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On Saturday the ladies had no game. Their next game is away to Crumlin on the 20th of August.
Saturday’s game for the 1st team was against St James Gate in Railway. At the start of the match it looked like an easy win but The Gate came back strongly and by the 11th end there were 3 rinks still to be won while the overall game looked to be Railways to lose. But the next 3 ends went Railways way and by the 14th end the only question was would it be a 7 – 0 or 6 – 1 win. Nigel’s rink ended up losing so a 6 – 1 (90 – 51) win.
In a low scoring start to the game Adam’s rink of Ian, Tim and Paul L looked to be in control leading 8 – 1 after 7 ends but they lost a 5 on the 10th end to only lead by 1 shot 9 – 8.They won the next 3 ends to stretch the lead to 16 – 8. They did not let this lead go and they went on to win 23 – 12.
Carrick’s rink of of Paddy, Dave and Zach raced into a 9 – 0 lead which turned into 15 – 3 after 10 ends. The next 11 ends were shared with nobody getting more than a 1 on any end and the final score was a comfortable 22 – 7 to railway.
In a tight start to their match Nigel’s rink of Rory, Frank and Tadhg seemed to have the match of their opponents and were leading 12 – 8 after 11 but the wheels came off their wagon in a big way and the lost the next 8 ends to find themselves 12 -21 down with 2 to play. The final score was 14 – 21.
Derek’s rink of Bryan, Gerry and Ultan cruised into an 8 – 1 lead after 5 ends before having a nap. The Gate came back to 11 – 8 after 12 before a 5 to railway on the 14th end put the game out of their reach. Railway won 7 of the last 9 ends and won 31 -11. The same score as they got against Shankill in the last home game.
On Sunday the 1st team played in the final of the Crumlin cup against Westmanstown in the neutral venue of CYM. It was very tight at the start of the match on 3 of the rinks but Derek’s raced into a 20 – 0 lead after 7 ends to put Railway in a strong position. Billy’s ring then got the upper hand and after 11 ends Railway were 42 points ahead and looking in total command. But Westmanstown are a very good side and started fighting back. Derek’s lead was cut to 22 -12 and our overall lead was down to 27. Billy’s rink started to drop a few shots and the difference was down to 14. with 1 or 2 ends to go. But we held on to win by 11 shots 82 -71.
Derek’s rink of Ultan, Jerry & Drew won 30 – 23
Billy’s rink of Paul L, Fiachra & Zach won 19 – 13
Adam’s rink of Ian, Tim & Carrick drew 19 – 19.
Nigel’s rink of Bryan, Frank & Dave lost 14 – 16
So Congratulations to Railway on their 1st success in the Crumlin Cup.
On Monday night the second team played Westmanstown at home. Half way through the game it was looking with railway leading 25 – 17. Westmanstown seemed to get the hang of our green then and  they finished stronger with the final score being 42 – 50 (1 point to 5)
Drew’s rink of Brian, Brendan B and John M were involved in a tight match with the score after 12 ends being 12 – 10 in our favour. But we got a 5 on the 14 end which demoralised the opposition and the ended up winning easily 21 – 12.  
Pat’s ring of Tony, Brendan C and Chis started well and  they were 10 – 5 up after 9 ends but they lost the next 6 ends badly and found themselves 10 – 19 down with 3 to play they won 2 of the 3 final ends to end up losing 12 – 21. 
Nigel’s rink of Brendan S, Viv and Joe were 3 up after 3 ends,  but they lost 8 of the next 10 ends to find themselves 5 – 14 down after 13 ends. They won the next 3 ends to give themselves a glimmer of hope at 9 – 14 with 2 to play. But Nigel was tiring badly in his 3rd game in 3 days and a late night on Sunday and the fightback ended there with the final score being 9 – 17.