Ballybrakes tournament a great success

The winning pair Noel Graham and Phillip Dennison with Club President Alice Elliott
The winning pair Noel Graham and Phillip Dennison with Club President Alice Elliott

Ballybrakes Community Indoor Bowling Club held their Annual Christmas Short-mat tournament, sponsored by Taylor Bowls and Basil Knipe Electrics, Ballymoney.

The singles section qualifiers were Chris Wilson, Brian Rankin, Willian Boggs, Paul Reid, Matthew Hastings, Barry Kane, William Service, John Quinn, P McKeever, Brian Trimble, Jal Richardson and Joseph Beattie. The pairs qualifiers were Curtis and Matthew Hastings, Kenny Campbell and Lorenzo Graham, Seamus McMath and Ivan Craig, Leslie McIntyre and Eddie Jamison, Adrian Carson and Mark McKeown, Tommy Mullan and Uel McKeeman, Philip Dennison and Noel Graham and Ken Shirley and Aaron Tennant .

Young Matthew Hastings was the only player doubley engaged but lost in the semi final of the singles to the eventual winner and the quarter-final of the pairs. The Pairs final was between Kenny Graham and Lorenze Graham and Philip Dennison and Noel Graham with the latter winning.

The singles final came down to the last end between Brian Trimble and Jal Richardson. Brian led the whole of the game until Jal pulled it back to level the game at 9-9 playing the last end.

Brian was holding shot but Jal playing his second bowl drove the jack straight into the corner of the ditch with the bowl resting right beside it leaving Brian no shot and no option but to shake hands.