Novel Pairing Clash In First Round Of Division 5 Bowling League
Castlemitchell and Abbey Bowls provided a novel pairing in this first round clash in division 5 of the indoor bowling league on Tues 5th Sept. Although the Castlemitchell club have been competing in the higher divisions for some years this is the first time they have entered a second team to take part in the league competition.
Abbey Bowls who hail from the Abbeyleix (Co. Laois) area and surrounding district submitted an application at the Executive Council Meeting last May for entry to the KWWIBA competitions.
Due to no structured competitions in their own area their application was unanimously passed.
Their home matches are played in the parish hall in Clough, five or six kilometres outside Ballacolla. By the way Clough is pronounced ‘Cluck’ by the locals.
Castlemitchell have the honour to be the first team of the Kildare West Wicklow Association to travel and play a league match in Clough. A hard game to call as both teams would be very inexperienced, with most of the visiting team only playing the game for a number of weeks.
Whereas Abbey Bowls although inexperienced at this level had at least some game time by competing in tournaments and had been giving a good account of themselves.
Mat A: There was never much between the sides for about two-thirds of the game with only a couple of scores separating the teams, with the lead swapping from one to the other in that period. It was only in the last five ends that the home team saw off the challenge of the visitors and recorded a deserved win on a score of 16/8.
Abbey Bowls: Pat Fitzpatrick, John McDonald, Linda Byrne and Richie Lyons.
Castlemitchell: Breda Cuddy, Tony Hyland, Tommy Harris and John Cuddy.
Mat B: A really competitive game on this mat with a good display of bowling by both teams. In the early stages it looked as if the home team would pull away and make for a one-sided affair.
But once the visitors settled they came more and more into the match and at the half-way mark they were only trailing by three scores.
Again Abbey Bowls slowly increased the margin to six and one felt that Castlemitchell were beginning to drift out of the game. But great credit for their perseverance and fighting qualities, and their great comeback they now had reduced the margin to the minimum of one score. But the home team responded and increased their lead to two scores to edge over the line on a score of 11/9.
This was very enjoyable and a great match to watch and was played by two very sporting teams.
Abbey Bowls take all five points while Castlemitchell go home empty handed but can hold their heads up high after a gallant display in their first league match.
Abbey Bowls: Sean Delaney, Alice Thompson, Eddie Hayes, Seamus Lalor and sub. Mary McDonald.
Castlemitchell: Dave Mulhall, Denis Banbrick, Sadie Doyle and Christy Doyle.
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