Whitecross are back-to-back champions
Tuesday, 4 March 2014
WHITECROSS bowlers clinched the South Armagh League title after an exciting finale on Thursday.
Having trailed South Armagh bowling kingpins Cullyhanna in the table all season, they edged ahead when it mattered most - in their last game.
On Monday, Whitecross took all eight points from Killeavy in their penultimate game leaving them one point ahead of Cullyhanna. Then on Tuesday in a thriller, Cullyhanna beat Meigh 8-0 in their last game putting them seven points ahead and looking good for the title.
However, Whitecross went to Silverbridge on Thursday, not expecting any great result as Silverbridge are formidable on their home mats. Throughout the whole game it looked like Silverbridge would deny Whitecross the chance of retaining the title that they won for the first time last year.
Whitecross won two mats but were struggling badly on the third and were behind 3-7 with only three ends left.
On the next end Jim Feehan, playing second for Whitecross played a toucher with his first and
took the jack to the ditch with his second to narrow the gap 5-7.
And with their tails up Whitecross took control and won 9-7, picking up all eight points that were required to be league champions again. There were cheers of jubilation from the winning team and sighs of relief and shock that they had actually won.
The league this year has been so close between the two top teams with the merest margin separating them at the end, but any of the top four or five were in contention at times during the season. Whitecross topped the table with 113 points, only one league point ahead of Cullyhanna.
Forkhill were in control up until mid term, when they seemed to lose momentum for a while. Meigh also pushed hard and held onto second for a long period but somehow games went against them. They even took six points of the league champions in Whitecross. Silverbridge put some great wins together but luck deserted them on occasions and Crossmaglen were a little slow getting their season into gear but came good towards the end, leaving themselves too much of a mountain to climb.
Killcurry also suffered from a slow start but had some very good results. They took six off Whitecross and took eight off Crossmaglen, but things just didn't fall their way at other times.
Mullaghbawn, Killeavey and St Monionna's played fine bowls all year and put it up to all the teams, but some how they just couldn't get over the line.
Mullaghbawn have a few new members and need many more, as do all clubs.
With most of the major competitions almost completed, clubs are still open and have the time to introduce newcomers to the game, so if anyone feels the inclination, just talk to any member of any club.
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