Cookies keep in league contention

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NIPBA Senior league

Cookstown 100 (7)

Brooke Park 57 (0)

Cookstown welcomed Brooke Park to Gunning Moore Park knowing that a win was vital to keep them in the mix for league honours.

On rink 2 for Cookstown was Liam McHugh Derek Mitchell, Damien Mccracken and Marc McCracken who faced the Brooke Park rink skipped by M Fahy.

Cookstown got off to a slow start with Brooke Park taking the early advantage in this match. Mchugh kept his rink in the match with some fine bowls.

This motivated his rink and with father and son duo of Marc and Damien starting to build good heads Cookstown took control of the match and with Mitchell and Mchugh contributing to the count ran out convincing 26-16 winners.

On rink 3 for Cookstown was Damien Mcelroy, Gary Scott, William Lennox and Chris Mcknight who locked horns with Brooke Park s rink skipped by D oDonnell.

Chris Mcknight and William Lennox signalled their early intentions in this match with a fine display of front end play which resulted in Mcelroy s rink shoot into a comfortable lead after 10 ends.

Though controlling this match and building great heads, Brooke Park stayed on their heals with their skip getting a few good rubs of the green and some gamesmanship tatics coming out only rallied the Cookstown rink into a extra gear. Mcknight and Lennoxs response every end was relentless and paided off with Cookstown grinding out many factors to win this rink match 23-16.

On rink 4 for the Cookies saw talisman Mark Wilson, Sean Quinn, Dayne Jordan, and Jonathan Shepherd take on Brooke Park s J Hagan. Cookstown started the game well with fine play by Shepherd and Jordan, this gave Wilson and Quinn a good foundation end after end to work from. Quinn and Wilson kept up the fine play and after 12 ends were riding into the sunset with the game almost certainly in the bag with a 25-6 lead. Cookstown still kept professional and kept scoring and ran out 32-9 victors.

On rink 6 Cookstown stalwart Colin Hogg, Philip Wallace, Noel Glasgow and Ashley Wright faced the Brooke Park rink skipped by JP Fahy. As in Wilsons game Hogg and his experienced rink got off to a good start and were rarely bothered. Though in the closing stages of this match Brooke Park did produce a late surge though it was all to little to late as Hogg ran out 19-16 winners.

This has been a great start to the week for the Cookies which keeps them in contention in the league.

All at the club are delighted that Ashley Wright and Marc McCracken were part of the NIPBA under 25 team which won at the weekend.

Special mention goes to Marc McCracken who has been selected to represent Ireland in the U 25 series which will take place in Wales in September.

This is a great honour for Marc and for all at the Cookstown club. He follows a fine line of junior internationals and Senior internationals who have came out of Cookstown Bowling Club.

As a game for all ages this shows that Cookstown still prouduces some of the finest bowlers in Ireland and one of the top clubs to be a part off.