Antrim Fourm played host to the first series of matches in the 2018 Northern Ireland BC1 - BC5 Boccia Championships. A large entry list of 20 athletes across the classifications have entered the competition including a number of new exciting talents playing their first competitive Boccia competition.
In the BC1/2 category 2016 Rio Paralympian Claire Taggart leads the way with 3 wins from 3 games, closely followed by BC1 William Graham, Katie Douglas BC2 & Scott Cromie BC2
In the BC3 catergory the first game of the day pitted Ballyclare duo Robyn McBride and Hannah Uprichard together in what turned out to be one of the most tense and exciting games of the day with Hannah securing a 3-2 in a game that went right down to the wire in a really high quality contest. Robert McCune from Bangor also played some really effective Boccia in his first competition losing narrowly to both Hannah & Robyn in the remaining pool games.
In Pool A of the BC4/5 catergory the experienced Caroline Millar leads the way after taking 3 wins from 3 games. Hot on the heels of Caroline are William Auld and newcomer Jayne Milligan who showed the talent she has in winning her debut game and losing narrowly 6-5 to Caroline in the final game of the day.
In Pool B it's the experienced Joe McVeigh from Crossgar who is in pole position after recording three wins on Saturday, Joe didn't have it all his own way though and came through tough games both Conor Smyth and Paul McLister, with McLister losing narrowly in a tie break end.
Paul McLister is in 2nd position in the pool after impressing in his first competition and must be considered a dark horse for the title after an impressive start.
All in all a fantastic start to the National Championships, the next series of games will take place in Antrim Forum on Saturday May 12th with the first jacks rolling at 10am.
For more information on Boccia in Northern Ireland, please contact Boccia Performance Pathway Officer Odhran Doherty on 02890469925 or firstname.lastname@example.org