Around the bowling greens
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.
HALFWAY AND DISTRICT
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