NEWLY promoted Tamlaght almost pulled of the first shock result of the season in going down by one shot to Parochial A. Tamlaght were 14 up at half time and claimed all three points. Parochial , with wins by S Quinn and D McElroy just pulled through with C McKnight winning both games against C McHugh. Tamlaght on the evidence of their opening fames will prove a handful for all clubs and should be able to consolidate a place in Section 1. Current holders, Cookstown High had a comfortable win against Maghera Pres despite being down by a shot at half time. Lafarge continued their poor start to the season with a second defeat at Moortown. On current form they will do well to avoid the relegation places at the end of the season.
In Section 2, Kildress continue to impress with another convincing win over Lisnagleer. St Mary’s opened their account with a convincing win at Slaughtneill.
In Section 3, John Bosco returning to the league have had mixed fortunes with a home win over Ballinderry and a defeat at 1st Magherafelt who will be one of the teams expected to occupy promotion places. Ballinderry made amends for the Bosco defeat with a convincing win over RBL while St Swithin’s Mixed had an equally convincing win over St John’s and will also be in contention for promotion.
Congratulations to Alan Paul and Clarke Hill who retained the Champion of Champions Pairs title at Ballymoney with a 12 – 3 win over Gerard Conroy. Mid Ulster’ s Sean Quinn unfortunately lost to Eddie Marsden, Lisburn Zone in their triples final.
The Mid Ulster Ladies play Northern on Saturday in the 1st round of this year’s competition. Cars will leave Fairhill Cookstown at 11.45 and then Magherafelt High School at 12.00. All cars should meet at these points to ensure all players have a lift. Dress is black trousers or black skirt.
Secretaries are asked to return national entries immediately with the appropriate fees.