Bowls: DJ and Jonny do their country proud at Home Internationals

Derick Wilson and Jonny Wilsonm, with Harold Massey (former West Down Zone convenor) and current Irish Chairman.
Derick Wilson and Jonny Wilsonm, with Harold Massey (former West Down Zone convenor) and current Irish Chairman.

All Saints Tullylish bowlers DJ and Jonny Wilson did their club and country proud at the Home Internationals last weekend in Llanelli.

Jonny was playing third on the full International team while older brother DJ was playing skip in the A Series Individual Fours Competition.

In the team competition, Jonny teamed up with Joe Beattie (Armagh Zone), Nick Haire (Lisburn Zone) and Alan Paul (Mid Ulster Zone) and their rink were able to boast a very successful record of five wins and one defeat in six matches.

Twice they hammered their Scottish counterparts chalking up scores of 23-3 and 20-2.

They also racked up two victories against England, albeit much tighter affairs, winning 7-5 and 8-6.

Only Wales were able to put down this rink as they lost out 6-9 on the Sunday morning, albeit they had defeated a different Welsh rink a day earlier 11-3.

The Ireland team won all six games and cruised to the Home International Championship. Jonny had an excellent series.

DJ received the honour of skipping an international rink for the first time as he teamed up with Aaron Taylor (North Down Zone), Graham Christie (Mid Down Zone) and Graham McKee (North Down Zone).

Unlike the international team, DJ’s four had to negotiate just three games to lift the A Series Fours title.

First up was a battle with the Welsh rink and over the early stages nothing was going to plan.

After the first six ends of the contest, it was the host rink that stormed to a 2-8 lead as the Irish rink were struggling. However when DJ drew to the ditch line on end seven to score shot and then changed the jack length, this game turned on its head. Scores of 3,1,3,1 put the men in green three up going into the last end.

And when second Christie ditched the jack with his first bowl, a magnificent comeback was complete. The locals counted a four for a remarkable 15-8 success.

Buoyed by their morning victory, DJ’s rink then took on the English rink skipped by former champion H Bowden.

Despite the loss of an early first end treble, it was plain sailing for the green jerseys as they cruised to a facile 16-4 success, setting up a “winner takes all” shootout with Scotland on Sunday.

And it was a similar story on Sunday as DJ’s four simply blew their opposition away, losing just two ends and hammering their Scottish opponents 17-2.

A terrific performance by the Irish rink and skip DJ was in tremendous form throughout and will be very proud of his performance.