Former winners back on IIBA National Singles trail

Robert Hastings
Robert Hastings

A posse of former winners are back on the title trail on the Irish Bowling Association’s National Singles Championships at Shaw’s Bridge on Saturday (10am).

The tournament has a massive entry, which includes ex-champs, Gerry McCabe, Robert Hastings, John Quinn, Derek Spratt, and twice winner Alan Paul.

They will be joined by Aidan Corrigan, Barry Kane and Paddy Hanlon who are all steeped in short mat tradition and are capable of going the distance.

The National fours will also be played down to the final stage, along with the Ladies singles and pairs; the Junior pairs and Over-55 pairs.

There is a plethora of big name skips primed for action in the fours, with a number of mouth watering first round tie; Damien McElroy of Mid Ulster faces Danny Ward of Foyle; Gerard Conroy opposes Gary Burke, and David Morrison plays Paul Canning.

Gerard Conroy has twice won this discipline, but he’ll come up against other fancied rinks, including Aidan Corrigan, Jonny Wilson, Stephen McKinley, and Ryan O’Neill.

All eyes will on Pauline Beattie, who has a remarkable record in these championships, having won a total of 15 ladies titles.

The Armagh player will again be on the starting grid in the singles, but is sure to face strong challenge from former champions, Lynn Hamilton, Brigid Davidson, and reigning champion, Hilary Cavan.

Kinghan Church Bowls Club is hosing an IIBA Licensed Singles tournament.

Qualifying nights are March 19, 20, 21, 24, 25 and 26. Two sections - 6.30 or 9pm. Finals night is on Thursday, April 3.

Contact James Newell (07795362299) to state the preferred night and section.