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World title for Fintona bowler McNabb.

Thursday, 3 May 2018

World title for Fintona bowler McNabb. thumbnailTaylor Bowls World Masters winner Gary McNabb (centre), pictured with runner-up Ian Hobson (left) and third placed Jason Hand (right).

LOCAL bowler Gary McNabb, who plays for Fintona and Mid Tyrone Zone, won this season's Taylor Bowls World Masters, the main event for short mat players tour.

The event was played in Belfast Bowls Club and ran across Saturday and Sunday, April 21 and 22. The event attracts the best players from all over Europe and the wider world, with players from Canada and United Arab Emirates playing in this year's event.

With a field of over 230 players, Gary battled through his group to finish top with four wins and one defeat. This qualified him for the main cup competition. With Gary playing well he came through five very difficult knock out games to reach the main final which was against Dungannon's Ian Hobson.

The game was full of quality and Gary was always in control coming out a 10 shots to six shots winner to become the World Master champion for 2018.

PJ McCrossan wins Ardstraw Singles There was over 230 entries from across Ireland who came to play in Ardstraw Singles Tournament.

On the finals night, semi-finalists were PJ McCrossan (Strabane CC) against Gerard Conroy (Fintona), and Mervyn White (Letterkenny) against James Rutledge (Sixmilecross). Both ties were close with PJ winning with his last bowl and Mervyn winning on a tight end.

The final was one-sided, with PJ McCrossan becoming this years winner of the Harry Crawford Cup. Ardstraw Bowls Club would like to thank all the players who came and supported the tournament.


The club secretary would also like to thank the club members who helped every night throughout the tour nament and the ladies who put on an excellent supper for the visiting players.

In remembrance The local bowls community are extremely sadded to learn of the recent passing away of Tony Tait, who played bowls with Newtownstewart and Ardstraw.

Tony was a gentlemen on and off the bowls mat and will be very much missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife Eveline and his entire family circle.

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