Banbridge are out of the Jimmy Bruen Foursomes, surprisingly beaten 2-3 by Lambeg.
This was a big opportunity for Hugo Downey’s team to progress into the last 16 in Ulster. The match was played at Edenmore and Banbridge certainly started as strong favourites.
It looked good when Malcolm Russell and Neville Kerr won the top game by 4 and 2.
But then came the first shock. Everyone looked across the course and asked, “Why are Peter Hillen and Garreth Moody walking in? Was somebody hurt?”
Their pride was hurt, that’s all. Peter and Garreth had lost by 7 and 5.
Banbridge went back into the lead when Joe Glass and Matthew Mallon won 4 and 3.
Joe and Matthew cannot be faulted in any way. They had the top score in the qualifying round, won their first round match 4 and 3 and won again here by the same score.
Lambeg levelled the match when their fourth pairing beat Shane Rooney and Neil Comiskey 3 and 2.
Everything now depended on the youthful pairing of Mark McCoy and Adam McGregor.
They did their best but it was just not good enough. Lambeg won this game 4 and 3 and the match overall by 3 games to 2.
This was a superb win for Lambeg and we wish them well in the rest of the competition.
Monday June 9: Barry Kearney, a club newcomer, gets his name on the winners list for the first time.
Derick Napier, gets his name on the prize list after too long of an absence.
1st Barry Kearney (22) 31pts, 2nd Derick Napier (22) 30pts.