2015 Mixed Pairs Commentary
Winners: Rita Saunders & Michael Cusack, Dun Laoghaire BC
Runners Up: Margie O'Leary & Danny Heffernan, Bray BC
Third: Pat McDonagh & Pat Whelan, Leinster BC
Fourth: Teresa Reinhardt & Paul Doyle, Dun Laoghaire BC
Final Rounds: Sat/Sun 21/22 March 2015
Saturday saw the eagerly awaited quarter-finals of the Dales sponsored Open Mixed Pairs Competition played in lovely Spring weather. Temperatures were conducive to good bowling and the last 8 certainly did not disappoint. The home pair of Danny Heffernan and Margie O'Leary had a good win over the evergreen Charlie Miller and Evelyn White. The pick of the other ties was the the clash of Pat McDonagh and Pat Whelan of Leinster Bowling Club and the Crumlin "Kelly" father and daughter duo. This resulted in a fine display of Bowling with the Leinster pair advancing.
Dun Laoghaire Bowling Club were well represented by Teresa Reinhardt and Paul Doyle and they advanced at the expense of fellow Dun Laoghaire pair, Jackie Connolly and Marcus Donohue. Some fine bowling by Edna Cashell and Nick Collie could not prevent Michael Cusack and Rita Saunders from winning this quarter-final.
Sunday morning was sunny and, with the temperature rising and the rink warming nicely, a fine day's bowling was in store. The settings were changed by Tournament Director, Roddy O'Leary, to keep everyone on their toes and battle commenced.
Margie O' Leary and Danny Heffernan were fast off the "mat" and built up a good lead against Teresa Reinhardt and Paul Doyle. All was going to plan for the Bray pair but disaster struck when they dropped a 6 with 2 ends left to play. All their experience was called on to steady the ship and they eventually won on the last end !
The second semi-final was a less tense affair and eventually resulted in Michael Cusack and Rita Saunders going through to the afternoon Final.
The Final was an entertaining and tense encounter enjoyed by many Bray members and visitors in lovely sunshine. It was quickly evident that Margie and Danny and Michael and Rita had not used up all their bowling shots in the morning. Both teams settled into a classic game and every shot was loudly applauded by the knowledgeable crowd. It was a marvellous advertisement for Bowls and eventually resulted in Michael Cusack and Rita Saunders from Dun Laoghaire Bowling Club winning the first Dales Mixed Open Competition.
The play off for 3rd and 4th resulted in a win for Pat McDonagh and Pat Whelan from Leinster Bowling Club.
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Opening Rounds: Sat/Sun 14/15 March 2015
The Bray Bowling Club Open Mixed Competition started last Saturday at 10:30 with a full house of competitors signing in for combat