Around the bowling greens
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
HALFWAY AND DISTRICT
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
Ladies day at Kirkhill Bowling Club proved to be very popular this year