Bowls:McDonald books British Championship slot

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Up for grabs were the U25 singles, senior singles, pairs, triples and fours places, and first to secure his ticket to Wales was up and coming youngster Jamie McDonald in the U25s, with an emphatic win over defending champion John Lowery, 21-8.The triples final produced a very close match which turned in favour of eventual winners Peter Le Long, Alan Shaw and Kevin Le Long as they beat Gus McKinnon, Willy Bowman and Derek Boswell 14-9.Shaw and Boswell were straight back on the green with their respective teams for the fours, another close contest in which David Le Marquand, Allan Quémard, Steve Hind and Boswell were able to pull away from Cyril Renouf, Shaw, John Glasson and sub Chris Andrews, to emerge victorious, 20-14.The Island singles final saw Quémard back on the green to play Ray Le Cornu.

Having had an excellent season, Quémard took the lead from the beginning and never looked back.

He didn’t allow Le Cornu to settle and took the win with the score of 21-3.The last National final place up for grabs was the pairs, contested by Shaw and partner Ty Thomas – Shaw’s third match of the day, without a break – and John Skelley and Alan Cadoret.

The latter pairing maintained a slight edge throughout and finished 23-16 winners.The Over 60s was won by Ray Le Cornu with a 21-14 win against Ty Thomas.In the Mitsubishi Mixed Pairs match played on Sunday, Cyril Renouf and Alison Birch played in an entertaining game against Marcel Coutouly and Sue Silcox, with Renouf and Birch winning 28-20.In the Mailmate Trophy match, a local competition which was also played on Saturday, John Lowery powered into the lead against Thomas Greechan who fought back strongly, but Lowery hung on to win 21-15.All winners – except Lowery in the Mailmate – will compete in Guernsey in a fortnight for the CI titles.

Jersey’s women bowlers were in action at the weekend, in the final competitions to decide who will compete in the 2004 British Isles National championships – in the singles, pairs, triples and fours – which, this season, are being held in Jersey.St Brelade BC’s Gean O’Neil featured in several categories and booked her place in the singles and pairs finals, the latter with partner Karina Horman.The first to book their places were the triples of Lorraine Murphy, Chris Grimes and Sheila McGinnigle who played against St Brelade team mates Karina Horman, Gean O’Neil and Carole Allen.It was nine all after seven ends, then Murphy’s team began to pull ahead.

Horman’s trio put up a spirited defence and began to pull back into the game but despite winning the last three ends it was just not enough and Murphy and Co hung on to win 17-13.Next, the novice title went to Carol Ruderham who beat Rose Moloney 21-17.

Both women play for Les Creux BC.The next to take their places in the national finals were Sue Dingle, Jenny Allo, Jean Jones and Shirley Bewhay with a 26-17 win over Janet Fox, Eileen Vowden, Yvonne de Gruchy and Betty Thomas from Sun BC.O’Neil and Murphy then went head to head for the Island singles final.

Despite trailing at the half way stage,through the game, Murphy came back strongly, but could not get ahead of O’Neil who won 21-19.A short break, and O’Neil was again in action, partnering Karina Horman to a very fine 23-11 win against the two Jeans, Holmes and Burr, also of St Brelade BC, to give O’Neil her second national place.The drawn fours were won by skip Sue Noel with Margaret Perrée, Nancy Harris and Jean Small, in a very good match against last year’s winners, Margaret Breen, skip, Bev Barette, Bridget Smithurst and Rosa Driver, 26-15.The over-60s’ competition was won by Pat Panter who beat Rozel Mauger 21-18 while the over-70s’ title and trophy went to Margaret Loughlin after she beat Mavis Hafey 21-5.All the winners will travel to Guernsey on 14 September to play against their Sarnian counterparts in the CI finals.

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