Harryville make encouraging start to second division campaign

Eddie Crawford sends down a delivery during the BPFA 'B' v Harryville match. INBT 43-810H
Eddie Crawford sends down a delivery during the BPFA 'B' v Harryville match. INBT 43-810H

Harryville Community Centre haven’t let the loss of their home venue disrupt the start of their Ballymena & District League campaign.

Harryville have had to switch to the local church hall after the demolition of the community centre ahead of the scheduled rebuilding process.

A close call for the shot during the BPFA 'B' v Harryville league match. INBT 43-808H

A close call for the shot during the BPFA 'B' v Harryville league match. INBT 43-808H

But while it would have been easy for Harryville to be distracted by their move, it appears to have had the opposite effect and instead the Wakehurst side top the table after last week’s victory at Broughshane Playing Fields Association ‘B’.

Harryville claimed four points from their trip, from the rinks skipped by Harold Smyth - who won by five shots against Aidy Davison - David Wilkinson, a two shot winner against W Esler, while Gary Worthington had an 11 shot success over James Wasson.

Broughshane’s lone response came from George Davidson, who had a nine shot success against Joe Patterson.

The defeat for BPFA means the Knockan Road side have been joined on 10 points by Portglenone Community Centre and Golf Seniors.

The golfers had a five shot overall win at First Ballymena which yielded four points after wins from Ian Lecky, who won by five shots against Lyle McQuitty, while Ivan McMaster won by four shots against David McQuitty.

John Nichols added a four shot win over Jonathan Davison while the home side’s response came from Roland Woods’ rink who won by eight shots against Donald Smyth.

Portglenone made light of a tricky-looking trip to Services ‘A’ where a 25 shot win was good enough to earn four points.

The Bannsiders’ winning rinks were guided by Jim Gaul, Roy Hunter and Joe McErlean, while the Services rink in the hands of Bill Kitson had a three shot triumph over Kevin O’Kane.

BPFA ‘B’ 30 (1), Harryville CC 39 (4): A Davison 5, H Smyth 10; W Esler 10, D Wilkinson 12; G Davidson 14, J Patterson 5; J Wasson 1, G Worthington 12.

First Ballymena 36 (1), Golf Seniors 41 (4): L McQuitty 7, I Lecky 12; D McQuitty 6, I McMaster 10; J Davison 7, J Nichols 11; R Woods 16, D Smyth 8.

Services ‘A’ 22 (1), Portglenone CC 47 (4): B Kitson 11, K O’Kane 8; D McLaughlin 3, J Gaul 13; W Leetch 5, R Hunter 10; M Shaw 3, J McErlean 16.


In the third division Services ‘B’ claimed four points against West Church in their game at Dunclug with winning rinks skipped by John Smith, Greta Coulter and John Simms.

Maurice Livingstone’s rink staved off the threat of a whitewash with a three shot win over Roy Dickson but Services still had 17 shots to spare overall.

Moneyglass claimed three-and-a-half points from their home game against Eaton Park. The first two games resulted in a win for each team with Brendan Marron winning for Moneyglass with Bonar Hill replying for the rugby club.

The second half was a close affair as Sean Kerr’s ‘MG’ rink won by a single shot, while the game between Henry Marron and George Reid had a 9-9 stalemate.

In the other game, All Saints claimed four points from their home game against Round Towers thanks to wins from Nicholas Mitchell, Eugene McReynolds and Sean Haveron. Michael Teer’s rink replied for the Antrim side.

West Church 21 (1), Services ‘B’ 38 (4): V Mahon 4, J Smith 13; A Erwin 3, G Coulter 12; T Wilson 6, J Simms 8; M Livingstone 8, R Dickson 5.

Moneyglass 41 (3.5), Eaton Park 38 (1.5): E McKee 9, B Hill 10; B Marron 12, J Carruthers 9; S Kerr 11, G Shaw 10; H Marron 9, G Reid 9.

All Saints 46 (4), Round Tower 27 (1): N Mitchell 18, H Totten 3; E McReynolds 13, G Campbell 10; A Mitchell 4, M Teer 9; S Haveron 11, J O’Neill 5.