Tuesday, 19 February 2013
WHITECROSS trio Vera Mohan, Bernie Sexton and Pauline Lavelle were key members of the Oriel Zone women's team who won the Inter Zones All-Ireland Bowls Championship last week.
The team, made up of players from south Armagh, and border parts of Monaghan and Louth, defeated rivals Armagh an a tense finale, which took place in Killyman, Co Tyrone. It is in excellent achievement for the Whitecross ladies and there could be more silverware coming their way if the Whitecross team can clinch the O'Hagan Plant South Armagh Bowls League title.
The last round of the O'Hagan Plant south Armagh bowls will be played this week and top spot is still up for grabs.
It has been a highly competitive season so far as most clubs have made improvements .
After 17 games, only 14 points separate fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth place and the top spot has still not been decided.
For years in South Armagh most clubs simply could not compete against the top few teams but this season all were more ambitious for success. Clubs accordingly upped their game and are enjoying the fruits of their labour.
This must be good for the future of bowls in the area with only Mullaghbawn requiring an injection of new members.
Four league games were played this week - Killcurry and St Moninna's drew 4-4, Silverbridge beat Mullaghbawn 6-2, Forkhill beat Meigh on the same score-line and Whitecross also beat Silverbridge 6-2.
Whitecross are now in a good place at the top but Champions Cullyhanna are still in the mix as they have two games in hand.
In the sixes, Crossmaglen are into the semi-final after their victory over Mullaghbawn on Wednesday.
They will now meet the winners of the game between Killcurry Blue and Cullyhanna Black.
Whitecross White are already in the semi-final and they are waiting on the result of the other quarter -final between Whitecross Green and Silverbridge Gold.
The south Armagh singles will take place on February 23, starting at 6.30pm.
The delay in these fixture is down to the many Oriel competitions on at present and the fact that so many South Armagh players are on both the Oriel women's and men's teams.
The women's team won their All-Ireland last week.
The men played the Armagh zone on Saturday in the final but luck deserted them in the last end and they lost by one point after leading through the whole match.
O'Hagan Plant League
Whitecross 6 Silverbridge 2
Forkhill 6 Meigh 2
Killcurry 4 St Moninna's 4
Silverbridge 6 Mullaghbawn 2
Whitecross v Meigh
Forkhill v Killeavy
Cullyhanna v St Moninna's
Killcurry v Silverbridge
Mullaghbawn v Crossmaglen.
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