Newry Pool League
The Vegas Cup was whittled down to the last 8 on Thursday night. Three Premier Division teams left the 'Party' while Premier Division leaders Trainor's A and current champions CWC A booked their place in the next round but not without their drama's.
Newry Pool League Vegas Cup Last 16
Results Thursday 3rd Jan 2019
1.Dans Rebels v Bears (7-2)
2.Whitecross v Hustlers (1-8)
3.Bosco A v McSwiggans (7-2)
4.Cwc A v Millvale (8-1)
5.Orchard Bar v John Murphys (6-3)
6.Nans Rams v Ballyholland (4-5)
7.Trainors A v St Monnina A (5-4)
Happy Christmas to all our Newry and District Pool League members and friends, both locally and afar. Its a time of the year for chilling out and relaxing if at all possible but we in the blog endeavour to give you something beautiful to read during the festive period.
In this blog we are going to take a look at our Christmas Crackers. The Star's on top of our festive tree. A wee look at our Christmas number 1's.
Yes it's that time of the year to look at our top marksmen. Who is the top scorer in the Premier Division? The elite players around Newry and South Armagh will be revealed.
Most of the big hitters are on the list and of course, just like a really good cracker, there are some nice surprises too.
1. PAT BRADY:
9 wins/2 defeats. He destroyed the field last year and he leads the way this season. He is joined by two other players but small details makes 'Big Pat' our Christmas no. 1.
Brady won his 1st match with a Break and Dish. He lost his 1st game 3 matches in, then lost his next before going on a 7 streak winning run. Brady isn't getting things all his own way this season but he is still top of our Christmas tree. His ability to always play the correct shot means opponents never get an easy chance handed to them. Brady will always be one of the most feared opponents in Newry Pool.
2. MICHAEL FEENAN:
9 wins/2 defeats. Surprise package Michael Feenan is like a new player for Whitecross this season. He has one break finish this season so far. He lost his opening game before winning 5 in a row. A defeat against the Orchard Bar was followed by 4 more wins. Feenan is up there with the elite players in the Premier Division. The big question is can he stay? His stunning long potting ability catches the eye but the big difference for the 'Tornado' is his calmness on the black ball which was always his Achilles heel.
3. KIERAN McMAHON:
9 wins/2 defeats. Kieran McMahon is always there or thereabouts when it comes to our top scoring charts. The snooker ace is the master of consistency. He has an almost identical record to Feenan with 1 break finish which occurred in his opening game of the season. He followed that with 8 wins. 2 defeats in a row stopped him in his tracks but the 'Machine' won his last game to join the leader board. McMahon only got pipped for 2nd place as it was Feenan who inflicted him with his 1st defeat. McMahon has surgical precision when in amongst the balls and is one of the finest positional players in our local game.
4. PADDY CLARKE:
8 wins/2 defeats. Paddy Clarke is widely regarded as the most talented player in the Newry and District Pool League. Clarke won his 1st 2 before missing the defeat to Bears. He returned with a defeat against Trainor's. He sandwiched a win in between his 2nf loss of the season. 5 wins on the spin including a break and dish puts him joint 4th in our top scorer list.
5. SEAMUS McVERRY:
8 wins/2 defeats. Seamus McVerry missed Trainor's opening game of the season but won his next 3 before tasting his 1st defeat. He won his next 5 before a defeat in his final game against CWC A kept him out of the top 3. We only separated McVerry from Paddy Clarke because the latter had a break finish.
6. SHANE PHELAN:
8 Wins/3 defeats. Shane Phelan is our current player of the year and is holder of the Pairs title with brother Cathal. He started his league campaign with a break finish which gives him the edge over the other players on 8 wins. He followed that with defeat against CWC but 5 wins in a row fired him up the scoring charts. He finished the last 4 games winning half of them finishing the half term with a win.
7. TONY McGOVERN:
8 wins/3 defeats. Tony McGovern got off to a sensational start to the season by winning his 1st 7 league games. The Orchard star has seen the wheels fall off a bit when he lost 3 of his last 4 games which will dissapoint him.
8. PADDY TAVEY:
8 wins/3 defeats. Paddy Tavey has adapted to life out in the South Armagh Pub Trainor's like a Duck to water. Tavey lost his opening game and only won 2 from his 1st 4. 6 wins in a row put him in contention to join the very top of our winners charts but defeat in his final game (which was against his old side CWC) dropped Tavey down the pecking order.
9. NIALL McVERRY:
8 wins/3 defeats. Niall McVerry has been ruthless in his quest for trophies this season as the Trainor's captain. On the baize he won 4 out his 1st 5 games. He then won 4 of his next 5 and lost his final game before the break for a very decent 1st half of the season.
10. HARVEY LAVELLE:
7 wins/2 defeats. Harvey Lavelle got off to the worst possible start losing his opening 2 games before missing the defeat to Bears. Lavelle won his next 6 in a row. He missed the return leg against Bears but ended the 1st half of the season with a win against title contenders Trainor's.
11. MARTIN CONROY:
7 wins/2 defeats. Martin Conroy is the reason McGuigan's holding their own this season with a virtuoso performance so far. He lost his opening game 6 wins out of his next 7 put Conroy right up the leader board but he messed 2 games and a row and then won his last game to finish with an excellent 7 wins from 9 games played.
12. SEAMUS KEENAN:
7 wins/3 defeats. Seamus Keenan is a surprise package to make our top scorers. The 'snail' has grinded out a string of big wins including 2 victories against CWC. Keenan won his 1st 3 games before his 1st defeat. He won 2 of his next 3 games before missing the game against bottom side Nan's. His 3rd defeat was followed by 2 wins from his final 2 games to deservedly make it onto our top scorers chart.
13. JAMIE FLETCHER:
7 wins/3 defeats. Jamie Fletcher has been a breath of fresh for Orchard Bar. His youthful enthusiasm has benefitted the team no doubt about that. Fletcher didn't play in the opening match for Orchard. His 1st game was a win then he received his 1st defeat. 6 wins on the trot propelled Fletcher into contention for top spot but he lost his final 2 games to slip down the table.
14. DAVID CROMIE:
6 wins/0 defeats. Yes it's not a misprint. David Cromie has yet to get that losing feeling in the 2018/19 league campaign. If only Orchard Bar could get him there every game they might be clear in 3rd place. He started with a win, missed game 2, won week 3, missed 2 in a row, won 2 in a row, missed the next before ending with a win. He played 1 game against the top 2 which was a victory against table topping Trainor's Bar. Terrific start for Cromie.
Newry Pool league Blog Div 1/2
Forester's A smashed the Division 1 title race wide open again after shocking league leaders Ballyholland. John Magee captained his Forester's side to a 3-0 lead and needed the final frame for a stunning 5-3 win at the City venue. Unfortunately for Kieran Loughran, Hugh McGrath and the rest of the boys John Magee didn't bother putting full names on the score sheet so they can't get the write-up they deserve.
Stevie Teggart is the obvious jewel in the St. Monnina A crown but they have many diamonds in their ranks as the surged to the top of Division 1 on frame difference.
Tom McGuinness, Paddy McCann and Paddy Hughes are a wealth of experience that only Mastercard could buy. (other credit cards are available ).
The gulf in class between top and bottom hasn't in this Division hasn't always been apparent thanks to a plethora of surprise results but St. Monnina whopped bottom club Glen Social Club.
Declan Brady, Stephen Teggart and Stephen Cunningham got the South Armagh cueiests into a 3-0 lead when they beat Paddy Morgan, Jay Kelly and Caolan Lonergan.
Kevin Sands got the better of Michael Teggart to give the South Down side hope of an unlikely comeback.
Tom McGuinness is an experienced top player and has more than his share of talent and bottle. He beat Raymond Sands who himself has no shortage of experience. 4-1 Saints.
Paddy McCann is a class act once he hits form and he had little problems in sewing up both points for 5-1. He beat Pat Rice comfortably.
Brian Harte made it 6-1 by beating Ben Mackin before top potter Paddy Hughes rounded off a terrific team performance by beating Mark Kidd and made the scoreline a thumping 7-1.
Division 1 of the Newry and District Pool League has no teams from Newry in the top 4 in the current league standings. St. Monnina A and Ballyholland are joint top with 13 points and only 1 point behind them is Johnny Murphy's and Bar 7 Duke Street Warrenpoint, both on 12 points.
Murphy's have a tight solid looking squad and consistency will be key to honours this season.
CWC B on the other hand have struggled since their promotion from Division 1 last season. Just two wins and two draws sees CWC B in the relegation zone and will need drastic improvement to avoid a return ticket back to Division 2.
Marty White is a reliable potter for Murphy's and he put the home side 1 up.
The Brilliant Tommy Rooney and the exciting potting machine Chris Cunningham fired the City side into a surprise 2-1 lead but they couldn't build on it.
Anthony Reynolds and the superb Darren O'Hanlon reversed the 1 frame lead for Johnny Murphy's who now led 3-2.
The legendry former committee member Pat Quinn beat Kieran Cunningham to make sure the South Armagh side would get at least a draw from the night. 4-2.
Calium McParland is improving all the time and he grinded out a win over the stubborn Kieran Larkin and now CWC B could dream of salvaging a draw.
Oliver Lonergan was the hero for Johnny Murphy's when claimed the win and the 2 points.
No. 7 in Warrenpoint kept pace with the Division 1 leaders with a good win over a dangerous Bosco team.
Darren Devlin gave the visitors the lead when he beat No. 7 proprietor Kris Fletcher.
Marty Bolton and Richard Fletcher and the former Boyds team mates 2-1 up before Robert Devlin levelled at the halfway mark for Bosco.
Kevin Lennon and Shane Cunningham took the next two for No. 7 and the Point side were 4-2 up and had all the momentum.
That carried into the penultimate frame when Chris O'Hare wasted no time in wrapping the 2 points.
Ciaran Morgan is a top player and it was a bit of a surprise for Bosco to play such a talented player last. He won the final frame of the night to finish the scoring at 5-3.
Windmill, Bosco and Cavern are in a bunch sitting in behind the leaders and could mount a challenge. They are just 3 points away from top spot. Cavern only got promoted from Division 2 last and will be delighted with their progress but they look the least likely of that group to push on for the title.
Trainor's B and Forester's A sit 1 point further back on 9 points. Although only 4 points away from the top they will be looking at results below them more than above them.
CWC B and Glen are on 6 points and joint bottom. CWC B look best equipped to drag themselves away from the relegation zone with a lot of the players having played in the top tier a number of years ago.
Glen look snookered to be fair. They lost a few of their best players before the season started. It's a tricky visit though for any team so winning their home games will be vital to any hopes of retaining their Division 1 status.
This wasn't just a Christmas stuffing. This wasn't a turkey roasting. This was a brutal slaying. There's putting down a marker and then there's a Pre-Christmas massacre.
We have clear leaders in all three Divisions of the Newry and District Pool League.
Trainor's slaughtered Orchard Bar 8-0 to maintain their 3 point lead at the top of the Premier Division.
Ballyholland's final frame win put them two points clear at the top of Division 1. Windmill slumped to a shock defeat in Bosco to slip 3 points behind but St. Monnina A moved up into 2nd place and trail the leaders by 2 points thanks to a handy nights work over Forester's A.
Nifty Fiftys moved 5 points clear in Division 2 with their 7th win of the season but they are the only team not to have had their bye, so that gap should close after the next round of league games. Closest rivals Millvale slipped up in a somewhat derby game against Port Bar. TJ's C closed the gap at the top and moved into promotion contention when they whitewashed Indo 8-0 and it was in the Indo too. St Monnina B are up to 4th after a final frame win took the 2 points away from TJ's B.
Only teams that put full names on the scorecard get writeups in the blog. Sorry but that is the blog policy.
We start our round up on the Millvale Road where Port Bar travelled the straight road from Mountnorris to their closest opponents in Division 2.
Millvale needed the points to keep in touch with leaders Nifty Fiftys and a defeat for Port Bar would surely end any lingering dreams of promotion as they would have fallen 6 points behind Millvale and would actually only been 1 point of the bottom of the table clubs such is the tightness of Division 2.
Millvale only drew the week before but Port Bar came from behind for a fantastic victory over Dan's Rebels.
Colly McCann was taking on John McClure in the nights opener. If memory serves me correctly McCann was a former Port player but correct us if we're wrong. It was McClure that took nervy 1-0 lead for Port Bar to make up for his defeat the week before.
Anthony O'Hanlon was on form as he levelled matters against the talented Ryan Kernaghan.
Allister Marks and Paul Taylor both had important wins the week before and both were spot on again as they put Port Bar 3-1 up. Ironically opponents Benny Hoey and Liam Ferris both lost for the 2nd week in a row and now the visitors had Millvale on the ropes.
Killian McDonald has that touch of class about him. The Millvale ace could comfortably hold his own in the Premier Division and it was no surprise he pulled it back to 3-2 before team mate Dean Fallon who is also on a good run levelled matters with just 2 frames to play.
Willy Hughes and Mark Jones would play the penultimate frame with the prize being that their next team mate up would be playing for maximum points.
Willy Hughes won the week before while Mark Jones was on the back of a defeat. Form went out the window as the resolute Jones edged Port in front 4-3.
So long time Millvale servant Martin McGoldrick would take on cool customer Philip Sterritt. McGoldrick lost the decider the week before and needed to redeem himself against Sterritt who was only sub in the last match. It was Sterritt that came out trumps and heap more misery on McGoldrick.
A superb 5-3 win for Port Bar brings them up to 9 points and now just a win off 2nd spot. They now have 5 points out of a possible 6 and gathering a head of steam just as the Christmas break looms.
Millvale need to get the confidence back. After drawing with leaders Nifty Fiftys 3 games ago they've had a dip in form. They need players like Ryan Diamond back in the team and playing well if they are to push for the title.
Tj's C could mount a promotion challenge if they get a few more results like Thursday night. Tj's C have Shane Durnin at the helm and the sharpshooter is in fine form since guiding team away from the smallest league in Ireland to one of the biggest. They don't have some of the bigger names they had when they played from the Armagh/Down but with Durnin pulling the strings they should be right up there in the mix for honours.
Indo have taken some bad beatings and hopefully they can bring in a player or two to bolster their squad.
As Claudio Raniari said after his Fulham side got a 1st half mauling by Man United, "it was lambs to the slaughter" Indo were ravaged by a rampant and hungry TJ's side.
Adam Carroll, Matty O'Brien, Nathan Crudden and Jamie McManus reeled off the 1st 4 frames to leave Indo just waiting on the knockout blow.
Colm Cahill, Stevey Hyland, and Peter Cahill the 1st 3 to lose for Indo
Captain fantastic Shane Durnin had won his last 3 league games and is bursting with confidence. It was no surprise when he fired in the killer blow for 5-0.
Ozzy Gray made it 6-0 before Ethan Doyle made it 7 zip. Would Indo grab a consolation frame? Of course not. Ryan Gray made it 8-0 and Indo were lucky to get to nil.
Indo are joint bottom with three other teams but have the worst frame difference with - 18 whereas Forester's B have - 8 and TJ's B - 4.
TJ's C can not look up the table as they should be hoping to close in on 2nd spot. They now trail Millvale be just 2 points but Nifty Fiftys have a 7 point gap on them.
In Division 1 Ballyholland are in ominous for lately. They are strong right the way through their squad and their experience in tight games is seeing them through in a lot of 5-3 Victories.
For the 2nd week in a row Kevin McGovern has come up with the magic to scrape Ballyholland over the winning line and only for his nerves of steel the league table would look a whole lot tighter.
Giby Vettiankal left No. 7 Bar proprietor Kris Fletcher feeling rather ill when he took the opening frame of the night to give the travelling Ballyholland the lead in Warrenpoint.
Marty Bolton tied the match when he beat Brendan Keenan before Ballyholland found their stride. Dave McAvoy, Jim McMahon and Niall McQuillan sunk blacks for the league leaders for a 4-1 advantage. Richard Fletcher, Chris O'Hare and JP Lennon losing out.
No. 7 Duke Street had hoped for the win that would have fired them top of the league but now the best they could hope for was a draw.
The fightback began thanks to the Duke Street sides' captain Jeremy O'Brien. He beat Gerard McAvoy who only the week before had won on a re-spotted black. There was no re-spot this time as O'Brien made it 4-2.
Shane Cunningham made it 4-3 with a good win over the steady Colm Shields and the game was back in the melting pot.
Two Kevin's would do battle in the finale and it was McGovern the Ballyholland 'Iceman' that cooly delivered for a brilliant 5-3 win for Ballyholland.
Bosco A are had a massive win of Windmill Bar to put themselves back in the promotion hunt and because the league is so tight they ease 4 points above the relegation zone and now trail 2nd place St. Monnina A by just a single point.
Brendan McVerry had a good win over skillful Ciaran Morgan for 1-0 Windmill.
Experienced Dee Brady levelled then Darren Devlin and Robert Devlin fired Bosco 3-1 up. Brian McGeough, Aaron O'Callaghan and Conor Cunningham the triple whammy to get ko'd.
Kieran Cummins is slow but precise and is calm in the finish. He was too good for John Anderson and 4-1 was never in doubt.
Paddy McMahon could never be described a genius but he has potting ability and he wasted no time wrapping up the points for 5-1. David Loughran unable to prevent the route.
Stevie Gray pulled a consolation back for Windmill when he beat Gary Wilson.
Eamon Hurley put the icing on the cake for Bosco when he made it 6-2 by defeating Conor Heaney.
Cavern will be delighted with their performance Thursday night when they stunned Trainor's B and prevented the South Armagh side going 2nd in the league. Cavern are 3 points off 2nd place and only 2 points off the bottom.
It was a fantastic game in South Armagh and when Trainor's talisman Tommy Mooney got thrashed it shook the fancied home side to the core.
Mathew Cregan is a strong competitor but it was a big surprise when he beat Mooney to fire the visitors into the lead.
Joe Campbell doubled that lead when he beat the inconsistent Brendan McNally.
Crafty Luke Phelan is doing a whole lot better than his former individual champion winner Cathal lately. Phelan pulled it back to 2-1 by beating Stephen Byrne but Cavern didn't fold like some may have expected.
DC Campbell made it 3-1 when he beat Aaron Ruddy and then a switch in order of play came off perfect for Cavern when David McKevitt made it 4-1. Trainor's were shell shocked as Charlie Docherty lost but they dug deep to try and claw the match back.
Paddy McKeown is a quality potter and he beat Joe Byrne to make it 4-2.
Mark Trainor was taking on old pal Iceman Martin Reavey and it was the Iceman that was defrosted by Trainor and it was now down to 4-3.
Damon Murphy is probably on his day as good as most of the top players outside the Premier Division. He is a tremendous potter and has a good safety game. His temperament is top notch too and he was excellent again when he beat Davey Doran to make it 5-3 and a spectacular result for Cavern Bar.
Whitecross stunned current Premier Division Champions CWC A in the Newry and District Pool League and gave leaders Trainor's a huge boost towards winning their 1st ever top tier league title.
Accross the City the Champions elect were on their way to a demolition job on the Hustlers taking the points at 5-0. CWC were getting dragged in a right scrap with Whitecross in the Working Men's Club.
There was no surprise when the teamsheets were released that Kieran McMahon would play Michael Feenan. Shane Phelan was brave in his picks and decided to fight fire with fire. It was 'The Machine' verses the 'Tornado'. McMahon boasted an unblemished record of 8 league wins from 8 games. Feenan had 6 wins from 8. Both players have 1 break finish each so far and both players fear No One!
When McMahon fouled he left Feenan a tricky looking table. Feenan has moved up a gear this season and the Formula Karting employee left McMahon for dust clearing the table with unnerving accuracy. It was a huge frame for Whitecross to win and Kieran McMahon's dream of going the whole season unbeaten was obliterated by a touch of sheer class. The 'Tornado' has finally arrived and is ready to wreak havoc. The Premier Division - "you have been warned" . 1-0 Whitecross.
Shane Phelan would have fancied his chances against Bernie Magee. Magee has played all 8 league games and only winning half of them is below his normally high standards. Phelan edged the tactical battle and improved his record to 7 wins from 9 while Magee lost his 6th game of the season. 2-0 Whitecross.
Brian O'Neill has impressed massively this season for Whitecross winning some crucial pressure games. But Harvey Lavelle is a cut above most and it was taxi boss Lavelle that won the fare and pulled it back to 2-1.
A confident in form Alan Burke is worth and extra 7 or 8 points a season for Whitecross. Burke won his 3rd frame out of 7 when he played Terry McNally to fire Whitecross 3-1 up.
Current individual champion Paddy Clarke was in sensational form. He broke and cleared for his 1st dish of the season. It was simply devine pool from the money player and improved his record to 6 wins a 2 defeats so far. Opponent Gareth McCann only has 2 wins from the 8 he's played. For change there was nothing he could do about it as he watched on in awe of Clarke.
Now it was 3-2 and CWC in the ascendancy.
Cathal Phelan is having a horror show this season for Whitecross. It was a dangerous game by captain Shane Phelan to play Cathal 6th as he would no only too well Pat Brady would be waiting. Going into this game Brady had won the same amount of games that Phelan had lost - 6. Brady won his last 4 after surprisingly losing twice early in the season. The confident Brady was too strong for Phelan and it was all square 3-3 with 2 to play.
Gavin Malone's record of 3 wins from 8 prior to his game was abysmal and Micky Cunningham had'nt much to do to put malone back into his corner. Nobody was expecting a high quality frame and its just as well. Cunningham made the least mistakes and edged it to put CWC A 4-3 up and on the brink of a massive 2 points.
It looked like Whitecross had thrown the match away losing the last 3 frames to trail 4-3. Seamus McGeoghegan is one of the most experienced players in the Newry Pool League. He had won his last 2 games but with only 4 wins a 3 defeats, the tactical legend was far from unbeatable. Joseph McTaggart had lost his last 2 and won his previous 2 in the only 4 league games he's played so far.
McTaggart was cueing well and his attacking style was too much for the tactical McGeoghegan. Jokie potted the final black of the night to send Whitecross delirious.
Some of their players partied into the small hours to celebrate this most unlikely draw.
Eddie McCaughey, Niall McVerry, Jimmy McVerry, Seamus McVerry and Paddy Tavey wrapped the 2 points for a 5-0 win for leaders Trainor's Bar. Hustlers finally hit back when Shane McAllister inflicted James O'Hagan's 3rd defeat in a row.
Sean Murray won his 3rd in a row to make it 6-1 but Hustlers had the final say when Kevin Magee beat Seamus Graham to finish the scoring 6-2.
Hustlers captain Kevin Magee will surely have had a wee word in the ear of Dee Kearney who didn't even make the Trainor's sub bench. This story line would be the envy of the writers at Eastenders. McVerry doesn't rate Kearney while Kearney thinks he's too good not to start every week. Players miss two or three games and come straight back in in front of Kearney. Kearney has decisions to make about his future but at this moment we're being left hanging like a good old Eastenders cliffhanger.
We in the blog are delighted to give Orchard Bar the next write up. Not because they had a comfortable win away to Nan's Rams but because they finally filled in the card with full names on it. So we've gave them some attention this week as a special treat for them.
Orchard are sitting in a healthy 3rd place in the league, 2 points clear of Whitecross Bar in 4th. 4 wins, 3 draws and only 2 defeats leaves them only 3 points behind current champions CWC A.
Tony McGovern and new signing Jamie Fletcher have been on a different level this season. They're playing to a league challenging level. Tony McGovern has an incredible 8 wins from 9 games after his win over Mark Pentony. 1-0 Orchard Bar.
Nan's are rock bottom with no wins and only the 2 draws. They offered little resistance to the rampant Orchard.
The sensational Jamie Fletcher looked decent with Boyds but not exceptional. He's moved up a level and not only is he holding his own, he's been blasting opponents away with some stunning pool. Fletcher beat Pat McClenaghan for his 6th win on the bounce and his 7th in 8 games. 2-0 Orchard.
David Cromie needed to slow the talented Andrew Chan down to make it 3-0. David Cromie has only played 5 games but remarkably he's won all 5.
Nan's finally breathed life into the contest when Jimmy O'Hare beat Brendy Devlin. It was Devlin's 4th defeat of the campaign. His 5 wins to date have been crucial for though for high flying Orchard. 3-1.
Two exciting players contested the 5th frame of the night. Mal Maguire was good but not good enough to beat Darren Devlin and it was 4-1. After a bad start Devlin has won 4 of his last 5 games and 3 of his 4 defeats came in the 1st 4 games of the season.
Mervyn Kernaghan is the man for the big occasion. He is a big game player. He lost 4 games out of 4 that he played early in the season but he has now won his last 2 after beating Micky Lennon. That was the 2 points in the bag and 3rd place secured at 5-1.
Liam Turley is a super potter but he's finding life in the Premier Division a whole lot tougher. He suffered his 6th defeat on Thursday night and with only the 1 win he badly needs a confidence boost. Leigh McAlinden putting him to the sword this time. 5-2.
Noel Malcomson picked up his 1st win of the season although he's only played 3. Malcomson is a good solid player and will be a good addition if the can keep him interested. He beat Rony O'Reilly to make it 6-2.
The Rams were at home and more dropped just leaves them closer to The Premier Division exit door. For Orchard the aim must be to catch CWC and nab 2nd spot in the league.
McGuigan's Bar eased their relegation fears with a powerful performance over the hapless Bears.
Conor O'Hare, Damien Flanagan, Gerard McGuigan and John Hogan had McGuigan's 4-0 up.
Pat Byrne put on a potting masterclass to beat Paul Murphy to take the points at 5-0.
Ralph Crummy made it 5-1 but Nicky Langton showed that McGuigan's were still hungry and he made it 6-1.
Eddie Heaney won again for Bears to make it 6-2.
Its tight at the bottom of the table. Well its tight above Nan's with Hustlers, Bears and McGuigan's all looking to avoid the relegation trap door that looms large!
The draw for the individuals is out now so check it out on Destination Newry.
Don't forget we will preview each and every single draw so keep an eye out for that one.
Pairs Entries being taken soon.
Newry Pool League Individuals
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To Be Played @ Millvale
John Mc Murray (TJ’s B) v Cathal Phelan (W/cross) Winner Plays Gavin Malone (W/Cross)
Brian Harte (St Moninna A) v Adrian Larkin (TJ’s B) Winner Plays James O’Hagan (Trainors)
Barry Murphy (Hustlers) v Bernie Magee (CWC A) Winner Plays John Hogan (McGuigans)
To Be Played @Newry Foresters
Aaron O’Callaghan (Windmill) v Brendan Devlin (Orchard) Winner Plays Nathan Crudden (TJs C)
Cricky McGuigan (CWC B) v Ryan Diamond (Millvale)Winner Plays Brian O/Neill (W/cross)
Thomas Mc Guinness (St Monnina A) v Brendan McAllister (Nifty Fiftys)
Jamie McManus (TJs C) v Billy O’Neill (Hustlers)
To Be Played @CWC
Girby Vettiankal (B/Holland) v Diarmuid Lonergan (Bears) Winner Plays Pat Quinn (J. Murphys)
Mark Trainor (Trainors B) v Darren Devlin (Bosco A) Winner Plays Terry McNally (CWC A)
Niall McQuillan) (Ballyholland) v Andrew Mackin (St Moninna A)Winner Plays Harvey Lavelle (CWC )
To Be Played @ Ballyholland
Jamie Heaney (TJs C) v Ralph Crummy (Bears)
Shane Durnin (TJs C) v Kevin Magee (Hustlers) Winner Plays Sean Pentony (Nifty Fiftys)
Paul McAreavey (McGuigans) v Martin White (John Murphys)
Killian McDonald (Millvale) v Kieran Cummins (Bosco A
To Be Played @ Nans
Ryan Gray (TJs C) v Joe Magill (Hustlers)
Seamus Graham (Trainors A) v Tony McGovern (Orchard)
Neil Heaney (Bears) v Colm McCann (Millvale)
Kevin Lennon (No. 7) v Gareth McCann (Whitecross)
To Be Played @ TJ’s Table 1
Paddy Clarke (CWC A) v Aidan Griffin (Nifty Fiftys)
Henry McLoughlin (McSwiggans) v Mervyn Kernaghan (Orchard)
Michael Feenan (Whitecross) v Stephen Teggart (St Moninna A)
Eugene McDermott (Bears) v Shane McAllister (Hustlers)
To Be Played @ John Murphys
Benny Hoey (Millvale) v Gareth Trainor (Nifty Fiftys)
Seamus McVerry (Trainors A) v Emmet McParland (CWC B)
Damien McArdle (Nifty Fiftys) v Rony O’Reilly (Nans)
John Little (Nifty Fiftys) v Anthony Reynolds (John Murphys)
To Be Played @Windmill
PJ McDaniels (Orchard) v Denvoir Jenkins (Hustlers)
Anthony Ryan (TJs B) v William Hughes (Millvale)
Jay Kelly (Glen) v Andrew Connolly (McSwiggans)
Brendan McNally (Trainors B) v Jamie Fletcher (Orchard)
To Be Played @ Whitecross
Michael O’Hanlon (Whitecross) v Chris O’Hare (No. 7)
Eddie McCaughey (Trainors A) v Paddy McCann (St Moninna A)
Alan Burke (Whitecross) v Shane Cunningham ((No 7)
Pat Byrne (McGuigans) v Mike Nugent (Trainors B)
To Be Played @ St Monnina
Tommy Mooney (Trainors B) v Jim McMahon (Ballyholland)
Cailum McParland (CWC B) v Niall Rice (TJs B)
Sean Murray (Trainors A) v Darren O’Hanlon (John Murphys)
Matthew O’Brien (TJs C) v Pat Brady (CWC A)
To Be Played @Bellini’s
Ciaran O’Neill (Hustlers) Kieran McMahon (CWC A)
John Daly (John Murphys) v Declan Magee (Bosco B)
Raymond Loughran (Nifty Fiftys) v Colm Shields (Ballyholland)
Jimmy McVerry (Trainors A) v Leigh McAlinden (Nans)
To Be Played @ McSwiggans
Adrian Murphy (Millvale) v Gerard Bagnall (Orchard)
Seamus McGeoghegan (CWC A) v Micheal Campbell (TJs B)
Gary Cowan (TJs B) v Mark Maguire (Nans)
To Be Played @Mc Guigans
Raymond McKenna (CWC A) v Tommy Rooney (CWC B)
Luke Phelan (Trainors B) v Conor Heaney (Windmill)
Paddy Tavey (Trainors A) v Brendan McVerry (Bears)
Conor Mc Quiad (St Monnina A) v Gerard Mc Guigan (McGuigans)
To Be Played@ Trainors
Micky Cunningham (CWC A) v Mark Pentony (Nans)
Charlie Doherty (Trainors B) v Cathal McCoy (Trainors A)
Seamus Keenan (Bears) v Liam Turley (Orchard)
Brian McGeough (Windmill ) v Conor O’Hare (McGuigans)
To Be Played@ Orchard Bar
Mark Kidd (Glen) v Shane Phelan (Whitecross)
Gary Powell (Bears) v Niall McVerry (Trainors A)
Martin Conroy (McGuigans) v Kevin Crilly (John Murphys)
Adam Carroll (TJs C) v Damien Kearney (Trainors A)
To Be Played@ Tj’s Table 2
Shane McVerry (Bosco B) v Declan Brady (St Moninna A)
Ben McClorey (Bosco B) v John Magee (Bosco B)
Gerard McEvoy (Ballyholland) v Michael Teggart (St Moninna A)
Micky Lennon ( Nans ) v Raymond Magee (Hustlers)
To Be Played@ Bosco
Paul Murphy (Bears) v Richard Fletcher (No. 7)
David Cromie (Orchard) v Cailum Lonergan (Glen)
Barry Kelland (CWC B) v Liam Bradley (Trainors A)
Newry Pool League Blog
There wasn't much in the way of shocks in the last 16 of the Cunningham Cup. All the Premier Division big hitters are safely through at a canter. There were some big wins as half the games were won by 5 frames or more. Two 8-1 wins and two 7-2 saw some of the underdogs receive a severe beating.
The lowest ranked team left in the Cunningham Cup is Forester's B. They were taking on Glen Social Club. Both clubs are really struggling this season. Forester's are 3rd from bottom just 1 point off bottom spot in a really tight Division 2. Although if you were a real optimist then Forester's are only 2 points off 3rd place. 2 wins and 2 draws out of 8 isn't promotion form though.
Glen Social Club are rock bottom of Division 1 with 1 win and 2 draws. They are only 5 points off top spot but have lost some good players recently and the likes of Gerard Bagnall moving to Orchard Bar has left Glen favourites for the drop.
David O'Brien and Pat Hughes got the hosting Forester's B off to the perfect start with some good pool over Jay Kelly and Pat Rice.
Marty O'Brien and Stevie Quinn doubled the INF pubs' advantage when they stunned Daniel Shields and Paddy Morgan.
Mark Kidd and Kevin Sands opened Glen's account. Kidd is a Tottenham Hotspur supporter so our heart goes out to him. Sands considers himself an athlete and it was the Glen duo that had Barney O' Connor and Gerard O'Connell on the run.
Forester's led 2-1 going into the singles games but Glen would still be slight favourites to squeeze through.
Caolan O'Connor beat namesake Caolan Lonergan in a massive frame for Forester's. It was the confidence boost they needed and gave them belief to push on.
Marty O'Brien made it 4-1 when he stuffed out of sorts Ben Mackin. Forester's were in dreamland and 1 frame away from a place in the last 8.
Pat Hughes was the Forester's B hero when he edged out John Morgan for a famous 5-1 win.
Raymie Sands is a very skillful experienced player and it turned out a huge mistake playing him so far down the pecking order. David O'Brien found Sands in hot form and the scoreline was 5-2.
Peter Smyth was the captain who masterminded the Forester's win and he was delighted to add his name to winners party. He beat the useful Kevin Sands.
Stevie Quinn rounded off a stunning night when he beat Mark Kidd. Kidd had already a win from earlier in the Pairs but Glen had downed tools and Quinn finished off a famous night with a resounding 7-2 win.
Whitecross and Hustlers had to work hard for their wins.
Nifty Fifty are top of Division 2 and in confident mood heading out to Whitecross.
Robbie Loughran and Axel Foley took the opener and after that good start they led 2-1 thanks to smart partnerships.
Shane and Cathal Phelan equalised but Aidan Griffin and Brendan McAllister showed they weren't there to make up the numbers as Nifty Fifty led 2-1 at they end of the Pairs.
Michael Feenan continued his good form and Shane Phelan won and Whitecross led 4-2.
Chris McKeown pulled it back to 4-3 for the INF side.
Alan Burke took the winning high fives and Cathal Phelan and Joseph McTaggart made it 6-3.
Hustlers were all square at 2-2 but St. Monnina B ran out of top quality players to sustain a good challenge.
Gwyn Trainor and Billy O'Neill then Denvor Jenkins and Ray Magee had Hustlers 2-1 in the Pairs. Sandwiched inbetween was an excellent win for Fred and Matt Cameron.
Declan Donnelly equalised to give Hustlers some food for thought.
Shane McAllister put Hustlers 3-2 up to put behind him a personally difficult start to the season.
Kevin Magee put Hustlers on the hill at 4-2 and super potter Ciaran O'Neill dragged the home side over the line for 5-2.
Billy O'Neill and Barry Murphy made it a comprehensive 7-2 win.
It's good to see players like Pete Donnelly still mixing it with the big guns and long may it continue. Its back to Division 2 for St. Monnina B.
Dee Kearney must think the Pool God's are conspiring against him as he picked up yet another defeat. He's had his disagreement's with Trainor's captain Niall McVerry and he just can't nail down a regular spot in their star studded team.
Eddie McCaughey and James O'Hagan, Jimmy McVerry and Seamus Graham then Sean Murray and Noel Bradley fired Trainor's into a commanding 3-0 lead against TJ's C.
Adam Carroll had one of the best results of the last 16 when he beat powerhouse Paddy Tavey to make it 3-1.
Niall McVerry then the potting machine Eddie McCaughey booked the last 8 spot for Trainors A.
Liam Bradley then Seamus McVerry made it 7-1 before the famous Nathan Crudden tamed Dee Kearney for 7-2.
CWC A are safely through to the last 8 winning 8-1. Kevin Lennon and Richard Fletcher had the cheek to win the opener for Bar 7 Warrenpoint but CWC A took all 8 remaining frames. Paddy Clarke won the all important 5th frame for CWC to get the win while Micky Cunningham picked up a rare win to make it 8-1.
Orchard Bar had a terrific win at the home of Windmill Bar. Orchard had their last 8 spot booked with a stunning 5-0 demolition job. New signing Gerard Bagnall sealing the win.
Davey Loughran bagged Windmill's solitary frame to make it 5-1.
Orchard stormed on for an 8-1 win.
McGuigan's struggled against Killeavy INF. It was 2-2 before McGuigan's pushed on for 5-2. John Hogan getting McGuigan's winning frame.
The South Armagh side won the last 2 to make it a tighter looking 5-4 to McGuigan's.
Red hot Ballyholland got a fright from Port Bar. Ballyholland are riding high in Division 1 while Port are on the back of some average results in Division 2.
Port Bar led 3-2 but when Giby Vettiankal levelled Ballyholland never looked back.
Colm Shield was the hero when he made it 5-3 to Ballyholland. Gerard McAvoy made it a 6-3 win for Ballyholland.
IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT ALL TEAMS PUT THE FULL NAMES OF THEIR PLAYERS ON THE TEAM SHEETS.
If teams like Nifty Fiftys want their achievements to get regular coverage on the blog then they need to put full names on the sheets.
Also Orchard Bar and St. Monnina B are other teams who don't bother putting full names on scorecards. These players can't all be receiving DLA.
We in the blog would be grateful if all captains could spend an extra 30 seconds to fill in full names.
Also what an incredible amount of names entering this years individuals. 135 entries is phenomenal yet again.
The draw will be this Thursday night in cwc and as we are the biggest and most Popular Blog in Newry will preview every single game like we always do.
So tune in for our massive blog on all Individuals with the biggest league in the country Thanks .
Newry Pool League 2018/19
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This years Individuals draw will take place on Thursday Night 29th November in CWC club any players that wish to attend the draw please come along.
This Years Prize Money is as follows
Individuals Winner will Receive £500.00 plus Trophy
Individuals Runner/Up Will Receive £275.00 plus Trophy
Beaten Semi/Finalists Will Receive £125.00 /Each
Would all players please note this year we will be playing best of 3 frames down to 32. Then from the last 32 all players will play the best of 5 frames and the final will be played the best of 7 frames
Division 1 of the Newry and District Pool League is probably the tightest Division in the history of Newry pool with incredibly only 2 points separating the top 8 teams.
3 teams are joint top on 9 points. 4 teams behind that on 8 points and Foresters A on 7 points.
Bottom club Glen Social Club are still only 5 points off top spot. Putting that into perspective Orchard Bar are 3rd in the Premier Division and are 6 points behind the leaders. McSwiggans are 4th in Division 2 and are 5 points behind the leaders.
Every time a team looks like they might get a run going they get pegged back.
Ballyholland look like they could be the team to stretch the pack. They had an indifferent start to the season but after a 7-1 demolition job away to CWC B and the week before when they beat fellow title contenders St. Monnina on their own South Armagh table, they are now looking ominously good.
Gerard McAvoy and Jim McMahon both won for the 3rd week in a row.
David McAvoy, Jim McMahon, Niall McQuillan, Gerard McAvoy and Giby Vittenkial blast Ballyholland to the finish line 5-0.
Brendan Keenan lost to CWC B captain Barry Kelland for 5-1 but Colm Shields and Manny Kelly rounded off a stunning 7-1 win for Ballyholland.
St. Monnina bounced back from last week's defeat when they travelled the long coastal route to Bar No 7 Warrenpoint.
The Saints have a lot of former Killeavy players and a few less experienced players so they don't have many things to be feeling excited about. One thing they do have is Stevie Teggart. Him playing for Saint Monnina is like Messi playing for Swindon Town.
Stevie Teggart reaquinted himself with another former top tier Hotshot Kris Fletcher. Fletcher was always a good player but he never reached the heights of Teggart.
It was no real surprise when Teggart took the opening frame of the night with some superb pool on Fletchers own table. First blood to the visitors.
Declan Brady beat Marty Bolton and the 2-0 advantage was the cushion Bar No 7 could never catch.
Richard Fletcher got Bar No 7 off the mark against Tom McGuinness but the Saints hit back through Stevie Cunningham when he beat namesake Shane Cunningham. 3-1 St. Monnina.
Kevin Lennon narrowed the gap again for Bar No 7 when he rode his luck against Andrew Mackin. At 3-2 it The Saints that came out strongest in the back 3.
Michael Teggart, Paddy McCann and Conor McQuiad turned up the gas in Bar 7 to run out comfortable winners.
Jeremy O'Brien, JP Lennon and Stephen O'Callaghan falling short.
Bar No. 7 missed the chance to go top but are still only a single point off top spot.
Cavern Bar will be delighted if the can avoid relegation this season. They have limited players at their disposal and are punching slightly above their weight from the players they have available to them. They can take a lot of heart from taking Johnny Murphy's to the final frame although David McKevitt will be very disappointed he couldn't beat Patrick Quinn.
Kieran Larkin and Marty White had Murphy's 2-1 up but Stephen Byrne and Matthew Cregan levelled twice for 2-2 at the half way mark.
Kevin Crilly and the superb Darren O'Hanlon fired Murphy's 4-2 up but the ever reliable Damon Murphy gave Cavern hope of a draw when he made it 4-3.
Cunningham Cup Draw Last 16
Date To be arranged
1. Foresters B v Glen Social Club
2. Whitecross v Nifty Fifitys
3. St Monnina A v McGuigans
4. Ballyholland v Port Bar
5. No 7 v Cwc A
6. Tj,s C v Trainors A
7. Hustlers v St Monnina B
Newry Pool league Blog
That's the 1st round of fixtures complete for the Premier Division teams. After 7 games only Trainor's have yet to taste defeat and only Nan's Rams have yet to have that sweet taste of victory. In fact Trainor's are the only team in all 3 Divisions yet to be beaten and Nans are the only team in all 3 Divisions yet to win. Needless to say the two teams clashed Thursday night but with Nan's struggling for form and Trainor's on cloud 9 there was only going to be one winner here.
Paddy Tavey, Noel Bradley, Niall McVerry (cptn), Sean Murray and Seamus McVerry secured the 5 frames needed to wrap up both points.
Dee Kearney won his 1st league game since the opening league fixture to round off a comfortable 6-2 victory.
Andrew Chan had beaten James O'Hagan to make it 3-1. Rony O'Reilly had a win over Cathal McCoy but it was only putting a better look on the scoreline. Trainor's where home a dried at that stage.
CWC A destroyed McGuigan's 7-1 while Hustlers had a good win over the slipping Bears. The points were secured at 5-2 and the game ended 6-2.
Whitecross let a 4-2 lead slip when they drew 4-4 with Orchard Bar in South Armagh. Michael Feenan gave captain Shane Phelan food for thought when he lost whilst playing in his new promoted role. Maybe handier games would suit Feenan and less pressure in the future.
There was a fascinating top of the table clash in Division 1.
Windmill were riding high and after years of getting tipped for big things they've finally put themselves in a positive position.
Bar 7 in Warrenpoint started the session slowly but have skipped up the table quietly going about their business. Most of their players are former Boyds cueists with very little to cheer about since they slid out of top tier pool.
Kris Fletcher is running Bar 7 on Duke Street and he's trying to get his pool team on the map. It was Fletcher that got the ball rolling with a win over the talented David Heartley.
Sharp potting Conor Heaney levelled the scores with a controlled display against Marty Bolton.
Richard Fletcher and Kevin Lennon edged Bar 7 into a 3-1 lead. Fletcher beating Brendan McVerry and Fletcher having a notable victory over super accurate Aaron O'Callaghan.
Conor Cunningham is another exciting Potter and he pulled it back to 3-2 when he beat JP Lennon.
Bar 7 took control of the match when Bar 7 captain Jeremy O'Brien beat David Loughran for 4-2.
Shane Cunningham wasted no time wrapping up the 2 points with a fine display against Brian McGeough.
Sub Christopher Marley won the final frame for Windmill against Chris O'Hare to finish the scoring 5-3 to Bar 7.
The win puts Bar 7 joint top on 8 points with Windmill but Bar 7 have a game in hand.
Trainors B moved up to 7 points along with St. Monnina A, Ballyholland and Foresters A.
Johnny Murphy's hosted Trainor's B and a win for Murphy's would have put them joint top in an extremely open Division 1.
Tommy Mooney was never going to be troubled by Gavin Harte and so Trainor's had the early advantage.
Anthony Reynolds is a former snooker player and a very strong pool player. He beat Declan Finnegan to tie the scores after 2.
Luke Phelan and Aaron Ruddy fired Trainor's B 3-1 up with wins over the talented Darren O'Hanlon and the steady Martin White.
The superb Martin Daly who was astonishingly good last season pulled it back to 3-2 by beating Brendan McNally.
Davey Doran made it 4-2 before the steady Charlie Docherty took the winning high fives to make it 5-2.
Kevin Crilly and Clive Whelan brushed aside for Murphy's.
Pat Quinn pulled back a consolation frame for Murphy's when he beat Paddy McKeown.
Final score 5-3 to Trainor's B.
Ballyholland travelled from the wilderness out to even more wilderness when they took on title rivals St. Monnina.
Ballyholland had drew 3 games and only won a single match prior to this one. They hit form on the night to blitz St. Monnina on their way to a 5-1 victory before the Saints took the final to frames of the night.
Niall McQuillan is Ballyholland's main man this season and he put the visitors 1 up when he beat Declan Brady.
The experienced St Monnina replied through Michael Teggart's win over Colm Shields.
That's as good as it got for St. Monnina. One after the other they fell like a deck of cards in a Ballyholland storm.
Gerard McAvoy, Brendan Keenan and Giby Vettiankal all played a massive part in the Ballyholland side that won promotion to the Premier Division two years ago and know the route to the promised land. They fired the Harps into a 4-1 lead.
Stephen Cunningham and Andrew Mackin posed no threat to Ballyholland and while Tom McGuinness is a solid player it was his loss that left St. Monnina with only a point to play for.
Paddy McCann was the Saints player tasked with preventing the points heading back through the City. Former Ballyholland captain Jim McMahon loves a good tactical battle and his battle hardened style was enough to thwart McCann's attacking instincts and it was 5-1 to Ballyholland.
Conor McQuiad and Brian Harte took the bad look off it for the South Armagh lads. Kevin McGovern and Manny Kelly won't lose too much sleep over their defeats.
It's disappointing loss for St. Monnina especially being on their home table but looks like any one can beat any one in this Division and it looks like this could well be the biggest promotion scrap in years.
Could ALL teams please put FULL names on their result cards.
Also don't be afraid to put some info on a frame like 8 ball finish or Re-spot black etc and we'll give it a mention! Would all teams please note that it is 2 shots to an opponent if a foul is committed from the break.
And also please note that you are not disqualified if you miss cue or fail to hit a ball it is simply 2 shots. For any player to be disqualified they would have had to have played a blatant deliberate shot (ie) deliberately potting your opponents ball
Newry Pool League Blog Week 5
Trainor's maintained their 2 point lead at the top of the Premier Division after a real hard slog of a match up in the Windmill against the Mighty Bears.
Ralph Crummy fresh from some cracking pool against the Welsh Potting Machine and World Champion Ben Davies was still in hot form as he shocked the league leaders. He played some quality pool to beat the inform James O'Hagan and put Bears 1 up.
Neil Heaney has had a rotten start to the season and that continued on Thursday. Team mate Eugene McDermott hasn't set the world alight either and their two defeats left the home side Training 2-1. Paddy Tavey returning to winning ways and Jimmy McVerry picking up his maiden victory of the season for Trainors.
Garry Powell put the pressure on Trainor's when he beat Armagh team player Seamus McVerry for 2-2.
The rejuvenated Niall McVerry put Trainor's in front with a win over fellow captain Paul Murphy. 3-2.
It was a battle of the two Seamus' with Graham and Keenan going into battle. Graham is a bit more attacking but it was the resolute Keenan that tied the match at 3-3.
Cathal McCoy is another player that returned to winning ways for Trainor's when he defeated the tricky Diamuird Lonergan to put the visitors on the brink of another 2 points.
What Liam Bradley lacks in skill he makes up for in bottle. He is used to playing in pressure games in the darts league and will rarely let his side down when called upon. Adrian Holman is no easy touch but it was Bradley that smashed home the winning black for a really hard fought 2 points.
A win for Micky Cunningham and victory for CWC A saw him end his win drought and secure the current champions their 1st double points in 3 games.
Kieran McMahon got the ball rolling with his 5th league win in 5 games. He is the only CWC player with 100% winning record. Nigel Malcomson making his 1st appearance in the league unable to stop the 'Machine' from bagging another win.
Tony McGovern has been the relevation of the season so far. He took his tally to 5 wins from 5 games when he defeated the out of sorts Bernie Magee. That tied the match 1-1.
Jamie Fletcher made it 2-1 to the Orchard Bar when he beat the talented Eoghan Magee.
The match was all square for the 2nd time when Singles Champion Paddy Clarke beat a Mervyn Kernaghan that is really struggling for form this season.
Harvey Lavelle returned to the team with a good win then Pat Brady ended an amazing run of 2 defeats in a row to make it 4-2 CWC A.
When Seamus McGeoghegan lost the gap was narrowed to 4-3.
It was all down to Micky Cunningham and Lee Irvine to sort of the feat of the 2 points. Neither player had ripped up any trees and both teams had good reason to be extremely nervous of their anchorman. It was the Pool Leagues Secretary that took home the bacon for the quadruple winners and keep them in touch of leaders Trainor's.
Whitecross won the last 3 frames to join beaten opponent's McGuigan's in 3rd place.
Gerard McGuigan shocked the home side for a 1-0 lead to McGuigan's.
Michael Feenan has moved up a level this season at long last. It's early in the season but 4 wins from 5 league games is impressive.
Conor O'Hare traded frames with Whitecross Captain Shane Phelan and the scores were level at 2-2.
Nicky Langton won the frame that put McGuigan's on the brink of at least a point.
Gavin Malone picked up a rare win then Mickey O'Hanlon picked just his 1st win and now Whitecross had the advantage going into the 8th frame.
Joseph McTaggart and Paul McAreavey would contest the pressure pot final frame. 'Jokie' had the last laugh to send the bog men catapulted up to a lofty joint 3rd in the league.
Ciaran O'Neill, James Cunane, Shane McAllister, Denver Jenkins, Barry Murphy and Kevin Magee fired in the winning frames for Hustlers against Nan's Rams. The Rams look in Big trouble at this early stage of the season.
Pat McClenaghan and Micky Lennon had given Nan's a 2-1 lead but players like Rony O'Reilly, Leigh McAlinden and the brilliant Mal Maguire need to find their form again very soon before they're cut adrift at the bottom of the Premier Division.
Incredibly nobody inside the top 6 won their games in Division 1 of the Newry Pool League. Even more amazingly - the top 2 lost their unbeaten records. In fact No. 7 Duke Street were in 8th place at the start of play and were the highest ranked side to pick up a win.
Something very spooky was going on when both teams Joint top played two teams joint bottom.
Read the next blog to see what happened.
In Division 2 Nifty Fifty are setting the pace. Another 5-3 win gave them a 2 point cushion at the top.
Q Club are struggling at the basement and Nifty Fifty cruised to the finishing line despite a nervous start when it was 2-2 at the half way stage.
Millvale dropped a point to lose more ground on leaders Nifty Fifty. Millvale needed a last gasp Michael McGoldrick win over Raymond Flynn to nick a draw in Dan's Rebels. Dan's Rebels will be dissapointed too as a win would have seen them go joint 2nd with Millvale.
Would All Teams please be reminded that the team name goes on the top of the result card and all players names written in full on result card Thanks
Trainor's showed quadruple winners CWC A that they might just have a rival this season. Last season CWC swept all before them but Trainor's look like they could give the champions something to think about.
Harvey Lavelle and Paddy Clarke returned for CWC in an ominously strong looking CWC side. Trainor's had Singles winners James O'Hagan and Seamus McVerry in their line up along with quadruple winner Paddy Tavey.
Liam Bradley knew what he was up against when he was named 1st on the Trainors team sheet. None other than Kieran 'The Machine' McMahon. Bradley didn't get a sniff as McMahon took his personal league tally to played 4, won 4 and 1-0 CWC A.
Dee Kearney went into this game on the back of two defeats and through to form made it 3 looses in a row but he was favourite against relative newcomer Eoghan Magee. Young Eoghan doesn't try to bore players to sleep like his Dad. He likes to pot balls. He potted more than Dee Kearney did to put CWC A 2-0 up.
There were some good match-ups on the scorecard and Paddy Tavey taking on a team mate of last season and CWC legend Harvey Lavelle was one to look forward to. As much as Tavey is a superb player the ultra experienced Lavelle is still a cut or two above the rest and it was 3-0 to CWC as they slipped into cruise control.
Niall McVerry is in determined mood this season. His potting has rarely been doubted but his temperament has. He's flourishing in this captain role and he demolished the hapless Bernie Magee to reduce the score to 3-1.
Seamus McVerry had the best win of the night make the score 3-2. Pat Brady lost only one single league game and just like a baldy tyre he's got two from his opening four games. McVerry played some solid pool and now the match was all to play for.
Two former individuals winners clashed in the 6th frame of the night. James O'Hagan v the brilliant Paddy Clarke. This was a high quality game with some terrific pool but it was O'Hagan that shocked the current singles champ to tie the scores 3-3.
Cathal McCoy returned this week only to find Raymie McKenna in hot form and a big brush from Raymie gave CWC a 4-3 lead in Trainor's.
It was the battle of two Seamus' in the final frame. Graham for Trainor's and the ultimate anchor man McGeoghegan for CWC A. McGeoghegan has been responsible for so many trophies for his teams its incredible. He has been an unsung hero his whole pool career but after that big build up it was Graham that edged a nervy final frame for a share of the spoils.
It may only be the start of the season but Niall McVerry will be absolutely delighted with that result. It was him telling CWC A you have opposition this season. No more free rides to the the title.
It could well be a false dawn but Trainor's are top of the league and the quadruple winners were unable to knock them off their perch - This Time!
Whitecross picked up their 1st win of the league at the 4th time of asking.
Whitecross led 3-1 and as per usual looked like they would throw away another healthy lead. It's become a bit of a regular occurance for the South Armagh side to collapse after a good start. Shane Phelan picks his strongest players early leaving a weak backline so only time will tell if this strategy will bring results.
Cathal Phelan has lost 3 out of his 1st 4 games after another defeat Thursday night. Mark Pentony is a quality player and he gave Nan's the lead out in the Sticks.
Michael Feenan, Barry Shields and Shane Phelan fired Whitecross into a 3-1 advantage with some luck and a slice of good pool.
Pat McClenaghan, Stephen Sherry and Mal McGuire suffering away day defeats.
Leigh McAlinden pulled it back to 3-2 when he defeated an out of sorts Alan Burke.
Whitecross retained their two frame advantage when Gareth McCann took out a clever finish against Mark Maguire.
Gavin Malone was unable to bag both points when Jimmy O'Hare inflicted a 3rd league defeat on the former Whitecross captain. 4-3.
It was left to Brian O'Neill to pick up not only a rare win for himself but also a rare win for Whitecross. He was taking on an inform Rony O'Reilly who had 3 wins from 3 games. O'Neill held his nerve to bag Whitecross their 1st brace of points. Both teams will need to improve or they will have a tough season at the base of the table.
Hustlers are still without a league win but they will be delighted to have clawed back a 4-1 deficit to steal a draw in their City Derby match with McGuigan's Bar.
Gerard McGuigan and the much travelled Connor O'Hare put McGuigan's 2-0 up in McGuigan's Bar.
Barry Murphy pulled a frame back before Martin Conroy and Damien 'Bud' Flanagan put McGuigan's in a very commanding 4-1 lead.
Ray Magee and the superb Ciaran O'Neill pulled it back to 4-3. It was non other than the legendry Kevin Magee that salvaged an unlikely draw and the Hustlers 2nd point of the season. McGuigan's throwing that game away denied them outright 2nd place in the league. They now share it with CWC A.
McGovern, Bagnall, Irvine, Devlin and Fletcher brought Bears back down to earth with a massive bump. Fresh from beating CWC Bears got a reality check when the lost the match 5-0 in Orchard Bar.
All hail The Mighty Bears. On Thursday night Bears travelled to the Working Men's Club. The home of the magnificent, all conquering CWC A. The current quadruple trophy holders wracked up an accumulative score of 18-6 last season against Bears.
Bears went on to get relegated while CWC polished off all 4 of the top trophies on offer.
The team news prior to the match on Thursday was not great for CWC. Harvey Lavelle and Singles Champion Paddy Clarke would be absent.
Bears have been boosted by summer signings Eugene McDermott and Diamuird Lonergan.
6 of Bears' starting line-up where regulars in last seasons relegated squad while only 4 of CWC's stars played in last seasons quadruple winning side although they had multiple league winner Raymie McKenna on the team sheet. Could Mickey Cunningham, Eugene Magee and Art Ruddy step up to the plate as CWC's new signings?
Kieran McMahon got down to work straight away with some exquisite pool. Neil Heaney never had the armoury to trouble the 'Machine' McMahon.
CWC thought it was business as usual when Bernie Magee beat Ralph Crummy for 2-0.
Young Eoghan Magee is a nice potter but you need more than potting ability to beat super experienced ex-snooker player Eugene McDermott. The latter was too good and it was 2-1.
Raymond McKenna was hot favourite against Seamus Keenan but the 'snail' always beats the Hare apparently and at the half-way stage it was all square at 2-2.
Art Ruddy didn't fill Paul Murphy with fear after a nervous start and Murphy did the needful for Bears who edged in front 3-2.
Incredibly CWC A captain Pat Brady went to the penultimate league game of the season before he finally tasted defeat. It was Niall McQuillan that ended Brady's dream of going a whole season with a 100% winning record with only one more match to play. Surely only 3 games in he wouldn't taste defeat. But yes he did and it was Diamuird Lonergan who wasnt to inspired after loosing the lag twice and was put into bat first and bat he did wallop into the bottom left pocket to put Bears 4-2 up.
It was up to new signing and Pool League Secretary Micky Cunningham to try and at least take the match into a decider. Garry Powell is no soft touch. He fairly mixed season last time out but he's a great potter and a dangerous opponent. Cunningham was on for the perfect finish until he missed an easy pot on a straight black and when Powell got a lucky snooker it was curtains for CWC A. Powell sealed a famous win and the 2 points and to rub salt in the wounds Adrian Holman made it 6-2 with a win over Seamus McGeoghegan.
It's not the end for CWC A but when their big names are missing their squad looks very vulnerable.
Well done Bears who won't be the pushover many teams faced last season.
Trainors Bar look like they could the main challengers to CWC A. They beat 7 man Hustlers in a re-fixture midweek and after a hard fought win over Orchard on Thursday they are now the only Premier Division side with 100% record.
They got off to a flyer in Camlough with James O'Hagan and Niall McVerry taking the opening 2 frames of the evening.
Gerard Bagnall playing his 1st ever Premier Division game beat Dee Kearney. Kearney is having a little wobble as his form has dipped and now faces the axe.
Tony McGovern levelled the scores at 2-2 when he beat Seamus Graham. McGovern has now won all 3 of his league games so far.
Paddy Tavey then David Cromie exchanged frames to go into the last two frames level at 3 apiece.
Seamus McVerry and finally Liam Bradley scraped Trainor's over the winning line for the two points that fired the Camlough side top of the league.
McGuigan's got their 1st league win of the season with a very comfortable victory over fellow newly promoted Nan's Rams.
Gerard McGuigan, Martin Conroy, Pat Byrne, Paul McAreavey and Mike McArdle gave McGuigan's an unassailable 5-1 lead. Pat McClenghan had levelled the match 1-1 before the visitors kicked into gear.
Luckily For Nan's McGuigan's took their foot off the gas which let Jimmy O'Hare and the superb Rony O'Reilly take the last 2 frames of the night. O' Reilly has won all 3 of his games so far and one of the few with 100% win record.
Cathal Phelan, Michael Feenan and Shane Phelan had Whitecross 3-1 up against Hustlers before the wheels came off. Barry Murphy had levelled before long time team mate Shane McAllister started the come back at 3-2.
Ciaran O'Neill tied the match with 2 frames left on the card.
Whitecross legend Mickey O'Hanlon became one of the few players to have played all 3 league games and lose them all. It was another pool legend Kevin Magee that beat him to make it 4-3 to Hustlers.
Hustlers had no 8th man and so Gavin Malone picked up his 1st league win of the season to salvage a draw for Whitecross.
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CWC A romped home out in the homeland of the HillBillies Whitecross. The Working Men's Club welcomed back Raymond McKenna to the party. McKenna defected from the smallest Pool League in the Country to the biggest Pool League in the Country. It was a no brainer for McKenna and he got straight down to work to bring all 4 trophies back to CWC for the 2nd year in a row.
It was no surprise to see McKenna back in competitive pool again but it was a surprise was to see League Secretary Micky Cunningham joining the quadruple winners. Playing with Hustlers it looked like he was happy being a mid-table player but it looks now like he is hungry for more trophies. Only the future will tell us whether he will be a help CWC to there 3rd Title in a row or a hindrance but he will certainly have plenty to say even if it's not on the baize.
Shane Phelan on his home table was taking on the now familiar Paddy Clarke in the nights opening frame. Phelan had his chances against Clarke in last seasons Cunningham Cup final but not this time. Clarke hit destroy mode and blasted Phelan off the table.
Cathal Phelan had a chance against former team mate Raymie McKenna after the latter snookered himself on the black when on an 8 ball clearance. Phelan couldn't tie the returning McKenna up and it was 2-0.
Gareth Mc Cann could offer little resistance and Kieran McMahon made it 3-0 to the league champions.
When CWC legend Harvey Lavelle knocked his yellow off the table he gifted the frame to Michael Feenan. The Whitecross Tornado or Tomato to some of his fans had a few drop in's to bring the score back to 3-1.
Alan Burke was playing the ring rusty Micky Cunningham in 5th frame of the night. Burke used all his negative tactics to thwart Cunningham and Whitecross were now back in the match at 3-2.
Incredibly Whitecross missed a glorious chance to level. Mickey O'Hanlon was on for the 1st break finish of his illustrious career but for some reason turned down a sitter of a black and opted for a safety shot. Needless to say Pat Brady thought it was Christmas come early and he severely punished the reluctant O'Hanlon to make it 4-2.
A loose shot from Gavin Malone was enough to give Bernie 2 shots and the frame that sealed both points. Magee was calm and assured as he mopped up for 5-3.
Seamus McGeoghegan destroyed Whitecross debutant John O'Hanlon for a comprehensive 6-2 win for CWC A.
Nan's Rams last seasons Division 1 winners and also Runners up McGuigan's Bar both got draws for the 2nd week in a row.
Nan's had the tricky task of Orchard bar to negotiate. The City side got off to a flying start taking a 2-0 lead.
Mark Pentony and the superb Pat McClenaghan seeing of the out of sorts Mervyn Kernaghan and Lee Irvine.
Jamie Fletcher and the excellent Brendy Devlin pulled the match level at the halfway point. Stephen Sherry and Mal Maguire losing out.
Tony McGovern had a disappointing season last time out but he played some good pots when he defeated Leigh McAlinden to give Orchard the lead for the 1st time in the match. It was McGovern's 2nd league win in a row and he could well be a big player for Orchard this season.
Micky Lennon drew the sides level when he beat newcomer Liam Turley for 3-3.
PJ McDanial is a tough nut to crack and this time it was the ultra attacking Andrew Chan who found out. 4-3 to Orchard.
Noel Brown was a brilliant signing for Orchard last season but he tastes his 1st league defeat of the season against the reliable Rony O'Reilly to salvage a well earned draw in the Orchard.
Bears who got relegated last season only managed a reprieve at the very last minute to hang on to their elite status. They'll be fairly happy to have picked 2 draws from their opening 2 league games.
Just like Nan's newly promoted McGuigan's raced into a 2-0 lead. The experienced Gerald McGuigan and smart potting Martin Conroy doing the damage for the Monaghan Street side. Eugene McDermot and Garry Powell the two Bears players that will need to up their game drastically.
Seamus 'The Snail' Keenan and Paul Murphy levelled for Bears after good wins over Dusty O'Hagan and Damian Flanaghan for 2-2.
Eddie Heaney couldn't make it 2 wins from 2 games when he fell to the cue of super quick and now super accurate Pat Byrne. Byrne has been welcomed back to our league after leaving the minnow league for greener pastures. It was now 3-2 McGuigan's but not for long.
Anthony Morgan tied things up with 2 frames to go with some terrific shooting against John Hogan.
Adrian 'Oz' Holman put Bears on the cusp of their 1st league win of the season when he out potted Mike McArdle.
But it just wasn't to be for the home side Bears. The fairly reliable Paddy Heaney was out fought by the tactically astute Paul McAreavey.
This was a cracking match and nobody can doubt a draw was the fair result.