Scenic Inn horseshoe competition is a success

Shirley McKinley, who organised the first ever  Scenic Inn horseshoe throwing competition, gets in the action herself with a first round match against a male opponent.INBM29-12 206JC

Shirley McKinley, who organised the first ever Scenic Inn horseshoe throwing competition, gets in the action herself with a first round match against a male opponent.INBM29-12 206JC

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THE first ever horseshoe throwing competition at The Scenic Inn, near Armoy, proved a big success with almost 30 participants.

The event, organised jointly by the Scenic and Armoy Rugby Club, might have lacked some of the more well-known names in the sport, but as for enjoyment, atmosphere and a good day’s entertainment, few could have had any complaints.

Three pitches were in action to make sure that the competition did not drag on, but few seemed to mind as free food was on offer throughout the day.

Shirley McKinley of The Scenic was delighted with the outcome and has planned more competitions in the near future.

She said: “We’ll try and get more people involved the next time and, hopefully, some of the bigger names will try their luck here if they’re brave enough”!

Shirley actually took part in the competition along with her sister, and both acquitted themselves well.

Stranocum man, Willie Culbertson, emerged the winner beating Paul McMullan in the final. Willie was hot favourite from the start and never looked like he was going to lose.

Horseshoe throwing has become more popular in recent times with clubs in Stranocum, Mosside, Coleraine and Limavady areas. The majority of competitions allocate a portion to charity, but The Scenic divided the prize money amongst their competitors with the winner picking up £75 - a welcome reward for an afternoon’s work!