Cookstown’s Colum McHugh on course to make grand slam

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Colum McHugh is now within striking distance of the one title which, in an illustrious career, has thus far eluded him – the Irish National Singles.

Colum has a tremendous record at national level, having won all the other competitions at British and world level and has more international caps that any other bowler in the history of the game.

Despite this impressive record, he has never managed to claim the national singles crown.

In the qualifiers at Shaw’s Bridge he was impressive throughout all his games.

His final game was against Cookstown High’s Mark Wilson. Colum maintained his form and adapted to the weight of the mat better than Mark who had also been very impressive in his earlier games.

The final is in Richhill on Saturday April 2 and I’m sure everyone will wish him every success as he lines up against West Down’s Cecil


Meantime, in the GO League, Cookstown Parochial A have retained the championship title, with Cookstown High runners-up.

Kildress’s impressive finish sees them take third place with Lafarge finishing in fourth spot. St Joseph’s are relegated.

In section two, 1st Magherafelt are set to be promoted promoted, with St Mary’s likely to join them as winners of the section.

Tamlaght and RBL presently occupy the next two places in the league table.

Presentations, with prizes for the top four in each section, will be on Saturday April 9 in the Greenvale Hotel and everyone in the zone is invited. Zone competition and national prizes will also be presented on that night.