Brady topped the charts with a impeccable 10 wins from all 10 league games. Big Pat is the current joint individual winner. He has won the individuals in the Louth Pool League as well as the South Armagh Pool League. He is one of the most decorated players ever to lift a cue in the local area. Doubles winners on many occasions in Newry, Louth and South Armagh. On top of that he has umpteen league trophies and every cup there is to win in the local game.
It has come as no surprise that the legendary Pat Brady is top scorer with a 100% record. He is well used to the new cushion rule we introduced this season and he is a phenomenal potting machine. Some argue he has the best tactical game in the Premier Division and his shot selection is 2nd to none.
Congratulations to CWC A captain Pat Brady on being the star on our tree and our Christmas no.1.
2) Tommy Mooney has 9 wins from 10 games. This is a terrific return from the ex-Corrinshego multiple league and cup winner. Mooney headed for Trainor's in Camlough after Corrinshego folded. He started at the bottom and helped drag this Trainor's team up through the Divisions and finally to the promised lands of the Premier. The part he has played cannot be underestimated.
Mooney has assembled a team now not just holding its own in the Premier Division but with his captaincy he has made them a formidable side fighting for 2nd place in the league. Mooney might have lost his opening league game against Orchard bar but he has came roaring back with 9 wins in a row. Usually he plays 1st or 2nd so he isn't avoiding the other teams big guns. Mooney plays attacking pool and doesn't hang around to get into long tactical exchanges. He knows patterns and makes finishes look so easy. Mooney is no doubt one of the best players in the Newry Pool League.
3) Paddy Tavey has 8 wins from 10 and is joint 3rd in our Christmas charts. Tavey is a regular contributor with his witty comments on social media about our blog. He even had the audacity to highlight a minor clerical error. Lucky for Pat he is also a regular winner in the CWC A team that is top of the league.
Tavey won his 1st ever league title last season and his increased confidence is evident by the way he attacks the game. Paddy Tavey is a great thinker and has good tactical awareness. His decision making and clinical finishes have improved immeasurably which makes him one of the finest players in the Premier Division.
3=) Shane Phelan has 8 wins from 10 and he has been one of the surprise packages of the season. Under the tutorage of Pat Brady last season at CWC, Phelan learned at a tough school. CWC's loss was Whitecross' gain. Without him the South Armagh side would undoubtedly be languishing deep in the relegation zone.
Shane Phelan was on course for 9 wins from 10 only for Harvey Lavelle to deny Phelan joint 2nd place with defeat in the final game before the festive break. Shane plays a good solid game. What has improved most is his consistency. He was always an intelligent player with good potting ability but now he's making less mistakes and producing on a regular basis.
3=) James O'Hagan has 8 wins from 10 games. O'Hagan only lost 2 league games and they were both against The Orchard bar. The 2015 individuals champion is still with Dan's and playing in one of the most attacking teams ever to play top tier Newry Pool. Their ultra attacking style leaves them vulnerable when things don't go to plan. O'Hagan's Dan's side had hoped to be challenging for the title this year but it looks like 2nd place is the best they can hope for.
James O'Hagan is easily the most attack minded player to make our Christmas top 10. His potting ability is right up there with the best. He can take out stunning finishes and can make it look like he has the white ball on a string. There's no doubt O'Hagan likes to look his best with his designer jeans and pretty hair gelled but no one can argue he doesn't look the business on the Green baize. O'Hagan is one of our Christmas crackers an he will be one to watch in 2018.
6) Ciaran O'Neill has 7 wins from 9 and is definitely going to be the surprise name on our nice list to some people. The Hustlers cueist has gone from being a dangerous opponent to being a feared opponent. This season he has come on leaps and bounds to become one of the most consistent players in the league. He missed the opening league game but went on a run of 3 wins on the trot before 2 defeats seemed to have detailed him. Those defeats amazingly came against 2 struggling teams - Ballyholland then Whitecross. A further 4 wins in a row has O'Neill firmly in our Christmas charts.
Ciaran O'Neill was always a good potter and was never out of tune on the tactical front either. He's improved in his shot selection and is taking out good finishes. A major plus for his captain Micky Cunningham is that O'Neill is happy playing 1st or last and he still comes up with the goods. O'Neill is only going to get better so watch this boy go.
6=) Seamus McVerry has 7 wins from 9 games. The 2016 individuals winner started his league campaign with defeat in Whitecross but 6 wins in a row had McVerry at the top of his game and back to his best. He missed the return game against Whitecross then tasted defeat for the 2nd time this season, Orchard bar the team that halted McVerry. He won his last game to squeeze into our Christmas chart.
McVerry is one of the more intelligent Dan's players in that he is slightly more likely to wait for the right moment to go for the game. He has a lovely cue action and this helps his long potting. Ice cool under pressure and fantastic cue ball control makes Seamus McVerry a player every captain wants in their team.
8) Harvey Lavelle has 7 wins from 10 and has long been one of the elite players in the Newry Pool League. Success follows Harvey Lavelle like a greyhound after a Rabbit. Endless league and cup trophies throughout his career in Newry and South Armagh Pool leagues has been supplemented with individuals trophies and he is now currently back to back Pairs holder with Pat Brady.
Harvey Lavelle certainly knows the tactical side of the game inside out. Against the better potters Lavelle often takes the safer option of covering pockets and using his tactical knowledge to beat his opponents. The Pool League legend is a brilliant finisher of a game. He has nerves of steel and will always be one of those players you hope to avoid.
8=)Kevin Magee has 7 wins from 10. His Hustlers team mate Ciaran O'Neill might be one of the surprise packages of the season so far but the rise and rise of Kevin Magee is just a down right shock. Only for 2 defeats in his last 3 games Magee would be way further up the charts.
Magee has been hitting the ball well and his close range potting and positional play is excellent. Ice cool player and that's why he made out Christmas charts.
8=) Kieran McMahon has 7 wins from 10 games. The 'Ginger Magician' is arguably the best potter in the local pool scene. His snooker background means if a ball is pottable then McMahon is capable of sinking it. The CWC star goes for the game at the earliest opportunity, creating openings with precision positional play and playing intricate cannons. It would have been a shock had McMahon not made our top scorer charts.
Bernie Magee has 7 wins from 10 games. Magee loves nothing more than covering pockets and dragging his opponents into a war of attrition. 5 wins from his last 5 games shows his style is working a treat. The Ex-Corrinshego and current CWC A cueist is proof that even with the new cushion rule that tactical players can prosper. Magee loves a good pressure game and certainly knows his way around a tricky finish.
Damien Kearney has won 7 from 10 games. Kearney won his 1st 5 league games to put him in a great position to be in our Christmas charts. Hustlers can thank Kearney for their great start to the season as he led from the front beating some quality players. Dee is a fine potter and is taking out some great finishes this season so far. If he can push on into next year then he will be crucial if Hustlers are going to continue to scrap it out at the top of the league.
8=) Nigel Malcomson has 7 wins from 10 games. 5 wins from his last 6 games was the catalyst for making it into our Christmas cracker list. Beating the likes of Declan McConville, Damien Kearney and Garry Powell suggests this is no flash in the pan. Malcomson is a methodical steady player that doesn't play rash shots. He prey's on opponent's mistakes and makes them pay dear. The Orchard Bar player will be vital to any success this team may get.
8=) Liam Bradley has 7 wins from 10 games. The Trainor's anchorman has been consistently producing the goods all season. Bradley is a top darts player but has always been very competitive on the Green baize too. A lot of Bradley's games lately he has played last and is showing nerves of steel to fire Trainor's into contention for runners-up spot. Bradley is taking out good finishes and can play tactical if needed. He is well worthy of a place in our Christmas chart.
Happy Christmas to one and all. Have fun and enjoy the festive break.
And lets remember 1st & 2nd Divisionals Cups are to be played Thursday 4th January
There will be no Premier League that night> Thanks Newry Pool League.