Michael (Tornado) Feenan has been dumped out of the competion once again for the third year running in the preliminaries 2-1 at the hands Garry Powell. Powell played well and deserved his place in the 1st round proper.
One of the fancied players Stevie Teggart sailed through 2-0 against John Little.
We said Barney Preece was kamikaze and he flew head 1st into the mountain that is Ciaran O'Neill. O'Neill was clinical and a 2-0 victory was well deserved.
In a big Premier Division match the long slugfest didn't come to pass as Charlie Broughton brought his A game to the table to beat Paul McAreavey 2-0.
Tommy Lavelle was in deadly form and he never gave Nicky Langton a sniff when he destroyed him 2-0.
Gavin Murphy gave Malachy Maguire a lesson in potting when he blitzed him 2-0.
Liam Bradley had a very good 2-0 win over Premier Division opposition Barry Murphy.
It might have been international Women's day recently but Chris McKeown wasn't feeling the love when dismantled Sheila Johnston 2-0 in the last of the preliminary rounds.
We must apologise to avid blog reader Raphael Crummy for mixing him up with David Cromie in our massive preview of all the singles matches.
Mr Cromie takes on Dean Haughey in Trainor's Bar Camlough.
Cromie is a long time servant to Bears pool team and is a really solid reliable performer every year. He doesn't hold back and likes to go for an early finish. He's a very good potter and can beat anyone on his day.
If Dean Haughey had very little chance against David Cromie then he has even less against Ralph Cromie. Any thing other than 2-0 should be classed as a bad scoreline for Cromie.
Kieran McMahon has had his odds slashed to 3/1 and it's easy to see why as Raymond Magee 66/1 offers no threat whatsoever. It's arguably the biggest mismatch of the 1st round draw.
Other players who should have a very easy night are Paddy Tavey 20/1 who takes on Mark Maguire 50/1, Karl McGuinness 16/1 who plays Benny Hoey 80/1 and Jamie Lavelle 33/1 who should have no problems against Stephen Sherry 66/1.
Some really good players will exit in round 1.
Pat Brady 10/1 takes on NI U23 pool international and supreme potter Niall O'Hare 18/1.
Break Finish king Kieran Hanna 28/1 is up against the very talented Noel Donaldson 33/1.
Shane McAllister 22/1 landed hotshot big talker Paddy Clarke 8/1.
Diamuird Lonergan is a long shot 33/1 and plays Terry McNally 16/1.
Some of the more interesting games is Mark Shevlin who can be backed at 50/1 v Harvey Lavelle 12/1. Both players are down on their luck but it will be a happy night for one of them.
Bernie Magee is 33/1 for the title and his big Belinis team mate and opponent Damien McArdle is out at 40/1.
Two of the best games of the night have to be Raymond McKenna 12/1 taking on South Armagh player Stephen Rooney 18/1.
Two virtually unbeatable Division 2 players Ryan Diamond 66/1 plays Tommy Rooney also 66/1. This will be a cracker and odds will be slashed for the winner of this.
The neutrals love a good upset whether it be in the cup or the league but especially in the individuals competition.
6/1 Manny Byrne got a potential banana skin 1st round draw against Gavin McNally 33/1. McNally is a fantastic potter and if Byrne not water tight tonight McNally could take this.
Gavin Malone 40/1 takes on lower Division opposition Niall Connelly also 40/1. Malone hasn't been playing well this season while Connelly is a potting machine with a tremendous record. Potential for an upset here.
Shane Phelan 28/1 has a tricky looking tie against James Clarke 66/1. Clarke has a good record this season and while Phelan is bound to be rusty due to lack of games. Keep an eye on this one.
Gerard Foley 100/1 is another good player taking on higher Division and he looks set to give Gareth McCann 50/1 a tough night.
Willie Andrews 66/1 has been superb this season and can rattle Lee Irvine 28/1 if he reproduces it tonight.
Paul Murphy 66/1 is another Premier Division player tackling a sharpshooting Division 2 player. Killian McDonald also 66/1 won't be found wanting in the potting department.
Last year champion Seamus NcVerry is 33/1
2016 champion James O'Hagan is also 33/1
Niall McVerry 33/1
Break finish king Kieran Hanna 28/1
Jamie Lavelle 33/1
Stevie Teggart 22/1
Other players to watch out for
Cathal Phelan 16/1
Tristan Byrne 14/1
Declan McMahon 12/1
Pat Brady 10/1
Good luck to all participants tonight. And Keep Reading The Best Pool Blogs In Town LOL.