Around the bowl­ing greens

Rutherglen Reformer - - Sport -


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

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