Dromore’s win was the special feature of season

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Dromore winning NIBA Division 2 and Lisnagarvey finishing runners-up in the NIBA Senior Cup were the two special features of the season. Let’s look at all the clubs.

Dromore

Lawrence Finlay bowling for Hilden B against Ards B, at Hilden Bowling Club. US1537-560cd  Picture: Cliff Donaldson

Lawrence Finlay bowling for Hilden B against Ards B, at Hilden Bowling Club. US1537-560cd Picture: Cliff Donaldson

Had a good season, winning NIBA Division 2 and having a good run in both the IBA Senior Cup and the NIBA Senior Cup.

They lost to Lisnagarvey in the latter competition at the semi-final stage.

The B team finished near the top of NIBA Division 5 and may have done better if home performances had been more successful.

Finaghy

They really enjoyed a very competitive season in NIBA Division 4 and managed to stave off relegation.

This was unquestionably the most keenly contested division in NIBA circles and Finaghy took the right attitude in simply enjoying the bowling.

Hilden

Just avoided relegation from Private Greens Division 1, which was a positive step, but they may have hoped to do better.

They were unfortunate to lose narrowly in the IBA Intermediate Cup quarter final to eventual winners, Sydenham and again hosted a successful Open Rinks Tournament.

The B team did well in Private Greens Division 5 and finished in the to half-dozen.

Lagan Valley

Narrowly avoided relegation from NIBA Division 5 with a last match win at Dromore B, but a couple of walkovers saw them reach the quarter finals of the IBA Junior Cup.

They had a good home record, but will have to learn how to play as well “on the road”.

Lisnagarvey

At the start of the season Lisnagarvey lost quite a few players, but they still managed to do pretty well, avoiding relegation with a fair amount of ease in NIBA Division 1.

They lost in the final of the NIBA Senior Cup to Whitehead and were unfortunate to draw Larne away in the early rounds of the IBA Senior Cup.

The B team suffered from the loss of senior players and, having been promoted to NIBA Division 3 in the previous season, found life too hard and were relegated.

Malone

Relegated from Private Greens Division 4, which was a tough section following re-organisation in the close season, Malone managed to stay above Belfast at the bottom.

They will continue to enjoy it in Division 5 next season.

Garvey’s ranking list

The end-of-season ranking list at Lisnagarvey shows that Neil Mulholland just pipped Stephen Irwin to top spot on shot difference and Pat Hughes finished third, though level with Noel Graham and Scott Jess on points.

A Team: Neil Mulholland played 23- pts 31- %60, Stephen Irwin 25-31-60, Pat Hughes 22-29-64, Noel Graham 24-29-58, Scott Jess 25-29-56, Martin Nelson 23-26-57, Philip Cromie 23-22-44, Andrew Johnston 24-22-42, Bobby Carroll 19-21-53, Ken Armstrong 21-21-48.

Ivan Craig 24-21-42, John McCloughlin 21-20-43, Winston Scott 21-18-43, Gareth McCloughlin 22-18-36, Jim Spratt 22-18-36, Jim Chapman 18-16-44, Gordon Riley 12-11-42, Clarke Hill 7-8 57, Alec O’Rourke 15-8-27, Cecil Aicken 3-5-67, Adrian McNevison 4-4-50, Charlie Corry 2-2-50.

B Team: Martyn Simpson 20played- 17 pts- 40%, Bob McMullan 14-14-50, Derek Porter 16-14-44, Ken Johnston 18-10-28, Bob Lemon 20-10-25, Phil Lavery 11-9-36, Adrian Smyth 17-9-24, Joe Nelson 19-9-21, Adrian MNevison 10-8-33, Alec O’Rourke 10-8-30, Maurice Adamson 14-8-29, Dennis Rankin 14-8-29.

Stuart McDowell 15-6-20, Colin McLean 15-6-20, Maurice Wilson 16-6-19, Jim Chapman 7-4-29, Bobby Carroll 8-4-25, Ron McBride 10-4-20, Jackie Riley 11-4-18, Alton Reid 13-4-15, Gordon McKeown 9-3-11, Ken Armstrong 1-2-100, Pat Hughes 1-2-100, Winston Scott 2-2-50.

Charlie Corry 4-2-25, Mervyn Humpherson 4-2-25, Jim Spratt 4-2-25, Pete Foers 4-2-25, George Martin 4-2-25, Brendan Magennis 3-0-0, Colin McKnight 2-0-0, Ken Whittington 4-0-0.