Belfast Telegraph

Early encouragement for Belmont

By David Mason

Still smouldering from their 11th hour collapse in last season's campaign, Belmont clocked up their first victory of the new Private Greens League Division One season at neighbouring Willowfield on Saturday.

Even though they had to settle for five-and-half points in their 27 shots success, Belmont stalwart Davy Hamilton insisted it was important to get off to a positive start in what was a tricky opener.

"We couldn't afford to let the disappointment from last season affect us, even though we were gutted at losing out on the title over the final couple of weeks," said the former Ireland international.

"But that's all water under the bridge. We must focus on what's in front of us. We were missing Chris Eadie and Tony Budde for the game at Willowfield, so to come away with five-and-a-half points is a satisfactory start. There will be tougher tests ahead."

Roy Battersby was Belmont's top performer, skipping his rink to a whopping 38-9 win over Mark Leckey.

Bangor got their NIBA Division One title defence off to an impressive start by pocketing six points from their game with their newly promoted Ward Park neighbours Castle.

Results: NIBA Division One: Balmoral 75 (1) Whitehead 92 (6), Bangor 91 (6) Castle 60 (1), Banbridge 89 (7) Portadown 62 (0), Divis 81 (5.5) Lisnagarvey 70 (1.5), Donaghadee 71 (5.5) Dundonald 65 (1.5).

PGL Division One: Dunbarton 113 (6) Falls 48 (1), Ewarts 81 (1) Forth River 86 (6), Old Bleach 67 (1) Larne 84 (6), Pickie 81 (5) Ulster Transport 77 (2), Willowfield 70 (1.5) Belmont 97 (5.5).

PBA Senior League: Ballymoney 81 (7) Portglenone 57 (0), Cookstown 82 (5.5) Dunluce 62 (1.5), City of Derry 60 (1) Portrush 89 (6), Coleraine 96 (7) Kilrea 57 (0), Letterkenny 84 (6.5) Ballycastle 74 (0.5).

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