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Rejuvenated Divis aiming to maintain momentum

By David Mason

There are two buzz words hovering over Divis Bowls Club these days - team spirit.

The west Belfast boys, who last season escaped relegation from the NIBA's Division One by the skin of their teeth, have made an impressive start to the new outdoor campaign - and they are determined to keep it going.

Three straight leagues wins, with a fantastic IBA Senior Cup success against rivals Falls sandwiched in between, have set the trend for a rejuvenated Divis.

And the big games just keep on coming because they face Whitehead in a league and cup double-header over the next week.

"We almost faced the drop last season, so we are just happy to be in the position we are in," said Divis' Brendan Power. "We've taken a total of 17 and a half points from our three league games - we are on the tails of leaders Portadown.

"The display against Falls last week in the IBA Senior Cup was brilliant. But we'll not be letting any complacency creep in. We know things can turn upside down very quickly in this league.

"We have a great team spirit in the camp and I reckon that's the difference from last season."

Divis will certainly need to be at their best when they make the first of their two journeys to East Antrim tomorrow.

"We'll go there in a positive frame of mind," added Power.

"Our record at Whitehead is quite good. They are coming off the back of a good win against Bangor. Even though they lost out on three rinks, Marty McHugh won it overall for them.

"Things are going well. Hopefully, we can keep the momentum going."

Fixtures, NI Private Greens League Division One: Pickie v Belmont, Dunbarton v Larne, Ulster Transport v Willowfield, Ballymena v Ards, Old Bleach v Ewarts.

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

Provincial Bowling Association Senior League: Cookstown v City of Derry, Limavady v Portglenone, Ballycastle v Coleraine.

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