Pro snippet – two Titles at IBA championships

The Private Greens continued their fantastic season with two titles and a share of the team trophy at sunny Dun Laoghaire this afternoon in the Irish Championship Finals day.

First to cross the line was the Salisbury pair of Terry Crawford and Gary Eaton Jun who won a high quality contest against home association representative Richard Leonard (BLI).

Eaton recovered from a shaky start to lift a count of 4 on the 9th end and gain equality at 8-8.  He then moved ahead and maintained a narrow advantage to lead 11-10, 17-13, 20-16 and eventually win 21-16. What a fantastic achievement for the lads from Belfast.

In the prestigious Open Singles event Stephen Coleman from Ballymena enjoyed an unexpectedly comfortable win over Gary McCloy (NIPBA)

The Portrush man opened a 3-2 advantage but that was as good as it got as Coleman went on a run of ends to establish a 7-3 lead. This was soon extended to 14-5 and although the next few ends were evenly contested the Ballymena man didn’t have long to wait before clinching the title 21-8.

Both the winners will look forward to representing Ireland in Northfields, Ayr next year in the British Isles Championships.

In the Under 18 Singles young William Orr had to settle for runner up losing to S O’Brien (BLI) 17-21.

The Comber bowler had a terrible start to the game and quickly fell 0-10 behind but he kept his head and slowly chipped away at the deficit.

The CYM opponent however gained the upper hand again and moved to 9-19 but again Orr responded and staged a great fight back to reach 17-20 before the lad from Dublin got that decisive 21st shot.

In a marathon triples contest, which lasted nearly 5 hours, the Dunbarton lads skipped by DJ Wilson suffered a heartbreaking 4 shot defeat to Willie McCaw from Ballymoney.

There was nothing in this one as scores of 4-4, 8-4 and 10-6 would suggest but the big end came in the 11th when McCaw took a 3 to move to just one behind. Soon he was level  at 12-12 and then again at 13-13 with two ends to play. However despite Dunbarton’s best efforts a pair of 2’s gave the Provincial men the win 17-13.

That win also brought the NIPBA level with the Private Greens League in the Translink Team Trophy so both Associations will share it  this season.

A great weekend and congratulations go to all involved.