Around the bowling greens
HALFWAY AND DISTRICT
Elaine Ralston won through to the semi final of the Bowls Scotland District 19 singles.
This will take place at Uddingston on Sunday afternoon at 2pm and a victory will mean Elaine is only one more game away from qualifying for Northfield.
The senior fours lost their quarterfinal by a shot in the closest of games. In the under-25 singles, Taylor Gray led for the full game right up until the last end and was very unlucky to lose her game 21-20 against her opponent from Red Deer. Kirsty Wilson also put up a good fight but lost out to her opponent from Stonehouse.
The gents Bowls Scotland ties began last Friday and Halfway had victories in the singles (Tommy Allison) and triples only to lose out in the junior singles (Brian McLeod) and rinks. Both senior rinks teams lost out last week and Jacky Fergus also lost out in the singles. Jim Torrance made it through in his singles game. The second round ties took place on Tuesday where the pairs will enter the fray. Tuesday’s winners will go on to play on Friday then the district semi finals will take place next Tuesday.
In the LBA first round games last week the pairs lost out against Shettleston. The triples made it through and will play against Whitefield at Motherwell MW on Thursday. The rinks started their defence with a victory and will now play Uddingston at Colville Park on Thursday. The senior fours lost their first round game.
In the RDBA knockout competitions the pairs had a hard fought first round win against Overtoun. They played against Croftfoot at Kingswood on Tuesday night for a place in next Tuesdays semi finals which will take place at Cambuslang. Gordon Shanks opened the defence of his trophy on Tuesday night against Kirkhill at Tollcross. The triples and senior fours played rescheduled games on Tuesday. The Gilliland league team lost by a single shot in their game at Rutherglen last week. This week they were away to Kingswood and next weeks final home game is at home to Overtoun.
The ladies WOSWBA triples play their first round game on Monday against Bothwell at Uddingston. The singles and pairs lost their first round games last week. The LWBA ties begin the following week.
The Millenium (Top Five) singles starts on Sunday and Halfway open up with a tough first round home game against Whitemoss at 2pm.
The next all day competition is the Clyde Refrigeration Invitation rinks which will take place on Saturday, June 6, the draw for this will be made on Monday night so those who have not already done so should enter their team on the sheet asap. The sheets are also on the board for the Condorrat game ( June 13) and the Cadburys Fingers Invitation Pairs ( June 21).
The district 26 seniors league teams had two home wins on Monday. One away team lost, the other result to follow next week. David Fergus was part of the Lanarkshire team that made it three wins after a victory over Dumbartonshire East at Condorrat last Saturday. This Saturday’s game takes place at Houldsworth against Glasgow East.
The deadline for entry to the Bowls Scotland Super Series is May 31. Any member who wishes to play in this should contact Stephen McIntyre before Saturday
On Tuesday last in the Renfrewshire (RBA) the singles, fours and senior fours all lost, but Grant Cameron in the junior singles and David Hutchinson’s triples both won handsomely at Eaglesham.
In the Rutherglen and District on the same evening Willie Rankin lost his singles match, but the triples of Willie Thomson, Andy Johnston and David Paterson won.
Earlier in the day Marjorie Kyle lost her West of Scotland singles match at Shawlands against Giffnock.
In the seniors’ Cathcart League it was one up and one down against Queen’s Park.
On Wednesday evening it was the Glasgow with the rink skipped by Iain Gillies being the only survivor of the evening.
Over the weekend the Ladies Scottish was held at various venues. The pairs of Nikki Hutchinson and Rachel Magee had a resounding victory over Castlemilk on Saturday morning and in the afternoon Helen McGregor won against Stamperland.
Helen was behind the whole game and at 19-16 down and game against her, she bravely struck to burn the end. She secured two shots in the next end and then threw a full length jack and gained the 3 shots she needed for the win.
Also at Busby, Barbara Wills, Margaret McElveen, Marjory Kyle and Chris Holland won against Wellcroft.
Then on Sunday, Linda Hislop, Cathy Gemmell and Betty Charleson won their match against Stamperland, and so it is a clean sweep of singles, pairs, triples and fours going through to the district semi-final on Saturday, June 6, at Wellcroft .
Also at the weekend Rachel Magee who had earlier been selected for the Scotland under-25 team was given the good news of being selected to represent Scotland in the home internationals under-25 pairs team.
Finally, on bank holiday Monday, the ladies East Renfrewshire games were held at various venues.
Rachel Magee played at Shawlands against internationalist Anne Dunwoodie. The first part of the game was very close, but with the score at 13-12 in favour of Anne Dunwoodie, Rachel picked up a four, three and a two to win.
The fours skipped by Emma Lockhart won a close fought encounter against Croftfoot, but unfortunately the triples who won the tournament last year went out to Titwood.
It has been another good week at Kirkhill Bowling Club. Friday saw another new member, David Young joining up.
The club welcomed Wigtonshire and East Glasgow to play a Glasgow Bowls County game on Saturday, Wigtonshire were winners overall, although the club were delighted to see Kirkhill member Gordon Cunningham’s Glasgow rink winning well, with Gordon playing lead.
The club thanked all the Kirkhill members who gave up their time to mark game scores in very poor weather conditions and to look after the nonplaying visitors in the clubhouse.
Lots of people have been playing their first round ties this week, congratulations to the winners and commiserations to the remainder.
Additional senior draws have been placed on the noticeboard and the first round draw for the Commonwealth games has been posted on the main hall board.
Teams have been out playing in representative games as well with mixed success. However Ronnie Wilson led a winning team of volunteer shovellers and rakers comprising Rennie Dobinson, Alastair Firth, John Coubrough and John O’Brien to spread another two tons of pebbles in the car park area on Tuesday, so the work is nearly complete.
The ladies sent a large contingent to Portland Kilmarnock on Thursday afternoon.
On Saturday night George Campbell organised the Red Box social evening which attracted more than 60 members and their friends to a great social evening in the club.
This was a great turnout considering the club was competing with the Eurovision Song Contest and many members were away for the holiday weekend.
George was helped on the night by teams of people running the tote, for example, while the treasurer Alastair Firth, Jim Proctor and Jim Cunningham and other members and friends distributed stand up bingo cards and handed out games prizes.
Duty director Gerry Ritchie and Julie worked hard to keep the refreshments ticking over and committee members and others made donations and set up and cleared tables all of which contributed to a great night.
The hard work helps make the club a better place.
The season is well under way at Overtoun and as the competition season looms over us, members have been taking advantage of the lovely warm weather to put in a bit of practice in the friendly afternoon and evening ‘bounce’ games.
On Tuesday evenings, the men have begun their campaign in the Gilliland League but suffered a defeat on Tuesday to Kingswood.
On Wednesday morning the men fared a little better in the Rutherglen District Senior Fours League, managing to win one of the two games against Cambuslang. In the Rutherglen District League pairs, Hugh Lambie and Tommy Macfarlane put up a good fight against Halfway but were unlucky to lose by two shots. In the Bowls Scotland competitions, the teams travelled to Eaglesham to play the first round but, sadly, the singles (Colin Harvie) and the pairs (the Noddings brothers, Ian and Dougie) could not secure a place in the next round, while the triples (Hugh Lambie, James Masterton and Tommy Macfarlane) were also defeated.
The women have so far had a better run in the Scottish with Barbara Drummond (singles) and Anne Bryce, Liz Keenan and Anna McLean (triples) winning their first round ties. Unfortunately, the triples were narrowly defeated in their second round tie while Barbara is through to the semi-finals.
The club’s Corporation Cup competition will begin this Monday evening, June 1, at 6.30pm. This is a knock-out balloted pairs competition with ties being played through to a conclusion each Monday during the month of June.
Last week saw the gents play in the first round of the Bowls Scotland ties.
The singles, pairs, triples, fours and mixed pairs all won through to the next round which will be played this week. Mark O’Hagan also won in the junior singles however Alasdair Paton lost. Douglas Knape won in the senior singles but Tam McLinden was defeated.
It was a similar story in the Lanarkshire Bowling Association ties with every team progressing to the next round.
The ladies pairs and the junior singles won in their Bowls Scotland ties however there was narrow defeats for the singles and the triples.
In the RDBA, the singles had a bye against Tollcross. The pairs however lost and the triples play this week.
In the Cambuslang and District seniors league the club lost both games against Rutherglen. They also played Eddlewood in the District 26 league and had one win and one loss.
On Saturday the club held their 2+1 competition and the eventual winners were Andy Faulds, Eddie McCormack and Stevie Nicholas who defeated Pat Gallagher, Robert Gallagher and Robert Gallagher jnr in the final.
The gents aggregate was won by Bert Latowski and Davie Hefferland, who finished 17 shots up.
Scotland call Whitefield Bowling Club’s Claire Walker (22) has been called up to the under-25 indoor international team, for the third consecutive year
Competition Kirkhill Bowling Club hosted a Glasgow Bowls county game on Saturday, between Wigtonshire and East Glasgow
All smiles Overtoun Park members pictured with the Reformer Cup
On the greens Action from Overtoun Park Bowling Club