Four Amigos, 2012 Bowling Champions of Clare

In an action packed final at the 2012 Clare Business Bowling Championship, which was held at the Clare Leisure Centre in Ennis this week, the Four Amigos team of Ross Darmody, Colm O’Callaghan, Jonathan O’Loughlin and Ciaran Clancy out-bowled all opposition to win the AIB Bank Perpetual Cup for their first time. On route to winning they amassed a record score of 554 pins.

Second place went to the Rowan Tree team with a score 473 pins. The Rowan Tree team members Conor Naughton, Alan Naughton, Padraig Naughton and Colin Dinan had been highly tipped to win but on the night they came up short against a more skilful Four Amigos team.

The Legal Eagles team of Paul Tuohy, Stephen Loftus, Joe Shannon and Gerry Walsh, who were representing former winners Michael Houlihan & Partners, finished in third place with 419 pins while the Lavender Cowboys team lead by team captain and north Clare native, Joe Casey, held on to capture fourth place with a score of 388 pins.

High scorers on the night included, Colm O’Callaghan and Ciaran Clancy of the Four Amigos Team with 147 and 145 pins respectively and Conor Naughton the Rowan Tree with 144 pins

At the presentation of the trophy, Luke Duffy AIB Bank Ennis, congratulated the winning team and also thanked the 30 teams who competed for the 2012 Championship.

The Clare Bowling Championship was inaugurated in 2005 and is organised by the Ennis-Phoenix Twinning Board. Previous winners of the championship were Ennis Town Council, Michael Houlihan & Partners, Roche Clarecastle and AIB Bank

Since 1988 Ennis and Phoenix, as twinned Sister Cities, have been engaged in numerous projects that are primarily focused on educational, artistic and cultural endeavours. These projects, which have included the reciprocal exchange of teachers, students, professionals and technical personnel, have contributed to the cultural enrichment of both communities.

Proceedings from the Clare Business Bowling Championship are used to part fund the very successful Ennis Youth Ambassador programme whereby second level students from Ennis, who participate in the programme, travel toPhoenixas Youth Ambassadors each year.

The purpose of the Youth Ambassador Exchange Program (YAEP) is to offer opportunities for second level school students to appreciate and understand the culture of anew citythrough an abroad/home stay experience. Their experiences as a Youth Ambassador will help prepare students to confidently assume their place in a global community.

While in Phoenix, Ennis students will also meet up with Ambassadors from other Sister Cities including Calgary, Canada; Catania, Italy; Chengdu, China; Grenoble, France; Hermosillo, Mexico; Himeji, Japan; Prague, Czech Republic; Ramat-Gan, Israel and Taipei, Taiwan.