1) Pat Brady is our official Christmas no.1
Brady topped the charts with a impeccable 10 wins from all 10 league games. Big Pat is the current joint individual winner. He has won the individuals in the Louth Pool League as well as the South Armagh Pool League. He is one of the most decorated players ever to lift a cue in the local area. Doubles winners on many occasions in Newry, Louth and South Armagh. On top of that he has umpteen league trophies and every cup there is to win in the local game.
It has come as no surprise that the legendary Pat Brady is top scorer with a 100% record. He is well used to the new cushion rule we introduced this season and he is a phenomenal potting machine. Some argue he has the best tactical game in the Premier Division and his shot selection is 2nd to none.
Congratulations to CWC A captain Pat Brady on being the star on our tree and our Christmas no.1.
2) Tommy Mooney has 9 wins from 10 games. This is a terrific return from the ex-Corrinshego multiple league and cup winner. Mooney headed for Trainor's in Camlough after Corrinshego folded. He started at the bottom and helped drag this Trainor's team up through the Divisions and finally to the promised lands of the Premier. The part he has played cannot be underestimated.
Mooney has assembled a team now not just holding its own in the Premier Division but with his captaincy he has made them a formidable side fighting for 2nd place in the league. Mooney might have lost his opening league game against Orchard bar but he has came roaring back with 9 wins in a row. Usually he plays 1st or 2nd so he isn't avoiding the other teams big guns. Mooney plays attacking pool and doesn't hang around to get into long tactical exchanges. He knows patterns and makes finishes look so easy. Mooney is no doubt one of the best players in the Newry Pool League.
3) Paddy Tavey has 8 wins from 10 and is joint 3rd in our Christmas charts. Tavey is a regular contributor with his witty comments on social media about our blog. He even had the audacity to highlight a minor clerical error. Lucky for Pat he is also a regular winner in the CWC A team that is top of the league.
Tavey won his 1st ever league title last season and his increased confidence is evident by the way he attacks the game. Paddy Tavey is a great thinker and has good tactical awareness. His decision making and clinical finishes have improved immeasurably which makes him one of the finest players in the Premier Division.
3=) Shane Phelan has 8 wins from 10 and he has been one of the surprise packages of the season. Under the tutorage of Pat Brady last season at CWC, Phelan learned at a tough school. CWC's loss was Whitecross' gain. Without him the South Armagh side would undoubtedly be languishing deep in the relegation zone.
Shane Phelan was on course for 9 wins from 10 only for Harvey Lavelle to deny Phelan joint 2nd place with defeat in the final game before the festive break. Shane plays a good solid game. What has improved most is his consistency. He was always an intelligent player with good potting ability but now he's making less mistakes and producing on a regular basis.
3=) James O'Hagan has 8 wins from 10 games. O'Hagan only lost 2 league games and they were both against The Orchard bar. The 2015 individuals champion is still with Dan's and playing in one of the most attacking teams ever to play top tier Newry Pool. Their ultra attacking style leaves them vulnerable when things don't go to plan. O'Hagan's Dan's side had hoped to be challenging for the title this year but it looks like 2nd place is the best they can hope for.
James O'Hagan is easily the most attack minded player to make our Christmas top 10. His potting ability is right up there with the best. He can take out stunning finishes and can make it look like he has the white ball on a string. There's no doubt O'Hagan likes to look his best with his designer jeans and pretty hair gelled but no one can argue he doesn't look the business on the Green baize. O'Hagan is one of our Christmas crackers an he will be one to watch in 2018.
6) Ciaran O'Neill has 7 wins from 9 and is definitely going to be the surprise name on our nice list to some people. The Hustlers cueist has gone from being a dangerous opponent to being a feared opponent. This season he has come on leaps and bounds to become one of the most consistent players in the league. He missed the opening league game but went on a run of 3 wins on the trot before 2 defeats seemed to have detailed him. Those defeats amazingly came against 2 struggling teams - Ballyholland then Whitecross. A further 4 wins in a row has O'Neill firmly in our Christmas charts.
Ciaran O'Neill was always a good potter and was never out of tune on the tactical front either. He's improved in his shot selection and is taking out good finishes. A major plus for his captain Micky Cunningham is that O'Neill is happy playing 1st or last and he still comes up with the goods. O'Neill is only going to get better so watch this boy go.
6=) Seamus McVerry has 7 wins from 9 games. The 2016 individuals winner started his league campaign with defeat in Whitecross but 6 wins in a row had McVerry at the top of his game and back to his best. He missed the return game against Whitecross then tasted defeat for the 2nd time this season, Orchard bar the team that halted McVerry. He won his last game to squeeze into our Christmas chart.
McVerry is one of the more intelligent Dan's players in that he is slightly more likely to wait for the right moment to go for the game. He has a lovely cue action and this helps his long potting. Ice cool under pressure and fantastic cue ball control makes Seamus McVerry a player every captain wants in their team.
8) Harvey Lavelle has 7 wins from 10 and has long been one of the elite players in the Newry Pool League. Success follows Harvey Lavelle like a greyhound after a Rabbit. Endless league and cup trophies throughout his career in Newry and South Armagh Pool leagues has been supplemented with individuals trophies and he is now currently back to back Pairs holder with Pat Brady.
Harvey Lavelle certainly knows the tactical side of the game inside out. Against the better potters Lavelle often takes the safer option of covering pockets and using his tactical knowledge to beat his opponents. The Pool League legend is a brilliant finisher of a game. He has nerves of steel and will always be one of those players you hope to avoid.
8=)Kevin Magee has 7 wins from 10. His Hustlers team mate Ciaran O'Neill might be one of the surprise packages of the season so far but the rise and rise of Kevin Magee is just a down right shock. Only for 2 defeats in his last 3 games Magee would be way further up the charts.
Magee has been hitting the ball well and his close range potting and positional play is excellent. Ice cool player and that's why he made out Christmas charts.
8=) Kieran McMahon has 7 wins from 10 games. The 'Ginger Magician' is arguably the best potter in the local pool scene. His snooker background means if a ball is pottable then McMahon is capable of sinking it. The CWC star goes for the game at the earliest opportunity, creating openings with precision positional play and playing intricate cannons. It would have been a shock had McMahon not made our top scorer charts.
Bernie Magee has 7 wins from 10 games. Magee loves nothing more than covering pockets and dragging his opponents into a war of attrition. 5 wins from his last 5 games shows his style is working a treat. The Ex-Corrinshego and current CWC A cueist is proof that even with the new cushion rule that tactical players can prosper. Magee loves a good pressure game and certainly knows his way around a tricky finish.
Damien Kearney has won 7 from 10 games. Kearney won his 1st 5 league games to put him in a great position to be in our Christmas charts. Hustlers can thank Kearney for their great start to the season as he led from the front beating some quality players. Dee is a fine potter and is taking out some great finishes this season so far. If he can push on into next year then he will be crucial if Hustlers are going to continue to scrap it out at the top of the league.
8=) Nigel Malcomson has 7 wins from 10 games. 5 wins from his last 6 games was the catalyst for making it into our Christmas cracker list. Beating the likes of Declan McConville, Damien Kearney and Garry Powell suggests this is no flash in the pan. Malcomson is a methodical steady player that doesn't play rash shots. He prey's on opponent's mistakes and makes them pay dear. The Orchard Bar player will be vital to any success this team may get.
8=) Liam Bradley has 7 wins from 10 games. The Trainor's anchorman has been consistently producing the goods all season. Bradley is a top darts player but has always been very competitive on the Green baize too. A lot of Bradley's games lately he has played last and is showing nerves of steel to fire Trainor's into contention for runners-up spot. Bradley is taking out good finishes and can play tactical if needed. He is well worthy of a place in our Christmas chart.
Happy Christmas to one and all. Have fun and enjoy the festive break.
And lets remember 1st & 2nd Divisionals Cups are to be played Thursday 4th January
There will be no Premier League that night> Thanks Newry Pool League.
Pool Blog 24-12-2017
CWC B are on course for the Division 2 league title after they received their bumper Christmas bonus last Thursday night. CWC B beat Madden's comfortably 6-2 but Christmas came early when all their title rivals either lost or drew.
Emmett McParland, Chris Cunningham and Raymond Sands had hosts CWC B 3-1 up. D O'Callaghan and Sean Curran tried to make a game of it when the Madden's pair pulled it back to 3-2.
Kieran Cunningham, Barry Kelland and Calium McParland made no mistake when they eased CWC to the finish line for a 6-2 win.
While CWC B had little trouble pocketing their 7th win of the campaign the real drama's were happening elsewhere starting with Millvale Arms when they took on Cavern Bar.
Millvale went into the game unbeaten but 5 draws from the 9 games had been their Achilles heel. Cavern had 6 wins, 2 defeats and a single draw. Both teams were joint 2nd in the league 2 points off CWC so this game was massive in the title race.
It turned out to be one of the most bizarre games of the season as Millvale got straight into their groove to rattle Cavern Bar.
Danny Trainor beat Joe Campbell in the night's opening frame to put the Millvale hosts 1 up.
The reliable Paul Rowland and Gary Gibney made it 3-0. Stephen Byrne and James Kenny losing out for Cavern.
A home point was secured when the excellent Colly McCann beat Ryan Brown for a stunning 4-0 lead.
This top of the table clash looked like it was turning into a demolition job, especially as Millvale had some big hitters yet to play.
Mathew Cregan is the Cavern captain and he was captain courageous when he beat a talented Tommy O'Hanlon to make it 4-1.
Damon Murphy is a super player and his defeat of the simply magnificent Killian McDonald planted seeds of doubt in the Millvale minds. 4-2.
Michael McGoldrick is a good steady player and he was slight favourite against Joe Byrne. Byrne wasn't phased and the Cavern cueist pulled it back to 4-3.
It was squeaky bum time for Millvale. It does happen but it is rare that a team throws away a 4 frame lead. Especially rare when your unbeaten and challenging for the title.
Kieran Hillen and Darren Laird would battle it out for hero status. Laird has played a solid part in the Cavern title challenge. The neat potter held his nerve to sink Hillen and keep Cavern in the hunt for Division 2 title honours.
When Glen held St. Monnina to a draw the chance was there for McSwiggan's to close the gap at the top. McSwiggan's hosted their match with a Dan's Rebels side who had only 1 win but had 5 draws prior to this game.
The way other results had fallen McSwiggan's needed a win that would bring them to within a point of 2nd place but they could find themselves a massive 6 points off top spot if they lost.
McSwiggan's got off to the worst possible start. Joe Finnegan, Gary Cregan, Ryan Lennon and Henry McLoughlin all lost to leave McSwiggan's not only a mountain to climb in this match but their title challenge was in tatters. Sean O'Callaghan, Patrick Crimmins, Gerard Hughes and the experienced Terry Phoenix all showing no Christmas mercy when they ripped their hosts to threads.
Calum Murphy hadn't thrown in the towel though. He showed some fighting spirit with a fine potting display against Seamus Tumilty to make it 4-1.
There was to be no pre-Christmas miracle though as the usually reliable Gary Clarke lost out to Chris McCormick and the 2 points were for export.
Stephen Wylie is a super player but his win was too little too late. He reduced the arrears to 5-2 When he defeated Raymond Flynn.
Barry Boyle gave the Rebels a convincing scoreline of 6-2 When he beat Andrew Connolly.
McSwiggan's will be gutted to have lost this game. They need to regroup and come out stronger in the new year. Winning division 2 is extremely unlikely now but promotion isn't out of the equation just yet.
Armagh/Down are one of the in form sides going into the Christmas break. They trailed lacklustre Nifty Fifty 2-1 before going through the gears to put themselves in promotion contention after a slow start to the season.
Declan Magee took the opening frame and it took James Clarke to level after 4 frames.
John Rogers gave Armagh/Down the lead for the 2nd time but it was all square after 6 frames.
The very reliable John Magee put the Monaghan Street side 4-3 up going into the finale.
With a name like Axel Foley you need to be producing the goods and the Armagh/Down sharpshooter duly obliged with a cool calm display to earn 2 very valuable points for his side. It was a super win for Armagh/Down and they even did it with the brilliant Willie Andrews on the subs bench. Things are on the up for the Monaghan Street challengers.
Happy Christmas to all our members and have a safe and enjoyable Christmas.
Look out for our next blog which will be on our Christmas no.1
Pool League Blog 17-12-2017
Pool Blog 12/12/2017
Bosco and Johnny Murphy's went into Thursday night's crucial title clash level on 10 points and 3 off Nan's who occupy joint top spot. As it happened Mark Pentony, Stephen Sherry, Mal Maguire (8 wins from 9), Leigh McAlinden (7 wins from 8), Pat McClenaghan (8 wins from 9) and Jimmy O'Hare had helped Nan's to a comfortable 6-2 away win over a struggling Windmill Bar. So a defeat for either Bosco or Murphy's would leave them cut 5 points adrift.
Bosco got hit the ground like a Cheetah chasing after an injured gazelle. Darren Devlin, Brian Dillon and Sean McCaul ripped into Murphy's taking out 3 strong players in the process. Martin White, Stephen Murphy and Darren O'Hanlon the injured party's. 3-0 Bosco.
Sheila Johnston pulled a frame back for the stunned South Armagh side when She beat Gerry McKevitt. 3-1.
Robbie Devlin continued his good form for Bosco when he beat Pat Quinn and Bosco had a good 4-1 cushion.
John Daly beat Damian Brady for 4-2 but the damage was done and it wasn't long before Bosco inflicted the fatal blow to Murphy's.
Gavin Wilson got a very ring rusty Gavin Harte. Harte has featured very little and the confident Wilson pocketed the 2 points before Kevin Crilly grabbed a cosmetic win over Brian Wallace for a super 5-3 home win for Bosco.
Saint Monnina stormed into a 3 frame lead when the travelled to a disappointing TJ's B.
Declan Brady, Michael Teggart and Stephen Cunningham beating Carlos Da Silva, Connor Heaney and John McMurray with little effort.
Niall Rice pulled a frame back for TJ's B beating Barry Smith 3-1.
Andrew Mackin hasn't been having the best season in the world but a rare win put 2 points almost framed when he beat Damien McAteer for 4-1.
Paddy McCann is on a good run and his win wrapped the maximum points for the travelling Saints.
Garry Cowan had a good result over Tom McGuinness to make it 5-2 but it was St. Monnina that would have the final say when the brilliantly reliable Paddy Hughes made it 6-2 when he beat Paddy McGrath.
Boyds are in hot form of late and they won't want to see the festive break coming up. They demolished promotion hopefuls Sheepbridge. We dismissed Boyds as title contenders a few blogs ago. They are very unlikely to challenge for top spot but certainly promotion is not impossible.
Jamie Fletcher, Richie Fletcher and Kevin Lennon had Boyds 3-1 up. Conor O'Hare had equalised for Sheepbridge.
Kris Fletcher and Jeremy O'Brien didn't waste any time sealing the points to make it 5-1.
When Sheepbridge lose they do it in style. Just like when Nan's beat them they totally get obliterated. Jim Boyd and Ray McMahon fired in no.6 and 7 for a stunning home win.
Boyds move onto 11 points and are 4 points off Nan's and McGuigan's B
McGuigan's B picked up their 2 points from Foresters B
Headlines: In Premier Division Orchard Hammer Dan's
Hustlers back on track
Feenan's failures fail again
Big result in Division 1 for Bosco over promotion rivals Johnny Murphy's
St. Monnina keep pressure on
In Division 2 Cavern win crunch tie at the top
St. Monnina B have promotion spot in their sights
Nifty Fifty nick final frame draw to dent Millvale title challenge
With CWC A having their game against Ballyholland postponed until Tuesday night it was an opportunity for Hustlers and Dan's A to close the 4 point gap.
Hustlers were taking on bottom club Bears. The mighty Bears were on the crest of a wave after getting their 1st point of the season last week when the drew with 2nd from bottom Ballyholland.
Garry Powell is a quality player but it was only his 2nd win of the season that gave Bears a surprise lead away in Hustlers. Billy O'Neill picking up his 3rd defeat from the 4 league games he's played.
Barry Murphy restored parity when he beat Anthony Morgan. Amazingly Morgan has lost all 9 of his league games this season. He'll be well glad to see the Christmas break. 1-1.
Damien 'Diddles' McArdle won his 1st frame since he won against the Orchard Bar 5 games ago. He beat Seamus Keenan who is really down on his luck lately.
Cathal McCoy picked up his 3rd defeat in a row as Ralf Crummy levelled the scores 2-2.
Shane McAllister is one of the in form players at the minute and his 5th win in 5 games put Hustlers in the lead 3-2. Paul Murphy his latest victim.
Damien Kearney who has lost his last 3 games was dropped to the subs bench but a tactical move by Micky Cunningham
took kearney off the subs bench and it was 4-2 when kearney beat Adrian 'Oz' Holman and the Bears were struggling from there on.
Ciaran O'Neill and Neil Heaney are both in very good form this season but it was the Hustlers sharp shooter O'Neill that picked up his 6th league win and banked 2 points for Hustlers. 5-2.
Kevin Magee has been nothing short of sensational this season. His opponent Eddie Heaney had only one win so far so this frame was never in doubt. Magee improved his record to 8 wins from 9 games to round off another routine win for outside title contenders Hustlers.
Now it was up to Dan's A to keep up with Hustlers and attempt to close the gap on CWC to 2 points.
Dan's travelled out to Orchard Bar and thanks to Barney Preece's 6th league win of the season it was 1-0 to the visitors. Tony McGovern lost his 3rd game in his 4 played so far.
Nigel Malcomson and David Cromie settled the home side to lead 2-1. Robbie Toman losing firstly then Seamus McVerry losing for only the 2nd time in 8 matches for Dan's.
Jimmy McVerry is playing superb pool and the Dan's captain levelled when he beat the intelligent Lee Irvine. 2-2.
It was Orchard that regrouped and pushed for the line.
Mervyn Kernaghan had the win of the night beating former individual winner James O'Hagan. O'Hagan as reported in our midweek blog was on 7 wins from 8 but Kernaghan is a great tactician and he put Orchard 3-2 Up.
PJ McDanial and Michael Green was always going to be a shoot out and it was McDanial on his home table that put Orchard 4-2 up with his 5th league win in the process.
Richie Crawford is a far superior player to the free potting but very open Niall Connolly even if Crawfords record doesn't prove this. The win was never in doubt as Crawford improved his tally to just 2 wins in his last 5.
Niall O'Hagan with only his 3rd league win beat Noel Brown in the last frame. It was too little too late as Orchard sealed a superb 5-3 win and are now right bang in the mix for 2nd spot
Michael Feenans Captiancy has hit rock bottom we could hear the chants from whitecross (Feenan Out Feenan out)
as his men failed once again on the green baise; we here on the blog think Gavin malone should return as Captian.
Trainor's in Camlough stuffed Whitecross Bar in a mid-table clash that left Michael Feenan's hill billies in dire straights.
Cathal Phelan beat his Dad Lukie in the opener to give Whitecross the lead. Phelan lost his first 3 of the season but 6 wins in a row had given The 'Cross' false hope.
Tommy Mooney levelled against Noel Donaldson and thus took his personal tally to 8 wins from 9.
Michael Feenan got a good result against Mark Trainor to give his home team a 2-1 lead.
Mickey Nugent and Martin O'Callaghan are both in form and Nugents win was a massive heart breaker for Whitecross.
Niall McVerry beat Alan Burke with his 6th win of the season for 3-2 Trainor's.
Shane Phelan has been one of the outstanding players of the season so far and he cracked in win no.8 from 9 against Brendan McNally to make it 3-3. Whitecross captain Michael Feenan had played all his cards and was left with Brian O'Neill and Gavin Malone.
Liam Bradley started out favourite against O'Neill and it was no surprise Bradley made it 4-3 Trainor's, with all the pressure on Malone to rescue his side a point.
Noel Bradley and Malone had 4 wins each ahead of this finale. Malone has bottled a few deciders already this year and he was at it again as Bradley wrapped up 2 very valuable points and opened up a 3 point gap on Whitecross.
Feenan's side are in free fall and they will be delighted to see the Christmas break coming. The self proclaimed Tornado needs to stop criticizing his team mates on social media and look a bit closer to home when searching for results.
Tune in tomorrow night for Division 1 and 2.
Don't forget to get your Pairs names in ASAP and it's £10 per team.
Pool Blog Update
So we know that CWC A are going to be top of the tree but who is going to be our Christmas no.1?
The standard has been high this year but with only 2 games (including tonight) to go it's time to take a quick look at who could be the no.1 top scorer this Christmas.
Pat Brady (CWC A) is playing like a fine tuned Orchestra. 8 wins from 8 games and a sparkling 100% winning record to boast about. The Avenue Bar (Dundalk) proprietor is hot favourite to be our Christmas no.1 after some superb pool and also getting a run of the ball a few times. The current joint Newry individuals holder and multiple Dundalk and South Armagh champion will be hard to stop. A bit like Rudolf after 10 Whiskey's in a snow storm.
He does have company though.
Former team mate last season Shane Phelan (Whitecross) has 7 wins from 8 and he needs 'Big' Pat to lose his next 2 if he is to claim the no.1 spot.
James O'Hagan (Dan's Bar) also has 7 wins from 8. 2015 individuals champion O'Hagan is hitting all the right notes and is ready to claim join top spot if the opportunity arises.
Tommy Mooney (Trainor's Bar Camlough) is a shining light in an inconsistent Trainor's side. He's like beautiful shining tinsel on a drab Christmas tree with broken lights. 7 out of 8 keeps Mooney well in the hunt to be our Christmas no.1 should Brady fall.
Seamus McVerry (Dan's Bar) didn't play last week and he has 6 wins from 7 games. Christmas will need to come early for the 2016 individuals winner if he is to top the charts.
Kevin Magee (Hustlers) with 6 wins from 8 means he can mathematically join the chart toppers but he'll need some of Santa's magic dust at this stage. Still it's a super return so far from the league Chairman.
Paddy Tavey (CWC A) is a bit like Santa, only Tavey delivers all year round. After a tremendous 2nd half to last season he has carried on that good form with 6 wins from 8 games. That's unlikely to see him top as our Christmas tree star but he's hanging in there after recently losing 2 in a row.
And remember lads no other league keeps you boys informed like we do here on the blog so keep tuning in for our up coming blog on the first round of the Individuals . Thursday 14th Dec will be the last pool game until after xmas.
Pool Blog 3/12/2017
Headlines: premier Division - CWC A come out on top as Premier top 2 go head to head.
Bears finally end drought.
Division 1 Mal Maguire beaten for the 1st time as top 2 clash.
Johnny Murphy's on the up.
Division 2 sees first win for Dan's Rebels.
Mid-table Armagh/Down hold leaders CWC B.
The biggest game of Thursday night was no doubt Hustlers' top of the table clash with CWC A. Hustlers went into this game after suffering their 1st defeat of the season last week and needed to beat CWC who were unbeaten and had a 2 point lead at the top.
It was lambs to the slaughter when Philip Murphy was tasked with beating Kieran McMahon. Murphy is finding it tough to get into this Hustlers side that has been on a terrific run of form this season. Murphy had chances to make life difficult for McMahon but the CWC legend put the champions 1 up.
Harvey Lavelle suffered his 3rd league defeat of the season when Ciaran O'Neill picked up his 5th win of the campaign. 1-1.
Declan McConville mopped up after a Mary Cunningham mistake to give CWC the lead for a 2nd time. 2-1.
Paddy Clarke has made plenty of headlines in the pool world but ahead of his birthday he suffered his 2nd defeat in 2 outings. The all out attacking Clarke came up short against Shane McAllister. McAllister is now on a run of 4 league wins in a row and is bang in form. 2-2.
Hustlers were looking good for an upset when Micky Cunningham amazingly picked up his 1st league win of the season although it was only his 2nd game. The pool league secretary has a good record in the cups and is usually happy to captain his side to glory from the sidelines. He had a good battle with the tricky Seamus McGeoghegan and now Hustlers led 3-2.
It was no surprise Pat Brady levelled for CWC A. He picked up his 8th win from 8 league games against poor aul Cathal McCoy. That's 2 defeats in a row now for McCoy after a run of 3 wins.
Paddy Tavey and Kevin Magee had only 3 league defeats between them prior this crucial frame. Magee's only defeat so far was against Orchard but he couldn't add to his 6 wins when the magnificent Tavey cleared to give CWC a 4-3 lead.
Bernie Magee and Damian Kearney would scrap it out in the finale. Magee had won his last 2 for CWC while Kearney had lost his last 2 for Hustlers. Kearney had won his 1st 5 league games but he's gone off the boil and master tactician Bernie Magee is not the ideal opponent when your chips are down. It was Magee that dug in and dealt the killer blow to fire CWC to a hard fought 5-3 win and open up a 4 point lead over Hustlers.
Is it too early for the Christmas puns? Probably but it really was Christmas come early for Bears after they finally got their 1st point on the board at the 8th time of asking.
After one full round of league fixtures the bottom 2 teams faced-off when Ballyholland travelled down the hill to the Windmill Bar. It's the closest Ballyholland have to a derby game so that almost spiced the game up even more.
Neil Heaney has been a beacon of hope for Bears all season and he was taking on Davey McAvoy in the opening frame of the night. McAvoy had won only 1 of his previous 6 league game whereas the 'Baby Faced Assassin' Heaney had a respectable 4 wins so far. This one went to form and the Bears sharp shooter fired the home team into an early lead.
Ballyholland hadn't read the script though and reeled off the next 2 frames. Gibby Vettiankal 'Doctored' the scoreline to 1-1 before the brilliant Robbie White gave Ballyholland a 2-1 lead. Anthony Morgan unlucky and Gary Powell out potted for Bears.
Eddie Heaney has been improving and he finally ended his abysmal run of form to beat Anthony Keenan for 2-2.
Bears sunk the teeth in through Adrian Holman. The 'Ozzy' hasn't enjoyed the best of season's but he beat the talented Kevin McGovern for 3-2 Bears.
Seamus Keenan might fit windows but he couldn't have seen what Manny Kelly had for him. Kelly has been excellent this season for Ballyholland and dished out yet another beating to Keenan to level up with 2 to play.
Paul Murphy near lifted the roof when he at long last earned Bears their 1st league point of the season. Colm Shields the bemused victim.
Ralph Crummy and young Niall McQuillan would serve up a high quality treat in the finale. Both players are tremendous potters. Crummy had won his last 2 while McQuillan lost last time out after winning 3 in a row. There was to be no dream ending for the home side Bears. McQuillan took a share of the spoils for Ballyholland. The point each does little to ease either teams relegation fears but at least Bears finally have their season up and running.
Dan's joined Hustlers on 10 points after trailing at home to a revitalised Whitecross Bar.
Cathal Phelan and Gavin Malone gave Whitecross Bar a useful 2-0 lead. Niall O'Hagan and Paddy O'Callaghan slipping up for Dan's.
Niall Connolly and the brilliant James O'Hagan levelled at the half-way stage. James O'Hagan took his incredible tally to 7 wins from 8 league games. Michael Feenan and the in form Marty O'Callaghan losing for the 'Cross'.
Shane Phelan put Whitecross back in front with his 7th win from 8 games. What a coup it was getting him to re-sign for Whitecross. He beat smart potter Tony McElroy who has struggled to close out games this season. He has only played 4 league games but lost them all.
The brilliant potting Michael Green beat Gareth McCann to level up with 2 to play.
Barney Preece picked up his 5th league win after beating the talented Alan Burke and Dan's had the lead for the 1st time going into the final frame.
Jimmy McVerry the Dan's captain was too good for Brian O'Neill and 2 very valuable points were in the bag for Dan's.
Orchard Bar had a good win away in Trainor's Bar. The Camlough side led 2-0 through Tommy Mooney who won his 7th game out of 8 and Declan Finnegan winning the other.
David Cromie and Lee Irvine levelled before Mervyn Kernaghan and PJ McDanial made it 4 frames in a row for the visiting Orchard.
Liam Bradley made it 4-3 with his 5th league win of the season.
Noel Brown was the Orchard hero with his 4th win of the season to take maximum points and fire the Rathfriland Road side to within a point of Dan's and Hustlers.
Division 1 leaders Nan's Rams and 2nd placed McGuigan's B clashed in the biggest game of the season so far for them both. Rams went into the game having dropped only one point while McGuigan's had lost one and drew one. McGuigan's dared not lose this match or they would slip 4 points off Nan's.
McGuigan's B put down an early marker by racing into a 2-0 lead. Martin Conroy kept his sensational record going when he beat Robbie Rice in the opener.
It was 2-0 McGuigan's thanks to John Hogan beating Stephen Sherry.
Nan's hit back in true champions elect style by taking the next 2 to level at 2-2. Pat McClenaghan and Andrew Chan beating Gerard McGuigan and Adrian O'Hagan.
Paul McAreavey showed his class to beat Rony O'Reilly for 3-2 McGuigan's.
Malachy Maguire faced Mike McArdle in the match-up of the night. McArdle was good last year in the 'One Year Only' relegated McGuigan's side who dropped out of the Premier Division. Malachy Maguire was sporting a 100% winning record of 7 wins out of 7. It had to end some time for Maguire but he would have hoped it not to be in a crucial match like this. McArdle had to dig deep but he fell over the winning line to give McGuigan's a massive 2 frame cushion and a 4-2 lead.
Leigh McAlinden hadn't given up and the Nan's marksman pulled it back to 4-3 and his side's unbeaten start to the season was only a frame away from staying intact. Sean Monaghan was McAlinden's defeated opponent.
Nicky Langton was drafted in as McGuigan's sub and he was taking on Mark Maguire who was enjoying a very good season. Maguire was favourite for this one especially on his home table but it just wasn't Nan's night. McGuigan's smashed Division 1 wide open by taking the decider an Langton was a hero among many teams below because now theres only 4 points separating the top 7 teams.
Johnny Murphy's eased to victory over Foresters A up in Meigh on Thursday night. Marty White, Stephen Murphy, Darren O'Hanlon and even Pat Quinn got Johnny Murphy's off to the dream start.
Ruairi White notched a frame for Foresters to make it 4-1 but it was only a stay of execution.
John Daly wrapped up the 2 points at the 2nd time of asking.
Jim Magee and John McClorey made the score a little more respectable looking when they won the final 2 frames of the night.
Murphy's are now joint 3rd with 3 other teams and 3 points off top spot.
In Division 2 there were wild celebrations as Dan's Rebels picked up their 1st win of the season. Dan's had 4 draws to their name which was keeping them clear of bottom teams.
Prior to this game they were joined on 4 points with Thursday night's opponents Madden's Bar.
The Bessbrook side travelled in to Newry in hope of a win more than in expectations.
Sean O'Callaghan and Terry Phoenix catapulted The Rebels into a 2-0 lead. Sean Curran and Brendan 'Totts' Curran beaten on their own table.
Deirbhle Murphy beat Gerard Hughes to get Madden's off the mark for 2-1.
Patrick Crimmins and Seamus Tumilty got Dan's in the groove with wins over Wayne Reilly and Damien Lonegan. 4-1.
Garry Boyle didn't hang about in sewing up the 2 points. Declan O'Callaghan unable to prevent the points travelling to South Armagh.
Chris McCormack and Raymond Flynn rounded off a rather demoralizing night for Madden's when they beat Ciaran Bradley and Kiefer Walsh. 7-1 will be tough to take for Madden's but for Dan's Rebels this is a great confidence booster heading towards the end of the year.
Trainor's B let slip a 3-0 lead against a McSwiggan's side hunting promotion. Trainor's B are bottom of the table on 3 points and won't believe how they could possibly lose after being 3-0 up.
Tony McGivern, Darren Rowntree and Derek Ruddy were a strong looking starting 3 and it was looking good when the home team took the hat-trick of frames.
Henry McLoughlin, Johnny Irwin and Calum Murphy took the next 3 and the Trainor's heads dropped.
Gary Clarke and Joe Finnegan took the last 2 frames for McSwiggan's and they will be delighted to have come away with a win that keeps them 3 points off the top.
Armagh/Down had a cracking game with league leaders CWC B. Mid-table Armagh/Down had been building a bit of momentum lately and couldn't be underestimated.
Emmett McParland is having a good season and gave CWC B the lead with a good win over Decky Magee.
This started a tit-for-tat as Armagh/Down continually took the lead only to be pegged back.
Brendan McCabe beat captain Paul Kelland for 2-1 Armagh/Down.
It was 2-2 when Tommy Rooney beat young James Clarke in one of the best frames of the night.
Shane McVerry had the hosts Armagh/Down 3-2 up after he beat Raymond Sands.
Willie Andrews is a great player but he couldn't prevent the experienced grinder Kieran Cunningham from tying the match with only 2 frames to go.
For the 1st time on the night a team took 2 frames on the spin when John Magee put Armagh/Down in front at 4-3. He beat Pat Hughes.
Calium McParland was the CWC B hero when he stole a share of the spoils. Axel Foley the Armagh/Down player unable to get the Monaghan Street side over the winning line.
The draw keeps CWC B top of the table and still 2 clear of Millvale after the latter drew with fellow promotion rivals 4-4.
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