For just the third time, Dunbarton are the Senior Private Greens Cup winners.
Facing Willowfield in the final last Thursday night at the Ulster Transport green, the locals produced a polished performance to win by a resounding 47 shots with all four rinks up.
On paper, the Gilford men were strong favourites to lift the cup having moved to the summit of Senior Division One two days earlier, whilst their East Belfast rivals were five points off relegation.
Right from the off, there only ever looked like being one winner as all four Dunbarton rinks scored on the first end to open up a 10-0 lead and never looked back. As the game progressed, their winning margin increased end after end and by midpoint it was all over bar the shouting.
Myles Greenfield led his rink to the highest winning margin, ahead by 20 shots. Andy Hughes skipped his rink to a 12 shot success while DJ Wilson was not far behind, up by ten. And to round off a fine night’s work Marty Trainor’s four finished five shots better than their rivals for a resounding 47 shot success.
For the first time since 2009, the Senior Private Greens Cup was on its way back to Gilford.
Rink 1 C Trainor, J Kelly, G McElroy, M Greenfield down 20-24
Myles and his front three started well counting a four on the first end and this helped them to an 8-4 lead after the first quarter.
By the midpoint their lead had increased to six shots, 15-9 but it was over the second half that they put their opposition to the sword. Outscoring the East Belfast rink by 17 shots to 3 resulted in a 20 shot success.
Rink 2 D Copeland, J Magennis, M Merritt, M Trainor up 18-15
Despite scoring doubles on the first two ends, Marty’s men found themselves 4-7 behind after five ends.
However, aided by a fine count of five on end nine, they quickly redressed the balance and forged ahead 12-8 at the midpoint. Over the second half of the game there was little to choose between the two rinks, albeit the Gilford four also had their noses in front and never looked like going behind. By the close they had chalked up a 5 shot victory.
Rink 3 R McElroy, J Moffett, P Convery, DJ Wilson up 24-18
The opening exchanges of this game were very close and after eight ends, with only nine shots scored it was the Willowfield rink that were ahead leading 3-6.
However DJ’s quartet began to find their form and with a tremendous run of 2,1,1,1,2,1,1,1,1, suddenly they led 15-6. With the game over as a contest, the Dunbarton four eased home.
Rink 4 M Higgins, T Bell, C Mulholland, A Hughes up 24-15
Andy’s rink got off to a flyer as scores of 3,3,1,3 saw the locals open up a double figure advantage after just four ends. By the midpoint this lead had increased to 12 shots, 16-3. Whilst their rivals did fight back over the second half and managed to narrow the deficit to just five shots with four ends remaining, Andy’s men finished with a bang. Successive trebles on ends 18 and 19 helped them win by the comfortable margin of 12 shots.