Around the bowl­ing greens

Rutherglen Reformer - - Rugby -


The JVP Fours com­pe­ti­tion reached the semi-fi­nal stage af­ter be­ing post­poned last week due to poor weather con­di­tions.

The fan­cied four of Neil Coats, Alis­dair Neil, Kenny Stir­ratt and skip­per Peter Horne en­sured no cup up­sets and marched on em­phat­i­cally to the fi­nal af­ter de­feat­ing a team skipped by Boots McDon­ald. The victory was sealed with an end to spare with the mar­gin so great that the evening prizes went to Peter Horne and co.

In the fi­nal they will play the other vic­to­ri­ous semi-fi­nal­ist out­fit which saw the team skipped by David Ly­burn get­ting through af­ter de­feat­ing Ian Cleugh’s squad.

This Satur­day sees Burn­side host­ing the in­vi­ta­tion triples tour­na­ment which has a full turnout of mem­bers and guests and is al­ways a highly com­pet­i­tive and en­joy­able day and hope­fully the weather will help to this suc­cess.

Not a great week for Burn­side in ex­ter­nal com­pe­ti­tions with a num­ber of teams los­ing out at this stage of var­i­ous com­pe­ti­tions. On the pos­i­tive side the spon­sored fours kept up their win­ning ways in the GBA com­pe­ti­tion and Burn­side also had suc­cess with Boots McDon­ald who won through in Bowls Scot­land se­nior sin­gles event.

Fi­nally, the Mon­day night ag­gre­gate game saw a full turnout of mem­bers with £97 be­ing raised for good causes.


Once again the club thanked Alex Mac­Far­lane Me­mo­rial char­ity day or­gan­is­ers Glenda Mont­gomery, the Mac­Far­lane fam­ily, direc­tor Alan John­ston, di­rec­tors and all the helpers for their work in rais­ing £1681.39.

MND Scot­land re­ceived £1381.39 and £300 went to the over-55s Scot­land squad to help sup­ply boots and strips for chil­dren in Thai­land.

The bowls com­pe­ti­tion fi­nal was won by a mixed rink from Carmyle and Half­way bowl­ing clubs. Win­ners were Ron­nie Plun­kett, Billy Shep­herd, Frank Wil­son and David Arm­strong, and beaten fi­nal­ists were a mixed rink from Half­way and Cam­bus­lang BCs, with run­ners-up Char­lie Davie, Gor­don Speirs, John Smith and Char­lie McIn­tyre.

A big thanks went to all the peo­ple who do­nated so many prizes for the an­nual raf­fle draw, which wouldn’t have been pos­si­ble with­out: Asian Tan­doori, Black Bull, Cam­bus­lang Ma­sonic 114, Chillies, Christine McNeil, Hoover Scott Crich­ton, James Coyle mo­tor en­gi­neers, John and Sadie Mac­Far­lane, Kirkhill Rangers sup­port­ers bus, Lucky Ori­en­tal, Mary Bro­gan florist, Mar­ion’s hair­dresser, Mae­stro, Night Star, Pan­dora’s box, Ralph Cald­well, San­dra Keary, Spa­narama, Tan­doori Knights, the Tea Bay and oth­ers.

This an­nual char­ity day has now raised a mas­sive £53,609 for char­i­ties through­out Scot­land.

On Satur­day, 60 bowlers gath­ered for the an­nual Jimmy Hoad Me­mo­rial Triples at Cam­bus­lang and were re­lieved to find the weather rather bet­ter than fore­casts sug­gested.

Af­ter a round robin and play-offs, the fi­nal was played be­tween the Mc­Gov­ern broth­ers, John, Tom and Hugh, from Strath­clyde Park BC, and Alex Hay, vice-pres­i­dent Richard McI­nall ju­nior and pres­i­dent Richard McI­nall se­nior, all of Cam­bus­lang, with the Cam­bus­lang team tri­umph­ing in an ex­cel­lent fi­nal.

Many thanks to spon­sor Ste­wart Hoad of Hoad Bulk Trans­port for his con­tin­ued sup­port of this popular event. Ev­ery year, he goes the ex­tra mile to make this a day to re­mem­ber for all contestants.

The club’s sin­cere thanks also go to past pres­i­dent Ian Skillen for or­gan­is­ing the bowl­ing tour­na­ment and the pre­sen­ta­tions.

In the Ruther­glen Dis­trict Bowl­ing As­so­ci­a­tion, club cham­pion Brian Page won his sin­gles semi-fi­nal against Ruther­glen BC’s Garry Kelsie, and the fi­nal will be played at Whitefield on June 19.

Af­ter five league games the Gilliland League rink had the same seven league points as Ruther­glen BC but Ruther­glen are through the fi­nal with a bet­ter shot dif­fer­ence.

The RDBA triples league starts to­day (June) and Cam­bus­lang are home and away to Tem­ple­ton BC

In the Cam­bus­lang Dis­trict Se­niors League, last Wed­nes­day the club had two rinks at home against Kirkhill and lost both games which leave Cam­bus­lang at the bot­tom of the league af­ter six league matches.

To­day (Wed­nes­day) the rinks games are at home against Mount Ver­non BC.

On Mon­day, points win­ners were pairs Billy Cowan and Jim Kirk, 10 shots up.

This Satur­day, June 13, the ladies sec­tion have their an­nual ladies fours com­pe­ti­tion which com­mences at 10am.


Last Satur­day saw the Clyde Re­frig­er­a­tion In­vi­ta­tion rinks take place at Half­way and Dis­trict, where 20 teams par­tic­i­pated and it ended up with an all- Half­way fi­nal. Bryan McAl­lis­ter, Billy Thom­son, Jim Tor­rance and Jacky Fer­gus emerged vic­to­ri­ous af­ter a good fi­nal against Alan Barr, Ge­orge Thom­son, Gor­don Shanks and Martin McIl­ree.

This Satur­day sees the Fer­gus Tro­phy played for when Half­way come up against their old friends from Con­dor­rat. The ladies are at home this year and the gents are away in what is al­ways an en­joy­able and so­cia­ble day.

The LBA rinks team won through to the dis­trict fi­nal af­ter a con­vinc­ing win over Wrangholm Hall last Thurs­day. They now play Bell­shill and Mossend at Wrangholm Hall tonight (Wed­nes­day) as they try and get through to the semi fi­nals and hope to take a step nearer to re­tain­ing the tro­phy.

Char­lie McIn­tyre and John Kerr won through to the fi­nal of the RDBA Pairs last Tues­day night af­ter a win over Cam­bus­lang on their home green in the semi-fi­nals. The se­niors lost out nar­rowly in their semi-fi­nal against Kingswood. The fi­nals will take place at Whitefield on Fri­day, June 19, and Half­way will face RDBA new­com­ers St Leonards in the fi­nal.

The Gilliland League team drew their fi­nal game at home to Over­toun Park last Tues­day. The triples league started this week and Half­way played Croft­foot in their open­ing game. Next weeks op­po­nents are St Leonards.

The Mil­le­nium Top Five sin­gles lost away to Over­town and Water­loo on Sun­day in what was al­ways go­ing to be a tough game.

The ladies LWBA ties begin on Wed­nes­day and Half­way are in ac­tion in the sin­gles, pairs and triples. The club will also host six WOSWBA dis­trict semi-fi­nals on Mon­day, June 15.

The se­niors only man­aged one win on Mon­day morn­ing and that was in the home game against Quar­ter. The knock­out sin­gles and pairs started on Tues­day and Half­way had two en­tries in each dis­ci­pline, re­sults to fol­low next week. The top 10 also be­gins next week and Half­way are at home to Dalserf.

David Fer­gus’ La­nark­shire South team made it five wins in a row in the An­drew Hamil­ton Tro­phy and they se­cured qual­i­fi­ci­a­tion for the knock­out stages with two games to go. On Satur­day they beat Ren­frew­shire South at Ral­ston. This Satur­day is a top of the ta­ble clash against Wig­ton­shire at Thanker­ton. Both coun­ties have a 100 per cent record so far.

The sheets are on the board for the Cad­burys Fin­gers In­vi­ta­tion Pairs ( June 21) and the friendly game away to Cam­bus­lang ( July 11). The La­nark­shire League starts on Fri­day June 26, the teams will be picked next week.


There were first class per­for­mances from the se­niors in the Wed­nes­day league with both teams win­ning. This was matched by Ren­nie Dobin­son’s teams suc­cess in the Gilliland League on Tues­day evening and by a good in­di­vid­ual per­for­mance from Camp­bell McCul­loch in a sin­gle-handed se­niors com­pe­ti­tion.

First week as a mem­ber, first ever com­pet­i­tive game of bowls and new mem­ber Dave Young part­nered by Robert Con­way won Mon­day night’s round of the Ge­orge Adam’s Tro­phy win­ning 18 shots up against ex­pe­ri­enced op­po­nents.

On Fri­day night Sam Guthrie and Ren­nie Dobin­son won the lat­est round of the Harry Noble com­pe­ti­tion be­ing 23 shots up.

For the first time all five rinks teams lost in their rep­re­sen­ta­tive games on Fri­day, the un­der-45s and four North Eastern teams com­ing close, play­ing well, but fail­ing to be ahead af­ter 15 ends.

Mem­bers should look out for and make wel­come an­other new mem­ber, Neil Fer­gu­son, who joined Kirkhill this week.

The char­ity group CHAS had a day of bowl­ing and lunch in the club on Thurs­day, leav­ing a lovely pen­nant for the club to com­mem­o­rate the day.

An­other first for the club was the suc­cess achieved by new rookie mem­ber Martin Robert­son in an ex­ter­nal com­pe­ti­tion for deaf bowlers. Play­ing for the West Loth­ian deaf bowls club Martin’s rink won four out of five group games then knocked out two time pre­vi­ous win­ners in the semi-fi­nal be­fore los­ing a close fought match in the fi­nal.


Over­ton Park mem­bers are hop­ing for bet­ter weather and bet­ter re­sults this week. Last week’s Cor­po­ra­tion Cup ties and Satur­day’s sweep were can­celled be­cause of tor­ren­tial rain but as usual this did not dampen the spir­its or the ca­ma­raderie in the club­house.

The men’s se­nior fours suf­fered a de­feat to Kingswood in the League on Wed­nes­day and although the rinks drew with Half­way in their last game in the Gilliland League, they are not in con­tention for a win over­all. A mixup with times put Bar­bara Drum­mond out of the Scot­tish Sin­gles al­low­ing Mar­garet McCracken to go through by de­fault so al­to­gether not much suc­cess in the com­pe­ti­tions.

This week, the Gala Two Bowl takes place on Fri­day evening while on Sun­day the men look for­ward to en­ter­tain­ing guests for their an­nual Men’s Day fix­ture be­gin­ning at 11.30am.


The triples and se­nior fours both won through to the quar­ter- fi­nal stage in the Glas­gow Bowl­ing As­so­ci­a­tion cham­pi­onships last Wed­nes­day. This Wed­nes­day evening the triples are at North Bri­tish and in the af­ter­noon the se­nior fours play at Car­don­ald BC.

In the Bowls Scot­land dis­trict games the sin­gles, se­nior sin­gles ‘A’ and the se­nior fours ‘D’ team all won through to the semi-fi­nals. The venues and dates are Cam­bus­lang for the sin­gles on June 18 and Cam­bus­lang on June 11 for the se­nior fours. The se­nior sin­gles play at Castlemilk on Fri­day, June 12.

In ad­di­tion, there was a win for the Ruther­glen mixed pairs last Sun­day af­ter­noon at Ruther­glen. They now play at Clark­ston BC on Sun­day.

In the R and D cham­pi­onships the triples, se­nior fours and Gilliland fours all won through to the fi­nals which are be­ing played at Whitefield BC on Fri­day, June 19.

The R and D triples league gets un­der­way this Wed­nes­day evening when the op­po­nents are Whitefield BC. The poor run in the North Eastern League goes on with the club los­ing all four games last Fri­day evening. This week’s game is against Mount Ver­non BC.

In the Cam­bus­lang and Dis­trict Se­nior’s League Ruther­glen won both games last week against Mount Florida BC and are sit­ting nicely at the top of the league.

This week’s game is at home against Kingswood BC.

Ruther­glen hosted Mil­ton of Camp­sie BC last Satur­day in their an­nual friendly match. Ev­ery­one had a great day in not so good weather. So much so, it was agreed that the re­sult was a draw.

The Mon­day evening ag­gre­gate game was won by Neil McAl­lis­ter, Ge­orge Bell and Alasdair Camp­bell.


Con­grat­u­la­tions to the ladies triples team of Sheila Gal­lagher, Heather Blair and Bar­bara Mor­ris who won the La­nark­shire dis­trict fi­nal of the Scot­tish Cham­pi­onships and now head on to North­field.

There was fur­ther suc­cess as Claire Walker and Michael O’Ha­gan pro­gressed to the fi­nal of the mixed pairs.

Un­for­tu­nately, Claire lost in her fi­nal of the un­der-25s ladies cham­pi­onship but gave a great ac­count of her­self through­out the tour­na­ment.

Mark O’Ha­gan lost his tie in the Scot­tish un­der-25s dis­trict com­pe­ti­tion against Dalserf.

In the LBA cham­pi­onships, the re­main­ing teams in the pairs, triples and fours all lost their ties.

The Ruther­glen triples rep­re­sen­ta­tives, Jim McGuire, Jim Mol­loy and Michael Irvine con­tin­ued their ti­tle de­fence at Kingswood with a victory against Toll­cross.

Their next tie is away Cam­bus­lang.

The se­niors gents had two wins against Tem­ple­ton in the Cam­bus­lang and Dis­trict League and con­tin­ued their good form into the La­nark­shire Dis­trict 26 with two wins against Larkhall D. This week’s se­nior gents Wed­nes­day fix­ture is post­poned with a re­ar­ranged date to be an­nounced later. The se­niors play in the sin­gles and dou­bles tour­na­ments in La­nark­shire Dis­trict 26.

The ladies had a busy day on Sun­day with the in­vi­ta­tional pairs with Tem­ple­ton Bowl­ing Club emerg­ing vic­to­ri­ous in the fi­nal against the home team of Agnes Fitz­patrick, Ge­orgie O’Ha­gan and Joyce Kelly. Thanks go to all the vis­it­ing teams for con­tribut­ing to a great day.

Satur­day sees the gents host the in­vi­ta­tional pairs and the fol­low­ing day the ladies hold their 2+1 com­pe­ti­tion.

Fi­nally, Tom Doyle and Jim Quin ran out win­ners in the Mon­day ag­gre­gate, 21 shots up.


Top three The win­ning triple at Cam­bus­lang Bowl­ing Club’s Hoad Triples are (from left) Alex Hay, Richie McI­nall ju­nior, pres­i­dent Richie Mci­nall se­nior, spon­sor Stu­art Hoad and his daugh­ter Caitlin

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