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.
LADIES INTER ZONE
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
Updated forms and information is in the Child Protection section .
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
North West A 28 North West 13
Mid Ulster 13 Monaghan White 19
Armagh A 21 Monaghan Blue 9
BRITISH ISLES TOP TEAM
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
GALWAY BAY HOTEL CLUB TITLE RETAINED BY ST MARK'S
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
BRITISH ISLES CHAMPIONSHIPS
GALWAY BAY HOTEL IRISH CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP
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. http://www.galwaybayhotel.com/
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
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.
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.
Singles C Dillon
Pairs A Johnston & E Morgan...
Triples R Stubbs, G Stubbs & P Reid
Rinks D Morrison, A Morrison, W Morrison & T Morrison
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
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
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
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.
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)
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.
VISIT TO NATIONAL SPORTS CENTRE DUBLIN
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.