British Isles Bowling Championships taking place in Newry

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Friday, December 4th, 2015
Community, Sport, What's On
Oriel Men’s Bowling Zone will defend their British Isles Top Team title against England and Wales in Newry Sports Centre, Patrick Street on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th December. sportscentre4Oriel, as current all-Ireland champions for 2014 and 2015, travelled to Wigan, England to represent Ireland in the prestigious British Isles Top Team event and returned home victorious after convincing wins over Cheshire and Pembrokeshire. The honour of hosting this year’s event falls with Ireland and with Hampshire and Pembrokeshire travelling this year to Newry, hopes are high that Ireland, in the shape of Oriel, will once again regain the title. With some of the Oriel players recently returning from Aberdeen with individual titles and with the victorious Irish team, the form book suggests success and that they are the team to beat. A large attendance of spectators are expected over the weekend with the walk on procession starting at 8.30am sharp on Saturday with play continuing until 5.30pm. Play will resume on Sunday at 9.30am before the closing ceremony at approx 4pm. Chairperson of Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, Cllr Bailie commented, “Bowls is a very important part of community sport played throughout Ireland in church halls, community centres and football clubs. “It is a sport renowned for bringing people of all ages and persuasions together and Newry, Mourne and Down District Council is very proud and honoured to be able to host this event and we extend a warm welcome to the travelling teams from England and Wales.” Paul O’Keefe, Event Organiser said, “Many friendships and respect for others have been forged over a night of bowls and with the large influx of young people taking to the sport, indoor and outdoor, the future looks bright for bowls. He added, “Many of the players you will see over the forthcoming weekend are reigning Irish/British and World champions so please come along and support.”
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