Shane McAllister (Hustlers)  v Cathal Mc Coy (McGuigans)
This battle of the former team mates should be a real cracker.
Shane McAllister is widely recognised as one of the toughest opponents in the Newry Pool league. He never knows he is beaten and can claw a frame back from the jaws of defeat like very few can. He has nerves of steel and to back up his superb potting ability has has a lock tight safety game.
Cathal McCoy will have to take a step away from behind the livestream and get in front of the camera. McCoy can be a bit hit and miss. If he brings his A game then this will be a wonderful spectacle.
We fancy this to go the distance but Shane McAllister has more strings to his bow and a 3-2 win for the Hustlers star man seems sensible.

@Foresters Table 3
9.Cathal Phelan (Whitecross)  v Colm Shields (Ballyholland)
Cathal Phelan wears his "been there, done that" T-shirt with pride. He gets to the latter stages virtually every year. He has improved remarkably since the turn of the year and his all round game is as tight as Cathal McCoy's wallet. Excellent shot maker and always plays the right shot. Phelan will be hard to beat.
Colm Shields is having a dream season. Winning the league with Ballyholland was good. He beat the then Pairs holders Pat Brady and Harvey Lavelle on his way to the 1/4 final. Shields is an excellent finisher and will go toe to toe with Phelan in the tactical exchanges.
Phelan will not take his opponent lightly so a 3-1 win for Phelan looks plausible.

10.Pat Brady (CWC A)  v Ralph Crummy (Bears)
Pat Brady has been in the last two individual's finals and who would bet against a 3rd? Brady has been a prolific winner his whole career. A treble last year. Winner of the Pairs two years running in 2016 and 17. Two times individuals finalist in a row. Incredible composure with stunning potting and a tactical game that simply has no equal in the local game.
Ralph Crummy has plenty of pool under his belt after his trip to Killarney for the All-Ireland pool championship. Crummy is a great potter and can take out crazy finishes. He needs to bring 100% consistency to rattle 'big Pat'.
Crummy is up against one of the all time greats. It's hard to make a real case for him and a 3-1 Brady win is the logical result.

11.Kieran Cummins (Bosco) v Seamus McVerry (Trainors
It's a bit harsh to say Kieran Cummins is slow but he is certainly the Terry Griffiths of Newry Pool. He won't get you on the edge of your seat but going by his decent record for Bosco this season it is clear he gets the job done. Cummins will cover pockets and keep it tight.
Seamus McVerry knows all about keeping it tight. He loves a good tactical exchange. McVerry can take out those tricky finishes that only the top plays do on a regular basis. McVerry is a recent overall individuals winner and knows what it takes to win it.
McVerry hot favourite here and should cruise through 3-0.

12.Seamus Keenan (Bears)  v Gerard Mc Guigan (McGuigans)  (1-3)
Seamus 'The Snail' Keenan bowed out to the attacking free flowing Gerard McGuigan who hit top form en-route to a 3-1 victory.

@ Foresters Table 4
13.Liam Bradley (Trainors A) v Raymond McKenna (2-3)
Liam Bradley held his own despite being up against red hot favourite and  former finalist Raymie McKenna. Bradley took it to a decider but CWC cueiest ran out a single frame winner.

14.Michael O’Hanlon (Whitecross) v Martin Conroy  (McGuigans)
Mickey O'Hanlon and Martin Conroy will be like Game of thrones where two worlds collide.
O'Hanlon is cagey and will cover pockets and try to drag his opponent into a dog fight.
Conroy will be going for his pots and trying to take out exquisite finishes.
Conroy should be too good and 3-1 would be a good result for O'Hanlon. That's if he gets 1. So 3-1 Conroy to be clear.

15.Damien Kearney (Trainors A)  v Cailum Mc Parland (CWC A)
Dee Kearney is another talented all out attack player. He can play an element of safety but it's just not his game.
Cailum McParland simply doesn't do safety. He can blitz a table in the blink of and eye. But can he do it 3 times in one night?
Kearney should be able to slow McParland down for a 3-1 win.

16.Shane Phelan (Whitecross)  v Seamus Mc Geoghegan (CWC A)
What a game to finish with. Former team mates will go head to head. Shane Phelan was our player of the year last season and he will probably need to win the Individuals to be in contention this season. Phelan won't take too many risks and his single ball potting is up there with the best.
Seamus McGeoghegan is another player that won't take many risks. I doubt very much if he ever leaves the house without an umbrella in the summer or his factor 50 in the winter - just in case! McGeoghegan always plays the right shot but maybe just not as accurately as he used to.
This is looking like a long match. Easily we could see a few re-spotted blacks but we tip Shane Phelan to edge a classic 3-2.

          All Games Will Be Decided with the best of 5 frames from this round 

and best of 7 in the Final


Post Date : 12 May 2019 09:51 PM



Thursday night saw Kieran McMahon and Terry McNally crowned 2019 Pairs winners after a fantastic night of stunning pool. 

Beaten finalists Michael Feenan and Mickey O'Hanlon played their part in a thrilling high quality final. 

The Foresters hosted the finals along with the Indo and it was clear everyone  loved the intimate surroundings where seating and views of the table were 2nd to none. Cathal McCoy did commentary on his livestream and Harvey Lavelle did a great job refereeing. Most importantly as far as the players were concerned, the tables were perfect and the INF proved worthy of this huge finals night. 

We got 6 of our 8 match predictions correct and one was Kieran McMahon and Terry McNally to see off Niall McVerry and James O'Hagan. We new the Trainor's lads would need to produce a master class but it didn't materialise and our 2-0 predicted scoreline came to fruition. 

Michael Feenan and Mickey O'Hanlon and no problems in their 1st match either. Anthony O'Hanlon and Collie McCann found the 2 Division gap insurmountable and it was the Whitecross lads that progressed.

Colm Shields and Jim McMahon were on a great run. They beat Martin Bolton and Jeremy O'Brien and early in the Pairs beat favourites Pat Brady and Harvey Lavelle. They came up against an inspired Terry McNally and a ruthless Kieran McMahon and that was the CWC A lads in the semi-final.

Michael Feenan and Mickey O'Hanlon had to beat conquerer's of their team mates to reach the semi-final. Division 1 players Damon Murphy and Matthew Creggan dumped Premier Division Whitecross cueists Brian O'Neill and Gareth McCann. Feenan and O'Hanlon weren't brilliant but got their revenge to book their semi-final place.


The first semi-final saw brothers Liam and Noel Bradley who taking on Michael Feenan and Mickey O'Hanlon. The Whitecross Pair took the opener before the in form Bradley's levelled. The decider was on a knife edge and it looked like the Bradley's would go through when both Noel and Liam had shots on the black. Both missed and the two Mickey's held their nerve before Feenan sank a tricky black for 2-1 and a place in the final.

Father and Son Pairing Jimmy and Seamus McVerry booked their semi-final spot and now faced Kieran McMahon and Terry McNally. 

The McVerry's were in fine form and typically mixed their game with good tactical play and quality potting. McMahon and McNally went 1 up before the McVerry's levelled. Trainor's Father and Son duo went game in the decider but Seamus fell millimetres  short on his final ball with a black at their mercy. Jimmy fouled and that's all McMahon and McNally needed as they cleared up to book the final birth.


Michael Feenan and Mickey O'Hanlon looked set for the opener in the final but despite some good play couldn't capitalize and Kieran McMahon and Terry McNally went 1-0 up in a race to 3 frames.

Michael Feenan moved up a level and at long last his nickname Tornado seemed a suitable title. He dragged Mickey O'Hanlon with him and levelled the match 1-1 with another tricky black.

In a close 3rd frame O'Hanlon fell short to leave Feenan a missable long black. Feenan was a long way off and it was a reverse 2-1 for McMahon and McNally. 

Feenan looked to have a good blocker to thwart a finish but Terry McNally played a superb double to set up a fantastic finish and it was 3-1 to the CWC A Pair. 

It was a really high quality night of pool. Terry McNally was arguably the player of the night. He was playing all the right shots and showing Kieran McMahon exactly where he wanted the white ball. Both McNally and McMahon are still in the individuals and are the only players on course to ever win the clean sweep of league, Divisional cup Vegas Cup Cunningham Cup and the Pairs and Individuals. 

Thanks to the Foresters and Independent Club. 



Post Date : 08 May 2019 06:37 PM


Newry Pool League Pairs Last 16   
Being Played Thursday 9th May
All games Will Be Played on All Tables if Needed

Games Will start No later than 8.30pm Sharp


  @TJ’s Table1
Sean Murray & Seamus Graham (Trainors A) v  Paddy Clarke & Seamus McGeoghegan (CWC A)
It's always interesting when players from the top two teams clash. Murray and Graham are ultra attacking and while Clarke loves going straight for a finish his partner in crime McGeoghegan is a lot more tactical.
Clarke and McGeoghegan are probably 2nd favourites for the title now and they should edge this 2-1.

Gerard McEvoy & Kevin McGovern (B/holland) v Jimmy
McVerry & Seamus McVerry (Trainors A)
McEvoy will have the smart playing tactical McGovern by his side but have the got the ability to see off the safe thinking McVerry's?
The two McVerry's stunned current holders Shane and Cathal Phelan. Jim and Seamus will flourish on TJ's potting tables and have the tactics if needed so 2-0 win for them.

@Table 2
Martin Bolton & Jeremy O’Brien (No. 7) v Colm Sheilds & Jim McMahon (B/Holland)
Bolton and O'Brien will be delighted to get to the final night and will fancy their chances against the giant Killing Ballyholland pairing.
Shields and McMahon dumped previous two time holders Pat Brady and Harvey Lavelle so they should be unfazed at facing the Boyds lads.
A tough match is forecasted but 2-1 Shields and McMahon seems the sensible outcome.

Kieran McMaon & Terry McNally (CWC A) v Niall Mcverry & James O’Hagan (Trainors A)
This is probably the table the pool purists will have their eyes on. The skill level could hit maximum level here.
McMahon and McNally will be favourites to win the comp in many people's eyes. Both are fantastic potter's and they're not bad at the safety either.
McVerry and O'Hagan need to bring their A game. McVerry plays wild shots while O'Hagan needs to be right back to his very best or they will get a quick exit.
A great match to watch here especially if the Trainor's pair hit form. Still though 2-0 to the CWC duo is our tip.

  @Table 3
Antony O’Hanlon  & Collie McCann (Millvale) v Michael Feenan & Michael O’Hanlon (W/cross)
McCann will be the driving force for the Millvale pairing. O'Hanlon will just have to put the seat belt on and go for the ride.
Feenan will do a similar job for the Whitecross duo. O'Hanlon will be cringing at some of Feenan's attacking shot selections.
Feenan and O'Hanlon will get a tough game but should squeeze it 2-1.

Mathew Creggan & Damon Murphy (Cavern) v Gareth McCann & Brian O’Neill (W/Cross)
Creggan and Murphy came through a tough group last time out and will fancy a shock result here. Murphy is the one to watch here.
O'Neill has been a bit of a star for Whitecross this season and McCann has the talent to win this but it could well go the distance. 2-1 to the Whitecross pair.

@Table 4
Gerard McGuigan & Nicky Langton (McGuigans) v Niall McQuillan& Brendan keenan (B/Holland)
McGuigan enjoyed a superb season while Langton is a tricky, hard to beat player.
McQullian will pot from the lampshades and Keenan will keep him right in the safety play.
The premier pair should get through but the Ballyholland lads will keep it interesting. 2-1 McGuigan and Langton.

Liam Bradley & Noel Bradley (Trainors A) v Kevin Magee & Raymond Magee (Hustlers)
This could be a feisty game as all those involved are not to shy about potting balls and voicing their opinion.
Liam Bradley will try to guide younger bro Noel through the shots.
Kevin Magee will make the decisions for the Hustlers pair.
Kevin Magee and Liam Bradley are the main course so it's between Noel and Raymond to see who can serve up the best starter.
The two Bradley's will be favourites to enjoy their dessert and we tip them 2-1.

Time to get the boys on the baize! And Lets Remember It's Only A game Of Pool Good Luck To All Pairs .


Post Date : 26 Apr 2019 11:10 AM
CATEGORY : Local Sport


                                                     Newry Pool League Pairs Last 16   

                                                     Being Played Thursday 9th May

                                       All games Will Be Played on All Tables if Needed

                                             Games Will start No later than 8.30pm Sharp



            @TJ’s Table 1

        Sean Murray & Seamus Graham (Trainors A) v  Paddy Clarke & Seamus McGeoghegan (CWC A)

 Gerard McEvoy & Kevin McGovern (B/holland) v Jimmy McVerry & Seamus McVerry (Trainors A)

          @Table 2

 Martin Bolton & Jeremy O’Brien (No. 7) v Colm Sheilds & Jim McMahon (B/Holland)

        Kieran McMaon & Terry McNally (CWC A) v Niall Mcverry & James O’Hagan (Trainors A)

@Table 3

  Antony O’Hanlon  & Collie McCann (Millvale) v Michael Feenan & Michael O’Hanlon (W/cross)

        Mathew Creggan & Damon Murphy (Cavern) v Gareth McCann & Brian O’Neill (W/Cross)

 @Table 4

        Gerard McGuigan & Nicky Langton (McGuigans) v Niall McQuillan& Brendan keenan (B/Holland)

        Liam Bradley & Noel Bradley (Trainors A) v Kevin Magee & Raymond Magee (Hustlers)


































Post Date : 26 Apr 2019 11:06 AM
CATEGORY : Local Sport


              Newry Pool League Vegas Cup


              Being Played Thursday 2nd May


1. Bears v Cwc A @Independent

2. Hustlers v Trainors A  @Bellinis


Post Date : 17 Apr 2019 09:48 PM


All Roads Lead To The Indo & Foresters tomorrow night where the Cunningham Cup Semi/Finals are being played. In the Indo is the top of the league clash with CWC A v Trainors A in what should be classic and in the Foresters its McGuigans A v Hustlers which should be another classic Good Luck too all teams tomorrow night .

The Cunningham cup takes centre stage tomorrow night.
Its a great opportunity for two of the lesser lights in the Premier Division - Hustlers and McGuigan's to make the final and of course there's that mouth watering tie where league Champions CWC A will renew their rivalry with Trainor's A.

Most people outside Hustlers and McGuigan's will say that the winner of CWC A and Trainor's will lift the Cunningham Cup. The other semi finalists will still dream that given a bit of luck they could lift the Cup. There's also the added bonus of £150 just for reaching the final.

Hustlers are adjusting to the fact they will be playing Division 1 pool next season after their last gasp 5-3 defeat to Bears sent the crashing through the Premier Division trap door.
McGuigan's did well in their 1st season back in the top flight after their relegation the previous season.

Two of this season's league meetings ended in draws. The other was a comfortable win for McGuigan's mid-season.

McGuigan's finished the season only 2 points ahead of relegated Hustlers but strangely give up an 8 frame-difference.

Both teams have players that can win a match in one visit. Hustlers will rely heavily on Ciaran O'Neill and Shane McAllister.
Martin Conroy and Conor O'Hare catch the eye on the Hustlers side and Gerard McGuigan has had an outstanding season with his own pub.

In the other semi final CWC A will be aiming for back to back quadruple's. Trainor's A hit a bad run in February and early Match but they've recovered in time to possibly save their season. After leading for 3/4 of the league campaign it was defeat to CWC and a few draws that ended their title dream. Whitecross dumped Trainor's from the Divisional Cup so it's just the Cunningham or Vegas Cup left for them.

Trainor's will need to come out of the Pairs no worse off than 2-1 down to have any chance of shocking the champions. Without doubt Pat Brady, Paddy Clarke and Harvey Lavelle will all play singles games and stopping those 3 would be cataclysmic odds against.
Terry McNally and Raymie McKenna are relied on regularly.
Bernie Magee and Seamus McGeoghegan will be seen as the weak points.

James O'Hagan could be key for Trainor's. He needs to put his poor season behind him and play the fluent attacking pool we all know he can.
Seamus McVerry beat Harvey Lavelle last time they met and he will need more of the same. Eddie McCaughey is as good if not better than the majority of CWC A players.
Paddy Tavey is another player Trainor's will need to repeat his previous heroics if there is to be a shock result.
Captain Niall McVerry will need to match up the players to his advantage which is no easy task.
Sean Murray is quality and if Liam Bradley can get a decent chance we know he can hold his nerve. Dee Kearney has talent but can he hold it together when it really matters?

t of things to go well to make the final. McGuigan's have probably the better potter's. Kevin Magee must have his side ahead after the Pairs.
Hustlers' lesser players just aren't as strong as McGuigan's and it should be McGuigan's that edge through 6-3.

If Trainor's bring their A game then we could be in for a cracker. If Trainor's can bring this to a decider they could cause an upset but another 6-3 is more likely.
CWC A to reach yet another final.

Hustlers need a lot of things to go well to make the final. McGuigan's have probably the better potter's. Kevin Magee must have his side ahead after the Pairs.

Hustlers' lesser players just aren't as strong as McGuigan's and it should be McGuigan's that edge through 6-3.

If Trainor's bring their A game then we could be in for a cracker. If Trainor's can bring this to a decider they could cause an upset but another 6-3 is  more likely. 

CWC A to reach yet another final.


Post Date : 14 Apr 2019 07:52 PM



The Baby Faced Assassin was on last as his Bears side looked set to become almost certainly the first team in the history of the Newry pool league to get relegated from the top flight in two consecutive seasons. With the weight of Premier Division status on his shoulders, the Bears and all their cubs could do nothing as 'Assassin' Neil Heaney approached the table.

Bears travelled down the hill to Hustlers in the final league game of the Premier Division season. One of these two teams would join Nan's Rams in the relegation doghouse. Hustlers led Bears by a point going into this decider. A draw would be enough to secure Premier safety for Hustlers and having home advantage could be a huge boost for them.

Hustlers started brightly with Sheepbridge barman Gwyn Trainor taking the opener against a talented but slightly inconsistent Newly Wed Eddie Heaney.
It was a clash of the titans up next. Two monumental influences on their team. Kevin Magee is the Hustlers captain while Diarmuid Lonergan is tough as teak and a real leader that demands the best from his team mates. Lonergan edged out Magee in a tense match to tie the scores at 1-1.
Ciaran O'Neill was red hot favourite against Paddy Heaney. Heaney hasn't played a lot this season while O'Neill recovered from a poor start to the season to become one of Hustlers best players. It was no surprise young O'Neill took the win and it was 2-1 Hustlers. That massive win for O'Neill meant Bears had to win 4 of the next 5 frames or they would be playing Division 1 pool next season.
Seamus 'The Snail' Keenan has had a very good season for Bears and his pool knowledge was too much for Denvor Jenkins. 2-2.
Billy O'Neill v Garry Powell was a massive frame. Both very experienced players. Neither have been at their very best this season but both are tough opponents. Powell came out on top and for the first time Bears had the lead. 3-2.
Shane McAllister and Ralph Crummy were two of the more skilful exponents of the beautiful game Thursday night. Both tremendous potter's and superb in the safety department. McAllister is one of the best players in the league on his day and he put his Hustlers team within 1 frame of safety with a fine display. 3-3.
Now Bears needed the final 2 frames and Hustlers just the 1.
Ray Magee was 1st up for the home side. The pressure was really on both sides now. One more slip up would be devastating. Paul Murphy was tasked with giving Bears one last fight for survival. Murphy's class shone through and he took this classic relegation fight to the final frame. 4-3 Bears.
The whole league season for both these teams now came down to one single frame. Barry Murphy v Neil Heaney. The winner would send their team into wild celebrations while the loser would have to reflect on what might have been.
Barry Murphy has had a decent season. He's had mixed fortunes while playing 8th but he is no stranger to that position. Neil Heaney has played last before but arguably his free flowing pool is more suited to playing early.
Cometh the hour cometh the man. It was time for the Executioner, the sniper, the exterminator and dare we say - The Baby Faced Assassin to come to the party. His sniper accurate potting and ice cool nerves held firm as he slotted home the final black for mesmerizing win. Hustlers 3-5 Bears.
Bears were safe. Hustlers were relegated.
Bears celebrated enthusiastically after they produced one of the most enthralling final day relegation rescues you are ever likely to see, while the Hustlers had to get used to the reality they would play Division 1 pool next season.

Hustlers will rue the fact they turned up a few Thursday night's with only 7 players. Players like Shane McAllister and Ciaran O'Neill will certainly come onto the radar of some Premier Division teams in the summer.

Bears and Hustlers both have cup semi-finals to look forward to so their seasons are far from over. 


Post Date : 01 Apr 2019 08:27 PM



One more point is all CWC A need to retain their Premier Division title. They will travel to McGuigan's on the back of a hard fought 5-3 victory over Bears and  will know that their title winning champagne will taste all the sweeter after being given a decent run for their money from Trainor's.

Trainors demolished already relegated Nan Rice's 7-1. Sean Murray, Paddy Tavey, cptn Niall McVerry, Seamus Graham and Damien Kearney took the 1st 5 frames to blitz Nan's to the points without reply. James O'Hagan lost out to Leigh McAlinden for a consolation frame for the visiting Nan's.
Noel and Liam Bradley made sure it would be a miserable trip home from South Armagh for Nan's when they took the final two frames for 7-1.

CWC A aren't easing up but Bears gave them a good game Thursday night. This could turn into a memorable season for Bears as they are in the semi-final of two cups.
Paddy Clarke kicked off the night for CWC with win over Ralph Crummy. Kieran McMahon doubled the lead when he beat Cup hero Neil Heaney.
Bears are facing the relegation trap door for the 2nd season in a row but they showed great belief in coming back to take the next two frames to level.
Garry Powell and Diarmuid Lonergan showing their quality to beat Terry McNally and then Raymie McKenna.
Bernie Magee isn't having his best season ever but he does relish a good pressure game and it was the tactical legend that put CWC back on track. Pat Brady played a captains role to make it 4-2 as CWC looked to ease to the points. Seamus Keenan and Paul Murphy dumped to the CWC pair.
Adrian Holman caused a big shocked when he edged Harvey Lavelle with an array of superb pots to make it 4-3. Now Bears could dream of a point that would give them a 2 point cushion over fellow relegation struggles Hustlers.
Seamus McGeoghegan and Eugene McDermott have witnessed uncountable night where their teams have clashed for major trophies. Although this match didn't hold the same importance as some of their previous encounters it was still a very intriguing match-up. Both players have failed to recapture their glory days form of yesteryear but over the years McGeoghegan undoubtedly picked up the more silverware. No point changing the habit of a lifetime and it was the knowledgeable Seamus McGeoghegan that held his nerve to take both points home for CWC and they are now only 1 point from Premier Division glory.

Division 1 has long been one of the most fascinating Divisions for long many a year. Three teams - Ballyholland 24pts, St. Monnina A 23pts and Windmill 22pts are all fighting it out to be champions. No. 7 Duke Street 20pts and Johnny Murphy's 19pts are still in the promotion hunt with all teams having played 17 of their 20 games.

All eyes will be on St. Monnina A v Windmill which will be played this coming Thursday. 2nd v 3rd in this title race is a must not lose for both teams. Windmill are 2pts adrift of leaders Ballyholland and a defeat will surely end their dreams of taking the title. The Saints have home advantage and a win for them would almost guarantee a promotion and a straight fight between them and Ballyholland.

Ballyholland travel to Johnny Murphy's in another massive game. Murphy's need a lot of results to go their way but the mathematically they have an outside chance of promotion if they win their final 3 games. A win for Murphy's would also do neighbour's St. Monnina a massive favour. The Saints could leap frog Ballyholland into top spot if they win and Ballyholland lose.

No. 7 Duke Street have a chance to move up to 22pts if they can win against Forester's. Forester's have been a bit hit and miss all season but on their day can and have taken points from the top teams. No. 7 have home advantage so Forester's will be travelling to the coast in the search of 2 points. No. 7 will need to win their remaining 3 games to have any chance of bringing Premier Division pool to Warrenpoint.

Ballyholland trailed CWC B 3-2 but their unnerving ability to claw out results is one of the reasons their sitting top of the league. Amazingly they give away a 14 frame difference to 2nd placed St. Monnina. That is incredible but it shows they've been grinding out a lot of 5-3 wins.
Calium McParland beat Gerard McAvoy in his typical outrageous potting style for 1-0 CWC B.
Colm Sheepy Shields levelled before master tactician Kevin McGovern gave the Harps a 2-1 lead. Tommy Rooney and Brendan Healy beaten.
Emmet McParland levelled and former McGuigan's star Brian Campbell caused a stir when they gave the visitors a 3-2 lead and Ballyholland football club were looking a bit shell shocked. Jim McMahon and Manny Kelly the victims.
Giby Vettiankal is having another fantastic season and he levelled at 3-3 when he ousted Kieran Cunningham.

The brilliant Niall McQuillan beat Barry Kelland and the game swung back in Ballyhollands' favour at 4-3

The points were in the bag and top spot secured thanks to Brendan Keenan. He held his nerve against the talented but maybe over attacking Chris Cunningham


Post Date : 29 Mar 2019 07:49 PM
CATEGORY : Local Sport


                               Newry Pool League Individuals Last 32

                                   Sponsored By  Destination  Newry

                                   Being Played Down To The Last 16

                                              Thursday 23rd May

                  Last 16 Finals Night Being Played Thursday 30th May



1.     James O’Hagan (Trainors A)  v Terry Mc Nally (CWC A)

2.     Eddie Mccaughey  (Trainors A) v Pat Byrne (Mc Guigan)

3.     Gary Powell (Bears) v  Colm Mc Cann  (Millvale)

4.     Michael Teggart (St Monnina A) v Kieran McMahon (CWC A)

5.     PJ McDaniels (Orchard v Thomas McGuinness (St Monnina A)

6.     Brian O’Neill (Whitecross)  v Jim McMahon (Ballyholland) 

7.     Paddy Clarke (CWC A)  v Martin White (John Murphys)

8.     Shane McAllister (Hustlers)  v Cathal Mc Coy (McGuigans)

9.     Cathal Phelan (Whitecross)  v Colm Shields (Ballyholland)

10. Pat Brady (CWC A)  v Ralph Crummy (Bears)

11. Kieran Cummins (Bosco) v Seamus McVerry (Trainors A)

12. Seamus Keenan (Bears)  v Gerard Mc Guigan (McGuigans)

13. Liam Bradley (Trainors A) v  Raymond McKenna  (CWC A)

14. Michael O’Hanlon (Whitecross) v Martin Conroy  (McGuigans)

15. Damien Kearney (Trainors A)  v Cailum Mc Parland (CWC B)

16.Shane Phelan (Whitecross)  v Seamus Mc Geoghegan (CWC A)


       All Games Will Be Decided with the best of 5 frames from this round on

                   Until the final which will be the best of 7 frames 


Post Date : 29 Mar 2019 12:37 AM
CATEGORY : Local Sport


                                Cunningham Cup  Semi/Finals

                         Sponsored By The Independent Club Newry

                                  Being Played Thursday 18thApril                                                   

1.   CWC A v Trainors  Played @Independant Club


  2.   McGuigans v Hustlers @ Foresters Club 


Post Date : 20 Mar 2019 07:12 PM



Is the dream all over for Trainor's Bar?
Just like St Patrick drove the snakes to the tide, CWC A seem's to have swept the Trainor's challenge into similar oblivion. Since CWC caned their nearest rivals  last month Trainor's have drawn  with Hustlers, Orchard Bar and now Bears. In between that run Whitecross hammered them 8-1 in the Divisional Cup in one of the shock results of the season.
The South Armagh pub are now  4 points adrift of CWC with only 3 league games to go. 2nd place is virtually guaranteed to be their final position after leading the title chase for 3/4's of the season.
The pressure will now be on Trainor's captain Niall McVerry to deliver at least a place in the final of the either the Cunningham Cup or Vegas Cup.
This team promised so much but the reality is they might just deliver very little.
CWC edged out Nan's 5-3 and that virtually assured them the league title.

At the bottom of the table Nan's Rams have slipped through the relegation trap door. We did a bit of a preview of this inevitable exit two weeks ago but Micky Cunningham didn't print it. Not to worry, we've enjoyed having them in the Premier Division and they will probably feel they didn't do themselves justice. No doubt they will be strong contenders in Division 1 next season with the likes of Stephen Sherry, Mal Maguire, Leigh McAlinden, Pat McClenaghan and Andrew Chan. They are all deadly potters and they will be better equipped should they get to the top Division again.

The race to avoid the other relegation spot is going to be a right Royal scrap. Hustlers on 13 points and Bears on 14 points are the main protagonists. McGuigan's are are further 2 points ahead of Bears and are not out of the woods yet.
Mathematically Orchard Bar on 17 points could still get relegated but it looks more likely they will be fighting it out with Whitecross for that 3rd place spot behind Trainor's and CWC.
Orchard came from 4-2 down to claim a draw in Whitecross. The draw still gives Whitecross a 2 point advantage on 19 and they are favourites to claim 3rd place.

In Division 2 Windmill put the spider in amongst the fly's when they beat Ballyholland two weeks ago. In a brilliantly enthralling Division Windmill went top despite only drawing with No. 7 Duke Street. Ballyholland bounced back from the Windmill defeat to beat and leapfrog St. Monnina into 2nd place. The Saints dropped from 1st to 3rd.
Had No. 7 beat Windmill 3 teams would have been joint 2nd but with games running out one more slip up from any of the top four could mean curtains to their title bid.
Windmill are only top on score difference which will mean nothing at the end of the season. They have a game extra played so Ballyholland still have the title in their own hands.


Post Date : 15 Mar 2019 11:31 AM



Nifty Fifty are cruising to the chequered flag with all credible contenders now dropping like they've been hit by a Kane Tucker left hook. The Nifty boys are 10 points clear of joint 3rd placed Bosco B and Saint Monnina B. 1 more point will see them promoted. With Division 1 status virtually secured it's the winners trophy they're after now.

With Millvale losing Nifty Fifty opened up a surely unassailable 7 point lead at the top of Division 2. Nifty Fifty have only lost 1 league game all season and only drew 2 so the chances of a complete collapse are extremely slim.

Millvale do have a game in hand but even if they close the gap to 5 they know 2nd place would be a more realistic achievement. With players like Colly McCann, Killian McDonnell, Benny Hoey and Ryan Diamond (when he can go) the talent is there to be more competitive. Getting thrashed 6-2 at home against Dan's Rebels is unacceptable if your chasing trophies.

Gareth Treanor and Brendan McAllister lost for Nifty Fifty last Thursday and left the Forester's side chasing a 2-0 deficit. Matty O'Brien and Ryan Gray dreamt the run away leaders could actually be stopped in their tracks for TJ's C.
Mark Fleming has been solid but losing the week before against Dan's Rebels was a wake up call. He fired Nifty Fifty back into the match with a good win over Shane Durnin. 2-1.
Robbie Loughran will relish Division 1 next season and he levelled on the night when he beat Ethan Doyle. 2-2.
Damian McArdle realised a long time ago that Division 2 pool could be a level too high for him. He suffered yet another defeat and his Nifty team were trailing 3-2. Adam Carroll the latest to educate 'Diddles' McArdle.
Aidan Griffin will surely be up for a captain of the year award with a string of brilliant performances. He tied the match after 6 frames when he beat the hapless Jamie Heaney. 3-3.
John Little is a giant among men. Well not all his results prove this but I've been waiting all season to type that! He put Nifty 4-3 up when he beat the steady Nathan Crudden. Now Nifty Fifty could get ready to start the party.
Chris McKeown landed the knockout blow for Nifty Fifty and TJ's C were out on their feet when Jake Tucker was beaten.

Dont Forget Thursday 21st March Its The Pairs To Be Played 1 Winner From Each Table. Thanks

Post Date : 08 Mar 2019 08:32 PM
CATEGORY : Local Sport


                                   Newry Pool League Divisional Cups


                                 Results Played Tuesday 12th March                                                      

Premier Division Sponsored By Trainors Bar Camlough

Nan’s Rams v Cwc A (2-7)

Bears  v Hustlers  (6-3) 

Trainors A v Whitecross (1-8)

McGuigans v Orchard bar (3-6)


Division 1  Sponsored By Ballyholland Harps

Foresters A  v  Glen social club (2-7)

St Monnina A  v Trainors B (6-3)

Ballyholland v Bosco A  (5-4)

No 7  v  John Murphys (6-3)


Division 2 Sponsored By Foresters  Newry INF

Nifty Fiftys  v Indo (5-4)

Dans Rebels v St Monnina B (7-2)

Bosco B  v Foresters B  (5-4)

Tj’s c v Port Bar  (9-0)


Post Date : 04 Mar 2019 08:36 PM


CWC A tightened their grip on the Premier Division league title when they took full advantage of Trainor's A slipping up against Hustlers.

Trainor's needed to bounce back from their crushing defeat to CWC A in the last league game. Trainor's must have still been reeling from the CWC defeat when they fell 2-0 behind.
Jimmy McVerry was a surprise inclusion to the starting line-up. His season has been a patchy one to say the least. When Barry Murphy is on his game he's a game for anyone. McVerry has seen his table time greatly reduced this season and it was no surprise when the calm Murphy slotted the black home for 1-0 Hustlers.
Niall McVerry has been excellent all season but Ciaran O'Neill never gives opponents a handy game. O'Neill is on the up after a slow start to the season and when he inflicted a 2nd league defeat in a row it for McVerry it was 2-0.
Sean Murray wasn't in any real trouble against Denver Jenkins and it was 2-1.
Paddy Tavey has been sensational this season for Trainor's A and he levelled against inspirational Hustlers Captain Kevin Magee.
Probably the most interesting match-up was Dee Kearney v Shane McAllister. Both super potters but McAllister certainly the better tactician. It was the superb Damien Kearney that gave Trainor's the lead for the 1st time on the night. Score 3-2.
Seamus McVerry will be distraught that he got caught out by Joe Magill. Magill is finding out this season that he's maybe punching above his weight, while McVerry has been outstanding. Pool is never that black and white and McVerry was stunned when the visitors levelled at 3-3.
Eddie McCaughey is quality and he gave Billy O'Neill a potting lesson and the home side were back on course for 2 invaluable points.
Liam Bradley has been the Trainor's last man many times this season. His opponent Ray Magee went on a run of 5  defeats in a row earlier in the season although he has improved slightly since the turn of the year. It was a case of visiting the well once to often and on this occasion Bradley found the well dry. Ray Magee kept his cool and Brushed Bradley to win a crucial frame that might be vital in their quest to avoid relegation.
Result 4-4.

CWC A moved 2 points clear of Trainor's when they whopped 3rd placed Whitecross 7-1.
Kieran McMahon and Paddy Clarke beat Michael Feenan and Gareth McCann respectively to put the new league leaders 2-0.
Harvey Lavelle tasted defeat for the 2nd league game in a row. He broke and Shane Phelan cleared expertly for 2-1.
Pat Brady beat Gavin Malone for 3-1 and the killer blow was Seamus McGeoghegan beating Cathal Phelan for 4-1.
Terry McNally was never going to be troubled by Mickey O'Hanlon and the points were in the bag at 5-1.
Raymond McKenna and Bernie Magee piled on the pain for the visitors to make it 7-1. Brian O'Neill and Joseph McTaggart unable to put a bit of respectability to the scoreline for Whitecross.

Nan's Rams will almost certainly be relegated next Thursday - should either Hustlers or Bears pick up a point. If either of the relegation threatened rivals pick up a draw then Nan's will need to miraculously beat champions and current league leaders CWC A. Considering Nan's have only one league win all season and CWC have only one league defeat all season it looks like Nan's will need favours elsewhere.

Nan's led 1-0 and were level at 2-2 against Orchard but their challenge fizzled out when the lost the remaining 4 frames. It's no surprise Nan's are Division 1 bound when you see they have won 16 frames less than closest rivals Hustlers.
Pat McClenaghan got Nan's off to the perfect start when he beat their star player Tony McGovern.
Mervyn Kernaghan and Nigel Malcomson reversed the lead for Orchard when they beat Mal Maguire and Stephen Sherry.
It was all square when Andrew Chan defeated the usually reliable Jamie Fletcher.
Two young guns who have improved their game drastically Gerard Bagnall and Liam Turley made it 4-2 when the overcame the challenge of Mark Pentony and Mark Maguire.
It was Darren Devlin that nailed the two points when he beat Rony O'Reilly to make it 5-2.
PJ McDanials poured salt on the Rams' wounds when he made it 6-2 with a win over Jimmy O'Hare.

McGuigan's toasted Bears 5-3 but they had the points in the bag at 5-1.
Gerard McGuigan continued his exceptional form and Martin Conroy, Damien Flanagan then Pat Byrne fired McGuigan's into a 4-0 lead.
The home team were cruising when Seamus Keenan finally broke the Bears' duck. Captain Paul McAreavey sealed the deal for Monaghan Street McGuigan's and made sure Bears would stay in deep deep relegation trouble.
Adrian Holman and Eddie Heaney pulled a few consolation frames back for Bears but it was too little too late as McGuigan's ran out comfortable 5-3 winners.

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Post Date : 02 Mar 2019 12:44 PM


It's back to bacon for the best pool players in the Newry and District area after last Thursdays individuals. There wasn't much in the way of shocks in the 2nd round but I'm sure you are more concerned about how our predictions faired from our previous blog.

Last years winner and 3/1 shot Paddy Clarke sailed past dangerous potting Conor O'Hare 2-0. O'Hare never seems to find his best form against the top players but the favourite marches on.

Pat Brady is still in with a chance of making his 3rd Singles final in a row when he beat Alan Burke 2-0. Brady started out 4/1 and the other 4/1 shot Kieran McMahon was tested to the full by Paddy Tavey when the CWC A squeezed past his former team mate 2-1.
These were two exact scorelines we predicted in our blog.

In fact we got 15 exact scorelines. 23 results were correct out of 31 results and 8 results caught us out. Probably our biggest gamble that didn't pay off was going against bookies' hot favourite Cathal Phelan. We tipped Michael Feenan to beat his team mate 2-1. Phelan reversed that scoreline when he came from 1 down. Feenan was in a rich vein of form before Christmas and this game came while he's in a dip in form.

From our first 12 predictions we got 11 correct winners. Gareth McCann the 1st faller from our tips when he slipped to Kieran Cummins - from a division below him.
Sean Murray and Brendan Devlin were the only two to lose fellow Premier Division players from our predictions.
Garry Powell beat Murray. PJ McDanials denying his team mate Devlin.

Bernie Magee got stunned by Division 1 Colm Shields from Ballyholland 2-0. We predicted a tough tactical battle for Magee but we still thought Magee would edge it 2-1.

Jimmy McVerry got hammered by Cailim McParland. We new McVerry could struggle due to lack of table time and that's exactly how it turned out even though we expected McVerry to squeeze it 2-1.

Damien McArdle got stuffed 2-0. We said 2-1 to Diddles but the cautious tactical approach by Ballyholland hero Jim McMahon was just too much for the former Premier player Diddles.

Kevin Magee getting hammered 2-0 was arguably the surprise result of the night. Tom McGuinness is a good solid competitor but Magee was bang in form so his defeat to the Division 1 St. Monnina talisman came as a big shock.

We haven't heard back from Harvey Lavelle v Ralph Crummy which was a rearranged match.

CWC was our glory venue last Thursday. Not only did we pick all 4 correct winners we picked all 4 exact scorelines. A 2-0, 2-1, 2-0 and 2-0 gave us the perfect scores in that venue. Thank you Terry McNally, Brian O'Neill, Colly McCann and Eddie McCaughey.

Well done to all our competitors!

The 1st round of the Pairs fixtures can be found now on the Newry Pool league facebook page and Destination Newry.

Post Date : 01 Mar 2019 08:12 PM
CATEGORY : Local Sport


Newry Pool League Cunningham

Cup Draw being Played Tuesday 5th March                                                  

  Cwc   A  v  Foresters B 

  Whitecross v Trainors  A 

  Ballyholland v McGuigans

   Hustlers   v Orchard Bar

Post Date : 25 Feb 2019 10:40 PM
CATEGORY : Local Sport


                                                Newry Pool League Pairs Draw

There will be one winning pair from each table on the night venues to be announced at later date


Chris McKeown & Gareth Trainor (Nifty Fiftys) v Cathal Phelan & Shane Phelan (W/cross)

Jimmy McVerry & Seamus McVerry (Trainors A) v Micky Teggart & Stephen Cunningham (St Moninna B)


Billy O’Neill & Ciaran O’Neill (Hustlers) v Paul Murphy & Adrian Holman ( Bears)

Benny Hoey & Ryan Diamond (Millvale) v Gareth McCann & Brian O’Neill (W/Cross)


Sean Murray & Seamus Graham (Trainors A) v Calium McParland & Emmet McParland (CWC B)

Declan Magee & Gerard Magee (Bosco) v Raymond Loughran & Sean Pentony (Foresters A)


Thomas McGuinness & Paddy McCann (St Moninna B) v Niall McQuillan & Girby Vettioukal (B/Holland)

Davy Doran & Paddy McKeown (Trainors B) v Shane Cunningham & Chris O’Hare (No. 7)


Michael Feenan & Michael O’Hanlon (W/cross) Kieran Larkin & Clive Whelan (Murphys)

Mark Pentony & Andrew Chan (Nans Rams) v Declan Brady & Conor McQuaid (St Moninna B)


Aidan Griffin & Brendan McAllister (Nifty Fiftys) v Paddy Clarke & Seamus McGeoghegan (CWC A)

Martin Conroy & Conor O’Hare (McGuigans) v John Rodgers & Willie Andrews (Bosco B)


Gavin Malone & Alan Burke (W/Cross) v Mervyn Kernaghan & Brendan Devlin (Orchard)

Gerard McEvoy & David McEvoy (B/Holland) Derek Ruddy & Aaron Ruddy (Trainors B)


Martin Bolton & Jeremy O’Brien (No. 7) v Neill Heaney & Gary Powell (Bears)

Tommy Mooney & Mark Trainor (Trainors B) v John Magee & Shane McVerry (Bosco B)


Kevin Magee & Raymond Magee (Hustlers) v Liam Turley & Gerard Bagnall (Orchard)

Micky Cunningham & Cathal McCoy (McGuigans) v Micheal Campbell & Adrian Larkin (TJs B)


Pat Quinn & Kevin Crilly (Murphys) v Gerard McGuigan & Nicky Langton (McGuigans)

Shane Hanratty & Darren Mackin (St Moninna B) v Ralph Crummy & Eddie Heaney (Bears)


Axel Foley & Mark Fleming (Nifty Fiftys) v Joey Magill & Denvoir Jenkins (Hustlers)

Mathew Creggan & Damon Murphy (Cavern) v Mark Maguire & Jimmy O’Hare (Nans)


Pat Brady & Harvey Lavelle (CWC A)  v Colm Sheilds & Jim McMahon (B/Holland)

Paul McAreavey & Pat Byrne (McGuigans) v Stephen Sherry & Pat McClenaghan (Nans)


Seamus Keenan & Eugene McDermott (Bears) v Barry Kelland & Kieran Cunningham (CWC B)

Liam Bradley & Noel Bradley (Trainors A) v Luke Phelan & Charlie Doherty (Trainors B)


Darren O’Hanlon & Marty White (Murphys) v Niall McVerry & James O’”Hagan (Trainors A)

Chris Cunningham & Tommy Rooney (CWC B) v John Daly & Andy Reynolds (Murphys)


Paddy Tavey & Eddie McCaughey (Trainors A) v Chris Fletcher & Richard Fletcher (No. 7)

Anthony O’Hanlon & Collie McCann (Millvale) v Leigh McAlinden & Mike Nugent (Nans)


Kieran McMahon & Terry McNally (CWC A) v Shane McAllister & Barry Murphy (Hustlers)

Ben McClorey & Danny Mowatt (Bosco B) v Aaron O’Callaghan & Conor Cunningham (Windmill)


Post Date : 22 Feb 2019 09:03 PM
CATEGORY : Local Sport


 Bears v Ballyholland  

 Bosco A v Hustlers  

 Trainors A v No. 7 Duke St 

 Orchard Bar v Cwc A 


Post Date : 22 Feb 2019 08:58 PM
CATEGORY : Local Sport


  Foresters B   v   Cwc   A    

  Whitecross v Trainors  A 

  Ballyholland v McGuigans

  Hustlers   v Orchard Bar

Post Date : 22 Feb 2019 08:24 PM
CATEGORY : Local Sport


                               Newry Pool League Individuals Last 64

                             Results Played Thursday 21st February 2019

                                    Sponsored By Destination Newry


To Be Played @Trainors

 1. Shane Phelan (Whitecross) v Mark Maguire (Nans) (2-1)

2. Shane McVerry (Bosco B) v Pat Byrne (McGuigans) (0-2)

3. Richard Fletcher (No. 7 Duke St) v Damien Kearney (Trainors A) (0-2)

4. Liam Bradley (Trainors A) v Declan Magee (Bosco B) (2-0)


To Be Played @ Windmill

  Michael O’Hanlon (Whitecross) v Cailum Lonergan (Glen)  (2-0)

  Pat Brady (CWC A) v Alan Burke (Whitecross)  (2-0)

  Conor O’Hare (McGuigans) v Paddy Clarke (CWC A)  (0-2)

  Colm Shields (Ballyholland) v Bernie Magee (CWC A)  (2-1)


To Be Played @Bellinis

 Micky Cunningham (CWC A) v James O’Hagan (Trainors)  (1-2)

 Seamus McVerry (Trainors A) v Billy O’Neill (Hustlers) (2-1)

 Kieran Cummins (Bosco A) v Gareth McCann (Whitecross) (2-0)

 Kieran McMahon (CWC A) v Paddy Tavey (Trainors A) (2-1)


To Be Played @ CWC

 Joe Magill (Hustlers) v Terry McNally (CWC A)  (0-2)

Anthony Reynolds (Johnny Murphys) v Brian O’Neill (Whitecross) (1-2)

 Anthony Ryan (TJs B) v Colm McCann (Millvale) (0-2)

Eddie McCaughey (Trainors A) v Raymond Magee (Hustlers) (2-0)



To Be Played @ Nans

 Sean Murray (Trainors A) v Gary Powell (Bears) (1-2)

 Seamus Keenan (Bears) v J. Kelly (Glen) (2-0)

 PJ McDaniels (Orchard) v Brendan Devlin (Orchard) (2-0)

 Seamus McGeoghegan (CWC A) v Diarmuid Lonergan (Bears) (2-1)


To Be Played @McGuigans

 Cathal Phelan (Whitecross) v Michael Feenan (Whitecross) (2-1)

 Thomas McGuinness (St Moninna) v Kevin Magee (Hustlers) (2-0)

 Gerard McGuigan (McGuigans) v Seamus Graham (Trainors A) (2-1)

 Raymond McKenna (CWC A) v Gerard Bagnall (Orchard)  (2-1)



To Be Played @ Foresters

 Martin White (John Murphys) v Conor Heaney (Windmill) (2-1)

Harvey Lavelle (CWC A) v Ralph Crummy (Bears) (rearranged)

 Shane McAllister (Hustlers) v Gareth Trainor (Nifty Fiftys) (2-1)

 Henry McLoughlin (McSwiggans) v Martin Conroy (McGuigans) (1-2)


To Be Played @ Tj’s

 Jimmy McVerry (Trainors A) v Cailum McParland (CWC B) (0-2)

 Jim McMahon (Ballyholland) v Damien McArdle (Nifty Fiftys) (2-0)

 Cathal McCoy (McGuigans) v Brendan McNally (Trainors B) (2-0)

 Ben McClorey (Bosco B) v Michael Teggart (St Moninna A) (0-2)


Post Date : 20 Feb 2019 09:41 PM

Newry Pool League

Sponsored By Destionation Newry

Some fanatic games to look forward. With so many great players it's not surprising we have one of the most exciting leagues in Ireland.
ALL STATs exclude last Tuesday nights results that were played in Division 1 and 2 as the blog was already started prior to these fixtures.

@ Trainor's Bar
Shane PHELAN (Whitecross) v Mark MAGUIRE (Nan's)
Shane Phelan hasn't won a league game in his last 4 outings. And he's lost 5 out of his last 6. His 8 league wins from the 1st 11 games were enough to see him onto our top scorer chart at Christmas but he's gone well off the boil since the turn of the year. In fact the Whitecross captain has the worst current record in his South Armagh team.
Mark Maguire can beat that though. He has one of the worst records in the whole league. He's lost the last 7 league games he's played and has picked up just the one league win so far this season. His total of 9 league defeats out of 10 has Maguire crying out for Division 1 next season where wins might, just might, come a little easier.
Shane Phelan to win 2-0.

Shane McVerry (Bosco B) v Pat Byrne (McGuigan's)
Shane McVerry might need to find a magic lamp if he's to pick up a win in 2019. He's left his best form back in 2018 as he struggles to pot a ball so far this year.
Pat Byrne is in a rich vein of form for McGuigan's. He may have had a shock defeat against Whitecross last time out but he beat CWC's Kieran McMahon before that. Before Thursday nights blip Byrne had won 5 out of his last 6.
Pat Byrne's ultra attacking pool can leave him open to a decent tactical player but he's safe enough this time around and it should be 2-0.

Richard FLETCHER (No. 7) v Damien KEARNEY (Trainor's A)
Richard Fletcher beat Premier Division opposition Paul Murphy (Bears) in the 1st round. He won last week and he's enjoying the promotion hunt that Bar No. 7 are involved in. Fletcher is a big game player and he will fear no one.
Dee Kearney has fought his way into Trainor's starting 8 after a string of good performances. He's played in their last 4 league games winning 3. That's his longest run in the side since the opening 4 league games of the season.
Dee Kearney is in for a Royal scrap here but his new found confidence might edge a great match 2-1.

Liam BRADLEY (Trainor's A) v Declan MAGEE (Bosco)
Liam Bradley was on a 7 game winning run until he came up short against CWC last time out. Bradley has been taking out some sensational finishes this season and has nerves of steal.
Declan Magee had a good win against St. Monnina B and but lost against Millvale in has last two games. Magee beat John Daly in round 1 but he's stepping up in class now.
Liam Bradley beat Barry Kelland in the 1st round 2-0 and a similar score should see Bradley ease through.

@ Bellinis
Micky CUNNINGHAM (CWC A) v James O'HAGAN (Trainor's A)
Micky Cunningham has hardly lifted a cue all season so he will be very short on match practise. The league Secretary scraped past Mark Pentony in the previous round but how will he cope with the lack of table time?
James O'Hagan missed a black that would have kept Trainor's top of the Premier Division last week. That was his 4th defeat in a row and 6th defeat in 7 league games. He scraped through his 1st round tie 2-1 in what should have been as easy game. O'Hagan is a quality player and he will be back but whether he can hit form in time to resurrect his own personal campaign is another matter altogether.
Micky Cunningham could make this a very tough night for James O'Hagan but it's hard not to see the latter edge this 2-1. O'Hagan should just about have to much fire power not to make it through.

Seamus McVERRY (Trainor's A) v Billy O'NEILL (Hustlers)
Seamus McVerry had a memorable win over Harvey Lavelle in his last league outing. He has won his last 3 in a row and his last 8 out of ten. In fact his total of 10 wins and only 3 defeats puts him right up there amongst the finest in the league.
Billy O'Neil has been inconsistent at best. He's won his last 2 league games, lost the 2 previous to that. He'll be glad he's over his tough start where he lost 6 in a row.
Billy O'Neill is slowly but surely getting his mojo back but Seamus McVerry is having a tremendous season and is surely a dark horse to be champion again. 2-0 Seamus McVerry.

Kieran CUMMINS (Bosco) v Gareth McCANN (Whitecross)
Kieran Cummins out though sharp shooter Killian McDonald in the last round. The methodical Cummins will grind it with the best of them. Cummins lost a final frame decider against Ballyholland last time out which would have secured a draw.
Gareth McCann has at long last got his season on track. Won a massive frame for Whitecross when his team looked dead and buried at 3-0. He started the amazing comeback which finished 5-3 to Whitecross. He had a good win against a decent Kevin Lennon and McCann has now won his last 3 league games.
Gareth McCann is on a roll although it won't be easy I'd expect the Whitecross cueist to edge a tight match 2-1.

Kieran McMAHON (CWC A) v Paddy TAVEY (Trainor's A)
This is without question the tie of the round and probably the tie of the tournament so far.
Kieran McMahon is rock solid. Cool as icicles on an iceberg. He broke and dished Eddie McCaughey in his last league outing. Despite being one of the most feared players in the league he has still lost 3 of his last 7. He had won his previous 8 in a row before that. McMahon stuffed the tricky Ciaran O'Neill 2-0 in the last round and he expects to clear every time he visits the table. 12 league wins in total is superb from the 'Machine'
Paddy Tavey has been one of the players of the season so far. 2 of his only 3 defeats have come against his old side CWC A. He made no mistake last time out when he brilliantly broke and dished against Raymie McKenna. Tavey has won his last 4 in a row and 10 out of his last 11 league games. His 12 league wins puts him among the elite in local pool.
Paddy Tavey needs to be playing in the latter stages of the individuals to be mentioned as one of the 'greats' of Newry pool. He needs to play flawless pool against Kieran McMahon but the ginger nugget McMahon is no easy Machine to break down. This could be a classic on a good potting table but we will go with the old reliable Kieran McMahon 2-1.

Joe MAGILL (Hustlers) v Terry McNALLY (CWC A)
Joey Magill lost his last game in the horror show against Nan's. He has won 2 out of his last 4 games after a run of 4 defeats. Magill likes to play attacking pool but he's got a tough 2nd round draw.
Terry McNally won a crucial game against Trainor's in his last match and his record since joining CWC is impressive. 2 defeats and 8 wins is good by any standard. He's been a vital part in the CWC challenging for the title.
Terry McNally shouldn't be overly tested here. 2-0.

Anthony REYNOLDS (Johnny Murphy's) v Brian O'NEILL (Whitecross)
Anthony Reynolds is coming in off the back of a league defeat but he is a good solid player who is a dangerous potter. He beat John Little in the last round and will fancy his chances of progressing.
Brian O'Neill has been like a new signing for Whitecross this season. He may have lost his last league game against McGuigan's but his 7 league wins are a fantastic return for the very much improved O'Neill. His last 6 wins have come 2 at a time. His pattern since Bears, way back in the 6th league game has been - 2 wins, 1 defeat, 2 wins, 1 defeat, 2 wins but now 2 defeats. A win against Reynolds would help get him back on track.
We fancy Brian O'Neill to squeeze through 2-1.

Anthony Ryan (TJ's B) v Colm McCANN (Millvale)
Had a good win in McSwiggan's on his last league outing to help TJ's B to a draw. His previous 2 league ended in defeat where he played last. The most agonising was his 8th frame loss against rivals TJ's C when cost his side a draw. Can Ryan cope in the big pressure atmosphere?
Colly McCann is a potting machine. He has not one notion where the white is going. His attacking style is easy on the eye and quite productive in the lower leagues. McCann had a fantastic result in the previous round when he destroyed Neil Heaney 2-0.
Colm McCann bullies opponents by going all out potting. 2-0 could be the result for him again.

Eddie McCAUGHEY (Trainor's A) v Raymond MAGEE (Hustlers)
Eddie McCaughey has been a superb signing for Trainor's. McCaughey is a deadly potter who knows the patterns to make finishes look easy. McCaughey had won 5 in a row but he's lost 2 on the spin now. He got dished against CWC in the crunch title match but that is not something he needs to worry about against Ray Magee.
Ray Magee lost in his lost match against Nan's and his previous game against Bears. After 5 defeats in a row Magee had recovered with 3 wins. His 5 wins in the league all season is one reason Nan's are heading back to Division 1.
Eddie McCaughey won't need to be at his best to make it to the 3rd round 2-0.

@ Nan's
Sean MURRAY (Trainor's) v Garry POWELL (Bears)
Sean Murray is a top player but he has yet to set the Premier Division alight. He's only played 7 games but he's won 4 of them. He had a good 2-0 win over Darren O'Hanlon in round 1.
Garry Powell had one of best results of the 1st round when he toppled Trainor's captain Niall McVerry. Powell lost out against Orchard in his last match which was his 2nd defeat in a row. In fact he has 5 defeats from the last 6 league games he's played. Most of his 6 wins came in the 1st round of league fixtures.
Gary Powell needs to be at his best to compete against sharp potter Sean Murray. Both players play attacking pool but Murray gets our nod here 2-1.

Seamus KEENAN (Bears) v Jay KELLY (Glenn)
Seamus Keenan lost his last 2 games but the game before he broke and cleared out in Whitecross. He has an impressive 8 wins with 5 defeats. The 'Snail' is a great grinder but a fine potter when he gets in the groove.
Jay Kelly beat Andrew Connolly in the 1st round and had a good win in his last league game against No. 7. Kelly likes to play early and doesn't dodge the big guns.
Seamus Keenan could be surprised by Jay Kelly's quality but we still think Keenan has too much not to win 2-0.

PJ McDANIALS (Orchard) v Brendan DEVLIN (Orchard)
What a tie this is. This massive Orchard derby match-up should be a cracker.
PJ McDanial destroyed Denvor Jenkins in round 1. McDanial has missed most of Orchards season but he has still managed 5 wins with 3 defeats. 1 of those defeats came against Bears in the last match.
Brendy Devlin had to overcome Aaron O'Callaghan in the prelim and then Nathan Crudden to get this far. Devlin beat Garry Powell in Bears in the last league game. Devlin has 7 wins and 7 defeats. He had 4 defeats in a row around the Christmas and New year break.
Brendan Devlin is playing regular pool and is an all round better player. He should go through 2-1.

Seamus McGEOGHEGAN (CWC A) v Diarmuid LONERGAN (Bears)
Seamus McGeoghegan is doing his level best to stop CWC winning the league. Going by his results you could make a case that he's a closet Trainor's supporter. He's won only 1 of his last 7 games. He has 5 league wins all season. It's not pretty reading.
Diarmuid Lonergan beat the tidy Tony McGovern in his last league game when he faced his old side Orchard Bar. He had lost 2 in a row before that and won 3 in a row previous to that.
This will be a tensioned filled match with serious tactical play. The ref will be the biggest loser in this long drawn out match. If Diarmuid Lonergan can hold his nerve he could shock Seamus McGeoghegan 2-1.

@ Windmill
Mickey O'HANLON (Whitecross) v Cailum LONERGAN (Glenn)
Mickey O'Hanlon got a lucky draw in the  last round when the No. 7 crew didn't travel out. O'Hanlon has struggled this season with 9 defeats and only 2 league wins all season. It's surprise he's decided to concentrate on the love life. We got a tip off he had the new lady back in Friar Tucks on Valentines night.
Cailum Lonergan lost in his sides defeat against Bar 7 but he did have one of the shock results of the 1st round when he go passed Orchard Captain David Cromie.
Mickey O'Hanlon will have his work cut out here but his vast knowledge might be the key to a 2-1 win.

Pat BRADY (CWC A) v Alan BURKE (Whitecross)
What a draw the neutrals got here. Pat Brady is simply a phenomenon. He's aiming to contest his 3rd individuals final in a row. 11 league wins in a row puts Pat Brady clear in the scoring charts. He's the only player with 13 league wins.
Alan Burke knows what he's up against here. Had a good run when he hit 5 wins on the spin. He then lost 2 in a row but a win against McGuigan's has him back on track. 7 wins 6 defeats is Burke's sum total for the season. Burke is not just back to his very best yet and he knows it needs to click for him on the night or it's the end of his Singles campaign.
Pat Brady will be just too good. 2-0.

Conor O'HARE (McGuigan's) v Paddy CLARKE (CWC A)
Conor O'Hare struggled past Brian McGeough from Windmill Bar in the 1st round. O'Hare's league record is impressive. 9 wins and only 3 defeats is top table stats. McGuigan's star player has little use for tactics as he just goes for the big finish every visit.
Paddy Clarke now knows what it's like to be the hunted instead of the hunter after a might scare against Division 2 player Aidan Griffin. Clarke the current Singles Champion only scraped through 2-1 in the 1st round. Clarke has a better win average but maybe its only because he's played more games that O'Hare. 11 wins and 3 defeats is still 2 more than his opponent but their exceptional talents cannot be disputed.
At 1st glance these two look virtually inseparable. The biggest problem is that 2 of Conor O'Hare's 3 defeats have come against CWC. Can O'Hare cut it against the really top players? Our tip has to be big talking Paddy Clarke and we'll go all in for 2-1.

Colm SHIELDS (Ballyholland) v Bernie MAGEE (CWC A)
Colm Shields overcame tough Nifty Fifty opponent Raymie Loughran in the 1st round 2-0. Shields put his tactical skills to one side in his last Thursday night game before the Singles when he brilliantly broke and dished his Bosco opponent. He's having a fantastic season as his Ballyholland side push for Division 1 title honours.
Bernie Magee had to battle past Barry Murphy 2-1 and then had to come from behind to scrape past John Hogan 2-1 again. Magee is nothing if not a hardened battler. Magee beat Liam Bradley in the final frame of the night against Trainor's to fire CWC top of the Premier Division in his last outing.
Colm Shields could prove a tricky customer. He's full of confidence but Bernie Magee is the man for the big occasion and we'll go for 2-0 Magee.

@ McGuigan's
Cathal PHELAN (Whitecross) v Michael FEENAN
Cathal Phelan twice went on runs of 4 defeats from 5 games. That's astonishing for a player of his calibre. He's won his last 2 league games to help Whitecross go well clear in 3rd place. He scraped past John McMurray 2-1 in his prelim round then edged team mate Gavin Malone 2-0 in the 1st round.
Michael Feenan is on a run of 3 defeats from his last 4 league games following his loss against McGuigan's. His 10 wins and 5 defeats is still one of the best records in the Premier Division. One thing Feenan won't be short on is confidence. He overcame Stevie Teggart in round 1 and now faces a whole new type of pressure.
This is a really tough call to pick a winner. Is Cathal Phelan getting back to his best and is Michael Feenan going off the boil? You can never rule Cathal Phelan out of a match. He can win a match through pure grinding tactics or a sublime break finish. If Michael Feenan is on his game he can upset the odds here though. We will go for Feenan 2-1 in an entertaining match.

Tom McGUINNESS (St. Monnina) v Kevin MAGEE (Hustlers)
Tom McGuinness beat the tricky Brendan McAllister in the 1st round and things are about to get a little more tricky. McGuinness can be slowed down and beaten tactically like Charlie Docherty did a few weeks ago. He had a good win the last Thursday the league was played and he likes opponents that attack.
Kevin Magee beat Shane Durnin in the 1st round and now faces are far more experienced opponent. Magee won his last match in the defeat to Nan's. It was his 6th win in 7 games and 9th league win in total.
Kevin Magee is having an outstanding season and although a tough game is guaranteed, he should edge a close contest 2-1.

Gerard McGUIGAN (McGuigan's) v Seamus GRAHAM (Trainor's)
Gerard McGuigan is have the season of his life. He plays 1st virtually every week so he get all the big hitters. He won his opening 5 league games and is currently on 5 wins out of his last 7. He beat Conor McQuiad in the 1st round.
Seamus Graham had a stunning 2-0 win over high flying Tony McGovern in round 1. Graham lost out to Paddy Clarke in his last league match but he had won his previous 3 league games.
Seamus Graham and Gerard McGuigan should serve up a nice helping of all out attacking pool. Graham has only played 10 league games and has lost 4. This is a toss of a coin. Who will hit form on the night? Our tip is Gerard McGuigan in a close 2-1 win on his home table.

Raymond McKENNA (CWC A) v Gerard BAGNALL (Glenn)
Raymond McKenna is steady as a rock with 9 league wins from his 12 games played. He'll be delighted with his draws so far. Tommy Rooney was 2-0 and now Gerard Bagnall.
Gerard Bagnall got a bye in the last round and his reward is former overall individual's runner-up McKenna. Bagnall had a mini revival after Christmas but has since found that losing habit again. Premier Division has proved to come too early in his pool career as his 3 wins all season speaks volumes.
Raymond McKenna will have tougher games down the line. 2-0.

@ Forester's
Martin WHITE (Johnny Murphy's) v Conor HEANEY (Windmill)
Martin White stunned Premier player Paul McAreavey in the 1st round. He lost his big derby game against St. Monnina but he's having a really good season and will fancy another result here.
Conor Heaney beat Luke Phelan comfortably in round 1. Heaney was disappointing against Forester's and CWC B and will be hoping to up his game for the Singles again.
Looks like a bridge too far for Conor Heaney. Martin White to go through 2-1.

Harvey LAVELLE (CWC A) v Ralph CRUMMY (Bears)
Harvey Lavelle suffered his 1st league defeat since the 2nd league game of the season against Trainor's in his last league game before the individuals 2nd round. Lavelle had won 10 in a row. He had to overcome the dangerous potter Niall McQuillan in round 1.
Ralph Crummy struggled past Division 2 Jamie Heaney 2-1 in the 1st round. Crummy has won 4 of his last 5 league games and a total of 9 wins this season is a cueiest full of confidence and hitting the balls well.
There's only a handful of players that Harvey Lavelle would be favourite against and Ralph Crummy isn't one of them. 2-0 Lavelle.

Shane McALLISTER (Hustlers) v Gareth TREANOR (Nifty Fifty)
Shane McAllister had a hard fought win over multiple league winner Eugene McDermott 2-1 in the 1st round. McAllister has been his usual reliable self this season. He's on a 4 game winning streak and he's won 7 out of his last 8. His league 10 wins puts him right up there with the best in the Premier Division.
Gareth Treanor beat fellow Division 2 player Benny Hoey in round 1 and reading his next opponents stats should fill him with dread. Gareth Treanor is a man on a mission. He's been on a phenomenal run winning all his league games in January and unbeaten in February.
Gareth Treanor could be a handful but Shane McAllister is a class act and it should be 2-0.

Henry McLOUGHLIN (McSwiggan's) v Martin CONROY
Henry McLoughlin produced one of the biggest 1st round shocks when he beat experienced Premier Division cueiest Mervyn Kernaghan 2-1. McLoughlin lost his last Thursday night match but 2 wins previous keeps his confidence up going into the 2nd round of the Singles.
Martin Conroy is having an incredible season for McGuigan's. Conroy cruised past Kevin Crilly in round 1. He has only been beaten 3 times in the league so far this season and has 9 wins under his belt. A break finish against Whitecross is his highlight so far.
Henry McLoughlin will make Martin Conroy work for it but the Premier player Conroy should have too much ability. 2-1.

@ TJ's
Jimmy McVERRY (Trainor's A) v Cailim McPARLAND (CWC B)
Jimmy McVerry came through a tricky tie against another Premier player Leigh McAlinden. The former Dan's captain has been a bit part player for Trainors this season playing just 6 league games. He's won half of them but how much will lack of table time affect his game?
Cailim McParland edged out Niall Rice 2-1 in the 1st round. McParland is a sensational potter but he needs to learn  to hang a ball or play a safety. He can play under pressure like his final frame win against Windmill that salvaged CWC B a draw recently.
Jimmy McVerry won't go pot for pot or he's likely to bow out. McVerry can slow the pace and nick this match 2-1.

Jim McMAHON (Ballyholland) v Damien McARDLE (Nifty Fifty)
Jim McMahon has won all his league games this side of Christmas as he helps Ballyholland to a 1st time return to the Premier Division. McMahon loves a tactical game and he may well need it.
Damien McArdle beat Rony O'Reilly to secure his place in round two. Diddles has been a masterstroke signing for Nifty Fifty as they cruise towards promotion. He plays an exciting brand of pool going for pot from everywhere.
TJ's good potting tables should suit Damien McArdle for a close 2-1 win.

Cathal McCOY (McGuigan's) v Brendan McNALLY (Trainor's B)
Cathal McCoy beat inconsistent Charlie Docherty in the 1st round. McCoy spent the 1st half of the season in and out of the Trainor's and subsequently joined McGuigan's. He hasn't given 100% effort to them yet but he has the talent to make an impact.
Brendan McNally had a surprise 2-0 win over Jamie Fletcher in round 1. McNally hasn't appeared too much for Trainor's this season and the turn of the year hasn't encouraged him to pull the cue out of storage either.
Cathal McCoy and Brendan McNally could serve up an interesting battle but McCoy has more strings to his bow. 2-1 Cathal McCoy.

Ben McCLOREY (Bosco B) v Michael TEGGART (St. Monnina A)
Ben McClorey won a fantastic 2-1 battle over team mate John Magee in the 1st round. McClorey recently lost to Millvale then got axed for the next match. He will need to up his game to see the 3rd round.
Michael Teggart was in the same venue  as Ben McClorey when Teggart beat Gerard McAvoy. In fact McClorey reffed the match. Teggart will be hoping McClorey wasn't paying attention. Teggart won his last Thursday night out when he won away to Murphy's. His been in great form since the turn of the year and should be a vital part of a promotion chasing Saints.
Michael Teggart can be a class act when he turns up on form. 2-0 to the Saints player isn't out of the question.