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Irish Round-up Correspondence


Pipped at the post


Oriel suffered yet another shattering defeat in the IIBA Men’s Inter-zone final at Loughbrickland Presbyterian Church Hall at the weekend. For the second successive year,


their chances of winning the Boomer Cup were blown apart by a late surge from their opponents. It was Mid Ulster who delivered the decisive blow 12 months ago and Armagh repeated the dose this time. The Orchard County zone turned in a devastating late burst to prise the trophy out of Oriel’s grasp over the final two ends. “It’s a tough one to take on the


Stubbs brothers in pairs triumph


The Stubbs brothers – Raymond and Gordon – emerged triumphant in the 2013 County Antrim Open Pairs short tournament at the Baker Stadium. The Ballinderry boys were


Armagh zone convenor Flo McNally proudly shows off the Boomer Cup with her jubilant team


chin,” said Oriel’s Gerry O’Hare. “We led for most of the game, but let it slip right at the finish. “The game was similar to last


season’s final. We have quite a few young lads in the side, so there is no reason why we can’t come back to finish the job.”


Champagne day for Oriel


Oriel popped open the Champagne after winning the IIBA Women’s Inter-zone title at Killyman Parish. Gerry O’Hare’s team roared to a


IIBA Women’s Inter-zone winners


magnificent 63-47 win over Armagh, which earned them the McElroy Cup for the third time. The damage was done with a fantastic first half performance which opened up a massive 29 shots gap between the teams. There was no way back for Armagh. It’s the second successive defeat for the Orchard County team– they were also demolished by Donegal in the final 12 months earlier.


in impressive form during the qualifying stages and duly booked their spot in the knock-out phase. Quarter-finals: R Stubbs/


G Stubbs (Ballinderry) 9 I Hobson/J Shaw (Dungannon) 4; I Craig/T Morrison (BPFA) 2 A Leckey/J Richardson (St Mark’s) 6; E Crawford/D McAuley (Mossley) 4 A McComb/R Allen (BPFA/Michelin) 9; D Morrison/A Morrison (1st Ahoghill) 13 N Gamble/M McCullough (Killymurris) 9. Semi finals: R Stubbs/G


Stubbs 10 A Leckey/J Richardson 9; A McComb/R Allen 9 D Morrison/A Morrison 5. Final: R Stubbs/G Stubbs 12 A McComb/R Allen 4.


North Down kids a cut above


Allen tops Tearfund field


Robert Allen (pictured right) emerged triumphant in the ‘Tearfund Third Major’ tournament at Magherafelt Presbyterian. The Young Ballybrakes


Community Stadium player was only called into the starting field as a last minute replacement for Alan Paul, who pulled out because


of illness. Allen mingled with the cream of the country’s short mat bowlers – a starting grid of 32, which was played in eight groups of four.


He battled his way


through to the knockout stage, where he edged past the challenge of Bridgett Davidson (7-6). The Ireland Under-25


international was forced to battle equally hard in the last eight, but eventually shrugged off the challenge of Pauline Beattie, winning 9-6. PJ McCrossan then buckled (8-6) under the


Allen siege, who by then smelled success. And, he finished the job with a


certain degree of style, by beating Leigh Harrison 10-2 in the final.


North Down Under-18 boss Simon Cavan admitted he was ‘elated’ with his team’s success in the Irish Indoor Bowling Association’s Junior Inter-zone Championship. The North Down kids


picked up the trophy – sponsored by Falconer, Stewart, Chartered Accounts – for the first time following a sizzling performance at the Ballybrakes Community Stadium. They battled past North


West before finishing the job against Armagh in the decider.


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