Bears only lost 2 games in their entire league programme while TJ's D have 1 win more with 16 wins from 22 frames. Amazingly both teams have identical frames won and lost with 112 frames won and 64 frames lost. They finished 5 points clear of joint 3rd place teams McGuigan's C and TJ's C.
On Thursday night TJ's D took on their Monaghan street rivals McGuigan's C. McGuigan's were out of the title race but it was still (joint) 1st verses 3rd so TJ's could have had a handier final game.
There was no sign of any nerves as TJ's raced into a fantastic 3-0 lead. The super Nicky Irwin got the ball rolling with a fine display against Mathew Cregan to give the visiting TJ's a 1-0 lead.
McGuigan's C were minus Joe Poucher and TJ's D started with a very strong front 3 with the brilliant Jason Lennon and N.Irish U23 international Niall O'Hare making it 3-0 to the Marcus Square cueiests. Conor McCarten and the attacking Mickey McClelland unable to hold back the already promoted TJ's.
The 2 Bradley's dragged McGuigan's C back into the match with some good potting. Phil Cousins not surprisingly lost again for TJ's then Adrian Annett followed suit as the champions elect were pegged back to 3-2.
Gavin McNally put his TJ's D on the hill with a crucial win over Brendan Fitzpatrick to give the visitors a bit of breathing space. 4-2.
The inspirational Matty Cartmill has had a brilliant season and he was never going to let this 1 slip and he wrapped up the points with a good win over Shane McVerry. 5-2.
Sean Rice against Rony O'Relly would normally have been a cracker but with nothing to play for it was Rice who put the icing on the cake with a comprehensive 6-2 win for TJ's D.
After last week's clerical error we would like all our readers around the world to know that it was Paddy HEANEY and Not Paddy Murphy who won the all important final frame in last Thursdays penultimate league game . We in the blog would like to profusely apologise to Paddy Heaney and the entire Heaney fan club for this error.
Back to Thursday nights action and the mighty Bears were made to work hard for their 2pts against a struggling Sheepbridge B team.
Garry Powell has been a beacon of light all season for Bears and he drew first blood for the joint leaders when he big Sean O'Callaghan.
Liam Turley and Raymie Sands put Bears on the back foot when they beat the reliable pair of Ralf Crummy and Sean McKevitt.
The sharp shooting sniper that is 'the baby faced assassin' Neil Heaney tied the match up at the halfway mark. Steven Quinn took the hit and the Bears were on the march again.
Adrian 'Oz' Holman has been in good form all season and put his Bears side 3-2 up thanks to some great potting against Johnny McVerry.
Seamus Keenan tried all his craft to get Bears to the hill but it was Shane Baker with a rare win who levelled the scores at 3-3 and now there was no more room for error for title chasing Bears.
Donal McSherry is a tricky opponent for anybody. The Sheepbridge player has plenty of experience and is a real battler. Paul Murphy is having a cracking season though and after an energy sapping frame it was Murphy and the mighty Bears that took the frame and now the title dream was back on.
Could Paddy Heaney be the hero for the 2nd week in a row? Only this time get the credit for it on the blog!
His opponent Conor Quinn is another battled hardened player. What a servant he has been to the Newry Pool league. But Heaney would not be denied his moment of glory. His brilliant win ensured there will be a play-off to see who takes the 1st Division trophy home.
And we can't wait for it.
Look out for the last 32 of the singles blog coming soon. We take a closer look at the runners and riders and who should progress to the last 16.