It must be noted that runner-up on the night Jack Courtney made it clear he would be putting in an official protest after a refereeing decision called against him in the final frame. If this proceeds it will go to the committee to decide what happens next.
Back to the action and the last 16 saw shocks galore. None more so than McGuigan's A player Damien Flanagan dumping hot favourite Kieran McMahon (CWC) out 2-0. Both frames were scrappy but after McMahon potted away and left himself no finish Flanagan played great safety play to win 2 tight frames.
One of the games of the night saw Declan McConville (TJ's A) taking on Cathal Phelan (Whitecross). McConville was in for the break finish but a poor shot left no pot on the black and he let Phelan in. After some tactical play Phelan took the opener.
Declan McConville fired in a brilliant 8 ball clearance to level. Dodi McConville punished Phelan again after the Whitecross cueiest missed a long pot when he looked favourite to take the frame.
Jack Courtney (TJ's A) had a titanic battle with Harvey Lavelle (Sheepbridge). The games were tight. At 1-1 the decider went 20mins and a re-spotted black. A loose safety from Lavelle left Courtney with a cut on the black which was sunk with confidence.
Karl McGuinness took the opener before Shane McAllister took it to a decider. Both players missed chances but it was McGuinness who took his place in the 1/4 final line-up.
Micky Cunningham (Hustlers) gave Laurence McAlinden a right scare. Cunningham took the 1st against McAlinden' Laurence then had a great break finish to level the match at 1-1. The out going league Secretary had a long range cut on the black to win the match but when he missed McAlinden made no mistake to win 2-1.
Jason Lennon hit form to beat Jimmy O'Hare 2-0.
In a mistake ridden game Conor Dullaghan edged out Niall O'Hare 2-1. Dullaghan took the opener and Niall clawed it level. Both players missed chances to win it but eventually it was the Granvue star that made it through.
Seamus McVerry got a tough opponent in Damien Woods. McVerry learned from where Tristan Byrne and Barney Preece failed by playing intelligent pool and not leave himself open for snookers to book his place in 1/4 final.
Damien Flanagan couldn't reproduce his heroics as some quality pool gave Jack Courtney a comfortable 2-0 win.
Karl McGuinness had Declan McConville well rattled in their last 8 tie. McGuinness levelled the match with some good potting but McConville played brilliant in the decider to roll home tricky black for a 2-1 win.
Laurence McAlinden was too good for Jason Lennon in their quarter final tie. McAlinden played some fine safety shots which created the openings for a commanding 2-0 win.
Conor Dullaghan was proving a real force on the night. He squared his game with Seamus McVerry with a very good finish. Both players had chances to take the decider but it was South Armagh player McVerry that claimed his place in the semi-final.
Jack Courtney 2-0 Damien Flanagan
Laurence McAlinden 2-0 Jason Lennon
Declan McConville 2-1 Karl McGuinness
Seamus McVerry 2-1 Conor Dullaghan
Jack Courtney v Laurence McAlinden
This mouth watering clash of the titans was typically tight battle with 2 top players. A lot of tactical play saw Jack Courtney take the opener. They say fortune favours the brave and in the 2nd frame Courtney received a massive slice of luck when playing a cannon. He was playing a pot and tried to cannon his hanging ball into the pocket which McAlinden had surrounded.
Courtney missed the cannon but another ball came across the table and potted the hanging ball and even better he cleared the pocket and went on to clear the table for a 2-0 win.
Declan McConville v Seamus McVerry
Declan McConville started the tournament 3rd favourite and even though Seamus McVerry had battled hard it was hard to see past a Dodi win. The 1st frame was scrappy and McVerry was able to get McConville out of his stride. The TJ's captain was going for pots that wouldn't be frame ending visits. McVerry waited his chance and took it for 1-0.
The 2nd frame was evenly poised but after a bit of a tactical exchange McVerry had the upper hand. The Dan's player was able to get a crucial snooker and 2 shots. It was there for McVerry and he dumped the hot favourite 2-0.
Jack Courtney v Seamus McVerry
The final started with both players obviously nervous and missing shots they'd normally make. Twice Seamus McVerry got 2 shots and eventually took a 1-0 lead.
Again 2 shots made the difference in the 2nd frame. After Seamus McVerry received 2 shots he took his time and cleared with a controlled 8 ball clearance and a shock 2-0 lead.
Jack Courtney dug deep and showed his class by hitting back in the 3rd frame. Seamus looked to have it in the bag but with 2 reds left he missed and Courtney made him pay with some great snookers and a good finish for 2-1.
Jack Courtney was getting in the groove now and hit a stunning 5 ball finish to tie the match at 2-2.
It was all down to a 1 frame shootout to see who would be the 2016 Newry Singles Champion.
It was Jack Courtney who got in 1st after Seamus McVerry potted the white off the break. Courtney took his free ball and on his 2nd shot he didn't nominate and the ref called a foul. After a brief exchange of opinions Seamus McVerry proceeded with 2 shots. Both players had chances as the frame neared the finish line. Courtney looked to have nailed it only for a stunning pot on his 2nd last ball resulted in the white rolling into the middle pocket. That was the beginning of the end and McVerry eventually rolled home the winning black to huge applause. Pool playing Dad Jimmy McVerry was proud as punch.
Incredibly it Seamus McVerry followed team mate James O'Hagan as the overall individuals champion and both players were rank outsiders.
Well done to all the players on a great night of pool. The tables as well as the food provided by Jim and the rest of the staff in TJ's was 1st class as usual.
Big thank you to all the referee's on the night. It really is a thankless task.
Well done Seamus McVerry on an incredible night of pool. You were fantastic and deserve all the credit that come’s your way. McVerry played a style not dissimilar to the legendry World Snooker Champion Mark Selby. He was able to knock the big guns out of their rhythm and strike with accuracy taking out some brilliant finishes on the night. Well done Seamus You won it well .
PS Dont forget pool presention night on Friday 1st july in cwc hope too see all winners and runners up there on the night .