It’s Swede dreams for Armagh ace Joe Beattie

Armagh’s Joe Beattie popped the bubbly after winning the Swedish Masters -- his third success on the Short Mat Players’ Tour.

The Ireland international followed up his victory in last season’s English Masters and then the UK Open, which he won earlier in this campaign, with a thrilling 10-7 triumph over fellow country man Mark Beattie in the final.

In fact, the tournament was dominated by Northern Ireland representatives as the Beatties -- no relation -- were joined by Cecil Dillon and Jal Richardson in the semi finals.

The new title holder, who picked up the £500 top prize, defeated his Armagh colleague Richardson 12-6, while Mark Beattie claimed a 12-8 victory over Dillon.

However, the West Down man gained some consolation by defeating Richardson to finish in the bronze medal position.

Armagh’s Lisa Douglas almost made it a double celebration, but she was beaten 16-7 by Sweden’s Dick Almen in the Plate final.

Next up on the Tour is the English Masters, staged at Bromsgrove on Saturday, February 1

* Drumragh Bowling Club are holding their annual open pairs tournament from Monday- Friday, 20-24, inclusive.

Finals night is scheduled for Monday, January 27. As always this is a popular event in the bowls calendar so it is advised to book early to avoid disappointment.

Closing date for entries is Wednesday, January 15. It is a fully licensed event and there are prizes for all finalists.

For full details, contact: Joan Porter on 02882242706 or 07887757258.

* Entries are now invited for the annual St. Matthew’s (Richhill) open pairs tournament.

The event runs from Monday-Friday, January 20-24 inclusive, with finals down for decision the following evening (Saturday 25).

For full details, contact: Flo McNally on 02838393669; 02838337232, or 07834423482.

* St Mary’s, Aghadowey, are staging an inaugural open pairs tournament.

The competition will be staged on January 21, 22, 24, 25,27, 28, 29 and 31, with the finals held on Saturday, February 1.

Entry fee is £60 per pair. Contact, Jim McIlroy on 02829540640.