Already a point behind CWC going into Thursday nights round of games, a trip up the hill to the Bears was surely 2pts in the bank.
Bears are one of the favourites for relegation and this was surely going to be damaged limitation. The super Jack Courtney was up 1st for TJ's. His opponent Garry Powell is not a player to take lightly and when Courtney messed up Powell was on hand to give the Bears a surprise lead.
Raymie McKenna is having a dream start to the season and the TJ's ace kept is stunning 100% record with a good win over Ralph Crummy.
Manny Byrne is having a tough time on the baize lately. He sat out the big 7-2 Vegas Cup win, lost against CWC and now Newry Democrat ace sports reporter Sean McKevitt has given Byrne the red card. McKevitt is a fine potter and he was on form again to deliver the knockout blow and give Bears a 2-1 lead.
Captain Laurence McAlinden hasn't had it easy taking over from Declan McConville but he's still one of the most consistent performers for TJ's A. Seamus Keenan might be slow and tactical but McAlinden doesn't rush his game and will always wait for the right moment to strike and TJ's were level at 2-2.
Tristan Byrne was brilliant Tuesday night but you don't want to be giving Paul Murphy too many chances. Murphy is a fine potter in his own right and he gave Bears the lead for the 3rd time.
Eugene McDermott plays an open attacking game and while the 'Baby faced assassin' Neil Heaney loves to pot he has added a tactical part to his game. McDermott left Heaney the chance and the delighted Bears had at the minimum a point in the bag at 4-2.
To say Declan McConville is having a nightmare start to the season is like saying TJ's have consistent over the past 2 seasons. It's rather stating the obvious. Defeat after defeat after defeat. Then benched for the big game against CWC on Tuesday night, could things get any worse. Well of course they could. Frightfully worse. With Halloween only round the corner there are few things more scarey than 'Dodi's' track record so far this season.
It was up to former captain McConville to prevent immediate defeat and give Stevie Teggart the chance to play for the draw. Anthony Morgan struggled to get a game for the Hustlers team last season but he's found a new home in Windmill Bar with the Bears and he's back winning games again. Morgan was the toast of the Bears as he out thought then out potted Declan McConville and won the match for the hosts Bears.
Stevie Teggart won the final frame for TJ's A but Paddy Heaney will worry little as 2 very valuable points were already in the bag.
Now it was up to CWC A to see if they could open up a 3 point gap at the top of the Vegas Casino sponsered Newry Pool league.
Kieran McMahon got his customary frame to keep his 100% record and put CWC 1-0 up when he defeated Damien 'Diddles' McArdle.
Hustlers' Barry Murphy has lost his fair share so far this season but he had a very good win over Cathal Phelan to square the match after 2 frames.
This match will be remembered for 2 things. The return of the Legend Paddy Clarke and Harvey Lavelle being axed to the subs bench. Clarke is a quality player and after Tuesday's good performance by CWC Clarke has decided to jump on the bandwagon. Keeping Clarke interested will be the hard part. It's nice when your 1st game back is against Kevin Magee. Obviously Clarke cruised to make it 2-1 CWC. He was on for a superb 8 ball clearance but a missed black let Kevin Magee back to the table. Magee got the snooker but a very fortuitous shot saw the black fly into the top pocket and the white hang over the opposite top pocket.
Bernie Magee had a Halloween nightmare against Niall McVerry and the latter made it 3-1.
Pat Brady was back on the winners podium again after got dished on Tuesday night. He gave Shane McAllister his 1st league defeat and that put the classy CWC on the hill at 4-1.
Paul 'Bunty' O'Callaghan made up for his defeat Tuesday night by wrapping up both points when he defeated league Secretary Micky Cunningham.
Martin McClelland wasn't able to repeat his Tuesday night heroics when the tactical knowledge of Cathal McCoy Was enough to reduce the arrears to 5-2 CWC.
Paddy Tavey will be relieved to have kept his place in the team after slipping up on Tuesday night. Ciaran O'Neill is a player with bags of potential but Tavey had the experience to get over the line for 2 very good points from Hustlers for a CWC side who now lead by 3pts at the summit of the Premier Division.
TJ's A will host CWC A in the next league fixture and what a game this should be. It may be early in the season but this really is a must not lose game for TJ's. Falling 5 points behind would be unthinkable for the former invincible's.
Whitecross won the early season relegation battle against old rivals Sheepbridge A. Both teams were rock bottom with 0 points on the board and after Thursday nights result Sheepbridge look certainties for the drop. Noel Donaldson, James Toner, Martin O'Callaghan and Michael Feenan got Whitecross off to a dream 4-0 start.
Gwyn Trainor and Raymond Sands put the skids on Whitecross when they dragged Sheepbridge back into the match with the score nicely poised at 4-2.
Joseph McTaggart has had an indifferent start to the season some brilliant potting saw him brush the experienced Conor Quinn and seal 2 incredibly welcome points for thr visiting Whitecross. Gavin Malone tagged on a final frame win for a 6-2 result.
TJ's Tigers have settled into Premier Division life quite comfortably and they slaughtered Carrickcruppen in this mid-table clash. Richie Taylor, Adrian Annett and the sharp Shooter Niall O'Hare put TJ's Tigers 3-0 up. Tommy Lavelle, Paddy O'Callaghan and Jamie Lavelle were embarrassingly bad.
Kieran Hanna stopped the rot to keep his excellent start to the season going. Davey Hanna the 1st Tiger to get beaten.
Jason Lennon hammered Martin McVeigh to make it 4-1 TJ's Tigers.
Gavin McNally couldn't believe his luck when he was playing fallen Cruppen captain Paul Hughes. It was as easy as finding a false face in a pound shop this weekend and McNally sealed both points for a very easy win - 5-1.
Sean Rice suffered yet another defeat as Ciaran Hanna jnr made it a double Hanna win for the night. They must be wondering how the hell did we end up out here ?.
Matty Cartmill and Pat Byrne was never going to take long. Both super potters but Cartmill made it 6-2 TJ's Tigers for a very routine 2pts.