Newry Pool League Blog 10/11/2019
The Newry Pool blogger is back and we're back with vengeance. This blogger hasn't gone away you know and after keeping a close eye on first few weeks of the Newry Pool League it's time to air our feelings.
They do say it's not good to keep things that irritate you bottled up inside and that you should let it all flow out.
Last season Trainor's bar and of course their captain Niall McVerry gave some serious entertainment but he's now with Dan's and with a very average team we are not going to get much value from these guys for a long time.
There's been massive changes to the pool league. For the benifit of our casual fans and overseas readers we'll give a very brief summary. The mini breakaway Blackball pool league lasted two seasons and they are now safely back with the big boys of pool. Having one league is just common sense, that is one thing we all agreed on.
Newry Pool League is now playing the official Blackball rules. There is no two shots carry but there is a skillshot rule were you can pot your opponents ball so long as you hit your own ball first, and pot your own ball. This rule extends to the black. The new rules will suit good potter's that like to play attacking pool.
Pat Brady is the new Chairman while the Secretary is Aidan Griffin. The new money man is none other than John Magee. Apparently the Treasurer Magee is still waiting on the Bank book and can't get access to the treasure chest. Nobody has spotted Aidan Griffin yet and we are seeking clarification on what his job actually is. Rumour has it he's had as much input as your local MLA's have in Stormont lately. Big Pat is pulling the strings and he's probably feeling a bit like Arlene Foster sitting with the feet up warming the toes on a wood chip burner munching on a tasty packet of cheese and onion crisps.
The first big decision the new committee had to make was whether to let Declan Brennan play in the pool league. The committee weren't too keen on him playing. Anyone unfamiliar with Declan Brennan will be pleased to know that the Mayobridge snooker sensation has been ripping it up with the big boys of pool across the pond in England. The local boy has been making waves on the pool money match scene and has beaten some of the top pro's in massive tournaments over there.
So the long and short of it is Declan Brennan would be incredibly hard to beat In the individuals there wouldn't be many would back against him. On their day players like Paddy Clarke and Manny Byrne can beat anyone but they would need to play unreal and get the rub of the green to topple Brennan in a race to 5.
CWC seem to have got him signed up but as of yet he hasn't played for CWC. If you do get the chance to see this lad play pool then take it because he just doesn't know how to miss.
CWC A and Different Strokes look like the main protagonist's for the new look Premier Division. Both teams have a familiar TJ's v Corrinshego look about. These players lock horns yet again just in new pubs.
CWC A have 3 time individual's winner Declan McMahon. McMahon also won the mini breakaway league individuals last year. The hugely talented laurence McAlinden and Jack Courtney are potting well we here and are delighted that the brady & Lavelle show is over as the big boys are back in town. Some how Liam Bradley sneaked into that team after being dumped in dramatic fashion by Dan's Bar. Martin McClellend complets a strong squad for CWC.
Pat Brady captain's Different Strokes and his side kick Harvey Lavelle along with Back to Back individuals winner Paddy Clarke won't be far off the pace as usual. Raymond McKenna and Paddy Tavey are reliable and Eddie McCaughey should slot in with Bernie Magee.
These sides have actually already clashed very early in the league and it's 1st Blood CWC A after they slaughtered Different Strokes 9-3. Harvey Lavelle and Raymie McKenna lost both their games while Pat Brady and Paddy Clarke only won 1 out of their 2 frames.
Jack Courtney, Larry McAlinden, and Decky McMahon all won both of their frames for CWC A.
It's no wonder Pat Brady didn't want Declan Brennan signing TJ's although they got off to a slow start have a squad to compete for trophies. Manny and Tristan Byrne are the star players. Gavin Magee and Stevie Noade’s have won trophies galore throughout their career and are fit to beat anyone on their day. Another former multiple individuals champion Paul 'Bunty' O'Callaghan along with Conor 'Jumper' McCooey make TJ's A a formidable side. Sean McDonald and Anthony Morgan will hope to make a positive impact too.
McGuigan's are taking charge in Division 1 with a 100% record. They're team is made up of Premier Division veterans but most of them played in the relegated McGuigan's side. Gerard McGuigan, Paul McAreavey, Nicky Langton, Pat Byrne, Damien Flanagan and Martin Conroy have vast experience and are looking strong in Division 1.
Bears are up into 2nd place but it's Hustlers that have the strongest looking squad. Cathal McCoy, Micky Cunningham Kevin Magee, Ciaran O'Neill and Billy O'Neill are the usual suspects for Hustlers but the controversial signings of former Trainor's A players Seamus Graham and and Sean Murray add Premier Division quality to an already strong side.
Trainor's Bar and CWC B are joint leaders of Division 2 and Indo are looking strong as they and Glenn lead the way in Division 3.
Thanks For Reading Lads And Remember Its Only A Game Of Pool .