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Ardstraw man Boggs is the ‘Champion of Champions’.

Thursday, 26 October 2017

Ardstraw man Boggs is the ‘Champion of Champions’. thumbnail William Boggs receieves the Irish Indoor Bowls ‘Champion of Champions’ singles title from IIBA president, Flo McNally.

ARDSTRAW man William Boggs won the Irish Indoor Bowls Champion of Champions singles title at Shaw's Bridge, Belfast, last weekend.

Played in a straight knockout format, William came through a tough series of games, including two tie ends, to make the final where he took on Antrim man Alan Johnson.


The match was another close affair, with Boggs going three up in the last end before Johnson missed with his final bowl for the Ardstraw man to take the tile "I'm over the moon with it. It's one of the things you want to win as a bowls player, it's a major title."


Bowls runs in the Boggs family, and 24-year-old William has been playing since primary school before he started to make waves on the local scene in his mid teens. He won the Irish U25 title at age 18, and has represented Ireland at various grades.

"This is a huge step, and I always knew I was capable of it. Everyone in the Ardstraw club, and the whole bowling circuit has been really good, congratulating me and sending me nice messa ges.

"I was emotional but there was relief and enjoyment too, a bit of everything.

Bowls runs in our family so I'm very proud.

Having competed at a few Champion of Champions events before, he has finally captured the title that books him a place on the Ireland team for next year's World Championships. He won't be alone at the competition in March though, as he will be joined by friends and Mid Tyrone team-mates, Stuart McSorley, Gary McNabb and Gerard Conroy.

Fellow Ardstraw man McSorley will compete in the triples category, while Fintona Pearses' duo McNabb and Conroy will play in the pairs.

"It'll be nice having those boys there. I grew up with Stuart and Gary and played a lot with them. Ware all of a similar age, so it's good to have friends there to spur you on and encourage you. It's also great for the Mid-Tyrone Zone to have four representatives at the World Championships."

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