Abbey Presbyterian clinch first-ever league title success

Members of Abbey Indoor Bowling Club with the League and Hospice Cup trophies. INLT 16-910-CON
Members of Abbey Indoor Bowling Club with the League and Hospice Cup trophies. INLT 16-910-CON

Abbey Presbyterian Indoor Bowling Club have won the Sixmilewater and District Indoor Bowling League for the first time in their history, completing the season with just one defeat from their 17 outings.

The club was formed in the late 1960s and after four decades without any success they finally broke their duck in 2008 by winning the Chest Heart and Stroke Cup, as well as the Hospice Cup. They have since won several cup competitions but the league title has proved elusive until an incredible run of 15 straight victories helped them secure the title for the first time.

Abbey’s remarkable winning streak included several close encounters, including one-shot victories against Ballylinney Presbyterian and Muckamore Community Centre.

The Monkstown outfit did, though, enjoy many convincing wins including victories against league runners-up 2nd Donegore Presbyterian and third-placed Mossley.

A narrow two-shot defeat at Parkhall in their penultimate game left Abbey requiring 5.5 points from their final game where they didn’t disappoint, producing a fine display against Templepatrick Presbyterian, securing seven points and the league title.

Club captain, John McCracken, commented: “It’s a great feeling to finally win the league after so many years of trying and a few near misses. I would like to thank and congratulate all of my team-mates who have played so well throughout the season and who thoroughly deserve this success.”

Abbey also enjoyed success in cup competitions, winning the Hospice Cup by defeating Muckamore Presbyterian in a keenly contested final. In addition, they were runners-up to Mossleyin the McGaffin Cup.

The club captain added: “All in all, it has been a wonderful season for Abbey and winning the Hospice Cup is the icing on the cake.”