On Saturday the ladies had no game. Their next game is away to Blackrock on the 3rd of September.
Saturday’s game for the 1st team was at home to Westmanstown. A 5 – 2 win would ensure promotion to the 1st division next year. But a loss would more than likely see Westmanstown go up instead. The day started badly with Carrick not turning up for the game, We got a bit of luck when Steven Andrews arrived to watch the game and we subbed him in at the last minute. In a complete reversal of our cup final against Westmanstown it was Railway who struggled at the start and were 19 shots down after 5 ends. With two rings with only one shot between them , one rink level and the last rink lucky to be leading it looked as if nobody wanted to play in division 1 next year. But with the two losing rinks fighting back strongly and Nigel’s rink starting to get ahead the win we need started to look possible. After 15 ends we were 12 behind by by 17 ends the difference was down to 2 shots. Overall we finished stronger than Westmanstown and the final score was 85 -72 (5 points to 2) which no way reflected how tough the game was. So Congratulations to Railway on getting promoted and good luck to everyone next year. Our final game is away to Skerries on the 10th of September.
Fiachra’s rink of Paddy, Tim and Zach had a horrendous start to their match losing two x 5 counts in the first 6 ends to be losing 1 – 13. But they did not give up and kept chipping away at the lead and actually won 10 of the final 15 ends. After 19 ends the score was 16 – 19 and one of the great comebacks looked to be on the cards but they shared the last two ends. The final score was a 17 – 20 loss. A great fighting performance that ensured the match win.
Adam’s rink of Steven, Brendan B and Ian had a good start and led 7 – 0 after 4 ends. But playing against the rink that they drew with in the cup final they knew it was going to get tougher. Westmanstown fought back to level the game at 9 – 9 after 11 ends. they then went ahead and were leading 12 -17 after 17 ends before a 5 for Railway on the 18th ends meant that it was anyone’s game. Each team got 1 shot over the next two ends. But a 3 on the last end gave Railway the winning point that ensured promotion to division one next year. The final score was 20 – 18.
Derek’s rink of Paul L, Gerry and Ultan struggled badly at the start.and were 0 – 11 down after 5 ends. Again they kept going and after 13 ends they were only 3 behind at 10 – 13. But in a topsy Turvy final 8 ends they lost a 4 on the 13 end but got a 4 on the 17 end . drew level on the 19th end with a 3. went ahead on the 20th end only to lose a 3 on the last end to finally lose 21 – 23.
Nigel’s rink of Bryan, Frank and Dave had a tough game at the start and the score was 7 – 8 after 10 ends. But they got a 5 on the next end and as the opposition tired they only lost 2 of the final 11 ends to easily win 27 – 11.