Newry 90 (7) Lurgan B 55 (0)
AFTER the great win against a strong Portadown B in a pre-season friendly the Lurgan B side, in their first Saturday NIBA Division 5 league match, found the Newry green to be very damp and slow due to heavy rain and hail showers the previous day.
They found it hard to cope with the Newry team who were well used to the situation and came home with no points from the encounter, although Lurgan B lost narrowly on two rinks.
Newry were ahead during all stages of the match and had commanding lead of 48-25 at the halfway point and while the Lurgan team tried to make a comeback in the second half the home side maintained their unassailable lead to win 90–55 in the end.
Roy Poots, Bobby Livingstone, Gerry Stewart and Gordon Bell, skip on rink one made a tremendous effort to overcome the home rink skipped by M Fleming, just losing 19-16 after coming from being behind from 14-4 after ten ends, hampered by a six-shot loss at the seventh. Having been helped by taking three shots of the thirteenth end and collecting four crucial shots at the seventeenth end Bell’s rink had closed in on the opposition to be behind by only two shots (16–14) and were unfortunately lose two more ends for the Newry rink to win 19-16.
Sam Neill, skip, supported well by Neil Sloan, Jeffrey McCullough and Declan McCabrey on rink two took a Newry rink skipped by M McGuigan to the slenderest of margins to lose by only one shot. By the sixth end Neill’s men had raced into an 8-1 lead and were still in a seven-shot lead after the thirteenth end with the score being 13-6 in their favour. However McGuigan’s rink came back strongly by mostly double shot wins off the next six ends to lead 16-13. While Neill’s rink tried their best and won the last two ends by single shots they lost by 16-15.
On rink four for Lurgan B were Vincent Devlin, Rodney McCarthy, Dan Dempsey and Bobby Jones, skip against a Newry rink skipped by F McCreesh. Jones’ rink were faced with very difficult rink conditions and while they fought hard they trailed 9-1 after five ends.
While they won the next two ends and reduced the deficit to 9-5 they could only gain another win on two ends to gain another two shots while the home side won the rest and their rink to win 27–10.
Albert Houston, Brian Brown, making a welcome come back after being out for most of last season, Derek Henderson and Wilfie McCullough, skip were against a determined Newry rink skipped by J McKimbley on rink four. The Lurgan B rink found it hard to cope with the difficult damp and heavy green and were well behind by 19–6 after the twelfth end having taken single shots off the thirteenth to the fifteenth ends. However the home rink kept pounding away and had stretched their lead to 28-8 after the nineteenth end.
McCullough’s rink did well to take six shots off the last two ends but eventually lost 28–14.