Lisburn’s new boys claim victory as Ballinderry players withdraw en masse

Taking part in the match between St Paul's and Priesthill. US1501-529cd  Picture: Cliff Donaldson
Taking part in the match between St Paul's and Priesthill. US1501-529cd Picture: Cliff Donaldson

With Ballinderry players withdrawing from the Lisburn Zone team the new boys won by 12 shots against Mid Tyrone in the Inter Zone Plate competition at Eglantine on Saturday.

The reasons behind the withdrawals by Ballinderry are, at present, unknown to me and I am not in a position to judge, but suffice to say that the reasons for opting out must have been extremely serious in the view of the Ballinderry bowlers.

Possibly when I am told both sides of the story I can have an opinion on which actions were correct. People on both sides of the argument are welcome to contact me at any time.

As it turned out the team, which included three new caps, Gabriel Brankin, Glen Harvey and Victor McCarthy, did the business on this occasion, but surely a compromise must be reached for no team can leave out some their top players. Having said that the Zone selectors had to go down the route taken for Saturday.

Gary McWilliams, David Verner, Jim Johnston and Michael Beattie lost 5-8 to A. Cunningham after trailing 2-5 at the fifth and 2-8 at eight ends.

Stevie Mulholland, Glen Scales, John Mackey and Chris Connolly were 5-3 ahead at the fifth but 6-7 at the eighth before winning 8-7 against W. Boggs.

David Lee, Jim Harvey, Gabriel Brankin and Glen Harvey played N. Rutledge and were 4-5 down at the fifth, but 8-8 three ends later and won 14-8 to leave Lisburn 27-23 up at the interval.

Victor McCarthy, Paul Cairnduff, Andy Riley and Nick Haire were 6-3 ahead at the fifth against J. Conroy but it was 7-7 at the eight and Lisburn lost 7-10.

Stephen Irwin, Michael Fell, Roy Kennedy and Noel Graham played D. Spratt and came back from 3-5 down at the fifth to lead 7-5 at the eighth before winning 10-6.

Colwyn Elwood, Brian Kerr, Robert Sloan and Nathan Haire played C. Short, who only won two ends. Level 3-3 Lisburn were 8-3 up at the eighth and won 10-3.

Lisburn will field the same team for the next Plate game against Donegal at Eglantine Parish hall on Saturday, January 24, 2pm start.

The reserves have also been named for the match: D. Carser, Seymour Hill; P. Dennison, Annahilt Parish; M. McQuillan, Eglantine; J. Campbell, St Colman’s Dunmurry.

Section A

Ballinderry strike back with seven points

Ballinderry 47 (7)

Killaney 19 (0)

After suffering their first defeat at the hands of Hillsborough Social, Ballinderry struck back by taking seven points from a 28 shots home win over Killaney in Section A of the Roy Kennedy Fuels Indoor Bowling League.

At the fourth Eddie Marsden was 4-1 up and 7-2 at the seventh. After Eddie Patterson added a single Ballinderry finished with a single to win by five shots.

Paul Reid started with three, three, two, but Roy Copes lifted a four to come back to 8-7 at the seventh. Ballinderry added three and dropped one to win by three shots.

At the third D. Mills led 2-1, but Keith Morrison included a five to lead 10-2 at the seventh. Doubles were exchanged and Ballinderry won by eight shots.

Two threes helped Gordon Stubbs to an 8-2 lead at the fifth and after Michael Foreman added a double, Ballinderry finished with four, two to win by 12 shots.

D. Brownlie, J. Marsden, R. Gourley, E. Marsden 8, A. Johnston, A. Robinson, A. Patterson, E. Patterson 3; S. Marsden, L. Grahame, L. Murray, P. Reid 11, S. McAllister, P. Gregg, J. Campbell, R. Copes 8; R. McKinstry, J. McKinstry, N. Marsden, K. Morrison 12, R. Mills, R. McKellaghan, I. Johnston, D. Mills 4; W. Scott, A. Morrison, D. Peden, G. Stubbs 16, J. Gregg, A. Foreman, J. Copes, M. Foreman 4.

St Paul’s 35 (6)

Priesthill 31 (1)

A. Allen, F. Walsh, R. Topping, J. Harvey 12, A. Millen, D. Croot, D. Lee, S. Heazley 5; W. Braithwaite, B. Allen, G. Megarry, P. Hughes 9, B. Moore, A. Byrne, M. Wright, N. Girvan 7; M. Benson, S. Clarke, B. Maguire, J. Cunningham 6, M. Croot, C. Lyons, D. Totten, R. Totten 12; J. Maze, W. Garrett, T. McCrory, J. Chapman 8, G. Law, E. Wright, P. Melville, M. McCammick 7.

Eglantine 29 (5)

Soldierstown 20 (2)

J. Nelson, C. Morrison, S. Bates, G. McLernon 4, J. McCord, A. Bell, J. Johnston, J. Johnston 8; A. Farr, S. Heasley, J. McClatchey, V. Bryans 5, K. Haughey, C. Haughey, H. Dillon, J. Mackey 11; Mary McQuillan, D. Ford, J. Peden, J. McCandless 12, G. Murray, T. McKeag, R. Martin, J. Dunlop 4; R. Neely, C. Campbell, J. Liggett, W. McCullough 8, G. Lavery, J. McLorn, C. McCord, W. Johnston 3.

Section B

Important win for Pond Park

St Colman’s Lambeg 30 (1) Pond Park 39 (6)

Pond Park gained a little breathing space in Section B of the Roy Kennedy Fuels League when they beat St Colman’s Lambeg, also in trouble near the bottom, by nine shots and took six points.

James Burns stated with one, two but that was all he got as D. Taylor lifted two threes and a five on the way to a 13 shots win.

Hall McCourt started with three singles but Frank Agnew came back to lead 5-4 with an end left. A Pond Park four won the day.

Despite lifting three at the third Mairs Stevenson was 4-5 down at the sixth. Lawrence Long finished with five, one, two to win by nine shots.

A four and a three helped Gary McWilliams to an 8-6 lead at the sixth, but J. Green finished with one, one, two to win by two shots.

J. Donnelly, J. McCallion, John Burns, James Burns 4, D. Belshaw, A. Brown, I. Harbinson, D. Taylor 17; E. Rodgers, D. Bradley, S. Templeton, F. Agnew 5, S. Russell, N. Park, J. Tinsley, H. McCourt 8; R. Sale, M. Quigley, P. Robinson, L. Long 13, W. McCandless, J. Campbell, B. Park, M. Stevenson 4; R. O’Carroll, P. McCallion, P. Rea, G. McWilliams 8, K. May, G. Jeffers, V. McCourt, J. Green 10.

Rock 42 (5.5)

St Mark’s 27 (1.5)

P. Flanigan, T. Cushnahan, B. McKeown, M. Reid 7, L. Scott, J. Ellison, K. McCullough, R. McCaw 11; D. Cunningham, D. Lunn, S. Cushnahan, F. Cunningham 7, C. Walker, C. Barclay, N. Martin, V. Wigton 7; H. Hart, B. Mawhinney, J. Cushnahan, T. Cushnahan 18, L. McDowell, S. McDowell, S. Barclay, D. Moore 2; M. Cushnahan, P. Connolly, S. Cushnahan, P. Cushnahan 10, I. Moore, S. Dugan, A. Walker, K. Ellison 7.

Section C

St Clare’s take six

St Clare’s 44 (6)

Lambeg Parish 20.5 (1)

C. Magee, G. Armstrong, M. Armstrong, J. Creaney 11, D. Hamilton, A. Jennings, E. Finlay, C. Kirkwood 4; Jim Burns, J. O’Brien, J. McNulty, P. Magee 8, M. Smyth, R. McDougall, J. Boyd, R. Kirkwood 9; D. Bradley, M. Bradley, I. Quinn, B. McCann 15, J. Flack, M. Walker, R. Campbell 3; A. McNulty, J. McKeown, A. O’Brien, G. Brankin 10, M. Finn, H. McEwan, M. Kirkwood 4.5.

New League dinner date

The League dinner and prizegiving will now take place on Friday, March 20 in Lisburn Masonic hall, at 7.30pm.

Please also note that until further notice Seymour Hill Bowling Club will play their home matches in Seymour Hill Methodist Church hall.

Entries for Eglantine Open Pairs

The Eglantine Bowling Club Open Pairs Tournament for the Kelsie Memorial Cup will be played on four mats from Monday to Friday, February 9 till February 13.

The finals night will be Saturday, February 14.

The entry fee is £5 per pair and this must accompany entry form. The closing date for entries is Monday, February 2.

Entries to Ruth Neely, 10 Dagger Road, Lisburn BT28 2TJ. Telephone 92622086 or mobile 07889280090.

Next week’s League


Fixtures in the Roy Kennedy Fuels Indoor Bowling League for the week commencing Monday, January 19.

SECTION A: Monday, Hillsborough Social v Hilden; Tuesday, Priesthill v Ballinderry, Derriaghy v St Paul’s; Wednesday, Eglantine v Killaney.

SECTION B: Monday, St Joseph’s v Seymour Hill; Tuesday, St Mark’s v Annahilt Parish; Thursday, St Colman’s Lambeg v Aghagallon, Rock v Sloan Street.

SECTION C: Monday, Royal British Legion v Derryvolgie, Lambeg Parish v St Colman’s Dunmurry, Broomhedge v Lisburn Masonic; Wednesday, St Clare’s v St Columba’s.