Clonduff seal title

Clonduff were the winners of the Donaghmore Inter-Church Bowls competition when they won the shield at the finals night in Donaghmore Presbyterian Church Hall last Wednesday night.

In the final, they defeated Brookvale by nine shots to five. The Clonduff triple were Margaret McMorris, Kyle Blakely and skip Junior McKnight. The losing Brookvale team was LLoyd Donaldson, Maurice Donaldson and skip Keith Spiers.

This was a great game with both skips going for glory. In the end, the Clonduff team just about shaded it by a four shot margin. The beaten semi-finalists Second and Third Rathfriland trio David Crory, Noel Laffin and skip David McKee along with the Glascar triple of Richard Waddell, David Moffett Jun and David Moffett Sen.

The plate was won by Jonathan Niblock of Donaghmore, who skipped his club to victory, ably supported by Tommy Niblock and Gareth Wharton.

They defeated Poyntzpass British Legion by nine shots to eight. The Poyntzpass team were Elizabeth Gibson, Nora Kinnon and Walter Kinnon. Both skips were going for glory in the final end but it was a home win for Donaghmore. Beaten semi-finalists were Second and Third Rathfriland’s Gordon Johnston Ivan Johnston and Mervyn Johnston and the Glascar triple of Richard Waddell, Victoria Camlin and Jason Camlin.

During the evening, a cheque for 600 pounds was handed over to Marian Quinn of Southern Area Hospice Newry as a result of a collection during the competition by Jim McConville, Chairman of the Inter Church Committee. The ladies also gave everyone a lovely supper.

Next season, the competition will have been running for 25 years so that is surely something to celebrate. Jim McConville will have big plans for this special occasion.