The Kildare Town indoor bowling tournament concluded on Saturday 30th June after a terrific and entertaining week of bowling. Due to the scorching hot summer weather one would have expected a poor attendance, but this was not the case and again it has proved to be a very popular event.
In the first Cup semi-final Kill CBC saw off the challenge of a very fancied Baltinglass/Kiltegan team by a narrow margin, while in the second Cup semi-final Caragh had to withstand a stern test from last years winners Prosperous. Indeed Caragh could count themselves lucky to survive this battle as it went to a tiebreaker and they just edged it to see them through to the final.
As to the final itself Caragh would be the favourites in everyone’s minds to win with a comfortable margin to spare. For the first six ends it was looking like the punters got it right as Caragh seemed to be cruising as they had raced into a lead of 9/1. Game over, or so everyone thought, but what a transformation as Kill CBC suddenly upped their game and slowly began to rein in their opponents. Now instead of it being ‘game over’ it was ‘game on’ and we were treated to a thrilling and fascinating game of bowls.
Caragh were held to just four scores in those remaining nine ends but still managed to survive the Kill CBC onslaught on a score line of 13/12 to win the McWey Cup.
The winners will be wondering how they seem to go into “hibernation mode’ and allow their opponents back into the game, complacency maybe, I’m not so sure, as they did the same in their semi-final clash against Prosperous??? But credit to them, like all good teams when things are going against them they still manage to eke out a win.
Caragh: John O’Toole, Pat O’Driscoll, Christy McDonald and John Joe Byrne.
Kill CBC: Eddie Burke, Martin Whelan, Alan Farrell and Donal Burke.
Eddie Heffernan Cup
Allenwood and Kill contested the final of this competition. Allenwood comfortably overcame the challenge of Brownstown in the semi-final and Kill saw of the challenge of Ryston in their semi-final.
Allenwood who had been playing superb throughout this tournament ran out rather easy winners in this final as Kill never hit the heights of their previous games. The team fully deserved their success, and to make it all the more satisfying it was their first ever tournament win since the club was formed in 2012.
Allenwood: Ann Doyle, Liam McHugh, Jim Clancy and Tom Sullivan.
Kill: Breda Mulcahy, Jimmy Savage, Elizabeth McGarr and Lar McGarr.
Mark Caldwell, the Kildare secretary, thanked all who helped in the catering, the winners and all the teams that took part. He also gave a special word of praise to Eamonn Hennessy for his ability in selling so many raffle tickets, and also special thanks to sponsor Dave McWey who presented the McWey Cup.
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