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Chloe Watson wins all five IWIBA national titles

Chloe Watson lifted all five titles - the junior and senior singles and the pairs, triples and fours - at the IWIBA national championships in the Baker Stadium, Belfast 
Ray McClean

IT was 'high fives' all around for Chloe Watson in the Irish Women's Indoor Bowling Association (IWIBA) National Championships in the Baker Stadium at the weekend (raybowls@hotmail.co.uk).

The 17-year-old County Antrim player scooped the pool when she lifted all five titles - the junior and senior singles and the pairs, triples and fours.

She paid tribute to her clubmates and Sandra Bailie, who completed a hat-trick having partnered Watson in the pairs and skipped her rink to success in the triples and fours.

A former under-25 world singles champion, Watson has certainly fulfilled all her early promise and should be to the fore in Irish ladies bowls for many years to come.

Simon Martin regained the singles title in the AIIB Irish championships which were played at the same venue.

The Belfast player, winner of the title in 2014, repeated the feat with a 21-7 defeat of County Antrim's Andrew Kyle.

Martin had cause for double celebrations when he partnered clubmate John McCullough to success in the pairs.

Gary McCloy and Ian McClure from the Ballybrakes club won the triples and fours respectively while Roy McCune of the host club retained the senior fours title.

Meanwhile, Cork cause a major sensation when they defeated visitors Foyle in the quarter-finals of the IIBA McIlroy Cup.

The home side were rank outsiders to defeat last season's runners-up and 2014 champions North West who went down by 11 shots.

The winners will again enjoy home advantage in the semis when they face Armagh who travelled to Mid Tyrone and won 66-31.

Holders Donegal finished 15 shots ahead of visitors Oriel and will travel to Western who got home by five shots against West Down.

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