Lurgan seniors sign off with success

Joanne Wilson (Meningitis Now) collecting a cheque for �700 from Wilson Briggs and Colin Wilson of M/S Alfred Briggs (Alwood) Ltd following this year's annual inter-club invitation rinks competition for the Alwood Shield. Also included are Alwood Shield competition organisers, from left, Alan Briggs and Melvyn Hamilton.
Joanne Wilson (Meningitis Now) collecting a cheque for �700 from Wilson Briggs and Colin Wilson of M/S Alfred Briggs (Alwood) Ltd following this year's annual inter-club invitation rinks competition for the Alwood Shield. Also included are Alwood Shield competition organisers, from left, Alan Briggs and Melvyn Hamilton.

Lurgan seniors signed off the season with a two-shot success over Whitehead B at home.

That victory against the strong visitors left Lurgan with a mid-table position over Curran on shot difference.

Lurgan spent much of the match on the backfoot and entered the final end down by nine shots.

However, a superb finish resulted in a welcome haul of 11 shots across the rinks to win the match by a narrow margin.

Lurgan will reflect on struggles across the first half of the season before a string of five wins over the final stages helped to secure sixth.

LADIES

Lurgan ladies’ campaign featured two wins within a week - at the expense of Donaghadee on the way to third overall behind Dungannon and Portadown within the NIWBA Senior League.

It marked the most impressive league position in recent memory within the ladies’ section and a cause for celebration.

The two tests with Donaghadee arrived against opposition unable to field full sides.

A 17-shot success arrived in the first match - with the home club down for the majority of the match and trailing by 18 after the first five ends.

A slick recovery left Lurgan one shot adrift after 15 ends before a strong finish produced 13 for a 17-shot post-adjustment result.

Irish Anderson, Eileen Robson, Norah Johnston and Maura McGoldrick were down by five at the halfway stage then found top form for a 19-12 tally.

Winifred Kirkwood, Molly Ward, Gwen Hayes and Edith Hobson struggled early on to sit down by 13 by six ends. The gap at the close was four before an adjustment led to a 14-13.5 win.

Genny Little, Irene Cunningham, Dot McCoy and Joan Bunting were four short of the lead by 14 ends ahead of a strong push to win.

Angela Thompson, Jennifer McVeigh, Wendy Cassells and Rosemairi Bingham worked hard for a 13-12 success.

The 10-shot defeat of Donaghadee in the final match helped to wrap up third for Lurgan in the overall table.

Lurgan battled back from 15 shots down by 15 ends to sit behind by five ahead of the adjustments.

Winifred Kirkwood, Molly Ward, Catherine McGrail and Edith Hobson held a five-shot lead but were down by 9-7 after the 10th end.

It was 16-11 to Donaghadee by 14 ends but Lurgan managed to regroup to take nine shots off the closing stages for a 20-12 triumph.

Angela Thompson, Jennifer McVeigh, Gwen Hayes and Rosemariri Bingham lost out by 18-13 on rink two.

On rink three, Iris Anderson, Eileen Robson, Norah Johnston and Maura McGoldrick recovered from a 9-2 deficit to win on each remaining end bar two for a 14-11 scoreline.

Genny Little, Irene Cunningham, Dot McCoy and Joan Bunting finished in front by 19-15.