Andy Morrison may have emerged triumphant in the open singles tournament, organised by Mid Antrim bowler Alan McComb in memory off his late mother, Linda, but charity was the overall big winner.
The 1st Ahoghill man defeated Dunloy’s Mark Shaw in a thrilling final at St Patrick’s Church Hall.
Earlier, Morrison ended the interest of Seamus McGlinchey (Kildress Parochial), while Shaw defeated Conlig’s Paul Canning. But crucially £2040 was raised from the event, which is to be divided between the Marie Curie nurses and the Hospice nurses.
“It was a great success,” said Lorna McComb. “We had an entry of 263 competitors, which was fantastic. Assuming we can get the hall again next year, we are planning to make it an annual event. We are indebted to everyone involved.”
Meanwhile, Belmont Bowling Club will host its first ever short mat pairs competition at its Kincora Avenue headquarters, starting on Friday, February 21.
Games will resume on Monday, February 24 and played throughout the remainder of that week, commencing at 7pm each night. Finals are pencilled in for Saturday, March 1.
Entries are £5 per pair. For full details, contact: Simon Cavan on 07792740698.
Finally, St Anthony’s Indoor Bowls Club (Craigavon) are staging an Under-25 singles tournament.
The tournament will get under way on Thursday, February 20 (evening session) and resume on Sunday, February 23 (afternoon and evening sessions).
For entries (£3 or 4 Euro), contact Christina Breen on 02838361397 or 07799432426.