Greenisland Colts 0-14 Swift
Doagh Weapons 6-8 Greenisland Galacticos
Eastway 2-12 Whitehead Spartans
Greenisland WMSC 6-8 Hit Men & Her
Whitehead Trojans 7-7 Warriors
Scorpions 13-1 Alpha
Cowboys 11-3 Teddy Bears
League Fixtures for Tuesday 3rd March
Match of the week took place in Doagh with the Weapons playing host to the Champions Greenisland Galacticos. Stephen Herron got the hosts off to a winning start, taking out local favourite Johnny Mackay. Northern Ireland Men’s B1 manager, Trevor Whiteside, got the visitors back on level terms with a fine clearance against player of the year contender, Rab McCullough, thus setting the scene for a very high level of pool from both teams. Wayne Lewis got his name on the board before Steve & Chris Carson put the champion’s noses in front, Steve with a break and finish. Weapons manager Tyler McConnell was described as having the white ball on a string as he levelled the match at 3 each, Johnny Mackay ground out the last of the first session with Wayne Lewis to take the session 4-3. After the break Rab McCullough levelled things up again before Trevor Whiteside finished his evening’s work and John McClean opened his account, taking the visitors 2 clear. Weapons talisman, big Iain from Spain, got himself off to a flyer to keep the hosts in touch and Galactico Johnny Mackay had a repeat of the first frame, this time with the result being reversed to put the visitors on the hill. Rab McCullough broke and cleared to give his team a chance of a point, however Steve Carson kept his cool to take out a fine finish in the last to take the match 8-6. Best for the hosts Rab McCullough 2/3 and for the visitors Steve Carson 2/3, Trevor Whiteside 2/3 & Johnny Mackay 2/3.
Champions Elect, The Swift, travelled to take on the Greenisland Colts. The hosts, buoyed by their draw with the champions last time out, quickly realised this was to be an entirely different match. Paul Roberts’ players ran amok with clearance after clearance. However there were a few chances on offer that will be taken in the future as this promising young team continue to gain experience. Dee Irwin, armed with his reworked cue, added his eighth straight hat-trick, Rab Butler got back to winning ways with a well taken hat-trick of his own and, not to be out done, new boy Craig Crawley got in on the act to make it a hat-trick of hat-tricks for the team. Paul Roberts & Andy Arbuthnot completed the demolition with 2/2 to take the match 14 without reply.
Second placed Scorpions continued this week’s league demolition theme as they destroyed visitors, The Alpha 13-1. Darren Whiteside corrected his recent form getting back onto the hat-trick trail joined by Paul Kerr. Mervyn McIllvenny, with a rare hat-trick opportunity, took the chance by the horns to make it 3 hat-tricks for the hosts. Davy Montgomery completed the evening’s work with 2/2. Johnny Blair registered for the visitors.
Fourth placed Hitmen & Her travelled to take on The Greenisland Workings Men’s Club. With third placed Weapons playing hard opposition, the Monkstown team were looking to close the gap to 1 point. Manager Glen Burns and Rab Brown put the hosts 2 ahead and things were looking good but it wasn’t to be as the Hitmen ran out the next 6 frames in a row. After the break the trio of Andy Galloway, Joe Patton and Glen Burns got the home team back in the match within 1 of the visitors. However a very patient frame from Andy McMeekin put his team on the hill and completed another fine hat-trick followed up with a well taken clearance from Paul Henderson, which included a half table swerve on his last yellow, made sure of the points for the Hitmen & Her. Best for the hosts Joe Patton 2/3 & Glen Burns 2/3 and for the visitors Paul Henderson 2/3 & Mark McMeekin 2/3.
The Eastway played host to The Whitehead Spartans, the visitors with a now well bedded-in team ran out both session 6-1 with hat-tricks for manager Robert Hawkins and Stephen Johnston. Lee Topping scored a well taken pair that included a break and finish and William Irvine & Kenny English completing the evening with 2/3.
The Cowboys travelled the short distance to take on the Teddy Bears. Pete McCaffery & Tom Legget turned on the style with well taken hat-tricks, Marty Goudie & birthday boy Allan Corrigan each with fine pairs. Manager Hugh McMurtry continues to give young players a chance with Jack McMurtry following up Reece McMurtry’s cameo last time out with a well taken 1 of his own. For the hosts Stewart Kelly’s good form continued with a tasty break and finish.
The Whitehead Trojans played host to their nearest league rivals the Warriors and it didn’t look too good as the visitors reached the break 5-2 up. Some say these guys should rename themselves the Whitehead Grinders as they never gave up and got themselves right back into the match. With the Warriors on the hill Trojan Girvan Fleming held his nerve to take the last and complete his hat-trick - yet another comeback for the Whitehead lads. Also for the hosts Stevie Hamilton 2/3 and for the visitors Gee Crawley with a well taken hat-trick, Tucker Kidd 2/3 & Stewart Lennon 2/3
League Fixtures for Tuesday 3rd March
Swift v Doagh Weapons
Greenisland Galacticos v Eastway
Whitehead Spartans v Greenisland WMSC
Hit Men & Her v Cowboys
Warriors v Greenisland Colts
Alpha v Whitehead Trojans
Teddy Bears v Scorpions