National silverware at stake on nine fronts in Richhill showcase

The Deputy Lord Mayor of Armagh City and District Council Councillor Joy Rollston prepares to deliver at the launch of the Irish Indoor Bowling Association-backed National Championship finals at Richhill Recreation Centre. Looking on are, from left, Wilfred Crawford (IIBA honorary treasurer), Flo McNally (IIBA president), Artie Rice (IIBA honorary secretary), Charlotte Adair (IIBA competitions secretary), Harold Massey (IIBA chairman) and Mark Wilson (centre recreation supervisor). Pic by Lionel Mitchell.INPT1015-434
The Deputy Lord Mayor of Armagh City and District Council Councillor Joy Rollston prepares to deliver at the launch of the Irish Indoor Bowling Association-backed National Championship finals at Richhill Recreation Centre. Looking on are, from left, Wilfred Crawford (IIBA honorary treasurer), Flo McNally (IIBA president), Artie Rice (IIBA honorary secretary), Charlotte Adair (IIBA competitions secretary), Harold Massey (IIBA chairman) and Mark Wilson (centre recreation supervisor). Pic by Lionel Mitchell.INPT1015-434

Bowlers will return to Richhill Recreation Centre later this month to settle the outcome of national honours across nine fronts.

The village venue has played host to the Irish Indoor Bowling Association showpiece across the past five seasons and leading names will be back on Saturday, March 28.

Play is set to run from 1 o’clock across the singles, pairs, triples, rinks, ladies’ singles, ladies’ pairs, ladies’ triples, junior singles and over 55s’ pairs.

Over 6,000 players signed up to compete for honours and Richhill will provide the final hurdle in pursuit of glory following months of regional and national qualifying fixtures.

Progress on to the international front will follow the Richhill showcase, with winners to represent Ireland at the British Isles Championships. Pauline Beattie of St Mark’s won last year’s ladies’ singles, with Bethany Whittle and Sean Breen from St Anthony’s also in the prizes.

“We are delighted to be back at Richhill for the finals of the Championsdhips,” said Flo McNally, IIBA president. “We would like to thank Armagh City and District Council for support.”

Everyone is welcome on the day.

“It is great to see an event of this scale taking place in County Armagh,” said Councillor Joy Rollston, the Deputy Lord Mayor of Armagh City and District Council. “With so many talented players taking part it is sure to be an enjoyable and highly-exciting event.”

Results from the latest Armagh Zone Indoor Bowling League, sponsored by The Stonebridge Brasserie:

DIVISION ONE: County Armagh GC 43 (6) St Anthony’s 31 (1), Cranagill 48 (5.5) County Armagh GC 41 (1.5); Cranagill 69 (7) St Matthew’s 14 (0); Drumgor 38 (6) Tullysaran 29 (1); St Mark’s 43 (6.5) St Saviour’s 30 (0.5); St Patrick’s Magheralin 18 (0) Cranagill 57 (7); St Saviour’s 55 (7) St John’s 18.5 (0); Waringstown 41 (2) St Matthew’s 46 (5).

DIVISION TWO: Mullavilly 45 (6) St Patrick’s Gold 40 (1); Queen Street 34 (1) Kilmore 36.5 (6); Shankill 34 (6) Kilmore 26.5 (1); St Columba’s 49 (6) Shankill 28 (1); St Paul’s 42 (1) Portadown GC 46 (6).