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Pauline Beattie raises the bar again with ladies singles bowls title win

Mary Peters, former Olympic and Commonwealth champion (pentathlon and shot put), councillor John Scott (Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council), Northern Ireland Private Greens Bowling league (NIPGL) president John Nutt and Terry Crothers, (NI Commonwealth Games Council) pictured at the launch of the NIPGL centenary year initiative.
Ray McClean

Pauline Beattie raised the bar yet again when she won the ladies singles bowls title in the Irish Indoor Bowling Association (IIBA) National Championships at the weekend, writes Ray McClean.

With an unprecedented seven successes in the event the St Mark's, Portadown player notched up number eight when she defeated former champion Western's Joanne McIntyre by five shots.

Redeemer's Kevin Conroy and his father Sean repeated their 2015 success when they defeated Beattie's clubmates Andrew Leckey and Jal Richardson in the pairs decider. This was a keenly fought affair with the winners scraping home by a single shot.

Leckey and Richardson were in opposition in the singles final which turned out to be a real thriller.

After 15 ends the pair were tied 13-13 but despite his opponent burning the head on three occasions Leckey eventually won by four shots after a marathon 20 ends.

There was another success for St Mark's when Terry Mulholland and Gary Colbert won the over 55's pairs while Western's Caroline Scott skipped her triple to success against the defending champions from Strabane Cricket Club.

Gerard Conroy's rink edged out Kyle Blakey's side by a single shot on a tie end while P J McCrossan defeated Nicki Haire 15-8 in the triples final.

Sisters Fiona and Katrine McDermott won the ladies pairs and brothers Shane and Jamie West were successful in the junior pairs.

Mossley's Adam McKeown defeated Dale Boadles of Larne by six shots in the junior singles showdown.

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