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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)
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).
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.
Men's Inter Zone Draw
Holders Mid Ulster face tough game against North West while runners up Oriel are home to North Down
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)
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
Western v North East
Donegal v East Antrim
South Tyrone v Mid Down (winners home to Monaghan)
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 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
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.
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.
Congratulations to Oriel on Ireland retaining Top Team Trophy
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.
International Team Ireland WIN
K Conroy Pairs WIN
E Curran Triples WIN
P Hanlon Rinks WIN
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 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.
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.
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.
|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|
|19 Mar||World Bowls|
|2 April||National Finals|