Ireland place for bowler Peter

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Ireland place for bowler Peter thumbnail Rathfriland teenage, Peter Haughey was recently selected to play for the Ireland U18 bowling team, following his success at the recent trials held to compete for a place.

A RATHFRILAND teenager was bowled over when he found out he was selected for the Ireland U18 team.

Peter Haughey currently plays for the Rathfriland A team and last month found out he will play for the country's underage bowling team.

His father, James told The Outlook Peter had competed in trials against 36 other bowlers.

"They had trials each week and went for a couple of trials," he said.

"The group was whittled down to 12 and these were the final 12, which make up the U18 Ireland team.

"They didn't tell them on that day however. They said they would find out on their website late that evening, so he was keeping a close eye on it.

"He couldn't believe it when he saw his name, he was over the moon." Peter, who celebrates his 15th birthday this week, has always been very interested in bowling and attended matches along with his father, who plays for Rathfriland Bowling Club.

"He started playing about three years ago and has come on from then," he said.

"He is now playing on the A team. He played a bit for them last year and this year has been playing with them from the season started.

"There is usually one game every week, sometimes more but he would be practising every day when he can get the chance." The U18 team will now have a few practice matches, including one this Sunday in Ballymoney.

They will be travelling to Scotland on 19 July for their first game where they will play Glasgow.

"He is looking forward to that," said James.

"We are very proud of him to see him do so well. He will fit in well with them all, he gets on well with them.

"There are another couple of lads from Rathfriland who are going too, so he knows a few of them." Members of Rathfriland Bowling Club said they were delighted to see Peter doing so we l l .

"What an honour for this young player from Shinn," said Billy Maxwell.

"Jim McConville, vice president of the NIBA sends his congratulations, as does all the teams in Rathfriland." Billy also congratulated a former Rathfriland player, Jack Moffett from Lisnacroppin Road who will captain the team.


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