Around the bowl­ing greens

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CAM­BUS­LANG

On Satur­day last, Cam­bus­lang en­ter­tained neigh­bours Whitefield for the an­nual parish game, which Whitefield won by a re­sound­ing mar­gin, de­spite which an en­joy­able day was had by all.

Mon­day’s first sweep of the sea­son was won by Richie McI­nall ju­nior and Brian Page, 26 up.

The first se­niors league match of the sea­son, post­poned from last Wed­nes­day, was at home on Mon­day morn­ing to Ruther­glen who won both matches con­vinc­ingly, to give them an ex­cel­lent six point start to the sea­son.

This week, the se­niors are due to play at Tem­ple­ton on Wed­nes­day morn­ing, whilst on Satur­day com­ing, the gents are away to Burn­side at 2pm.

BURN­SIDE

On Mon­day night the club had a great turnout for their ag­gre­gate game which was won by a team with a blend of youth and ex­pe­ri­ence.

Peter Horne led the way fol­lowed Chris Al­lan, Stu­art Abercrombie with skip­per Robert White­side seal­ing the victory and col­lect­ing the prizes.

On the night they raised £85 for good causes.

Burn­side are en­ter­ing a busy month with in­ter­nal sin­gles and pairs com­pe­ti­tions reach­ing the first round proper with com­ple­tion date for Cham­pi­onship and Pres­i­dent’s by May 24.

The pre­lim­i­nary rounds have been com­pleted with­out any ma­jor shocks to re­port.

Ex­ter­nally the se­lec­tions for Burn­side teams for all Bowls Scot­land, GBA and R and D com­pe­ti­tions are on the no­tice board and Pres­i­dent Neil Coats has re­quested that all mem­bers check th­ese de­tails as soon as pos­si­ble and let the match com­mit­tee know if there is any prob­lem.

The round of parish matches kicks off on Tues­day with an away visit to close neigh­bours Kirkhill to what is al­ways an en­joy­able evening. Cam­bus­lang BC are next with a visit to Burn­side’s green next Satur­day.

Lists are also up for the home fix­ture against Mount Florida which is sched­uled for May 16 and mem­bers are en­cour­aged to ap­pend their names.

It was good to see the re­turn of 18 club mem­bers back from their spon­sored cy­cle tour of Ma­jorca and de­lighted to re­port that they all re­turned match fit for the start of what prom­ises to be a highly com­pet­i­tive 2015 play­ing sea­son.

HALF­WAY AND DIS­TRICT

The mixed pairs (spon­sored by Robert and Anna Dick) was held at Half­way and Dis­trict last Satur­day and a great turnout of 32 teams par­tic­i­pated.

The fi­nal was a close af­fair and He­len and Jim Tor­rance came back from three down go­ing into the last end to beat Gil­lian and John Smith by a sin­gle shot. The game went right down to the last bowl and with three shots against the Tor­rances, Jim played a mir­a­cle shot and man­aged to lie four when the dust set­tled.

Un­for­tu­nately, af­ter a long ill­ness, Anna Dick passed away on Sun­day morn­ing. Fu­neral ar­range­ments will be posted in the club once known. The club would like to of­fer its con­do­lences to Robert Dick and the rest of the fam­ily.

The Mary­land Cook­ies two bowl pairs (spon­sored by Bur­tons Bis­cuits) will take place this Satur­day with a noon start and 24 teams will par­tic­i­pate.

Tom Al­li­son will play against Over­town and Water­loo in the first round of the LBA Cham­pion of Cham­pi­ons on Sun­day night at Ed­dle­wood. Half­way will host 11 first round ties on Sun­day evening also at 6.30pm.

Con­grat­u­la­tions to David Fer­gus who has been se­lected to rep­re­sent La­nark­shire South again this year as they try and de­fend the An­drew Hamil­ton Tro­phy.

The sea­son kicks off this Satur­day af­ter­noon when La­nark­shire face Ste­wartry at Black­wood.

The LBA un­der-45s starts on Satur­day morn­ing and Half­way will play Mount Ver­non at Both­well.

The Gilliland League team opened their cam­paign away to Cam­bus­lang on Tues­day night. Next Tues­day they are at home to Kirkhill.

The ladies Bowls Scot­land qual­i­fiers begin this week. The se­nior fours travel to Larkhall for their first round game on Fri­day af­ter­noon.

The pairs and triples play their first games on Sun­day af­ter­noon at Strathaven and Raploch re­spec­tively. The fours travel to Strath­clyde on Tues­day night. The sin­gles re­ceived a bye and play at Blan­tyre on Satur­day, May 16, and the se­nior sin­gles are at Dalserf on the af­ter­noon of Fri­day, May 15.

The points night started on Mon­day and there was a good turnout. It starts at 7pm ev­ery Mon­day with prizes on of­fer at the end of the sea­son for the win­ners and run­ners-up.

KIRKHILL

The start of the week was characterised by poor bowl­ing weather, when no play­ers braved the el­e­ments on Mon­day night as the skies burst open about 6.45pm.

Iron­i­cally, bright sun­shine made the green playable about 45 min­utes later. The play­ers who might have gone out by then were too busy se­lect­ing the teams for var­i­ous rep­re­sen­ta­tive games and it was dark by the time they had fin­ished.

On a sim­i­lar theme the se­niors had en­joy­able games in the sun on Tues­day un­til the tea break, when to ev­ery­one’s as­ton­ish­ment, snow and hail­stones pro­duced white­out con­di­tions, the greens turned white and play was can­celled.

The se­niors rinks games due to be played in the Wed­nes­day morn­ing league were re­ar­ranged for the Mon­day morn­ing of the fol­low­ing week.

The weather im­proved and Fri­day night’s Harry Noble tro­phy was won by David Frondigoun and Camp­bell McCul­loch 17 shots up.

The North Eastern league teams had a pos­i­tive re­sult over­all with two wins and a draw to one loss and a draw play­ing against Chrys­ton Bowl­ing Club.

Teams are se­lected for the Burn­side friendly and the Gilliland league game and se­nior’s matches this week. De­tails of the gent’s trip to Port­land Kil­marnock have been posted in the main hall.

Work on the monobloc to im­prove dis­abled ac­cess through the rear car park has made good progress de­spite the poor weather, and at this stage it’s look­ing very good.

RUTHER­GLEN

Ruther­glen had a good start to their North Eastern League cam­paign on Fri­day evening, col­lect­ing eight points with two away wins and one win at home against North Bri­tish BC. This Fri­day’s game is against Gar­rowhill BC.

The first game in the Cam­bus­lang and Dis­trict Se­nior’s League was can­celled last Wed­nes­day morn­ing due to poor weather. This Wed­nes­day’s game is against Burn­side BC.

The club held the bal­loted pairs com­pe­ti­tion on Satur­day.

The win­ners were Mau­reen Hol­land and Gil Mor­gan who beat Cathie Thom and Gary Kelsey in the fi­nal. Beaten semi-fi­nal­ists were Danny McCaf­ferty and David Mag­ill and Liz McDon­ald with Billy Ross.

The Hutcheon Tro­phy, a bal­loted fours com­pe­ti­tion, takes place this Satur­day, start­ing at 11am.

The first Mon­day evening ag­gre­gate game was won by Ernie Atlee and Alasdair Camp­bell.

WHITEFIELD

A busy week­end saw the an­nual gents parish match with Cam­bus­lang who were great hosts. Whitefield ran out com­fort­able win­ners 79-40.

The gents fours played in the La­nark­shire League Cup on Sun­day. Un­for­tu­nately they were beaten by their op­po­nents Coat­bridge Vic­to­ria and Whitefield wish them well in the tour­na­ment.

Back at the Whitefield, ladies day suc­cumbed to the weather. Pres­i­dent Pat Gal­lagher made sure that spir­its weren’t damp­ened by host­ing a quiz and a few games of bingo.

Fi­nally, Mon­day night’s ag­gre­gate com­peti­toin was won by David Cana­van and Jamie Malone who were 15 shots up.

Sea­son start Kirkhill pres­i­dent Roy Lin­der and wife Linda begin the 2015 ses­sion

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