Hustlers stun Dan's A in clash of the titans.
Only Sheepbridge and Nan's Rams still have 100% winning record out of all 3 Division's after just 3 games.
Only Whitecross, Bears, TJ's B and Forester's B remain on 0 points.
Johnny Murphy's take the spoils in their huge Division 2 derby game against neighbours St. Monnina to end their rivals 100% record.
Top verses bottom in Division 2 - could Madden's upset highflying Cavern Bar?
With CWC crushing Whitecross thanks to Kieran McMahon, Harvey Lavelle, Stephen Rooney, Paddy Tavey, Pat Brady and Seamus McGeoghegan it was up to Dan's and Hustlers to see if one of them could stay with the champions. Shane Phelan had made it 2-1 when he beat Declan McConville and Conal McCavitt won the 7th frame to make it 5-2 when he beat Bernie Magee. The pressure is well and truly on for Whitecross captain Michael Feenan after he bottled out of playing and summer signing Cathal Phelan registered his 3rd defeat in 3 league games. No points on the board has left Feenan's captaincy in a perilous position.
Onto Hustlers v Dan's. Two proper teams who look like they could both give CWC a run for their money after decent starts.
2016 overall individual champion Seamus McVerry played solid stuff as he took on a returning but rusty Billy O'Neill. Former Champ McVerry was too good and the visitors were 1 up.
This pulsating match was all square when Irish International ladies player Mary Cunningham turned on the style to beat Niall O'Hagan for 1-1.
Cathal McCoy is down on his luck lately and 3 defeats in 3 league games is not the start this talented player was hoping for. James O'Hagan the 2015 individuals champion was potting excellently to put Dan's A back in the lead again 2-1.
Damien Kearney is looking sharp this season and he took on another superb Potter in Paddy O'Callaghan. Kearney took his chance as O'Callaghan suffered his 2nd loss in a row to level the scores at 2-2 on the half-way mark.
Shane McAllister has had mixed fortunes so far and he came up against a ruthless Barney Preece. Many pundits reckoned Preece as a good 2nd tier player but too attacking for the Premier Division with limited ability. He's proving the critics wrong and as he fired in his 3rd league win out of 3, he propelled his Dan's side into the lead for the 3rd time.
Ciaran O'Neill is one of the brightest young talents in Newry and he levelled this classic encounter for the 3rd time when he beat Michael Green with little fuss for 3-3.
Kevin Magee is rolling back the years as he sits proudly among the top hotshot's in the Premier Division. Niall Connolly was never really going to trouble Magee as the Hustlers ace smashed in his 3rd league win in a row to put his Bellinis side 4-3 up and the maximum points where in sight.
Diddles McArdle has been untouchable so far this season and he notched his 3rd league win when he hammered Tony McElroy to send Dan's crashing and Hustlers joint top of the Premier Division with 5 points.
The two promoted sides Trainor's of Camlough and Ballyholland fought out an exciting 4-4.
Gerard McAvoy and Colm Shields stunned the home side Trainor's when they sent Ballyholland 2-0 up.
Noel McVerry and Mickey Nugent levelled the match at 2-2.
Tommy Mooney strangely played 5th but he made it 3-2 before Liam Bradley put Trainor's on the hill at 4-2.
Ballyholland are a tight nit side and their never say die attitude will make them especially hard to beat. Kevin McGovern and Brendan Keenan tied up the match winning the final 2 frames for the visiting Ballyholland.
Orchard Bar beat Bears to join Hustlers and CWC A at the summit. A 5-3 win gives them their best ever start in the Premier Division with 2 wins and a draw.
In Division 1 Sheepbridge have dropped only 6 frames in their 1st 3 league games and another win with a frame to spare over Trainor's A of Canal Street keeps them top on frame difference.
Brendan Markey took the opener against Joe Fearon to put the visiting Sheepbridge 1 up.
When Frank McArdle beat Tom McManus Sheepbridge knew this was going to be a hard scrap. 1-1
William McShane is a cracking wee player and he stunned Sheepbridge hero and proprietor Seanie Markey to give the Canal Street 'Crazy Gang' a 2-1 lead.
Aaron Reilly had a good game against Ciaran Morgan Senior and it was former individual winner tied it up at 2-2.
Daniel McCarthy put Sheepbridge in the lead for the 2nd time when he beat Paul McParland to make it 3-2.
The experienced Barry Duffy made it 4-2 as Sheepbridge hit cruise control. Gwyn Trainor wrapped up the points at 5-2.
Tiarnan Casey pulled back a consolation frame for Trainor's but it was too little too late when he beat Ciaran Morgan Junior for a final score of 5-3.
Nan's Rams kept their 100% record with a real hard scrap against Forester's B. Nan's fell behind but Jimmy O'Hare levelled. When Foresters took the lead again it needed a superb Mal Maguire to level the scores at the half way stage.
Leigh McAlinden and Pat McClenaghan are 2 stars of Division 1 and the took the next 2 frames to put Nan's on the brink of keeping their outstanding start to the season.
Coley Rowntree sent Nan's onto the edge of their seats when he pegged it back to 4-3 but the talented Mark Maguire took both points back to Nan's as he held his nerve to help his side to a 5-3 win. It was reported Nan's didn't lose much sleep when they lost talisman Barney Preece and so far - on the table - they're only having sweet dreams.
In the big South Armagh derby St. Monnina were aiming to keep pace with the league leaders by winning up the Forkhill road in Johnny Murphy's.
Both teams have strengthened in the summer and the Saints had started the brighter this season.
John Daly, Darren O'Hanlon and Stephen Murphy blitzed the Saints to put Murphy's 3-0 up. Declan Brady, Stephen Cunningham and Andrew Mackin firing blanks.
Barry Smith and Paddy McCann dragged St. Monnina back into the match beating Martin White and Hamish Farrell for 3-2.
Old pals were reunited as a Killeavey reunion unfolded throughout the match-ups but it was Pat Quinn v Paddy Hughes that caught the eye. Good mates off the baize but now in enemy territory. This was cagey frame but it was Pat Quinn that edged it to put Murphy's in a commanding 4-2 advantage.
Dean Haughey hat to beat another former Killeavey hero Tom McGuinness to seal the surprise win. Haughey didn't disappoint when he played outstanding pool to seal the 2 points.
Yet again St. Monnina were favourites to take the frame but yet again Murphy's upset the odds. Conor McQuid learnt his trade with the legendary Pat Brady. Kevin Crilly just doesn't have the same CV as his opponent but it was Crilly that took the plaudits much to the delight of his ecstatic Johnny Murphy's team mates. Result 6-2 Murphy's.
Cavern Bar had 2 wins from 2 league games and were taking on Madden's who had played 2 and lost 2. It may be early in the season but it was top v bottom and Cavern were hot favourites. We did write in last week's blog that this Madden's team were well fit to compete with anyone in this Division and they didn't let us down!
Damon Murphy and captain Mathew Cregan had the Church Street side in total control when they won the opening couple of frames.
Decky Cunningham beat former Madden's star player Martin Reavey to breath new life into the contest for 2-1.
Stephen Byrne kept the frames ticking over for Cavern to make it 3-1.
Declan O'Callaghan beat DC Campbell for 3-2 and it was 3-3 when Sean Curran beat Joe Byrne.
Brendan 'Totts' Curran was switched to 7th from 1st and it paid dividends as he won the frame that took the first point off Cavern this season. Stephen Turley is no dozer so this was a good scalp to give Madden's a shock 4-3 lead.
Darren Laird hammered Ginger in the last frame to take a share of the spoils and ensured Cavern would remain joint top. Madden's earned their 1st point but remain joint bottom.
Chris Cunningham was the hero for CWC B when he fired his fancied Hill Street side joint top of Division 2.
Marc Fleming gave Nifty Fifty the lead but Emmett McParland levelled for CWC B.
Tommy Rooney returned to his usual winning ways for CWC but this cracking match was all square after 4 frames when Aidan Griffin levelled.
Cailum McParland gave the visiting CWC the lead again at 3-2 and it was Kieran Cunnigham that put favourites CWC on the cusp of 2 valuable points when he made it 4-2.
When Brendan McAllister beat CWC captain Barry Kelland the game was right back in the melting pot at 4-3.
Cometh the hour cometh the man. It was Chris Cunningham v Mags Ireland. It's bad enough playing in the nerve jangling final frame decider but when a fella is up against a lady player then the pressure cooker is twice as bad. Too make matters worse Margaret Ireland is a very good attack minded player.
Luckily for Chris the 'Ginger Magician' Cunningham he had recently been practicing with an All-Ireland Pool champion and some of those skills rubbed off as Chris Cunningham delivered the goods to fire his tasty looking CWC B side joint top of Division 2 thanks to a pulsating 5-3 win.