Cookstown boys claim Maghera triples title

Cookstown High School triple, winners of the annual Maghera Presbyterian Triples competition, from left, Colin Hogg, John McKay and Chris McKnight, being congratulated by Mrs Shiela Anderson, who presented the prizes on behalf of the sponsors Hyndmans Bakery, Maghera.
Cookstown High School triple, winners of the annual Maghera Presbyterian Triples competition, from left, Colin Hogg, John McKay and Chris McKnight, being congratulated by Mrs Shiela Anderson, who presented the prizes on behalf of the sponsors Hyndmans Bakery, Maghera.
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Colin Hogg, Chris McKinght and John McKay emerged triumphant in the Maghera Presbytrerian Triples tournament, sponsored by D Hyndman & Son’s Bakery.

The boys from Cookstown High School lasted the pace in a finals night that produced some quality bowling, climaxed by a 9-5 win over the triple skipped by Martin Shaw, from Dunloy.

Earlier, the Cookstown trio just about edged past the challenge of Brian Rankin’s side from Deramore Presbyterian, winning 5-4, while Shaw’s combination had an equally difficult passage against Mark McCullagh, from Killyumurris, before they nudged over the finish line on a 6-5 score.

“The competition was another great success,” said organiser Thompson Rodgers.

“We are indebted to everyone, who took part or came to help with the catering.

“A great crowd turned up for the finals night, which created an atmosphere in which the players responded with some fantastic bowling.

“We are also grateful for the generous backing of our loyal sponsors, D Hyndman & Sons (Bakers) as this is the 42 year they have got behind the tournament, which means so much. We made a donation to two charities -- Tearfund and Riding forthe Disabled.”

n The popular 2nd Kilrea Open Pairs tournament is due to get under way on Monday, November 16.

Games are also scheduled for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (18, 19, 20) of that week.

The competition will resume on Monday (23) and Wednesday (25) the following week. Finals are pencilled in for November 30.

Entry fee is £6 per pair. They should be sent to Mr Graeme McDowell, Clintonville Gardens, Garvagh, BT51 5AH.