Headlines: CWC A defeat rivals Dan's in fiery encounter.
Hustlers beaten for the 1st time this season.
Sheepbridge in the hunt after striking out Bosco in Div 1.
St. Monnina salvage draw in cracker
CWC B march on in Div 2
Armagh/Down hit form
We in the blog have been informed CWC will be handing out crash helmets to the locals on Thursday night's (LOL) for the forseable future and full body armour after 11pm. CWC A and their B team are both top of their respective Divisions so maybe the excitement got the better of them.
Some people need to remember that this is not the wild wild west. Very few pubs have horses at the front door maybe with the exception of Whitecross. Players need to behave and it's unfortunate that we've heard CWC will be bolting all their stools to the floor. (And Remember Its All A Bit Of Banter)
Before CWC descended into a John Wayne classic movie Dan's played host to the current Premier Division Champions.
Michael Green and Kieran McMahon had both only won 3 games going into this opening frame encounter. McMahon is no stranger to defeats this season but the joint individuals holder had little problems dispatching Green for 1-0 CWC A.
CWC and ex-Corrinshego legend Harvey Lavelle couldn't be put off as his much anticipated bout with Barney Preece turned a bit controversial. Lavelle secured the win and it was 2-0 CWC.
That heated frame fired up Dan's and they found their groove to strike back.
James O'Hagan was taking on a Paddy Clarke who is on a crest of a wave after getting to the semi final of the N.I pool championships. O'Hagan is an excellent potter and it was former individual champion O'Hagan who got Dan's off the mark and it was 2-1.
Paddy O'Callaghan and Declan McConville have had mixed results so this one would have been difficult to call but it was O'Callaghan that took it to a level match at 2-2.
Seamus McVerry is another former individuals winner and he inflicted a 1st league defeat on Stephen Rooney to give Dan's a 3-2 lead.
Niall Connolly hasn't a prayer against Pat Brady. Brady took his impeccable record to 7 wins out of 7 to tie the match at 3-3.
Jimmy McVerry was really up against it when he drew Paddy Tavey. Tavey had lost 3 of his last 4 matches as we had exclusively revealed in our mid-week blog. Tavey is a class above McVerry and CWC were back in front with one to play. 4-3.
Niall O'Hagan - the young protegè was taking on the crafty wily old Fox Bernie Magee. It ended up headless chicken v the fox and this result was never really in doubt. Magee edged to seal 2 very valuable away points and 2 points clear at the top.
As we know from the headline Hustlers have finally had their terrific unbeaten run ended. Trainor's bar are unpredictable and when they hit form they are a match for anyone.
Noel Bradley was fired in 1st in a change of formation for Trainor's. His opponent Damien Kearney had his brilliant unbeaten run ended last week. Typically like buses 2 arrive at once and Kearney lost a game he should have won and Noel Bradley had the hosts 1 up.
Tommy Mooney played himself 2nd and the switch worked a treat when he doubled Trainors' lead to 2-0 after a comfortable win over Barry Murphy.
Kevin Magee kept his super season going with a good win over Brendan McNally for 2-1. Magee now has 6 wins from 7 league games.
Niall McVerry had 4 wins from his last 5 while Cathal McCoy had won his last 3 league games going into this crucial 4th frame. McVerry finished cooly to give him his 5th of the season and now the pressure was on the unbeaten Hustlers.
Mickey Nugent was taking on Mary Cunningham with the latter winning all 3 of her league games played. Cunningham just didn't get the breaks and the European Blackball winner with N.Ireland Ladies couldn't prevent Trainor's taking a 4-1 lead.
Paddy McKeown had a tall order against Shane McAllister and the favourite pulled it back to 4-2.
Hustlers captain Micky Cunningham had himself down to play 7th but he played substitute Ciaran O'Neill instead. What a masterstroke that proved to as O'Neill responded in kind. Young Ciaran blasted in a brilliant break finish against the useful Liam Bradley to make it 4-3 and it looked like Hustlers could salvage yet another result from a losing position.
The biggest surprise of the night was still to come. Mark Trainor had yet to feature for Trainor's Bar and he was up against Damien 'Diddles' McArdle. McArdle had won his 1st 4 league games but has hit a bad patch losing his last 2. McArdle was still hot favourite but pool can be a funny ole game and Trainor held his nerve to edge a close frame to take maximum points for his Trainor's Bar. 5-3.
Hustlers have CWC A next and now they'll be looking over their shoulder as the chasing pack close in.
Whitecross moved to within touching distance as they took their 7th point from the last 8 available. Bears would be in free fall if there was anywhere else to go. To be fair to Bears they are a brave bunch and they won't throw in the towel. Paddy Charlie Heaney was right though. They do not lack consistency. Played 7 and lost 7. Played two cups and got dumped in two cups.
Fortunately the only way is up. Well sort of....... relegation is staring them in the face and the trap door is loosening by the week.
Neil Heaney got them off to a superb start when he beat an inconsistent Cathal Phelan to put the visiting Bears 1 up.
Whitecross struggled with the favourites tag when Noel Donaldoson lost yet again, this time to the excellent Ralph Crummy for 2-0.
Marty O'Callaghan has been sensational since Feenan learnt how to use him. His 4th league win on the trot gave Whitecross some belief. Paul Murphy his latest victim.
Gavin Malone has struggled since he gave up captaincy while Bears current captain Seamus Keenan is enjoying a fairly forgetful 1st half of the season. Malone edged it for 2-2.
Michael Feenan is finding some good form lately and the captain had a good win over Anthony Morgan. Morgan is having a woeful season but still he doesn't lack quality. 3-2 Whitecross.
Shane Phelan is spear heading the Whitecross assault this season he bagged his 6th win from 7 over Adrian Holman to make it 4-2.
Alan Burke was taken to a re-spot be crafty Eddie Heaney but after a tense match Burke wrapped up the 2 points for the hosts.
Brian O'Neill picked up his first win of the season against Paddy Heaney for a hard fought comeback. 6-2.
Bears were missing Gary Powell and with Neill Heaney,, Ralph Crummy and Anthony Morgan still tipping away the points will surely come soon. Now is the time to start picking up the confidence to give Division 1 a good rattle next season!
Ballyholland picked up a very good point away from home in the tricky Orchard Bar.
Tony McGovern got his 1st win at the 2nd attempt when he beat Davey McAvoy for 1-0 Orchard.
The home team were 2 up when Nigel Malcomson picked up yet another victory this time over Gerard McAvoy. 2-0.
The classy Robbie White returned to winning ways when he beat David Cromie for 2-1.
It was 2-2 when Jim McMahon surprised Richie Crawford.
Mervyn Kernaghan picked up a rare win to put the hosts in front 3-2. He beat a useful Manny Kelly.
Kevin McGovern tied it up again with only 2 frames to go when he beat Noel Brown.
Brendy Devlin put Orchard in front for the 3rd time when he beat natural potter Niall McQuillan and it was 4-3.
Alas there was to be no winner in this epic battle. Brendan Keenan is steady and he held his nerves against Scott Millar for a very hard earned 4-4 draw.
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