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Ballinderry close to regaining crown at Nationals

By David Mason

Former champions Graham Stubbs, Paul Reid and Raymond Stubbs are one game away from the IIBA National Triples title.

The Ballinderry boys negotiated the qualifying heats at the Watson Stadium on Saturday to book a place in the April 2 decider against the McKeown brothers - Adam, Ryan and Philip - from Mossley.

They defeated James McWhirter's Killymurris 9-7 in the semi-final, while the McKeowns racked up an impressive 9-3 victory against Cooley.

IIBA National Pairs A Section: Semi finals: R Wallace, C Dunwoody (Aughintober) 3 A Weir, E Crawford (Mossley) 11; E Morgan, A Johnston (St Michael's, Dundrum) 10 C McHugh, L McHugh (Cookstown Paorchial) 9. Final: Crawford 6 Johnston 8.

Section B: G Kennedy, S Kennedy (Largy) 8 J Martin, B McAlary (Marian) 7; L Jacob, PJ Gallagher (Ramelton) 6 G Christie, P Christie (Spa Golf Club) 10. Final: Kennedy 6 Christie 5.

National Triples, semi-finals: G Stubbs, P Reid, R Stubbs (Ballinderry) 9 S Dunlop, M McCullough, J McWhirter (Killymurris) 7; A McKeown, R McKeown, P McKeown (Mossley) 9 J Murnaghan, P Hanlon, G McCabe (Cooley) 3.

Ladies singles, semi-finals: L Hamilton (Glendermott Presbyterian) 7 L Carleton (Drum) 13; H Arbuthnot (Montre) 7 E Forster (Clogh) 13.

Ladies pairs, semi-finals: R Gault, A McKillop (Dunluce Presbyterian) 3 M Cassells, P Beattie (St Mark's Portadown) 15; K McDermott, F McDermott (Drummond) 7 M Howe, L Carleton (Drum) 9).

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