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Games medallist Mulholland targeting NIBA glory

By David Mason

Neil Mulholland may be returning from the Commonwealth Games with a medal around his neck, but he certainly isn't finished in his quest for silverware.

The Lisnagarvey man will go straight into action in the NIBA Championships at Carrickfergus, contesting the singles, pairs and fours disciplines.

Mulholland booked his spot in the final of the latter prior to him leaving for Glasgow, skipping his rink to a 22-10 victory over Rathfriland's Geoff Blakley.

He'll come up against Castle's Matt Stevenson in the singles on Tuesday, with a spot in the final against Nigel Beggs (Whitehead) up for grabs.

And then, in an ironic twist, he'll go head to head with his Northern Ireland Commonwealth Games team mate Marty McHugh in the pairs on Thursday.

The remainder of the NIBA finals will be decided at Shaftesbury Park tomorrow, with the Triples and Senior Fours scheduled for a 1pm start; the Youth Singles at 1.30pm and with the Under-25 Singles starting at 3pm.

Lisnagarvey's Noel Graham will be out to bridge an 16 year gap in the triples. He'll be joined by Clarke Hill and Philip Cromie for his latest assault against Gary Clarke, Gary Scott and Mark Shannon, of Bangor.

NIBA Championships finals

Singles: N Beggs (Whitehead) v N Mulholland (Lisnagarvey) or M Stevenson (Castle).

Under-25 singles: S Jess (Lisnagarvey) v J Montgomery (Whitehead).

Youth singles: D Bodels (Carrick) v J Moffett (Rathfriland).

Pairs: T Carson, M Crawford (Bangor) or I Craig, N Mulholland (Lisnagarvey) v M McHugh, B Browne (Whitehead) or S Jess, M Nelson (Lisnagarvey).

Triples: G Clarke, G Scott, M Shannon (Bangor) v C Hill, P Cromie, N Graham (Lisnagarvey).

Fours: S Jess, M Nelson, P Cromie, N Graham (Lisnagarvey) v J McCloughlin, G McCloughlin, I Craig, N Mulholland (Lisngarvey).

Senior fours: T Turkington, D McIntyre, J Stevenson, M Reid (Balmoral) v J O'Neill, S Mullen, H McHugh, B Connor (Whitehead).

Private Greens League finals (at Fruithill Park)

Singles: M McPeak (Belmont) v A Morrison (Ballymena).

Under-25 singles: S Shields (Ballymena) v S Kirkwood (Old Bleach).

Youth singles: R Cavan (Pickie) v S Kirkwood (Old Bleach).

Pairs: R McElroy, C Mulholland v C McCartan, DJ Wilson (Dunbarton).

Triples: M Higgins, T Bell, A Hughes (Dunbarton) v N Todd, M Murphy, P Robinson (Larne).

Fours: A Coyle, P O'Neill, P McVeigh, P McEwan (Falls) v M Higgins, A Hughes, DJ Wilson, M Greenfield (Dunbarton).

Senor fours: J McLaney, R Barr, R Horner, R Battersby (Belmont) v G Neill, A Mairs, L King, D Snoddy (Larne).

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