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Muldoons claim Silver King in thrilling finale

(B&D League 2015/16 Week 15) Muldoons 1 are the new Belfast and District League Champions after beating previous holders Ballynafeigh 1. Ballynafeigh 2 secured the John Strawbridge Cup with a dominant performance, while QUB 2 took the Division 3 title.

Division 1

 

  • Muldoons 1 3.5-1.5 Ballynafeigh 1
  • The A Team 2.5-2.5 CS Lewis Lions
  • Bangor Groomsport 0.5-4.5 QUB 1

 

Title rivals Muldoons 1 and Ballynafeigh 1 battled it out over the Silver King, with the champions needing to score at least 3.5 points to hang on to the title. Instead, though, it was Muldoons 1 who won 3.5-1.5 to claim their first Silver King, thanks to wins by Nicholas Pilkiewicz, Gareth Annesley and Stephen Wood and a draw by Des Moreland against Damien Lavery. The A Team drew with the CS Lewis Lions while QUB 1 beat an already-relegated Bangor Groomsport side 4.5-0.5.

Division 2

 

  • Ballynafeigh 2 5-0 Muldoons 2
  • Kelly's Heroes 4-1 CS Lewis Witches

 

Ballynafeigh 2 needed only a draw to secure the John Strawbridge Cup, but a line-up consisting of Chris Black, Mikhail Pavlov, Eoin Carey, Robert Lavery and Dennis Wilkinson whitewashed Muldoons 2, a result that also confirmed the latter side's relegation. Kelly's Heroes, now with nothing but pride to play for, beat the CS Lewis Witches 4-1 the following night.

Division 3

 

  • QUB 2 3-2 Ballynafeigh 3
  • Andrew's Army 3.5-1.5 Ballynafeigh 4
  • Bangor Wannabees 0-5 QUB 3

 

QUB 2 sealed the Division 3 title with a 3-2 win over Ballynafeigh 3, with Bernard McCaughey, Paul Reaney and Ram Rajan securing the decisive wins. The upset of the week occurred in Ballynafeigh 4's 1.5-3.5 defeat to Andrew's Army, as Daniil Zelenchuk (850) shocked Andrew Todd (1305). Elsewhere, QUB 3 whitewashed the Bangor Wannabees to consign them to the wooden spoon.

Standings

Division 1Division 2Division 3
Muldoons 1 70 Ballynafeigh 2 79 QUB 2 83
Ballynafeigh 1 62.5 Kelly's Heroes 74 Andrew's Army 74
QUB 1 55.5 Fruithill 46 Ballynafeigh 3 53
CS Lewis Lions 54 NI Civil Service 37.5 Ballynafeigh 4 38
The A Team 52 CS Lewis Witches 37.5 QUB 3 36.5
Bangor Groomsport 21 Muldoons 2 34 Bangor Wannabees 24.5

There are two postponed matches still to be played (Fruithill vs NICS in division 2 and QUB 2 vs Andrew's Army in division 3) - neither will have an impact on championships or relegations, though.

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