Around the bowl­ing greens

Rutherglen Reformer - - Sports -


On Satur­day Burn­side hosted their an­nual in­vi­ta­tion triples event which brought a good turnout from var­i­ous clubs and once again saw a close fought fin­ish.

Burn­side man­aged to get three teams through to the semi fi­nal stage but the gold medal eluded them all. The win­ning team came from Hous­ton BC with skip Ge­orge Bain clinch­ing the top spot as he has done pre­vi­ously.

In an ex­cit­ing fi­nale the Burn­side trio of Jamie Aber­crom­bie, Ju­nior Robert­son and Marc Stir­ratt took Hous­ton to an ex­tra end with Ge­orge Bain play­ing a won­der shot to clinch vic­tory. As al­ways there were some ma­jor sur­prises through­out the day which started with a rookie squad skipped by KB Fox tak­ing the scalp of fan­cied trio skipped by W Barra.

Thanks to all con­cerned in the par­tic­i­pa­tion and or­gan­i­sa­tion of this tour­na­ment and in par­tic­u­lar match sec­re­tary Ge­off McNee who made sure all games went smoothly and to time and spe­cial thanks to our spon­sors the Fa­mous Grouse and Tesco for sup­ply­ing the prizes.

In other com­pe­ti­tions Burn­side won one and drew one in the R and D triples and it was was a sim­i­lar re­sult in the Cam­bus­lang and Dis­trict Se­niors. Con­grat­u­la­tions to Jim McDon­ald in the Bowls Scot­land Se­niors event where he has made it through to the semi fi­nal stage. This game will be played on Fri­day at 2pm at Queen’s Park.

Mon­day evening saw the fi­nal of the JVP Fours tro­phy which the first prize was se­cured by the team lead by club pres­i­dent Neil Coats fol­lowed by Alis­dair Neil and Kenny Stir­ratt with Peter Horne skip­ping to vic­tory.

Win­ners of the ag­gre­gate game were the four­some of Danny Bruce, PC Monachan, David Robert­son ju­nior with WB McDon­ald com­ing at the rear. WB McDon­ald has lost his way some­what in the quest for this prize and fi­nally has made his late move in the right di­rec­tion to at­tempt to claim over­all ag­gre­gate win­ner for the sea­son and get his hands on the Burn­side Com­pass Tro­phy for another year.

Ar­range­ments for the Burn­side Bowl­ing Club Fete be­ing held on Satur­day July 17 are now gath­er­ing pace and any mem­bers or friends wish­ing to pro­vide any do­na­tions for stalls should con­tact club pres­i­dent Neil Coats with de­tails. Fur­ther de­tails will be pro­vided nearer the time.


Last Satur­day saw the Fer­gus Tro­phy games take place against our friends from Con­dor­rat and as usual a great day was had by all. The ladies were at home this year and the Gents were away. Un­for­tu­nately for the sec­ond year run­ning Con­dor­rat won both games. All the stops will be pulled out next year to stop them mak­ing it three in a row.

It’s another busy week­end com­ing up. Satur­day sees the ladies play for the Joe Nel­son Pairs Cup (noon start). Sun­day sees the Cad­burys Fin­gers in­vi­ta­tion pairs (spon­sored by Bur­tons Bis­cuits) take place with a 9.30am for 10am start. At least 40 teams will bat­tle it out for the prizes.

The gents LBA rink of Char­lie McIntyre, Hugh Geb­bie, Derek Pater­son and David Fer­gus lost out to Bell­shill and Mossend in the dis­trict fi­nal last Wed­nes­day. They were three down play­ing the last and were ly­ing four only for the op­po­si­tion third to play a great bowl to win the game.

The ladies La­nark­shire ties started last week and the triples lost our in their open­ing game. The sin­gles (Fiona Firth) and pairs (Elaine Ral­ston and He­len Tor­rance) won their games and will now play on Wed­nes­day, June 24, in the sec­ond round.

Half­way will host the RDBA Allan Chap­man tro­phy tonight (Wed­nes­day). Six games will take place with the high­est up team win­ning the tro­phy. Half­way will also be rep­re­sented in the pairs at this Fri­day night’s RDBA fi­nals at White­field where they will face St Leonards.

The triples league started last week and Half­way had a home win and an away de­feat against Croft­foot. This week’s op­po­nents were St Leonards, next weeks are Toll­cross.

Well done to David Fer­gus and the La­nark­shire South team who made it six wins in a row and all but se­cured top spot in their sec­tion. This week­end they travel to Dumfries to play Dum­friesshire be­fore the knock­out stages be­gin on July 4.

The se­niors had mixed for­tunes in the Mon­day morn­ing league. The sec­tion two team won both games against Stone­house to move nearer the top of the ta­ble. The sec­tion four team drew and lost against Hamil­ton Ca­ley.

In the knock­out ties Jim Wil­son and Wil­liam An­der­son made it through their sin­gles first round games. Benny Pain­ter and Gor­don Pater­son also made it through in the pairs. The sec­ond round took place on Tues­day morn­ing, re­sults to fol­low next week. The Top 10 first round takes place on Thurs­day at 10.30am and Half­way have a tough home tie against Dalserf.

The La­nark­shire League starts on Fri­day June 26, and any­one still to put their name on the sheet should do so be­fore the week­end. The sheet is also on the board for the Cam­bus­lang friendly game (Satur­day, July 11) and the bal­loted pairs ( July 18).


Fri­day night saw Over­toun’s two-bowl gala take place. The weather was lovely and some of the bowls were too.

It’s a dif­fi­cult game, hav­ing only two bowls and ends to ‘strut your stuff’ and there were some sur­pris­ing re­sults. New mem­ber, Benny Brown reached the quar­ter-fi­nals in this, his first com­pe­ti­tion; ex-cham­pi­ons fell like feath­ers and only one male mem­ber man­aged to see it through to the semi­fi­nals.

Most games were very close and the fi­nal was no dif­fer­ent as Liz Keenan and Dougie Nod­dings bat­tled it out. It was nip and tuck but even­tu­ally Dougie emerged vic­to­ri­ous and walked away with the tro­phy.

Ear­lier in the week, Over­toun be­gan their quest in the Ruther­glen dis­trict triples when they played Kingswood, win­ning one game and los­ing the other.

On Wed­nes­day morn­ing, the men had the same re­sult - one up, one down - in the se­nior fours league against Burn­side.

On Sun­day, it was men’s day which was a great suc­cess with twenty-four Over­toun mem­bers and their guests tak­ing part. Af­ter a hearty break­fast, the tour­na­ment be­gan.

Anna McLean had the dif­fi­cult task of or­gan­is­ing the games and de­serves a word of thanks for her at­ten­tion to de­tail so that the whole day ran smoothly. The games went on all day with just a few breaks for re­fresh­ments, be­fore the men were served a de­li­cious meal.

There was great hi­lar­ity as Henry Carr and his guest, Danny Burke picked up the booby prize and great ap­plause as the win­ners were an­nounced. Run­ners-up were Hugh Lam­bie and guest, Chris Cle­ments, but wor­thy win­ners were cur­rent hold­ers of the tro­phy, James Master­ton and Kirkhill guest, Gerry Ritchie.

On Mon­day night the semi-fi­nals of the Cor­po­ra­tion Cup took place. Both games were very ex­cit­ing. In one game, with two ends to go, Lesley Master­ton and Ed­die Picket were up by six shots but Ann MacAlpine and John Meikle pulled out all the stops and scored two fours to win by two shots. In the other game, James Master­ton and Bar­bara Drum­mond were 11 shots up with four ends to go but Nancy Mather and Hugh Lam­bie found form and nar­rowed the score so that they needed five shots to draw go­ing to the last end.

This seemed un­likely but when Nancy drew three lovely shots with Hugh still hav­ing four bowls to play, sud­denly James and Bar­bara re­alised the game was far from over.

Hugh how­ever, could not find a way to make the five and so it was James and Bar­bara who go through to the fi­nal.


Last Wed­nes­day the se­nior fours of Ian Stewart, Wil­liam Wales, Kenny Grum­mitt and Jim Mal­loch won through to the semi-fi­nals of the Glas­gow Bowl­ing As­so­ci­a­tion cham­pi­onships which will take place at Vic­to­ria Park at 6.30pm to­day (Wed­nes­day).

Un­for­tu­nately the triples lost to Yar­rows BC.

In the Bowls Scot­land dis­trict ties the se­nior fours won last Thurs­day and now play in the dis­trict semi-fi­nals at Tem­ple­tons this Thurs­day at 2pm. Mark Kelsey has also pro­gressed to the sin­gles semi-fi­nal which will be played at Cam­bus­lang this Thurs­day at 6.30pm.

Con­grat­u­la­tions to Betty Duck­ett who has won through to the Bowls Scot­land sin­gles fi­nals at North­field.

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

The R and D triples league got un­der­way last Wed­nes­day evening with a win and a de­feat against White­field BC. This week’s game is against Tem­ple­ton.

The club has its an­nual 2+2 game on Satur­day, June 20.

The Mon­day evening ag­gre­gate game was won by Ed­die Thompson and Billy Hodge.


There were mixed for­tunes as White­field bowlers con­tin­ued on their tro­phy quest in the var­i­ous rep­re­sen­ta­tive tour­na­ments.

In the La­nark­shire dis­trict fi­nals of the Scot­tish Cham­pi­onship, Claire Walker and Michael O’Ha­gan did tremen­dously well to reach the fi­nal by beat­ing Larkhall only to lose out nar­rowly to their op­po­nents Stone­house. Con­grat­u­la­tions to both of them for giv­ing a great ac­count of them­selves through­out the tour­na­ment.

There was bet­ter news though, as the Top Five progress in the Mil­len­nium Tro­phy. This week they play Mount Ver­non at home and hope to make fur­ther progress into the quar­ter- fi­nals.

The Ruther­glen triples rep­re­sen­ta­tives, Jim McGuire, Jim Mol­loy and Michael Irvine put up a stout de­fence of their ti­tle but were beaten in the semi-fi­nal by their op­po­nents Cam­bus­lang. This Fri­day sees White­field host­ing the RDBA fi­nals with matches on the green at 6.30pm

White­field’s first out­ings in the Ruther­glen and Dis­trict Triples League be­gan with one vic­tory and one de­feat against Ruther­glen.

The se­niors Top Ten notched up a win against Stone­house. The se­niors gents also had a win and a de­feat in the La­nark­shire Dis­trict 26 league against Raploch.

On Satur­day, the vis­it­ing teams pre­vailed in the gents in­vi­ta­tion pairs. The fi­nal was won by Blackhill Bowl­ing Club who Burn­bank in a tight fi­nal.

The ladies had a busy day on Sun­day with the 2+1 with Anne Grant, San­dra Keary (Half­way) and Bar­bara Mor­ris emerg­ing vic­to­ri­ous in the fi­nal against Is­abel McGuire, Eve­lyn McInnes (Ruther­glen) and Emma Lock­hart (Kingswood). Thanks to all the visi­tors for con­tribut­ing to a great day.

Satur­day sees the club’s lo­cal char­ity day where they try to raise as much money as pos­si­ble for a num­ber of lo­cal char­i­ties. All mem­bers and guests are most welcome to join us.

Fi­nally, Bert Bail­lie and Hugh Dougan ran out win­ners in the Mon­day ag­gre­gate 24 shots up.

Sec­ond place Burn­side Bowl­ing Club’s in­vi­ta­tion triples beaten semi-fi­nal­ists Martin Ely, Elbe Elborne, Jake Aber­crom­bie, Frankie Clarke, Iain McIn­tosh and Phil Wolf­son

Vic­to­ri­ous Burn­side Bowl­ing Club’s in­vi­ta­tion triples win­ning trio from Hous­ton skipped by Ge­orge Bain

So close Over­toun Park Bowl­ing Club’s men’s day run­ners-up (from left) Cris Cle­ments, or­gan­iser Anna McLean and Hugh Lam­bie

Top team Over­toun Park Bowl­ing Club’s men’s day or­gan­iser Anna McLean­with win­ners Gerry Ritchie (left) and James Master­ton.

Com­pe­ti­tion Over­toun Park Bowl­ing Club’s gala two bowl win­ner Dougie Nod­dings and run­ner-up Liz Keenan

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