Jordan relieved to see Coleraine get off the mark with derby win
Coleraine's Jordan Dallas blew a sigh of relief after his team clocked up their first league win of the season, defeating neighbours Portrush by 15 shots at Lodge Road on Saturday.
It's been a stop-start opening period for the Bannsiders in the Provincial Bowling Association's Senior League, but having picked up a welcome six points from the derby affair, Dallas is confident they can now kick on.
"We had our opening game against Dunluce washed out due to the weather and then we had to sit out the second week because there are only seven teams in the division," explained Dallas.
"When we did get a bit of action, we lost out at Ballymoney. But we can take a lot of confidence from this win because Portrush had made an impressive start to the campaign.
"Hopefully, the victory can help kick-start our season. It promises to be another tightly fought league campaign, especially as Ballymoney and Portrush have strengthened their squads."
It was the rink skipped by Victor Dallas - Jordan's father - that laid the foundation as the former Ireland international defeated Simon Colvin by 10 shots (24-14).
Russell Miller and Ian Ross also made a substantial contribution by beating Gary McCloy (21-18) and Ian McClure (26-17).
Eddie Curran nicked Portrush's only point with a 21-14 win against Jim Calvin.
Meanwhile, Whitehead remained on the tails of leaders Bangor in the NIBA's Division One league table after picking up six points in their 90-51 victory at home to Lurgan.
The title holders were just too hot to handle for the Co Armagh boys, whose only point came from Alan Roberts' 16-12 win against Stephen McKinley.
But it was all one-way traffic on three other rinks with Barry Brown, James Caldwell and Marty McHugh roaring to victory against Ronan Cregan (19-10), Harry Cosgrove (31-16) and Alan Briggs (28-9).
High-flying Bangor maintained their top spot by adding another six points to their tally following an 11-shot win at Sydenham. Robert Hastings, Mark Shannon and Gary Scott were their successful skips.
Private Greens League Division One: Salisbury 68 (0.5) Ballymena A 94 (6.5), Ballymena b 69 (1) Pickie 87 (6), Falls 87 (5.5) Ewarts 74 (1.5), Belmont 73 (5) Old Bleach 72 (2).
NIBA Division One: Sydenham 69 (1) Bangor 80 (6), Portadown 63 (1) Balmoral 85 (6), Banbridge 111 (7) Londonderry Park 51 (0), Whitehead 90 (6) Lurgan 51 (1), Dundonald 79 (1.5) Donaghadee 95 (5.5).
Provincial Bowling Association Senior League: Coleraine 85 (6) Portrush 70 (1), Limavady 67 (5) Dunluce 79 (5).