New U18 trophy

Jack Moffett was part of the Dunbarton side to lift the 2015 Belmont Open Sundays Four title
Jack Moffett was part of the Dunbarton side to lift the 2015 Belmont Open Sundays Four title

There is a new Short Mat Players Tour trophy up for grabs for the highest ranked Under-18 player at the end of the season!

The young player of the year will be presented with the ‘Ryan O’Neill Trophy’.

“Ryan is a seasoned Irish international, whose considerable achievements in short mat bowls include being the only player to win all four individual titles at the British Isles Championships,” said SMPT official Phil Mills.

“Aside from his numerous personal accolades, Ryan is passionate about promoting the sport and nurturing the future stars of our game.

“To this end he has been involved in coaching Under 18s for over 13 years, with his daughters Shauna and Caitlin fine examples of his efforts. We would like to thank Ryan for his support for this new award.”

p Dunbarton may have been pipped to the PGL Division One title, but at least Jack Moffett, Andy Hughes, Mark Wilson (guesting from Cookstown) and DJ Wilson had something to smile about last week by winning the 2015 Belmont Open Sunday Fours title.

Following a nail biting one shot win over Whitehead’s Barry Browne in the semis, the Gilford boys went on to defeat the Belmont rink skipped by Simon Cavan in the decider.

But it was a tense affair as an extra end was required to separate the teams aftet they finished all square (18-18).

In the Plate competition, Banbridge’s Nigel Hamilton defeated the Bangor side skipped by Thomas Carson.