Ballymena at last got their hands on the Private Greens League trophy, creating a club record, having lifted the title for the third successive year.
After what was an intriguing campaign, the championship race ended in a whimper with nearest challengers Belmont conceding the points in their penultimate game at Dunbarton.
The fixture was washed out on Sunday, September 8, after the green became flooded.
The Gilford boys had established a 33 shots advantage, with around eight ends to play in each rink.
Belmont reckoned it was a ‘lost cause’ and decided to concede all seven points, which triggered off title celebrations at Old Ballymoney Road.
It meant Belmont’s final match of the season, against Mossley on Sunday, was meaningless. They did, however, reel in six points.
“It was a disappointing way to finish the season.” said Belmont’s Davy Hamilton.
“To be honest, I think the league was lost even before the Dunbarton match.
“We have only ourselves to blame because were were 22 shots up in our game at Ballymena and we let it slip. At one stage we looked on course for six points, but we finished up with only two. The reality is that result was the title clincher.
“It meant we were 14 shots behind Ballymena, even though we had two games in hand. 1
“It was always going to be a big ask. The result at Dunbarton just put the cap on it.”