Take a bow James O'Hagan and Tommy Mooney. Two top class players and in the first half of the Vegas Sponsered Newry Pool League their class shone through like the Christmas light on the Town Hall.
James O'Hagan doesn't like to have a hair out of place and he has the perfect league record for Dan's to go along witb it with 10 wins from 10 games. O'Hagan won the overall singles title in the 2014/15 season and his relegated Dan's side have hit Div 1 like a Duck to Water. James certainly has adapted quickly with his attacking style just too hot to handle in Division 1.
Tommy Mooney has captained his Trainor's side from Division 2 up to the more competitive Division 1 and they look on course for their 2nd promotion in consecutive seasons. Mooney is a seasoned campaigner with the all-conquering Corrinshego side in the old Division 1. Mooney is a stunning potter and can also mix it with a tactical game. It has to be said he mainly plays 1st and did duck out of a few opponents such as James O'Hagan but 10 league wins from 10 games is a fantastic achievement.
Liam Bradley and Seamus McVerry also have outstanding records. Bradley, a Trainor's team mate of Tommy Mooney has won 9 out of his 10 games. Seamus McVerry a team mate of James O'Hagan has won 7 out of the 8 he's played and didn't attend 2 games.
Pat McClenaghan has won 8 and lost 2 for Nan's Rams which is a record to be very proud of.
Trainor's Camlough lead the way on frame difference over Dan's as the 2 South Armagh neighbours look to be going head to head for the Division 1 title.
Trainor's have the phenomenal Tommy Mooney with his 100% record tearing up all before him and Liam Bradley dropping just 1 frame in his league campaign so far. Bradley will be gutted he lost it against a mediocre Johnny Murphys in the penultimate game of the 1st half. These 2 have paved the way to the summit for Trainor's.
The other players in the squad haven't found wins just as handy to come by. Lukie Phelan and Paddy McKeown have 6 each which is a decent return.
Noel Bradley has 5 wins and 4 defeats from his 9 games which is acceptable for a team seeking promotion.
Paddy McKeown, Declan Finnegan and Mark Trainor have 4 wins each. Finnegan should be most dissapointed with 5 defeats while the other 2 spent a lot of games as subs.
Danny Cinamond, Charlie Doherty and Marty McCone have played here and there and could be useful players as Trainor's go all out in 2017.
No doubt Trainor's will still be right up there at the end of the season. They started out as one of the favourites and they've more than justified that tag.
Dan's joint top with Trainor's got caned by Bosco 3 games before the break but like true champions elect they hit back with emphatic 6-2 and 7-1 wins.
James O'Hagan takes the plaudits with his brilliant 100% record. 10 wins from 10 is even more special when you play 1st and get the oppositions best player more often than not.
Seamus McVerry has been in fine form tasting defeat only the once. 7 wins is good but Dan's are going to need the 2015/16 overall individuals champion to attend all their 2nd half fixtures to keep the pressure on Trainor's.
Gerard Hughes has been brilliant this season so far. Picking up 7 wins and losing 2 from his 9 games. Of all the games Hughes could have missed, it was the 4-4 draw with Trainor's.
Niall Connelly has played all 10 league games winning 6 which is a good return.
Peter Tavey has won 5 from his 6 and certainly Dan's need him going to more games with a record like that.
Seamus Tumilty won his 1st 4 league games but 4 defeats in 5 games has knocked his confidence.
Tony McIroy looks like a cracking signing. He won 3 before losing and has won his last 2. Watch out for the name in 2017.
Jimmy McVerry fired in an 8 ball clearance against Indo A but has offered very little else. He and Terry Phoenix have struggled to make an impact although McVerry has won his last 2 after a dreadful 1st half of the season.
Kevin O'Hagan and Barry Boyle have played very little but when they do they usually get beat.
Dan's seemed to have a good settled squad with 6 or 7 regulars each week. Dan's are looking good and there won't be many teams finishing above them.
Nan's Rams are tucked in 1 point off the leaders with 5 wins and 4 draws from their opening 10 league games. Their only defeat was against Johnny Murphys.
Pat McClenaghan leads the way and he is one of the leading marksmen with 8 wins and just 2 losses from his opening 10 games. His 2 defeats coming against the joint leaders Trainor's and Dan's.
Barney Preece was on course for a clean sweep of wins when he won he 1st 6 games but defeat against Dan's set him back a bit and he hasn't featured since.
Leigh McAlinden and Mike Nugent both have a very respectable 6 wins with Nugent playing 9 games and McAlinden the full 10.
Jimmy O'Hare had a slow start to the season waiting until match 5 to get his 1st win but then fired in 5 on the spin.
Rony O'Relly has won 5 games which is probably below the standard he would expect of himself.
Seamus Morgan didn't feature much but he has won his last 4 matches and looks set to be a big player in 2017.
Mark Magure, Stevie McSherry and Mark Pentony have been in and out of the team and haven't really got going with just 8 wins between them.
Mal Maguire has lost a fifth of his games which a terrible.
Nan's Rams have only used 11 players and look a good tight knit group. If they can turn those draws into wins in the 2nd half of the league they could well lift the Division 1 trophy.
Ballyholland are a bit of a surprise package this season. They have 6 wins (same as Trainor's and Dan's) but 3 defeats has left them trailing the leaders by 2 points.
The biggest worry for Ballyholland is their 3 main rivals have all beat them easily. Dan's winning 6-2, Trainor's 7-1 and Nan's 7-1. Dan's and Trainor's will travel to Ballyholland in 2017.
We have no result card available for Ballyholland's 6-2 win over McGuigan's B but it is clear this is a team where they have no super star players but this is a unified team effort.
Robbie White has at least 6 wins so far which is decent so long as the rest of the team are contributing. He has 5 wins from his last 6 games and he is vital to any hopes of competing in 2017 for a place in the Premier Division.
Captain Colm Shields has won 4 from his last 5 and can look forward to the 2nd half of the season.
Martin O'Hare won his last 3 and has a minimum of 5 wins which isn't too bad for the ever present Kingspan chief.
Jim McMahon loves his pool but he needs to improve on his 3 wins (possibly 4).
Manny Kelly, Gerard McAvoy and Brendan have improved in the last few matches but 10 between them won't take any trophies home.
Giby Vettienkal might be a local legend on the tennis court but on the pool table he drastically needs to improve. His 3 wins (maybe 4) are dissapointing but still better than David McAvoy who just hasn't got going this season.
Ballyholland are good at beating teams below them but when they step up in class they are found wanting. Avoiding defeats to the top teams is the obvious way to stay in contention but how do you go about that? Next move is yours Colm Shields.
Bosco are a further 2 points behind on 11 and need a major collapse from the teams above to move into contention.
Defeats to Trainor's and Nan's were set backs but a good win over Dan's put them back in with a good chance but 2 draws in their last 2 games saw Bosco drop down the leader board.
Paddy McMahon started with a win but 3 defeats then their bye saw McMahon on a bit of a drought. McMahon hit a magical spell winning against title rivals Nan's and Dan's in a superb 6 wins in a row. His total of 7 is very good and he leads the way for Bosco.
Darren Devlin has settled in well since he left quadruple winners TJ's A in the summer. He started with 3 wins in a row and 3 more in the next 6 games gives him 6 for the 1st half. He will improve if Bosco keep up with the leaders of Div 1.
Brian Dillon played virtually no pool until he won 4 in a row in November/December and looks good for 2017.
Damian Brady has 6 wins and he's missed a couple of games and goes into 2017 in good form.
Gary O'Reilly signed and won 3 late on so he could be a good 1.
Brian Wallace played the last 3 winning 2.
Liam McLoughlin has 4 wins in a patchy season.
Kerry McVeigh and Gary Wilson need to hit the practice table over the festive break. 3 wins each is relegation pool not promotion.
Kieran Cummins won his 1st 3 league games but hit a wall and no wins since is a severe dip in form.
Is Robbie Devlin still signed? Say no more!
Bosco have a few top players. Devlin, McMahon and Dee Brady. They only need 2 or 3 more to hold their own and they can keep the pressure on the top teams.
Windmill have been hanging on to the leaders in Division 1 this season. They lost to Dan's and then Ballyholland in week 2 and 3 and were never able to close the gap. 3 consecutive draws before the Christmas break haven't helped. Trainor's and Nan's were among the 3 draws but really they needed to be wins. 5 wins and 2 draws still only leaves them 3 points adrift of the leaders though.
Game 8 against Johnny Murphys was a 7-1 win for Windmill but no scorecard available means we don't know who played.
Conor Cunningham has been in fantastic form this season. Cunningham is a spectacular potter and with 8 wins from 10 games (presuming he won against Murphys) is a tremendous opening half to the season.
Assuming Aaron O'Callaghan played and won that game in Murphys then he had an excellent 7 wins from 10. O'Callaghan is an exciting player who looks for the early finish every game and it's working in Division 1 so far.
Brendan McVerry started with 4 wins in a row. He hit a dip but an 8 ball finish in the penultimate game before the break puts him on 5. He will need to build on that for 2017.
Seanie O'Connor and Stephen Gray have a max of 4 frames which isn't great for a team hoping for promotion.
Gary Caldwell had and 8 ball finish but still only has a max of 3 wins.
Gary Cunningham has been very poor with a max of 3 wins and probably it's only 2. That's shockingly bad since he's only missed 1 game.
Conor McKeown and Chris Marley have offered very very little.
If Niall McGeogh still plays let's hope he got a dart board from Santa because he needs a change of sport.
Windmill might need to dip into the transfer market or else the players they have will need to seriously up their game to stay in the race.
Granvue Hotel are safe in mid-table but they won't be playing in the Premier Division next season as 6 points is just too much to make up.
Granvue were hanging in rightly and still in with an outside chance but having 2 points docked has all but ended their promotion dream.
Peter McCourt is flying. He is laying down the law as the Omeath side more than hold their own. McCourt won 4 of his 1st 5 games and 2 more gives him a very respectable 6.
The game with TJ's B has no score card (maybe that's the disputed card) - different department so stats exclude that game.
Shane Feehan won his 1st 3 but only won 1 after that.
New signing Michael Lyons won 3 from his last 5 so he could be a good addition.
Ivan O'Neill signed and 3 wins in his last 6 isn't too bad.
Conor Dullaghan should be the main man but he's had a terrible start by his standards. 4 wins excluding the TJ's B game is not good enough but opposition know him now and play accordingly.
Chris Smith has for which is poor in a bad season.
David Heaney with 3 isn't great either.
Paul Bruen, Paddy Fisher and Raymond Philips should be embarrassed with their contribution. They've been abysmal.
Anthony McCarthy has only played 2 but he's won half.
Granvue might have no title realistically to play for but with the Divisional cup coming up they can still cause a few shocks in this tight Division.
TJ's B opened their season with a good home win against Johnny Murphys but had to wait until their 9th league game to get that illusive 2nd win. They did manage a moral boosting draw with Dan's but with only 7 points on the board they are in a relegation scrap.
Tony McGivern won 6 games in a row and 7 out of 8 in a superb start to his Division 1 campaign.
Johnny McMurray took a long time to get going but he's won his last 4 frames so he can look forward to 2017.
Shaun McDonald has played alot more but 5 wins for him isn't too bad.
Conor Heaney also has 5 wins and 4 defeats from his 9 games played.
Harry Brady with 3 and Paul Taylor with Damian McAteer both on 2 is atrocious. This is the sort of stats that sees teams relegated.
Damian Woods has dissapointed. He won his 1st 4 but missed a few games then lost a few and didn't pick up another win. Woods caught the imagination last year after taking out some top players in the overall Singles tournament during his terrific run.
Liam Downey has been astonishingly bad. If he doesn't drive his team mates to the games then he's taking up very valuable space in a car.
TJ's B are in a good scrap for relegation. They have good enough players to stay up but they need some commitment and dedication to move away from the drop zone.
McGuigan's B with 3 wins and not a single draw have 6 points and are all set for a tough 2017. Crucially McGuigan's have beaten all 3 of their relegation rivals. TJ's B, Johnny Murphys and Indo A have all been beaten by the Monaghan Street side.
John Hogan has been playing very well. He has 6 wins and only 2 losses. How they need him not to miss any more games.
5 wins from Keith Gilbraith is not a score normally to shout from the roof tops but his scoring could keep McGuigan's in Division 1.
Jake O'Keefe has 4 wins but he's missed a few games which isn't helping his sides cause.
The scoring takes a dip with Michael Kinney, Gary Fitzmaurice, Sean Casey and Austin Gilbraith all notching just 3 wins.
Stephen Byrne signed and has 2 from 5 so he will fit in fine. Joe Magill has 2 wins but has lost 5.
Nicky Langton lost all 3 of his games so McGuigan's will be hoping he's lost his cue over the break.
McGuigan's ability to beat the teams around them might just be enough to stave of relegation but it should certainly be a very interesting scrap.
Johnny Murphys have just 2 wins and 1 draw and occupy one of the relegation spots.
A win over Nan's and a draw with joint leaders Trainor's being the highlight of a disastrous 1st 10 league games.
Week 8 Johnny Murphys got thrashed 7-1 by Windmill but no score card from that game means we don't know who won their solitary frame.
Ryan McIroy is a good bet. He has won his last 2 and has at least 5 wins overall in the league.
Kevin Crilly also has 5 wins and possibly 6. That's not bad shooting.
Barry McNally won 3 of his 1st for but only 1 win since is nothing to be proud about.
Devin McShane has 3 wins but he's missed alot of matches.
The rest of the team are just playing like spear chuckers, just closing their eyes and throwing the cue! 2 wins here and there is horrendous for a village like Meigh.
Niall Collins? Does he play blindfolded? 1 win and at least 5 defeats is awful.
Gavin Harte 1 win and at least 5 losses again is brutal.
Sheila Johnston and Kieran Larkin have both managed to pick up 2 wins but lost at least 6.
Brian Harte with 1 win in his 1st 5 managed to double his tally in the penultimate game of the 1st round.
Johnny Murphys are certainly a small squad and they need to bring in some new players or Division 2 looks a good bet.
Indo A are terrible as individual pool players and even worse as a team. 10 games and 10 defeats is like watching a team getting drip tortured the old Japanese way. The life slowly getting sucked out of them game by game. Let's face it, from our pre-season blog we said this team were out of their depth and unfortunately we didn't know just how deep.
Nobody has told Stephen Jennings though. He to his credit is still battling away. 3 wins in the last 4 games is a credit to him and 6 overall is testament to the lads character. He even missed the game with Dan's so he's won exactly 2/3's of his league games. Not bad shooting for a side rock bottom of the league.
Stephen Quinn is captaining this broken up sinking ship through the trap door, but to be fair he's doing his best. Quinn won 3 of his 1st 4 games but just 1 more in the Bosco clash hasn't been good enough.
Brian O'Connor 3 wins, Pat Hughes 2 wins, Gerard O'Connell 2 wins, Chris McCormack 1 win and Neil Cunningham 1 win should hang their heads in shame.
But it gets worse. Conor Curran played 7 and lost 7.
Peter Smith played 7 and lost 7.
Indo are going down but don't go without a fight. 4 games they lost 5-3 so there's still hope of picking up some points. Let's hope Indo can hang in there are enjoy their pool and get a few points on the board.
Look out for the Premier Division mid term report coming soon.
Happy new year folks!