Mid-Antrim Zone bowlers host Mid-Ulster in Shield tie

Indoor bowls.
Indoor bowls.

Mid Antrim will play host to near neighbours Mid Ulster in the second round of the IIBA inter zone shield competition at Killymurris this Saturday, January 10.

Mid Antrim progressed to this stage courtesy of an away victory in Cork in their previous round whilst visitors Mid Ulster find themselves in the shield having suffered a surprise two shot defeat and the hands of Monaghan zone.

The following team has been selected to represent Mid Antrim:

Rink one: G Maybin (1st Ahoghill), A Bonnar (Glenwherry), M McCullough (Killymurris Glarryford), D Morrison (1st Ahoghill).

Rink two: M Craig (BPFA), M McMaster (1st Ahoghill), D Elliott (Michelin), W Morrison (1st Ahoghill).

Rink three: P Millar (Buckna), R Rodgers (BPFA), I Craig (BPFA), A Cahoon (BPFA).

Rink four: J Graham (1st Ahoghill), A McCombe (1st Ahoghill), D McCullough (Michelin), W Caldwell (Michelin).

Rink five: A Graham (1st Ahoghill), S Alexander (Buckna), D Duncan (2nd Donegore), N Booth (Old Bleach).

Rink six: A Booth (Old Bleach), G Wilson (Michelin), A McCullough (Buckna, A Duncan (2nd Donegore).

Reserves: M Boyd (Michelin), J Gaston (1st Broughshane), T Lithco (Michelin), B Magrath (Old Bleach), J McWhirter (Killymurris Glarryford), T Morrison (1st Ahoghill).

IIBA CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS

Late last year Michelin Bowling Cub qualified for the semi-final stages of the Irish Indoor Bowling Association Club Championships which were held last Saturday at Shaw’s Bridge Stadium, Belfast.

In the semi-final they were drawn against Cookstown Parochial who had won the competition on no less than four occasions since the inception of the competition in 2000.

The game was evenly contested and after four or five ends Michelin were actually up a couple of shots.

With six of the eight ends completed, the Cookstown team held a one shot lead but the game changed on the seventh end when the three Michelin rinks conceded a total of eight shots across the mats to hand advantage to the team from Mid Ulster.

Unfortunately there was no way back for the Woodside Road-based team as Cookstown ran out winners by a margin of four shots in the end.

BPFA TOURNAMENT

Entries are now being taken for the annual Broughshane Playing Fields Association Indoor Bowling Club singles tournament.

Qualifying nights will take place at the Knockan Road venue from February 2-6 inclusive, with the finals night on Saturday, February 7.

Entry fee is £4 and entries should go to Richard Rodgers Tel. 07704086574 (No Sunday calls please).

The tournament, now in its 43rd year has again been generously sponsored by Wrightbus, Ballymena.