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Bangor golden girl Chloe Watson's double delight

By David Mason

Chloe Watson. Remember the name.

Ireland has not have a women's bowls star since the retirement of the legendary Margaret Johnston, but we could be on the verge of something special.

The 17-year-old Bangor girl recently struck gold in the British Isles Mixed Championships by becoming the first Irish competitor - along with Reece Millar - to win the pairs title.

But she raised the bar even further in Wales at the weekend by becoming not only the first Irish player to win the WIBC Under-25 Women's singles title, but she is also now the youngest ever holder of the coveted title.

"It's still sinking in," she admitted.

"The only thing that keeps reminding me is the trophy sitting in my living room."

Watson defeated England's Victoia Bilson, Scotland's Ailsa Robertson and her Ireland team mate Erin Smith. Chloe then racked up wins over a Welsh trio in the form of Lauren Selway, Hanna Clarke and Amy Williams.

And, when she lined out against Williams again in the final, she landed the trophy.

IIBA Women's Inter-zone Championships, Second round: Donegal 57 West Down 45; South Tyrone 62 Mid Tyrone 48; Monaghan 58 Mid Ulster 40; Western 56 Mid Antrim 50; North Down v Foyle w/o; South Down w/o South & East Belfast; North West 68 Mid Down 42.

Quarter final draw: Donegal v South Tyrone; Monaghan v Western; Foyle v Armagh; South Down v North West.

IIBA Women's Plate competition: East Antrim 56 Lisburn 45.

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