Around the bowl­ing greens

Rutherglen Reformer - - Sport -


Burn­side con­tin­ued its run of suc­cess with a victory over Mount Florida on Satur­day and re­main un­de­feated in parish matches this sea­son. More im­por­tantly, a great day was had by all de­spite the in­clement weather con­di­tions and both teams re­mained in good spir­its.

In ex­ter­nal com­pe­ti­tions Burn­side man­aged to get through in the GBS fours com­pe­ti­tion with a win against Toll­cross played at Spring­boig BC. This week Burn­side have all their other teams go­ing out in Bowls Scot­land, GBA and Ruther­glen and Dis­trict matches.

In Cam­bus­lang and Dis­trict it was evens, with the home team win­ning and an away de­feat against Kirkhill.

With re­gards to in­ter­nal com­pe­ti­tions Burn­side are reach­ing the closing date for first round ties which are all due to be com­pleted by this Sun­day (May 24). There have been some early sur­prises in some com­pe­ti­tions with the shock of the round be­ing the de­feat of pre­tour­na­ment favourites KB Fox and Kenny Stir­ratt who lost at the open­ing hur­dle to Roberti Perti and John Sin­clair. This opens up the com­pe­ti­tion, leav­ing it open for any of the teams to strike gold in Au­gust.

On Mon­day the ag­gre­gate game was won by the highly ex­pe­ri­enced trio of lead Dun­can Hughes fol­lowed by Ed­die Ste­wart and skipped by Jim Burns. In an emo­tional speech Jim thanked the club for the prizes in­di­cat­ing that this was the first time in his play­ing ca­reer that he had achieved this ac­co­lade


Sun­day saw the McPike 1+ 1 Pairs ( spon­sored by J and G Cater­ing) take place at Half­way and Dis­trict.

A great turnout of 36 teams took part and de­spite the weather fore­cast the group games got played with­out play­ers get­ting soaked too much. The heavy rain started once the quar­ter fi­nals got un­der­way but the greens held out well and even­tual win­ners were Tom Keenan (Prest­wick) and Stephen McIn­tyre who beat Char­lie McIn­tyre and Jim Booth (Croft­foot) in the fi­nal.

Af­ter a busy few weeks there is now a break for a cou­ple of week­ends. The next all day com­pe­ti­tion is the Clyde Re­frig­er­a­tion In­vi­ta­tion rinks which will take place on Satur­day June 6. The sheets are also on the board for the Con­dor­rat game ( June 13) and the Cad­burys Fin­gers In­vi­ta­tion Pairs ( June 21).

The ladies had mixed for­tunes in their Bowls Scot­land ties last week. Elaine Ral­ston made it through in the sin­gles and will now play at Half­way this Satur­day morn­ing in the next round. The se­nior fours also had a good victory and will now play at St Leonards this Fri­day af­ter­noon. The pairs, triples and rinks all lost out. The un­der-25 sin­gles first round took place on Tues­day night, re­sults to fol­low next week.

The gents Bowls Scot­land ties begin on Fri­day night and Half­way are in­volved in pre­lims in ev­ery dis­ci­pline ex­cept the pairs who will play next Tues­day night at Larkhall. Brian McLeod plays in the ju­nior sin­gles at Ed­dle­wood. Tommy Al­li­son makes the long jour­ney to Coal­burn in the sin­gles. The triples travel to East Kil­bride and the fours are at Coal­burn.

One of the se­nior sin­gles played on Tues­day af­ter­noon at Blan­tyre and the other one will play on Fri­day af­ter­noon at Red Deer. Both se­nior rinks teams played their first game on Tues­day af­ter­noon at Raploch and Both­well. Half­way will also host five gents ties on Fri­day night and four ladies ties on Satur­day morn­ing at 10am.

The LBA pre­lims were last Thurs­day night and Ge­orge Thom­son lost out nar­rowly in his sin­gles game against Mother­well. The pairs (at East Kil­bride), triples (at Mount Ver­non), and rinks (also at Mount Ver­non) all play first round games this Thurs­day night. The se­nior rinks play at White­moss in the af­ter­noon.

The RDBA knock­out com­pe­ti­tion also be­gan this week on Tues­day. The pairs played at Tem­ple­ton, the triples at Burn­side and the se­nior rinks at Whitefield. The sin­gles got a bye and play at Toll­cross next Tues­day. The Gilliland league team lost against Kirkhill last week. This Tues­day they travel to Ruther­glen and next week they are away to Kingswood.

The dis­trict 26 se­niors league games were washed out on Mon­day due to the heavy rain. David Fer­gus played at Quar­ter in the sec­ond county game of the sea­son against Ayr­shire and La­nark­shire made it two out of two wins af­ter a nar­row victory. This Satur­day’s game is against Dum­bar­ton­shire East at Con­dor­rat.


Although last week saw the be­gin­ning of the main as­so­ci­a­tion games for both men and women the se­nior men in the Cam­bus­lang and Dis­trict have now been go­ing for a cou­ple of weeks.

They have played Mount Ver­non, Whitefield and Cam­bus­lang with some mixed re­sults to date, but it is early days as there are many games still to be played.

Also, Kingswood has en­tered the Hill­park league this year and started very well hav­ing lost only one game in six. Again, this league runs through­out the sea­son and there will be many chal­lenges ahead.

On Satur­day, May 9, the ladies Scot­tish started with the sin­gles, pairs and se­nior fours played. He­len McGre­gor won her sin­gles match against Croft­foot and Nikki Hutchinson and Rachel Magee won their Pairs game against Ham­p­den. Un­for­tu­nately the se­nior fours lost out to Ea­gle­sham.

On Satur­day, May 16, Mar­jorie Kyle lost out to Ruther­glen’s Betty Duck­ett in the se­nior sin­gles.

Last Mon­day the ladies com­peted in the East Ren­frew­shire pairs and fours. The pairs of Josephine Jarvie and Liz Wood lost by a mea­sure in the fi­nal end to Mearns, and the fours skipped by Emma Lock­hart won nar­rowly against White­craigs.

Also on Mon­day, the se­nior men’s Cath­cart Top 10 was played against Weirs. Brian Hol­land in the sin­gles did not cope well with the con­di­tions and dis­ap­point­ingly lost 21-9. This put pres­sure on the rest of the team and un­for­tu­nately only the Pairs of Char­lie Boyle and Iain Gilles won for Kingswood re­sult­ing in a 6-2 de­feat.

On Tues­day in the Ren­frew­shire, the pairs lost out to Weirs in the pre­lim. All other Kingswood teams start next week in the first round proper.

In the Ruther­glen BA Gilliland it has been a good start with a draw and a win in the first two games.

Last Wed­nes­day in the GBA, Kingswood had the sin­gles, pairs and triples out in the pre­lim round. Both the sin­gles and triples won, but un­for­tu­nately the pairs lost on a mea­sure in the last end.

On Fri­day night the Tay­lor Tro­phy was held at Mount Florida BC and the home ad­van­tage helped them win by a nar­row mar­gin on shots over Croft­foot. The Kingswood teams fin­ished with two wins out of four.

Fi­nally, the ladies bal­loted fours com­pe­ti­tion was can­celled due to weather and will be resched­uled later in the year.


In the North Eastern League, Ruther­glen had a home win and an away draw against Carmyle BC last Fri­day. This week’s game is against Bail­lieston BC.

In the Cam­bus­lang and Dis­trict Se­niors League, Ruther­glen had two wins against Mount Florida BC on Wed­nes­day morn­ing. This week’s game is against Kirkhill.

In last week’s R&D Gilliland league game Ruther­glen lost to Kingswood. The next game is at home against Half­way BC.

In the Glas­gow sin­gles pre­lim­i­nary round last Wed­nes­day evening Gil Mor­gan had a walkover against White­vale. In this Wed­nes­day’s first round Gil plays at Castlemilk with the pairs at Shaw­lands, triples at Bail­lieston, fours at Well­croft and se­nior fours at Burn­side. On the same evening Ruther­glen hosts GBA first round games.

Ruther­glen’s Bowls Scot­land triples play in the pre­lim­i­nary round at Ham­p­den this Thurs­day evening.

In the R&D com­pe­ti­tion this Tues­day evening the sin­gles are at Kingswood, pairs at Half­way and se­nior fours at Tem­ple­ton.

The Mon­day evening ag­gre­gate game was won by Alan Robin­son, Andy Dunn and Barry Fin­layson.


Last week saw the start of the Bowls Scot­land ties. In the ladies sec­tion Ge­orgie O’Ha­gan de­feated the player from Raploch. Agnes Fitz­patrick and Joyce Kelly won in the pairs against Stone­house and the triples team of Sheila Gal­lagher, Heather Blair and Bar­bara Mor­ris beat the team from Strathaven.

Claire Walker was due to play Red Deer in the un­der-25 Sin­gles how­ever her op­po­nent did not turn up so she got a bye.

Con­grat­u­la­tions must go to Claire as she has been se­lected to rep­re­sent Scot­land in the un­der-25 In­ter­na­tional se­ries which will be held in Gourock on July 18 and 19.

In the se­niors sec­tion the gents had one win and a loss against Over­toun in the Cam­bus­lang and Dis­trict league. On Mon­day they lost at home to East Kil­bride in the Dis­trict 26 league. The away game was can­celled due to the in­clement weather.

The Gilliland league team had a draw against Tem­ple­ton.

Mark O’Ha­gan helped the cur­rent county cham­pi­ons South La­nark­shire to an 11 shot victory over Ayr­shire South to en­sure that they re­main at the top of the ta­ble.

The gents ag­gre­gate was won by Michael Mor­ris and John Camp­bell who fin­ished 28 shots up.

This week sees the start of the LBA and Bowls Scot­land ties for the gents.

On Satur­day the club will hold their an­nual 2 +1 com­pe­ti­tion and play­ers should ar­rive at the club no later than 9.30am.

Greens for go

Kirkhill Bowl­ing Club se­niors en­joy­ing the new sea­son

Game for a laugh

Fun on the greens at Kirkhill Bowl­ing Club

Busy time

Ladies day at Kirkhill Bowl­ing Club proved to be very popular this year

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