BOWLS: Stubbs brothers target IIBA National Pairs title

Raymond (left) and Gordon Stubbs
Raymond (left) and Gordon Stubbs

Former holders, Gordon and Raymond Stubbs are back on the scent of the IIBA National Pairs title.

The Lisburn boys, who last had their hands on the trophy back in 2007, go in with 38 other combinations in what is sure to be a fiercely contested discipline at the Watson Stadium on Saturday.

They begin their assault with an outing against Ballylennon’s Rachael McDonnell - the sister of John Quinn who last week booked his spot in the final of the singles.

Should the Stubbs negotiate that hurdle, they will come up against Alan Laughlin (Spa Golf Club) in the second round.

But there are a number of other combinations that have the potential to go the distance. Pauline Beattie, who is already in the final of the ladies singles, teams up with Stuart McSorley and their credentials will be scrutinised in their opening game against a Loughanreagh duo, skipped by Johnny Calvin.

Stubbs will also be a leading contender in the National Triples. The line-up is laced with talent.

The tie of the first round in undoubtedly the meeting of Mark Beattie and Mark Sproule. Other fancied triples include those skipped by Jason Hand, Stephen McKinley, Karol Bradshaw, Cecil Dillon, and Alan Laughlin.

The ladies pairs and triples and the junior singles are also down for decision this weekend.

Meanwhile, Entries are now invited for the Killyman Parish Bowls Club’s open pairs tournament.

The competition will get under way on Monday, March 16 and played throughout the week until Friday, games starting at 6.45pm each evening.

Finals are scheduled for Saturday, March 21.