At the recent British Isles Championships held at the Potters Leisure Complex in Great Yarmouth, the Ireland squad had a very successful competition.
It was particularly successful for the Mid Ulster and Cookstown High rink of Mark Wilson, Alan Paul, Glen Smith and Colin Hogg who claimed the British rinks title going through the championships undefeated. In the first game they defeated the Scottish rink 14-6 and then the English rink 14-4.
On day two they began with a 21-6 win over Isle of Man. Their final game was against Wales which they won 15-3 given them total of 8 points and top spot. Mark also played in the international series which Ireland won comfortably.
Men’s Inter Zone
Mid Ulster travelled to Coalisland to play local rivals South Tyrone in their first game in defence of the title they won last season.
It was a game Mid Ulster were odds on favourites to win and perhaps it was this which resulted in a game which never seemed to get going as local derbies normally do.
While it was close at half time it was a game the holders were never in any real danger of losing as they were capable of stepping up a gear if needed. Nevertheless it was not a convincing performance and has given the selectors some food for thought before the team faces a stiffer task away to North West.
In the first half Mark Wilson’s rink were fortunate to gain a 7-7 draw against P McKiver with a 2 on the last end. Damian McElroy’s were 9-5 up going into the last end and had an opportunity to widen the gap but conceded a 3 to finish 9-8 up while Sean Quinn’s rink were never in any danger after picking up 9 shots on the 4th and 5th ends to win by 14-6. The interval score was 27-21 in favour of Mid Ulster.
Alan Paul’s rink also put in a convincing performance to win comfortably by 14-6 against D Campbell. Dayne Jordan’s rink were coasting against R Givans but a drop of 4 shots on the last 2 ends gave the score an unfair appearance as they won 10-8.
The final game between Colm McHugh’s rink and T Wallace ended early with the scores tied at 7 – 7 with the Mid Ulster rink well in control until the 6th and 7th ends where they dropped 5 shots.
Mid Ulster head off to Enniskillen on 7 and 8 December for the British Top Team competition against England and Wales.
Ladies Inter Zone
The Mid Ulster Ladies travel to Richill on Sat 1 December to play Armagh. The bus will leave Cookstown at 12.20. The team is: Rink 1: B Davidson, D McHugh, A McEldowney, M Davidson; Rink 2: S Anderson, J Fulton, H Greer. J Cochrane; Rink 3: K McKenna, T McKenna, A McAteer, B Bradley; Rink 4: D Young, O Kyle, B Kelly, J Bowman; Rink 5: E Wright, G Simms, A Barnes, S Johnston; Rink 6: M McIvor, M Lagan, M Cushnahan, M Paul
With just two games left in the first half of the programme in the GO League, the eagerly awaited clash between the High and Parochial A had to be called off due to a bereavement. These two, however, still dominate the top 2 spots . Elsewhere it is much more competitive with clubs taking points off each other. In section 2, St Swithin’s Mixed lead the way with 1st Magherafelt, Lisnagleer and Parochial B in the chasing pack.
The national draws for rinks and triples has been made. These will take place in Ardboe Hall on Thursday 13th and Thursday 20th respectively.