Devenish Indoor Bowling Club recently held their very popular Annual Pairs Tournament in Monea Church Hall.

The tournament was run over four nights with two pairs coming back from each night to the final.

On the final night an open draw was carried out with husband and wife pairing Gladys and Billy Browne from Florencecourt drawn against Lisa Douglas and William Morrison from Armagh Zone, Gladys and Billy won this match 9 - 7.

William Harpur and his daughter Leanne from Devenish overcame the Wellington pair, Johnny Breadon and Ivor Armstrong 10 - 4, Stuart McSorley and Catherine Beattie representing St. Mark’s, Portadown had a very close game against David and Alan Graham from Wellington, narrowly winning 5 - 4 and in the remaining quarter-final game Caroline Scott and Norman Noble from Wellington ran out comfortable winners 11 - 2 against the Coa pairing of Tony Moohan and Rita Cranston.

In the first of the semi-finals, Billy and Gladys Browne were only able to win two of the eight ends against skip Caroline and lead Norman, losing 10 - 4 and in the other remaining semi-final William and Leanne had the same fate winning only two of the eight ends against Stuart and Catherine losing their game 7 - 4.

The final was scheduled to be played over ten ends with the first end securing three shots for the skip Stuart and in the second and third end Caroline and Norman picked up a total of four shots but in the fourth end the Wellington pair dropped a four and then dropped two shots in the fifth end to leave the score at 9 - 4 in favour of the Portadown pair.

In the sixth end Caroline picked up a single and then in the seventh end dropped two shots.

After dropping a single shot in the eighth end, Caroline and Norman were facing an uphill struggle to stay in contention for the title and after only managing to pick up a single shot in the ninth end the game was over with Stuart and Catherine winning 12 - 6.

The Chairman, Mr David Ferguson made a speech congratulating the winners and thanking the bowlers for supporting the tournament and he give special thanks to all the club members for their support and help in running the competition.

He then asked Mr Tommy Cathcart, the President of Devenish Club to come forward to present the prizes to all the finalist and to present the Mary Morrison Perpetual Cup to the winners Stuart McSorley and Catherine Beattie.