THE Cookstown High rink of Mark Wilson, Dwayne Jordan, Glen Smith and Colin Hogg bough the Irish Rinks title back to Mid Ulster for the first time since 2002.
It was a tremendous performance and they dominated the final after a fairly equal opening 5 ends. Their opponents from Western Zone skipped by A Graham could not match the performance of the Mid Ulster rink who finished up 14 - 4 winners and now qualify to represent Ireland in the British Isles Championships in Potters next season. It would be no great surprise if at least one of the rink also made the Irish team for the same championships.
It was so nearly a Mid Ulster double with Cookstown Parochial’s Liam and Colum McHugh looking as if they were going to win the pairs title for the third time. After a fairly even first few ends the Parochial pair moved into a 5 shot lead with just two ends to go. Disaster struck in the 14th end when their opponents Leigh Harrison and Ryan O’Neill from North West zone picked up a four to narrow the gap to a single shot going into the last end. McHugh held what looked like a winning shot until O’Neill produced an excellent delivery to take the game to a tie end.
Harrison led off and had a toucher. On his second bowl he drove the jack to the ditch and while his bowl was removed as a result of rule 37 it gave the Limavady pair the edge. Colum tried to draw close to the line for shot but just failed and what had seemed an unlikely result unfortunately became reality.