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Armagh bowlers make trip to Cork for King and Queen of the Road tournaments

Kelly Mallon will represent Armagh in the Queen of the Road competition in Cork
Andy Watters

A TEAM of Armagh bowlers will make the trip to Cork this weekend to compete in the prestigious three-day festival which involves competitors representing associations from Germany, Holland and Ireland in the King and Queen of the Roads classic.

The competition is now in its 34th year as the major event of the Autumn season.

Over the last three years, Thomas Mackle and Kelly Mallon have both completed three in-a-rows in the competition. This year Kelly become the best lady bowler of all time after claiming her eighth All-Ireland title and beating the record of Gretta Cormican.

Mallon came through the ranks to take her first queen of the road title in 2007 and has since impressed with subsequent Queen of the Road victories in 2010, 2011, 2015, 2016 and last year. Hopefully Kelly can do the buisness yet once again.

Meanwhile, Thomas Mackle is a former All-Ireland senior champion who has dominated the Men's senior scene on being crowned King of the Road champion from 2015 to present and he will have his sights on yet another title.

Mackle lost out this year in the All-Ireland final when he came across the in-form David Murphy in Grenagh, county Cork. The Men's senior competition has been very open over the past five years and is getting tougher to win. Martin Coppinger, David Murphy and Mackle have all won All-Ireland titles.

Port Mor

Sunday, September 30

Novice Three Ulster Championship

Village 12pm: Anthony O'Neill v Cormac Conlon; McGrails 12.30pm: Niall McKenna v John Garvey; Portmor Q-Final draw: Anthony O'Neill v Cormac Conlon, Niall McKenna v John Garvey, Nico Kelly v Neil McLoughlin, Sean Hughes v Paul Mackle

Barney Lavery Cup

Currans 10.30am: Paddy Donnelly and Tony Daly v Conor Powell and Ross Gribben; McGrails 11.15am: Adrian Daly and Michael Kelly v Oisin Campbell and Jim McLoughlin


Tuesday, September 25

Chapel, 6.15pm: Michelle Crowe v Tammy Mullen (Mkrs: Karen, Shannon and Anna)

Allen's, 6.45pm: Shannon Crowe v Karen Tierney

Thursday, September 27

Chapel, 6.15pm: Danielle Grimley v Vera McGee (Mkrs: Karen and Laura)

Allen's, 6.45pm: Karen Grimley v Laura Kelly

Saturday, September 29

Chapel, 2pm: Orlaith Trainor v Rebecca Fields (Markers: Elaine and Danielle)

Allen's, 2.30: Elaine McGrady v Danielle Grimley

Sam Rooney Memorial Cup

Monday, September 24

Semi-final: Chestnut, 6.30pm: Anthony Rooney and Conor O'Neill v Chris Fields and Kevin Conlon (Markers: Mickey Dougan and Brian Conlon)

Tuesday, September 25

Semi-final: Chestnut, 6.30pm: Shane O'Neill and Shane McKenna v Callum Killen and Patrick Conlon (Markers: John Kernan and Cormac Conlon)

Saturday, September 29

Chestnut, 2.30pm: Overall final

Drumrusk, 3.15pm: Malachy and Barry McKenna v Gavin Rooney and Cormac Conlon


Fixtures for Sunday, September 30

Low line 11am Grade 2 Eoin Hughes v Shea Mullan; Hughes 11.45am grade 3: Steven Gray v Sean Hughes; Low line 12.30pm grade 1: Ruairi O'Reilly v Odhran Rafferty.

Bol Chumann Na Meirleach

Tuesday, September 25

6.30pm Novice 4 Conall Gribben v Martin McCready; 7pm SD G3B Marty Cullinane v Sean Gibney

Saturday, September 29

1pm SD G2 Martin Malone v Hugh McSorley; 1.30pm Novice 4 Marty Cullinane v Don Stevenson

Sunday, September 30

11am Novice 4 John Quigley v Arturas Cem

Draw for Novice 4 semi-finals: 11.30am G3B Marty McArdle v Stephen Darragh; 12pm SD G3B Erin Connolly v Jim Freeman; 12.30pm SD G3B Gerard Darragh v Michael Grew

Navan Road

Sunday, September 30

Haulier's Cup Sponsored By Garvey's Transport

11am Ronan Toal vs Franko Oliver; 11.45 Barry Mallon vs Nico Kelly; 12.15 Ryan Quigley vs Jarlath Devlin; 12.45 Eddie Connolly vs Jane O'Neill

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