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David Corkill voices his appetite for success

By David Mason

David Corkill is back on the AIIB National trophy trail at the Watson Stadium on Sunday.

Now recognised as the voice of bowls on all televised events, Corkill can still strut his stuff on the carpet.

Joined by Chris Eadie, Corkill will go on the hunt of the national pairs trophy, which he has previously won on many occasions.

But the Belfast duo face a daunting clash against their international colleagues Derek Smith and Ian McClure in the opening qualifying game.

"It's a difficult start," said Corkill. "But when you get down to the last 16, you are never going to get an easy game.

"I enjoy competing in the national championships. Sometimes my preparations are affected by TV commitments, but I've managed to work around it."

Current title holders David Nixon and Michael Merritt are back to defend their crown. They come up against their Belfast colleagues Mark Lecky and Jim Frazer in their opening match.

And last season's beaten finalists, Alistair Kennedy and Barry Kane, are also again in the mix.

Having consumed a narrow defeat in the decider, they'll be looking to go the distance this time. They begin with an early morning date against County Antrim's Mark Tait and Rod Coleman.

AIIB National Pairs qualifier: M Tait, R Coleman (CAIBC) v A Kennedy, B Kane (BCIBC); B Hughes, W McCaw (BCIBC) v M McPeak, S Bennett (BIBC); P Prunty, P McEwan (BIBC) v T Colvin, G McCloy (BCIBC); D Smith, I McClure (BCIBC) v C Eadie, D Corkill (BIBC); G McKee, M Nutt (CAIBC) v I Craig, N Mulholland (BIBC); S Gibson, R Battersby (BIBC) v T Robinson, A Kyle (CAIBC); S Ashwood, C Craig (BIBC) v A Coleman, S Coleman sen (CAIBC); D Nixon, M Merritt (BIBC) v M Lecky, J Frazer (BIBC).

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