Saturday 24 August 2019

Tadg in contention after Reilly impressive form


New kid on the block Tadg Reilly showed a clean pair of heels to the Greenhills seniors and the juvenile player has moved up to third in the Summer League following the matches played last Thursday night.

In the first fixture Gertie Griffin and Fiona Moss took on Paddy Griffin and Val Maguire and it was a mis-match as the latter produced an impressive display of bowling at the start, going in front after three ends four up.

Gertie and Fiona were struggling to get the line of the mat until the fourth end when they hit back, reducing their opponents' lead down to three. In the next end Paddy's lead player Val had a significant contribution to make towards the team as he was jack-high at every end. Gertie and Fiona weren't at their usual best and could not handle the pressure and Paddy and Val duly wrapped up the victory in impressive style.

The next match was contested by Peter Woods and Sadie Campbell against Josephine Moran and Tommy McGuinness.

Peter and Sadie went on the attack in the first few ends and were rewarded with their attacking play and continued firing into the head, taking the lead in the third end two up.

Josephine and Tommy bounced back following sustained pressure on their opponents in the next end, levelling the match before briefly going two in front. Peter and Sadie's response was to up their game another gear, and when they took the sixth end it was all square once again.

It went shot for shat in the latter stages before Peter got the rub of green in a packed head to scrape through by three shots in a very tense finish.

In the third match Claire Woods and Jack Howell clashed with Sean Donnelly and Marie Maher, and this was a nip and tuck affair in the early ends.

Eventually in the third end Claire's team edged in front two up, but Sean and Marie responded with a flourish and eventually turned things around to go two up after the sixth end. However, Claire's team applied considerable pressure in the last end, making an excellent recovery to seal victory by the narrowest of margins after that very nervy start and a superb finish.

The fourth match saw Tadg Reilly junior and Aileen Fitzgerald pitted against Jimmy Flood and Tom Devin and the the latter went three up after the first two ends. However, for some reason they lost the run of themselves and let their opponents in to find themselves two behind.

Clearly rattled, Jimmy and Tom showed real invention and creativity in the fifth end to get their nose in front three up, but Tadg and Aileen did not throw in the towel and going into the final end the gap was only one shot.

A battle ensued between the two teams and Jimmy and Tom's vast experience proved crucial as they played backhand and forehand shots to the head in a nail- biting finish to secure the spoils in a tough encounter by three shots.

In the final match of the night Paddy Smith and John Sheridan had their work cut out for them playing the experience pair of Eugene Mc Kenna and Alan Thornberry.

Eugene and Alan who put the first score on the board after two ends - two up. John and Paddy battled hard and produced a moment of individual brilliance as John played two superb backhand draw shots to the head to turn that deficit into a two-shot lead in the third end.

However, Eugene and Alan responded, quickly gaining contro in the fifth end to go two up. That was a big setback to Paddy and John, but they remained positive and fired into a packed head at every opportunity, cutting the deficit down to one.

They now had the momentum and produced a very strong performance to share the spoils thanks to the very last bowl delivered to the head by John.

Standout performers on the night were Val Maguire, Fiona Moss, Peter Woods, Paddy Smith and John Sheridan.

This week's draw will take place on Thursday at 8.30pm sharp. Times of play for seniors that night are 8 to 10.30pm.

Drogheda Independent