Bowls: Veterans' league now sets a hot pace at Baker Stadium
Published 12/09/2007 | 13:49
The Baker Stadium numbers among its membership some of the top bowlers in Ireland and there are competitions running through the day, every day of the week.
They will also host championships and international games, involving the best of indoor bowling, but Local Heroes will also concentrate on the ordinary bowler, who goes out to win while enjoying the game.
Play has already started at this venue and there should be some news next week.
One big attraction at the Baker Stadium is the Veterans' League which has risen from a handful of teams to three divisions last year and it continues to thrive.
Each week there will be news and results from this League, which gets under way to-ay.
Harold gets the new PR post at Indoor Bowling Association
THE Irish Indoor Bowling Association have created a new post, that of public relations officer which has been taken by West Down Zone convenor, Harold Massey.
Harold outlined the coming season, pointing out the first significant event of the term is the Champion of Champions competition at Ballybrakes Stadium on Saturday, October 13. Invitations have been extended to all winners of licensed tournaments during the 2006/07 season.
In his statement Harold said a decision had been taken to repeat the Inter-Club and Inter-County Championships, which were run on a trial basis last season. The Inter-Club will be at Ballybrakes on Saturday, October 20, while the Inter-County games have been earmarked for february 2, 2008.
The British Isles Championships are being hosted by the English Short Mat Bowling Association at Potter's Leisure Resort on November 17 and 18. Ireland will be defending the singles, triples. rinks and team titles won in the Isle of Man last year.
With the national, ladies and junior championships being played off in all zones during the autumn, not to mention the Inter-Zone Championships, commencing with the ladies first round matches on October 27, a hectic and exciting season is forecast by Harold.
Belfast Stadium is buzzing
THE Belfast Stadium is buzzing with activity every day of the week as bowlers of all standards get involved in competitions.
The Stadium also attracts many of the top bowlers throughout Northern Ireland and many of them will be playing in international events, some of which have been hosted, and will continue to be hosted, in Belfast.
But, it is mainly the everyday activity Local Heroes plans to cover and they will be there as the season begins to hot up. League action started this week.
There are also veterans' competitions in Belfast and their events, which take place each Monday and Wednesday, will be fully reported
Inter-Zone Cup draws
THE draw for the opening rounds of the Irish Indoor Bowling Association's Inter-Zone competitions have been made.
MEN'S: first round, section A, top half: North Down v North East, Mid Tyrone v East Antrim, Meath v Mid Ulster, Lisburn v West Down, Armagh v Central Belfast, Larne v Mid Down, Western v Foyle, Donegal v South Down.
Section B, first round: North West v Northern A, South Belfast v Oriel B; second round: Mid Antrim v East Belfast, Monaghan v South Tyrone, Cork v North Belfast.
LADIES: first round, section A, top half: Foyle v North West, North Down v Western, North East v Monaghan, North Belfast v South Tyrone, Northern v South Belfast, Oriel v West Down, Cork v Central Belfast, Lisburn v Armagh.
Section B, first round: East Belfast v Mid Down; second round: East Belfast/Mid Down v Mid Antrim, East Antrim v South Down, Donegal v Larne, Mid Tyrone v Mid Ulster.
LOCAL Heroes is planning its winter bowling coverage and it promises to provide the best with both the Belfast and Baker stadiums activities being covered along with the short mat game.
We kept you up to date with all the news during the summer outdoor bowls and there will be no let up to provide all the leading news when bowlers go inside.
If you are interested in bowls then you will find all the news in Local Heroes.