Green­hills off to a flyer in tough Oriel Zone opener

Mid Louth Independent - - SPORT -

GREEN­HILLS made a winning start to their Oriel Zone Di­vi­sion 2 League cam­paign at home to a full-strength Magher­a­cloone last week.

The for­mat this sea­son is Sin­gles, Pairs Trips and Rinks, played over nine ends and 11 ends re­spec­tively un­der IIBA rules, and in the sin­gles match Tom Devin started the game against Greg Mar­ron with real pur­pose, tak­ing the first three ends on the spin to go four up.

Greg was strug­gling to get the grip of the fast mat and he lost fur­ther ground to his op­po­nent in the fifth end, now trail­ing by five. How­ever, he grad­u­ally got into his rhythm in the next end, pick­ing up one shot in the process, and by the com­ple­tion of the sev­enth end he trailed by just two.

Tom was strug­gling at this stage but at­tacked the head in the ninth end to in­crease his lead to four with two ends to play.

Greg knew he had an up­hill bat­tle on his hands to pro­duce some­thing spe­cial, but he did just that. Af­ter call­ing a short jack he played a va­ri­ety of glo­ri­ous shots in the last two ends to emerge the win­ner by three shots.

In the pairs match Ciara Floyd and John Hur­ley clashed over 11 ends with Nigel Eakins and Barry Mar­ron and the lat­ter pair ad­justed to the mat straight­away in the first two ends to go two up.

The home team skip Ciara pro­duced a cracker of a fore­hand into the head, cut­ting the deficit down to one, and af­ter five ends the Green­hills pair had turned it around to lead by three.

The vis­i­tors’ skip Nigel re­acted well in the sixth end, ex­ert­ing heavy pres­sure to level the match, but Ciara and John re­sponded in kind with some su­perb draw shots to the head to go three up once more.

Nigel’s team weath­ered the storm and showed great men­tal strength to square the match once again, with two ends re­main­ing. Ciara and John were on the rails, but they were not go­ing to throw in the towel and lead player John pro­duced some top-qual­ity back­hand and fore­hand shots to the head in the lat­ter stages to se­cure vic­tory in fine style by five shots.

In the trips Alan Thorn­berry, Val Maguire and Jack How­ell were pit­ted against Angela Mc Ga­hey, Bernie Hamill and Jim Han­ratty, and the host team made their in­ten­tions clear in the first two ends, fir­ing into the head to build up a four-shot lead.

The vis­i­tors looked very ner­vous and strug­gled on the mat but man­aged to shrink the deficit to two shots af­ter four ends.

How­ever, the host skip Jack’s team pro­duced re­mark­able draw shots to the jack in the next two ends to in­crease their lead to five up once again.

The vis­i­tors skip Jim’s team fought hard and man­aged to get the deficit down to two go­ing into the last end, but the host skip ral­lied the troops and ul­ti­mately won the game in fine style by three shots de­spite some heavy pres­sure from their op­po­nents through­out.

The fi­nal match saw Ger­tie Grif­fin, So­phie Thorn­berry, Peter Woods and Me­gan Devin up against Peader Slevin, Pat Hamill, Mae Flana­gan and Tom Lynch over nine ends.

Me­gan’s team were mak­ing all the early run­ning, open­ing up a two-shot lead af­ter two ends, but coun­ter­part Tom Lynch was quick to re­spond and af­ter four ends the Green­hills quar­tet led by just one.

Me­gan’s team went on to ex­tend their lead in the next end to four up, but back came Magher­a­cloone and by the com­ple­tion of the sev­enth end the gap was back to one shot.

Even bet­ter was to fol­low for the Mon­aghan out­fit as they fin­ished the penul­ti­mate end with a oneshot lead.

How­ever Me­gan’s team pro­duced a timely re­sponse as Peter Woods played a fan­tas­tic fore­hand draw shot to the jack to en­able his team take vic­tory by four shots in a very tense fin­ish.

Over­all, that meant that Green­hills took eight points to Magher­a­cloone’s two, with Ger­tie Grif­fin, Peter Woods, Ciara Floyd and Alan Thorn­berry star­ring for the winning team.

Mem­bers should note that the Coo­ley Open Pairs is on all this week un­til Fri­day, with a start­ing time of 8pm sharp. If you wish to travel please put your name on the no­tice­board.

Times of play this week are Tues­day from 7 to 8.15pm for ju­nior play­ers, and Tues­day and Thurs­day from 8 to 10.30pm for seniors.

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