THE MARIAN CLOSE GAP

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As predicted the Marian are prime contenders for the League title this year.

They took advantage of Dunluce not having a game to climb into second place. They potentially had a difficult away game to St. Colman’s but in the end won comfortably. David Walker put the home team on the score board early on when he defeated Joe Martin by six shots.

James Martin (Marian) levelled the game by beating Paul McCook 14 shots to seven shots. Brian McAlary (Marian) beat Martin McAleese (St. Colman’s) and William McCaw (Marian) was too strong for Kenny Carson (St. Colman’s) winning 11 shots to seven shots.

Ballinrees, when playing at home always give Loughanreagh a run for their money and so it proved yet again. The visitors got off to a great start when Alan Irwin (Loughanreagh) had a good 15 shots to six shots win against Victor Millen (Ballinrees).

Uel Gordon (Ballinrees) then played Ian Ross (Loughanreagh) and the two rinks could not be separated finishing nine shots each. William Calvin eased the home team in front when he beat Edwin Irwin (Loughanreagh) 14 shots to nine shots. With their tails now up Ballinrees pushed for an overall win and although Jonathan Calvin (Ballinrees) beat Alastair Steele (Loughanragh) by two shots it was not enough to gain the overall score.

Boveedy gained their first win this year when they got the better of Second Kilrea. Things were looking good for Second Kilrea when Margaret Johnston won her game with Alan Catherwood (Boveedy), 13 shots to five shots.

Both teams went in at half time equal after Aaran Tennant (Boveedy) overcame Nicky McCaw by four shots. In the second half with wins from Doughie Morrow and Ashley McCahon, both Boveedy who defeated Ivan Smyth and Graham Wilson respectively, Boveedy had picked up six valuable points.

In the final match in Division 1 St. Mary’s were at home to Moneydig. Young Jordan Mullan set St. Mary’s on the winning track by beating Brian McFetridge 15 shots to four shots. Harold Kelly kept the momentum going for St. Marys when he beat Willie Knight 17 shots to five shots.

After the break Declan McCann took on and won against Trevor Workman and Aidan Cassley made it a full house for the hosts with a 12 shots to 10 shots defeat of Alan McAleese.

Castlerock are equal top of Division 2 with Drumreagh, after a comfortable win against First Coleraine. Clifford McLernon (1st. Coleraine) made a good start for the visitors when he defeated Ronnie Steele (Castlerock) by two shots in a closely fought game. Brian Wilson (Castlerock) evened up the match when he overcame Bryan Shaw (1st. Coleraine), winning 14 shots to seven shots.

In the second half Jackie Hutchinson (Castlerock) was too strong in his game with Colin Hutchinson (1st. Coleraine) and Victor Callaghan completed the rout for Castlerock with a win against Jim Campbell (1st. Coleraine).

Drumreagh have also won two games out of two. Their visitors this week were New Row who put up a good fight but in the end Drumreagh’s dominance paid off. Sammy Martin (Drumreagh) took on Jonathan Elder (New Row). Elder raced into an early lead but Martin gradually clawed back the deficit to win by three shots.

Raymond Clyde (Drumreagh) made it two nil by beating Mark Callaghan (New Row) 11 shots to eight shots. John Graham (New Row) got his team their solitary point with a fine win against Carson Boyd. Edwin Jackson secured the overall home win when he defeated Joe Elkin 14 shots to three shots.