Beattie’s pride at position as leading Irish champion

St Mark's Pauline Beattie, May Cassells and Rachel Cassells celebrating a fifth Irish ladies' triples victory. Beattie also won a record-breaking seventh Irish singles title at the Richhill finals.
St Mark's Pauline Beattie, May Cassells and Rachel Cassells celebrating a fifth Irish ladies' triples victory. Beattie also won a record-breaking seventh Irish singles title at the Richhill finals.
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Pauline Beattie has become the most successful player in the 45-year history of the Irish ladies’ singles.

The Portadown-born player (nee Cassells) defeated Lisburn Zone’s Marie Corey by 18-3 to secure a record seventh individual national title.

It provided the perfect finale to a memorable finals day in Richhill for Beattie as singles success arrived after she had helped St Mark’s win a fifth Irish triples prize.

A Cassells family connection served to add to the occasion as Beattie’s mother and aunt - May and Rachel - put the Irish triples celebrations on hold to show support in the singles showdown.

The St Mark’s players have now won five of the nine available Irish triples, including a four-in-a-row sequence from the 2008-09 season.

This year’s singles glory left Beattie with back-to-back Irish honours for the second time in her career, having previously enjoyed a successful defence of the national individual title across 2005 to 2007.

The first one was special but any Irish win is memorable

Pauline Beattie

Her first Irish singles win was recorded in the 1997/98 campaign.

“The first one was special but any Irish win is memorable,” said Beattie. “The Irish triples is always great given the fact that I have been playing alongside my mum and aunt for so many years.

“The family then stayed on to give me support for my singles final and that was great.

“I hope I have another one or two titles left yet and now my Irish record is 19 overall, so to reach 20 would be brilliant.”

RESULTS

The closing Armagh Zone Indoor Bowling League results - sponsored by The Stonebridge Brasserie - are as follows:

DIVISION ONE: Cranagill 38 (6) Markethill 27 (1), Drumgor 34.75 (6) St John’s Moira 32 (1), St John’s 26 (0) St Matthew’s 53 (7), St John’s 34.5 (1) Tullysaran 49 (6), St Mark’s 45 (7) Waringstown 18 (0), St Matthew’s 36 (3) St Patrick’s Magheralin 41 (4), Waringstown 49 (7) Markethill 22 (0)

DIVISION TWO: Kilmore 32.5 (5) Mullavilly 31 (2), Lakeside 27 (4) St Malachy’s 40 (5), Portadown GC 67 (6) Lakeside 25 (1), Queen Street 43 (5) St Patrick’s Blue 30 (2), Shankill 36 (1.5) St Paul’s 37 (5.5), St Malachy’s 29 (1) St Columba’s 46 (6), St Patrick’s Blue 31 (1) St Malachy’s 46 (6), St Patrick’s Blue 31 (5) Kilmore 29.5 (2), St Patrick’s Gold 49 (6) Moira Pres 31 (1).

The league annual general meeting is scheduled for St Mark’s on Thursday, April 16.