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Kevin Conroy collects trophy in 'phenomenal' win

Bowls

By David Mason

Published 05/10/2015

Kevin Conroy described his victory as 'phenomenal' after picking up the IIBA Champion of Champions singles trophy for the third time.

The Redeemer man was simply too hot to handle at the Watson Stadium on Saturday when he became only the third player to complete a hat-trick of title wins.

He also punched his ticket to Preston in March, where he will now represent Ireland in the Short Mat World Bowls.

"It's tough to win this tournament once, but to do it now on three occasions is a phenomenal achievement," he said.

Conroy benefited from a first round bye over Seamus Winters (Latton) before easing past the challenge of Conwell's Mervyn White, winning 7-2.

Results: Champion of Champions singles, quarter finals: P Beattie (St Mark's, Portadown) 11 B Rankin (Derramore) 9; M White (Conwell) 2 K Conroy (Redeemer) 7; J Murnahan (Cooley) 0 R Stubbs (Ballinderry) 10; M Beattie (Strabane CC) 12 A Steele (Greenbank) 7

Semi finals: P Beattie 4 K Conroy 12; R Stubbs 9 M Beattie 6.

Final: K Conroy 7 R Stubbs 6.

Champion of Champions fours, quarter finals: G McCabe (Redeemer) 11 B McAlary (Lafarge) 4; N Haire (Hillsborough Social) 7 J Quinn (Ballylennon) 3; A Leckey (St Mark's, Portadown) 13 C Dillon (St Jospeh's, Ponyntzpass) 3; A Corrigan (Redeemer) 7 V McHugh (Ballylennon) 10.

Semi finals: G McCabe 10 N Haire 6; A Leckey 11 M McHugh 2.

Final: G McCabe 6 A Leckey 7.

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