We named table 1 the 'group of death'. Only 1 player from the 8 will progress to the semi-final and it's a very strong table. 1st up Declan McMahon (TJ's A), a former overall individual winner was taking on a very useful Shane McAllister (Hustlers). Athough we tipped McMahon we did say he was in for a tough game and so it proved. McMahon didn't get many chances and McAllister mopped up for a very good 2-0 win.
Karl McGuinness (Orchard Bar) had a hard earned 2-1 win over Seamus McGeoghegan (Sheepbridge) and is certainly worthy of his ever decreasing odds on winning his 1st overall individual title.
TJ's captain Declan McConville needed some superb shots and a good finish to see off a resolute and very experienced Martin McVeigh (Carrickcruppen) 2-1.
Cathal Phelan (Whitecross) had beaten Emmett Fearon (Killeavy) on a previous night 2-0.
The so called 'group of death is taking shape nicely.
Shane McAllister v Karl McGuinness
Declan McConville v Cathal Phelan
Niall O'Hare took on TJ's D team mate Adrian Annett and there was only ever going to be 1 winner here. N.Irish U23 international O'Hare was a different class and cruised through 2-0.
Conor Dullaghan (Granvue) is a rank outsider for the tournament while he opponent Anthony Morgan (Hustlers) was half the odds to win it but we on the blog fancied Dullaghan to take a good scalp here. Both players have played better pool but it was Dullaghan who took his chances and progressed 2-0.
Our tips started taking a bit of a hit as table 2 started going against the form. Seamus McVerry (Dan's) had a very good win over Kieran Hanna (McGuigan's A). The frames were tight but McVerry held tight to claim an excellent 2-0 win.
Barney Preece (Nan's Rams) red hot favourite against Damien Woods (TJ's C) but again Woods claimed a huge scalp. Last time out Woods beat TJ's A hotshot Tristan Byrne in 1 of the shocks of the round. Preece was having a torrid night and going for crazy finishes. Woods kept it tight and got over the line 2-1.
Niall O'Hare v Conor Dullaghan
Seamus McVerry v Damien Woods
Normal service was resumed in a high quality match between Kieran McMahon (CWC) and Stephen Teggart TJ's A). Both players have won leagues, overall individuals, Pairs and cups so this is high pedigree. In the end McMahon was a cut above. He was lethal in his potting and finished with clinical precision for a 2-0 win for the tournament favourite.
Damien Flanagan (McGuigan's A) edged a scrappy encounter with Gareth McCann (Whitecross). Both players could have won 2-0 but after a few missed chances Flanagan made it through to the last 16 2-1.
Jack Courtney (TJ's A) is right up there with the favourites and he was too good for Niall McVerry (Sheepbridge). McVerry was living off scraps as Courtney hit form for a comfortable 2-0 win.
Harvey Lavelle (Sheepbridge) made it a double defeat for for the Hanna house as son Ciaran joined Dad Kieran at the exit of the last 32. Harvey Lavelle was never in any trouble against Hanna jnr and didn't need to be at his very best to win 2-0.
Kieran McMahon v Damien Flanagan
Jack Courtney v Harvey Lavelle
Micky Cunningham (Hustlers) played well against Ralph Cromie (Bears) to ease into the last 16. Cromie still has a Division 1 league title play-off to look forward to but he just wasn't anywhere near the standard on league Secretary Micky Cunningham. The Hustlers ace cruised through 2-0.
Laurence McAlinden (TJ's A) who is trying to add to his old Division 2 individual trophy got a very good win over the experienced Tucker Hughes. Hustlers top man Hughes gave McAlinden a cracking game but the quiet man of TJ's A potted some fine balls to edge it 2-1.
Shane Durnin (Armagh/Down) couldn't repeat his heroics that saw him beat Manny Byrne. Jason Lennon (TJ's D) was brilliant again and his ruthless potting make him a dark horse for the title. He sailed into the last 16 2-0.
Young Daniel McGuigan (McGuigan's A) got an education on tactics as Jimmy O'Hare from Nan's Rams was a surprise name on the 16 list. McGuigan is a fine potter but he had an off night and O'Hare took his chances for an excellent 2-0 win.
Micky Cunningham v Laurence McAlinden
Jason Lennon v Jimmy O'Hare
Some mouth watering ties for us to get our teeth into next time. We Predicted the correct result 12 out of the 16 ties which is pretty good so look no further than the next Individuals blog as we try to predict the winner.
Dont Forget Newry Pool League Will need to elect a new secretary at the 2016 AGM as current secretary Micky Cunningham will be standing down the date set for AGM will be on Thursday 21st July 2016 all teams wishing to enter the 2016/17 season are required to have a representative at the meeting .