It’s as you were at the top of North West Division One

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It’s still as you were at the top of Division 1 with St. Mary’s leading by four points from St. Colmans and Ballinrees have climbed to third place, but have played a game more than the top two.

The Marian entertained their close neighbours, Second Kilrea and although three of the matches were close the difference was the fourth game which William McCaw won easily against Margaret Johnston. Brian McAlary and Nicky McCaw could not be separated on 10 shots apiece. James Martin (Marian) secured a two shot win against Brian McGrath (2nd. Kilrea). Terrence McGarry (Marian) then beat Ivan Smyth (2nd. Kilrea) 11-8.

Ballinrees played Dunluce and came away with five points. Victor Millen (Ballinrees) beat Rodney Kane (Dunluce) 16-7. Uel McKeeman pulled a game back for Dunluce with a win over Uel Gordon (Ballinrees). David Calvin restored Ballinrees’ lead beating Alastair Kirkpatrick (Dunluce) 12-6. Ian Kerr gained Dunluce a second point, beating Jonathan Calvin (Ballinrees) by six.

St. Colman’s playing at home beat bottom Club, Dunloy Presbyterian but at half time it was Dunloy who held the lead. In the first game Thomas Paul (Dunloy) just pipped Paul McCook (St. Colman’s) by a single shot. David Walker (St. Colman’s) played out an 8-8 draw with Stephen Dunlop (Dunloy). In the second half Martin McAleese and Aaran Tennant both St. Colman’s had wins against Mark Shaw and Joe Campbell (Dunloy), respectively to earn their team 5.5 points.

Boveedy were up against league leaders, St. Mary’s and it was the visitors who went home the happier. It started well for Boveedy when Alan Catherwood beat the wilely Harold Kelly (St. Mary’s). Liam Ferris (St. Mary’s) then beat Robert Sufferin (Boveedy) to square the game. Doughie Morrow (Boveedy) went down playing Declan McCann (St. Mary’s) and David Gaile (St. Mary’s) made sure of the overall win, beating Ashley McCahon (Boveedy) 11-6.

In Division 2, First Coleraine missed their chance to put some pressure on leaders Finvoy Presbyterian as they lost at home to Drumreagh. Clifford McLernon put First Coleraine on the score board when he narrowly beat Raymond Clyde (Drumreagh) 7-5. On mat two John Weeks and Carson Boyd played out a draw. John Camac eased the hosts ahead, beating Heather Arbuthnot (Drumreagh) 10-4. However Edwin Jackson won the overall score for Drumreagh with a fine win against Jim Campbell.

The two bottom clubs were up against each other but it was the home team, Garvagh and District who were the victors. It started well for Castlerock with Ronnie Steele beating David Workman (Garvagh) by 12. Elizabeth McCafferty (Garvagh) won her match with Victor Callaghan (Castlerock).

Ken McLenaghan put Garvagh ahead by beating Jackie Hutchinson (Castlerock) 12-2. Geoffery Boyce put the icing on the cake for Garvagh with a big win against Brian Wilson (Castlerock) to secure their first win of the season.

New Row and Moneydig fought out a tense battle but it was the visitors who fared best. Mark Callaghan (New Row) lost his first game of the season when he went down to Samuel Barr (Moneydig). Sammy McArthur brought New Row back into the match, beating John Wallace (Moneydig) by 2 shots. Jonathan Elder eased the home team in front with a 10 shots to 7 shots win against Trevor Workman (Moneydig). However with Willie Knight (Moneydig) winning his match against Joe Elkin (New Row) the bonus points went to Moneydig.