Fightback secures record NIBA prize

Portadown during defeat in the rinks final of the NIBA Championships against Bangor. The town club finished as NIBA triples champions. Pic by PressEye Ltd.
Portadown during defeat in the rinks final of the NIBA Championships against Bangor. The town club finished as NIBA triples champions. Pic by PressEye Ltd.
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The town men defeated Divis by 19-14 in the final at Larne to move into top spot in the section’s overall roll of honour.

The trio were also joined by Maurice Whitla for the rinks final but Portadown lost out to Bangor. However, that defeat failed to take the shine off a memorable meeting.

“We now have eight triples overall compared to Bangor on seven,” said Portadown’s Errol Whitten. “Our first win came in 1988 with Dessie Gill as skip.

“Tony Bell and Derek McCallion have also got wins, plus Geoff McMullan.

“Geoff won a number of NIBA triples and now his son, Richard, has a title for the club.

“Portadown were behind on 15 of the 18 ends, trailing by 6-0 at four, 12-4 at nine and 14-9 after 14.

“However, Portadown scored counts of two and three to level it at 14-14 before superb play across the final few ends.

“We scored three then, when holding two on the last end, delivered bowls to areas of the green to cover any possibility of a Divis score.

“It is a great achievement for the club and congratulations go to the players.”