Volleyball victory for 1st Bluestone boys

The First Bluestone Boys Brigade Under 14 5 a side football team who won the Lurgan and District Battalion invitational indoor tournament. INLM0112-223con
The First Bluestone Boys Brigade Under 14 5 a side football team who won the Lurgan and District Battalion invitational indoor tournament. INLM0112-223con

THIS year’s Lurgan and District Battalion invitational volleyball competition saw four companies taking part.

There was a good level of team play which was reflected in close scoring throughout all games.

Eventually with three teams tied at the finish, a points differential countback, saw Kyle Topping’s 1st Bluestone side of M Dickson, J Duddy, A Jamison, J Wright, D Todd, K Donaghy, R Heaney and J Duddy, just pip Northern Ireland Regional holders, 1st Knocknamuckley, by the narrowest of margins, with 1st Waringstown gaining the bronze medals followed by a spirited 1st Tandragee outfit.

Thanks goes to referees Lt Malcolm Adamson (1st Knocknamuckley) and Lt George Bibb ( 2nd Lurgan) whose company kindly hosted the event.

Five companies and six teams competed in this session’s Lurgan and District invitational indoor five-a-side football tournament which was hosted by Lt Steven Pollock’s 1st Knocknamuckley Company.

It was Lt Alan Macartney’s 1st Bluestone side that narrowly defeated the host team in the decider, thanks to a James Duddy brace. The other team members were Kyle Rea, Allister McCord, Dillon Todd, Jason Wright, Adam Duddy and Jake Craig.

The 3rd/4th place game saw a Robbie Norton inspired Maralin side defeat Philip McMenemy’s 1st Tandragee team by a 4-2 scoreline. Thanks goes to IFA referee Mr Michael Hogg for officiating. A pair of black Kukri bottoms and a grey Adidas hoody were left behind - telephone George on 07719 700 403.

The annual battalion U11 Junior Section indoor five-a-side football tournament took place at Knocknamuckley Sports Hall.

Five teams participated in a league format with Lt Ian Abraham’s outfit emerging undefeated. The team was Joshua Abraham, Owen Vennard, Scott Matthews, Peter Hutchinson, Jack Dunn, Jordan Dunlop and Sam Fitzsimmons.

They were followed by Lt William Clarke’s 2nd Lurgan side and Lt Harry Cherry’s Hill Street unit. Bluestone and 5th Lurgan also took part.

Thanks goes to referee Mr Michael Hogg and to the host company’s staff for providing a excellent cooked breakfast afterwards.

A small turn out of cue enthusiasts participated in the battalion competition, which again was hosted by Mr Gary Madill’s Fairgreen Club in Portadown.

In the pool event Dillion Todd (1st Bluestone), retained his singles title with a close victory over 1st Waringstown’s Andrew Thompson while his village colleague, Timothy Hancock, took the bronze award.

Then in the snooker tournamant young Jason Wright (1st Bluestone) put up a spirited effort before succumbing to the experienced Jonathan Gregson (1st Waringstown), whose side - including William Dunlop- collected the team shield. Moira’s Harry Hawkes received the bronze medal.

Forthcoming events: Sat 7th Jan, Batt Prayer Breakfast at Maralin, 7.30am; Mon 9th Jan, J.S. Swim Gala at Cascades, Portadown, 6.45pm; Fri 13th Jan, C.S. Table Tennis at High St Pres, Lurgan.7.30pm; Fri 25th Jan, J.S Stoolball at Craigavon Leisure Centre, 6.45pm.