We don't give the Pairs much coverage here on the blog but this Thursday night see's the last 8 pairs play to a finish. It's a tournament Kieran McMahon has made his own. Last year he won it with his TJ's A team mate Declan Brennan. Brennan headed for England to join the pro ranks on the snooker circuit.
McMahon won it the year before with CWC team mate Gerry Cregan. Now the partnership with Cregan has been reunited and the the pair are well in the hunt this year again for more honours.
Although Kieran McMahon has a phenomenal record in the Pairs event it is a notoriously unpredictable tournament with lots of tactical knowledge the key! The Pairs has reverted back to the old way were potter stays at the table and not the previous Scotch Doubles.
Incredibly there are 5 family pairings in the hunt and they all missed each other in the draw. The Hanna's, Markey's, O'Neill's, Fletcher's and the Phelan's will all be trying to 'keep it in the family' on Thursday night!
Mike Nugent and Leigh McAlinden (Nan's Rams) v Harvey Lavelle and Pat Brady (Sheepbridge).
Lavelle and Brady are among the favourites for the trophy. Two wonderful players with trophy cabinets bulging at the seams. They hall the shots and both blessed with tactical knowledge the rest only dream of. They should have no problems against Nugent and McAlinden. The Nan's pair always get a good run in the doubles but this is very likely an early night for these 2.
Gavin McNally and Niall O'Hare (TJ's D) v Kieran Hanna and Ciaran Hanna (McGuigan's A)
The TJ's pair are pure potting machines. O'Hare the obvious danger man while McNally will be happy to go for everying too. The 2 Hanna father and son combo will certainly use Kieran's experience and tactics to edge a tight game and both can take out a big finish.
Harvey Lavelle and Pat Brady v Kieran Hanna and Ciaran Hanna.
Harvey Lavelle and Pat Brady
Adrian Murphy and Killian McDonald (Millvale) v Seany Markey and Yogi Markey (Sheepbridge B).
To the untrained eye a Millvale v Sheepbridge B doubles match-up isn't worth a 2nd glance but Adrian Murphy is a top player with all the shots and tactics to go with it. Killian McDonald had a good season and can mix it up although at the highest level remains to be seen.
The 2 Markey's played for Sheepbridge in the Premier Division last year and are as experienced as any pair left in the competition. Seany is 1 of the best potters while Yogi will play it safe. The 2 Markey's will be too good in this 1.
Kieran McMahon (CWC) and Gerry Cregan v Declan McConville and Declan McMahon (TJ's A)
Well this is the tie of the round without question. All eyes in TJ's will be on this 1. The TJ's duo are among the elite players at the minute. Both bristling with confidence. Declan McMahon has won everything Newry Pool has to offer. He won't suffer nerves. McConville is prone to the odd mistake on the big finishes.
Kieran McMahon is the complete player. Ice runs through his veins and nerves won't be a factor. Gerry Cregan is very underrated but his long pots are suspect and the TJ's pair will try to exploit him.
Really this is toss of a coin but if the 2 Declan's play to their best I can see them squeezing through on a decider.
Seany Markey and Yogi Markey v Declan McConville and Declan McMahon
Declan McConville and Declan McMahon
Ciaran O'Neill and Billy O'Neill (Hustlers) v Paul Kelland and Martin McClelland (CWC).
Although CWC had a comfortable mid-table season and Hustlers flirted round the relegation zone. The 2 O'Neill's probably start favourites.
Ciaran O'Neill has been in great form all season and Billy is steady as a rock.
Paul Kelland captained CWC to mid-table safety but as a player he's been inconsistent. Martin McClelland has been a lot better but you would be crazy to tip anyone other than an O'Neill 1/4 final place.
Micky Cunningham and Cathal McCoy (Hustlers) v Liam Bradley and Noel Bradley (McGuigan's C).
Both pairings bring plenty of experience to the table. Although the 2 Bradley's have played in the top Division in the past they've mostly played in the 2nd tier while the Hustlers double act have lots of Silverware from the highest level. The 2 Bradley's will definitely be up for this 1 but whether they have the game to cause an upset is doubtful.
The Hustlers pair should be too good and will make the 1/4 final with a bit to spare.
Ciaran O'Neill and Billy O'Neill v Micky Cunningham and Cathal McCoy
Micky Cunningham and Cathal McCoy
Stevie Noades and Eugene McDermott (TJ's A) v Richard Fletcher and Kris Fletcher (Boyds).
5 or 6 years ago when the 2 Fletcher brothers were in the top tier and regularly entertaining us in the latter stages of competitions this would have been a very very tough game to call.
Noades and McDermott have not needed to be at their best this season but playing for the best team in Newry will mean they're razor sharp compared to the 2 Boyds lads plying their trade in the bottom rung of the Newry Pool league.
Noades and McDermott might get a good challenge from the Fletcher's but they should still cruise through.
Dermot Lonergan and Niall McVerry (Sheepbridge) v Shane Phelan and Cathal Phelan.
This is going to be tight and scrappy, make no bones about it. Lonergan of Sheepbridge and Cathal Phelan of Whitecross will both be the tactical brains on the night.
McVerry of Sheepbridge and Shane Phelan would prefer to get stuck in and go for their pots.
If Cathal can keep brother Shane on the right track the Whitecross pair could nick this but don't be surprised to see 1 or even 2 respotted blacks in this match.
Stevie Noades and Eugene McDermott v Shane and Cathal Phelan
Shane Phelan and Cathal Phelan
1. Harvey Lavelle and Pat Brady v Declan McConville and Declan McMahon
2. Micky Cunningham and Cathal McCoy v Shane Phelan and Cathal Phelan
Harvey Lavelle and Pat Brady v Micky Cunningham and Cathal McCoy
Harvey Lavelle and Pat Brady
Ok getting those all correct is a longer shot than Killeavy winning the Premier Division next season, Michael Feenan winning the individuals, Declan McConville winning the World Pool Championships and Leicester City winning the Champions League but why not stick up who you think will be the semi-final line-up just for fun.Come on lads join in the fun have your say on newry poolleagues facebook page and lets see you all in TJs on Thursday night for the pairs finals See you there . Look out for Individuals Blog Coming Later on today