Newry Pool League



POSTED By : NEWRY POOL LEAGUE
Post Date : Wed 20 Mar 2019 07:12 PM
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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.

 

POSTED By : NEWRY POOL LEAGUE
Post Date : Fri 15 Mar 2019 11:31 AM
CATEGORY : Blog

 

 

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

POSTED By : NEWRY POOL LEAGUE
Post Date : Fri 08 Mar 2019 08:32 PM
CATEGORY : Local Sport

 

                                   Newry Pool League Divisional Cups

                                                   Quarter/Finals 

                                 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)

 

POSTED By : NEWRY POOL LEAGUE
Post Date : Mon 04 Mar 2019 08:36 PM
CATEGORY : Blog

 

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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POSTED By : NEWRY POOL LEAGUE
Post Date : Sat 02 Mar 2019 12:44 PM
CATEGORY : Blog

 

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.

POSTED By : NEWRY POOL LEAGUE
Post Date : Fri 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

POSTED By : NEWRY POOL LEAGUE
Post Date : Mon 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)

 

POSTED By : NEWRY POOL LEAGUE
Post Date : Fri 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 
 

 

POSTED By : NEWRY POOL LEAGUE
Post Date : Fri 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

POSTED By : NEWRY POOL LEAGUE
Post Date : Fri 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)

 

POSTED By : NEWRY POOL LEAGUE
Post Date : Wed 20 Feb 2019 09:41 PM
CATEGORY : Blog

Newry Pool League

Individuals
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.


@ CWC
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.

 

POSTED By : NEWRY POOL LEAGUE
Post Date : Mon 18 Feb 2019 07:01 PM
CATEGORY : Local Sport

 

                               Newry Pool League Individuals Last 64

                             being Played Thursday 21st February 2019

                                    Sponsored By Destination Newry

 

To Be Played @Trainors

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

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

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

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

 

To Be Played @ Windmill

  Michael O’Hanlon (Whitecross) v Cailum Lonergan (Glen)

  Pat Brady (CWC A) v Alan Burke (Whitecross)

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

  Colm Shields (Ballyholland) v Bernie Magee (CWC A)

 

To Be Played @Bellinis

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

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

 Kieran Cummins (Bosco A) v Gareth McCann (Whitecross)

 Kieran McMahon (CWC A) v Paddy Tavey (Trainors A)

 

To Be Played @ CWC

 Joe Magill (Hustlers) v Terry McNally (CWC A)

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

 Anthony Ryan (TJs B) v Colm McCann (Millvale)

Eddie McCaughey (Trainors A) v Raymond Magee (Hustlers)

 

 

To Be Played @ Nans

 Sean Murray (Trainors A) v Gary Powell (Bears)

 Seamus Keenan (Bears) v J. Kelly (Glen)

 PJ McDaniels (Orchard) v Brendan Devlin (Orchard)

 Seamus McGeoghegan (CWC A) v Diarmuid Lonergan (Bears)

 

To Be Played @McGuigans

 Cathal Phelan (Whitecross) v Michael Feenan (Whitecross)

 Thomas McGuinness (St Moninna) v Kevin Magee (Hustlers)

 Gerard McGuigan (McGuigans) v Seamus Graham (Trainors A)

 Raymond McKenna (CWC A) v Gerard Bagnall (Orchard)

 

 

To Be Played @ Foresters

 Martin White (John Murphys) v Conor Heaney (Windmill)

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

 Shane McAllister (Hustlers) v Gareth Trainor (Nifty Fiftys)

 Henry McLoughlin (McSwiggans) v Martin Conroy (McGuigans)

 

To Be Played @ Tj’s

 Jimmy McVerry (Trainors A) v Cailum McParland (CWC B)

 Jim McMahon (Ballyholland) v Damien McArdle (Nifty Fiftys)

 Cathal McCoy (McGuigans) v Brendan McNally (Trainors B)

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

 

POSTED By : NEWRY POOL LEAGUE
Post Date : Mon 11 Feb 2019 07:05 PM
CATEGORY : Blog

 

CWC A dealt Trainor's A a hammer blow on Thursday night in their top of the table, tension filled match.

This was the big one as far as Trainor's were concerned. They went into this fixture 1 point ahead of rivals CWC and if they could avoid defeat, then with only 6 league games remaining they would really believe this could be their year.
Both teams were in serious hot form. CWC had been blitzing teams lately and hadn't even conceded more than 2 frames in a match since the 2nd week in December. Trainor's arrived on the back of a 7-1 demolition job on Nans. A 6-2 before that and an unforgettable 8-0 thrashing of Orchard just 3 league games ago. They've only been beaten once all season and that was to CWC.
Prior to this game Pat Brady and Harvey Lavelle were on 10 league game wins in a row. Raymie McKenna had won 8 of his last 9 games. Kieran McMahon had only won 3 of his last 6 which was encouraging for Trainor's.
Paddy Tavey had won 9 of his last 10 league games for Trainor's. The visiting Trainor's would be relying heavily on Seamus McVerry who has won 10 and lost just 3 all season.  Niall McVerry has won 3 in a row and then lost. He then won 4 in a row and lost and he's now on 3 in a row so could a defeat be imminent? Let's see how this match unfolded.

This high quality match began with Seamus McGeohegan taking on Damien Kearney. Kearney had won 3 from his last 4 while McGeohegan had lost 5 in a row before he won last week. This game went to form and Kearney had the league leaders 1-0 up.
CWC 0-1 Trainor's
Paddy Clarke was red hot favourite against Seamus Graham. Individuals champion Clarke has 10 league wins but he did manage to lose last week. Clarke yet again showed why he is one of the best in the local game with some classy pool to tie the match after two.
CWC 1-1 Trainor's
Kieran McMahon won his 1st 8 league games but with 3 defeats in his last 6 this game sensational potter Eddie McCaughey real belief he could win his 6th game in his last 7. McMahon showed why he is one of the biggest legends in the local game with a stunning break finish. That's his 2nd break and dish of the season.
CWC 2-1 Trainor's
Raymond McKenna and Paddy Tavey renewed acquaintance's and it was the tempestuous Tavey that delighted the away team with a mesmeric break finish. It was his 1st dish of the season but more importantly the sides were level.
CWC 2-2 Trainor's
It was the battle of the captains up next. Both are dictators who rule a ruthless regime but only one would finish this a the high king. McVerry had one visit and Brady brushed up a tasty 8 ball clearance to reign supreme.
CWC 3-2 Trainor's
Harvey Lavelle and Seamus McVerry are two of the most in form players in the Premier Division. As mentioned above both players are on 10 wins. The first attempt to finish the frame ended with a heated debate and was eventually re-racked. Seamus McVerry took full advantage when he cleared with confidence to level the match yet again.
CWC 3-3 Trainor's
Terry McNally has lost only one league game since he signed for CWC A . He'd won his last 5 and 7 out of 8. James O'Hagan on the other hand has just has lost 6 out of his last 7 games. It looked like O'Hagan was going take the frame but he missed an easy black that would have guaranteed the draw to keep Trainor's top of the league. McNally made no mistake and cleared to delight the loud home support.
CWC 4-3 Trainor's
It was down to Mr tactics Bernie Magee and Liam Bradley to decide if the points would be split. Magee has 5 defeats in his last 8 league games while Bradley has only 1 league defeat all season and  10 wins. His only defeat was against CWC. The form guide meant nothing as magical Magee put in a virtuoso performance to smash Trainor's hearts and fire CWC a point clear at the top.
CWC 5-3 Trainor's.

Nan's Rams finally after won a league game on their 15th attempt. It was a massive match for them as a defeat followed by a McGuigan's win would have seen them relegated with 6 games still to go. Realistically its just a stay of execution. Even after their win they are 7 points adrift of 2nd from buttom Hustlers and 8 off McGuigan's.
Nan's headed to Bellinis with little to be excited about apart from a few tasty Carlsberg but Mark Pentony and Andrew Chan lifted the spirits when they beat Gyn Trainor and Denvor Jenkins.
The magnificent Stephen Sherry had the Rams in dreamland when he beat the attacking Joey Magill. It was 3-0 and Nan's dared to dream of a maiden victory.
Shane McAllister and then Kevin Magee  dragged Hustlers back into it when the beat Mal Maguire and Leigh McAlinden for 3-2.
Mickey Nugent restored the two frame advantage when he beat Ray Magee and it was looking good for the Rams at 4-2.
Billy O'Neill showed his quality under pressure to pull it back to 4-3. Mark Maguire tasting yet more Premier Division defeat.
Barry Murphy has been quite consistent this season for Hustlers while his final frame opponent Jimmy O'Hare has been consistently light on wins. It was a tense final frame with a few mistakes but O'Hare was the hero when he finally ended the Nan's winnless run.
Whitecross cemented their 3rd place in the league with a good comeback win over McGuigan's. The previous week they got their 1st win of 2019 with victory over 3rd place rivals Orchard Bar.
McGuigan's took a terrific 3-0 lead out in Whitecross. A strong front 3 of Gerard McGuigan, Conor O'Hare and Martin Conroy beat Michael Feenan, Brian O'Neill and Shane Phelan.
Gareth McCann is back winning again and he, Alan Burke and then another player back winning again - Gavin Malone levelled the match at 3-3. John Hogan, Nicky Langton and Pat Byrne losing out for McGuigan's.
Cathal Phelan is another of the Whitecross players who have ended their barren run lately and he put Whitecross on the hill with a win over Paul McAreavey for 4-3.
John O'Hanlon came in to be the Whitecross hero and take both points with a win over Damien Flanagan.
The blog has been told Mickey O'Hanlon, who was down to play on the sheet, had arranged a romantic meal in Friar Tucks but was running late so he missed his game. Thanks for the tip off lads!
Bears came from behind to beat Orchard Bar.
Ralf Crummy and Diarmuid Lonergan put Bears 2-1 up after Jamie Fletcher took the opener for the visitors.

CWC A dealt Trainor's A a hammer blow on Thursday night in their top of the table, tension filled match.

This was the big one as far as Trainor's were concerned. They went into this fixture 1 point ahead of rivals CWC and if they could avoid defeat, then with only 6 league games remaining they would really believe this could be their year.
Both teams were in serious hot form. CWC had been blitzing teams lately and hadn't even conceded more than 2 frames in a match since the 2nd week in December. Trainor's arrived on the back of a 7-1 demolition job on Nans. A 6-2 before that and an unforgettable 8-0 thrashing of Orchard just 3 league games ago. They've only been beaten once all season and that was to CWC.
Prior to this game Pat Brady and Harvey Lavelle were on 10 league game wins in a row. Raymie McKenna had won 8 of his last 9 games. Kieran McMahon had only won 3 of his last 6 which was encouraging for Trainor's.
Paddy Tavey had won 9 of his last 10 league games for Trainor's. The visiting Trainor's would be relying heavily on Seamus McVerry who has won 10 and lost just 3 all season.  Niall McVerry has won 3 in a row and then lost. He then won 4 in a row and lost and he's now on 3 in a row so could a defeat be imminent? Let's see how this match unfolded.

This high quality match began with Seamus McGeohegan taking on Damien Kearney. Kearney had won 3 from his last 4 while McGeohegan had lost 5 in a row before he won last week. This game went to form and Kearney had the league leaders 1-0 up.
CWC 0-1 Trainor's
Paddy Clarke was red hot favourite against Seamus Graham. Individuals champion Clarke has 10 league wins but he did manage to lose last week. Clarke yet again showed why he is one of the best in the local game with some classy pool to tie the match after two.
CWC 1-1 Trainor's
Kieran McMahon won his 1st 8 league games but with 3 defeats in his last 6 this game sensational potter Eddie McCaughey real belief he could win his 6th game in his last 7. McMahon showed why he is one of the biggest legends in the local game with a stunning break finish. That's his 2nd break and dish of the season.
CWC 2-1 Trainor's
Raymond McKenna and Paddy Tavey renewed acquaintance's and it was the tempestuous Tavey that delighted the away team with a mesmeric break finish. It was his 1st dish of the season but more importantly the sides were level.
CWC 2-2 Trainor's
It was the battle of the captains up next. Both are dictators who rule a ruthless regime but only one would finish this a the high king. McVerry had one visit and Brady brushed up a tasty 8 ball clearance to reign supreme.
CWC 3-2 Trainor's
Harvey Lavelle and Seamus McVerry are two of the most in form players in the Premier Division. As mentioned above both players are on 10 wins. The first attempt to finish the frame ended with a heated debate and was eventually re-racked. Seamus McVerry took full advantage when he cleared with confidence to level the match yet again.
CWC 3-3 Trainor's
Terry McNally has lost only one league game since he signed for CWC A . He'd won his last 5 and 7 out of 8. James O'Hagan on the other hand has just has lost 6 out of his last 7 games. It looked like O'Hagan was going take the frame but he missed an easy black that would have guaranteed the draw to keep Trainor's top of the league. McNally made no mistake and cleared to delight the loud home support.
CWC 4-3 Trainor's
It was down to Mr tactics Bernie Magee and Liam Bradley to decide if the points would be split. Magee has 5 defeats in his last 8 league games while Bradley has only 1 league defeat all season and  10 wins. His only defeat was against CWC. The form guide meant nothing as magical Magee put in a virtuoso performance to smash Trainor's hearts and fire CWC a point clear at the top.
CWC 5-3 Trainor's.

Nan's Rams finally after won a league game on their 15th attempt. It was a massive match for them as a defeat followed by a McGuigan's win would have seen them relegated with 6 games still to go. Realistically its just a stay of execution. Even after their win they are 7 points adrift of 2nd from buttom Hustlers and 8 off McGuigan's.
Nan's headed to Bellinis with little to be excited about apart from a few tasty Carlsberg but Mark Pentony and Andrew Chan lifted the spirits when they beat Gyn Trainor and Denvor Jenkins.
The magnificent Stephen Sherry had the Rams in dreamland when he beat the attacking Joey Magill. It was 3-0 and Nan's dared to dream of a maiden victory.
Shane McAllister and then Kevin Magee  dragged Hustlers back into it when the beat Mal Maguire and Leigh McAlinden for 3-2.
Mickey Nugent restored the two frame advantage when he beat Ray Magee and it was looking good for the Rams at 4-2.
Billy O'Neill showed his quality under pressure to pull it back to 4-3. Mark Maguire tasting yet more Premier Division defeat.
Barry Murphy has been quite consistent this season for Hustlers while his final frame opponent Jimmy O'Hare has been consistently light on wins. It was a tense final frame with a few mistakes but O'Hare was the hero when he finally ended the Nan's winnless run.
Whitecross cemented their 3rd place in the league with a good comeback win over McGuigan's. The previous week they got their 1st win of 2019 with victory over 3rd place rivals Orchard Bar.
McGuigan's took a terrific 3-0 lead out in Whitecross. A strong front 3 of Gerard McGuigan, Conor O'Hare and Martin Conroy beat Michael Feenan, Brian O'Neill and Shane Phelan.
Gareth McCann is back winning again and he, Alan Burke and then another player back winning again - Gavin Malone levelled the match at 3-3. John Hogan, Nicky Langton and Pat Byrne losing out for McGuigan's.
Cathal Phelan is another of the Whitecross players who have ended their barren run lately and he put Whitecross on the hill with a win over Paul McAreavey for 4-3.
John O'Hanlon came in to be the Whitecross hero and take both points with a win over Damien Flanagan.
The blog has been told Mickey O'Hanlon, who was down to play on the sheet, had arranged a romantic meal in Friar Tucks but was running late so he missed his game. Thanks for the tip off lads!
Bears came from behind to beat Orchard Bar.
Ralf Crummy and Diarmuid Lonergan put Bears 2-1 up after Jamie Fletcher took the opener for the visitors.

Brendy Devlin and Mervyn Kernaghan restored then had Orchard 3-2 up but Bears had fight to strike back and take the last 3 frames through Adrian Holman, Neil Heaney and Eddie Heaney. The Heaney's the celebrated all weekend and it was just a coincidence the Eddie had his big stag do that weekend. Hope the hangovers aren't too bad

POSTED By : NEWRY POOL LEAGUE
Post Date : Sun 03 Feb 2019 05:06 PM
CATEGORY : Local Sport

 

                               Newry Pool League Individuals Last 64

                             being Played Thursday 21st February 2019

                                    Sponsored By Destination Newry

 

To Be Played @Trainors

  Shane Phelan (Whitecross) v Mark Maguire (Nans)

 Shane McVerry (Bosco B) v Pat Byrne (McGuigans)

 Richard Fletcher (No. 7 Duke St) v Damien Kearney (Trainors A)

 Liam Bradley (Trainors A) v Declan Magee (Bosco B)

 

To Be Played @ Windmill

  Michael O’Hanlon (Whitecross) v Cailum Lonergan (Glen)

  Pat Brady (CWC A) v Alan Burke (Whitecross)

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

  Colm Shields (Ballyholland) v Bernie Magee (CWC A)

 

To Be Played @Bellinis

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

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

 Kieran Cummins (Bosco A) v Gareth McCann (Whitecross)

 Kieran McMahon (CWC A) v Paddy Tavey (Trainors A)

 

To Be Played @ CWC

 Joe Magill (Hustlers) v Terry McNally (CWC A)

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

 Anthony Ryan (TJs B) v Colm McCann (Millvale)

 Eddie McCaughey (Trainors A) v Raymond Magee (Hustlers)

 

 

To Be Played @ Nans

 Sean Murray (Trainors A) v Gary Powell (Bears)

 Seamus Keenan (Bears) v J. Kelly (Glen)

 PJ McDaniels (Orchard) v Brendan Devlin (Orchard)

 Seamus McGeoghegan (CWC A) v Diarmuid Lonergan (Bears)

 

To Be Played @McGuigans

 Cathal Phelan (Whitecross) v Michael Feenan (Whitecross)

 Thomas McGuinness (St Moninna) v Kevin Magee (Hustlers)

 Gerard McGuigan (McGuigans) v Seamus Graham (Trainors A)

 Raymond McKenna (CWC A) v Gerard Bagnall (Orchard)

 

 

To Be Played @ Foresters

 Martin White (John Murphys) v Conor Heaney (Windmill)

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

 Shane McAllister (Hustlers) v Gareth Trainor (Nifty Fiftys)

 Henry McLoughlin (McSwiggans) v Martin Conroy (McGuigans)

 

To Be Played @ Tj’s

 Jimmy McVerry (Trainors A) v Cailum McParland (CWC B)

 Jim McMahon (Ballyholland) v Damien McArdle (Nifty Fiftys)

 Cathal McCoy (McGuigans) v Brendan McNally (Trainors B)

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

 

POSTED By : NEWRY POOL LEAGUE
Post Date : Sun 27 Jan 2019 08:03 PM
CATEGORY : Local Sport

 

                         Newry Pool League Divisional Cups Draw Preliminary Rd

                                    Being Played Tuesday 12th February

                         Divisions 1 &2 Only No Premier League That Night

                                             

Premier Division Sponsored By Trainors Bar Camlough

Nan’s Rams v Cwc A 

Bears  v Hustlers  

Trainors A v Whitecross

 McGuigans v Orchard bar  

Division 1  Sponsored By Ballyholland Harps

CWC B v Bosco A  

Foresters A v Windmill

 Ballyholland v Cavern

Byes John Murphys /St Monnina A /Trainors B/ Glen social club/No 7

Division 2 Sponsored By Foresters  Newry INF

Dans Rebels v Millvale

Bosco B v  McSwiggans

Foresters B v Tj,s B

Byes Nifty Fiftys/Port Bar/ Tj,s C/Indo/St Monnina B

 

POSTED By : NEWRY POOL LEAGUE
Post Date : Sat 19 Jan 2019 07:23 PM
CATEGORY : Local Sport

 

Newry Pool League Individuals Being Played Thursday 17th January 2019

 

Sponsored By Destination Newry 

 Played @ Millvale

John Mc Murray (TJ’s B)  v Cathal Phelan (W/cross)  (2-0) Winner Plays  Gavin Malone (W/Cross) lost  (0-2)

Brian Harte (St Moninna A)  v Adrian Larkin (TJ’s B)  (1-2) Winner Plays James O’Hagan wins (Trainors) (2-0))

Barry Murphy (Hustlers) v Bernie Magee (CWC A) (1-2) ( Winner Plays John Hogan (McGuigans) Lost (2-0)

 

Played @Newry Foresters

 Aaron O’Callaghan (Windmill) v Brendan Devlin (Orchard) (0-2)

Cricky McGuigan (CWC B) v  Winner Plays Brian O/Neill (W/cross) wins (2-1)

Thomas Mc Guinness  (St Monnina A)  v  Brendan McAllister (Nifty Fiftys) (2-0)

Jamie McManus (TJs C) v Billy O’Neill (Hustlers) (0-2)

 

 Played @CWC

Girby Vettiankal (B/Holland) v Diarmuid Lonergan (Bears) (1-2) 

Mark Trainor (Trainors B) v Darren Devlin (Bosco A)  (0-2) Winner Plays Terry McNally (CWC A) wins (2-0)

Niall McQuillan) (Ballyholland) v  Harvey Lavelle (CWC )wins (2-0)

 

 Played @ Ballyholland

Jamie Heaney (TJs C) v Ralph Crummy (Bears) (1-2)

Shane Durnin (TJs C) v Kevin Magee (Hustlers)  (0-2)

Paul McAreavey (McGuigans) v  Martin White (John Murphys) (0-2)

Killian McDonald (Millvale) v Kieran Cummins (Bosco A) (0-2)

 

 Played @ Nans

Ryan Gray (TJs C)  v  Joe Magill (Hustlers) (1-2)

Seamus Graham (Trainors A) v Tony McGovern (Orchard) (2-0)

Neil Heaney (Bears) v Colm McCann (Millvale) (0-2)

Kevin Lennon (No. 7) v Gareth McCann (Whitecross) (0-2)

 

 Played @ TJ’s Table 1

Paddy Clarke (CWC A) v Aidan Griffin (Nifty Fiftys) (2-1)

Henry McLoughlin (McSwiggans) v Mervyn Kernaghan (Orchard) (2-1)

Michael Feenan (Whitecross) v Stephen Teggart (St Moninna A) (2-0)

Eugene McDermott (Bears) v Shane McAllister (Hustlers)  (1-2)

 

 Played @ John Murphys

Benny Hoey (Millvale) v Gareth Trainor (Nifty Fiftys) (1-2)

Seamus McVerry (Trainors A) v Emmet McParland (CWC B) (2-0)

Damien McArdle (Nifty Fiftys) v Rony O’Reilly (Nans) (2-0)

John Little (Nifty Fiftys) v Anthony Reynolds (John Murphys) (0-2)

  

 Played @Windmill

PJ McDaniels (Orchard) v Denvoir Jenkins (Hustlers) (2-0)

Anthony Ryan (TJs B) v William Hughes (Millvale) (2-0)

 Jay  Kelly (Glen)  v Andrew Connolly (McSwiggans) (2-0)

Brendan McNally (Trainors B) v Jamie Fletcher (Orchard) (2-0)

 

To Be Played @ Whitecross

Michael O’Hanlon (Whitecross) v Chris O’Hare (No. 7) (2-0)

Eddie McCaughey (Trainors A) v Paddy McCann (St Moninna A) (2-0)

 Alan Burke (Whitecross)  v  Shane Cunningham  ((No 7) (2-0)

 Pat Byrne (McGuigans)  V Mike Nugent (Nans)   (2-0)

 

To Be Played @ St Monnina

 Tommy Mooney (Trainors B) v Jim McMahon (Ballyholland) (0-2)

Cailum McParland (CWC B) v Niall Rice (TJs B) (2-1)

Sean Murray (Trainors A) v Darren O’Hanlon (John Murphys) (2-0)

Matthew O’Brien (TJs C) v Pat Brady (CWC A) (0-2)

 

 Played @Bellini’s

Ciaran O’Neill (Hustlers) Kieran McMahon (CWC A) (0-2)

John Daly (John Murphys) v Declan Magee (Bosco B) (0-2)

Raymond Loughran (Nifty Fiftys) v Colm Shields (Ballyholland) (0-2)

Jimmy McVerry (Trainors A) v Leigh McAlinden (Nans) (2-1)

 

 Played @ McSwiggans

Adrian Murphy (Millvale) v Gerard Bagnall (Orchard) (0-2) 

Seamus McGeoghegan (CWC A) v Micheal Campbell (TJs B) (2-0)

Gary Cowan (TJs B) v Mark Maguire (Nans) (0-2)

 

Played @Mc Guigans

Raymond McKenna (CWC A) v Tommy Rooney (CWC B) (2-0)

Luke Phelan (Trainors B) v Conor Heaney (Windmill) (0-2)

Paddy Tavey (Trainors A) v Brendan McVerry (Bears) (2-0)

 Conor Mc Quiad  (St Monnina A)  v  Gerard Mc Guigan (McGuigans) (0-2)

 

 Played@ Trainors

Micky Cunningham (CWC A) v Mark Pentony (Nans) (2-1)

Charlie Doherty (Trainors B) v Cathal McCoy (McGuigans) (0-2)

Seamus Keenan (Bears) v Liam Turley (Orchard) (2-0)

Brian McGeough (Windmill ) v Conor O’Hare (McGuigans) (1-2)

 

Played@ Orchard Bar

 Mark Kidd (Glen) v Shane Phelan (Whitecross) (0-2)

Gary Powell (Bears) v Niall McVerry (Trainors A) (1-2)

Martin Conroy (McGuigans) v Kevin Crilly (John Murphys)  (2-0)

Adam Carroll (TJs C) v Damien Kearney (Trainors A) (1-2)

 

 Played@ Tj’s Table 2

Shane McVerry (Bosco B) v  Declan Brady (St Moninna A) (2-1)

Ben McClorey (Bosco B) v John Magee (Bosco B) (2-1)

Gerard McEvoy (Ballyholland) v Michael Teggart (St Moninna A) (1-2)

Micky Lennon  ( Nans )    v   Raymond Magee (Hustlers) (1-2)

 

 Played@ Bosco

Paul Murphy (Bears) v Richard Fletcher (No. 7) (0-2) 

David Cromie (Orchard) v Cailum Lonergan (Glen) (0-2)

Barry Kelland(CWC)  v  Liam Bradley (Trainors) (0-2)

 

POSTED By : NEWRY POOL LEAGUE
Post Date : Fri 18 Jan 2019 11:46 AM
CATEGORY : Blog

The most anticipated blog of the year has finally arrived. It's the blog most of you have had sleepless night's waiting on. Well the wait is over! Over a thousand fans log on to this 1st round blog every year to read our preview of each and every single individuals’ game and I'm sure this year will be no different.  It doesn't matter if your Paddy Clarke, Benny Hoey or Nathan Crudden, anybody can beat anybody on their day. Every year we are treated to some massive shocks and no doubt this year will be no different.


Defending Champion Paddy Clarke will be happy enough to get a Division 2 opponent but Aidan Griffin will be no pushover.  Pat Brady lost out in last year’s epic final and he will be attempting to make it 3 finals in a row when he starts out against Matthew O'Brien.  The tie of the round has to be Michael Feenan versus Stevie Teggart. Teggart is a former overall individuals’ winner while Feenan is one of the hottest prospects in the Premier Division.  Ciaran O'Neill v Kieran McMahon, Garry Powell v Niall McVerry and Eugene McDermott v Shane McAllister are just some of the mouth-watering ties that stand out. There are many more and we will dissect every match. and there'll be no sitting on the fence here! If you haven't been producing the goods there's no hiding place here. Every player has been analysed in the most in-depth and researched blog in our history. Weeks have gone into this blog so put the feet up and enjoy!

@Millvale Preliminary rd
John MacMurray (TJ's B) v Cathal PHELAN (Whitecross)
Johnny McMurray has won roughly 50% of his Division 2 league games. For a former top tier player, he won't be ecstatic about that but his TJ's B side are looking like finishing mid-table and McMurray is unlikely to be playing for many team trophies unless they get a good divisional cup run. McMurray likes to play a slow-paced game were covering pockets is common practice. He won't be fazed by playing a Premier Division player and will fancy his chances.  Cathal Phelan is a Newry Pool League legend. He is the current Pairs champion and has won everything that local top tier pool has to offer. This has been a tough year for Phelan on the baize though. 4 wins from 11 league games is really disappointing for a player of his calibre. The former Correshego and CWC A star is the ultimate grinder. Even when not at his best he can beat anyone.  Neither player will think they're playing at their peak. Expect games to be tactical but Phelan is a class above McMurray. Go to McMurray for your driving lessons but it's Phelan that will be doing the schooling this time and 2-0 should be the result here.

Round 1
McMURRAY/PHELAN v Gavin MALONE (Whitecross)
Gavin Malone is suffering a torrid season just like his potential opponent Cathal Phelan. Malone with a paltry 4 wins from 11 games is relegation form. No doubt Malone would prefer his chances against McMurray but it’s more likely he'll be playing Phelan. This could be a scrappy game. Malone can only win this by keeping Phelan out of his potting rhythm.  It should matter none. Cathal Phelan can mix it up with tactics or potting and should book his place in the 2nd round with another 2-0 victory.

Preliminary rd
Brian Harte (St. Monnina A) v Adrian Larkin (TJ's B)
Brian Harte joined the St. Monnina party late but he has played a crucial part in the Saints' rise to the top of Division 1. He won his last 4 games in a row and inexplicably sat on the sub bench during that run so he may well have been 5 on the spin. Harte is a fine potter and is an intelligent player with patience to wait for the right opportunity.  Adrian Larkin is one of the bright lights coming from a TJ's B side that look like they might be out of their depth in even in Division 2. Larkin started the season well had a bit of a blip but has won 3 of his last 4 games. He's certainly not the worst potter in Division 2 but his positional play let's him down along with shot selection.  Adrian Larkin is a formidable opponent and will go into this game with confidence but Brian Harte is crushing a higher standard opponent week in week out. Harte should be too good but Larkin is going to be no easy game.
2-1 Harte is our prediction.

Round 1
HARTE/LARKIN v James O'HAGAN (Trainor's Bar)
James O'Hagan went through a bad spell before Christmas losing 4 of his 5 league games. His 6 wins are low for a former individual winner - only a few years ago. He is cool under pressure and has natural potting ability.  If either of his opponents take the opening frame O'Hagan could start to feel the heat. He should be fit to beat either Harte or Larkin given the talents and experience at his disposal.
2-1 O'Hagan.

Preliminary rd
Barry MURPHY (Hustlers) v Bernie MAGEE (CWC A)
Barry Murphy is having a good season in a bad Hustlers team. He won 5 of his 1st 6 games before a run of 3 defeats curtailed his dream of making our top scorers’ chart. He did manage to win his last game to bring his total league wins to 6. The talent has always been there for Murphy but he does blow hot and cold. He can take out a super finish but some poor decision making has lost him a lot of games. On his day though he is a game for anyone.  Bernie Magee has won only 5 of his 11 league games which will no doubt be hurting him deeply. That's mid-table pool at best. 4 defeats in his last 5 is a worrying stat for Magee. The former Corrinshego legend is well maligned for his pernicious tactics. He is prepared to tie up balls and cover pockets from the 1st minute to the last. Barry Murphy is going into this with more momentum but I doubt Magee will be overly bothered about that. Magee will start favourite but If Murphy can get the opening frame, he can cause an upset. This will be close but Magee has more in his locker and a 2-1 win is likely.

Round 1
MURPHY/MAGEE v John HOGAN
John Hogan suffered a nightmare start to the season. He lost 3, sat on the bench then lost his next 3. At long last he won his final 3 games before the festive break. With this upturn in form Hoggy will be itching to get going. He can pot a good single ball and has a bit of a safety game.  He is unlikely to beat Murphy or Magee if either play well. John Hogan would need a lot to go his way to make round 2. It's an early bath for Hogan unfortunately.


@Newry Forester's
Preliminary Rd
Aaron O'CALLAGHAN (Windmill) v Brendan DEVLIN (Orchard Bar)
Aaron O'Callaghan started the season in superb form with 4 wins from the 4 he played. These include wins over St. Monnina and Ballyholland - the top 2 teams in the division. He's lost a few since but has been picking up wins too so he will feel he's playing quite well going into this prelim game. O'Callaghan as a very attacking player which can also be his achilles heel. When he's on form he's a devastating finisher.  Brendan Devlin had a good run in the individuals last year but 5 wins and 6 defeats in the league suggest he's going to need a bit of luck if he's to get the same joy this season. Devlin is a good player to watch. He plays an attacking brand of pool which is easy on the eye. This could be a cracking match. Neither player will want to get involved in tactical battles. Devlin will start favourite but if O'Callaghan gets open tables to attack, he will clear. We'll go for Devlin 2-1 though.

O'CALLAGHAN/DEVLIN v Nathan CRUDDEN (TJ's C)
Round 1
Nathan Crudden is one of the reasons TJ's C are enjoying a decent season. They have work to do but promotion should still be the aim and Crudden, just like most of his team mates will, have to step up a gear. He has won just over half his games which is good going but there's room for improvement. Crudden is a good single ball potter but his cue ball control is minimal.  Nathan Crudden is punching way above his weight class against either Aaron O'Callaghan or Brendy Devlin. One would imagine Devlin will prevail from this table.

Preliminary rd
Christopher McGUIGAN (CWC B) v Ryan DIAMOND (Millvale)
Cricky McGuigan was signed up late by CWC B in an effort to bolster their squad but with only 2 wins so far, he's certainly not bolstered too much. McGuigan has suffered defeat after defeat and needs to hit the practice table any day soon.
Ryan Diamond has sparkled the hand full of times he's played for Millvale. Without doubt the 3-point gap to Nifty Fifty would reduce by Millvale if Diamond played more often. He is a smart, patient player with bags of ability and loves to take out a spectacular finish. This should be rather one sided with Ryan Diamond easing through 2-0.

Round 1
McGUIGAN/DIAMOND v Brian O'NEILL (Whitecross)
Brian O'Neill has been playing for Whitecross for a long time but never has he been so productive on the baize. He's like a new player. Winning 5 and only losing twice has rocketed Whitecross up the table after a bad start. O'Neill has improved his potting big time and isn't the easy touch of yesteryear. If Diamond sees off McGuigan then he will certainly give O'Neill a stiff test. O'Neill's new-found confidence and also his improved potting to go along with experience could be the difference. 2-1 O'Neill.

Round 1
Thomas McGUINNESS (St. Monnina) v Brendan McALLISTER (Nifty Fifty)
Tom McGuinness got his season off to a cracking start winning his 1st 4 games for high flying St. Monnina A. He fell off the rails for a month or two but he's back on track with a couple of wins in December. McGuinness is slow a precise. Once he gets in the groove, he is well fit to take out a tricky finish. Brendan McAllister got off to a decent start winning 3 of his 1st 4. McAllister Snr fell into a rut and a string of defeats has stalled his season. Nifty Fifty might be flying but Brendan McAllister needs to find that winning formula soon. He just like McGuinness likes to take his time and will try to win the tactical battles to succeed.  This could easily go to respotted blacks and most likely it will need to if Brendan McAllister is to win. Tom McGuinness is playing the better pool atm and in close unexciting frames the St. Monnina man should get through 2-1.

Round 1
Jamie McMANUS (TJ's C) v Billy O'NEILL (Hustlers)
Jamie McManus has had a terrific season so far with TJ's C. This team moved from the Cue Club away from the mini league to play with the big boys and they've worked themselves into a decent position to push for promotion. McManus is one of the reasons their doing so well. He is a prolific winner. He has big wins against Millvale, McSwiggans and St Monnina B as well as a host of the lower teams. McManus has a great cue action and is a deadly long potter. He's taking out top finishes in Division 2.  Billy O'Neill had no opponent in the opening game of the season so received a win. He incredibly lost 6 in a row before finishing with 3 wins out of 4 before the break. Its a timely return to form for O'Neill and he'll be hoping the festive break doesn't interrupt his rhythm. He is good when in amongst the balls but his long potting is suspect.  Jamie McManus needs to get off to a good start and he could just rattle Billy O'Neill. The odds are stacked against him as O'Neill is a solid Premier Division player.  2-1 Billy O'Neill.


@CWC   Preliminary rd
Giby VETTIANKAL (Ballyholland) v Diarmuid LONERGAN (Bears)  Giby Vettiankal has been with Ballyholland since they worked they're way from the old Division 4 right to the top Division.  Giby Vettiankal is just what the Doctor ordered. His sheer brilliance has fired Ballyholland to joint top of Division 1. 7 wins and 2 defeats from 10 games (he didn't play against Windmill) is phenomenal scoring. It should be no surprise 1 of Ballyhollands' 2 defeats came in that game against the Windmill when Vettiankal wasn't there. He also won his pairs and Singles game against Premier Division Bears in a cup match. The Doc won't rush his shots that's for sure. He has an incredible desire to win and he will cover pockets and frustrate opponents when needed. He's tidy in among the balls too and rarely makes silly mistakes.
Diarmuid Lonergan is having a mixed bag with Bears. He's only played 7 of the 11 league games for Bears and has won 4. He is a solid percentages player. Hates playing a risky shot. He is knowledgable round the table and knows his way round a tricky finish.  This game bares all the hallmarks of a 3 frame titanic tactical battle. Neither player will give an inch but Giby Vettiankal is playing and winning more regularly and might just cause an upset here. 2-1 Vettiankal.

Round 1
Vettiankal/Lonergan v Pat QUINN (Johnny Murphy's)
Patrick Quinn is on a one man crusade to fire Johnny Murphy's up into promised land of the Premier Division. Of the 10 league matches Johnny Murphy's have played we in the blog office have 9 result cards. Quinn has won against Forester's A, St. MONNINA A, Bosco, Trainor's B, Cavern, Ballyholland, Glenn, CWC B and Windmill. That's 9 wins from 9 games. The painter could have re-decorated the Murphy's history books by becoming the 1st player in their history to win all their league games in the 1st half of the season. The only card we have missing is the game against Bar 7 Warrenpoint. If any one has kept a record of the wins or scorecards from that game we would be delighted to see  who won on the night.
Nonetheless 9 from 9 or 10 is simply outrageous. He plays a patient game and he won't rush into a finish. He's obviously going to be brimming with confidence and will fancy causing an upset.  Patrick Quinn may well have a 100% league record in Division 1 but both Vettiankal and Lonergan should be too strong for him. Vettiankal is our tip to progress from this table.

Preliminary rd
Mark TRAINOR (Trainor's B) v Darren DEVLIN (Bosco A)
Mark Trainor is a useful addition to the Trainor's squad. He had a decent start to the season with 2 wins and 2 defeats. He missed large portions of the season but finished off well before the Christmas break. It takes Trainor a while to get into a game. His game improves the longer the frame goes on and he doesn't fear a big finish.  Darren Devlin is a stunning potter. He's been in typical hot form all season. Only a couple of defeats mid and early in the season but he's looking ominously good atm. Devlin will develop balls and won't hold back on going for a big finish.
It's hard to see Devlin not going through on a 2-0 scoreline.

Round 1
Trainor/Devlin v Terry McNALLY (CWC A)
Terry McNally has 4 wins from his last 5 league games from before the Christmas break. He is a decent potter and Needless to say that playing for Pat Brady means you have a sound knowledge of the safety aspect of the game.  McNally would breeze past Trainor but Darren Devlin is a different ball game. Had the game been nuetral venue Devlin might have got the nod but because the game is on McNally's home table we'll give him the edge.
2-1 Terry McNally

Preliminary rd
Niall McQUILLAN (Ballyholland) v Andrew MACKIN (St. Monnina A)
Niall McQuillan is among the top scorers in Division 1 with 7 wins and 3 defeats from 10. He started well with 3 wins, picked up a couple of defeats but went on a run of 4 before losing out in that disappointing loss to Forester's A. McQuillan is an exciting player who just loves attacking pool. Super long potter and who could forget it was McQuillan that ended Pat Brady's unbeaten run last season in the penultimate league game of the season.  Andrew Mackin started the season with a defeat but he went on a good run after that before hitting a dreadful run of form in November and December were he couldn't buy a win. Mackin try's to frustrate opponents by covering pockets but he isn't a bad potter. It's a negative here for Andrew Mackin and the result will need to be photo-shopped to prevent a 2-0 win for Niall McQuillan.

Round 1
McQuillan/Mackin v Harvey LAVELLE (CWC A)
Harvey Lavelle had a slow start the season when he lost his 1st league games then missed the 3rd game before going on 7 game winning streak. He did miss the penultimate game before the break but he has won both games against fierce title rivals Trainor's A. Lavelle is deadly in amongst the balls and a tactical game only a very few can compete with. If McQuillan gets through to face Lavelle it could be a fantastic battle of two players right bang in form. Harvey Lavelle has a strong all round game and his superior knowledge should give him the edge 2-1.


@Ballyholland
Round 1
Jamie HEANEY (TJ's C) v Ralph CRUMMY (Bears)
Jamie Heaney may well have many great talents but I'm quietly confident pool isn't one of them. If your looking a trendy hair cut, yes surely give young Heaney a call. If your looking a long black down the rail at 4-4 to win the Cunningham Cup then block Heaney's number. Admittedly we don't have all the cards for TJ's C at our disposal but apart from a win early in the season against McSwiggans there is little else to get excited about. Defeat after defeat was the norm until finally the axe fell on the last match before the break. Ralph Crummy has a decent 6 league wins and only 3 defeats up to the Christmas break. He's won 3 out of his last 4 and looks in good form. Crummy is a hard player to beat. He's tactically astute, a fine potter and knows the right shots to play. Not sure about that beard though!
Ralph Crummy to sail on through 2-0.

Round 1
Shane DURNIN (TJ's C) v Kevin MAGEE (Hustlers)
Shane Durnin is a flying machine round the table and his pace seems to suit him as he is enjoying an excellent campaign as captain of TJ's C. Mr consistent only has a handful of defeats spread over the 1st half of the season shows he's cueing well. Wins against rivals TJ's B and promotion hopefuls Millvale shows he's a big game player. Kevin Magee put in a brilliant 1st half of a season to top score for Hustlers with 7 wins from 11. Magee is ice cool under pressure and the big talker is also the big walker. He is a top potter and when in amongst the balls the Hustlers captain makes a difficult finish look ridiculously easy.   This could be a high quality game but Kevin Magee is rolling back the years with some terrific pool and his experience will see him through 2-0.

Round 1
Durnin/Magee v Sean PENTONY (Nifty Fifty)
We have no card with Sean Pentony lifting a cue? Complete mystery. He definitely hadn't played for Nifty Fifty. The winner of Durnin/Magee will probably be through.

Round 1
Paul McAREAVEY (McGuigan's) v Martin WHITE (Johnny Murphy's)
Paul McAreavey enjoyed 3 wins at the start of the season but has been to going through an abysmal run since then, picking up 5 league defeats in a row and a few nights sitting on the subs bench for good measure. McAreavey is no bad player and is getting a bad run of the ball. He will surely turn the corner soon.  Martin White is having an outstanding season for Johnny Murphy's. He's on a 4 game winning streak. He lost against Trainors B but apart from that he's won all his other games that we have scorecards for. White can play a good cagey game and doesn't rush into going for a big finish. He's calm under pressure a certainly a force to be reckoned with.  Paul McAreavey is in for a tough night here but we give him the nod 2-1.

Round 1
Killian McDONALD (Millvale) v Kieran CUMMINS (Bosco A)
Killian McDonald is the real deal and he should be plying his trade in the Premier Division. It could be with Millvale as he spearheads an exciting young team vying for promotion. From the 8 scorecards available to us he has 6 wins, just the 1 defeat and didn't play in 1 game. He is in hot form lately and should fear nobody. McDonald is a cracking potter and takes out some terrific finishes.  Kieran Cummins only has a handful of wins for Bosco. It's just been one of those seasons so far for him. He did have a good win against Windmill 2 games before the break but wins have been like hens teeth. Cummins plays a slow tactical game and the relatively new cushion rule isn't suiting his game.  Killian McDonald might be a Division lower but he's a class act and we predict 2-0 McDonald.

@Nans
Round 1
Ryan GRAY (TJ's C) v Joe MAGILL (Hustlers)
Ryan Gray has an almost identical record to his team mate and captain Shane Durnin. Gray has only a couple of defeats while winning has become a habit for the former Cue Club player. Gray is a bit slower round the table than Durnin but no less deadly. Gray is capable of winning those scrappy frames as well as taking a good finish. Joe Magill started his Hustlers career with a win but 4 defeats in a row have been costing his team points and denting Joey's confidence. He is a decent potter but his choice of shot can sometimes leave onlookers scratching their head.
Can Joey Magill ressurect his season? Ryan Gray is full of confidence and jumping two Divisions but we reckon Gray can cause an upset here 2-1.

Round 1
Seamus GRAHAM (Trainor's A) v Tony McGOVERN (Orchard Bar)
Seamus Graham began with 2 wins and 2 defeats before sitting out the next 3 games. The Trainor's cueist came out of retirement this season ended December with a defeat, then a win and finally he didn't play against CWC. Its not been all plain sailing for Graham since his return to the baize. He is a very attacking player and its hard to change a player that wants to finish every visit even when there is no finish on. Tony McGovern made it onto our top scorers list which we published on Christmas day. You read it on Destination Newry. McGovern won his 1st 7 games before finally losing against McGuigan's. He has been taking out some serious finishes this season. His 3 defeats will be disappointing that they all came in the final 4 games before the break. How will this effect his confidence?  If Tony McGovern hits form he should take this but certainly Seamus Graham is a tricky opponent. 2-1 McGovern.

Round 1
Neil HEANEY (Bears) v Colm McCANN (Millvale)
The Baby Faced Assassin Neil Heaney has been largely firing blanks this season. His 3 wins have even been eclipsed by his Dad Eddie who has 4 league wins. His 7 defeats are a real shock as its usually Neil Heaney that is right up there with Bears' top scorers. Neil is usually a smart player with excellent cue ball control. He's well fit to take out a tricky finish. Colm McCann would be one of the better players in Division 2. He's missed an awful lot of Millvale matches this season but when he's been there he nearly always wins. A defeat against Port then he didn't play in the last game before the break but before that he had a string of good wins including one against league leaders Nifty Fifty. Colly is a fantastic potting machine and knows the order to make a finish look easy.  With Neil Heaney badly out of form it's a great opportunity for Colly McCann to progress. 2-1 McCann.

Round 1
Kevin LENNON (Bar 7) v Gareth McCANN (Whitecross)
Kevin Lennon is having a dream season and may yet help guide Bar 7 to the Premier Division. He's having a stunning season with the Warrenpoint side winning 85% of his games. He has notable wins over Premier Division Martin Conroy who made it onto our top scorer chart. He was part of the Pairs team that beat Kieran McMahon and Micky Cunningham in the Vegas Cup. Lennon is  a brilliant potter but has a safety game that would be the envy of many in the Premier Division.  Gareth McCann has had an absolute nightmare of a season. He won his opening match and 3 games later won his 2nd which would turn out to be his last win in 2018. 6 defeats and plenty of appearances on the subs bench have been common practice for McCann. He isn't the worst potter but his shot selection is terrible.  It's hard to see Gareth McCann taking this one and our tip is for Kevin Lennon to book his 2nd round spot 2-1.


@TJ's Table 1
Round 1
Paddy CLARKE (CWC A) v Aidan GRIFFIN (Nifty Fifty)
Paddy Clarke is back in the venue where he realised a lifetime ambition - to win the Newry and District Individuals pool Title. He put on a scintillating show in last years final against Pat Brady and aims to be the 1st player in decades to win back to back titles. Clarke with his snooker background has been knocking them in for fun with 8 wins and only 2 defeats. He missed 1 game. Clarke was good last season and if anything he's even better this season. Some of his finishes have been simply breathtaking. Clarke is certainly the one to beat again this year.   Aidan Griffin can approach this game with a 'nothing to lose' attitude. He is a rank outsider but Griffin is a talented player and shouldn't be underestimated. In fact he's been relentless in his quest to Captain Nifty Fifty to promotion to Division 1 with an unbelievable 10 wins from 10 league games. That's providing he won against Forester's B as he has won all 9 against the other Division 2 rivals. Griffin can play a tactical game when needed but its his deadly potting a ice cool composure that give him the edge in

Division 2.
Paddy Clarke needn't take Griffin for granted but this should be 2-0 Clarke.

Round 1
Henry McLOUGHLIN (McSwiggan's) v Mervyn KERNAGHAN
Henry NcLoughlin has a 60% win rate which he won't be too unhappy about. His best performance coming against league leaders Nifty Fifty when he put his McSwiggan's side 1-0 up away from home. McLoughlin has bags of experience and doesn't get fazed no matter what unfolds on the baize. A decent potter but prone to the odd silly mistake.  Mervyn Kernaghan looks to have overcome his dreadful start when he finished up before the break with with 3 league wins from the final 4 games. They are his only league wins after 4 early season defeats and a few nights viewing from the high stool. Kernaghan is tricky opponent. He's can be a slow starter before clicking into gear and clearing up. He's strong tactically.  This could be a very tactical match although the tables in TJ's are made for fast attacking pool. Mervyn Kernaghan should edge this 2-1 but it sure won't be easy.

Round 1
Michael FEENAN (Whitecross) v Stephen TEGGART (St. Monnina)
Could this be the tie of the round? They are both top players but this game is intriguing in so many different ways. Feenan has only joined to top table this season and the big question is can he stay there! Teggart has dropped out of Newry's top tier pool for Division 1 so how might that affect his game? There is also the drastic contrast in styles. Feenan is all out attack and some times this is to his detriment. Teggart is more mythodical and tactical. Sometimes he can be ultra negative and this can be his downfall.  Michael Feenan has 8 wins from 10 games before the Christmas break and some of his scintillating performances haven't gone unnoticed. He's always talked the talk and now he's walking the walk with some outrageous pool. He attacks from the off and is always looking to develop difficult balls and looking a quick finish.  Stevie Teggart didn't play the first month and a half of the season but he was lured back by his old Killeavy team mates to new pastures of St. Monnina. Teggart has got a bit of a shock at the high standard of some players in Division 1. Former South Armagh player Kieran Loughran was the 1st player to beat Teggart this season and ironically he  plays a mythodical and tactical game. From the cards we have available this is his only defeat and has at least 3 wins. As said earlier Teggart plays a so game and thinks through every shot to the last detail. He is a stunning single ball potter and on his day can and has beat the very best.
So who will win this titanic match-up. Teggart is an Armagh player now but at the same time Feenan would walk onto the Armagh team. The fast potting tables in TJ's will suit Feenan. He simply must not miss those big finishes or Stevie Teggart will punish. Its that simple. We think Michael Feenan will just about take this 2-1.

Round 1
Eugene McDERMOTT (Bears) v Shane McALLISTER (Hustlers)
Eugene McDermott hasn't hit the heights of his glory days. He won 2 out of his 1st 3 then went on a barron run of 4 defeats in a row. He gathered himself to win 3 from the next 4. McDermott is so crucial to the fortunes of Bears that they have won only 1 single point when he has lost. Its no surprise with his snooker background that he is a tremdous long potter. He is prone to the odd miss these days. Has both attacking and tactical game.  Shane McAllister has shown flashes of his brilliance but it hasn't been vintage pool from the Hustlers talisman. He has 6 league wins up to the Christmas break. Around October he lost 3 out of 4 games but got his confidence back winning 3 out of the next 4. McAllister is a master in a tactical exchange. This was always his forte. In recent seasons his been deadly in among the balls and is one of the toughest players to beat on the Newry pool curcuit.  This is a toss of a coin to pick a winner. These TJ's tables are very familiar to Eugene McDermott and he has many great memories on them. Shane McAllister will not fear the fast tables as they are more like Hustlers. Tough call but Shane McAllister could edge it 2-1 in a classic.

@Johnny Murphy's
Round 1
Benny HOEY (Millvale) v Gareth Treanor (Nifty Fifty)
Benny, Benny, Benny what's happening to you? Benny Hoey is captain of Millvale but it must be his inspirational team talks that has him captain because it sure isn't his on the baize performances. We've only records for 2 league wins and a string of defeats. He did miss one or two games but Benny Hoey will need a huge improvement he's going to lift the Singles title. Hmmmm!  Gareth Treanor signed for table topping Nifty Fifty a bit late. Of the 9 cards we have for Nifty Treanor has 2 defeats and 3 wins. Treanor is a good solid player. He sometimes plays 1st so he is confident to take on the best.  Both play in Division 2 for promotion chasing sides but Gareth Treanor is in better form than Benny Hoey and should win 2-0.

Round 1
Seamus McVERRY (Trainor's A) v Emmett McPARLAND (CWC B)
Sesmus McVerry has been outstanding this season. 8 wins and only 2 defeats is title winning pool. He is a brilliant attacking player and has a good tactical brain. He is a former individual champion and he will expect a good run this year again.  Emmett McParland has been having a tough time of it for struggling CWC B. He's lost has last 3 before the festive break. He did win 2 in a row. The most notable over Bar 7 Duke Street. 3 wins all season and the odd spell on the bench is disappointing.
Seamus McVerry will feel this is a plumb draw for himself and 2-0 should be the scoreline.

Round 1
Damien McARDLE (Nifty Fifty) v Rony O'REILLY (Nan's Rams)
Damien McArdle switched from the Premier Division to Division 2 and it hasn't exactly been all plain sailing for him. He has 4 defeats and 5 wins from the 9 scorecards we have. Diddles McArdle will blame the tables, the venue and the weather before he blames himself. He is a tremendous potter but his is very erratic and has no idea where the cue ball is going.  Rony O'Reilly was going through a bad spell in December. He last 2 then sat out the last 2 before the break. He started well by winning his 1st 3 league games. He lost 2 in a row but bounced back to win the next 2. O'Relliy can be a excellent potter but sometimes he loses the white which costs him dear.  This is a really close call. These two like to attack and play exciting pool. O'Reilly could just have the edge but it's just a run of the ball. 2-1.

Round 1
John LITTLE (Nifty Fifty) v Anthony REYNOLDS (Johnny Murphy's)
John Little started his season well with 2 wins then went on a dreadful run of results. He won his last 2 games although sandwiched in-between he missed the Indo game. His biggest win coming against Millvale. John Little plays some odd shots but he's quite good when the shots a straight forward middle of the white shots.  Anthony Reynolds has won 5 of his last 6 games although we are minus a Murphy's result card so it could be 6 from 7 or 5 from 7. Reynolds has a snooker background is his long pots are a delight to watch. He loves playing attacking pool but he is a no dozer in the tactical side either.  John Little is no bad player but it's not going well for him this season and Anthony Reynolds should win this 2-1 especially as its being played on his home table.

@Windmill
Round 1
PJ McDANIEL (Orchard) v Denvor JENKINS (Hustlers)
PJ McDaniel has played very little for Orchard this season. He has collected just 3 wins from 5 games. McDaniel is a good solid player and avoids going for big spectacular shots. Bit of a percentage player.  Denvor Jenkins has been an ever present for Hustlers. 2 wins and 9 defeats is gut wrenching results. Twice he went 4 games in a row with losses. He is a better player than his scoring suggests but nerves get the better of him when closing in on frame ball.  If PJ McDaniel can get the form back from the last few seasons he will go through 2-0.

Round 1
Anthony RYAN (TJ's B) v William HUGHES (Millvale)
Anthony Ryan missed the start of TJ's B's season and came in all guns blazing with 3 wins but he lost has last 2 before the festive break. Ryan is a decent player. Will take on tricky finishes but needs to work on tactics.  William Hughes has had a brilliant Season with Millvale. He won his 1st 2 league games and finished at the break with 4 wins from 5 games. There's 2 cards absent but it's clear Hughes is in top form and cueing well.  Willy Hughes is clearly very much at home in Division 2 and he is playing much better than Ryan. Hughes to progress 2-0.

Round 1
Jay KELLY (Glenn Social Club) v Andrew CONNOLLY (McSwiggan's)
Jay Kelly lost his final game before the Christmas break but he had won the 2 previous. He had 2 wins early in the season and has around a 50% win rate. Kelly certainly enjoyed life better in Division 2 and the way his Glenn team are going he'll be back there soon enough.  Andrew 'the sub' Connolly has been happy enough with a season on the subs bench for one reason or another. One must assume he's no genius or he would play the odd time.  Jay Kelly isn't having a dream season in Division 1 but maybe he got a dream draw here. Drew Connolly might opt for a seat on the bench so we'll go 2-0 Kelly.

Round 1
Brendan McNALLY (Trainor's B) v Jamie FLETCHER (Orchard Bar)
Brendan McNally  Brendan McNally has played very little pool for Trainor's B but he did win his final game before the break against Cavern. Before that he had a couple of sub appearances and 1 defeat.  Jamie Fletcher has been a breath of fresh air to the Premier Division this season. His attacking style has won him 7 games and 2 of his 3 defeats came in the final 2 games before the break. He will hope his good form returns asap.  This is a no brainer. Fletcher will cruise this 2-0.


@Whitecross
Round 1
Mickey O'HANLON (Whitecross) v Chris O'HARE (No 7)
Mickey O'Hanlon had a 1st of the season to forget. 7 league defeats will hurt O'Hanlon and his 2 league wins don't show how important his used to be for Whitecross. He does play slow unattractive pool and the new rules haven't suited him. Chris O'Hare had a decent start to the season before before he missed a couple of games. He came back in to lose 2 games but he ended with a win against Bosco.  O' Hare is a steady player and won't make too many mistakes.  Mickey O'Hanlon should have enough in his locker to win 2-1 especially on his own table.

Round 1
Eddie McCAUGHEY (Trainor's A) v Paddy McCANN (St. Monnina A)
Eddie McCaughey has missed large chunks of the season for table topping Trainor's A. He has won his last 3 before the festive break. His only other win was an 8 ball clearance on the opening round of league games. He has 2 defeats. He plays a bit of snooker and the Keady native is an ultra attacking player looking to finish every visit.
Paddy McCann has been a regular with promotion chasing St. Monnina A. McCann went on a bad spell losing 3 in October. He has at least 5 league wins (1 scorecard unavailable). McCann is a slow starter but when in the flow he can play.  Eddie McCaughey will see this one through but McCann could make a good game of it. 2-0 McCaughey.

Round 1
Alan BURKE (Whitecross) v Shane CUNNINGHAM (No 7)
Alan Burke is at last returning to the form that made him one of the most feared players in the Newry league. He has won his last 4 league games after missing 2 games and losing 3 before that. He has 5 league wins in total. Burke likes quick attacking pool and a very knowledgable player.  Shane Cunningham won't be coming out to Whitecross just to make up the numbers. He won his last 2 matches before the break lost the 2 previous. He did win the 3 before that so he plays to a decent Division 1 standard. He won against top side Ballyholland so this lad cannot be underestimated.  Alan Burke is on a roll atm and although I expect him to get a tough match he should prevail 2-1

Round 1
Pat BYRNE (McGuigan's) v Mike NUGENT (Trainor's B)
Pat Byrne reminds me of the Forrest Gump quote "life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what your gonna get." Byrne will go for everything, that we do know. He is the Tony Drago of Newry pool. It's whether he can hit form or not that will be decisive. He has won his last 3 before the break but you have to go back to the 2nd and 3rd league games for further wins. 4 defeats isn't bad though.  Mike Nugent has had a disjointed season so far. He didn't play in at least 3 games and lost at least 3. He has 3 wins from the 9 scorecards we have. Nugent isn't the potter he once was and he always had a strange shot selection.
Pat Byrne to win this 2-1

Round 1
@St. Monnina
Tommy MOONEY (Trainor's B) v Jim McMAHON (Ballyholland)
Tommy Mooney isn't having the wonderful season he dreamt at the start of the season. He turned down a go at the Premier Division with Trainor's B and judging by some of his results it was a good decision. He lost at least 3 games and they were against Glenn, No. 7 and CWC B. Only No. 7 are going well. Mooney is a fine potter and a great tactical game.  Jim McMahon has played a major part in Ballyholland rising to joint top of Division 1. He has a brilliant 7 wins and only 2 defeats. One night on the subs bench was a strange decision by their captain. McMahon is solid as granite. He is a cagey player and will wait before finishing with style.  Tommy Mooney will know he was in a tough game but his quality will get him through 2-0.

Round 1
Cailim McPARLAND (CWC B) v Niall RICE (TJ's B)
Cailim McParland won 5 and lost 4 of the 10 league games before the break. The other game we have no idea. Being honest McParland's shot selection is terrible but he's improving all the time and with his potting getting better I think he could be a talent in future years.  Niall Rice came to the Christmas break on the back of a couple of defeats. He's won at least 5 games and has some tough opponents. He is a good clean cueist and plays very little safety.  This is going to be a scrappy encounter. McParland is playing at a higher level but maybe not for much longer. McParland might take this 2-1.

Round 1
Sean MURRAY (Trainor's A) v Darren O'HANLON (Johnny Murphy's)
Sean Murray has 3 wins and 2 defeats for Premier Division leaders Trainor's. Ironically both defeats came against CWC A. He is a good clean hitter of the ball. Will attack playing cannons and is very proactive to get the job down early.
Darren O'Hanlon is a talented player. We've seen him do well in previous scoring charts. He has 5 wins form the 8 cards we have to hand so it's possible he has won more. O'Hanlon is clinical when he gets in the groove. He has a good cue action and knows how to mop up a tricky finish. Very attacking.  Both these players like to attack a game. This really could go either way but Sean Murray seem to have that touch of class about him. 2-1 Murray.

Round 1
Matthew O'BRIEN (TJ's C) v Pat BRADY (CWC A)
Matthew O'Brien got the rough end of the stick when this draw came out. O'Brien won 3 out of the last 4 games from the cards we have although cards missing but we know he has won very little since then. He had a notable win against Nifty Fifty though.  Pat Brady has played in the last 2 finals of the Newry individuals. He will start as one of the favourites as usual and his form this season is ominous. He won his last 7 in a row before the break and has a total of 9 wins and 2 defeats. Brady has the whole package. Brilliant potter, positional play, tactical etc etc.  Pat Brady oozes quality and only the shock of the 1st round will prevent a 2-0 win for Brady.


@Bellinis
Round 1
Ciaran O'NEILL (Hustlers) v Kieran McMAHON (CWC A)
Ciaran O'Neill went into the Christmas break on the back of 4 league defeats on the spin. Before that he had 5 wins and 2 other losses. 6 defeats in total is poor for the talented O'Neill. He's lost both of his games against CWC. O'Neill can take out stunning finishes when he's on form and can beat anybody on his day.  Kieran McMahon has had all the superlatives written about him already. He's hoping to make it to his 2nd final in 3 years. The 'Machine' McMahon jointly topped the scoring charts with 9 wins from 11 games. He started with a break finish and then fired in wins in his 1st 8 games. 2 losses in a row were halted with a win just before the festive break. McMahon doesn't fancy the negative pool. Always freeing up balls and precision potting with surgical positional play.  If Kieran McMahon has an off day Ciaran O'Neill will punish in this all Premier Division tie. It will be a huge surprise if McMahon doesn't win, probably 2-0.

Round 1
John DALY (Johnny Murphy's) v Declan MAGEE (Bosco B)
John Daly could be the difference in promotion or no promotion for Murphy's if he can up his game. From the 8 cards he has only won 1 of his last 4 before the break. He did have a better 1st 1/4 to the season. He is a smart player with good shot selection. He is a far better player than his results suggest.  Declan Magee has only been a bit part player this season. He lost a couple and we had to had to go way back to a game against TJ's C near the start of the season for a win.  This could be a good game for John Daly to get his individuals up and running. 2-0 maybe.

Round 1
Robbie LOUGHRAN (Nifty Fifty) v Colm SHIELDS (Ballyholland)
Robbie Loughran had an amazing run to the 1/4 finals last year and would love another run this season. Although we are missing a scorecard for Nifty Fifty, from the 9 we have is a clear pattern. After winning his opening 2 he has lost, won, lost, won, lost, won and finally lost before the holidays. So the next one is a win the Robbie? Turns out he did win the 1st game after the break so hard luck in your next league game Rob. Loughran is a fine potter and is no stranger to getting a snooker.
Colm Shields would have to be described as Mr consistency. 6 wins and 4 defeats is good. Its not fantastic but that sort of consistency gets teams promoted. Shields likes to play percentages pool and won't take unnecessary risks.  This is a tough one to call. Both players will feel confident. Maybe Robbie Loughran having that good run last season will spur him on to a 2-1 win.

Round 1
Jimmy McVERRY (Trainor's A) v Leigh McALINDEN (Nan's Rams)
Jimmy McVerry has played 6 of Trainor's 11 before the break. He has won half of them. After long spells out he played the last 3 before the break, winning 2. He is a thinker and will take his time over every shot. He is deceptively good and shouldn't be underestimated.  Leigh McAlinden can blow hot and cold. He won his last 3 before the break but of the previous 6 he's played he only managed a single win. McAlinden loves going for game at the earliest opportunity. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. If you give him a chances he's going for it.
A tactical game will suit Jimmy McVerry. An open game will suit Leigh McAlinden. This is a tough call but Bellinis table is generous to the potter and McAlinden should squeeze through 2-1.

@McSwiggan's  Round 1
Adrian MURPHY (Millvale) v Gerard BAGNALL ( Orchard)
Gerard Bagnall is one of the new kids on the Premier Division block. He's found the going tough since his move from Glenn. Just 2 wins and 4 defeats is the most he's got from his league campaign. He will be hoping for a better 2019. He's a sharp potter but you need more than that in the Premier.  Adrian Murphy has barely lifted a cue this season. And the few times he has done he got beaten. Has he fell out of love the game that has won him so many titles in Newry Pool? Can he resurrect his crumbling pool career?  This could be a good time to play Adrian Murphy. Gerard Bagnal is playing poor enough himself but he could cause a bit of a shock and win 2-1.

Round 1
Seamus McGEOGHEGAN (CWC A) v Michael CAMPBELL (TJ's B)
Seamus McGeoghegan doesn't have the best record this season. He's only won 4 and he's amassed 6 defeats. 3 of those losses coming in the final 3 games before the festive break. McGeoghegan is a super tactician. Very few want to get involved in that department with him. He has nerves of steal but he's started missing balls this season that he wouldn't normally miss.  Michael Campbell has lost 3 of his last 4 league games and after a decent middle part of the 1st half of tbr season. His 5 defeats are keeping his TJ's B away from a good promotion challenge. Too many missed pots is a concern but on his day is capable of a win.
Seamus McGeoghegan will win hook or by crook 2-0.

Round 1
Gary Cowan (TJ's B) v Mark MAGUIRE (Nan's Rams)
Gary Cowan is having a bit of a disaster. He lost 6 out of the 9 games we have cards for. The TJ's B cuesist badly needs to up his game. The 3 wins he has is dreadful. Cowan can't help but go for a pot when he should be 'hooking' or 'hooking' when he should be potting.  Mark Maguire will be glad to see the back of this season. He's been in and out of the Nan's team and with only 1 single league win from the 8 he's played is the stuff nightmares were made from. Maguire got away with bad mistakes last season in Division 1 but it's a different story in the Premier Division.  Mark Maguire should get a win here 2-0 but both players are struggling this season so far.

#McGuigan's
Round 1
Raymond McKENNA (CWC A) Tommy ROONEY (CWC B)
Raymond McKenna has 6 wins and only 2 defeats from the 8 games he's contested. Who could forget the fantastic final when he got eclipsed by James O'Hagan. McKenna got no run of the ball that night and he will be looking to get a good run this season like he normally does. McKenna is playing in lots of different pool comps and always is calm and cueing well. He is a great potter but he often loses the cue ball.
Tommy went the whole 1st half of the season unbeaten last year but its a whole different ball game up in Division 1. Still though he's played 10 and won 5 and for a newly promoted player that's fairly good. Rooney is like a Python in the grass waiting for its prey. One wrong move and he pounces with great venom. Super cueiest and horrible to play against.  Raymond is just too good here so 2-0 I'm afraid.

Round 1
Luke PHELAN (Trainor's B) v Conor HEANEY (Windmill)
Luke Phelan won't be overly delighted with his win ratio so far this season. Of the 9 cards we have he has 3 wins and 6 defeats. He  could do better but there doesn't seem to be that drive for promotion in Trainor's B. Phelan wouldn't be a Phelan if he didn't like a good tactical battle. His best pool is in amongst the balls but the new rule set is taking a whole for him to get used to.  Conor Heaney didn't play the 1st couple of games for Windmill. He seems to save his best pool for the teams higher up the league. Wins against Ballyholland and No. 7 Warrenpoint tell us he can play abit he's lost against most of the lower teams.  Luke Phelan will get well tested here but he could edge the tactical battles to win 2-1.

Round 1
Paddy TAVEY (Trainor's A) v Brendan McVERRY (Windmill)
Paddy Tavey won 6 in a row before he lost the last game before the break. He has a total of 8 wins and 3 defeats for the league leaders. Tavey is up there with the best but he needs a run to the final to be mentioned in the same breath as Kieran McMahon and Pat Brady. He game is based on attacking pool but he does have the tactical game to fall back on.   Brendan McVerry started the season badly with 1 win in his 1st 4 games. We have cards missing but from what we have the are plenty of defeats for McVerry. He did win up in Ballyholland and has at least 2 other wins.
Paddy Tavey is red hot favourite and there's little doubt he will feature in our 2nd round preview - sport Brendan. 2-0 Tavey.

Round 1
Conor McQUAID (St. Monnina) v Gerard McGUIGAN (McGuigan's)
Conor McQuiad is captain fantastic for his joint table topping St. Monnina. He's been playing well but he dropped himself after he won to keep the harmony in the ranks and this team leadership is what it takes to be a successful team. From the 9 scorecards he has won 5, lost 3 and subbed himself once. McQuiad was schooled by a certain Pat Brady so you know he likes a good tactical game. He has no problem covering pockets and making the game messy. He's very experienced at winning trophies earlier in his career so he doesn't get fazed by the finish line.
Gerard McGuigan started the season like a greyhound out of the trap winning his 1st 5 league games. He only won 2 and lost 3 of the remaining fixtures he played. McGuigan was one of the quickest players about. He's only down on the shot and he's away. McGuigan won't bother with hanging balls or playing tactics, he's no time for that as there's pints to be served.  Gerard McGuigan is playing on his home table and he's a potting machine. Conor McQuaid will try to tie him up but you have to fancy McGuigan to get the job done 2-1.

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Round 1
Micky CUNNINGHAM (CWC A) v Mark PENTONY (Nan's Rams)
Micky Cunningham has been a bit part player for CWC A. He's still managed 5 games, winning only the 2. He is happy enough watching from the sidelines and wait for the call when needed. The big finishes from Cunningham aren't there but he can slow opposition players down and get the wins.  Mark Pentony started the season well with 3 wins from the 1st 4 games. He followed that with 6 defeats from the next 7. Too many of his missed pots are getting punished in the Premier Division. Pentony likes to play attacking pool but it is more suited to Division 1.  There should be plenty of chances for both players in this match but Micky Cunningham should take this possibly on a decider.

Round 1
Charlie Doherty (Trainor's B) v Cathal McCOY (McGuigan's)
Charlie is playing a lot more pool than this time last year. He has 3 wins and 5 defeats from the 9 cards we have. He didn't play against Windmill. Doherty is another of the older generation that loved to roll up to a ball for a snooker and the potting game is hard for him to get used to.  Cathal McCoy jumped ship from Trainor's A and opted for more pool instead of the possibility of trophies. Cathal McCoy played a meagre 6 games for league leaders Trainor's A. He won 4 and lost 2 which isn't bad by anyone's book. One of the defeats was against current champions CWC so we could forgive him for that. McCoy is a very smart player. He knows all the correct shots even if he can't execute them. To be fair to McCoy he can take out a tricky finish and never gives up a frame easy.
Cathal McCoy should be fine here 2-0.

Round 1
Seamus KEENAN (Bears) v Liam TURLEY (Orchard)
Seamus Keenan fondly known as 'The Snail' is has flashed in 7 wins in a tremendous 1st half of the season for him. He's had only defeats and missed a game. Keenan does like to take his time on a shot. Opponents have been known to fall asleep on his visit. The reality is Keenan is a fine finisher of a game. He known the shots and the angles.  Liam Turley is the polar opposite to Seamus Keenan. He is simply a flying machine. He whizzes round the table 100mph but unfortunately for him it hasn't resulted in too many wins. He's lost his last 4 before the the break and has lost a total of 8. He has won 1 game - that was in Whitecross.  Seamus Keenan knows how to get the job done and Turley is perfect for him. Show the fly to the spider - 2-0 Keenan.

Round 1
Brian McGEOUGH (Windmill) v Conor O'HARE (McGuigan's)
Brian McGeough had a good strong start to the season. We are missing to cards but he definitely picked up 4 wins from his 1st 5 or 6 games. He lost a few after that but he has a minimum of 5 wins. He was one of the very few that got wins against both league leaders Ballyholland and St. Monnina. McGeough knows how to lay a snooker but missed pots lately cost him a few more wins.  Conor O'Hare has 6 wins and 2 defeats up to the half way mark. One of the defeats came against CWC so questions remain, can he live with the very best. He does pull out exquisite finishes but maybe like most players - he's just not quite as good as he thinks he is. His tactical play is nonexistent.  Conor O'Hare is unlikely to be tested too much here and this has 2-0 written all over it.

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Round 1
Mark KIDD (Glenn) v Shane PHELAN (Whitecross)
Mark Kids' biggest win of the season came against Tommy Mooney (Trainor's B) in their league meeting earlier in the season. His wins though have been in short supply. 3 is all we have cards for and at least 5 defeats. Kidd won't go gong ho for big finishes. He will try to frustrate opponents and cover pockets.  Shane Phelan started the season with a break finish against the now league leaders Trainor's A. He went on to record 8 league wins in total with only 3 defeats. Phelan was our player of the season in 2017/18 after steering Whitecross away from relegation, winning the Pairs with Bro Cathal and having one of the best win percentages in the Premier Division. Phelan is taking out some stunning finishes this season. He has a good all round game. Now is his time to shine on the biggest stage.
Shane Phelan should cruise this 2-0

Round 1
Garry POWELL (Bears) v Niall McVERRY (Trainor's)
Garry Powell won 5 out of 6 games October/November. He lost his 1st 2 and his last 3 before the Festive break. Powell seems to be a confidence based player. When he's in a rut he struggles to get out of it. Powell is a very attacking player but his 6 defeats shows he's just not playing at his peak.  Niall McVerry has a marvelous record of 8 wins and just 3 defeats. Only for losing the last game before the break he would have been joint top scorer in the Premier Division. McVerry never seems to produce his best in the individuals. He is a classy potter. His long range pots  are up there with the best in  Newry.  Only Powell is struggling for form this could have been a tough call but he's down on his luck while McVerry is on cloud 9. McVerry should feature in our round 2 blog after a 2-0 win.

Round 1
Martin CONROY (McGuigan's) v Kevin CRILLY (Johnny Murphy's)
Martin Conroy has only lost 2 games all season and won 7 before the break. He has notched wins against both Trainor's and CWC A. His last defeat was way back at the 5th league game of the season. Conroy is blitzing opponents with some stunning finishes. He's now playing County pool and it's time for Conroy to show he can mix it with the elite in Newry pool.  Kevin Crilly has 6 defeats from the 8 scorecards. Just 2 wins, OK if we're being generous it could be 4 but that's unlikely to be honest. Looks like Crilly is out of his depth in Division 1 or else he's the unluckiest player in Division 1.
Martin Conroy easy 2-0.

Round 1
Adam CARROLL (TJ's C) v Damien KEARNEY (Trainor's A)
Adam Carroll has been steady for the most part of the season. He had a good run in October winning a few in a row. He has won about 60% of his games and his best win was against league leaders Nifty Fifty. Carroll can mix it up with potting and safety. He will relish this tie.  Damien Kearney will feel hard done by after featuring in only 6 of Trainor's 11 fixtures. He lost 3 in a row early in the season and those defeats sealed his feat with captain Niall McVerry. He still has 3 wins and a total of 3 defeats. Kearney has very little safety game. He is a pure potter and he's not bad at it. Kearney is no pushover for anybody if he's on form.  Adam Carroll should not be written off. He is a dangerous Division 2 opponent. Kearney can play classy pool and if he's not at his best he will lose. We go with 2-1 Dee Kearney.

@TJ's Table 2
Round 1
Shane McVERRY (Bosco B) v Declan Brady (St. Monnina A)
Shane McVerry is holding his own this season for Bosco B. He like a lot of his team mates need to improve if they are to get promoted. He's won around 50% of his games which isn't bad if you have 3 or 4 team mates winning about 60-70% of their games, which Bosco B don't have. McVerry can play a bit but needs to work seriously on some tactical play. It's not all about potting - unless your very good it!
Declan Brady won his last 3 league games before the break. He sandwiched a missed game (3rd last game) so it could have been 4. We only have defeats of 2 out of their 8 scorecards with 5 wins. Brady is in form and playing well so he should be looking forward to the individuals.
Declan Brady look with winner here. 2-1.

Round 1
Shane/Ben McCLOREY (Bosco B) v John MAGEE (Bosco B)
John Magee is enjoying a phenomenal season. We've only a scorecard for 1 defeat and strangely enough it was the final game before the break. He has won at least 7 games - possibly more. Magee is deadly in among the balls but really it's his knowledge of the game that's his strong point. He always plays the right shot at the right time.  Ben McClorey has won about 50% of his games for Bosco B. He's won his last couple before the break. He's recovered well after a poor start to the season. McClorey has played some terrible shots of the season but he's improving week by week so we're expecting a good 2019 from him.
This is a big in house Derby game so that always adds an interesting twist to a match. John Magee is still too good and he won't get fazed so 2-0 Magee.

Round 1
Gerard McAVOY (Ballyholland) v Michael TEGGART (St. Monnina A)
Gerard McAvoy has a very similar record to team mate Colm Shields. Like Shields he has 6 wins but he has played one game less as he missed the last game before the break. McAvoy likes to cover pockets and loves a good tactical scrap. He took a frame to a re-spot against Johnny Murphy's and won it using these tactics.
Michael Teggart lost his last 2 going into the break but he was on a good run of 3 wins before that. Teggart has a total of 5 wins and 4 defeats from the 9 cards we have. Teggart is inconsistent. One week he will show flashes of brilliance and he couldn't miss a ball and the next week he plays like he's wearing a blindfold.
Either player could win this easy. They have similar records. Both play for teams top of the league. Teggart lost his game v Ballyholland while McAvoy won his game. If Teggart hits form it's there for him. Possibly over 3 frames the quality of Teggart could shine through 2-1.


Round 1
Mickey LENNON (Nan's Rams) v Raymond MAGEE (Hustlers)
Mickey Lennon has only played 6 Premier Division games so far. To be fair he has a 50% win rate. That's a lot better than some of his team mates. Lennon is a good long potter but he loves a snooker then goes for the kill.
Raymond Magee 3 struggled to just 3 wins this season. He went 4 games beaten before sitting out and finally on the last night before the break he won against McGuigan's. His 7 defeats will haunt him as Hustlers could be 4 or 5 points better off. Magee does like to play attacking pool but just too many missed chances is costing him dearly.  Tough game to call this. Ray Magee is struggling in the Premier while Mickey Lennon has hardly played. Toss a coin. Its heads. Ray Magee 2-1.

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Round 1
Paul MURPHY (Bears) v Richard FLETCHER (No 7)
Paul Murphy hadn't won a game since the 1st round of fixtures at the Christmas break. That was against Whitecross and he's only mustered 2 wins before that. 6 defeats and a couple of nights on the subs bench is relegation stats. Murphy is too good for that. He is a quality player usually, taking out some fine finishes. He can take a while to warm into a game.  Richard Fletcher has been rolling back the years with No 7 Duke Street this season. We are missing a couple of cards from the start of the season but Fletcher has been in hot form going into the Christmas break. He won 4 of the last 5 games and won a couple before a rare defeat. He had a big win against promotion rivals St. Monnina A but lost against Ballyholland. Fletcher is a mine of knowledge. A great tactical player but also makes tricky finishes look easy.
This is one of the hardest games to call. Fletcher is making Division 1 look relatively easy while Murphy isn't catching the eye in the Premier. We will go with the form player Richard Fletcher in a titanic battle 2-1.

Round 1
David CROMIE (Orchard) v Caolan LONERGAN (Glenn)
David Cromie had a bit of a sensational 1st half of the season. He had yet to taste defeat at the turn of the year. Just to dampen the party a bit he missed 5 games. He has only played one frame against the top 2 and that was against Trainors which he won. He has 6 wins up to the break and he is in great form going into 2019. Cromie takes his time and can play a slow frustrating game. When the chance arises though he can be deadly.  Caolan Lonergan went into the Christmas break on the back of 3 defeats in a row. He had a good run of wins before that, the highlight b

POSTED By : NEWRY POOL LEAGUE
Post Date : Sun 06 Jan 2019 05:02 PM
CATEGORY : Blog

 

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.

 
Bar. 7 Duke Street Warrenpoint stunned Premier Division side McGuigan's with a comprehensive victory in Newry. Bar 7 are in a decent position aiming for promotion from Division 1 up to the glorious pastures of the Premier Division. 
This Bar 7 team is mostly made up from former Boyds players that slid from the top tier to the bottom in a matter of years but these lads are on the climb again. 
Gerard McGuigan and Nicky Langton put McGuigan's 1 up as the favourites looked to stamp their authority on the game. 
Kevin and JP Lennon squared things before Kris and Richard Fletcher fired the visitors 2-1 up. 
Shane Cunningham beat Damien Flanagan for 3-1 and from that moment Bar 7 realised they had a real chance. 
Conor O'Hare got lucky to beat Chris O'Hare to make it 3-2.
The biggest result was the next one. The sensational Martin Conroy was beaten by Kevin Lennon in a massive shock. It was a severe kick to the sensitive area for McGuigan's. 
Pat Byrne is an unbelievably attacking player and can beat anyone if his luck is in but Kris Fletcher is a bit more patient and it was Fletcher that fired his Bar 7 into the last 8 with a score of 5-2.
Mike McArdle reduced the margin to 5-3 by beating Jeremy O'Brien but it was Bar 7 that rubbed salt in the wounds by taking the final frame. Richard Fletcher was in backstroke mode when he beat Paul McAreavey for a satisfying 6-3 win. 

 
Ballyholland caused somewhat of a shock when they dumped Nan's Rams from the Vegas Cup. Some would say this was no shock as they are odds on to swap Divisions.
Mark Maguire and Rony O'Reilly had the hosts Nan's 1 up but Ballyholland led 2-1 by the end Pairs.
Robbie White returned with another sharp shooter Niall McQuillan to level and Jim McMahon with captain Brendan Keenan put Ballyholland 2-1 up.
Mark Pentony levelled for 2-2 and it was game on.
Robbie White was the toast of Ballyholland as the teacher made it 3-2 Ballyholland but yet again it was all square when Nan's legend Mal Maguire continued his return to form for 3-3.
Pat McClenaghan hadn't won a league game in his last 6 attempts but he did bag a Vegas Cup win to put Nan's one win from the last 8. 4-3 Nan's.
This post Christmas cracker just had to go to the wire and the superb Niall McQuillan got his 2nf of the night to level at 4-4.
Andrew Chan would take on Ballyholland skipper Brendan Keenan for a place in the last 8. No pressure then!
Chan is on a 4 match (league) losing streak and had earlier lost his Pairs game.
Brendan Keenan had lost a pressure final frame against Ollie White when the Division 1 league leaders fell to Forester's A 5-3 in the final league game before the break. Keenan did win his Pairs match earlier in the night so he had reason to feel confident.
It was the grinder Keenan that produced the goods as he out-foxed the free potting Chan and it was Ballyholland that matched on to the last 8 as Nan's miserable season continued.

 
Whitecross got trounced when Hustlers  headed out to the Countryside in this very one sided contest.
Hustlers had the perfect start by taking all 3 Pairs matches. Ciaran and Billy O'Neill, Barry Murphy and Joey Magill then Kevin Magee and Shane McAllister had the Bellinis side cruising.
Alan Burke got Whitecross back into the tie when he took the opening Singles tie but Hustlers where in no mood to roll over.
Shane McAllister made it 4-1 and Ciaran O'Neill wrapped the match with little fuss 5-1.
Barry Murphy is having a very good season and the underrated Murph made it 6-1.
Billy O'Neill had the score 7-1 before man of the moment and the Hustlers Hall of Famer Kevin Magee finished the route 8-1.

 
While Trainor's weren't pushed to the limit they didn't get everything their own way against high flying St. Monnina A.
St. Monnina A are joint top of Division 1 but the arrived in Trainor's without their talisman, former overall individuals winner Stephen Teggart.
Trainor's got off to a super start taking a 2-0 lead in the Pairs but the Saints stunned Trainor's when Conor McQuiad and Paddy Hughes grinded out a win over natural potters Sean Murray and Eddie McCaughey to make it 2-1.
Paddy Tavey and Liam Bradley then Jimmy and Seamus McVerry had taken the 1st wins of the night. 
Captain fantastic Niall McVerry then Eddie McCaughey put Trainor's on the hill as they cruised to a 4-1 advantage.
If Trainor's thought it was going to be all plain sailing they were wrong. The wind was changing and Michael Teggart did Dee Kearney's Trainor's career no favours when he beat the aforementioned Kearney to make it 4-2.
Premier Division leaders Trainor's were getting twitchy when St. Monnina captain Conor McQuiad beat the out of sorts James O'Hagan and now it was 4-3. Game on.
Andrew Mackin is a good steady player but he was never going to trouble the rock solid Paddy Tavey. Tavey is up there with the best when he's on form and even his B game is too much for most. Tavey sealed Trainor's last 8 spot comfortably.
Paddy Hughes beat Seamus McVerry to finish the scoring at a tight looking 5-4.

 
Gary Gibney and Collie McCann beat Kieran McMahon and Terry McNally to give Millvale the lead against quadruple holders CWC A.
Millvale were in dreamland when Benny Hoey and the sparkling Ryan Diamond made it 2-0 when they outplayed Bernie Magee and Pat Brady.
Raymond McKenna and Harvey Lavelle eased the CWC pressure by taking last of the Pairs against Dean Fallon and Willie Hughes.
The singles games crushed Millvale as Kieran McMahon, Harvey Lavelle, Pat Brady and Raymond McKenna raced to the tape for 5-2.
Terry McNally and Bernie Magee made it 7-2.
Colly McCann, Gary Gibney, Benny Hoey, Dean Fallon, Willie Hughes and Martin McGoldrick did themselves proud in the singles but fell short. How Ryan Diamond didn't play in the singles is one of life's Little mysteries but that's neither here nor there.
 
Bosco battered McSwiggans 7-2 as they strolled into the last 8.
Caolan Murphy and Ryan Lennon have McSwiggans a surprise lead but it was 2-1 by the end of the Pairs to Bosco.
Eamon Hurley, Robbie Devlin, Ryan Devlin, Sean McCaul and Gary Wilson fired Bosco 7-1 up. McSwiggans got a consolation final frame of the night win from Gary Clarke.
 
Johnny Murphy's gave Orchard Bar a good game out in the Orchard.
Marty White and Darren O'Hanlon pulled a frame back for Murphy's when they trailed 2-0 in the Pairs.
Jamie Fletcher and Mervyn Kernaghan then made it 4-1 and the South Armagh side looked down and out.
Darren O'Hanlon and Kevin Crilly breathed new life into the contest to make it 4-3.
Liam Turley made sure it wouldn't go to a decider when he beat John Daly for 5-3.
Pat Quinn has been quite unbelievable this season but he won't be too worried that the so far unbeaten David Cromie extended his run to make it 6-3 Orchard.
 
Bears progressed 6-2 against Dan's Rebels despite going 1 down.
Raymond Flynn made in 1-0 to the hosting Dan's but then Bears kicked into gear.
Eugene McDermott, Ralph Crummy and Paul Murphy took the next 3 singles games after Bears led the Pairs 2-1.
That was enough for 5-1 and Bears were in the last 8.

 

POSTED By : NEWRY POOL LEAGUE
Post Date : Fri 04 Jan 2019 08:40 PM
CATEGORY : Local Sport

 

              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)

 

POSTED By : NEWRY POOL LEAGUE
Post Date : Tue 25 Dec 2018 09:49 PM
CATEGORY : Blog

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

POSTED By : NEWRY POOL LEAGUE
Post Date : Fri 21 Dec 2018 09:10 PM
CATEGORY : Blog

 

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. 

 

POSTED By : NEWRY POOL LEAGUE
Post Date : Mon 17 Dec 2018 07:54 PM
CATEGORY : Blog

 

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.

CWC A trailed league leaders Trainor's A by 3 points going into this crucial encounter. The current Champions have looked vulnerable this season, while the pretenders to the crown look irresistible.
Last week CWC needed to win the final 3 frames to scrape over the line 5-3 against the Bears that beat them earlier in the season.  Trainor's had no such drama when they hammered Orchard Bar 8-0 in their last outing. 
This game was set up beautifully. A win for Trainor's would put them 5 clear and one hand on their 1st ever top flight trophy. A win for CWC would smash the title race wide open.
Seamus McGeoghegan got the nod to lead the line for CWC in a massive shake up in formation from captain Pat Brady. McGeoghegan is having a poor season and while his Trainor's opponent Eddie McCaughey has missed large parts of the season, his potential is clear. He is a deadly potter it wasn't a huge surprise McCaughey took the opener for his 4th league win. It's one Brady most likely decided to take on the chin and move on from a 0-1 deficit.
Well if the bear was sleeping Trainor's well and truly poked it.
Trainor's captain Niall McVerry looked set to fire his South Armagh side 2-0 up but he inexplicably missed a routine black after potting 7 reds. It was the whack that woke the bear as the slick Paddy Clarke cleared sensationally to level the match. Clarke just oozes class and with the table at his mercy he has no equal in the Newry And District Pool League. Clarke notched his 8th win from 10 played. 
Kieran McMahon was given a scare by former team mate Paddy Tavey but the CWC machine marched on for 2-1 and Trainor's looked shell shock as cracks in their title bid began to appear. McMahon now has 9 wins from 11.
Super potter Seamus Murray lost to the blogs biggest  No1 fan Terry McNally for 3-1.
The legendry Harvey Lavelle former individuals champion James O'Hagan was the deal breaker. Trainor's needed a win from one of their star players to stem the tide. Lavelle was absolutley brilliant taking out a stunning finish as O'Hagan crumbled and it was 4-1. Lavelle improved his personal tally to 7 from 9. It was O'Hagan's 4th defeat in 5 games and surely questions will be asked about Captain Niall McVerry's selection process. 
Pat Brady has masterminded success in the local pool scene which cannot be equalled. He's dominated Newry pool for nearly two decades. He's mopped up everything there was on offer in South Armagh pool and he's now collecting trophies regularly in the Dundalk league. If you were getting paid to polish Pat Brady's trophies you would certainly earn your money. His Trainor's opponent Jimmy McVerry was always a shot away from a catastrophe and when he potted the white 'Big Pat' cruised to the winning post for 5-1. Brady has won his last 7 in a row and has 9 from 11.
Niall McVerry took a massive gamble playing two of his best players as his last two on the card. If he or Paddy Tavey had won then it might have been a masterstroke but the fact remains it didn't work and two of his reliable foot soldiers were only introduced when the war was over. Raymond McKenna was still too good in the dead rubber game with former individual winner McVerry.
6-1 down and Liam Bradley gets the nod. He's been in superb form this season. With only 1 defeat and 6 victories Bradley was hot favourite. Bernie Magee has been pretty awful and I'm sure he'll be the 1st to admit that himself. Losing 3 of his last 4 and losing 5 before Thursday night is not great for winning trophies. Bradley finally ended the rot and got another frame on the board for Trainors.
It was too little, too late for Trainors. CWC had shown their class and ripped Trainor's apart winning 6 frames on the spin.
Can Trainor's recover from this hammer blow? There is the massive 'elephant in the room' about Niall McVerry's team selections. There's more than Dee Kearney unhappy with the way the team is being picked. Can McVerry hold his team together? Maybe the Christmas break has at the perfect time. They can reflect on a good 1st half of the season and come back refreshed and ready to challenge for the title.
CWC A are still a point behind Trainor's but what a result that was for the City side. They will be one team itching to get back on the baize after the festive break.
What a 2019 we have to look forward to! 
 
Bears remain the only team to beat last seasons quadruple winners CWC A but have struggled for wins ever since. Orchard Bar travelled into Town fully expecting to export 2 points back out the Rathfriland Road and make sure of their 3rd place in the league. 
They got the shock of their lives when they got slapped from pillar to post by a Bears side that at long last showed their bite in the Premier Division again.
Neil Heaney and Diamuird Lonergan struck to put Bears 2-0 up. They very impressive Jamie Fletcher and sharp shooter Gerard Bagnall losing out for Orchard. It was an inexperienced front two for Orchard but their steady heads were soon to visit the table.
Darren Devlin has been there and done it and he pulled it back to 2-1 when he beat Garry Powell for his 5th win in 7 games. 
Tony McGovern has been in amazing form this season since ditching the hanger on McGuinness with 8 wins. But he met Eugene McDermott in inspirational mood and it was the Bears old head that won to make it 3-1.
Seamus Keenan and Liam Turley could hardly differ in styles. The 'Snail' Keenan is a master at slowing the game down and grinding opponents to a pulp. Turley is a fire cracker whizzing in shots from everywhere and anywhere. He is exciting to watch but exciting doesn't always get the job done and it was Keenan that made it 4-1 Bears. It was only Turley's 8th defeat in 9 games so it could be worse! 
Orchard were down and soon to be out. Ralph Crummy is one of the most likeable players on the local pool circuit but he's ruthless on the baize when he's on form. Brendan Devlin is a fine player in his own right but it just wasn't their night as Crummy took the points for 5-1.
Eddie Heaney took his foot off the gas and let David Cromie put some respectability on the scoreline for 5-2. Incredibly Cromie has won all 6 league games he's played. 
Adrian Holman probably was thinking he would be tucked up in his bed in about 20mins time when Mervyn Kernaghan pipped him to finish the scoring 5-3 Bears. Kernaghan has won 3 of his last 4 and back to form after a dreadful start to the season for him. 
 
Hustlers took the final two frames of the night to salvage a hard earned draw against McGuigan's Bar.
Billy O'Neill and Kevin Magee had the home side Hustlers 2-0 up before McGuigan's hit 4 on the spin.
The superb Martin Conroy, John Hogan, Pat Byrne and Damien Flanagan enjoyed success and McGuigan's looked favourite for the points at 4-2.
Ray Magee pulled it back to 4-3 and Barry Murphy would play Paul McAreavey for the points. 
Both are good solid players with similar styles. Both decent potters when on form but lack of practice leaves both players prone to silly mistakes. Murphy is enjoying the better season and got another pressure frame winner on Thursday night for an exciting draw. 
The result does little to ease either sides relegation fears but it's all to play for when we return in the new year. 
 
Talking of relegation Nan's Rams will be wondering how they are still only on 2 points for their half-season's work. They have some real quality players and if they get a bit of luck in the new year they can close the gap at the bottom. 
Another 5-3 defeat this time against Whitecross means they are the only side yet to pick up a league victory in all 3 Divisions.
Michael Feenan picked up his 9th win from 11 games and captain Shane Phelan chipped in with his 8th to put Whitecross 2 nil up.
Stephen Sherry made it 2-1 before the reliable Alan Burke put 2 between the sides for the 2nd time at 3-1.
Mickey O'Hanlon picked up his 1st win in 5 attempts to double his tally for the season and it was 4-1.
Leigh McAlinden is having a tough season but his 2nd win in his last 2 games could be a turning point for him and it was 4-2.
Whitecross could have been getting nervous but there's no player Whitecross would rather have playing for their points than Cathal Phelan. He's suffering his worst season since he lifted a cue but his 4th win of the season sealed the points for 5-2.
Mal Maguire has been having a nightmare season but his win at the end made it 5-3 and gives him hope going into the new year.

 

POSTED By : NEWRY POOL LEAGUE
Post Date : Mon 10 Dec 2018 07:15 PM
CATEGORY : Blog

 

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.

 

POSTED By : NEWRY POOL LEAGUE
Post Date : Sun 02 Dec 2018 09:19 PM
CATEGORY : Blog

 

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.

 

POSTED By : NEWRY POOL LEAGUE
Post Date : Sun 02 Dec 2018 02:58 PM
CATEGORY : Local Sport

 

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)