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Bowlers raise 1,000 for Foyle Hospice

Thursday, 13 July 2017

THE Foyle Hospice benefited from 1,000, raised by bowlers from three different clubs, representing three different counties, Tyrone, Donegal and Derry.

Saturday, July 1, saw the teams from Omagh, Letterkenny and Lisnagelvin take to the green to play for the Cecil McClure Memorial Shield. Omagh, being the host club, fielded two teams, Drumragh and Strule, and so on a beautiful sunny day with perfect conditions for bowls, the competition began. For three hours, the teams played in a round-robin format, friendly but competitive.

At the final count the Drumragh team from Omagh were announced as winners, thus winning the shield for Omagh Bowling Club for 2017. The Cecil McClure Memorial Shield is an annual event and circulates between the three counties to raise money for the very worthy cause, the Foyle Hospice.

The cheque for 1,000 was presented to Noel McMonagle, representing the Hospice, at a function held in the clubhouse on Thursday, July 6. The committee of Omagh Bowling Club would like to thank all the players who took part in the competition.

Thanks are also given to officials from Letterkenny and Lisnagelvin who organised their bowlers to come to Omagh to take part. `Gratitude and thanks to all the bowlers for their donations to this great cause and finally to all who attended the venue. Many thanks are extended to the ladies of the Omagh club for all their hard work in supplying everyone with food and refreshment all day, and to everyone who contributed supplies for the event.

The committee of Omagh Bowling Club wish to express their gratitude to mark, their green-keeper, who had the green in perfect condition and which was complimented by all the bowlers who played on it.

 

Busy season

The Omagh Bowling Club itself is playing one of its busiest seasons ever. The club entered into the Border Counties League, the Hyland Donaghy Cup and for the first time the Northern Ireland Provincial Bowling Association Junior League 2.

The Omagh club got off to a slow start to the season with the majority of their matches away from home and some of these on synthetic surfaces. However, as the season progresses the Omagh club are getting stronger with each game and progress is being made in the two leagues. Omagh are currently in second position in the Provincial League, only 1.5 points behind the Coleraine side, Brookgreen.

In the Border Counties league, Omagh currently lie fifth position but with a game in hand. Only seven points separate them from the number one position and a winning match is worth ten points, which could see Omagh move up to top spot.

Omagh this year are having a great run in the McGurk Shield and the Hyland Donaghy Cup. Having played some great bowls throughout in the McGurk Shield, Omagh made it to the semi-final stage only to be beaten by 26 shots over two games to Ballybay, Co. Monaghan.

Unfortunately for Omagh, Ballybay did too much harm at home on their synthetic green winning by 31 shots at Omagh, and so the Shield slipped away. However not allowing their heads to drop the Omagh side will play ion the semi-final of the Hyland Donaghy Cup, with opposition to be announced. The club also find themselves playing off their internal competitions of which the winners of competitions, rinks, pairs and singles will take part in the Champions of Champions competition.

This competition is also being hosted in Omagh in early September. A busy season for a busy club, so if anyone would like to try the game of outdoor bowls, call down to Omagh Leisure Complex bowling green any evening, Monday to

Friday, from 7pm onwards, where you will be ,made most welcome.

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