Ballybrakes to host new open singles event

Ballybrakes vice president Alice Elliott (right) pictured with singles winner Seamus McMath long with Joe and Pauline Beattie who won the club's Festive short mat pairs tournament
Ballybrakes vice president Alice Elliott (right) pictured with singles winner Seamus McMath long with Joe and Pauline Beattie who won the club's Festive short mat pairs tournament

Following on from their successful Christmas tournament, Ballybrakes Bowls Club officials plan to host a short mat ‘round robin open singles’ event early in February.

The competition will be staged under the same format as the Irish Short-Mat tour singles event. Entry fee is £20. Everyone is guaranteed six games in the round robin sections with players then progressing to different knockout stages.

The maximum number of entrants is 192, but places are filling up quickly. The tournament will be played on February 7-8, with a prize fund of £1,600 up for grabs.

“We had another increase of entries for the Christmas tournament,” said Donna McCloy.

“In, fact, we had the biggest ever field in the singles with over 300 on the starting grid.

“Because of the interest, we decided to run this round robin open singles tournament. It has already caught the imagination of many bowlers up and down the country.”

For further information please e-mail secretary.ballybrakescibc@gmail.com or trevorsteele111@gmail.com or via the Ballybrakes Community Indoor Bowling Club Facebook page.

Meanwhile, Seamus McMath won the Ballybrakes Stadium’s Festive short mat singles.

The Michelin player held his nerve in a gripping final to defeat Ballinderrry’s Paul Reid with a last bowl winner. He turned out his opponents bowls to pick up a two, which earned him the title.

Husband and wife duo, Joe and Pauline Beattie, walked off with the top prize in the pairs tournament.

The St Mark’s (Portadown) duo defeated Cookstown’s Tommy Johnston and Mark Wilson, winning 12-3.