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Report by Ryan. Warren report can be read here

North west junior zone team travel to Shaw's Bridge IBC, Belfast on Saturday 18th October 2014 to compete in the first ever two rink junior competition. We had two teams entered and junior coach Warrwn Elder will be doing a report on the North West 'BLUE' eventful day.
The competition consisted of 12 teams and the format was 4 groups of 3 were the winners of the group qua...lify for the cup knock out stages and second place team into a plate competition and the third place teams into a wooden spoon competition.
North West were drawn in group 3 along with Mid Ulster and Lisburn. Our juniors were to sit out the first run of mats but Mid Ulster were to provide their first challenge. Our junior were aware that Mid Ulster had won their first game so defeat would of put them out of the main competition. Shauna O'Neill, Jordan Rankin, Jamie Cochrane and skip James Caskie were to play the rink skipped by M. Bell and Stephen Ferris, Craig Marshall, Calvin Heavern and Adam Rankin were to play against the rink skipped by R. Young. Adam's rink started off brilliantly collecting two fives in the first two ends and continuing this great form to win 24-1. James's rink were slow to start and after 4 ends were 3-2 down but then started to produce good bowls to won the remaining 4 ends and collect 8 shots along the way to won 10-3. This was a impressive start to the competition. Overall score 34-4.

Lisburn provided the next opposition and a victory would see our juniors into the main competition. James rink continue were they left off and won the first 4 ends to lead 7 nil, on the fifth end lifted 6 shots and pile on more misery to the Lisburn rink winning two out of the remaining 3 ends to secure a commanding 19-2 victory. Adam's rink found the going tougher in this game. Trailing by 4 shots after 2 ends Adam's rink started to come to terms with the game winning the next 5 ends to lead 7-4 but in fairness to the Lisburn rink they never give up and deservedly lifted 3 shots in the last end to share the spoils 7 all. Another great performance by the juniors winning 26-9 in the overall.

The semi final was going to be a tough match, Armagh awaited and James and Adam were well aware that the rinks skipped by Sean Breen and Andrew Robinson would be tough to crack. Nothing separated the teams after 4 ends the scoreline was even. The North West rinks were to produce another gear and bullied their way through the later part of this match and deservedly seen of the rinks of Armagh and gain another impressive victory 21-11 in the overall.

Final time arrived and South Tryone stood in the way of victory. When the game started South Tyrone found their feet the quickest after were outstanding in the first two ends with G. McCabe leading James's rink 3 nil and Adam's rink trailing 2-1 against A.Dyche. As per usual throughout the competition our juniors if needed always found another gear and in this game it was no different, James hit back lifting a 4 and 2 to lead 6-3 after 4 ends and Adam won the third end but lost the fourth to trail 4-2. Our juniors held a slender lead of 8-7 but the fifth end on both mats proved incisive for our juniors. James lifted a count of 2 and Adam played a great bowl to remove a South Tyrone bowl for a count of five.

Game over?
Tell that to South Tyrone convenor Anne McKiver who continuously was shouting encouragement from the first bowl and this was proving valuable as her two rinks lifted two shot each in the sixth end. This was as good as it got as both our rinks provided excellent bowls securing the last two ends each and winning their respective games and securing the overall 21-11.

This was a very impressive performance by our juniors and a very proud moment for all associated with the juniors. There will be no argument from anyone that our juniors were the best team on the day but most importantly played all there matches with respect for their opponents. Well done once again to all eight junior players.