Beattie and Leckey lift Irish and United Kingdom prizes across championship final meetings

Andrew Leckey (left, St Mark's) collects the Irish Open Singles from Craig Burgess (Short Mat Players' Tour founder).INPT37-161''PTBOWLS13
Andrew Leckey (left, St Mark's) collects the Irish Open Singles from Craig Burgess (Short Mat Players' Tour founder).INPT37-161''PTBOWLS13

Bowlers from the area recently collected honours across Irish and United Kingdom competitions.

Joseph Beattie and Andrew Leckey secured titles for, respectively, Drumgor and St Mark’s thanks to superb play.

England provided the venue for the UK Open Singles, with Beattie now ranked World number one across the Short Mat Players’ Tour standings thanks to his winning form.

The opening event attracted around 120 competitors from England, the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Sweden and Belgium.

Despite the international flavour to the UK showpiece, Beattie secured silvereware thanks to a derby triumph over St Mark’s Jal Richaardson.

The Irish Open Singles resulted in Leckey working a path past over 150 rivals before defeating a current international, Kevin Conray, by 11-10. BUDGERIGARS

Office-bearers have been elected as follows on to the Craigavon Budgerigar, Zebra Finch and Foreign Bird Society committee:

president - P.McCann; chairman - P.McMurray; secretary - A.Taylor; treasurer - D.Cunningham; show managers - P.McCann, H.McCullough; show secretary - L.Edgar; cup secretary - R.Hewitt.

AMERICAN FOOTBALL

Two College teams from the home of American Football - Penn State Lions and UCK Knights - will be facing off for The Dan Rooney Trophy at Croke Park next August. Members of the Irish American Football Association, home to Craigavon Cowboys, can purchase tickets via Ticketmaster by quoting code IAFA13.