All to play for in league
Published: 14 Jun 2012 13:000 comments
This year's league has turned into one of the most competitive since its formation, with four teams all holding joint third place on 25 points each and Sion Mills as was the case last season firmly positioned in the seventh place.
Enniskillen 8 points
Omagh 2 points (40 shots)
Enniskillen entertained Omagh at Celtic Park and collected a very important eight points in a very competitive game.
Andy Wray's rink of Dennis Thornton, John Corrigan, and James McCaffery set the standards for this Enniskillen victory with a very comfortable win over Brendan McGahan's Omagh rink. The result of this game was never in doubt with Andy's rink completely outplaying the opposition and after chalking up two fives in the 15 end game, ended on a 23 shots to 9 victory. On rink two, Pat Owen, Raymond Gault, Joe Reilly, David Croot and skip Wilfie Crawford again had an easy victory over Omagh's Dougie Stewart. In this encounter the home rink never were in arrears and eventually coasted to a 14 shots to 6 win.
Ennniskillen's David Dickson accompanied by Teresa McCourt, Joe Reilly and William Coalter took an early lead against Omagh's Peter Fox after winning the first nine ends and going into a 14 shot lead. In a complete turnaround the Omagh rink then took control and won all remaining six ends but the Enniskillen rink ended edging victory by 14 shots to 12. Omagh's only win of the evening took place on rink three where their Barry Brannigan and his rink defeated Enniskillen's Janet Brown, Alex Morrow, David Reilly and Gerry Rasdale by 15 shots to 8.
Valley collect four points
Sion Mills 6 points (62shots) Clogher Valley 4 points
Clogher Valley travelled to Sion Mills and went home with a useful four points from their visit.
The Fivemiletown based club won two out of the four games played, with the home side collecting the additional two points for the overall shots. John Burrell's rink of Baden Keys, Noel Clarke, and Frances Cartwright had the win of the evening after they defeated Sion's Robbie Patton comfortably by a 20 shots to 14 margin. Clogher Valley's other victory was a closer affair when Billy Dunlop's rink of Willis Armstrong, James McAnenly and Billy Kirkpatrick just about collected the two points with a single shot victory, 13 to 12, over Sion's M. Rice.
In the remaining two games, Clogher Valley went down heavily when Matt Livingstone's rink of Harold Nelson, Ken Givens and Rosmary McAnenly lost out to Trevor Wilson's rink by 16 shots to 7 and Blayney Cartwright accompanied by Norman Browne, Albert Browne and William Rutledge went down to P Martin's rink by 20 shots to 9.
Enniskillen go down at rain drenched Dungannon
Dungannon 10 points
Enniskillen 0 points
After the good result against Omagh in the previous week, Enniskillen travelled to Dungannon in an upbeat mood with the hope of at least sharing the spoils against the league leaders. Unfortunately that was not to be the case and after a game in terrible conditions weather wise, went home with zero points
It has to be said that the score line slightly flattered the County Tyrone side, when in two of the games they chalked up victories by only two shots in each. Andy Wray's rink of James McCaffery, David Reilly and Sam Kee were trailing by 8 shots against Dungannon's S Haydock with only two ends remaining. In a brilliant comeback the Enniskillen rink collected two threes to lose out by 15 shots to 13. On rink four, David Dickson's Enniskillen rink of D Croot, W Coalter, G Rasdale also went down by the same two shot margin against Dungannon's D Hughes.
In the remaining two games in which Enniskillen lost out in, Dessie Brown and his rink of Janet Brown, Alex Morrow and Teresa McCourt lost by 11 shots to 7 to Dungannon's Martin McKenna while Wilfie Crawford, Jude Morris, Dennis Thornton and Pat Owen went down heavily against A Rafferty by 21 shots to 10.