Around the bowling greens
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
HALFWAY AND DISTRICT
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
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