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Bowls titles are already on way to ‘Gannon and Knock

Published 28/08/2008

Dungannon and Knock have retained their League titles with another set of games to be played in the competitions.

Two maximum' wins while their only rivals, Whitehead, were surprisingly crashing 5-2 at home to Holywood handed the NIWBA title yet again to Dungannon, who have still to visit Whitehead on September 4. Their only interest is topping the century mark for they are now on 96.5 points. Whitehead, 14-77.5, lead Divis 15-76.5, in the fight for runners-up spot. Newry have won the Junior League on 14-60.5 with Dromore 15-52.5 and Curran 14-46.5.

Knock have retained the Private Greens’ Women's Senior League title, following a 7-0 home win over Mossley, while Owenbeg’s 5-0 win over champions, Ballywalter, puts them two points clear of Magheradroll, who figured in one of three ties, at the top of the Junior League.

Monday is a big day for the Private Greens’ Women’s Association and Wednesday is the big date for the NIWBA, who stage two cup finals each. All matches start at 2pm.

The Stylux Cup contestants were only decided last Friday and resulted in wins for Knock and Belmont, which means the pair meet in two cup finals, the Stylux and McMaster All-Ireland (to be played to-morrow, Friday), with Knock still on course for the treble for the second time in two years.

In the semi-finals Belmont had to come back from a slow start to beat Pickie by ten shots but Knock had no problems against Crawfordsburn CC, winning by 53 shots. Downpatrick and Ballee clash in the Hazel Getty Cup decider.

CUP SEMI-FINAL DETAILS: Knock 100 Crawfordsburn CC 47: K. Curran 21, C. Bradley 16; I. Minnis 28, R. Croft 14; S. Bailie 24, P. McElrea 9; K. Woodside 27, A. Bradley 8.

Pickie 60 Belmont 70: A. McKittrick 12, B. Artt 19; J. Wilson 13, A. Campbell 14; M. McClean 13, E. Boal 21; N. Burns 22, M. Harron 16.

Newry 58 Wedderburn 20: M. Loughran, C. Gray, B. Dobbin, S. Rice 30, J. Brown, A. Taylor, L. Bradley, H. Shaw 12; R. Campbell, M. Carroll, L. Young, M. McNuff 28, I. Burns, N. Patterson, I. Thompson, E. Rodgers 8.

Dromore 48 Ward Park 20: M. Ward, L. Gribben, J. Malcolmson, C. Ogle 23, M. Smith, B. Parker, A. McCullough, B. Ritchie 13; M. Adair, A. McGarrity, M. Dawson, L. Aiken 25, J. Kirkpatrick, J. Gilmour, D. Hamilton, B. Irvine 7.

LEAGUE RESULTS: Women’s Private Greens Senior: Ards 2, Shaftesbury 5; Pickie 6, Cavehill 1; Saintfield 1, NICS 6; Comber 0, Knock 7; Mossley 1, Larne 6; Crawfordsburn CC 7, Falls 0; Ewarts 6, Ulster Transport 1.

Junior: Falls 1, Willowfield 4; Larne 2.5, Belfast 2.5; Knock 2.5, Castleton 2.5; Dunbarton 2.5, Dunbarton 2.5; Cavehill 0, Downpatrick 5; Shaftesbury 0, Gallaher 5; Owenbeg 5, Ballywalter 0; Ballee 1, Forth River 4.

NIWBA: Senior: Antrim Lawn 5, Divis 2; Ballyholme 2, Portadown 5; Banbridge 7, Donaghadee 0; Dungannon 7, Ardenlee 0; Gilnahirk 1.5, Carrick 5.5; Lurgan 5, Wingrave 2; Newcastle 2, Lisnagarvey 5; Whitehead 2, Holywood 5; Dungannon 7, Portadown 0; Ward Park 6, Carrick 1; Lurgan 5.5, Newcastle 1.5.

Junior: Clarendon 4, Lagan Valley 1; Divis 1, Ward Park 4; Dromore 4, Castle Park 1; Newry 4, Curran 1; Curran 5, Divis 0.

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