Old Bleach’s Robert Kirkwood primed for PGL debut

Robert Kirkwood
Robert Kirkwood

Robert Kirkwood is poised to make his Private Greens League debut in tomorrow night’s IBA Inter-association tie against the Bowling League of Ireland at Carrickfergus.

The young Old Bleach player, who this season moved to the Raldalstown club from Hilden, is the only newcomer in the team, but is joined in that capacity by Dunbarton duo Martin Trainor Peter Convery, who are listed among the reserves.

Kirkwood is drafted in at lead in the rink skipped by Ballymen’as Andy Kyle.

Having finished bottom of the pile last season in Dublin, the PGL are looking for a big improvement.

“Due to retirements and unavailability, we were forced to name new faces last season,” said PGL selector Robin Horner.

“The team performed really well, except for a spell midway through our game against the NIBA, the result not only cost us the match but also the title.

“There is a nice blend of youth and experience.”

Even though the PGL will be favoured to enjoy a positive against the BLI, Horner doesn’t see it that way.

“It will be a tough match,” he added. “The Bowling League of Ireland have beaten us twice over the past five years -- including the season they won the championship in Dublin.

“They are a fast improving group with a great team spirit, so we’ll certainly have our work cut out.”

Results: Norrthern Ireland Women’s Bowling Association, Senior Division: Holywood 5 Lisnagarvey 2; Dungannon 7 Lurgan 0; Donaghadee 5 Newcastle 2; Divis 7 Portadown 0; Banbridge 7 Ward Park 0; Whitehad 6 Ballyholme 1.

NIWBA Junor League: Curran 1 Dromore 4; Castlepark 5 Gilnahirk 0; Carrick 1 Lagan Valley 4; Ardenlee 0 Newry 5; Antrim Lawn 5 Wedderburn 0.