It Has been mentioned that a number of the Newry Pool League players will be heading off to Represent Northern Ireland in the upcoming European Pool Championships in Nantes, France. Manny Byrne, Tristan Byrne, Declan McConville and Paddy Tavey will all jet out for team N.I. hoping to bring home some silverware.
Manny Byrne will play in the A team along side Dylan Leary, Nigel Craig, Simon McGirr, Chris McMullan and John McAllister as they try to dethrone a formidable England team.
The B team has a more local look to it as Noel Meara, Michael Magennis, Keith Walls, John Lawther will be joined by our very own Tristan Byrne, Declan McConville and Paddy Tavey. Southern Ireland are the current B team European champions and are very beatable this year.
Newry's former World Ladies Champion Emma Cunningham will be among the favourites for the ladies singles crown while Niall O'Hare will play in the Under 23's.
All the players will play in both the team events and the individual's.
The singles draw is on the EPA website.
Tristan Byrne got a very tricky tie against English international Gavin Lomax
Declan McConville plays Chris Tabone of a very good Malta team.
Manny Byrne got a tricky French player Alexandre Loret who will have all the home support cheering him on.
Niall O'Hare got another French player Sebastian Ramier.
Paddy Tavey got a tricky game against the experienced Jimmy Flemming of Southern Ireland but were sure the lads can do it for Newry .
Among the favourites for the singles crown will be last years winner Lee Kendall of England, John Roe (former world champion), Andy McDonald and Ben Flack all of England.