Around the bowl­ing greens

Rutherglen Reformer - - Drivetime Extra -


On Satur­day Burn­side held their an­nual two bowl bal­loted gents pairs. In un­usu­ally good weather con­di­tions the fi­nal was keenly con­tested which saw the pair­ing of club pres­i­dent Neil Coats and Ste­vie Leonard tak­ing gold.

In the run­ners-up po­si­tion were Chris Al­lan with Boots McDon­ald com­ing at the rear.

In ex­ter­nal com­pe­ti­tions the se­nior fours man­aged a victory against Ham­p­den BC at Queen’s Park and the spon­sored fours had a walkover see­ing them through to the next round. Burn­side also had other suc­cesses in the un­der-45s who won at Stam­per­land. Chris Al­lan and Robert White­side had a good victory in the Ruther­glen and Dis­trict Pairs against a strong out­fit from Tem­ple­ton BC and in the GBA pairs Burn­side man­aged a victory against Mount Ver­non.

On Sun­day Burn­side trav­elled to lo­cal neigh­bours Ruther­glen for their first Ry­der Cup com­pe­ti­tion of the year. Burn­side, who have never been de­feated in this fix­ture, man­aged once again to se­cure victory against a crack out­fit from the hosts.

Burn­side cap­tain YFT McIn­tosh took pos­ses­sion of the tro­phy once again de­spite drop­ping him­self from the start­ing line up. This was a gam­ble which paid off as his young team took the honours with his coach­ing and ex­pe­ri­ence from the side­lines prov­ing in­valu­able.

Thanks to all who par­tic­i­pated in mak­ing this an en­joy­able day.

Mon­day brought the first day of Bri­tish sum­mer time and with it tor­ren­tial weather con­di­tions which can­celled the tra­di­tional ag­gre­gate game and post­poned un­til next week the semi fi­nals of the JVP fours


This Satur­day sees the Clyde Re­frig­er­a­tion in­vi­ta­tion rinks take place at Half­way with a 9.30am for 10am start. A to­tal of 20 teams will battle it out for the prizes in what is al­ways a busy and en­joy­able day at the club.

There will be no Half­way teams at North­field this year. Elaine Ral­ston lost her sin­gles semi fi­nal on Sun­day in a close game. Hugh Geb­bie and David Fer­gus went fur­thest on the mens side but lost their quar­ter fi­nal against Raploch on Fri­day night. The triples, sin­gles and se­nior sin­gles all lost a week past on Tues­day.

In the LBA ties last Thurs­day night John Smith, Jacky Fer­gus and Tommy Al­li­son lost out in a close game against Whitefield. The rinks con­tin­ued the de­fence of their tro­phy when they beat Ud­dingston in an­other close game. They will now play Wrangholm Hall at Dalzell this Thurs­day night in the dis­trict semi-fi­nal.

The Mil­le­nium Top Five sin­gles be­gan on Sun­day and Half­way (Tommy Al­li­son, David Fer­gus, Alan Lorimer, Martin McIl­ree and Gor­don Shanks) had a re­sound­ing win over White­moss at home. Half­way now travel to Over­town and Water­loo in the sec­ond round this Sun­day at 2pm.

The ladies triples lost their WOSWBA first round game on Mon­day against Both­well at Ud­dingston. The LWBA ties begin next week.

In the gents RDBA ties Char­lie McIn­tyre and John Kerr made it through to the semi-fi­nals af­ter a close victory over Croft­foot. They will now play against Cam­bus­lang in the semi­fi­nal.

The se­niors rink of Iain Firth, David Ai­ton, Gor­don Pater­son and Ge­orge McCutcheon beat Kirkhill and Whitefield last week to also make it through to the semi-fi­nals where they will play Kingswood. The semis took place at Cam­bus­lang on Tues­day, re­sults to fol­low next week.

The Gilliland League team had a win away to Kingswood last week, they were at home to Over­toun in Tues­days fi­nal group game. The triples league starts next Tues­day with Half­way up against Croft­foot in their open­ing game.

The se­niors con­tin­ued their good start to the Mon­day morn­ing league this week. They had an away win at Hamil­ton Ca­ley and home and away wins against Colville Park.

David Fer­gus’ La­nark­shire South team made it four wins in a row in the An­drew Hamil­ton Tro­phy with a victory over Glas­gow East at Houldsworth last Satur­day. This Satur­day they travel to Black­land­mill to play Ren­frewh­sire South.

The sheets are on the board for the Con­dor­rat game (Satur­day, June 13) and the Cad­bury’s Fin­gers in­vi­ta­tion pairs (Sun­day, June 21). The teams for the Con­dor­rat game will be picked on Mon­day night so those who haven’t al­ready done should ap­pend their name on the sheet ASAP.


Early last week the se­nior men con­tin­ued their chal­lenge in both the Cath­cart League and the Cam­bus­lang and Dis­trict leagues with some mixed re­sults.

On Tues­day evening in the Ruther­glen Pairs, Kingswood just lost out to Cam­bus­lang, but the triples march on into the next round.

On Wed­nes­day evening Iain Gil­lies’ Fours Team beat Green­faulds in the GBA. David Pater­son’s Spon­sored Fours rink also won. In the GBA un­der­45s Kingswood beat Stam­per­land on Fri­day evening.

On Thurs­day, in the Bowls Scot­land Se­niors Fours, the A team won at Queens Park, and the B team lost at Croft­foot. In the evening David Hutchinson lost 21-20 to for­mer Scot­tish Sin­gles cham­pion Mark Kelsey from Ruther­glen. This was a game of two halves with David 18-6 down he just man­aged to save the game and then won a se­ries of ends to go 20-18 up, but it was to no avail as Mark Kelsey closed out the match to win 2120.

How­ever it was bet­ter news with the pairs, triples and fours all go­ing through to next week.

On Fri­day Andy John­ston was also suc­cess­ful when he trav­elled to Kirkhill for the Bowls Scot­land se­nior sin­gles. He beat the rep­re­sen­ta­tive from Ham­p­den.

On Satur­day morn­ing Ren­frew­shire Spon­sored Kingswood lost by two shots.

The an­nual Ju­bilee Day has been resched­uled from June 6 to June 20 to al­low as many sup­port­ers as pos­si­ble to sup­port the ladies com­pet­ing in the Bowls Scot­land semi-fi­nals at Well­croft


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Fours Over­toun Park’s new mem­bers have been tak­ing ad­van­tage of the good weather to join in some af­ter­noon bounce games.

As usual at Over­toun, th­ese games are a time for friend­ships to be built as well as an op­por­tu­nity for ev­ery­one to hone their bowl­ing skills. The new mem­bers are all show­ing signs of hav­ing a knack for the game and have been happy to play an oc­ca­sional game in the se­niors’ team.

On Satur­day af­ter­noon the club’s Cor­po­ra­tion Cup (bal­loted pairs) had a fair-weather start when the pre­lim round ties were played.

Four teams bat­tled it out for a place in the first round. Anna McLean and Colin Harvie beat Christine Al­li­son and Dougie Nod­dings while James Master­ton and Bar­bara Drum­mond beat Tommy Wil­son and Eleanor Lappin in two ex­cit­ing, closely fought games. Tommy Wil­son should be men­tioned for the great game he played in this, his first club com­pe­ti­tion.

Mem­bers play­ing in out­side com­pe­ti­tions have not had much suc­cess this week, los­ing all their games to Kirkhill in the Gilliland League and the Ruther­glen Dis­trict Se­niors’ League.

The next se­ries of games, how­ever, are home ties and so hopes are high that this will bring more suc­cess.

In the Scot­tish mixed pairs, May Stark and Hugh Lam­bie trav­elled to Stam­per­land where they were drawn against Ea­gle­sham and although they bat­tled on bravely, they could not out­wit their op­po­nents and the victory went to Ea­gle­sham.

This Satur­day, June 6, is the turn of Bar­bara Drum­mond (sin­gles) and Ann Bryce and Anna McLean (pairs) to see if they can make it through the Bowls Scot­land semis to win a place in the fi­nals on Satur­day, June 13.

Four tops Ruther­glen Bowl­ing Club’s mom­i­nated fours win­ners (from left) Mark Kelsey, Nor­man King, Peter Lu­cas and Gil Mor­gan

Up for the cup Ruther­glen Bowl­ing Club’s 4, 3, 2, 1 win­ners (from left) Mur­ray Yule, Alex Colquhoun, Nor­man King and Alex Hut­ton

Victory Burn­side Bowl­ing Club mem­bers pic­tured af­ter their Ry­der Cup match with against Ruther­glen, with their tro­phy

De­lighted Burn­side mem­bers cel­e­brate their Ry­der Cup win over Ruther­glen

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