Bronagh shines at Dumfries

England Indoor Bowling star Bronagh Malone. Picture by Dave Kettlewell. 114635'16/11/11
England Indoor Bowling star Bronagh Malone. Picture by Dave Kettlewell. 114635'16/11/11
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SCALBY School teacher Bronagh Malone made her international debut in style - helping England to their first British Isles Team success in 19 years in Dumfries over the weekend.

Malone was the only female selected for the 26-strong squad that travelled north to take on Scotland, Wales, Isle of Man and Ireland, where she competed in bowls leagues for over 10 years.

Malone and her England teammates brushed aside the Isle of Man in comfortable fashion in their first match before another victory against the Scots.

England suffered defeat by two shots to Wales which set up a nerve-jangling final clash with the Irish.

Malone’s side needed to win by five shots or more to seal their first title in 19 years.

England made light work of the Irish, despite their tag as favourites for the competition.

Ireland were well beaten by 20 shots, sparking raucous celebrations among the England ranks.

A delighted Malone said: “What an amazing weekend of bowls.

“In the end we beat Ireland by 20 shots, which was an amazing feat considering their overwhelming favourites tag.

“It was superb to be part of the first England team to win the British Isles event in 19 years.

“I knew a lot of the Irish team really well as I had competed against the majority of their players, including my future brother-in-law, when I played over there.

“So that game was a trip down memory lane. But it was great to get the victory and even better given the fact that it was my debut and England hadn’t won it for 19 years before hand.”