They say that the cream eventually comes to the top and that would appear to be the case in snooker as well after a stunning nights’s play leaving the semi-finals line-up in the a League Cup next month as Pot Black at home to Gervins B and Max Keady A facing a trip to McKees B - all four winning 4-0 on the crunch night!
Indeed, had two more Gervins players won a frame, they’d have been through, as frames difference saw Keady with eleven as against Gervins’ eight.
Gervins A headed to Keady in the certain knowledge that a solitary point would seem them safely book their place in the semi-finals of the League Cup - but they didn’t bargain for the form in which they found their uncompromising hosts.
Max A were equally well are that only a 4-0 victory over the longtime section one leaders would keep their qualify by hopes alive, and boy did they deliver the goods. They achieved their target in quite spectacular style, defeating the Coalisland men with the loss of just a single frame, to squeeze through to the last four and send Gervins crashing out of the competition.
That’s because Pot Black just did enough to snatch the other place available in the top section, the Cookstown men also winning 4-0 at home to McKees A.
McKees B finished the group stage best olf all, following last week’s whotewash of Mitchells INF with a similar result away to McVeighs A - Martin Doris and his uncle, Owen McKee, brought to deciding frames in Killyman.
Gervins B emulated that feat with Ryan Morrow hitting a 45 break in the clinching and after looking in trouble when Richard Robinson won the first in Cookstown by 40 points Chris Maye firing sweet 38 and 31 breaks against more experienced Conor Gillespie.
And last year’s runaway winners, McKees C, signalled their intentions are similar this season as they opened their Division Three campaign by whitewashing Mitchells C, with Gervins C and McVeighs B sharing their spoils.