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Due to special events in Shaws Bridge dates for the incoming season have not yet been finalised. The 1st round of the inter zone competitions have been decided with the men playing on Saturday 22 October and the Ladies on Saturday 29 October. 2nd round dates have been provisionally arranged for Saturday 26 November and Saturday 3 December.
Congratulations to Stanley Carleton who has succeeded Paddy McElvenney as Convenor in Monaghan. Our thanks to Paddy for all his work as Convenor. New Convenors are being sought in West Down where Cecil Dillon is stepping down and in Donegal where Fred Aitken is taking a well earned retirement. Our thanks to both for all their work and in particular to Fred who has served Donegal Zone for many many years.
A feature on the National Championships will be on Irish TV, Sky Channel 191 on Tuesday 12 April
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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
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).