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Dromore head to the seaside keen to leave behind their rocky spell

By David Mason

Dromore's Billy Clinghan admits his team have experienced a baptism of fire on their top flight return. Having topped Division Two of the NIBA last season, Dromore are still looking for their first win of the new campaign - and with a trip to high-flying Bangor looming tomorrow, that wait will surely be extended.

They couldn't have hand-picked a more difficult start to life in Division One as they have already suffered defeats to Whitehead, Balmoral and Dundonald. The last thing they need at this moment in time is a trip to the seaside.

"It's certainly been a difficult start," said Dromore's Billy Clinghan.

"We won the Second Division championship last year, but there is a huge gulf in class in the two leagues.

"We've picked up only three points from four starts, which doesn't make pleasant reading. It would certainly be a bonus if we nicked a point or two at Bangor, but I wouldn't bank on it."

Meanwhile, it's back to local business for young Stephen Kirkwood, who returned home earlier this week as Dutch Open double winner.

The 19-year-old picked up a gold medal in the men's pairs and mixed fours.

He teamed up with Robbie Maher of St James's Gate, in the former, while Crumlin's Marian Lynch and Rosie Brown, from Dun Laogharie joined the lads for the rink success.

Fixtures Northern Ireland Private Greens League Division One: Pickie v Ulster Transport, Ewarts v Dunbarton, Belmont v Ballymena, Larne v Old Bleach, Mossley v NICS.

Northern Ireland Bowling Association Division One: Dundonald v Portadown, Donaghadee v Banbridge, Balmoral v Whitehead, Bangor v Dromore, Divis v Lisnagarvey.

Northern Ireland Provincial Bowling Association Senior League: Letterkenny v Portrush, Dunluce v Cookstown, Ballymoney v Coleraine, Limavady v City of Derry, Ballycastle v Portglenone.

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