Accross the City the Champions elect were on their way to a demolition job on the Hustlers taking the points at 5-0. CWC were getting dragged in a right scrap with Whitecross in the Working Men's Club.
There was no surprise when the teamsheets were released that Kieran McMahon would play Michael Feenan. Shane Phelan was brave in his picks and decided to fight fire with fire. It was 'The Machine' verses the 'Tornado'. McMahon boasted an unblemished record of 8 league wins from 8 games. Feenan had 6 wins from 8. Both players have 1 break finish each so far and both players fear No One!
When McMahon fouled he left Feenan a tricky looking table. Feenan has moved up a gear this season and the Formula Karting employee left McMahon for dust clearing the table with unnerving accuracy. It was a huge frame for Whitecross to win and Kieran McMahon's dream of going the whole season unbeaten was obliterated by a touch of sheer class. The 'Tornado' has finally arrived and is ready to wreak havoc. The Premier Division - "you have been warned" . 1-0 Whitecross.
Shane Phelan would have fancied his chances against Bernie Magee. Magee has played all 8 league games and only winning half of them is below his normally high standards. Phelan edged the tactical battle and improved his record to 7 wins from 9 while Magee lost his 6th game of the season. 2-0 Whitecross.
Brian O'Neill has impressed massively this season for Whitecross winning some crucial pressure games. But Harvey Lavelle is a cut above most and it was taxi boss Lavelle that won the fare and pulled it back to 2-1.
A confident in form Alan Burke is worth and extra 7 or 8 points a season for Whitecross. Burke won his 3rd frame out of 7 played to put the cocky Terry McNally back in his box to fire Whitecross 3-1 up.
Current individual champion Paddy Clarke was in sensational form. He broke and cleared for his 1st dish of the season. It was simply devine pool from the money player and improved his record to 6 wins a 2 defeats so far. Opponent Gareth McCann only has 2 wins from the 8 he's played. For change there was nothing he could do about it as he watched on in awe of Clarke.
Now it was 3-2 and CWC in the ascendancy.
Cathal Phelan is having a horror show this season for Whitecross. It was a dangerous game by captain Shane Phelan to play Cathal 6th as he would no only too well Pat Brady would be waiting. Going into this game Brady had won the same amount of games that Phelan had lost - 6. Brady won his last 4 after surprisingly losing twice early in the season. The confident Brady was too strong for Phelan and it was all square 3-3 with 2 to play.
Gavin Malone's record of 3 wins from 8 prior to his game was abysmal and Micky Cunningham had'nt much to do to put malone back into his corner. Nobody was expecting a high quality frame and its just as well. Cunningham made the least mistakes and edged it to put CWC A 4-3 up and on the brink of a massive 2 points.
It looked like Whitecross had thrown the match away losing the last 3 frames to trail 4-3. Seamus McGeoghegan is one of the most experienced players in the Newry Pool League. He had won his last 2 games but with only 4 wins a 3 defeats, the tactical legend was far from unbeatable. Joseph McTaggart had lost his last 2 and won his previous 2 in the only 4 league games he's played so far.
McTaggart was cueing well and his attacking style was too much for the tactical McGeoghegan. Jokie potted the final black of the night to send Whitecross delirious.
Some of their players partied into the small hours to celebrate this most unlikely draw.
Eddie McCaughey, Niall McVerry, Jimmy McVerry, Seamus McVerry and Paddy Tavey wrapped the 2 points for a 5-0 win for leaders Trainor's Bar. Hustlers finally hit back when Shane McAllister inflicted James O'Hagan's 3rd defeat in a row.
Sean Murray won his 3rd in a row to make it 6-1 but Hustlers had the final say when Kevin Magee beat Seamus Graham to finish the scoring 6-2.
Hustlers captain Kevin Magee will surely have had a wee word in the ear of Dee Kearney who didn't even make the Trainor's sub bench. This story line would be the envy of the writers at Eastenders. McVerry doesn't rate Kearney while Kearney thinks he's too good not to start every week. Players miss two or three games and come straight back in in front of Kearney. Kearney has decisions to make about his future but at this moment we're being left hanging like a good old Eastenders cliffhanger.
We in the blog are delighted to give Orchard Bar the next write up. Not because they had a comfortable win away to Nan's Rams but because they finally filled in the card with full names on it. So we've gave them some attention this week as a special treat for them.
Orchard are sitting in a healthy 3rd place in the league, 2 points clear of Whitecross Bar in 4th. 4 wins, 3 draws and only 2 defeats leaves them only 3 points behind current champions CWC A.
Tony McGovern and new signing Jamie Fletcher have been on a different level this season. They're playing to a league challenging level. Tony McGovern has an incredible 8 wins from 9 games after his win over Mark Pentony. 1-0 Orchard Bar.
Nan's are rock bottom with no wins and only the 2 draws. They offered little resistance to the rampant Orchard.
The sensational Jamie Fletcher looked decent with Boyds but not exceptional. He's moved up a level and not only is he holding his own, he's been blasting opponents away with some stunning pool. Fletcher beat Pat McClenaghan for his 6th win on the bounce and his 7th in 8 games. 2-0 Orchard.
David Cromie needed to slow the talented Andrew Chan down to make it 3-0. David Cromie has only played 5 games but remarkably he's won all 5.
Nan's finally breathed life into the contest when Jimmy O'Hare beat Brendy Devlin. It was Devlin's 4th defeat of the campaign. His 5 wins to date have been crucial for though for high flying Orchard. 3-1.
Two exciting players contested the 5th frame of the night. Mal Maguire was good but not good enough to beat Darren Devlin and it was 4-1. After a bad start Devlin has won 4 of his last 5 games and 3 of his 4 defeats came in the 1st 4 games of the season.
Mervyn Kernaghan is the man for the big occasion. He is a big game player. He lost 4 games out of 4 that he played early in the season but he has now won his last 2 after beating Micky Lennon. That was the 2 points in the bag and 3rd place secured at 5-1.
Liam Turley is a super potter but he's finding life in the Premier Division a whole lot tougher. He suffered his 6th defeat on Thursday night and with only the 1 win he badly needs a confidence boost. Leigh McAlinden putting him to the sword this time. 5-2.
Noel Malcomson picked up his 1st win of the season although he's only played 3. Malcomson is a good solid player and will be a good addition if the can keep him interested. He beat Rony O'Reilly to make it 6-2.
The Rams were at home and more dropped just leaves them closer to The Premier Division exit door. For Orchard the aim must be to catch CWC and nab 2nd spot in the league.
McGuigan's Bar eased their relegation fears with a powerful performance over the hapless Bears.
Conor O'Hare, Damien Flanagan, Gerard McGuigan and John Hogan had McGuigan's 4-0 up.
Pat Byrne put on a potting masterclass to beat Paul Murphy to take the points at 5-0.
Ralph Crummy made it 5-1 but Nicky Langton showed that McGuigan's were still hungry and he made it 6-1.
Eddie Heaney won again for Bears to make it 6-2.
Its tight at the bottom of the table. Well its tight above Nan's with Hustlers, Bears and McGuigan's all looking to avoid the relegation trap door that looms large!
The draw for the individuals is out now so check it out on Destination Newry.
Don't forget we will preview each and every single draw so keep an eye out for that one.
Pairs Entries being taken soon.