Division 2 is a very exciting league this season. The leaders have swapped top spot on many occasions.
Trainors of Camlough proudly spent Christmas top of the tree with 15pts having lost 1 and drawing 1, the only points dropped so far in 9 games.
Charlie Doherty is in the form of his life and has been virtually unbeatable all season. Doherty has been on the circuit a long time and can play an open potting game but can mix it up with tactical pool when needed. The signing of ex Corrinshego star Tommy Mooney has in no small part been a major reason in the transformation of Trainors from an average side to title contenders. Harvey Lavelle another Corrinshego legend taught Mooney well and now he is a fine cueist.
Declan Finnegan is another big player to step up to the plate this year. His snooker back - ground has helped him make the game look so easy at times.
Paddy McKeown has had a superb November and December and will be crucial for Trainors.
Collie Rafferty is having a good season and Luke Phelan has also come into a bit of form after a slow start. Mark Trainor has pitched in lately. Pete Lynch, Damien Bunting and Marty Pollock have drifted out of the reckoning after early wins.
Although Trainors are flying in the league they took a severe 8-1 hammering from Millvale in the Divisional Cup so they are far from the finished article.
ArmaghDown have moved into 2nd place in the league and going by their last 2 results before the Christmas break these boys are here to stay. An 8-0 and a 9-0 in the Divisional cup means they'll be itching for the restart.
ArmaghDown are unbeaten in the league with 5 wins and 4 draws from their 9 games leaving them on 14pts.
Willie Andrews is playing some amazing pool this year and he's in good company too. James Clarke, Caolan Marron, Oran Keenan and John Rogers have been brilliant so far.
Sean Donnan has hit form lately and at long last sharp-shooter Shane Durnin has found a bit of form. Gerard Harte and Vinceny Doherty will need to play consistently well to move this team to the top.
Cue Club sit 2pts further back on 12pts.
In Philip Murphy they have one of the outstanding players in Division 2. He has been exemplary for the newly formed Cue Club. Taking out finish after finish he has blitzed all before him.
Joe Magill and John Craven have been carrying the team along with Murphy. Calvin Li has had fleeting wins. Sean McArdle and Jamie McCann need to up the win rate or Derek Ruddy and the lads will be taking no prizes home come the end of the season.
Granvue Hotel are joined with Cue Club on 12pts.
Paul Bruen has been in stunning form for the Omeath side this season. He's been untouchable this past few months and has been vital for the Hotel.
Conor Dullaghan has been having another super season so far and Richie Magee has had a fantastic campaign to date along with Chris Smith who has been going well. Shane Feehan and Paddy Fisher have been decent but with very little help from the rest of the squad they will need to up the win ratio if Granvue are going to stay in contention.
Owen Smith and Shane Holland have dissappointed so far and their form won't bring any silverware to Omeath's Premier Hotel.
Millvale on 11pts are 5th 1pt behind Granvue Hotel.
Ryan Diamond has been sparkling for Millvale and along with Nathan Bradley have guided the crossroads pub into contention. Ling Aqua has been consistent but will need more wins to push Millvale up the table.
Killian O'Donnell, Paul Rowland and Willie Hughes have contributed but certainly it won't be enough for promotion. Collie McCann is an excellent player and he needs to find some form in the new year.
St Monnina are 6th on 10pts and are the last team with realistic chances of winning Division 2. It's was St. Monnina that dished out that stunning 8-1 thrashing to league leaders Trainors Bar in the Divisional cup so they cannot be ruled out despite being 6th and 5pts off the pace.
Barry Smith has been the Saints' player of the season so far. His team mates can thank him for giving them an outside chance of a league title. Conor McQuaid has bags of top level experience and has done quite well although in fairness he is underachieving for a good player.
Paddy Hughes has had a very good 1st half of the season and when he's on form is a match for anyone. Darren Mackin and Dominic Donnelly have chipped in fairly regularly. Andrew Mackin and the experienced Pete Donnelly have been key in Monnina's recent resurgence.
Tony McGuinness, John Mackin and Johnny McAnulty's contribution is relegation material.
Maddens Bar are 7th only by frame difference over Boyds Bar. Maddens have improved considerably from last season but with a lot of their squad ex-Indo players they could be doing a lot better.
Brendan 'Tots' Curran has found a bit of confidence lately while Sean Curran has chipped in with some useful wins along with Nicky Connell. Gareth Carroll and Cormac Duffy have some recent success which gives hope for the rest of the season.
Martin Reavey is a shadow of his former self and struggling for wins. Tom Ingle had a good run last year but is struggling along with Josh McKeown to rack up any sort of win tally. Jimmy Doran was decent with Indo so it is hoped he can improve Maddens fortunes.
Boyds Bar in 8th place are the perennial underachievers. Year after year they seem to get worse when it didn't seem possible.
Patrick Philips is one of the shining lights for Boyds so far but there haven't been too many that's stepped up to the mark. The usual Kris Fletcher has put in a good shift so far. Billy Hunt and Ray McMahon have had good runs and Richard Fletcher has chipped in a few wins.
Ross Martin, Jeromy O'Brien and Jim Boyd have been dissappointing and need to ask themselves are they happy moping about mid-table! They're out of the Vegas Cup and Cunningham Cup so a decent run in the league would be most welcome.
Forresters hold 9th spot with 7pts from their 9 games.
Hugh McGrath is having a sensa carrying the team almost single handedly. Kieran Loughran has been consistent and has found a bit of form in December.
Gerard Morgan, Paul Campbell and Ollie White have had decent runs but long spells of defeats to go with it.
Andrew Chan and Mickey Lennon have won well recently and that might give Foresters hope for the future. With Foresters still in the Vegas Cup and the Divisional cup there is still plenty to play for.
Cavern Bar in 10th have a paltry 6pts from 9 games.
Without Shane Copeland the Cavern would be on the canvas a long time ago. Joe Byrne has helped out on rare occasions and Ciaran Gilbraith started well but faded like the this summer's heatwave.
Gary McDonald has been a disaster along with Jordan Copeland, Mark Byrne and Ronan McGrath. Do these guys throw darts or play pool when the frequent a bar?
McSwiggans Bar are only off the bottom of Division 2 on frame difference. 11th in the league table and the only team in all 3 divisions without a win. They've been dumped out of the both the Vegas and Cunningham cups.
Stephen Wylie has been 1 of best players in the Division and how he gets motivated is only a credit to the lad. Apart from Paul Morgan and Joe McAteer who both have contributed in small portions of hope to an otherwise abysmal start to McSwiggans season.
Gary Clarke, Johnny Irwin and Tiarnan O'Hare have been atrocious and need a big improvement to avoid the 'wooden spoon'.
Moore's B occupy the dreaded bottom spot in Division 2. Out of all the cups and bottom of the league is as bad as it gets in the Newry Pool League.
Niall McElligott has been inconsistent but he and James Cunanne are the only hope Moore's have of escaping from the 'worst team' tag.
Kevin O'Hare and Daryl Poucher have pitched in but just not often enough. Christopher Cunningham hit a decent run but needs to pick it up again in the new year. The rest of the squad need to hang their heads in shame. But cheer up because 2016 is almost here and there's a long way to go in the league yet.
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Look out for the Division 1 blog coming soon and of course the Premier Division.