Mid-Ulster bowlers edge out local rivals for Plate win
Wednesday, 15 February 2017
MID-ULSTER edged out local rivals South Tyrone in a thrilling finale to this season's Inter Zone Plate competition.
The match was held at Coalisland Parochial Centre on Saturday before a huge crowd of spectators.
Many would have fancied Mid-Ulster to have a comfortable day prior to the meeting but it turned out to be a closely contested game which went to the last end.
The game was played in a very sporting manner but as happened last year's zone final Mid-Ulster made a stuttering start with only Damien McElroy's rink threatening to build a big lead against John Carson's rink.
John's rink struggled throughout the game and but for some saving shots from the skip they could have finished more than 4 - 9 down against D. McElroy.
On mat two Malcom Cunningham's rink struggled against Damian Campbell's rink who were in total control.
Damian Campbell's four played steady bowls to win 10 shots to 4 despite losing the first end.
On mat three was a tighly contested affair Mark Wilson's rink got off to a great start getting five shots in the first two ends but Colin Dunwoody's men won four shots in the next two ends to stay close to their opponents.
The game stayed close to finish 9-8 in favour of Mid-Ulster.
Overall score was 22 each at half-time.
Encouraged by this score South Tyrone went into the second half confident they could pull off a massive shock result.
On mat one, Eneas Hamilton's four trailed eight shots to three after seven ends but clawed their way back to finish just three behind Keith McCullagh's rink, losing 9-6.
They could have been well ahead but for some excellent deliveries from Hamilton, one of which saved a five.
On mat three Paul Hagan's men were trailing eight shots to two after six ends against Alan Paul's rink but they battled on to finish 10 shots to 7.
The game overall was down to a difference of four shots after Ian Hobson picked up a four in the 9th end on mat 2 against Colum Mc Hugh.
Another four shots in the last end wasn't going to be easy against the international skip to draw the overall score.
Ian's men did score one to win their own game 10 shots to 7 but overall South Tyrone lost out by the narrow margin of three shots.
It was an enjoyable game for the supporters and credit must go to both sides for some superb bowls. Both clubs also extend their thanks to all involved in organising the final and while Mid-Ulster may have been disappointed not to be contesting the main final, when they look back they are sure to be satisfied with winning the Bloomer Cup, the British Isles top team and the Plate in just two season.
The spectators were served up a very entertaining match that went right to the last end.
Artie Rice, secretary of the Irish Indoor Bowing Association presented the winners shield to Mid-Ulster zone convener Seamus Kyne and the runners up shield to South Tyrone chairman Ian Hobson.
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