Graham McKee toasts double in national qualifiers

Graham McKee from Bagor
Graham McKee from Bagor

Graham McKee was a double winner in the North Down zone’s National qualifiers, held in Newtownards

The County Down taxi driver, who is an indoor and outdoor international, teamed up with Rodney McCutcheon to defeat their Rosemount club team mates, Alan Taylor and Darren Erskine 10-5 to lift the pairs title.

McCutcheon, Mark Bailie and McKee then enjoyed a 12-7 success in the triples over the Donaghadee Community combination skipped by Mark McCauley.

The night was dominated by clubs from the Lower Ards area, Rosemount and Ballywalter Park.

Hilary Cavan, who won the Irish Ladies singles last year, is on course to make a successful defence off her title after cementing her place at Shaw’s Bridge following an impressive win over Elaine Hastings.

In the National singles, Stephen Hedley was up against his club mate Robert Hastings and it was the former who mastered what was a difficult mat, chalking up a narrow 9-8 victory after having been 6-1 up after five ends.

Big Keith Taylor will be returning to the national finals after impressively skipping his Rosemount rink - that includes his son Aaron - to an 8-5 win over Peter Campbell’s Conlig side.

Curtis and Matthew Hastings retained their Junior pairs title while Dean Mills won his first ever Junior Singles title.


National singles: S Hedley (Ballywalter Pk) 9 R Hastings (Ballywalter Pk) 8.

National pairs: R McCutcheon, G McKee (Rosemount (IBC) 8 A Taylor, D Erskine (Rosemount IBC) 5.

National Triples: G McKee (Rosemount IBC) 12 McCauley (Donaghadee Community) 7.

National Fours: K Taylor (Rosemount IBC) 8 P Campbell (Conlig) 5.

Ladies singles: H Cavan (Glastry) 13 E Hastings (Ballywalter Pk) 4.

Ladies pairs, G Blair, E Hastings (Ballywalter Pk) 9 V Nesbitt, H Cavan (Glastry) 8.

Ladies triples: E Hastings (Ballywalter Pk) 11 K Light (Movilla) 9.

Junior singles: D Mills (Pickie) 11 A Moore (Pickie) 4.

Junior pairs: C Hastings, M Hastings (Ballywalter Pk) 11 D Mills, R Cavan (Pickie) 6.

Over-55 pairs: R Boyd, P Telford (Ballywalter Presbyterian) 12 M Gaw, T Cheevers (Donaghadee Community) 4.