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The popular Stevie “Bigfeet” Coleman was crowned Singles Champion at Ewarts BC this afternoon and was presented with the trophy by President Sam Cunningham.
The Championships, which are sponsored by Crawfords Accident Repair Centre, were played in glorious conditions and brought drama in every event.
Coleman (Ballymena) lifted the Singles title for the first time defeating A McLean (Larne) 21-14 in the final. Having picked up early counts of 4 & 3 on his way to an 11-3 lead, he was then pegged back to 16-10 before closing the game out.
Bowl of the day came on the last end of the Fours final when Andy Kyle, facing a tie end situation, drew shot to win 17-14 and also give Larne the Centenary Trophy for the club with the best performance in the finals.
The Larne rink had actually lead 16-5 before an Andrew Hughes inspired comeback brought the Dunbarton four, skipped by DJ Wilson, back to 16-14 playing that decisive last end.
Wilson however didn’t go home empty handed as he had earlier been joined by D Copeland and C McCarten to win the Triples 22-10 against Ballywalter’s K Massey. The Dunbarton Triple were always in control but what a terrific effort by the Country Down lads.
The Pairs also saw a dominant performance by T Crawford and G Eaton Jun as the Salisbury boys took the title with a 23-18 win over previous winners M Nutt & S Kirkwood from Old Bleach.
The Champions had built a 13-3 and then 21-11 advantage before Kirkwood fought back to reduce the deficit and take the game to 21 ends.
The Youth Singles went to W Orr (Comber) who always held the upper hand against J Kyle from Larne. Leads of 13-5 and 19-11 built the foundation for a 21-16 win.
Belmont’s Ryan Cavan retained his Junior Singles title with a 21-16 victory against D Mills from Pickie.
Mills held an early 3-1 advantage but Cavan then scored 9 unanswered shots to move ahead and never looked back. The game closed up to 14-12 but Cavan held on to win.
Pickie did have success however when W Angus skipped his four to victory in the Senior event. Pickie had lead 7-5 before the home based Ewarts combination moved ahead 10-8 at the halfway stage.
By 15 ends the score was tied 14-14 but then a count of 4 shots moved the Bangor side ahead and they went on to win 24-14.
All in all a great day of bowls, congratulations to everyone including the host Ewarts BC and best wishes to the PGL representatives as they head to Dublin at the end of August for the Irish Finals.