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Banbridge shock Seasiders to go top of table after big preformance

Gary Milligan from Balmoral

Gary Milligan from Balmoral

Banbridge turned on the power to not only put title holders Bangor to the sword at Meeting House Road, but the victory also catapulted them to the top of the NIBA Division One table.

With Whitehead falling to a shock home defeat to Divis, the County Down boys this morning find themselves looking down on the rest, having pocketed an impressive five points from their latest success.

“To be honest, we’ve a great home record against Bangor . . . we did the same to them last year,” said Banbridge’s Aaron O’Keefe. “The only problem is, they beat us every time we visit Ward Park.

“We’ve beaten them at our place for the past four or five years. It’s nice to be top of the table, but there is a long, long way to go. There will be plenty of big tests coming up.

“We have started the season well, having picked up 19 points four four starts. Whitehead defeated us in our second game. But we were 10 shots up at 17 ends and threw it away right at the finish.”

It was the performance of O’Keefe that laid the foundation for the Banbridge win. He skipped his rink to a jaw-dropping 28-10 win over Ireland international Robert Hastings.

Ian Gallagher also made a significant contribution by claiming a one shot (23-22) success against Gary Scott.

The Seasiders, who have slumped to eighth place in the table, having reeled in only 11 points, hit back through Keith Taylor and Mark Shannon who recorded wins over Eddie McCourt (19-11) and Brendan Davis (19-16).

Whitehead, who headed the table since the opening day, suffered a shock home defeat against Divis.

They took advantage of the absence of Marty McHugh -- he was away on international duty -- and JR Wilson to claim a surprise 10 shots win at Islandmagee Road.

Ronan Cregan was Divis’s top performer, skipping his rink to an impressive 19-12 win over Philip Gilmartin -- he was replacing McHugh, who was away on international duty.

Power and Gerard McGleave also made a significant contribution by claiming wins against Barry Browne (18-13) and Stephen McKinley (19-13).

Stephen Moran picked up Whitehead’s only point by beating Patrick McCafferty 19-16.

Meanwhile, Belmont still lead the way in the Private Greens League Division One, even though they crashed to a shock home defeat against Ulster Transport at the weekend, picking up only two points.

That result was welcomed by Dunbarton, whose game with Forth River was postponed at the weekend. The Gilford boys, who enjoyed an impressive win over title holders Ballymena last week, are now only three points adrift of the leaders.

The Sky Blues got back to winning ways in midweek by beating Old Bleach, picking up a crucial six points for their efforts. But they are still eight points off the pacemakers, with a game in hand.

Up in the Provincial Senior League, title holders Ballymoney are steaming away at the top -- unbeaten in their opening four games.

Their latest points haul came at the weekend when they reeled in a ‘full house’ from their visit to Kilrea.

Results - Private Greens League, Senior Division One: Larne 89 (5) Ewarts 72 (2), Belmont 73 (2) Ulster Transport 83 (5), Ballymena 84 (6) Old Bleach 73 (1), Willowfield 73 (1) Pickie 83 (6).

Division Two: Hilden 88 (5) Salisbury 75 (2), Belmont Park 82 (2) Cliftonville 83 (5), Mossley 83 (6) Ards 48 (1), Castleton 59 (1) Comber 76 (6), NICS 95 (6) Ballywalter 71 (1).

Division Three: Saintfield 72 (6) Belfast 69 (1), Malone 90 (4) Ballymena Park 89 (3), North Belfast 80 (5) PSNI 64 (2) Knock (0) Cavehill (7).

PGL Junior Division One: Falls 65 (1) Larne 82 (6), Ulster Transport 55 (0) Belmont 102 (7), Old Bleach 85 (4.5) Ballymena 79 (2.5), Pickie 76 (4.5) Downpatrick 72 (2.5).

Division Two: Ewarts 97 (7) Hilden 59 (0), Cliftonville 82 (6) Belmont Park 65 (1), Ards 71 (4) Forth River 67 (3), Comber 74 (2) Castleton 74 (5).

Northern Ireland Bowling Association Division One: Castle 74 (1) Dundonald 87 (6), Banbridge 78 (5) Bangor 70 (2), Bnalmoral 86 (5) Lisnagarvey 73 (2), Portadown 90 (5) Donaghadee 70 (2), Whitehead 57 (0) Divis 67 (6).

Division Two: Dungannon 85 (6) Whitehead 78 (1), Dromore 77 (5) Balmoral B 78 (1), Lurgan 85 (6) Carrick 59 (1), Londonderry Park 74 (2) Newtownabbey 85 (5).

Division Three: Ormeau 62 (0) Musgrave 88 (7), Ulster Maple Leaf 96 (6) Cloughey 55 (1), Clarendon 84 (6) Markethill 81 (2), Bellsbrook 89 (6) Banbridge B 57 (1). Division Four: St Stephen’s 91 (6) Antrim 62 (1), North Down 89 (6) Holywood 61 (1), Queen’s Island 73 (5) Glengormley 67 (2). Division Five: Newry 94 (6) Portadown B 56 (1), Warrenpoint 84 (5) Lurgan B 75 (2). Division Six: Donaghadee B 101 (5) Musgrave B 74 (2), 58th Old Boys 76 (6) Castle 76 (1).

Northern Ireland Provincial Bowling Associaiton Senior League: Kilrea 55 (0) Ballymoney 111 (7), Ballycastle 79 (1) City of Derry 80 (6), Dunluce 58 (1) Portrush 76 (6), Letterkenny 62 (2) Cookstown 93 (5), Portglenone 61 (1.5) Coleraine 85 (5.5).

 

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