TJ's A have swept all before them this season including beating Whitecross in the Premier Division Cup Final.
TJ's A have become the 1st team in the history of the Newry Pool League to win the top Division without losing a single match & have wrapped up the Vegas Cup to add to the Premier Division league & Premier Division Cup!
Whitecross are the only team now that can prevent a clean sweep now. The South Armagh cueists gave them a good game in the Divisional cup final but TJ's dug in for a 6-3 win.
How do you go about beating the unbeatable?
Carrickcruppen played 3 of their stronger players 4th, 5th & 6th. Paddy Clarke, Harvey Lavelle & Paddy Tavey played later to avoid Kieran McMahon & Declan Brennan.
It worked too when they squared the match at 3-3 when TJ's were 3-0 up. Cruppen couldn't finish the job but it was an interesting tactic!
Laurence McAlinden has been a bit of an unsung hero for TJ's this season. Finding a 0 beside his name on the result cards isn't easily done. People have been saying Jack Courtney is TJ's most improved player but probably captain Declan McConville could stake a good claim for that accolade too. He's just got better & better as the seasons gone on won the Sth Armagh individuals.
Courtney & Brennan will be joined by Tristan & Manny Byrne at the world pool championships next month so we're talking cream of the crop here. Raymie McKenna & Stevie Noade are two great all rounders. Tactically sound & great finishers of a game. Eugene McDermott hasn't been a regular this season, but like team mate Declan McMahon both have an incredible record & never let their team down.
The mountain Whitecross have to climb is huge. At the same time many of these players have tasted sweet success before & won't fear the City Slickers TJ's. Cathal Phelan has has won the Newry individuals, Alan Burke has played in individuals finals in both Newry & Sth Armagh & Michael Feenan played at the world pool championships last year.
Captain Gavin Malone has won many trophies in Sth Armagh pool along with Joseph McTaggart & Mickey O'Hanlon. Brian O'Neill only recently knocked Manny Byrne out of this years individuals.
Shane Phelan has enjoyed success with previous team C'shego B team. Gareth McCann has won vital games in the Cross' fantastic cup runs & his nerves of steal will be needed tonight.
So this Whitecross side has nothing to fear tonight.
Obviously TJ's A start as clear favourites but this could be another classic match to finish of the season for the teams.
The Singles draw sponsored by Destination Newry is online & a preview of ALL the games will be coming soon!