Canning rolls back years to win Duneane tournament

Paul Canning (left), winner of the Duneane singles bowling tournament, receives his prize from tournament organiser Alex Bell.
Paul Canning (left), winner of the Duneane singles bowling tournament, receives his prize from tournament organiser Alex Bell.

Paul Canning rolled back the years to claim success as the Duneane Presbyterian singles tournamnet reached its conclusion last week.

The Conlig bowler was the winner of the inaugural tournament at Duneane, back in 1990.

This year was his sixth appearance at finals night over the 26 years of the event, one of the most popular tournments on the indoor calendar.

Paul was presented with the Jim Richardson memorial shield after beating Ross Mackin of Priestfield Methodist, Lisburn, in the final.

It was a fine effort from the young runner-up who was appearing in his first finals night.

Despite Ross making a good start to the final, Canning levelled the match up after four ends and was in control for the rest of the encounter.

The finals night scoreboard was:

Preliminary Round: Andrew Morrison (1st Ahoghill) bt Robin Beattie (Conlig); Brian Rankin (Derramore) bt Christopher Wilson (Michelin); Alan McCombe (1st Ahoghill) bt Glenn Wilson (Maghera Pres.); Jal Richardson (St. Marks, P/Down) bt Tommy Johnston (St. Marys, Desertmartin); Ross Mackin (Priestfield Methodist) bt Angus Barnes (Kildress)

Quarter Finals: Richardson bt Morrison; Paul Canning (Conlig) bt Gerry McCabe (Cooley); Rankin bt Martin Jameson (Loughanreagh); Mackin bt McCombe

Semi-Finals: Canning bt Rankin; Mackin bt Richardson

Final: Canning bt Mackin

Club Chairman Gavin Richardson thanked all the competitors who supported the event again this year with approximately 220 through the door over the 7 qualifying nights.

Gavin also thanked Tournament secretary Alex Bell for running the Tournament and to all the members and players who gave a helping hand throughout.

A total of £410 was raised for Friends of The Cancer Centre at Belfast City Hospital

The tournament was once again supported by long term sponsor Superseal Window Systems Ltd and thanks were extended to the company for its support over a long period.