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The Annual Invitation Inter-Club Charity Challenge competition for the Alwood Shield sponsored by local company, Alfred Briggs (Alwood) Ltd, gets underway on Monday evening at Lurgan Bowling Club at 6.30pm.

The competition is being staged over the next two weeks with the group matches being played at each of the participating clubs’ greens.

Eight teams are taking part this year and playing in two groups of four. Group 1: Dunbarton, Rathfriland, Banbridge and Markethill; Group 2: Balmoral, Hilden, Lisnagarvey and Lurgan.

The group winners will met in the final on the Lurgan Green on a mutually suitable date during the last week of this month.

As in previous years all proceeds will be donated to Meningitis Now. The Lurgan Club is facilitating the competition and is pleased to be associated with Alfred Briggs (Alwood) Ltd in the raising of funds for this worthy charity.

Lurgan ladies played away at Newcastle recently and were delighted to continue their winning form by picking up 5½ points keeping them in fourth place in the league.

The final score was 62-57 in favour of the visitors.

On Tuesday and Wednesday Lurgan ladies hosted the NIWBA semi-finals and on Thursday they are at home to Portadown in a league game.