The Marian’s chances of winning the League this year took a serious knock when they travelled to Ballinrees this week and came away with no points.

Both teams were under-strength but take nothing away from Ballinrees’ performance. Andrew Kelly (B’rees) was drafted in to skip and he defeated James Martin (Marian) 15 shots to 12. Uel Gordon’s rink (B’rees) was much too strong for Joe Martin’s four (Marian) and won 18 shots to eight. Brian McAlary (Marian) then took on Victor Millen (B’rees) but lost 9 shots to 14 shots. Jonathan Calvin secured the overall win for Ballinrees when he beat William McCaw (Marian) 12 shots to six.

Loughanreagh are still in the hunt for League honours after an eight shots victory away to Boveedy. It was Boveedy however who drew first blood when Aaran Tennant beat Edwin Irwin (L’reagh) by one shot. Ian Ross (L’reagh) evened the match when he defeated Alan Catherwood (Boveedy) 11

shots to eight.

Alastair Steele (L’reagh) then eased the away team in front with a seven shot win over Doughie Morrow (Boveedy). Ashley McCahon won a second point for the home team with a one shot victory against Alan Irwin (L’reagh).

In the remaining game in Division 1 St. Mary’s beat Second Kilrea lifting six points in the process. It was the away team who started the better with Brian McGrath beating Aidan Cassley (St. Mary’s) eight shots to seven.

Declan McCann (St. Mary’s) brought the match back level with an eight shots to seven win against Ivan Smyth (2nd. Kilrea). Harold Kelly and Jordan Mullan, both St. Mary’s, had good wins against Nicky McCaw and Margaret Johnston respectively to secure the over-all win for the home team.

Northern Zone – IIBA Championships

The finals of the IIBA Championships (Northern Zone) take place this Friday night (18th January) in Ballybrakes at 7.00pm. There should be some close contests so why not come along and enjoy an evening of bowling. Dress code for players is whites and greys or Club colours.

7.00pm - Rinks;-James McKee/David Reilly/Alan Irwin/Ian Ross (Loughanreagh) v Gareth McConnell/James Irwin/Edwin Irwin/Alastair Steele (Loughanreagh) Triples: E. Cassley/D. McCann/A. Cassley (St. Mary’s) v Ivan Smyth/Trevor Workman/Nicky McCaw (2nd. Kilrea); Open Pairs –Section 1: Adam Hunter/Joe Moore (Finvoy Pres.) v James Martin/Brian McAlary (Marian); Ladies Triples: Mary Elliott/Caroline Murray/Bernie O’Neill

(St. Colum’s) v Jacqueline Jones/Liz McAuley/Donna McCloy (Finvoy Pres.); Ladies Pairs: Alma Morrison/Beverly Watton (St. Patrick’s) v Gladys Law/Teressa O’Neill (St. Colum’s); Junior Pairs: Adam Stratton/Amy Hunter v David McConnell/David Sterling; Singles Section 1: Joe Moore (Finvoy Pres.) v William McCaw (Marian)

Second Run of games - Ladies singles: Teressa O’Neill (St Colum’s) v Elizabeth McKee (Kelly Memorial);-Over 55’s: Tommy Smith/William McCaw v Alma Morrison/James Morrison; Junior Singles: David Sterling (Trinity) v Amy Hunter (Finvoy Pres.); Singles - Section 2: Trevor Workman (2nd. Kilrea) v Thomas Paul (Dunloy Pres.); Singles - Section 3: Nigel McMullan (Loughanreagh) v Michael Minihan (St. Patrick’s); Open Pairs - Section 2: Ian Ross/Alan Irwin (Loughanreagh) v Mark Jamieson/Owen Steele (Loughanreagh).