It’s tight at the top in race for Tandragee prize

Tandragee captain Hamilton Loney (second right) selected NI Children's Hospice as his nominated charity. Also included at the cheque presentation for �4,750 are, from left, Richard Hylands (Tandragee vice-captain), Jenay Doyle (NI Children's Hospice) and Vivienne Loney.
Tandragee captain Hamilton Loney (second right) selected NI Children's Hospice as his nominated charity. Also included at the cheque presentation for �4,750 are, from left, Richard Hylands (Tandragee vice-captain), Jenay Doyle (NI Children's Hospice) and Vivienne Loney.

Two teams remain in the running for Winter League glory at Tandragee entering the final week of the competition.

Matthew Leckey’s Left To Righters share top spot with Eddie Harbinson’s One The Edge following scores of 1962 apiece in the Hotstoves NI of Tandragee-sponsored event.

However, the overall leaderboard has been disrupted by recent adverse weather conditions and just 15 points split first and third.

Leckey’s side added 211 points to the team tally in the penultimate week, with 214 for Harbinson’s players.

Rodney Black and Ralph Buckley proved the pick of, respectively, Left To Righters and One The Edge.

Robin Smyth posted 25 points to set the standard for third-place Captain’s Lot and Colin Bruce helped Airforce One climb to 1923 points.

Ashley McConville’s Bandits Awareness dropped down to 1915, with Colin McKillop and his Par Rangers on the rise up to seven from 10th.

James Magee’s Jimmy’s Jokers hold eighth on 1899 but Gordon’s Golfers have slipped down three spots.

Paul McKenna’s Up And Downers managed to climb off the bottom thanks to 1872 - followed by George Quinn’s The Veterans and Gary Calvert’s Dog Squad.

The weekly winners were: 0-7 handicap - Ralph Buckley 26 points; 8-10 handicap - Barry Galvani 29; 11-13 handicap - Davis Turkington 29; 14-plus handicap - Alan Lawson 32.

The turkey results were: 0-7 handicap - William Small 28, David Shortt 27; 8-11 handicap - Barry Galvani 30, Terry McCann 26; 12-plus handicap - Trevor Lovell 26, Robin Smyth 25.

The race for the individual honour has John Quinn out in front on 185 from his leading seven cards, with Garfield Sherman and Ralph Buckley completing the top three.

Trevor Lovell, Philip Irwin, Derek Armstrong and William Small are next in line. The remaining players are Geoff Gray, James Girvin, Joe Campbell, Barry Galvani Colin Rooney, Robin Hanlon, Brendan Mallon and Paul Topley.

Results from the ladies’ Winter League, sponsored by Ulster Carpets: section one - M.Warren 23 points and M.Kerr 19; section two - E.Maginess 16 and Liz Walsh 17.