Bannsiders lead way going into new year

Indoor bowls.
Indoor bowls.

Portglenone Community Centre will start the new year in pole position in Division Two of the Ballymena & District Indoor Bowling League.

The Bannsiders returned to top spot after defeating Harryville Community Centre in an outstanding fixture.

Portglenone have made light of the fact they have had to move to the alternative home venue of Clady, while refurbishment work continues at the regular Gortgole Road premises.

They have performed consistently throughout the first half of the campaign and look a good bet to make an instant return to the top flight.

They notched another four points at the expense of Harryville, whose only point came from Gary Worthington, who beat Kevin O’Kane by three shots, aided by a count of six on the penultimate end.

However, Chris Jones’ rink’s eight shot win over Harold Smyth put Portglenone ahead at the interval and they extended their advantage after the break with wins from Joe McErlean - who edged the verdict against David Wilkinson thanks to a shot on the last end - and Roy Hunter.

Portglenone Community Centre 49 (4), Harryville Community Centre 36 (1): K O’Kane 10, G Worthington 13; C Jones 15, H Smyth 7; J McErlean 11, D Wilkinson 10; R Hunter 13, J Patterson 6.

Division Two table: Portglenone Community Centre, played 7, points 24; Golf Seniors 7-21.5; BPFA ‘B’ 7-20.5; Antrim IBC 7-18.5; Harryville Community Centre 7-17.5; Services ‘A’ 7-15.5; First Ballymena 7-12.5; Glenravel 7-10.

DIVISION THREE

Round Tower and Eaton Park simply couldn’t be separated in the final third division match of 2015.

Their rearranged tie ended deadlocked at 33 shots apiece, with the sides splitting the points as a result.

The Antrim side must have had visions of gaining the full house of five points that would have lifted them off the bottom of the table at the halfway stage of the season as they won both first half rinks.

R Walker and Helen Totten shaded closely-fought contests against Bonar Hill and John Carruthers as Round Tower opened up a three shot lead at the break. But Eaton Park, whose form has improved steadily after a difficult start to the season, came back in the second half and wins from George Reid and Gary Shaw earned them a share of the spoils.

Round Tower 33 (2.5), Eaton Park 33 (2.5): R Walker 10, B Hill 8; H Totten 7, J Carruthers 6; M Teer 8, G Reid 10; J O’Neill 8, G Shaw 9.

Division Three table: Moneyglass, played 6, points 22.5; Maine 6-16.5; All Saints 6-15.5; Eaton Park 6-15; Services ‘B’ 6-13; West Church 6-12.5; Round Tower 6-10.

The league resumes on week commencing January 4, with the following fixtures:

Division Two: Portglenone CC v BPFA ‘B’; Golf Seniors v Antrim IBC; Harryville CC v Services ‘A’; Glenravel v First Ballymena.

Division Three: Eaton Park v Maine; Services ‘B’ v All Saints; Round Tower v West Church.