Irish Indoor Bowling Association
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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.

IRISH TV

 

A feature on the National Championships will be on Irish TV, Sky Channel 191 on Tuesday 12 April

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)

World Bowls

 

The Championships in Leigh proved an outstanding success with 3 titles won by Ireland, the singles, triples and rinks. Considering the strength of some of the opposition and the improvement in nationals such as Sweden, success can no longer be guaranteed so to claim 3 tiltles is no mean achievement. Ray Stubbs won the singles, Aiden Corrigan, Mark Sproule and Dereck McCallion while Andy Leckey, Johnny Wilson, D J Wilson and Eddie Campbell took teh rinks. Some pics from Leigh are in gallery under world bowls 2016 (copies available on request).

 

Ray Stubbs SinglesWinner
Triples Winners - Derek McCallion, Mark Sproule and Aiden Corrigan
Rinks winners - D J Wilson, Johnny Wilson, Andy Leckey and Eddie Campbell

National Championships

 

Saturday saw the final qualifying sections of this year's national, ladies, over 55 and junior championships. In the rinks, Foyle's Mark Beattie will meet East Antrim's Andrew Morrison. This competition highlighted the issue of slow play. In the ladies triples it was no surprise to see Armagh's Pauline Beattie qualify and she will meet Foyle's Valerie Witherow. The over 55 final will feature North Down's Robert Hastings and Monaghan's Brendan Magennis. The national singles sees Mid Ulster's Colum McHugh with the chance to add to his collection the only title which has evaded him but West Down's Cecil Dillon will carry impressive form to a final of contrasting styles. In the junior singles it was no surprise to see Oriel's Shane Hand qualify for the final where he will meet J Moffett.

Inter Zone Draw

 

Men's Inter Zone Draw

 

Holders Mid Ulster face tough game against North West while runners up Oriel are home to North Down

 

Prelim

Oriel v North Down
Northern v East Antrim
Monaghan v North East
Mid Antrim v SE Belfast
Foyle v Western
Mid Ulster v North West
Armagh v South Down (winners home to Mid Down)
1st Round
Meath v Lisburn
Mid Tyrone v Cork
Larne v West Down
South Tyrone v Donegal

 

Ladies Inter Zone

 

Holders Armagh away to Mid Antrim while runners up Donegal travel to East Antrim

 

Prelim
Western v North East
Donegal v East Antrim
South Tyrone v Mid Down (winners home to Monaghan)
1st Round
Mid Tyrone v Foyle
Cork v Mid Ulster
Mid Antrim v Armagh
Oriel v South Down
Lisburn v Northern
West Down v North West

 

Mid Ulster Win Men's Inter Zone

Mid Ulster reclaimed the Boomer Cup with a 56 - 44 win over Oriel , winnersfor the past two seasons. 5 shots seperated the sides at the interval and the game remained close until the 5th end when Mid Ulster, as they did in 2012 against Oriel gradually pulled away as Colum McHugh and Alan Paul's rinks built up the shots against Kevin Conroy and Paddy Hanlon.


Scores

 

Rink 1. A Paul, S Quinn, G Merron, D Davidson 15 P Hanlon 5
Rink2. C McHugh, M Cunningham, J Donnell, W Lennox 13 K Conroy 3
Rink 3 D Jordan, L McHugh, D Grimes, G Smith 5 G McCabe 8
Rink 4 D McStravock, G Wilson, A Bradley, D McAllister 9 S Traynor 9
Rink 5 DMcElroy, A Ward, J McKay, S Kyne 11 S McMahon 7
Rink 6 M Wilson, T Turkington, C McKnight, T Johnson 5 P Duff 14

 

 

Armagh Ladies Claim Title

Armagh ladies regained the ladies inter zone title with a 64 - 47 win over Donegal in a game they dominated throughout, though at one stage in the second half Donegal had reduced the deficit to 7 shots but could not sustain the effort.

 

R Cassells 14 M Montgomery 5
D Marshall 4 R Crawford 12
I Doone 14 A Gilfillan 5

L Douglas 14 E Doherty 12
I Douglas 12 R McDonnell 5
P Beattie 6 V Patterson 8

Plate Finals

 

It was a successful day for Western men and Monaghan ladies in the respective plate finals. Western had a 79 - 34 win over Mid Down in trhe men's final while Monaghan had a 67 - 35 win over Mid Antrim in the ladies.

JUNIOR INTER ZONE


Congratulations to North West whose A and B teams contested the final of the Cup Competition. In addition the zone also entered a C team. The entering of 3 teams is the result of the tremendous work by Ryan O'Neill and his coaching assistants over the past 3 years in attracting juniors to their weekly sessions and to the discipline they have instilled in the players. It is a route other zones might follow. It also shows the importance of having an established name involved whom juniors can look up to.

 

 

 

North West A - Cup Winners
West Down Plate winners
Monaghan Winners of Spoon Competition

TOP TEAM

Congratulations to Oriel on Ireland retaining Top Team Trophy

 

 

Galway Bay Hotel Irish Club Finals

St Mark's Portadown are the 2015 Irish Club Champions following their defeat of Loughenreagh in the final.In the semi final they  accounted for local Armagh rivals, St Anthony's. Loughenreagh in their semi final proved too strong for a Sydenham side who on qualification day were the surprise victors over the holders and 5 times winners Cookstown Parochial.
In the Plate competition it was Spa Golf Club who won for the 3rd time narrowly defeating Kildress. In the semi finals Spa had a 2 shot margin over St Coleman's while Kildress defeated Larne Falcons on a tie end.
Prizes were presented by IIBA President Mrs Flo McNally who thanked the Galway Bay Hotel for their continued support of Ireland's premier club championship.

Winning St Mark's team

British Isles Championships

 

The Championships in Aberdeen saw Ireland claim 7 of the 10 trophies in contention. They clearly won the International team event with 6 wins and won the pairs, triples and rinks. THe A International team disappointingly lost despite a valiant comeback to miss out by a couple of shots. Their opponents proved much stronger than last year and while Ireland may not have reached last year's exceptional level every player did his or her best. At some point another nation had to win this event and that is perhaps good for the overall competition while obviously disappointing for our players.
The entire playing party are to be congratulated on their play and on the excellent way in which they conducted themselves on and off the mats. This is something they and the Association should be very proud off. The team manager Tom Haire again proved and excellent choice and his encouragement of the players throughout was very evident. Some photos of the weekend are in the gallery under Aberdeen.

Pairs Winners -Kevin & Sean Conroy
Triples winners - Aidan Corrigan, Terrry Mulholland, Stephen McMahon
Triples winners - Nixon Alexander, Eddie Curran, David Crawford
Rinks winners - Gerry McCabe, John Murnahan, Paddy Hanlon, Brendan McCabe
Rinks winners - Mark McCullough, D J Wilson, Jal Richardson, Martin Og Trainor

International Team Ireland WIN
K Conroy Pairs WIN
E Curran Triples WIN
P Hanlon Rinks WIN

 

A Series
T Crawford Singles WIN
D Walker Pairs lost on count back
A Corrigan Triples WIN
D J Wilson Rinks WIN

CHAMPIONSHIPS OPEN IN ABERDEEN

SPECIAL OLYMPICS

 

 

SPECIAL OLYMPICS BOWLS
 

2 events are being planned for this season, one in the Jim Baker Stadium and one in Meadowbank Magherafelt. Volunteers are urgently required to assist. Last season we had 8 who helped - Jim Pinkerton, Joyce Pinkerton, Robin Gamble, Damian McAllister, Alan Johnston, Sean Davidson, John Murnahan and Seamus Kyne. If you would like to assist the less able to compete and enjoy their bowling, please contact S Kyne as soon as possible so that a training session can be arranged. Those who assisted last season thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The dates are 15/16 April at Baker Stadium and 27/28 May at Meadowbank. Help on any of these days would be appreciated. It does not require anyone to be there every day with each session lasting about 5 hours.

Presentations To Retired Officers

 

 

President Flo McNally makes presentation to Past President David Sterritt
Artie Rice makes presentation to David Hunter Past Chairman, Hon Sec and Comp Sec
Charlotte Adair makes presentation to Past Comp Sec Jim McIIlroy

Champion of Champions

Kevin Conroy qualified for World bowls with a narrow 7 - 6 thrilling win over Raymond Stubbs. In the rinks it was a successful day for Andrew Leckey, Johnny Wilson, Eddie Campbell and D J Wilson with a narrow 7 - 6 win over Gerry McCabe, Paddy Hanlon, Stephen McMahon and Duarmaid McMahon in a game which was only decided on the last bowl.

Kevin Conroy receives the CoC Single tropny from IIBA Chairman Harold Massey
Winning rink of Eddie Campbell, Andrew Leckey, Johnny Wilson and D J Wilson with IIBA Chairman Harold Massey

IIBA Masters

 

The Masters Pairs competition was won by Gerry McCabe and Derrmauid McMahon who defeated John Quinn and Alan Paul in the final at Shaws Bridge.

 

 

              Special Olympics

Recently the Meadowbank Arena in Magherafelt played host to the regional finals of the Special Olympics bowling, known as bocce. It was a tremendous experience for those short mat bowlers who gave up the day to help the disabled compete and to see the enjoyment which they showed throughout irrespective of how successful they were. They played the game in a competitive manner but not with a must win at all costs attitude, something that perhaps many in the short mat game could learn from. The game is very different from what we are used to with a 60 foot by 12 foot surface surrounded by a frame and a light jack with no bias in the bowls. Certainly those short mat bowlers who tried it (John Murnahan, Jim Pinkerton,Joyce Pinkerton, Sean Davidson, Damien McAllister, Alan Johnston, Mrs Johnston and Seamus Kyne) at the practice night did not find it easy to adapt to. The organisers were highly impressed with the venue and plan to return in 2016 when it is hoped that many more will volunteer to give up a day to help those less fortunate than ourselves.

Short Mat Bowlers who assisted at Special Olympics Bocce Finals
Special Olympics Players In the Bocce finals

Dates For 2015/16

 

26 Sept Masters Pairs  
3 Oct Champion of Champions (Singles / Rinks)  
17 Oct Champion of Champions (Pairs / Triples)  
24 Oct Men's Inter Zone  
31 Oct Ladies Inter Zone  
7 Nov Club Championship  
14 Nov British Isles (Aberdeen)  
21 Nov Club Championship  
27 Nov Club Championship Finals  
28 Nov Men's Inter Zone  
5 Dec Ladies Inter Zone  
  Top Team (Newry)  
2 Jan Junior Competition  
9 Jan Men's Inter Zone  
16 Jan Ladies Inter Zone  
23 Jan Men's Inter Zone  
30 Jan Ladies Inter Zone  
6 Feb Plate Finals  
13 Feb Junior Inter Zone  
20 Feb Ladies Inter Zone Final  
27 Fen Men's Inter Zone Final  
5 Mar Nationals  
12 Mar  Nationals  
19 Mar World Bowls  
2 April National Finals  

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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

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