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CWC A might have done the clean sweep but we're going to take a look at the best of the rest.
In this blog we will take a look at the best players outside of the quadruple winning CWC A side. Are there players from Hustlers, Trainor's, Dan's or Whitecross that would be able compete against the champions?
This blog will look at the facts. Not opinion. We're not interested in excuses that Jimmmy or Paddy did their hamstring and couldn't practice.
Players like Mal Maguire, Pat McClenaghan and Marty Conroy were phenomenal last season but players from outside the Premier Division have been excluded for 2 reasons. Firstly we haven't all the stats for them but more importantly they played a lower standard of opponent week in week out.
Let's look at the top 9 scorers
1. Tommy Mooney
With 17 wins and only 4 league defeats Mooney could spearhead any team in the Newry Pool League. Currently with Trainors in Camlough Mooney graduated from the Corrinshego school of pool with Honour's. He won 2 of his 3 league games against CWC A so despite moving himself to avoid some big guns he still proved his class against the league's finest.
Best winning run - 11
2. Shane Phelan
With 16 wins and only 5 defeats Phelan deservedly won our Player Of the Year award. He had a fantastic league campaign and picked up the Pairs title with his brother Cathal. Shane is more used to reading the headlines about Cathals trophy haul but he eclipsed his brother by a decent margin this season. Shane Phelan has improved his potting beyond recognition and has a smart pool brain to back it up.
Best winning run - 7
3. James O'Hagan
With 15 wins and only 4 defeats the Dan's ace was the only player to win all 3 of his games against CWC A. 3 of his 4 defeats occurred against Orchard Bar - strange but true. O'Hagan is proof that ultra attacking players can be successful and being a former individuals champion is about as much proof as you need.
Best winning run - 6
4. Ciaran O'Neill
With 15 wins and only 5 defeats young O'Neill is making a real name for himself in the local pool scene. The only game of the season he missed was the opener against CWC A. He went on to record 2 wins from his next 2 meeting's against the champs. Young O'Neill is taking out the big finishes but also winning the tactical battles.
Best winning run - 6
5. Cathal Phelan
With 13 wins and 6 defeats Cathal joins his wee bro in our select 9. He missed a game against CWC A and against Ballybolland so he might well have improved his score although he did lose his 2 other games against CWC. Cathal Phelan was the only player to make it into our top 9 team who didn't register a league win against CWC A. Winning the Pairs title this season completed the set of trophies that top tier pool has to offer. Phelan is from the Corrinshego academy so needless to say he has the complete all-round game.
Best winning run - 10 (missed 2 games in that run.
6. Shane McAllister
With 13 wins and 7 defeats to his name, McAllister joins a small group on 13 wins. He plays a cautious game and will most likely be disappointed he didn't notch a few more wins. He did win 2 of his 3 league games gainst CWC so he has big game temperament. He had a good run to the semi-final of the Singles and ending the season with runner-up in the League as well as Divisional Cup is something to be proud of.
Best winning run - 5
8. Kevin Magee
With 13 wins and 8 defeats Magee has proven there's life in the old dog yet. The league Chairman had 1 defeat more than team mate Shane McAllister but there's no doubting he will be delighted to have made our top 9. 2 league wins out of 3 against CWC is great achievement. Magee rode his luck in s few games but who hasn't? He took out some stunning finishes and he can very much look forward to next season.
Best winning run - 3 (3 times)
9. Niall McVerry
With 13 wins and 8 defeats the Trainor's player will have expected to have had a few more successes. McVerry has one of the finest cue actions in the league but his shot selection can be awful. McVerry had 1 win from 3 against CWC. He's a former team mate of a lot of those CWC players so there can be extra pressure playing against them.
Best winning run - 3 (twice).
So that's the best of the rest. Not a bad side there at all. Unlucky Nigel Malcomson who missed out on our Team when he finished one shy with 12 wins.
Don't forget we are going Blackball next season and we will break the rules down over the summer to make it easy for everyone.
Keep any eye out for the date for the AGM over the coming weeks.
New season 2018/19 will be new for all of us but simple; blackball rules are a great way to play pool so lets bring it on. Plus a few other things we have on the pipeline for the new season so keep reading lads and lets look forward to new season comming soon.