The bubbles are fizzing about the bottle floating in an ice bucket waiting for the cork to pop. I'm sure with Jim McQuillan owner of the one and only TJ's pool hall only the finest champagne will be chilling for the so far unbeaten 'A' team who have opened up a commanding 5pt lead at the top of the premier league.
Declan McConville has done a brilliant job as captain keeping the lads motivated but also keeping a big squad of brilliant players happy to take they're turn sitting out games.
Another 2pts on Thursday night was hard earned with a tight 5-3 win on close neighbours Bosco.
Two of TJs most consistent performers Stevie Noade & the simply brilliant Kieran McMahon got home side TJs off to a flying start with wins over Anthony Morgan & Kieran Hanna.
The pressure was on though as Darren Devlin & Conor McCarten squared up the match with wins over Manny Byrne & Jack Courtney with the latter contesting the final of a N.I tour event only last week to leave the score 2-2.
The re-signing of Laurence McAinden has proved a fruitful one for himself and TJs as he continued his brilliant form against his former teammates & employers Bosco defeating Sean McCaul with some inspiring pool.
Tristan Byrne restored TJs 2 frame lead hammering Dee Brady to leave the home side 4-2 up.
Raymie McKenn's defeat to impressive Ciaran Hanna left it a tense battle for the points but in typical fashion Declan McConville eased his side to the 2pts with controlled pool and a calm finish to increase TJs lead at the top of the prem div.
TJ's face a tricky trip to Whitecross in their next league game then host 2nd placed Carrickcruppen in a must win game for Cruppen or the champagne may just be popped as the last tootle challenge would be ended once and for all.
Mathematically Carrickcruppen can still win the premier division but realistically Whitecross ended the title dream in Cruppen on Thurs night with a superb display.
The unbeaten Paddy Clarke was on form again as he got the better of Brian O'Neill in a close game.
Cathal Phelan was in great form when he beat old team mate Seamie McGeoghan with a brilliant double on the black. Mickey O'Hanlon gave the 'Cross' a surprise lead when he beat Marty Lavelle with both players struggling to tick the win box lately. 1-2 Whitecross.
Mickey Feenan usually very reliable this season tasted a rare defeat at the hands of pot crazy Pat Byrne. 2-2.
Whitecross then took a superb 4-2 lead when Shane Phelan beat the classy Harvey Lavelle with some great pool then Gareth McCann defeated Ian McDonald and the Cruppen title dream turned into a nightmare.
Paddy Tavey had been in a rich vain of form lately and he pulled it back to 4-3 with a good finish over Joseph McTaggart.
Marty Lavelle nicked a draw for the home side with some great potting beating Gavin Malone in a high quality finale.
Now 5pts behind TJs, Carrickcruppen can't afford to drop even a point in they're remaining fixtures to even have a hope of catching TJs.
McGuigans beat Killeavy 7-1 to go a point behind Carrickcruppen and St.Catherines picked up to valuable points in their search to climb off bottom of the table.
OVERALL INDIVIDUAL event has been massively backed with 128 entries going into the hat. Kieran McMahon of TJs is the current holder of the tournament going into its 3rd year.
He defeated Harvey Lavelle in last years high quality final which was streamed live on destination Newry.
Manny Byrne won it the year before so it always produces the best players in the latter stages. Cathal Phelan is never far from the business end of things so he's one to watch as well as Richard Fletcher & Jack Courtney have proved they are in the favourites bracket. On form players such as Laurance McAlinden, Paddy Clarke, Michael Feenan, Stevie Taggert & Mo Ruddy will be players to avoid in the draw.