Tommy Rooney has been the star of the show in the first half of the Newry and District Pool Division 2 league. The CWC B ace has astonishingly won all 11 of his league games so far. Not surprisingly nobody comes close to that. Rooney's only defeat was in the Vegas Cup against Division 1 opponents Dan's in Bessbrook. He has won his only Cunningham cup match against Millvale.
Tommy Rooney has helped his CWC B team to within 2 points of league leaders St. Moninna. Rooney is an experienced campaigner who is a superb potter and can take out quality finishes. He won't rush in until the finish is on. Very knowledgeable player and his Premier Division experience no doubt is standing by him well this season.
Conor McQuid has only the one blemish on a near perfect record. 3 games in his Saint Moninna side got whipped by Forresters and McQuid tasted his only league defeat. 8 league wins on the trot from the South Armagh cueiest has gone along way to pushing his unfancied Saints to the top of Division 2.
Ryan Diamond lost his opening game against Sheepbridge but hit a sparkling run of form with Millvale. With no details of their game against Trainor's Canal Street we don't know if the Diamond won his other 10 games but he certainly won his other 9 league games.
The same situation with Richard Fletcher means we know for sure of 1 defeat against Armagh/Down. No result cards in week 8 and 10 leaves Fletcher with an impressive 8 wins for certain and probably more for his mid-table Boyds.
Saint Moninna sit proudly top of the Christmas tree at the half-way stage but there were few sign of their meteoric rise when they lost 2 of their 1st 3 league games. Defeats away to Sheepbridge and away to Forresters in week 2 and 3 were very poor results but week 4 saw them beat one the league favourites CWC B and then a good win away in Boyds.
In week 10 they hammered fellow title hopefuls Armagh/Down 7-1 to prove they had all the credentials necessary to win Div 2. In The final league game before the festive break saw St. Moninna drawing with tricky opponents Trainor's Canal Street. The draw was enough to retain a 1 point lead at the top.
Conor McQuid is by far and away the stand out performer for the Saints with only 1 defeat in the opening 11 league games.
The 5-3 win against Cavern was the spring board for a superb run of for by 3 players who went on a 5 game winning run up to the break. Andrew Mackin, Mickey McCormack and Martin White all hit 5 game winning streaks to help the South Armagh side to the top. Before their winning streaks the boys had played well and were steady apart from Andrew Mackin. He was terrible with only 1 win so the break came at a bad time for him.
Barry Smith has made fleeting but important contributions .
John Mackin has impressed since he was lured from the Thursday night sofa. He will play a massive role if St. Moninna are to win the league.
Dominic Donnelly and Darren Mackin have won some important matches but they will need to improve their win rate if they are going to provide a winning option for the leaders.
It was nice to see Hugh Donnelly pick up a win but Paddy Hughes not playing is a blow to the Saints.
Armagh/Down started the season with their only 2 draws followed by a good win over Millvale then a 7-1 thrashing of Boyds.
Their soul destroying 7-1 defeat by title rivals St. Moninna in the penultimate league game of the 1st half was followed up by a 6-2 win in Madden's to leave themselves 1 point off St. Moninna and top spot.
Willie Andrews is leading the way for Armagh/Down. His 8 league wins so far sees him the main man for the Monaghan Street side.
James Clarke won 6 on the spin before hitting a rough patch but still comes out looking good with 7 league wins. Oran Keenan is going well on 7 too so these lads are carrying the torch. Shane Durnin, Sean Donnan and Caolan Marron are contributing well.
Gerard Foley has missed a few games but he has a healthy win rate and need him to show every Thursday.
Brendan McCabe started poorly but has hit form lately and will be important in the months ahead.
Shane McVerry has had little contribution but seriously, does Ryan Gray play pool? If Gray's job was as a life guard, and he swam like he plays pool, I'd sooner take my chances on the Titanic. Woeful just couldn't do his contribution justice. And John Rogers? Does Rogers carry the pool cues? He certainly mustn't use them.
It's all to play for in 2017 and Armagh/Down have a small tight squad primed and ready for action.
Millvale and CWC B are joint 3rd. Millvale have a slightly better frame difference and are next on our hit list.
Millvale tasted their 1st defeat 3 games in against rivals Armagh/Down. They beat CWC B in week 5 but fell again to another big rival St. Moninna a week later. A bad defeat at the hands of struggling Madden's in the penultimate game before the break resulted in them now 2 points adrift of top spot.
Captain Killian McDonald is leading from the front. No result card from week 8 still gives him a healthy of 6 wins and 3 losses. He subbed himself in week 2 against a poor Indo B so his record would surely be better had he played.
Ryan Diamond though as we said earlier is a cut above the rest. 9 wins and 1 loss and possibly he has won 10 in a row but with no result card in week 8 we don't know. Stunning pool from McDonald and he and McDonald are leading the Division 2 title charge for Millvale.
Martin McGoldrick has been in hot form lately. He started well winning 3 from his 1st 4 before going off the boil. A late surge in December means he can look forward to 2017 and be a vital member of this team.
We know all about Colly McCann. He oozes quality . Stunning potter has at least 7 league wins. He missed week 3 and was sub 3 games ago so his record is better than it looks. He will be vital if Millvale are going to take top spot in Spring.
Willy Hughes won his 1st 3 games and has found wins hard to come by since then. The talent is there and a bad December will mean he was well glad to see the Christmas break. Needs to improve though for 2nd half of the season.
Adrian Murphy started off fairly well but has drifted away. What a useful player he could be if Millvale can get him to go to the games.
Ling Agavi started with a win but couldn't buy a win until December. That sort of run won't be any good in 2017 if Millvale are to collect Silverware.
Paul Rowland and Barry Hoey won't suit Div 1 going by their results. You couldn't make a player if you put their talents together. To be fair to Rowland he has missed large portions of the season but he badly needs to improve.
Gary Gibney actually started quite well. 3 wins in the 1st 5 league games was a tidy start but not a single frame since he won against CWC in week 5. That is shocking.
Millvale have a decent chance of promotion but they need more results from the weaker players.
CWC B won their 1st 3 league games before St. Moninna put the skids on them. They followed that with l a defeat to rivals Millvale. 2 matches later they got hammered 7-1 by Armagh/Down and it looked curtains for one of the title favourites. A couple of wins and finally a draw with Boyds has left them just 2 points off top spot.
With Tommy Rooney guaranteeing a win every week bar none CWC B only need 3 more to avoid defeat.
Paul Kelland has put in a good shift. 6 wins and 4 defeats and 1 game against Madden's he didn't play is his record. That's not bad so long as there's plenty more lads winning.
The signing of Raymond Sands was absolutely crucial. Without him CWC would be well back. His 4 games have yielded 4 wins for himself and CWC are unbeaten since he's signed.
Emmett McParland won 3 from his final 4 before the break to save him a slaughtering. His record was poor before that December push.
Seamus McKeown started with 3 wins in a row then dissapeared for 3 games. 2 more wins gives him a total of 5 and he can be a big player for them in 2017.
Barry Kelland has lost 4 from his last 5 and that won't win many trophies. He still has 5 wins but needs to improve his game or CWC will suffer.
Chris Cunningham what is the story? Do you and Cailum McParland practice together? 3 wins for Cunningham and 4 for McParland is atrocious for a team looking promotion. Young McParland actually won his 1st 3 games but didn't win again until they beat struggling Indo B 3 games from the half-way mark.
Captain Kieran Cunningham has contributed very little himself but he doesn't play too many. He still has 3 wins to his name but he needs to play more and win more.
Cathal Murphy has a couple of wins but doesn't play many.
CWC B have lots of Premier Division experience and they need more players to help Tommy Rooney otherwise there will be no trophies for these lads next year.
Boyds occupy 5th spot and have 13 points which leaves them 4 points off top spot. They are the lowest team with a realistic chance of winning Division 2.
It's very unlikely Boyds will win it but with Richard Fletcher playing you're virtually guaranteed to be 1 up every week.
Fletcher is a class act. He had a good record in the old Division 1 regularly contesting at the latter stages of the Individuals. It no surprise he finds Division 2 fairly easy.
Jim Boyd is proving fairly useful himself. He has at least 6 wins and possibly more as 2 score cards are missing and we just don't know.
We do know that Jamie Fletcher is having a good season and has at least 7 wins which is title winning form.
Kris Fletcher won his 1st 3 but for a player of his quality and experience he should not be losing 3 in a row after those wins. He certainly has a minimum of 5 wins but still Kris is Capable of more and Boyds will need it if they are to push on.
Jeremy O'Brien and Billy Hunt have at least 4 wins and they will need to keep the losses down a bit in 2017.
Tom Fletcher and Richie Brown have contributed little.
Martin Bolton has been dissapointing and can do a lot better. Lil and Caroline Fletcher a good when your stuck for players but they won't get this team promoted.
Boyds have a few players capable of winning every week and it's how the weaker players perform that will decide their fate in 2017.
Sheepbridge B are having a good season. They have 10 points. 7 off the top and 6 off the bottom. 4 wins and 2 draws keeps them comfortable mid-table.
Sheepbridge stunned St. Moninna in week 2 when they beat the travelling Saints 5-3. A 7-1 thrashing of Cavern in week 5 sent them on a 3 game unbeaten run before Madden's sent them crashing down to earth 7-1. A 5-3 win over Indo B sent them into the festive period in high spirits.
No result sheet for week 7's 4-4 draw with Forresters means Gerard Bagnall has at least 7 wins and only 3 defeats in the league so far. That's a great return especially for a fairly young player relatively new to the leagues.
Liam Turley has at least 7 and the captain can be proud of his achievements thus far.
Mark Keenan has a minimum of 5 wins which a pretty good but things go down hill for the Bowling club after that.
Nathan Hand has 3 wins and 6 defeats excluding the Forresters game. Hand is a decent potter and will hopefully improve for sure.
Darren Donaghy signed up and his 2 wins could be a sign of things to come.
Conan Brannigan needs time to settle in. Daryl Hannan was that bad he dissapeared for the last 3 games. Paddy Magee was worse and he only dissapeared for the last 2 games.
Ryan O'Hare has 3 wins and hopefully he can stick at it and help his team mates secure mid-table.
Trainor's of Canal Street Newry spent a week top of the table but have since drifted down to mid-table. They are a good attacking team and nobody will relish playing them. They sit 7th with 4 wins and 3 draws. They would have been on 11 points but 2 docked points sees them drop below Sheepbridge.
3 games with no record of their score card leaves them difficult to analyse.
Tiarnan Casey has at least 6 wins and a loss against Indo. He didn't play in the 3rd match of the season but that is a brilliant return from Casey.
Richie Carlon senior and Junior have played well winning at least 8 frames between them.
Captain Paul McParland seems to be playing well and picking up regular wins.
Frank McArdle, Dylan Morgan and Alex Carlon have a few wins but could probably do more if Trainor's are to push on up the table.
Frank McParland recently signed with a win and this team will certainly finish higher than 7th.
Madden's Bar must be the most infuriating team to play for. 4 wins and a draw leave them on 9 points but they are so inconsistent.
Slaughtered 8-0 in their opening game by Boyds then 2 weeks later hammered 7-1 against CWC B it looked all doom and gloom. They hit a purple patch beating Trainor's then annihilating Sheepbridge 7-1 in their own back yard.
The highlight for Madden's was beating title contenders Millvale out in Millvale but lost 6-2 in their final game before the the break to Armagh/Down.
Kieran Bradley is the top man for Madden's with 6 wins and 4 defeats. He didn't play against Cavern in the 2nd match. Bradley should be delighted with his season so far and he's one of very few that should be.
Decky Cunningham has 5 wins and 6 losses. He's a very open attacking player and needs to tighten up his game. 5 wins isn't too bad though.
Wayne Riley also has 5 wins and 6 defeats which is acceptable.
Brian Robson recently signed and has 3 wins from 4 games so he is a bonus ball for Madden's Bar.
Decky O'Callaghan has 4 wins and 7 league defeats which is just too many losses. Fair play though he hasn't missed a game and improvement will come.
Martin Reavey also has 4 wins and he missed the TJ's C game. Reavey needs to up his game as 4 wins is scant reward for an experienced player like him.
Deirbhile Murphy is another player that hasn't missed a game. She has 3 wins and hopefully can build on that for 2017.
Gareth Carroll has 2 wins and lots of losses. Let's hope he's hitting the practice tables because that is shockingly bad.
Madden's have a small squad and they love their pool. Their certainly a bit shy on quality but a fight for mid-table would be a great season.
Forresters are another inconsistent side. One week beat the big guns then lose to bottom side. Only 2 wins and 4 draws leaves them 9th just 4 places off bottom spot. There's no result card for week 7 so stats exclude that match against Trainor's.
Forresters started fairly well with 2 draws then a 6-2 home win over St Moninna. 3 defeats in a row was stopped another draw. Forresters finished off with a good 5-3 win over closest rivals TJ's C.
Paul Campbell started the season with 4 straight wins before he hit an amazing slump in form. He had to wait until the 3rd last week to get a win over high flying Millvale. 5 wins wouldn't be too bad if 4 hadn't come in the 1st 4 matches.
Chris McKeown has 4 excluding the Trainor's match and even more dissapointing is the 4 from Kieran Loughran. That's atrocious from a player of his quality.
Raymond Magee and Hugh McGrath have 3 which is a good indication as to why Forresters are slumped near the bottom.
Andrew Chan missed most of the season but he has at least 3 wins while newly signed John McClorey has 2 wins.
Ollie White has 3 which is brutal while Jimmy Magee, Jim Allen and Gerard Maguire have 5 between them which is disgraceful.
This team has some good players. Andrew Chan and Kieran Loughran need to pull the finger out and Forresters can be a team to be feared.
TJ's C are joint 2nd from bottom on 7 points. 3 wins and 1 draw is identical to the Cavern Bar's record but TJ's C have a better frame difference.
TJ's C good a good draw in the 2nd match in against Armagh/Down. Then got their 1st win against Sheepbridge a week later. In week 5 they had their 2nd win and looked good with 5 points on the board. They hammered Indo B 7-1 2 weeks later before losing their last 4 games before the break.
TJ's have a good record of churning out good teams and good players. But this is not one of them. Philip Murphy and Gareth Trainor are their main players and neither are doing themselves justice.
Murphy won his 1st 2 before losing 2. He won the next before losing heart and 3 in a row. 2 more wins leaves him on 5 which is poor for a player of his quality. Trainor also has 5 from 11 and he can improve on that in 2017.
Michael Campbell has 5 wins which is good for him and hopefully he can build on that despite losing his last 3.
James Cunnane and Brendan Kelly have 4 wins but both missed 3 games so they can be a big help when the league resumes.
David Brady, Adrian Larkin and Jordan Murphy can offer a lot more than what their giving along with lose a lot Gavin Murphy.
TJ's C can certainly improve but with little to play for only pride time will tell how much they like getting beat every week.
Cavern are sitting 2nd from bottom on frame difference and it's not surprising they are struggling this season. 3 wins and a draw a small return from 11 games. It took until week 4 to get their 1st points on the board when they beat Forresters. They followed that up getting stuffed 7-1 in Sheepbridge. They managed to hammer Indo B 7-1 and beat fellow strugglers TJ's C in the 2nd last game before the break.
Week 6 and 7 we have no score cards but we can assume most players lost in those games.
Mathew Cregan is the top dog at Cavern and he has at least 6 wins and only 3 league defeats from the stats available which is a shooting.
Joe Byrne has a respectable 5 with 4 losses. He is doing fairly will considering his team is finding wins hard to come by.
DC Campbell is going rightly. He has at least 5 wins and missed the Armagh/Down game.
Sean Finnegan has at least 4 and Damon Murphy 3 and more commitment as well as determination is needed from these pair.
Gary Cregan won his last 2 and the new signing has plenty to offer going forward.
Ryan Brown can't buy a win but lets hope Santa brought him some pool lessons so he can hit the ground running in 2017.
James Young is equally as bad and if Daniel Young turned up he could lose more.
Stephen Turley and Gerard Murphy went awol in their hour of need.
Cavern have a light squad and sorely lack in talent or commitment. Things can only get in 2017.
Indo B have had a torrid 1st half to the season having to wait until the 10 match to claim their 1st win. 2 draws from the start were scant consolation for all their hard work and endeavour.
More like lack of hard work but we predicted they would struggle and unfortunately for Indo these predictions have come true. Forresters became the 1st team to lose both points and the hands of Indo and there is unlikely to be too many more.
With 3 weeks of no score cards it's going to be a bit more difficult to do their bad results more justice.
Aidan Griffin is their shining light. He has at least 5 league wins and probably has more. That's a good return for a decent player in a woeful team.
Coley Rowntree has gone to all the games and has 2 wins on our stats with possibly 1 or 2 more.
Brendan Rocks has faired slightly better with 3.
Denver Jenkins and Margaret Ireland have been ever present but with wins in shocking short supply let's hope they're on the practice table of the festive break.
Sean Markey has been embarrassingly bad and Sean Pentony is worse.
Birdy Conway signed and has 2 early wins so he could be an inspiration in 2017.
Indo have a small squad and it's hard to see them picking up points. Hopefully they can regroup and take it one game at a time and just enjoy the Thursday night craic.