High hang on to GO title

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Cookstown High retained the ‘GO’ League title ahead of rivals Parochial A. At the bottom Parochial B and St Mary’s filled the relegation places.

In section 2, Tamlaght came out on top and an incredible run in from Moortown, with 52 points from their last 5 games, gave them the second promotion spot.

1st Magherafelt and St Swithin’s Mixed occupied the relegation places. Sperrin topped section 3 with Slaughtneill in second spot.

NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

Mid Ulster did not have their usual representation in this year’s national finals held in Richill and sponsored by Stonebridge Restaurant.

Their only representative was Brigid Davidson in the ladies singles where her opponent was Pauline Cassells winner of the title on 4 previous occasions. Brigid, herself, had picked up the coveted title in 2009.

In what was an enthralling game between the two top lady bowlers, Brigid picked up a 3 on the 14th end to move into a 1 shot lead and managed to hold on to also win the last end.

CHARITY SHIELD

The charity shield saw Parochial A gain revenge over rivals Cookstown High. In the semi final Paochial A defeated St Swithin’s Mixed while the High edged out Lafarge. A cheque for £1000 was presented to Rosemary Kerr on behalf of Marie Curie.

PRESENTATION DINNER

This will take place at Moyola Park Golf Club on Friday 8 April. The top 2 teams in each section are expected t attend.

TOURNAMENTS

The winner of the Zone rinks competition was Colm McHugh whose rink defeated club mate Sean Quinn’s rink. C Dunwoody won Tamlaght pairs while John McKay came tops in St Swithin’s pairs.

IRISH CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP

Cookstown High qualified for their third Irish Club final after the series of qualifying games in Carrickmacross. In the final they played Hillsborough Social Club from Lisburn Zone in the Wesley Hall Magherafelt.

The High looked to be set to retain the title until the latter ends when Hillsborough started to pick up shots to pip the holders by 6.