Five Irish women bowlers have been selected by the IWBA to compete at the Atlantic Rim Championships in South Africa next month, a prestigious competition which could decide Ireland's participation in the World Cup.
Sandra Bailie, Mandy Cunningham, Jennifer Dowd, Bernie O'Neill and Karen Woodside will compete in two of the four disciplines, singles, pairs, triples and fours.
The local season gets underway today and the pre-season news is that Dunbarton have dropped out of the Private Greens' Women's Junior League, while NIWBA have added Ballyholme's second string to their Junior League.
The Senior Inter-Association Series is scheduled for July 3 and 4 at Londonderry Bowling Club and the programme reads:
Friday afternoon: NI Women's Private Greens Association v NI Women's Bowling Association, Women's Bowling League of Ireland v Provincial Towns Women's Bowling Association.
Saturday morning: PTWBA v NIWBA, NIWPGL v LBLI; afternoon: LBLI v NIWBA, NIWPGL v PTWBA.
Private Greens Stylux Cup (May 22): Crawfordsburn CC v Saintfield, Cavehill v Belmont, Mossley v Comber, Hilden v Larne, Pickie v Shaftesbury, Ards v Ewarts. Byes, Knock, Falls.