Greenhills mem­bers treated to a feast of bowls

Drogheda Independent - - SPORT -

LAST Thurs­day, Greenhills Bowls club mem­bers were treated to a fine dis­play of bowl­ing as the club hosted six matches, played un­der IIBA rules. All games com­prised of seven ends.

The first fix­ture of the night, Claire Woods v Bri­die MacGuire was a slow burner, both play­ers lev­el­ling af­ter two ends. But the game picked up in the fourth end with Bri­die tak­ing a slight ad­van­tage. The fi­nal end was a real shootout as Woods man­aged to sneak the win by two shots.

In the sec­ond on the night’s games, Fran­cis Flem­ing took on Josephine Mo­ran. Flem­ing took the ini­tia­tive mid­way through the match and moved two clear. Mo­ran came back strong how­ever and she moved to three up in the fifth. De­spite try­ing to fight back Flem­ing was never able to cut the lead and Mo­ran took the spoils by three shots.

The third match was a real nail biter, go­ing right down to the fi­nal end. Tony Lacken’s ex­pe­ri­ence just told as he beat John McCann by just one shot. Af­ter mak­ing a fast start, go­ing three up, Lacken was un­able to re­spond to McCann’s pin­point shots and the lat­ter took the next two ends to trail by one with three to play. Tony’s ex­pe­ri­ence proved cru­cial in the last end tak­ing vic­tory by one shot.

The clash between Alan Thorn­berry and Jim Han­lon proved to be one of the games of the night. Thorn­berry burst from the blocks to take the first two ends on the bounce to go three up. Han­lon re­sponded with some ex­cel­lent back­hand draw shots to the head in the next two ends cut­ting the deficit down to one. The game was to be de­cided in the fi­nal end. Han­lon trailed by one shot but man­aged to put pres­sure on his op­po­nent. Thorn­berry held the up­per hand though and ran out the vic­tor by three shots.

Claire Woods eas­ily dis­patched Anna McKenna in the fifth game. Woods went two up be­fore mov­ing through the gears to ex­tend her lead to three. McKenna didn’t help her own cause by tak­ing the wrong line on the mat into the head leav­ing gaps open for her op­po­nent to ex­ploit. Ul­ti­mately Woods se­cured a win with three shots to spare.

The fi­nal match saw two pre­vi­ous vic­tors face-off, Tony Lacken and Josephine Mo­ran took to the green again. It was a cagey start from both but Lacken made the break­through in the third. But Mo­ran showed real in­ven­tion and cre­ativ­ity to get nose in front and go two up. De­spite be­ing rat­tled, Lacken pulled out all the stops to level. Bat­tle royal en­sued between the two play­ers in a nail bit­ing fin­ish in the last end with Josephine tak­ing the game at the death with her last bowl by one shot in a su­perb match.

There will be no bowl­ing on Thurs­day 13th and no bowl­ing on Thurs­day 20th as the club is hold­ing its AGM. Tues­day bowl­ing Ju­ve­niles 7 to 8pm, se­niors 8 to 10.30pm.

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