Around the bowling greens
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.
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.
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 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.
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