BOWLS: Curran Ladies power past Lagan Valley

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Contrasting opening nine ends was the feature of the rearranged Curran v Lagan Valley Northern Ireland Women’s Bowling Associate fixture. Pauline Blair, Linda Swann, Rene Gallagher skipped by Joyce Spiers really set the green on fire leading 14-0 at the halfway stage.

Thereafter, the locals coasted to a 20-4 comprehensive victory. Not so for Valerie Noble whose rink with Ethel Miller, Sonya McDermott and Eileen Magill struggled over the opening nine ends trailing 10-3.

Restricting their visitors to two winning ends and recording a six on the 15th end, Curran returned a 19-13 winning card. Lagan Valley could only field three players on their rink so a quarter of their points scored were deducted, leaving the card to read 19-9.75. Result: Curran LBC 39 shots (5 points) Lagan Valley LBC 13.75 shots (0 points).

Meanwhile, six Curran Ladies, S. McDermott, E. Magill, E. Miller, L. Simms, J. Spiers and V. Noble represented NIWBA at the Junior Inter Association Championship, defeating Ladies’ Bowling League of Ireland and Northern Ireland Women’s Private Greens League.

Men’s results: Northern Ireland Private Greens League Division One: NICS 61 (2) Larne 78 (5). NIPGL Division Four: Larne B 101 (7) v Willowfield 50 (0).

NIBA Division 2: Curran 73 (5), Castle 66 (2.5), Whitehead B 76 (5) Carrickfergus 74.