Newry Pool League
Cunningham Cup Draw Last 16
Date To be arranged
1. Foresters B v Glen Social Club
2. Whitecross v Nifty Fifitys
3. St Monnina A v McGuigans
4. Ballyholland v Port Bar
5. No 7 v Cwc A
6. Tj,s C v Trainors A
7. Hustlers v St Monnina B
Newry Pool league Blog
That's the 1st round of fixtures complete for the Premier Division teams. After 7 games only Trainor's have yet to taste defeat and only Nan's Rams have yet to have that sweet taste of victory. In fact Trainor's are the only team in all 3 Divisions yet to be beaten and Nans are the only team in all 3 Divisions yet to win. Needless to say the two teams clashed Thursday night but with Nan's struggling for form and Trainor's on cloud 9 there was only going to be one winner here.
Paddy Tavey, Noel Bradley, Niall McVerry (cptn), Sean Murray and Seamus McVerry secured the 5 frames needed to wrap up both points.
Dee Kearney won his 1st league game since the opening league fixture to round off a comfortable 6-2 victory.
Andrew Chan had beaten James O'Hagan to make it 3-1. Rony O'Reilly had a win over Cathal McCoy but it was only putting a better look on the scoreline. Trainor's where home a dried at that stage.
CWC A destroyed McGuigan's 7-1 while Hustlers had a good win over the slipping Bears. The points were secured at 5-2 and the game ended 6-2.
Whitecross let a 4-2 lead slip when they drew 4-4 with Orchard Bar in South Armagh. Michael Feenan gave captain Shane Phelan food for thought when he lost whilst playing in his new promoted role. Maybe handier games would suit Feenan and less pressure in the future.
There was a fascinating top of the table clash in Division 1.
Windmill were riding high and after years of getting tipped for big things they've finally put themselves in a positive position.
Bar 7 in Warrenpoint started the session slowly but have skipped up the table quietly going about their business. Most of their players are former Boyds cueists with very little to cheer about since they slid out of top tier pool.
Kris Fletcher is running Bar 7 on Duke Street and he's trying to get his pool team on the map. It was Fletcher that got the ball rolling with a win over the talented David Heartley.
Sharp potting Conor Heaney levelled the scores with a controlled display against Marty Bolton.
Richard Fletcher and Kevin Lennon edged Bar 7 into a 3-1 lead. Fletcher beating Brendan McVerry and Fletcher having a notable victory over super accurate Aaron O'Callaghan.
Conor Cunningham is another exciting Potter and he pulled it back to 3-2 when he beat JP Lennon.
Bar 7 took control of the match when Bar 7 captain Jeremy O'Brien beat David Loughran for 4-2.
Shane Cunningham wasted no time wrapping up the 2 points with a fine display against Brian McGeough.
Sub Christopher Marley won the final frame for Windmill against Chris O'Hare to finish the scoring 5-3 to Bar 7.
The win puts Bar 7 joint top on 8 points with Windmill but Bar 7 have a game in hand.
Trainors B moved up to 7 points along with St. Monnina A, Ballyholland and Foresters A.
Johnny Murphy's hosted Trainor's B and a win for Murphy's would have put them joint top in an extremely open Division 1.
Tommy Mooney was never going to be troubled by Gavin Harte and so Trainor's had the early advantage.
Anthony Reynolds is a former snooker player and a very strong pool player. He beat Declan Finnegan to tie the scores after 2.
Luke Phelan and Aaron Ruddy fired Trainor's B 3-1 up with wins over the talented Darren O'Hanlon and the steady Martin White.
The superb Martin Daly who was astonishingly good last season pulled it back to 3-2 by beating Brendan McNally.
Davey Doran made it 4-2 before the steady Charlie Docherty took the winning high fives to make it 5-2.
Kevin Crilly and Clive Whelan brushed aside for Murphy's.
Pat Quinn pulled back a consolation frame for Murphy's when he beat Paddy McKeown.
Final score 5-3 to Trainor's B.
Ballyholland travelled from the wilderness out to even more wilderness when they took on title rivals St. Monnina.
Ballyholland had drew 3 games and only won a single match prior to this one. They hit form on the night to blitz St. Monnina on their way to a 5-1 victory before the Saints took the final to frames of the night.
Niall McQuillan is Ballyholland's main man this season and he put the visitors 1 up when he beat Declan Brady.
The experienced St Monnina replied through Michael Teggart's win over Colm Shields.
That's as good as it got for St. Monnina. One after the other they fell like a deck of cards in a Ballyholland storm.
Gerard McAvoy, Brendan Keenan and Giby Vettiankal all played a massive part in the Ballyholland side that won promotion to the Premier Division two years ago and know the route to the promised land. They fired the Harps into a 4-1 lead.
Stephen Cunningham and Andrew Mackin posed no threat to Ballyholland and while Tom McGuinness is a solid player it was his loss that left St. Monnina with only a point to play for.
Paddy McCann was the Saints player tasked with preventing the points heading back through the City. Former Ballyholland captain Jim McMahon loves a good tactical battle and his battle hardened style was enough to thwart McCann's attacking instincts and it was 5-1 to Ballyholland.
Conor McQuiad and Brian Harte took the bad look off it for the South Armagh lads. Kevin McGovern and Manny Kelly won't lose too much sleep over their defeats.
It's disappointing loss for St. Monnina especially being on their home table but looks like any one can beat any one in this Division and it looks like this could well be the biggest promotion scrap in years.
Could ALL teams please put FULL names on their result cards.
Also don't be afraid to put some info on a frame like 8 ball finish or Re-spot black etc and we'll give it a mention! Would all teams please note that it is 2 shots to an opponent if a foul is committed from the break.
And also please note that you are not disqualified if you miss cue or fail to hit a ball it is simply 2 shots. For any player to be disqualified they would have had to have played a blatant deliberate shot (ie) deliberately potting your opponents ball
Newry Pool League Blog Week 5
Trainor's maintained their 2 point lead at the top of the Premier Division after a real hard slog of a match up in the Windmill against the Mighty Bears.
Ralph Crummy fresh from some cracking pool against the Welsh Potting Machine and World Champion Ben Davies was still in hot form as he shocked the league leaders. He played some quality pool to beat the inform James O'Hagan and put Bears 1 up.
Neil Heaney has had a rotten start to the season and that continued on Thursday. Team mate Eugene McDermott hasn't set the world alight either and their two defeats left the home side Training 2-1. Paddy Tavey returning to winning ways and Jimmy McVerry picking up his maiden victory of the season for Trainors.
Garry Powell put the pressure on Trainor's when he beat Armagh team player Seamus McVerry for 2-2.
The rejuvenated Niall McVerry put Trainor's in front with a win over fellow captain Paul Murphy. 3-2.
It was a battle of the two Seamus' with Graham and Keenan going into battle. Graham is a bit more attacking but it was the resolute Keenan that tied the match at 3-3.
Cathal McCoy is another player that returned to winning ways for Trainor's when he defeated the tricky Diamuird Lonergan to put the visitors on the brink of another 2 points.
What Liam Bradley lacks in skill he makes up for in bottle. He is used to playing in pressure games in the darts league and will rarely let his side down when called upon. Adrian Holman is no easy touch but it was Bradley that smashed home the winning black for a really hard fought 2 points.
A win for Micky Cunningham and victory for CWC A saw him end his win drought and secure the current champions their 1st double points in 3 games.
Kieran McMahon got the ball rolling with his 5th league win in 5 games. He is the only CWC player with 100% winning record. Nigel Malcomson making his 1st appearance in the league unable to stop the 'Machine' from bagging another win.
Tony McGovern has been the relevation of the season so far. He took his tally to 5 wins from 5 games when he defeated the out of sorts Bernie Magee. That tied the match 1-1.
Jamie Fletcher made it 2-1 to the Orchard Bar when he beat the talented Eoghan Magee.
The match was all square for the 2nd time when Singles Champion Paddy Clarke beat a Mervyn Kernaghan that is really struggling for form this season.
Harvey Lavelle returned to the team with a good win then Pat Brady ended an amazing run of 2 defeats in a row to make it 4-2 CWC A.
When Seamus McGeoghegan lost the gap was narrowed to 4-3.
It was all down to Micky Cunningham and Lee Irvine to sort of the feat of the 2 points. Neither player had ripped up any trees and both teams had good reason to be extremely nervous of their anchorman. It was the Pool Leagues Secretary that took home the bacon for the quadruple winners and keep them in touch of leaders Trainor's.
Whitecross won the last 3 frames to join beaten opponent's McGuigan's in 3rd place.
Gerard McGuigan shocked the home side for a 1-0 lead to McGuigan's.
Michael Feenan has moved up a level this season at long last. It's early in the season but 4 wins from 5 league games is impressive.
Conor O'Hare traded frames with Whitecross Captain Shane Phelan and the scores were level at 2-2.
Nicky Langton won the frame that put McGuigan's on the brink of at least a point.
Gavin Malone picked up a rare win then Mickey O'Hanlon picked just his 1st win and now Whitecross had the advantage going into the 8th frame.
Joseph McTaggart and Paul McAreavey would contest the pressure pot final frame. 'Jokie' had the last laugh to send the bog men catapulted up to a lofty joint 3rd in the league.
Ciaran O'Neill, James Cunane, Shane McAllister, Denver Jenkins, Barry Murphy and Kevin Magee fired in the winning frames for Hustlers against Nan's Rams. The Rams look in Big trouble at this early stage of the season.
Pat McClenaghan and Micky Lennon had given Nan's a 2-1 lead but players like Rony O'Reilly, Leigh McAlinden and the brilliant Mal Maguire need to find their form again very soon before they're cut adrift at the bottom of the Premier Division.
Incredibly nobody inside the top 6 won their games in Division 1 of the Newry Pool League. Even more amazingly - the top 2 lost their unbeaten records. In fact No. 7 Duke Street were in 8th place at the start of play and were the highest ranked side to pick up a win.
Something very spooky was going on when both teams Joint top played two teams joint bottom.
Read the next blog to see what happened.
In Division 2 Nifty Fifty are setting the pace. Another 5-3 win gave them a 2 point cushion at the top.
Q Club are struggling at the basement and Nifty Fifty cruised to the finishing line despite a nervous start when it was 2-2 at the half way stage.
Millvale dropped a point to lose more ground on leaders Nifty Fifty. Millvale needed a last gasp Michael McGoldrick win over Raymond Flynn to nick a draw in Dan's Rebels. Dan's Rebels will be dissapointed too as a win would have seen them go joint 2nd with Millvale.
Would All Teams please be reminded that the team name goes on the top of the result card and all players names written in full on result card Thanks
Trainor's showed quadruple winners CWC A that they might just have a rival this season. Last season CWC swept all before them but Trainor's look like they could give the champions something to think about.
Harvey Lavelle and Paddy Clarke returned for CWC in an ominously strong looking CWC side. Trainor's had Singles winners James O'Hagan and Seamus McVerry in their line up along with quadruple winner Paddy Tavey.
Liam Bradley knew what he was up against when he was named 1st on the Trainors team sheet. None other than Kieran 'The Machine' McMahon. Bradley didn't get a sniff as McMahon took his personal league tally to played 4, won 4 and 1-0 CWC A.
Dee Kearney went into this game on the back of two defeats and through to form made it 3 looses in a row but he was favourite against relative newcomer Eoghan Magee. Young Eoghan doesn't try to bore players to sleep like his Dad. He likes to pot balls. He potted more than Dee Kearney did to put CWC A 2-0 up.
There were some good match-ups on the scorecard and Paddy Tavey taking on a team mate of last season and CWC legend Harvey Lavelle was one to look forward to. As much as Tavey is a superb player the ultra experienced Lavelle is still a cut or two above the rest and it was 3-0 to CWC as they slipped into cruise control.
Niall McVerry is in determined mood this season. His potting has rarely been doubted but his temperament has. He's flourishing in this captain role and he demolished the hapless Bernie Magee to reduce the score to 3-1.
Seamus McVerry had the best win of the night make the score 3-2. Pat Brady lost only one single league game and just like a baldy tyre he's got two from his opening four games. McVerry played some solid pool and now the match was all to play for.
Two former individuals winners clashed in the 6th frame of the night. James O'Hagan v the brilliant Paddy Clarke. This was a high quality game with some terrific pool but it was O'Hagan that shocked the current singles champ to tie the scores 3-3.
Cathal McCoy returned this week only to find Raymie McKenna in hot form and a big brush from Raymie gave CWC a 4-3 lead in Trainor's.
It was the battle of two Seamus' in the final frame. Graham for Trainor's and the ultimate anchor man McGeoghegan for CWC A. McGeoghegan has been responsible for so many trophies for his teams its incredible. He has been an unsung hero his whole pool career but after that big build up it was Graham that edged a nervy final frame for a share of the spoils.
It may only be the start of the season but Niall McVerry will be absolutely delighted with that result. It was him telling CWC A you have opposition this season. No more free rides to the the title.
It could well be a false dawn but Trainor's are top of the league and the quadruple winners were unable to knock them off their perch - This Time!
Whitecross picked up their 1st win of the league at the 4th time of asking.
Whitecross led 3-1 and as per usual looked like they would throw away another healthy lead. It's become a bit of a regular occurance for the South Armagh side to collapse after a good start. Shane Phelan picks his strongest players early leaving a weak backline so only time will tell if this strategy will bring results.
Cathal Phelan has lost 3 out of his 1st 4 games after another defeat Thursday night. Mark Pentony is a quality player and he gave Nan's the lead out in the Sticks.
Michael Feenan, Barry Shields and Shane Phelan fired Whitecross into a 3-1 advantage with some luck and a slice of good pool.
Pat McClenaghan, Stephen Sherry and Mal McGuire suffering away day defeats.
Leigh McAlinden pulled it back to 3-2 when he defeated an out of sorts Alan Burke.
Whitecross retained their two frame advantage when Gareth McCann took out a clever finish against Mark Maguire.
Gavin Malone was unable to bag both points when Jimmy O'Hare inflicted a 3rd league defeat on the former Whitecross captain. 4-3.
It was left to Brian O'Neill to pick up not only a rare win for himself but also a rare win for Whitecross. He was taking on an inform Rony O'Reilly who had 3 wins from 3 games. O'Neill held his nerve to bag Whitecross their 1st brace of points. Both teams will need to improve or they will have a tough season at the base of the table.
Hustlers are still without a league win but they will be delighted to have clawed back a 4-1 deficit to steal a draw in their City Derby match with McGuigan's Bar.
Gerard McGuigan and the much travelled Connor O'Hare put McGuigan's 2-0 up in McGuigan's Bar.
Barry Murphy pulled a frame back before Martin Conroy and Damien 'Bud' Flanagan put McGuigan's in a very commanding 4-1 lead.
Ray Magee and the superb Ciaran O'Neill pulled it back to 4-3. It was non other than the legendry Kevin Magee that salvaged an unlikely draw and the Hustlers 2nd point of the season. McGuigan's throwing that game away denied them outright 2nd place in the league. They now share it with CWC A.
McGovern, Bagnall, Irvine, Devlin and Fletcher brought Bears back down to earth with a massive bump. Fresh from beating CWC Bears got a reality check when the lost the match 5-0 in Orchard Bar.
All hail The Mighty Bears. On Thursday night Bears travelled to the Working Men's Club. The home of the magnificent, all conquering CWC A. The current quadruple trophy holders wracked up an accumulative score of 18-6 last season against Bears.
Bears went on to get relegated while CWC polished off all 4 of the top trophies on offer.
The team news prior to the match on Thursday was not great for CWC. Harvey Lavelle and Singles Champion Paddy Clarke would be absent.
Bears have been boosted by summer signings Eugene McDermott and Diamuird Lonergan.
6 of Bears' starting line-up where regulars in last seasons relegated squad while only 4 of CWC's stars played in last seasons quadruple winning side although they had multiple league winner Raymie McKenna on the team sheet. Could Mickey Cunningham, Eugene Magee and Art Ruddy step up to the plate as CWC's new signings?
Kieran McMahon got down to work straight away with some exquisite pool. Neil Heaney never had the armoury to trouble the 'Machine' McMahon.
CWC thought it was business as usual when Bernie Magee beat Ralph Crummy for 2-0.
Young Eoghan Magee is a nice potter but you need more than potting ability to beat super experienced ex-snooker player Eugene McDermott. The latter was too good and it was 2-1.
Raymond McKenna was hot favourite against Seamus Keenan but the 'snail' always beats the Hare apparently and at the half-way stage it was all square at 2-2.
Art Ruddy didn't fill Paul Murphy with fear after a nervous start and Murphy did the needful for Bears who edged in front 3-2.
Incredibly CWC A captain Pat Brady went to the penultimate league game of the season before he finally tasted defeat. It was Niall McQuillan that ended Brady's dream of going a whole season with a 100% winning record with only one more match to play. Surely only 3 games in he wouldn't taste defeat. But yes he did and it was Diamuird Lonergan who wasnt to inspired after loosing the lag twice and was put into bat first and bat he did wallop into the bottom left pocket to put Bears 4-2 up.
It was up to new signing and Pool League Secretary Micky Cunningham to try and at least take the match into a decider. Garry Powell is no soft touch. He fairly mixed season last time out but he's a great potter and a dangerous opponent. Cunningham was on for the perfect finish until he missed an easy pot on a straight black and when Powell got a lucky snooker it was curtains for CWC A. Powell sealed a famous win and the 2 points and to rub salt in the wounds Adrian Holman made it 6-2 with a win over Seamus McGeoghegan.
It's not the end for CWC A but when their big names are missing their squad looks very vulnerable.
Well done Bears who won't be the pushover many teams faced last season.
Trainors Bar look like they could the main challengers to CWC A. They beat 7 man Hustlers in a re-fixture midweek and after a hard fought win over Orchard on Thursday they are now the only Premier Division side with 100% record.
They got off to a flyer in Camlough with James O'Hagan and Niall McVerry taking the opening 2 frames of the evening.
Gerard Bagnall playing his 1st ever Premier Division game beat Dee Kearney. Kearney is having a little wobble as his form has dipped and now faces the axe.
Tony McGovern levelled the scores at 2-2 when he beat Seamus Graham. McGovern has now won all 3 of his league games so far.
Paddy Tavey then David Cromie exchanged frames to go into the last two frames level at 3 apiece.
Seamus McVerry and finally Liam Bradley scraped Trainor's over the winning line for the two points that fired the Camlough side top of the league.
McGuigan's got their 1st league win of the season with a very comfortable victory over fellow newly promoted Nan's Rams.
Gerard McGuigan, Martin Conroy, Pat Byrne, Paul McAreavey and Mike McArdle gave McGuigan's an unassailable 5-1 lead. Pat McClenghan had levelled the match 1-1 before the visitors kicked into gear.
Luckily For Nan's McGuigan's took their foot off the gas which let Jimmy O'Hare and the superb Rony O'Reilly take the last 2 frames of the night. O' Reilly has won all 3 of his games so far and one of the few with 100% win record.
Cathal Phelan, Michael Feenan and Shane Phelan had Whitecross 3-1 up against Hustlers before the wheels came off. Barry Murphy had levelled before long time team mate Shane McAllister started the come back at 3-2.
Ciaran O'Neill tied the match with 2 frames left on the card.
Whitecross legend Mickey O'Hanlon became one of the few players to have played all 3 league games and lose them all. It was another pool legend Kevin Magee that beat him to make it 4-3 to Hustlers.
Hustlers had no 8th man and so Gavin Malone picked up his 1st league win of the season to salvage a draw for Whitecross.
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CWC A romped home out in the homeland of the HillBillies Whitecross. The Working Men's Club welcomed back Raymond McKenna to the party. McKenna defected from the smallest Pool League in the Country to the biggest Pool League in the Country. It was a no brainer for McKenna and he got straight down to work to bring all 4 trophies back to CWC for the 2nd year in a row.
It was no surprise to see McKenna back in competitive pool again but it was a surprise was to see League Secretary Micky Cunningham joining the quadruple winners. Playing with Hustlers it looked like he was happy being a mid-table player but it looks now like he is hungry for more trophies. Only the future will tell us whether he will be a help CWC to there 3rd Title in a row or a hindrance but he will certainly have plenty to say even if it's not on the baize.
Shane Phelan on his home table was taking on the now familiar Paddy Clarke in the nights opening frame. Phelan had his chances against Clarke in last seasons Cunningham Cup final but not this time. Clarke hit destroy mode and blasted Phelan off the table.
Cathal Phelan had a chance against former team mate Raymie McKenna after the latter snookered himself on the black when on an 8 ball clearance. Phelan couldn't tie the returning McKenna up and it was 2-0.
Gareth Mc Cann could offer little resistance and Kieran McMahon made it 3-0 to the league champions.
When CWC legend Harvey Lavelle knocked his yellow off the table he gifted the frame to Michael Feenan. The Whitecross Tornado or Tomato to some of his fans had a few drop in's to bring the score back to 3-1.
Alan Burke was playing the ring rusty Micky Cunningham in 5th frame of the night. Burke used all his negative tactics to thwart Cunningham and Whitecross were now back in the match at 3-2.
Incredibly Whitecross missed a glorious chance to level. Mickey O'Hanlon was on for the 1st break finish of his illustrious career but for some reason turned down a sitter of a black and opted for a safety shot. Needless to say Pat Brady thought it was Christmas come early and he severely punished the reluctant O'Hanlon to make it 4-2.
A loose shot from Gavin Malone was enough to give Bernie 2 shots and the frame that sealed both points. Magee was calm and assured as he mopped up for 5-3.
Seamus McGeoghegan destroyed Whitecross debutant John O'Hanlon for a comprehensive 6-2 win for CWC A.
Nan's Rams last seasons Division 1 winners and also Runners up McGuigan's Bar both got draws for the 2nd week in a row.
Nan's had the tricky task of Orchard bar to negotiate. The City side got off to a flying start taking a 2-0 lead.
Mark Pentony and the superb Pat McClenaghan seeing of the out of sorts Mervyn Kernaghan and Lee Irvine.
Jamie Fletcher and the excellent Brendy Devlin pulled the match level at the halfway point. Stephen Sherry and Mal Maguire losing out.
Tony McGovern had a disappointing season last time out but he played some good pots when he defeated Leigh McAlinden to give Orchard the lead for the 1st time in the match. It was McGovern's 2nd league win in a row and he could well be a big player for Orchard this season.
Micky Lennon drew the sides level when he beat newcomer Liam Turley for 3-3.
PJ McDanial is a tough nut to crack and this time it was the ultra attacking Andrew Chan who found out. 4-3 to Orchard.
Noel Brown was a brilliant signing for Orchard last season but he tastes his 1st league defeat of the season against the reliable Rony O'Reilly to salvage a well earned draw in the Orchard.
Bears who got relegated last season only managed a reprieve at the very last minute to hang on to their elite status. They'll be fairly happy to have picked 2 draws from their opening 2 league games.
Just like Nan's newly promoted McGuigan's raced into a 2-0 lead. The experienced Gerald McGuigan and smart potting Martin Conroy doing the damage for the Monaghan Street side. Eugene McDermot and Garry Powell the two Bears players that will need to up their game drastically.
Seamus 'The Snail' Keenan and Paul Murphy levelled for Bears after good wins over Dusty O'Hagan and Damian Flanaghan for 2-2.
Eddie Heaney couldn't make it 2 wins from 2 games when he fell to the cue of super quick and now super accurate Pat Byrne. Byrne has been welcomed back to our league after leaving the minnow league for greener pastures. It was now 3-2 McGuigan's but not for long.
Anthony Morgan tied things up with 2 frames to go with some terrific shooting against John Hogan.
Adrian 'Oz' Holman put Bears on the cusp of their 1st league win of the season when he out potted Mike McArdle.
But it just wasn't to be for the home side Bears. The fairly reliable Paddy Heaney was out fought by the tactically astute Paul McAreavey.
This was a cracking match and nobody can doubt a draw was the fair result.