Cavan Crystal Bowling weekend a huge success
The Annual Bowlers Weekend finally came around and while the numbers were down a bit on last year the buzz and enjoyment certainly wasn’t by any means. Whether you’re a competitive bowler or not, this mini-break is something to relish because it brings out the best in the customer and the provider, which in this case was the Cavan Crystal Hotel.
No matter what sport a person fancies or is involved in, the life of it depends on competition based on fairness, with an equal chance for everyone. This was all too apparent throughout the three days at this venue where those who were participating in bowling games had plenty to whet their appetite. As for the accommodation and meals, it would be very difficult to find fault with a well drilled and efficient staff that obviously enjoy their role, ensuring the satisfaction of their customers.
On the evening entertainment side of things they have a quality seasoned performer in Ian Pickens, who has the ability to entertain both young and old with his rendering of music and singing. Accompanied by his mate on bass guitar they are more experienced at the job than one would care to mention. In the Friday and Saturday games the winners are decided on the number of points accumulated over six matches, usually with and against different players, otherwise known as a Round Robin format.
The winner in the ladies section this year was defending champion, Carol McMahon from Carrickmacross while her husband Jimmy McMahon won the men’s section. Runner-up for the ladies was the cheerful Caroline McSherry from Whitecross and runner-up for the men was the up and coming prospect Joseph Grant from Meigh. Booby prize for the ladies went to veteran Bridie Duffy, while likewise for the men went to Tommy Kiernan Darver.
However, the most keenly performed and much anticipated game of the weekend has now become the Charity Rinks on Sunday. In this competition each competitor is invited to make a voluntary contribution which is donated to a named charity each year, usually amounting to €500.00. The Ulster Cancer Foundation will be the recipient this year, which will be presented to a representative on Tuesday 21st February 2012 in Meigh Community Centre, the first night of the Pairs Tournament.
Winning Rink was Frank McCreesh skip, Pat Hillen 3rd, Marie McDonnell 2nd and Evelyn Moore lead. Runner-up Rink was Jimmy McMahon skip, Gerard Loughran 3rd, Kitty McDonald 2nd and Joseph Grant lead. Siobhan, manageress of Cavan Crystal Hotel on presenting the trophies, spoke warmly of how much Cavan Crystal enjoyed having such a well organised group of people and looked forward to having us all back next year.
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