Catherine Beattie has been handed the responsibility of competing in the singles for Ireland in the Commonwealth Games, staged at Kelvingrove Bowls Centre, Glasgow, later this season.
The Divis player received the nod for the showcase event along with Ballymena trio, Barbara Cameron, Jennifer Dowds and Donna McCloy and Mandy Cunningham, from Ewarts.
It’s will be Beattie’s Commonwealth debut, but the four other players have had past experience. It will be the fourth time McCloy has competed, while Cameron has featured in two previous tournaments.
Cunningham and Dowds are both due to take part in their second Games.
“The selectors have opted for experience this time,” said Ireland team boss Sally McGarel.
“The squad have worked really hard in the build up under the supervision of psychologist Kelley Fay.
“We will be competing in a Mini Test Series against England, Scotland and Wales at Kelvingrove next month.
The actual greens that the Commonwealth Games will be held, so it should be a great help in our preparation.”
Beattie and Cunningham have been nominated to compete in the pairs, while McNally, Cameron and Dowds will feature in the triples. Cunningham will join McNally, Cameron and Dowds in the fours.
n Andrew Robinson and Pauline Beattie won the inaugural open pairs tournament at the Bannview Bowls Centre, Portadown.
The St Mark’s duo defeated 11 year old Cara Lenaghan and the experienced Sean Trainor in the final, sponsored by Carpet Tile Sales, Portadown.
Entries are now invited for another open pairs competition that will be held on Saturday, May 3.
A rinks competition with eight teams is also scheduled to be held on Tuesday, April 28. For full details contact: 02838336666.