22 March 2017

DONEGAL ZONE BOWLS

208 comments:

  1. As far as the ladies are concerned, its same old same old, will this group of selectors have the guts to, not necessarily change the personnel, but play them in different way?

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    1. Are you real. This Ladies team, as far as I know, made three finals in four years and won two of them with limited personnel. A magnificent achievement. What more do you want from the ladies. If you are really interested, it would be a help if you outlined your team for the coming season. It might be that the selectors might see some merit in your suggestions.

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  2. There is always a choice, you can't have your cake and eat it. its all a matter of priorities.

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  3. The Donegal Section of the National Rinks was held in the Ozanam Centre, Dunfanaghy on Thursday night. The Section was played down to the semi-final stage and still in the hunt for a place in Finals in March are David Crawford, Nixon Alexander, Eddie Curran and John Quinn, Ballylennon, Manus Ferry, Neil Ferry, Owen Gallagher and Michael Gallagher, Gortahork, Ian Tinney, Martina Brogan, Richard Kilpatrick and David Bonner, St Johnston Pres and Mickie McDermott, Ciaran Green, Danny McLaughlin and Andrew Steele, Greenbank. The Zone Convenor is appreciative of the support of Dunfanaghy and Gortahork in hosting this event.

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  4. Ladies Triples on Saturday afternoon saw Donna Hegarty, Vanessa McHugh and Rachel McDonnell, Ballylennon, booked their place in Finals Day in March at Shaws Bridge, Belfast, by beating Phyllis Lyttle, Ruth Stewart and Barbara Aicken, Dunfanaghy.
    In the Junior Singles, the winner was Colin Glackin, Maghery, who overcame Ryan McHugh, St Marys, Buncrana. Spectators were treated to some cracking bowls during this event.
    A good entry for the over 55s, saw Kathleen and Joe Duggan, Dunfanaghy, make it through to the semi-final stage, hoping to repeat their win of last season. Joining them in the local Finals in January are Sylvia and Graham Bell, St Johnston Pres, Margaret and Billy Gourley, Knowhead, and Tom Mawhinney and Pat Walsh, Glenties.
    Again, Denis would like to thank all the members on the day for their help and support in completing these events.

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  5. The following Ladies are invited to represent the Zone against East Antrim Ladies on Saturday, 29th October at 2.00pm in Cathedral Hall, Raphoe. Anyone unable to play, please advise Denis Doherty at an early date.
    Rink One; Ann Hume, Sylvia Bell, Paula Friel, Audrey Gilfillan
    Rink Two; Dorothy Montgomery, Ruby Graham, Mary McClintock, Margaret Montgomery
    Rink Three; Jean Buchanan, Lisa O’Kane, Donna Hegarty, Ruth Crawford
    Rink Four; Kathleen Lynch, Martina Brogan, Isobel Duncan, Elizabeth Doherty
    Rink Five; Phyllis Lyttle, Lila Finlay, Kathleen Duggan, Vera Patterson
    Rink Six; Pat Devenney, Barbara Aicken, Vanessa McHugh, Rachel McDonnell
    Reserves; Maureen Beattie, Pearl Bustard, Rae McCausland, Ann Watson, Margaret Gourley, Siobhan Alexander,
    Usual €5.00 to cover cost of hall
    Further details from Denis in due course.

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  6. Subs

    Samuel Bredon
    Conor connelly
    Dan bonner
    Patsy Boyle
    Brian griffin
    Graham Bell

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  7. Is this team just for friendly? Would there be any changes between now and the end of November?

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  8. Very Same as before. Good luck to Dennis and com on Donegal.

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  9. Alot of players playing in wrong positions on that team especially 1st half

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  10. Well at least Jamie is back with Pj he might be able to keep him calm for the 2nd half.

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  11. Lost. Details later

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  12. To be honest, Donegal Ladies were hopeful of a win in the first round of the McIlroy Cup as we had home advantage but East Antrim Ladies came over the Glenshane Pass on a mission and fulfilled their objective, winning by 50 shots to 41 shots.
    In the first half, on mat one, Jean Buchanan, Lisa O’Kane, Donna Hegarty and Ruth Crawford were locked in a tight battle with East Antrim’s G Peel’s rink and after five ends were adrift by four shots. However they upped their game to draw eight shots each. On mat two, Dorothy Montgomery, Ruby Graham, Mary McClintock and Margaret Montgomery won by 10 shots to 6 shots, with Margaret playing some great bowls to secure the victory. On mat three, Ann Hume, Sylvia Bell, Paula Friel and Audrey Gilfillan had a great game to win by 10 shots to 4 shots.
    With a lead of 28 shots to 18 shots going into the interval, Donegal were quite comfortable. However, East Antrim came out fully determined to overcome the deficit and after five ends, they had drawn level at 32 shots each. East Antrim Ladies were on a roll, pressed home their advantage and Donegal saw multiple counts and good positions disappearing with well executed shots by the opposition.
    Kathleen Lynch, Martina Brogan, Isobel Duncan and Elizabeth Doherty lost 11 shots to 2 shots, Phyllis Lyttle, Lila Finlay, Kathleen Duggan and Vera Patterson lost by 11 shots to 5 shots and Pat Devenney, Barbara Aicken, Vanessa McHugh and Rachel McDonnell lost by 10 shots to 6 shots.
    East Antrim Ladies played well, deserved their victory and we wish them well in their coming matches. Donegal will now be in the Shield with their first match away against North Eastern on 3rd December

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    1. Changes Needed ladies selectors will need to step down

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    2. It is well known that the Ladies squad is limited. After watching the game I would suggest the Ladies have to up their game

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    3. Changes needed as the ladies selectors will need to step down big time

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    4. They will have to change because it's just gonna be the same old toot if they don't change and the teams not gonna get any better they needs to be changes

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  13. No eddie no andy 2 big second half skips gone

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  14. Eddie is listed as a skip on the above team

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  15. Time for big talkers to step up and show what they're made of!!!!

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  16. There are alot of good players in the squad that can take over as skip,
    Nixon as one, can play as well as any of top skips,
    Use have mark and Steven Martin playing as leads, they can make good skips and third bowlers, they show it week in and out in league, Steven is play best bowls in the league that he has ever play, he even plays pairs in league with a beginner bowler and beating top players,
    I should know he stuffed me,

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    1. Stevie for skip #justiceforstevie

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    2. So what your saying is you would put Steven skipping ahead of the likes of Daniel O Kane David Bonner Jamie Glackin and Mervyn white just to name afew of them are you high?

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    3. Well said Stephen

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    4. I'm happy to play anywere,
      I am proud to be part of the team.
      Up donegal,

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    5. All this talk about buddy?? What about Mark? #Justiceformark

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  17. Well if eddie is not their then its pretty obvious move nixon up to skip for second half its not brain science

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  18. It will be same old same old no thinking out of the box giving youth a chance the men's team is young yes but there are a few young bowlers with great potential out there.

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  19. Paula Friel
    Martina Brogan
    Sylvia Bell
    Ann Hume

    Margaret Montgomery
    Mary Mc Clintock
    Ruby Graham
    Dorothy Montgomery

    Jean Buchanan
    Lisa O'Kane
    Donna Hegarty
    Ruth Crawford

    Audrey Gilfillan
    Elisabeth Doherty
    Isobel Duncan
    Kathleen Lynch

    Phyliss Little
    Barbara Aicken
    Kathleen Duggan
    Vera Patterson

    Pat Devenney
    Pearl Bustard
    Vanessa Mc Hugh
    Rachel Mc Donnell

    There are also a few women who skip or play third in inishowen for their club team they are young and the ladies need an injection of youth as it won't be long till a few have dropped off for one reason or another. Good time to experiment for next year.

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  20. Who are the Inishowen women. Don't recall seeing many others at local tournaments other than the ones already selected.

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  21. Are the men zone team playing a friendly on the 11th of Nov? If it is they are clasing with the finals night in the stranorlor tournament

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  22. The first half of the ladies team played very well, leave them alone, second half were very poor, in my opinion they need to be sorted, for example Rachel's team had two leads which is unacceptable, she had no help the other two rinks certainly needs a shake up

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    1. Barbara aicken would make a good skip if you ask me after all she did reach the final in St pats Strabane.

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    2. Barbara is a great prospect. Gonna take time and experience to get to that level though.

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  23. Age has nought to do with it, a few young bucks in the men's team but it hasn't got them too far, if you're good enough you're old(or young) enough!

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    1. A very sensible and constructive comment. Not like the usual drivel. Ladies had a bad day at the office. They will admit it themselves.

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    2. Lack of playing bowls showed in a lot of the ladies. The inishowen women only play league just like nearly half the ladies team

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  24. Is the men's game on 26th November? If so where? Nixon for Skip, total class. CTM the second.

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  25. A change of venue for the ladies should be on the cards. Nearly all of their defeats in recent years have come at home. North west, Foyle and east Antrim now. It is a good venue but home advantage is key and good mats even the game for the opposition

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    1. Bearing in mind the facilities offered by Cathedral, where would you suggest

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    2. The game is more important than the facilities. The players not the spectator should be number one when picking a hall if the team is doing well you will get the crowd. Our zone need to maximize our home advantage just like larne do.

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    3. Again I would ask. Where?????

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    4. Nothing wrong with cathedral. Good quick mats. Bad tactics taking a team to a bad hall. I'd rather play on decent mats if you lose you lose to better players and can't blame the mats. Other zones use this tactic but why go and play in a hall with a bad floor? Can cost you just as much as the opposition.

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  26. I have read the above comments about the Ladies with interest and would agree with them. This squad of ladies, all born and bred in the county and with no imports from other zones, have, as far as I can recall, over the last five years, played fifteen games and lost only three.. They have been in three McIlroy Cup Finals and won one. An truly abysmal record.

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    1. They won 2 and where in 4 finals. Get your facts right.

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    2. Stand Corrected

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    3. Even better

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  27. Won 2 methinks!

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  28. If the ladies had of won on Saturday the men would be very quiet on this blog,get a life and sort your own team out.

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  29. Not easy to sort out, pj picks the team the way he picks his shots

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  30. If some of the women would stop spouting how great they are this would not happen and talking down about the men yet the men support the women far far better than the women support the men. We are the one zone not two different teams and also we are a team men and women not individuals look at North West as example of pulling together again and progressing together. A unit is far stronger than a team of individuals.

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  31. Pj doesn't pick the team. Pretty sure Lee helped him and Dennis signed off on it

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  33. This is the revised panel for a practice in St Johnston Pres hall on Thursday 17th of November at 8 p.m Sharp

    John Quinn
    Stephen Long
    Conor Connolly
    Michael Gallagher
    Lee Jacob
    James Marshall
    Jonathan Jacob
    Nixon Alexander
    Jamie Glackin
    Daniel O Kane
    Colvin Beattie
    Andrew Buchanan
    Colin Mabon
    David Crawford
    Pat Walsh
    Owenie Gallagher
    David Bonner
    Mervyn White
    Mark Cairns
    Stephen Martin
    Colin Glackin
    Chris O Kane
    Ciaran Greene
    Richard Kilpatrick

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  34. We have a league game that night, so I won't be able to make it, I was looking forward to playing, nice one,

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  35. Why cant it be a Friday night?

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  36. A zone match or zone practise should take precedence over a league match

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  37. Totally agree that a zone match or practise should take precedence yes but only when it is a properly organised event with plenty of notice not ' we are playing practice in cricket club then we are having no practice this year to yes we are having practice ' very hard for a practise to suit everybody I know but for future reference more notice needed lads

    The Bigman

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  38. So does that mean anyone who doesn't turn up will not be playing in the zone match?

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  39. Lee pj and Dennis should have checked that there was no competition, league games on before picking team,
    It's a total sham.

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  40. So what night is this so call friendly on,
    And who is going ,and who is it against,
    Is it on or of,

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  41. No point of a practice now its too late and dates wont suit everyone. Any time we had practice before we always had people missing for it anyway, those practice games before had players out of position and was no benefit to playing the game that followed.

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  42. Well whats the rinks now whats the big changes?

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  43. A zone friendly is ridiculous at this stage in the season, but. Players who take the time and trouble to attend friendly or practise should be considered ahead of those who cannot take the bother.

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  44. Is pj still a selector this year after taking this year out of zone bowls?

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  45. Is the friendly now on 24 this month,
    Roll on.

    Wee daddy.

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    1. Who is we daddy

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    2. Friendlies and practice should have taken place before zone matches , if the ladies had got any encouragement at all it could have been a different game, team not even picked until one week before actual first game , it rather showed zero respect for the only team that could bring the cup home

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    3. The ladies met a better team on the day and no amount of friendlies or practice games would have made a difference. I think, instead of complaining, they would be better to recognise that that they had a poor day and endeavour to ensure that they raise their game ibn the coming match.

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  46. Goodluck to both men and woman in the Donegal zone! To me we are all the one county. We shouldn't be niggling we should be proud to say we are representing our county winning or losing it's an honour in my behalf 😊 Well done to all that is mentioned in both teams 😊 Lisa o kane here. Up Donegal 😀

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  47. Well said Lisa, I've played zone bowls for many years, and have been proud to do so. Can't understand all this sniping, any Donegal player should feel it an honour to play for the zone.let's do what we do best and let selectors get on with picking the team.

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  48. All zone matches are on the same date, doesn't matter what zone you play for, can't see a westie deserting the green and gold.

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  49. An idea for picking a team

    J Quinn
    A Buchanan
    C glackin
    R Kilpatrick

    D O Kane
    N Alexander
    S Martin
    D Crawford

    M Gallagher
    J Jacob
    O Gallagher
    Dan Bonner

    J Marshall
    M white
    C O Kane
    M cairns

    L Jacob
    D Bonner
    C Connelly
    C green

    J glackin
    C mabon
    C Beattie
    S long

    Just a thought from someone who is out and about

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  50. That looks quite promising. Would also like to throw Richard Soames name into the mix for front end. Won national singles in laghey and playing well. Good team player. Can someone also advise is practice going ahead. CTM playing anywhere.

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  51. That looks a really good team lineup in all honesty

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  52. No practice match being played either tonight (17th) or next Thursday (24th)

    Lee

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  53. The following players have been selected to play against South Tyrone away on Saturday 26th of November. Pick up in Letterkenny at 10:30 a.m at the Mount Errigal and in Raphoe at 11:00 a.m sharp.
    In no particular order:
    Conor Connolly,
    Jonathan Jacob,
    Jamie Glackin,
    Ciaran Green,
    Chris O'Kane,
    Lee Jacob,
    Daniel O'Kane,
    Stephen Martin,
    David Crawford,
    Nixon Alexander,
    James Marshell,
    Owen Gallagher,
    Michael Gallagher,
    Stephen Long,
    Colvin Bettie,
    Marvyn White,
    Colin Mabon,
    Colin Glackin,
    Richard Kilpatrick,
    Dan Bonner,
    David Bonner,
    Andrew Buchanan,
    John Quinn
    Mark Cairns
    Subs:
    Graham Bell, Richard Soames, Patsy Boyle
    Signed:
    Denis Doherty, Lee Jacob and P.J Gallagher

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  54. Will all selectors be present at the game to see who is playing well

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  55. Any news on ladies singles and pairs?

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  56. On Zone Facebook Page

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  57. Will the teams be put up before Saturday to see what the rinks are

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  58. Are subs expected to travel to away matches?

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  59. The following Men are invited to represent the Zone
    against South Tyrone Men on Saturday, 26th November at St Anne’s, Dungannon
    C Glackin C Connolly J Jacob J Glackin
    C Green David Bonner M White L Jacob
    S Long R Kilpatrick A Buchanan J Marshall
    C OKane O Gallagher D O Kane M Gallagher
    S Martin D Crawford C Beattie N Alexander
    Dan Bonner M Cairns C Mabon J Quinn
    Subs G Bell, R Soames, P Boyle
    Usual dress
    Bus leaving Raphoe at 11.00am €10.00
    or 10.30am @ Letterkenny by appointment
    Meal in Kellys Inn on way home
    D Doherty, L Jacob, PJ Gallagher

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  60. Is it black or grey trousers?

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  61. Black or grey trousers.

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  62. The following Ladies are invited to represent the Zone against North Eastern Ladies on 3rd December at Armoy Presbterian Church at 2.00pm

    A Hume, S Bell, P Friel, A Gilfillan
    D Montgomery, R Graham, M Brogan, M Montgomery
    K Lynch, l Duncan, P Bustard, E Doherty

    P Lyttle, L Finlay, K Duggan, V Patterson
    J Buchanan, L O’Kane, D Hegarty, R Crawford
    P Devenney, M Gourley, V McHugh, R McDonnell

    Subs M McClintock, B Aicken, A Watson
    Usual dress
    Bus will leave Raphoe at 11.00am €10.00
    Carvery meal arranged at Lodge Hotel, Coleraine
    £14.50/£15.00

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  63. Cannot believe what I've just read!!!!!

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  64. Why is Mary mc clintock dropped this is not right at all

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  65. Have to agree shocking. Mary been dropped. That's a rink that should not be changed.

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  66. Have to agree shocking. Mary been dropped. That's a rink that should not be changed.

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  67. It's ridiculous there should be new 3 selectors put in its a joke to be honest that's the selectors for ye

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  68. Who are selectors

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    1. Isobel Fred and Denis are the selectors

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  69. You should keep the wee st johnston weman together all for 1 and 1 for all.

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  70. Play rinks week in week out together and are very hard to beat.

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  71. Could pick a rink from those left out that would beat any of those selected!!

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  72. I'll have a go at that, Rae McCausland, Barbara Aicken,Mary McClintock and Rebecca Hamilton.?????

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  73. Good luck today gent,s

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  74. First half.Donegal 31 South Tyrone 20
    Rink 1 Lee Jacob 13 D Campbell 9
    Rink 2 Jamie Glackin 11 P McIvor4
    Rink 3 James Marshall 7 I Hobson 7

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  75. Second Half
    Nixon Alexander 7 H Mc Ivor 5
    John Quinn 17 T Wallace 6
    Michael Gallagher14 J Carson 3
    Overall Score Donegal 69 South Tyrone 34

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  76. Congrats on a great result, that should shut the moaners up a for a while now...well done guys

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  77. Who does the men play next?

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  78. Well done gents, keep er lit!

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  79. How did the new lads do? And how did the lads get on stepping up to skip the rinks?

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  80. Donegal Men headed to Dungannon to meet South Tyrone in the first round of the Boomer Cup. With the loss of five players from last year’s squad, including three skips, it was a new look line out but contained current in form players and it was hopeful that they would jell well.
    Donegal started well and after five ends were leading by twelve shots. However, South Tyrone put the brakes on and ensured that the lead was contained and left Donegal leading by eleven shots at the interval. On mat one, Ciaran Green, David Bonner, Mervyn White and Lee Jacob were all square after five ends but won three of the last five ends to post a thirteen shots to nine shots win. On mat two, Colin Glackin, Conor Connolly, Jonathan Jacob and Jamie Glackin raced ahead to a six shot lead after five but had to tough it out over the next five to win by eleven shots to four shots. On mat three, Stephen Long, Richard Kilpatrick, Andrew Buchanan and James Marshall ended with an honourable tie, seven shots all.
    Hopes for a South Tyrone revival in the second half sank in the opening end when they lost six shots and after five ends were adrift by twenty five shots. Chris O’Kane, Owen Gallagher, Daniel O’Kane and Michael Gallagher cruised to a fourteen shots to three win, Stephen Martin, David Crawford, Colvin Beattie and Nixon Alexander were steady and won by seven shots to five shots and Dan the Man Bonner, Mark Cairns, Colin Mabon and John Quinn topped a fine performance by winning by seventeen shots to six shots.
    An excellent win but a trip to Larne, which has not been a happy hunting ground for Donegal over the last two seasons, is now on the cards.

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  81. Yous would need to practise in a bad hall before the next round

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    1. Larne only managed to beat West Down by 10 shots at home. We beat West Down by 39 shots away last year. Less of the negative attitude and less pints before the match would go a long way to getting a win

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  82. Take the bowls to the skating rink boys!

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  83. Almost everyone played really well but young Dan Bonner and Steven Long were excellent in their first games, without exaggeration they would have had 20-25 touchers between them. Conor Connolly and Colvin Beattie were probably the best of the lot though.
    However, as was stated, there were very little below par performances.

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  84. All front end of rinks were outstanding,
    Same teams should play in next match,
    The whole team won as one,
    Up donegal,

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  85. I was a player on Saturday and I can say that I saw no one drinking before or during the game in fact I would say that all first half players were present for second half
    So to our ill informed friend at 16.27 know the facts before coming on here

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  86. Was there a bar at the last game.
    So there were some major changes on the team and it seems to have paid off. So I say well done to Lee pj and Denis. It took balls to make them calls and it payed off

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  87. It's nothing to bum about beating the last team we played

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  88. Sorry but WE can only play what is in front off us and WE should not take anything for granted. The selectors had to make changes to the team after losing good players who have served Donegal Zone admirably, there was good comoradary between the Donegal players and I hope it continues against Larne. CTM the 3rd to The Mighty.......

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  89. Good luck to the Donegal ladies representing the zone tomorrow. Hope you all have an enjoyable day.

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  90. Any word on Ladies match.

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  91. The Ladies headed to Joey Dunlop country to meet North Eastern Ladies in the first round of the Inter Zone Shield and, after losing in the first round of the main competition, hoped to extend their season with a win at the Moyle. North Eastern were a harder nut to crack than anticipated and, after seven ends of the first half, Donegal had a slender lead of four shots and were struggling to remain ahead. However, in the final three ends, North Eastern went into melt down and conceded a net 17 shots to leave Donegal leading by forty shots to nineteen shots.
    Ann Hume, Sylvia Bell, Paula Friel and Audrey Gilfillan were in sparkling form and coasted to an eighteen shots to two shots win. Dorothy Montgomery, Ruby Graham, Martina Brogan and Margaret Montgomery struggled over the first six ends but came back strongly over the last four to lose by ten shots to nine shots. Jean Buchanan, Lisa O’Kane, Donna Hegarty and Ruth Crawford were never behind in their game and a lift of seven shots in the eighth end gave them a comfortable victory of thirteen shots to seven shots
    After the interval, North Eastern showed determination and after six ends of the final games, had reduced the lead to eleven shots. Again, the last three ends of the match were their downfall as they conceded a net nine shots to leave Donegal with a sixty-seven shots to forty-five shots win.
    Mary McClintock, Lila Finlay, Kathleen Duggan and Vera Patterson had a tough tussle with their opposition but managed a ten shots to six shots win. Pat Devenney, Margaret Gourley, Vanessa McHugh and Rachel McDonnell were shot for shot with their opposition but shaded the game by eight shots to seven shots. In the final game, Kathleen Lynch, Isobel Duncan, Pearl Bustard and Elizabeth Doherty were eight shots adrift after six ends but rallied to lose thirteen shots to nine shots.
    Whilst it was nice to come away with a win, there were quite a few below par performances and we were fortunate that we were not punished more for short and jack high bowls.
    Next game will be on 21st January against Mid Down and will be at home in Cathedral Hall, Raphoe.

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  92. What changes should be made to men+ladies zone teams?

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  93. St eunans a 7 Milford 2

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  94. why would there be chamges t the men

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  95. I hear every man played up to scratch on the zone team,especially the newcomers. Let's get behind them for the next match.all they can do is their best and hope it's good enough.I think defeat in the final last year has caused a drop in confidence for the Ladies.their confidence seems gone as a result not as ruthless and a bit of bickering among themselves seems to have set in.Another victory might help

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  96. Fully agree with what you said, men can only improve, ladies should stick together and support each other. Thankfully though, they are not RUTHless!

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  97. DONEGAL FINALS NIGHTS
    FRIDAY 6TH
    (1) Rinks (2) Pairs (3) Ladies Pairs (4) Over 55's
    Also Ladies Singles M Brogan v R Mc Donnell to qualify for final
    Friday 13th
    (1)Triples (2)Juvenile Pairs (3) Singles (4)Ladies Singles

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  98. The following players have been selected for the mens zone game away to Larne on January 14th. Please let either Lee Jacob, Denis Doherty or PJ Gallagher know if you cannot play as soon as possible.
    Mark Cairns
    Conor Connolly,
    J Jacob,
    Jamie Glackin
    Ciaran Green
    Chris o Kane,
    L Jacob,
    D o Kane
    Stephen Martin,
    David Crawford
    N Alexander
    J Marshell
    Owen Gallagher
    Michael Gallagher
    Stephen Long,
    Colvin Bettie,
    Marvyn White,
    Colin Mabon
    C Glackin
    Richard Kilpatrick,
    Dan Bonner
    David Bonner
    ,Andrew Buchanan,
    John Quinn
    Subs. G bell, r soames, p boyle

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    1. Definitely the right team, good to see the young ones coming on...youth against youth!

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  99. Bus departs Letterkenny at 10.30am and the Diamond Raphoe at 11.00am.Any member of the panel unable to play please let Denis or Lee know immediately. Any supporters wishing to travel contact Denis on 0863751009.The zone tops have arrived and anyone wishing to purchase one please give the size and €27 to Denis.

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  100. Is pj not still a selector

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  101. Looks like he is even though he didn't see the team play the last round and won't play himself

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  102. Donegal probably one of the favourites now to make the final from the bottom section, but who will come out of the top half North West play Armagh you would have to fancy North West ,Armagh are now a spent force with players changing zones continually coming back to haunt the zone team although the zone has no one to blame only themselves for allowing it to happen for years and Oriel face a real banana skin against Monaghan, and with a lot of players on the Oriel team saying this is their last year playing if any more of Armagh rejects are considered for selection next year they might just get past Monaghan as a last hurrah in trying to win the Boomer before the team is broken up

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  103. Any news on nationals?

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  104. Yeah you can say on paper donegal are favourites yous still have to get past larne. The winner of that game plays mid tyrone or meath i also think mid tyrone look good this year.

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  105. Have the men got the full team out for Saturday or is there afew missing?

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  106. Same team as last game

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  107. Friday 6th Final results:

    Pairs
    Section A: Eddie Curran & John Quinn bt Alfie Bates & Steven Long
    Section B: Ruth Crawford & Rachel McDonnell bt Keith & Kenneth Tinney
    Section C: Anton & Michael Gallagher bt Eddie Boyd & Colin Mabon

    Rinks
    D. Crawford, N. Alexander, E. Curran & J. Quinn bt M. McDermott, C. Green, D. Mclaughlin & A. Steele

    Ladies Singles
    R. McDonnell bt E. Doherty

    Ladies Pairs
    V McHugh & R. McDonnell bt G. Robinson & E. Doherty

    Over 55's Pairs
    B. McFadden & K. Duggan bt S & G. Bell

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  108. Donegal Ladies v Mid Down Ladies
    St Johnston Pres Hall 2.00pm
    Saturday; 21st January 2017
    First Half
    D Montgomery, R Graham, M Brogan, M Montgomery
    J Buchanan, L O’Kane, D Hegarty, R Crawford
    K Lynch, I Duncan, P Bustard, E Doherty
    Second Half
    A Hume, S Bell, P Friel, A Gilfillan
    P Devenney, M McClintock, V McHugh, R McDonnell
    P Lyttle, L Finlay, K Duggan, V Patterson

    Reserves; M Gourley, B Aicken, A Watson

    Details re catering in due course

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  109. Change of venue?

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  110. Half time
    Donegal 34 Larne 20

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  111. Still 10 up. 5 ends to go

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  112. Donegal win by 23 shots after Mighty lifts 6 shots

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  113. I hear mighty kids six shots , but still gets beat 11. 7

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  114. Donegal headed to the Blue Circle Club at Magheramourne to meet Larne Zone in the quarter-final of the All Ireland Boomer Cup. Whilst the venue has a nice setting on Belfast Lough and the food is excellent, visits to Larne over the last two years have resulted in defeats of 10 points the first trip and 18 points the second trip. Would the new convenor, Denis Doherty, be able to motivate the Donegal Men who, to be fair, must have been facing the fixture with some trepidation.
    Donegal had a great start and had a comfortable lead of twelve shots after five ends. It looked like they were heading for a big surplus in the first half and putting the game beyond the reach of the home team. However the home team steadied the ship, fighting back to leave Donegal with a decent lead of fourteen shots at the interval. A tight match on mat one saw Ciaran Green, Richard Soames, Mervyn White and Lee Jacob post three shots over the last two ends to draw ten shots all. On mat two, Colin Glackin, Conor Connolly, David Bonner and Jamie Glackin had a cracking start being eight shots without reply after five ends and finished with a twelve shots to five shots victory. On mat three, Stephen Long, Richard Kilpatrick, Andrew Buchanan and James Marshall were leading by six shots after five ends and posted a twelve shots to five shots win.
    The second half saw Larne come out fighting and after three ends were within four shots of Donegal but as the visitors got used to the mats, they were able to pull away and win by sixty seven shots to forty four shots. Christopher O’Kane, Owen Gallagher, Daniel O’Kane and Michael Gallagher were under pressure over the first three ends but did not lose an end thereafter and cruised home sixteen shots to eight shots. Stephen Martin, David Crawford, Colvin Beattie and Nixon Alexander played their usual tight game and came out top with a ten shots to five shots win. Dan Bonner, Mark Cairns, Colin Mabon and John Quinn were also getting things tight but they lifted a six and Larne conceded the game.
    A good win against what would have been Donegal’s bogey side over the last two years. Their opponents in the semi-final will be neighbours, Mid Tyrone, who also will have the home advantage, with the match being played on 28th January

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  115. Some result lads well done

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  116. Mighty lifts six shots,
    Got beat 11,7
    Donegal still were ahead by 17.
    He was not the only player playing
    It was a te performance,
    Up donegal
    Now let hope you win the next one
    And hopefully mighty Quinn wins his game this time.
    C l b

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  117. Ah lads sure it doesn't matter if I win... team player!!
    I'll just keep her tight... 3 ends to go.think I might have sneaked it!! ;)
    VIVA

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  118. Donegal Ladies entertained Mid Down Ladies on Saturday, both teams hoping for a win and a place in the Semi-final of the All Ireland Association Shield. Home games are usually played in Raphoe, but, as that venue was unavailable, the game took place in St Johnston. The first half was tight, with little difference between the two sides until the last three ends, when Donegal managed to post nine shots against Mid Down’s three shots to take a twenty-six shots to nineteen shots lead into the second half. Dorothy Montgomery, Ruby Graham, Martina Brogan and Margaret Montgomery went down by eight shots to seven shots, Ann Hume, Sylvia Bell, Paula Friel and Audrey Gilfillan posted a ten shots to six shots win and Jean Buchanan, Lisa O’Kane, Donna Hegarty and Ruth Crawford had a good finish to win by nine shots to five shots
    After the interval, Mid Down had a bad start, with one of their rinks losing nine shots over two ends. However they fought back and, after five ends of the second half, were only five shots adrift. Unfortunately, they were only able to post nine shots over the remaining five ends and Donegal had a reasonably comfortable win, fifty-seven shots to forty-two shots. Phyllis Lyttle, Lila Finlay, Kathleen Duggan and Vera Patterson finished strongly to win by twelve shots to seven shots, Kathleen Lynch, Isobel Duncan, Pearl Bustard and Elizabeth Doherty won by twelve shots to nine shots and Pat Devenney, Mary McClintock, Vanessa McHugh and Rachel McDonnell won by eight shots to seven shots. Many thanks to the umpires, Roy Kennedy and Derek McClintock.
    Mid Down Ladies played well and throughout the match certainly tested Donegal. Donegal’s next game will be at home against Mid Tyrone on 4th February, with the winner gaining a place in the final. However, to gain a place in the final, the home team will have to raise their game and their concentration.

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  119. Hopefully the men can go another step this Saturday to get into the bommer final. Com on Donegal the hunger is back now lets show them what this team can do.

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  120. LADIES V MID TYRONE LADIES
    The Ladies team for the match at Cathedral Hall @ 2.00pm on 4th February will be the same team that faced Mid Down on 21st January. Catering requirements are the same as required on previous game. Appreciate some ladies early re cup of tea for visitors. Usual attire. Skips collect €5 re cost of Hall, etc.

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  121. Personnel as good as is, but surely wee Mary deserves to go home. She's like a duck out of water and Meg might sink without her.

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  122. Just want to take this opportunity to wish the Donegal Zone Mens team all the best for tomorrow in the semi final of the Boomer. C'mon the POSSUMS......

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  123. Donegal Men met Mid Tyrone Men on Saturday in Killyclogher, each team seeking a place in the All Ireland Boomer Cup Final. Whilst Donegal were bullish about a win, the bookies were a little more cautious, recalling three years ago when, in the same venue, Mid Tyrone won by 60 shots to 38 shots.
    Mid Tyrone had a slow start and, after five ends of the first half, were sixteen shots adrift, down twenty one shots to five shots. However, they steadied the ship but were unable to claw back any of the deficit. One mat one, Cairan Green, Richard Soames, Mervyn White and Lee Jacob posted nine shots over the first five ends and cruised to a sixteen shots to three shots win. On mat two, Colin Glackin, Conor Connolly, David Bonner and Jamie Glackin scored three in the final end to win by nine shots to seven shots. Richard Kilpatrick, Mark Cairns, Andrew Buchanan and James Marshall played tightly and came home with a ten shots to eight shots victory.
    It was obvious that Mid Tyrone had to make early inroads into the seventeen shot deficit and, after performing the Haki, arrived on the mats for the second half determined to do so. In a tough first five ends, Donegal held tight and remained fifteen shots ahead and the dream of another Boomer Cup Final began to look like a reality. On mat one, Stephen Martin, David Crawford, Colvin Beattie and Nixon Alexander were getting matters tight against a rampant Mid Tyrone rink but some great bowls by Nixon kept the loss to thirteen shots to nine shots. On mat two, Chris O’Kane, Owen Gallagher, Daniel O’Kane and Michael Gallagher had a nine shots to seven shots victory and, on mat three, Dan Bonner, Colin Mabon, Jonathan Jacob and John Quinn shaded a close battle with the gifted Gerard Conroy’s rink to post a ten shots to six shots win.
    The Men now have to face Oriel Zone who has won two of the last three Boomer Cups. Whilst this could be step too far for this young Donegal team, if they play with the spirit and enthusiasm they have shown over the last three matches, anything is possible.

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  124. Was at the Donegal v Mid Tyrone men's zone match yesterday and was very impressed with the standard of bowls played by both teams,but being a donegal man I was more interested in how Donegal were playing.While everyone played well I think special mention must be given to Michael Gallagher,Richard Soares and Jamie Gackin who were exceptional. It's a long time since I seen so much togetherness and spirit in the Donegal team and this was clearly seen from Jamie Glackin's reaction after his final brilliant winning bowl.It's been a great year for Donegal's men team and a big improvement on last year.Win or lose in the final we are all behind you.UP DONEGAL

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  125. Great stuff yesterday lads a great team effort by all..

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  126. Cumm on ladies, let's see if we can repeat the dose!!!!!! UP DONEGAL yaa hoo

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  127. Well done ladies. Best of luck in the final. Will there be any changes for the final? Will be interesting to see the team. Few weeks to the men's final. I wonder will there be any changes there. Does anyone think there should be. Don't mention outs just ins. It wouldn't get up otherwise.

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  128. Donegal Ladies met neighbours, Mid Tyrone Ladies, in Cathedral Hall, Raphoe on Saturday with both teams hoping to gain a place in the All Ireland Indoor Bowling Association Shield Final. After the first five ends in the first half, it appeared that the game might be over by half time as Donegal shot into a twenty-five to five shot lead. However, the Mid Tyrone Ladies came to terms with the mats and reduced the deficit to nine shots by the interval to give them the chance of reaching the Final. On mat one for Donegal, Phyllis Lyttle, Barbara Aicken, Lila Finlay and Vera Patterson posted a victory of ten shots to seven shots. On mat two, Dorothy Montgomery, Ruby Graham, Martina Brogan and Margaret Montgomery were unfortunate lose by nine shots to eight shots. On the final mat, Jean Buchanan, Lisa O’Kane, Donna Hegarty and Ruth Crawford had a solid thirteen shots to six shots win. Half time score thirty-one shots to twenty-two shots in favour of Donegal.
    Mid Tyrone Ladies needed a decent start after the interval and an early inroads into the deficit. However, they found themselves seventeen shots adrift after five ends of the second half and dreams of a final virtually gone. Ann Hume, Sylvia Bell, Paula Friel and Audrey Gilfillan scored in seven ends and won by thirteen shots to four shots. On mat two Ann Watson, Mary McClintock, Vanessa McHugh and Rachel McDonnell fought hard for a nine shots to seven shots win and , on the final mat, Kathleen Lynch, Isobel Duncan, Pearl Bustard and Elizabeth Doherty drew six shots all. Final score fifty-nine shots to thirty-nine shots in favour of Donegal. Many thanks to our umpires, David Bonner, Ian Tinney and Roy Kennedy
    The Final will take place in Cathedral Hall, Raphoe, at 2.00pm on Saturday, 11th, February. The team will be advised shortly and will be selected from the squad of twenty-seven used during the season. Hopefully all will be available.
    Many congratulations to Foyle Ladies who have reached the Final of the McIlroy Cup. Well done, girls. This match will be in a neutral venue, possibly 29th February.

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  129. Rinks for Ladies game against West Down.
    D Montgomery, R Graham, M McClintock, M Montgomery
    P Lyttle, L Finlay, K Duggan, V Patterson
    J Buchanan, L O’Kane, D Hegarty, R Crawford
    K Lynch, I Duncan, P Bustard, E Doherty
    A Hume, S Bell, P Friel, A Gilfillan,
    B Aicken, M Brogan, V McHugh, R McDonnell
    Subs A Watson, M Gourley, P Devenney
    €5 to skips towards cost of hall etc.
    Proper footwear, black trousers and zone top

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  130. Why is Martina Brogan changed from 3rd to 2nd and onto Rachel's team.Surely her power could have been used elsewhere

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  131. A few funny changes

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  132. “Denis’s Damsels” bring Shield to Donegal
    Denis Doherty’s Donegal Indoor Bowling Ladies team met with West Down Ladies in the final of the All Ireland Ladies Shield and, despite some hiccups, cruised to a sixty-eight shots to forty-four shots. On mat one, Dorothy Montgomery, Ruby Graham, Mary McClintock and Margaret Montgomery were steady over the first five ends but conceded eleven shots over the final five to lose by nineteen shots to five shots. On mat two, Phyllis Lyttle, Lila Finlay, Kathleen Duggan and Vera Patterson were leading by eight shots to three shots after five and went on to post a fifteen shots to four shots win. On mat three, Jean Buchanan, Lisa O’Kane Donna Hegarty and Ruth Crawford were in rampant form, stretching their unbeaten record to fourteen games by posting twenty-three shots without reply. This saw Donegal with a fairly substantial lead of twenty shots with the half time score forty-three shots to twenty-three shots in their favour.
    After the interval, Donegal managed to keep the games tight, the heads well mixed and not give West Down the opportunity of sizeable counts. On mat one, Kathleen Lynch, Isobel Duncan, Pearl Bustard and Elizabeth Doherty had a nine shots to four shots victory. On mat two, Barbara Aicken, Martina Brogan, Vanessa McHugh and Rachel McDonnell won by eight shots to seven shots and on mat three, Ann Hume, Sylvia Bell, Paula Friel and Audrey Gilfillan lost by ten shots to eight shots. An excellent team performance and a deserved win.
    Denis thanked the ladies for their support during the campaign and hoped that they will be available to join him next season for further success.

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  133. Donegal were favourite s to win on paper
    And if they list it would have been a big upset.
    Well done girls.
    Now the men are underdogs the whole way and made it to the final
    So come on you men and win it for donegal. 😁

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  134. Why is it so hard to get comments printed on here? The most ordinary remark is ignored. Is there a password???? Nothing I have said can be considered controversial.

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  135. The amount of complaints and comments bout ladies team same old same old and selectors not doing there job. Well selectors changed a ladies rink and the complaints about it was unreal! "That rink never shud of been touched, harsh changes " etc. Well undoing that change could of cost the ladies the game on Saturday, but proved a point! While everyone might not agree with the selectors, they are doing the best job they can. Instead of snide comments and backstabbing bickering, Donegal would be a better zone if everyone acted like they were on the same team!!

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  136. Easy to speak now,the only problem was the wrong player was moved. Was there myself and thought the ladies played very hard for each other. You don't win what the ladies have with a lack of team spirit and supporting each other.

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  137. Lesson learned and move on. It is very positive for the zone this year keep the good vibe going. Ladies won the shield and the men are in the boomer cup final in a year which the team could have easily been written off with so many top Players missing but the new players stepped up to the plate and the team spirit has never been better. What more could you want in our zone??? Tichonaill Abu

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  138. Is there a practice before the mens final?

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  139. Is there a practice before the mens final?

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  140. Any chance put up men's squad for final.

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  141. What's the men's team.

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  142. 5 days to go for our destiny in becoming Boomer cup winners. It's a bit different to Ardboe in that this time we are underdogs (just the way we like it). Big changes since then. New skips and very young team, with no fear. The changes that have been made are for the good off the team and well done to the selectors. The team morale has been excellent and long may it continue. The supporters have also been outstanding. We are Donegal and win or lose, we will make sure we give it a go......

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  143. It will be the biggest win in a final since the ardboe massacre donegal haven't a chance

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  144. No PJ, no chance.

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  145. As an outsider , I think you have a good chance ,I think at half time you have to be very much in touching distance of them they have three very good rinks and three seriously good skips. Contain them and be no more than five shots behind at the break and it's game on... Oriel have a bit of unrest within the team but in fairness they haven't let it effect them so far,With at least half the team saying they don't want the boys from Armagh next season and at least six of them going public and saying that they won't play next season if the two blow ins jump on the bandwagon it's makes for an interesting game and an interesting few months for them ahead.

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  146. As an outsider, Haha this is comedy gold. I sincerely hope you have a plan B and you're not pinning all your hopes on apparent discontent in Oriel because Im afraid your sources are incorrect. The reality is that the six players that you have said have gone public (must have been private/public lol - please do tell) will be in the squad next year, will be fighting for their place like everyone else, and will likely be contesting at the business end of the Boomer next year long after everyone has forgotten about Donegal.

    As for going public, its best we don't mention the very public slating of Donegals Sports Personality of the year, World Cup Winning Captain, winner of the prestigious Swedish Masters, World No.8, Donegal stalwart/selector and all round best player in the zone Mr PJ Gallagher all over social media by jealous Donegal colleagues #BDO.

    As an outsider :-) I suspect what you will see on Saturday is a very public showing from Oriel. Lets hope Donegals are not on the receiving end of it.

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    1. 13:29.Did someone hit a nerve You sound like your one of the discarded Armagh rejects already playing in Oriel, if you were out and about playing tournaments in Oriel (which is meant to be your zone by the way 🙄) you would hear about all the discontent among the players.

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    2. Once again you're making assumptions and once again you are wildly off the mark. Maybe if you were out playing tournaments in Oriel you may have noticed that both of these Armagh rejects won singles tournaments in Oriel this season and qualified in the nationals. Maybe the problem is you are worried about your place in the team which is pretty accurate, because you should be. Hopefully you will be happy in your new zone. I hear Armagh are looking players :-)

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  147. I am one of the players who won't be playing for Oriel come next season if it is true that two Armagh players are coming to jump on a winning team.We don't need them we have enough good players without taking any more of Armaghs cast offs.And the person who made the first comment is 100%right there are several players going to refuse to play next season. The selectors next season have an interesting job pick two players who are obviously just using the zone to win or be without 6/7players.Anyway that's for another day Saturday is our focus and i for one want to win it as it could be my last game for MY zone..

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    2. Enjoy your retirement - this is my house now kimosabe

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  148. Never read as much nonsense in my life, poor attempt to unsettle the opposition. Roll on tomorrow and we will see how quick the confidence drains from the keyboard warriors when the reality of the situation sets in.

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  149. Best wishes to the Donegal Men tomorrow. A big ask but enjoy your day and give it your best

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  150. How about Oriel people get off here this is a Donegal blog. We could care less about the internal bickering going on in your zone. Should be a good game tomorrow big ask for Donegal but we will believe forget this nonsense.

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  151. Donegal were under dogs throu this whole time.
    They have nothing to lose.
    So I say come on donegal, you got this far so how's about winning it now,
    It is possible.
    Viva Lennon.

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