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2017 Irish National Boccia Championship Report

Wed 20th December 2017

Northern Ireland was well represented at the weekend in the Irish National Boccia Championships in Dublin City University.

Five athletes in total took part which namely BC1 William Graham (Fermanagh), BC2 Claire Taggart (Larne), BC2 Scott Cromie (Rathfriland), BC3 Hannah Uprichard (Ballyclare) & BC3 Robert McCune (Bangor).

In the BC1 competition William Graham finished in the runner up spot after a couple of very close games against defending champion Niamh Dunphy.

William Graham pictured with his medal beside opponent Niamh Dunphy.

In the BC2 competition Larne's Claire Taggart took the title from long time champion Padraic Moran, In a close final Claire was able to hold her nerve and produce some super shots to take a 6-2 victory. Also in this section Scott Cromie was very unlucky not to emerge from his pool after a narrow 4-3 loss against Dylan Nelson.

Claire Taggart pictured holdign her trophy beside Padraic Moran 

Scott Cromie preparing to throw the boccia ball

Finally in the BC3 competition, newcomer Hannah Uprichard and her Sports assistant Gordon continued their good form from the Scottish Open to emerge from a tough group stage to narrowly lose in the semi final to eventual winner Padge Kelly from Dublin. Also in this section Robert McCune and his Sports Assistant Jonathan Morton competing at national level for the first time lost narrowly in the pool stages against a couple of tough and experienced opponents.

Hannah Uprichard preparing to take a shot as her sports assistant Gordon holds her ramp

 Robert McCune watches as the player beside him lines the boccia ball up in their ramp

Northern Ireland was also represented by two Level 1 officials Caroline Millar & Martin McKenna who officiated a number of the games during the day.

The players will be back in action early in 2018 with round 4 of the Northern Ireland Boccia League taking place in Omagh Leisure on January 13th.

For more information on Boccia please contact Odhran Doherty.