That's the pool over for another season and what a season it was. CWC A wrapped up the quadruple on Friday night after a great battle with Whitecross. They picked up the Cunningham Cup which completed the quartet of top tier trophies available and back to back league champions.
That was followed by the presentation of all the trophies and there was a fantastic turnout great night was had by all. Division 2 Cup winners McSwiggan's Bar lifted the roof and definitely won the singing competition. Nan's Rams and Cavern Bar have no shortage of singers as the happy players sang and danced the night away with CWC A & B Hustlers Nifity Fifitys not to mention the serious posing going on. The paparazzi were out in force and the players loved it. We had a ball and even better to come next season .
We haven't forgotten our Bloggers awards either. As much as players and teams love a nice shiney trophy on the mantlepiece it's the prestigeous bloggers awards that everyone is talking about.
Young Player Of The Year
Jamie Fletcher (Boyds)
Gerard Bagnall (Glenn Social Club)
Most Improved Player Of The Year
Paddy Tavey (CWC A)
Ciaran O'Neill (Hustlers)
Niall Connolly (Dan's)
Mal Maguire (Nan's Rams)
Team of the year
Player Of The Year
Paddy Clarke (CWC A)
Pat Brady (CWC A)
Shane Phelan (Whitecross)
Robbie Loughran (Nifty Fifty)
Surprise Package of the Year was a tough one to get us started. Hustlers did well getting runner up in the league and runner up in the Divisional Cup but wasn't enough to win 1st prize.
St. Moninna did fantastic getting to the Division 1 Cup final and Cavern had memorable season sealing promotion out of Division 2 but it was enough to win our surprise package of the Year award.
Congratulations Nifty Fifty on being our Surprise Package of the Year WINNER. The Forester's based side played some tremendous pool this year and but for a bit of luck would have taken home the Division 2 Cup. To get to 19 points and a Cup Final in their first year is incredible.
Young Player of the Year award runner-up is Jamie Fletcher. The excellent potter is definitely one to watch out for in the future.
Congratulations to Gerard Bagnall in WINNING Young Player of the Year. He was fantastic all season and easily top scored for Glenn. He is a natural talent and we look forward to seeing more of young Bagnall in the future.
Most Improved Player Of The Year was a toss up between Paddy Tavey and Mal Maguire. Niall Connolly has improved a lot while Ciaran O'Neill has been outstanding this past two seasons. These pair deserve a mention but the two stand out players of the season were Paddy Tavey and Mal Maguire.
Both players played out of their skin this season. They brought their game up to a new level.
Would CWC A ha e been so successful without Paddy Tavey? The answer is Maybe they would.
Would Nan's Rams have been so successful without Mal Maguire? The answer is No Chance.
In the first half of the season Maguire dragged his team into the leading force in Division 1 and gave his team the belief they could win the league. He inspired players like Pat McClenaghan, Leigh McAlinden, Stephen Sherry and Rony O'Reilly to play well above their normal standards.
Congratulations Mal Maguire on WINNING Most Improved Player Of The Year.
CWC A did the clean sweep when they beat Whitecross to complete the quadruple. They have the strongest squad by far. Had they gone a whole season unbeaten then they might have won Team of the Year but because they failed to do that - by losing twice we have ruled them out.
So either Nan's Rams or CWC B will be our Team of The Year.
Nan's won The Division 1 league and Division 1 Cup. CWC B won the league going the whole campaign unbeaten and lost in the semi-final of the Division 2 Cup. Although winning Division 2 without losing is a tremendous achievement, it has to be said CWC B were hot favourite's for the league. Not winning the Division 2 Cup was a set back.
So congratulations Nan's Rams on WINNING our Team Of The Year. They showed class, skill and quality in every department. They demolished St. Moninna in the Division 1 Cup Final and in their biggest game of the season they showed their bottle to see off massive Rivals McGuigan's B in the league title play-off. Well done Nan's Rams.
Player Of The Year
Paddy Clarke was untouchable in the individuals en-route to lifting the title. He only played half the league games and he lost 5 of them. He was good but not good enough to win our Blogger Player of the Year award.
Pat Brady or Shane Phelan will take that honour.
Brady won 20 from 21 league games which is bound to be a record. That is just outrageous scoring. He lost out by the smallest of margins in the final of the individuals.
Phelan played in a really bad Whitecross side but he kept it together to win 16 games losing only 5 times. He had the pressure of the village on his shoulders when he took over captaincy. Then he went on to win the Pairs with his brother Cathal.
Shane Phelan played some tough opponents during the season while Brady played 6th he managed to avoid most of the big guns.
We have decided Shane Phelan deserves to be our Player Of The Year. Anybody that can turn a relegation threatened Whitecross into a major force deserves recognition. Winning 16 from 21 is brilliant especially when he faced the best the league has to offer not to mention 3 of them against CWC A and he managed to bag himself the Pairs title.
Congratulations Shane Phelan.
And remember lads Newry Pool league rules are now in the bin forever lets look forward to the new blackball rules and lets play pool Together .