With the defending Nevin Cup champion Vincent Graham not defending his trophy, this year’s competition looks very open.
Last year, the Ballymoney man had a 30-point advantage over opponent Damien Reid and after a good start he got over the line to win 4-2
This year’s competition should prove to be extremely interesting and as this competition is not restricted to league players only, there could be quite a few dark horses who could appear.
David Louden, from Rafters in Ballymoney, is playing some great snooker at present and will definitely be one to watch.
Steven McIlreavy is another who does not play league snooker but is a very capable player on his day, and with his +20 handicap, his first round opponent of Ady Toner will have to be at his best.
However, the tie of the round looks like being Willie Eakin vs Curtis Boreland, with Curtis receiving a generous 20 point start, he may have too much for the experienced Eakin to overcome.
There’s no doubt this year’s cup will provide some entertaining snooker and the destination of the Nevin Cup is very much anyone’s guess at this stage.
Nevin Cup – 1st round full draw (League handicaps apply, unless otherwise stated)
Adrian Tweed (+50) vs Martin Crawley
Willie Boreland (-5) vs Remo Devito (+50)
Len McConaghie vs James Nesbitt
Davy Moore vs Daniel McAuley
Ricky Close vs Geoff Boreland
Sean McDermott vs Ady McGonigle
Willie Eakin vs Curtis Boreland
Neil McKelvey vs Darren Morrow
Adam Freeburn vs Ady Boreland
Steven McIlreavy (+20) vs Ady Toner
Andy McMullan vs Dixie Tweed
Alan Loughrey vs Corey Sweeney
Mal Irwin vs Sammy Walker
Travis Walker vs Lee Hull
David Louden (-10) vs Ray Baxter
Derek Patton (SCR) vs Shaw Williamson
All matches are best of five and are to be played in Potters Snooker Club, Coleraine, unless otherwise agreed with the tournament director.
£5 Entry fee to be paid before first match is played.
Deadline for these matches is Friday 12th February 2016.
Entries are still open for the Marcus Dickson Memorial Cup (Singles. This is open to league players only) and the Baker Doubles (league players only).
For entries or further information, please contact Tournament Director, Raymond Baxter on 07909585853.