Bowls - Ireland Grab Bronze Medal
IRELAND bowlers yesterday had something to show for their efforts in the Atlantic Rim Games at Ward Park, Bangor, by lifting the bronze medal in the fours championship.
It was just reward for Chris O&Gorman, Lisa McDonagh, Mandy Cunningham and Donna McNally, who held their nerve to pip Jersey for third place.
England took the title by beating Scotland in a cliff-hanging final, winning 16-15.
However, there was no disguising the delight in the Irish camp as the girls in green finally got among the medals.
Earlier in the day, it was Doreen Hankin&s England who ended the Irish hopes of a top two finish.
But Ireland will look back with a certain degree of regret. They started poorly in the wet weather conditions, but improved as the game progressed. Sadly, the deficit was just too great to reel in as England recorded an 18-12 win.
The team certainly improved as the game went on,$ said Irish manager Barbara Cameron.
Indeed, they were right back in it at the 15th end when trailing by only three shots (13-10).
It was an excellent recovery, but England regained their composure to secure the win.$
Yes, Ireland made a disastrous start after picking up a single on the first end. They duly lost the next four, dropping 8-1 in arrears.
Ireland replied with another single, but again lost four successive ends ! and the scoreboard read 13-2 in favour of their opponents.
To their credit, McNally and company failed to throw in the towel. They dominated the next five ends, picking up three twos and two singles to haul themselves back into contention.
But England were not to be denied. They ended the contest over the next two ends, winning 18-12.
In their bronze medal play-off against Jersey yesterday afternoon, Ireland made a sensational start. …