Irish Indoor Bowling Association
Irish Indoor Bowling Association

Short Mat Bowls Serving The Whole Community

Welcome to the web site for the Irish Indoor Bowling Association which is the controlling body for the game of short mat bowls across the island of Ireland. The web site is designed to provide up-to-date information about the IIBA. We hope that you will find the site interesting and informative.



Western 58 Monaghan 42

Foyle 58 Mid Ulster 36

Armagh 65 Oriel 44

Northern 56 North West 66



Donegal 58 Mid Down 42

Mid Tyrone 55 Cork 49



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Northern       33      North West C   7

Armagh B       7      North West B   37
Western        11      North West A   16

Monaghan 1  11      South Down 13

Armagh A     10        Monaghan White 15
Mid Ulster     26        Armagh B  5
West Down    7         Western  21

Monaghan Blue 10   Northern 21

North West A  17      West Down 10

South Down 15         Armagh A  12

North West C  15      Monaghan Blue  14

North West B   18          Mid Ulster 10


Cup Semi Final

Northern  17 v North West B  25

South Down  9  v North West A  33

Plate Semi Final

North West C 16   v Mid Ulster    20

Monaghan White   20  v Western  12

Spoon Semi Final

Monaghan Blue 17 v Armagh B16

West Down  11  v Armagh A  19


Cup Final

North West A 28  North West  13

Plate Final

Mid Ulster 13  Monaghan White 19

Spoon Final

Armagh A  21   Monaghan Blue 9


Mid Ulster had competed in the British Isles Top Team competition on 9 occasions winning all 9. At the end of day 1, it looked as if that unblemished record was about to go as they trailed both Pembrokeshire and Norfolk, a position they had never been in before.
The opening game saw Pembrokeshire defeat Norfolk 109-61 and take 12 of the 16 points. Mid Ulster then played Norfolk winning 85-79 but sharing the points 8-8. In round 3, Pembrokeshire were the opposition with Pembrokeshire on top 102-83 and taking 9 of the 16 points. In round 4, Pembrokeshire played Norfolk in the team game winning 61-46 scoring 9 points to 3. The final game on Saturday saw Mid Ulster play Norfolk in the team game and again it was a below par performance with Norfolk winning 42-39 taking 9 of 12 points.
Day 1 saw Pembrokeshire with 30 points, Norfolk 24 and Mid Ulster 18.
it was clear that it would take a phenomenal performance on the Sunday if the situation was to be turned around. Mid Ulster played Pembrokeshire in the individual series targeting 12 of the 16 points. In the end they won 98-82 with 10 points which really could have been 14. It was a totally different Mid Ulster team compared to the Saturday. This reduced Pembrokeshire's lead to 8 points but with Pembrokeshire defeating Norfolk 100-69 taking 13 of the 16 points the lead increased to 21 and it was odds on a Pembrokeshire title. Mid Ulster took on Norfolk In their penultimate game knowing they needed to take all games to have a realistic chance in the final game with Pembrokeshire. Across the mats, they put in a tremendous performance to win 96-63 and more importantly taking all 16 points redusing the points deficit to 5. Pembrokshire were stunned at this clean sweep and knew that if Mid Ulster took the ooverall score the title was theirs. They certainly did not expect Mid Ulster to get off to the start they did building up a 25 shot lead after 4 ends. Mid zulster were in total control and the overall was never in doubt but the fact they they achieved a successive clean sweep showed a performance and team spirit reminiscent of the 5 in a row era.
Every member of the squad deserves the highest price for the way in which they turned a likely defeat into a tremendous win, one which left the Pembrokeshire team wondering what had hit them.


Mid Ulster 56 points 461 for 406 against
Pembrokeshire 49 points. 492 for 419 against
Norfolk. 27 points 360 for 488 against



This season's Galway Bay Hotel Club Championship has been won by St Mark's Portadown. IIBA President Flo McNally presents Andy Leckey St Mark's with the Championship Shield after their win over All Saint's Tullylish.



St Mark’s Portadown retained the Galway Bay Hotel  Irish Club Championship with a win over All Saints Tullylish. In the semi final St Mark’s met the competitions most successful team, Cookstown Parochial. Parochial do not seem to be the dominant side they have been in recent years while St Mark’s appear to becoming the dominant side Parochial once enjoyed.
J Richardson 8 P Hanlon 5
A Leckey 4 C McHugh 7
J Beattie 10 D McElroy 5

In the other semi final, All Saint’s proved too strong for 1st Ahoghill
D Morrison 7 E Campbell 9
W Morrison 6     J Wilson 5
A Morrison 3 D J Wilson 9

The final turned out to be less close than expected. The game was evenly contested for the first 6 ends but when Andy Leckey’s rink picked up a 7 against Jonnie Wilson the writing was on the wall for All Saint’s  as St Mark’s  went on to win 30 – 15
J Richardson 10 E Campbell 6
A Leckey 11 J Wilson 2
J Beattie 9 D J Wilson 7

In the Plate Competition, Pickie were unable to attend due to a prearranged AGM letting  Armagh GC progress to the final. In the other semi final, Benevarden met Whitecross and came through easily by 39 – 12.
B Kane 11 P O’Keefe 2
A McIntyre 15 S McParland  1
R Kane 13 A O’Keefe 9

The final was a much closer affair with Armagh GC winning 2 of the 3 games with R Kane’s 13-1
win proving decisive

C  Dunwoody 7 A McIntyre 6
G Crothers 13 B Kane 6
R Kidd 1 R Kane 13


Ireland win International team event

Ireland win A Series team event

Ireland win International triples with Gordan Stubbs, Ray Stubbs and Pasul Reid

Ireland win A Series rinks with P J McCrossan, Gary Moore, Terence Patton and Mark Beattie

Ireland win A Series triples with Adam, Ryan and Philip McKeown

Ireland win A Series singles with Martin McNicholl

Ireland Captain Colum McHugh celebrates 25 successive years on the International team.Colum is by far the most capped Irish player.


The IIBA are delighted that the Galway Bay Hotel have confirmed sponsorship of the Irish Club Championship, the premier club competition. The support for the competition shown by the Galway Bay Hotel is greatly appreciated.

Natalie Merrigan  representing the marketing department of the Galway Bay Hotel  with Seamus Kyne IIBA PRO.

IIBA Masters Pairs


Congratulations to Don and Paul McNamara on winning the Irish Masters Pairs with a narrow 8 - 7 win over Malcolm Cunningham and Dayne Jordan.

Champion of Champions

Champion of Champion Singles winner Alan Paul who qualifies for World Championships in Sweden in 2017.


This year tournament resutts WILL NOT be published on the web site until the WINNER has returned the Champion of Champions form to the Competition Secretary. If details do not appear on the web site, winners will not have returned the form or if they have returned it and details do not appear on the web site, they MUST contact the Competition Secretary immediately. Only when the results appear on the web site will entry to the appropriate Champion of Champions competition be confirmed. Entries, this season, can only be made for only ONE category.



Coaching Course


It is planned to organise a course leading to an initial coaching qualification (may be a nominal fee). The course (max 8 people) will be undertaken by Bob Barr of the Scottish Coaches Association and will involved a Saturday and Sunday with theory, practical and test. Those who pass will receive official recognition and a coaching manual. At a later stage, a further course will be organised to allow those who quality to coach prospective coaches. Qualified coaches must be prepared to undertake coaching courses within and beyond their own Zone on perhaps 2 occasions per year though they could be involved at a local level on more than two occasions if they wish or if there is sufficient at Zone or club level.


The following have been selected to represent Ireland in the British Isles Championships in November.


Individual Championships

Singles C Dillon
Pairs A Johnston & E Morgan...
Triples R Stubbs, G Stubbs & P Reid
Rinks D Morrison, A Morrison, W Morrison & T Morrison


International Team
Rink 1 K Conroy, G McCabe, A Leckey, S Hand
Rink 2 C McHugh, D McElroy, W Morrison, B Rankin
Rink 3 R Stubbs, J Quinn, E Curran, A Corrigan
Rink 4 A Paul, M Wilson, S McSorley, J Beattie

Captain C McHugh


'A' Series

The selectors have decided to enter in the individual series, as far as is possible, those who finished runners-up in the National finals.


Singles M McNichol
Pairs G Kennedy & S Kennedy
Triples P McKeown, R McKeown & A McKeown
Rinks M Beattie, P J McCrossan, T Patton & G Moore


'A' Team
Rink 1 M Sproule, J Richardson, L Douglas, M McCullough
Rink 2 S Trainor, S McMahon, N Haire, C Middleton
Rink 3 R. Stubbs, T Crawford, W Boggs, E Forster
Rink 4 N Rutledge, M Og Trainor, F McDermott, A Rankin

Captain M Sproule


Official notification will be sent to players in mid July




At present I am trying to establish contacts with clubs in Southern Ireland with the intention of setting up some meetings with clubs who might be interested in learning more about the IIBA and hopefully join the Association. If anyone can help with contact details in Galway, Mayo, Sligo, Dublin, Longford, Clare and Offaly where we know there are a number of clubs operating or indeed any other area, perhaps you could contact me with details which can be followed up. All help would be appreciated.

Cecil Claims Singles Title


National Singles Cecil Dillon

National Pairs  Eugene Morgan & Alan Johnston
National Triples Raymond Stubbs, Gordon Stubbs, Paul Reid
National Rinks David, Andrew, William & Tom Morrison
Ladies Singles Esther Forster
Ladies Pairs Pauline Beattie & May Cassells
Ladies Triples Valerie Witherow,  Suzanne Finlay  & Sara Johnston
Over 55 Robert Hastings & Stephen Hedley
Junior Singles Shane Hand
Junior pairs Dan Bonner & Colin Glackin
(pics in gallery)

Galway Bay Hotel Irish Club Championship

This year's competition will take place on Saturday 5 and Saturday 12 November in Shaw's Bridge. Entry is open to any club which satisfies the entry requirements. Contact Zone Convenors for details.

Winning St Mark's team


Latest breaks from Galway Bay Hotel
IIBA President Mrs Flo McNally pesents shield to winning captain Andrew Leckey
Galway Bay Hotel Club Championship on Sky TV


Centre Activity Manager with IBA PRO Seamus Kyne

at the Blancherstown national Sports Centre

The National Sports Campus is providing state-of-the-art sports facilities to elite athletes in Ireland while offering valuable amenities to the local community.

 The Campus boasts an impressive array of facilities including the National Aquatic Centre, Centre for the Football Association of Ireland and the national team, Irish Institute of Sport- providing sports science and medical facilities, a National Modern Pentathlon Centre, Horse Sports Arena, the National Aquatic Centre, National Diving Centre, grass and outdoor synthetic playing pitches, complete with floodlights and pavilion. And there is more; the National Indoor Arena has started and the Campus has received planning for the National Velodrome and Badminton Centre.

It is in the new indoor arena that Centre Activity Manager Gary Stewart is enthusiastic about providing  short mat bowls as one of the activities when it opens in January. During a meeting of just under 2 hours Gary was given information about the IIBA and its activities at local level and further afield, the equipment required and how best he might advertise and involve the community which has a catchment area of some 450,000. At present there are no clubs in the Dublin area in the association though there are clubs playing the game and we are trying to make contact with some to see if we can get a base established.

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