The Newry and District Pool league would like to extend their deepest sympathies to the family of Kevin Morgan, a former league player ,who died suddenly last week. Kevin's brother Anthony plays for Bears and our thoughts and prayers are with him and all the family circle at this sad time.
A Kieran Hanna inspired Carrickcruppen got the 2nd half of their league campaign off to a cracking start when they beat Orchard Bar in the South Armagh Gaelic club. Cruppens problems this season have been well highlighted and its was good to see their captain taking our advice in rearranging their team for this match.
Paddy O'Callaghan played well and even though opponent Karl McGuinness was badly out of sorts , O'Callaghan needed a stunning black to put Carrickcruppen 1-0 up.
The majestic Kieran Hanna was taking on the dangerous Joe Poucher. Both ex-Corrinshego league winners this promised to be high quality. It was high quality alright as Hanna cleared for yet another break finish. The in form Hanna played a beautiful 2nd last red and freed up the black for an excellent finish to make it 2-0 Carrickcruppen.
When PJ McDaniel beat Jamie Lavelle the signs were bad for Crupney as they'd only picked up 1 point when he had lost. 2-1.
Pat Byrne and Orchard Bar's Richie Crawford got involved in an uncharacteristic tactical battle but the pot of the night from Pat Byrne (a stunning full length yellow with top spin) was enough to win the game for Carrickcruppen 3-1.
Barry McAllister had a good win over Brendy Devlin and Carrickcruppen where on the hill and on the verge of 2 very welcome points. 4-1.
Captain of Carrickcruppen Paul Hughes missed a red to the middle pocket to gift the frame to Sean McCaul and the comeback looked more likely now at 4-2.
Orchard ace Lee Irvine came too high off his last red and missed the tricky black to the middle. Tommy Lavelle made hard work of his yellows but he scraped over the line and won 2 well earned points for Carrickcruppen. 5-2. Good win
for south armagh side. Mervyn Kernaghan won a cosmetic final frame for Orchard when he beat Ciaran Hanna Junior.
Hustlers missed the chance to keep pace with the leading teams when they could only manage a draw with struggling McGuigans A. In fact Hustlers needed a final frame equaliser from the experienced Kevin Magee to rescue a point.
Damien 'Diddles' McArdle got the Bellini's based side into the lead when he beat Brian Campbell.
McGuigan's reversed the lead when Terry McNally and Paul McAreavey hit form to beat Billy O'Neill and league supremo Micky Cunningham for 2-1.
It was all square at the half-way mark thanks to Bernie Magee getting the better of Brendan Healy.
Damian Kearney was ousted by Dusty O'Hagan and McGuigan's were back in the ascendancy. Shane McAllister returned to winning ways when he ended his 2 month league drought for Hustlers to beat Tommy O'Hanlon and it was 3-3.
Cathal McCoy was out of sorts and Bud Flanagan took full advantage to give McGuigan's A a surprise lead in Bellini's with 1 frame to go.
It was left to league Chairman Kevin Magee to come up with some magic to win the final frame of the night to grab a last ditch draw for Hustlers , when he showed Mike McArdle his nerves of steel. 4-4.
CWC A got their free 2 Points in the absence of Killeavey, so the pressure was on TJ's A to win and keep on the leaders' tales.
TJ's A raced into a 2-0 lead thanks to Paul Morgan and Raymond McKenna. Adrian Annett replied for TJ's Tigers when he beat Jack Courteny to make it 2-1 but the A team pressed on.
Laurence McAlinden was sublime as he fired in a superb break finish against Niall O'Hare. Manny Byrne then Declan McMahon wrapped up the 2 points.
Richie Taylor and Davey Hanna won the last 2 frames for the Tigers for a final score of 5-3.
Whitecross v Bears will be played this week.