Home Nations Round Up November – Northern Ireland
By Lauren Dugan
VII Commonwealth Championships
Representing Northern Ireland at the VII Commonwealth Championships was Grant Dugan, Lauren Dugan, David Seay and Isobel Smith. Grant, Lauren and Isobel were all competing in the Commonwealths for the first time while it was David’s second time.
In the Men’s Singles event Grant Dugan finished 16th with 1116 (186 ave) with David Seay taking 19th with 1075 (179.17 ave). In the Ladies Singles Lauren Dugan shot 1056 (176 ave) to finish 15th, while Isobel Smith’s 981 (163.5 ave) claimed her 18th place.
Day 2 of the competition seen the Ladies Doubles, Mens Doubles and first squad of Mixed Doubles. Unfortunately Isobel Smith was unable to compete which meant Lauren Dugan took to the lanes with a pacer and was unable to place. Lauren shot 1123 (187.17 ave). In the Mens Doubles Grant Dugan and David Seay took 8th place with Grant Dugan shooting 1213 (202.17 ave) and David 1099 (183.17 ave). With Isobel out of action it meant Grant and Lauren Dugan competed in the first squad of Mixed Doubles, with Lauren shooting 1067 (177.83 ave) and Grant 1115 (185.83 ave), which eventually placed them 17th. The next morning Isobel was back on the lanes and shot 1069 (178.17 ave) and David 1197 (199.5 ave) to place 16th.
Unfortunately Northern Ireland were unable to place in the Team Event as Isobel had to retire during the 10th frame of game 1. However for the 6 games Lauren shot 1048 (174.67 ave) which earnt her 16th place in the Ladies All Events, Grant 1177 (196.17 ave) to take 17th in the Men’s All Events and David 1031 (171.83 ave) for 19th.
Full Report including all the behind scenes stories (well those we can tell you about) in the next issue of the ‘Turkey Times’.
NITBF Ranking Tour
Ranking Event 3 of the 2016/2017 season took place in Lisburn Bowl on the 6th November. Taking the male win and to make it three different winners so far this season was Grant Dugan with 1645 (205.63 ave). Paul McCauley took second and the male senior win with 1633 (204.13 ave) and Kev Horton was 3rd with 1615 (201.88 ave).
On the ladies side Caroline Horan put an end to Lauren Dugan’s winning streak on the 2016/2017 tour and in Lisburn Bowl with a 1480 (185 ave) ahead of Lauren’s 1416 (177 ave). Donna Horton took 3rd and the ladies senior win with 1289 (161.13 ave).
Advancing to the handicap knockout finals was Grant Dugan, Paul Murray, Paul McCauley and Billy Nimick with Paul Murray claiming the win over Billy in the final.
The next ranking event will take place on the 8th January 2017 in Dundonald International Ice Bowl. Leading the NITBF 2016/2017 season into 2017 is Paul McCauley and Lauren Dugan!
Evolve Bowling Inception Event 3
Evolve’s Inception Event 3 took place on 13th November and was competed on Kegel’s Beaten Path. After 6 games of qualification Kenny Donnelly was the top scratch qualifier and David McKeown the top handicap qualifier.
In the scratch semi finals the match between Ryan Press and Tony O’Hare went all the way to the 5th leg with Ryan advancing to the final to bowl against Kenny Donnelly who defeated Billy Nimick 3 legs to 1. The final went right down to the decider leg making it exciting viewing for the spectators. After the 5th leg decider (9th and 10th frame shootouts) it was Ryan who claimed the scratch win for the event.
In the handicap finals Trevor McKinney defeated Lauren Dugan in another thriller 5th leg decider which went down to the very last ball of the 9th and 10th frame shootout. Advancing to bowl Trevor in the final was Grant Dugan who defeated David McKeown 3 legs to nil. In the Final Grant defeated Trevor 4 legs to 1.
Evolve Bowling News
Evolve Bowling has been busy during the past few weeks at the 52nd QubicaAMF World Cup in Shanghai, China and at the VII Commonwealth Championships in Johannesburg, South Africa. We have really exciting plans in place to help bowling evolve and we can’t wait to launch them in early 2017!
In the meantime check out our write up from the Commonwealth Championships trip to the ‘Lion and Rhino Park’ in Johannesburg – promoting the sport of bowling on the African continent and throughout the Commonwealths on our Facebook page.
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Dundonald International Ice Bowl
Monday Singles League
The league is in full flow and has seen some great bowling over the past few weeks. Unfortunately due to some bowlers still having to make their matches up and others being on international duty we aren’t able to bring you the up to-date standings but its hoped in January the league standings will be available.
The leagues in Brunswick Moviebowl will re-commence in January, please ask in the bowling centre for more details or keep an eye on our NITBF Facebook Page !
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