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Old Bleach rewrite the history books

By David Mason

The 'Ice Bucket Challenge' took on a whole new meaning at Randalstown on Saturday night.

It was a little more extravagant than usual, with a posse of jubilant Old Bleach players being dumped with water from the IBA Senior Cup!

The water was later replaced with champagne as the Private Greens League side came to terms with their history-bursting victory over Dunbarton at Jordanstown earlier in the day.

After years of trying, they at last got their hands on the most famous piece of IBA silverware.

"I suppose it will take a bit of time to sink in," said Old Bleach's Michael Nutt.

"Naturally, there was a bit of high-spirited frolics going on at the club on Saturday night, with a number of the boys taking part in the Ice Bucket challenge, using the cup instead of a basin.

"It's been a fantastic time for everyone associated with the club. Every one of the boys played their part. I suppose most people didn't give us a chance going into the final, but we knew if we could play to our potential we wouldn't be far away.

"We have gone close on previous occasions, but never quite managed to cross the finish line. We didn't want to let another opportunity slip away."

It was James Talbot who put the fizz into the Old Bleach bubbly by skipping his rink to an impressive 22-14 victory over Andrew Hughes.

Neil Booth and Johnny Millar also made a crucial contribution by defeating Conor McCartan (21-19) and Myles Greenfield (21-19).

Even though Nutt was beaten 22-19 by DJ Wilson, by that stage Old Bleach already knew they had written themselves into the IBA history books.

Dunbarton, however, reaped a little bit of revenge at Gilford yesterday by storming to an 87-64 win over the new cup holders, edging them closer to the PGL Division One title. They are now two points ahead of Belmont with one game remaining. Dunbarton face Ulster Transport, while Belmont travel to Ballymena.

Martin Trainor was the pick of the home skips – he enjoyed a runaway 30-9 win over Nutt. Greenfield and Wilson chipped in with wins over Bryan Magrath (21-16) and Brian Trimble (21-16).

Tom Rainey prevented Dunbarton from claiming a clean sweep by beating McCartan 23-15.

Results: IBA Senior Cup final: Old Bleach 83 Dunbarton 74.

NIBA Division One: Portadown 49 (1) Balmoral 71 (6), Castle 65 (1) Whitehead 106 (6), Donaghadee 89 (6) Divis 77 (1), Dundonald 75 (5.5) Bangor 72 (1.5).

Private Greens League Senior Division One: Dunbarton 87 (6) Old Bleach 64 (1), Larne 76 (2) Ballymena 83 (5), Falls 85 (5) Willowfield 73 (2), Belmont 89 (6) Forth River 66 (1).

Provincial Senior League: Letterkenny 76 (5) Dunluce 72 (2), Cookstown 101 (6) Portglenone 74 (1), Kilrea 71 (6.5) Ballycastle 57 (0.5), Ballymoney 92 (5) Portrush 71 (2), Coleraine 89 (7) City of Derry 59 (0).

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