They say “there’s no show like a Joe show” but last Monday night (9th December) it was a case of “there’s no show like a bowls show” as the local bowls club tournament concluded with a fantastic night of bowls – what a night. More than 200 players from across the county took part in the competition including players who travelled from Ulster and Leinster and well done to all the bowlers who took part. After a week of very close contests the last night was intense with twenty-four contenders battling it out for a place in the final spot.
Brendan McGuinness/Shane McGuinness v John McMahon/Stephen McMahon (11-7)
Sean Hughes/Sean Hughes v Diarmuid McMahon/Shane Hand (5-8)
Sean Traynor/Leo McGlew v Colm Mimock/Joe Murray (9-12)
Michael Hand / Rachel Brennan v Gerry McCabe/Fra Dillon (3-10)
Paul Duff/Andrea Flanagan v Paul Greenan/Teresa Greenan (9-8)
Brendan McGahey/Gabriel Martin v Glenn Smith/Damien Grimes (8-7)
Brendan McGuinness/Shane McGuinness v Diarmuid McMahon/Shane Hand (5-6)
Colm Mimock/Joe Murray v Gerry McCabe/Fra Dillon (7-9)
Paul Duff/Andrea Flanagan v Brendan McGahey/Gabriel Martin (10-5)
Diarmuid McMahon/Shane Hand v Gerry McCabe/Fra Dillon (9-8)
The final between Paul Duff/Andrea Flanagan v Diarmuid McMahon/Shane Hand did not disappoint and proved to be top quality and provided plenty of tense moments. One thing that was really interesting on the night was removing the two outer rinks and creating a single theatre that created a highly electric atmosphere for all concerned and was probably a bit nerve-racking but the players showed little or no signs of any nerves.
It was nip and tuck as both pairs were pushed all the way and turned out to be very a close encounter and could have finished either way because throughout the match there was only a shot difference of only one which fluctuated up and down and after ten ends the match finished all square. With scores level both pairs had to negotiate a tie breaker and during the final end it drew a lot of ooohs and aaaghs from the crowd of supporters & spectators. In the end however, it all came down to the very last bowl with Diarmuid McMahon & Shane Hand just edging out Paul Duff & Andrea Flanagan (8-7) and congratulations to them on their victory.
At the presentation the chairman of the Rockcorry Bowls club Pat Brannigan paid tribute to his committee for organising the event and thanked tournament co-ordinator Michael Hand and umpire Francis Farmer who gave generously of their time during the week. He thanked all the bowlers for taking part and congratulated the winners Diarmuid McMahon & Shane Hand for becoming the first pair to win the title and the Bosco Carroll Memorial Cup.
Speaking to Tom Daly after the event he was very pleased with the success of the week and noted the hard work of the bowling committee to host such an event. He said “the aim of the tournament was to have fun and promote the game of bowls and during the week we seen some great bowlers in action and it was a fantastic final night…most of the games there was only a single point separating the teams which just goes to show the quality that was present.”
On behalf of my family, I would just like to add and congratulate the members of the local bowls club who were involved in organising the competition. Your efforts were rewarded with a very memorable and successful tournament that delivered endless amounts of excitement and enjoyment and speaking to many people present they enjoyed themselves thoroughly with many positive responses. One of the highlights of the event was the marvellous spread of hoot food, sandwiches, cakes, mince pies, apple tarts, lemon meringue and the endless supply of cups of tea, coffee and soft drinks that never failed to delight and well done to all the ladies for their hard work. It was a magical tournament and I look forward to next years with great interest and anticipation and all that’s left to say is – I now have a whole year to start practising!