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Greenfield vows to focus on one game at a time in battle for title

Dunbarton's granted even though they are roaring towards a hat-trick of Private Greens League Division One title wins (stock photo)
Dunbarton's granted even though they are roaring towards a hat-trick of Private Greens League Division One title wins (stock photo)

By Alex Mills

Dunbarton's granted even though they are roaring towards a hat-trick of Private Greens League Division One title wins.

With only six games remaining, the Gilford boys are six-and-a-half points clear of Belmont, with Ballymena a further eight adrift of the Belfast side.

Things could change after today's fixtures as Dunbarton are due to visit the erratic Pickie, while Belmont face a difficult assignment against Old Bleach at their Randalstown base.

Even though Dunbarton are on the scent of a League and Cup double success - they meet Ballymena in the PGL Senior Cup final on August 22 - Greenfield says his team will adopt a one-game-at-a-time policy.

"It's a matter of chalking each game off at this time of the season," he said. "We face a tricky test at Pickie this weekend. We beat them in the PGL Cup semi-final, so they'll be after a bit of revenge, I'm sure.

"We've also difficult league games against Larne, Belmont and Old Bleach on the horizon, so we'll be taking nothing for granted."

It's a similar scenario at the top of NIBA Division One where Bangor hold a three points advantage over nearest challengers Whitehead, but crucially, the Seasiders have a game in hand.

But before they address that outstanding fixture against Balmoral next Thursday night, Bangor must see off the challenge of Sydenham at Ward Park today.

Whitehead will also look to remain on their tails by taking a full quota of points at Lurgan.

Meanwhile, Daniel Donnan and Lara Reaney have been handed the captaincy of the Ireland team of six boys and six girls that will compete in the Tri-Nations Series against Scotland and Wales at Belmont on August 20-21.

Ireland U18 team: Laura Craig (Rushmere Rattlesnakes), Jamie Craig (Black Mountain Eagles), Daniel Donnan, capt, (Peninsular Panthers), Peter Haughey (Rushmere Rattlesnakes), Katherine Houston (East Coast Cougars), Jayden Kyle (East Coast Cougars), Zoe Minish (Rushmere Rattlesnakes), Sophie McIntyre (Roe Valley Leopards), Lara Reaney, capt, (Rushmere Rattlesnakes), Brad Stirling (Slemish Scorpions), Josh Whitney (Leinster Lions), Chloe Wilson (Rushmere Rattlesnakes).

Reserves: Amy Carruth (Leinster Lions), Kyle Dunbar (Black Mountain Eagles), Dillon McElroy (Lough Neagh Sharks), Holly Walker (Black Mountain Eagles).

Fixtures: PGL Division One: Pickie v Dunbarton, Ballymena v Salisbury, Ewarts v Falls, Old Bleach v Belmont.

NIBA Division One: Londonderry Park v Banbridge, Bangor v Sydenham, Lurgan v Whitehead, Donaghadee v Dundonald.

Provincial Bowling Association Senior League: Cookstown v Ballymoney, Portrush v Coleraine.

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