Congratulations to Harvey Lavelle and Pat Brady (Sheepbridge A) on winning the Dessie McGennity perpetual Pairs trophy after a nail biting final.
Dessie McGennity was a former player and Secretary of the Newry and District Pool League and this is the 1st year the trophy has been played in honour of the great man.
Harvey Lavelle and Pat Brady beat Leigh McAlinden and Mike Nugent.
Niall O'Hare and Gavin McNally (TJ's D) beat Kieran Hanna and Ciaran Hanna (McGuigan's A)
Seany Markey and Yogi Markey (Sheepridge B) beat Adrian Murphy and Killian McDonald (Millvale)
Kieran McMahon and Gerard Cregan (CWC) beat Declan McConville and Declan McMahon ( TJ's A)
Ciaran O'Neill and Billy O'Neill (Hustlers) beat Paul Kelland and Martin McClelland (CWC)
Micky Cunningham and Cathal McCoy (Hustlers) beat Liam Bradley and Noel Bradley
Stevie Noades and Eugene McDermott (TJ's A) beat Kris Fletcher and Richard Fletcher (Boyds)
Dermot Lonergan and Niall McVerry beat Shane Phelan and Cathal Phelan (Whitecross)
Brief highlights of last 16
Harvey Lavelle and Pat Brady struggled but came through to scrappy frames 2-0 victors.
Kieran McMahon completes a superb 8 ball clearance to level the match at 1-1 for him and Gerard Cregan. Cregan gives away 2 shots in the decider and Declan McConville clears brilliantly for 2-1 win for him and Declan McMahon.
Micky Cunningham misses routine finish for a 2-0 win over Liam Bradley and Noel B Fletcher's with relative ease 2-0.
With Cathal and Shane Phelan looked set to progress after winning the lag on a re-spotted black. Cathal misses a thin cut to win it before Dermot Lonergan rolls in the black for him and Niall McVerry to make last 8.
Harvey Lavelle and Pat Brady through to semis unscathed after comfortable 2-0 win over Niall O'Hare and Gavin McNally. O'Hare looked up for it but a few uncharacteristic misses from McNally gave the Sheepbridge pair the initiative.
A stunning black to the top pocket from Declan McConville gave him and Declan McMahon the lead. Seany Markey hit form with a brilliant clearance to level for him and Yogi to level. A bad positional shot from McConville left and tricky black which he missed and it was costly as Yogi sent the Sheepbridge pair into the semis.
Micky Cunningham and Cathal McCoy looked set for a place in the semi-final but a missed black to the middle pocket by McCoy left them in big trouble. With the score at 1-1 Billy and Ciaran O'Neill played smart safety pool until they got over the winning line.
Stevie Noades was back to his best in this 1/4 final clash. A brilliant double to the middle pocket with the white going round the angles falling just short of perfect but Noade got the rest out and a beautifully controlled pot left a black to the middle for a superb 2-0 win over Dermot Lonergan and Niall McVerry.
It was Sheepbridge A verses Sheepbridge B as Harvey Lavelle and Pat Brady had to dig deep in the trenches to come from behind against the 2 Markey's to claim their spot in the final.
Yogi Markey got the Sheepbridge off to a flying start clearing the table then nestling tight in behind the black. Lavelle had a good effort getting out of the snooker but it was 2 shots and Seany Markey finished it for 1-0.
Pat Brady replied with an excellent and typically composed finish to draw the teams level for the Sheepbridge A team pairing.
Yogi Markey got in and looked game on for a huge upset when he took on a tricky cut to the middle. He made a fine pot but incredibly the white went up and down and found the middle pocket with the game at his mercy. Players of Lavelle and Brady's class won't give you another bite and it was the Sheepbridge A pair who sneaked through to the final.
The other semi-final was a slower affair. Where this game may have lacked the same quality it certainly didn't lack in drama.
Ciaran O'Neill had the 1st big chance to put him and Billy in the lead but a missed black went unpunished after an amazing cut on the black by Billy put the Hustlers pair 1-0 up.
The games were very tactical but Stevie Noades and Eugene McDermott levelled at 1-1. Ciaran O'Neill had a brilliant chance to put himself and Billy in the final but he rushed his final black and he rattled it in the jaws. It was lights out as the TJ's A pair McDermott and Noades booked their place in the final 2-1.
Well the fans that waited behind were treated to one of the most exciting finals in years. Stevie Noades was bang on form as he cleared brilliantly to give him and Eugene McDermott a 2-1 lead. The TJ's A lads were firing and had the break to win it. Nothing dropped and Harvey Lavelle pulled out a mesmerising finish albeit with a lucky flick off an opposing ball to leave a slightly easier but very tricky cut on the black. A delicate slice across and the black rolled straight in for 2-2.
Harvey Lavelle opted for a tactical break in the decider and with a thinking mans game ensuing time was running out. Lavelle and Brady had the upper hand and a loose safety shot let 'Big Pat' in for the finish we hear. After a short delay on his final red Brady steadied himself to pot the final red and black for a well deserved win. Lets not forget the runners up stevie and eugene who play exceptionally well on the night but is wasnt to be for them hard luck lads.
It was a great night for newry pool players some great games and a great atmosphere and tables were in great shape and a big thank to TJ's venue for providing there services on the night. Roll on 16th June when all roads lead to TJ's again that night when Newry Pool league Present the finals of the Newry individuals so lads come on down to TJ's and support your team mates' We look forward to seeing you there.
We tipped Harvey Lavelle and Pat Brady to win the Pairs and with 12 of our 16 individuals tips coming up trumps, the preview of the individuals last 16 - to a finish is going to be a MUST read.