Services 'B' clinch second promotion spot in Three as league reaches its conclusion

SERVICES 'B' clinched promotion to Division Two in the last meaningful action of the Ballymena and District League last week.

The Trostan Avenue side came out on top of their promotion showdown against Round Tower with the three-point haul enough to see them pip St Mary’s for runners-up spot by just half a point.

As expected, there was little to choose between the sides with no more than two shot winning margins on three of the four rinks, with narrow Round Tower victories from Gilmore Campbell and Michael Teer, while Eric Smyth was a 10-8 winner for Services over Kevin McLarnon.

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The crowning glory, fittingly, went to Sheila Smith, Services’ most consistent skip this season with just one league defeat for her rink. They beat John O’Neill 10-4 to secure the crucial third point for overall shots tally.

Services ‘B’ 33 (3), Round Tower 28 (2): R Dickson 6, G Campbell 7; E Smyth 10, K McLarnon 8; J Smith 7, M Teer 9; Sheila Smith 10, J O’Neill 4.

Two other largely meaningless games were scheduled but didn’t take place.

In Division One, Broughshane PFA ‘A’ didn’t make the trip to Moneyglass during Tuesday night’s bad weather and, with no change to league positions, the Knockan Road side forfeited the five points to already-relegated Moneyglass.

In Division Two, the game between Clough Rangers and West Church ‘A’ wasn’t played and again, with the outcome having no bearing on any promotion or relegation issues, both sides claimed two-and-a-half points.

The final league tables are:

DIVISION ONE

PWTLPts

Towers14121157.0

BUSC1491447.0

BPFA ‘A’1470738.0

Michelin1480636.0

Old Bleach1470732.0

Golf Club1470728.5

JTI14301123.5

Moneyglass14201218.0

DIVISION TWO

PWTLPts

BPFA ‘B’16101553.0

Portglenone CC16111452.5

Services ‘A’16102446.0

Clough Rangers1691642.0

Harryville CC1670940.0

West Church ‘A’1662838.0

Maine16501131.0

Golf Seniors16421030.5

Enkalon16511027.5

DIVISION THREE

PWTLPts

Dunclug PTA16120454.0

Services ‘B’1690745.0

St Mary’s1691644.5

Round Tower1681743.0

Glenravel1691640.0

West Church ‘B’1653836.5

All Saints1670936.0

Eaton Park1661933.5

First Ballymena16311227.5

LEAGUE AGM

The league’s annual general meeting takes place on Thursday, April 29, at Eaton Park (8pm).

Any notices of motion for consideration at the meeting should be with league secretary John Carruthers no later than April 14.