Around the greens

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In the Ruther­glen and Dis­trict Bowl­ing As­so­ci­a­tion, Cam­bus­lang club cham­pion Brian Page won the RDBA sin­gles fi­nal at White­field in a closely fought game against Kirkhill mem­ber Camp­bell MacCul­loch.

The club’s triples team of John Mitchell, Ian Skillen and Jim Kirk also made the fi­nal but were beaten by Ruther­glen.

The RDBA triples league teams were home and away to Over­toun Park BC on June 16 and both games were won. To­day (Wed­nes­day) Cam­bus­lang are home and away to Ruther­glen.

In the Cam­bus­lang Dis­trict Se­niors League last Wed­nes­day, Cam­bus­lang had two rinks away against White­field and lost both games, which leaves Cam­bus­lang at the bot­tom of the league af­ter eight league matches.

To­day, the rinks games are away against Mount Florida.

On Mon­day, points win­ners were pairs Ralph Cald­well and Jim McGall, who were seven shots up.


Last Satur­day saw the Joe Nel­son (ladies pairs) take place at Half­way, as 14 teams par­tic­i­pated and even­tual win­ners were Mau­reen Bur­nett and Mar­garet De­laney who beat Laura Shep­pard and Lil­lian O’Neil in the fi­nal.

Sun­day saw the Cad­bury’s Fin­gers in­vi­ta­tion pairs take place where 38 teams fought it out for the cup and White­field’s fa­ther and son team of John and Ally Pa­ton beat Hugh Geb­bie and Stephen McIntyre in a close fi­nal.

Char­lie and Stephen McIntyre won the Ruther­glen and Dis­trict pairs last Fri­day night. They de­feated St Leonards at White­field in a high scor­ing fi­nal. In the triples league Half­way won at home but lost away to St Leonards. This week’s op­po­nents are Toll­cross, next weeks are Burn­side.

The se­niors had a good week in the dis­trict 26 com­pe­ti­tions. On Mon­day morn­ing there were home and away wins over Ud­dingston and a home win over Les­ma­hagow in the league.

Last Thurs­day Half­way beat Dalserf at home in the top 10. The next round takes place on Thurs­day morn­ing and Half­way will be at home again against ei­ther Strathaven or Coal­burn. Wil­lie An­der­son and Jim Wil­son both made it through in the sec­ond round of the sin­gles and John Mur­ray and Ge­orge McCutcheon won through in the pairs.

The La­nark­shire League be­gins on Fri­day night. The di­vi­sion three team are at home to Hamil­ton Ca­ley and the di­vi­sion 10 team travel to Holy­town. The LBA top six also starts this week and Half­way are away to White­field on Thurs­day night in the first round.

The ladies LWBA ties con­tinue on Wed­nes­day with Fiona Firth in ac­tion in the sin­gles and Elaine Ral­ston and He­len Tor­rance in the pairs.

The sheets are on the board for the Cam­bus­lang friendly game on July 11 and the Bal­loted Pairs on July 18.


The past two weeks has been ex­tremely busy for the Kingswood bowlers and with a fair de­gree of suc­cess.

The var­i­ous leagues for the men con­tin­ued with mixed re­sults, but it was within the var­i­ous na­tional and county cham­pi­onships that re­sults were been pos­i­tive.

The se­nior fours of Wil­lie Wat­son, Eric Boag, Gor­don El­wood and John Wood won the Ruther­glen and Dis­trict fi­nal last Fri­day and ear­lier in the week Hugh Simp­son, John David­son, Alis­tair Kyle and Ken­neth Kyle won the Chap­man Tro­phy against Over­toun.

In the Glas­gow BA, the spon­sored fours won the dis­trict fi­nal and go for­ward to the semi-fi­nal on Sun­day, June 28, at Giffnock.

In the Scot­tish, the men have two teams through to the dis­trict fi­nal to be held at Busby to­mor­row (Thurs­day). In the pairs Graham Magee and David Greig had a con­vinc­ing win in the dis­trict semi-fi­nal against Ham­p­den and the Triple of John Red­mond, Wil­lie Rankin and Stephen Hearton won a fi­nal end nail-biter against Clark­ston.

Al­ready on their way to the Bowls Scot­land fi­nals at North­field are the Kingswood ladies who have once again demon­strated their abil­ity to cope with bad weather, dif­fi­cult greens and chal­leng­ing op­po­nents.

Their dis­trict semi-fi­nals were played at Well­croft with all four dis­ci­plines rep­re­sented and although the triples lost a close game in tor­ren­tial rain to Busby, the sin­gles, pairs and fours won.

The dis­trict fi­nal was played at Queen’s Park that no longer dis­plays past glory as the venue of the Scot­tish fi­nals. How­ever the test­ing greens did not de­ter He­len McGre­gor who beat her Tem­ple­ton op­po­nent in the sin­gles.

The pairs of Nikki Hutchin­son and Rachel Magee had a con­vinc­ing win over Well­croft and fi­nally the fours won a topsy-turvy game against Stam­per­land.

Hope­fully Kingswood will be chal­leng­ing for Scot­tish hon­ours on five fronts and a large sup­port is ex­pected.

In the other cham­pi­onships, the Kingswood ladies fours are through to the semi-fi­nal of the East Ren­frew­shire to­day (Wed­nes­day) at Car­don­ald.

In the West of Scot­land the ladies have the two bowl pairs and fours through to the dis­trict fi­nal at Croft­foot on June 30.

The ladies GBA started last week with the sin­gles, pairs and triples all go­ing through to the next round. The fours will en­ter the com­pe­ti­tion later.

Last Satur­day the Kingswood ju­bilee day was held af­ter be­ing resched­uled from ear­lier in June.

The fi­nal was a tremen­dous game with the score level go­ing into the last end and even then the shot changed re­peated un­til the two skips had one bowl each to play. Char­lie Boyle played a well-weighted bowl to re­cap­ture the shot leav­ing Ken­neth Kyle a very dif­fi­cult shot to re­gain the shot, but un­for­tu­nately it was not to be and Char­lie’s team won the tro­phy.

Then on Sun­day it was the Bowls Scot­land Dis­trict semi-fi­nal of the mixed pairs with Chris and Brian Hol­land up against the Queen’s Park team.

The early ex­changes were close and with the score at 7-5 to Queen’s Park they picked up four shots and then pro­gressed to com­fort­able win. Queen’s Park plays Clark­ston in the fi­nal on Fri­day.

Also on Sun­day it was the turn of the gents in the Ren­frew­shire fi­nals held at Charleston Bowl­ing Club in Pais­ley.

Kingswood’s triples team of Ge­orge Ne­wall, Stephen Hearton and David Hutchin­son played Welling­ton Park and the Kingswood men had a tremen­dous start, pick­ing up six shots in the first end. They con­tin­ued with their good form and ran out com­fort­able win­ners to lift the tro­phy.


There were su­perb per­for­mances from the gents se­niors in the Wed­nes­day league this week with both teams win­ning to go top of the league.

Camp­bell McCul­loch played in the sin­gle handed fi­nal of the Ruther­glen and Dis­trict Bowl­ing As­so­ci­a­tion com­pe­ti­tion on Fri­day night los­ing 2117 in a close fi­nal.

The North Eastern league teams had three vic­to­ries against Spring­boig

On Fri­day night Dougie Thompson and Alastair Robert­son won the latest round of the Harry Noble com­pe­ti­tion be­ing seven shots up while ear­lier in the week Kenny Harkins and new mem­ber Mar­tyn Robert­son won Mon­day’s round of the Ge­orge Adams tro­phy.

The club was de­lighted to re­ceive news of new spon­sor­ship deals this week which helps their fi­nan­cial sit­u­a­tion re­main sta­ble. Part of this in­cluded a large new tro­phy/shield for their Com­mon­wealth mixed sin­gles com­pe­ti­tion.

The club thanked Gor­don McClel­lan, Alastair Firth, Ron­nie Wil­son and Sam Maxwell for their part in the dis­cus­sions lead­ing to the new spon­sor­ship.

The main com­pet­i­tive event of the week was the ladies in­vi­ta­tional lunch bowl on Tues­day af­ter­noon.

The com­pe­ti­tion was played out on their west green, leav­ing the gents se­niors free to play on the east green.

A va­ri­ety of clubs had rep­re­sen­ta­tives play­ing in the lunch bowl in­vi­ta­tional, in­clud­ing play­ers from Giffnock, Cam­bus­lang and East Kil­bride, to com­pete in a friendly way with Kirkhill’s finest.

First and sec­ond prize went to Mary New­lands and Bar­bara Bell re­spec­tively and all agreed that a great af­ter­noon was had by all. The cater­ing side of things was done by He­len Nes­bitt and Eleanor Fer­gu­son and play­ers were full of praise for their ef­forts.

Over­all it was a great af­ter­noon for the ladies, with de­cent weather, a good laugh, good bowl­ing and good prizes, food and re­fresh­ments.


Last Satur­day at Over­toun, the greens were full as the club wel­comed Kirkhill for their an­nual friendly game. Over­toun went out all guns blaz­ing to try to re­gain the tro­phy which Kirkhill have won for a few years.

Af­ter a hearty break­fast, the chal­lenge be­gan and a good num­ber of close games were played with plenty of breaks for re­fresh­ments. Ev­ery­one agreed it was a great day, not least the guests be­cause when the points were tal­lied, it was dis­cov­ered that Kirkhill had re­tained the tro­phy for another year.

The Cor­po­ra­tion Cup reached a con­clu­sion on Mon­day night with the spec­ta­tors treated to an ex­cit­ing fi­nal be­tween James Master­son and Bar­bara Drum­mond against Ann McAlpine and John Meikle.

It was nip and tuck at the start and af­ter 10 ends the score stood at seven apiece.

The turn around came in the 11th end when James and Bar­bara were de­nied a few shots as John’s last bowl clipped the jack, knock­ing it to the side to lie three shots. James and Bar­bara fought hard to draw level again but could not come back and so Ann and John were the wor­thy sin­ners of the Cup.

Last week’s Ruther­glen Dis­trict triples brought another dou­ble de­feat for the Over­toun gents when Burn­side beat them home and away but the men re­gained some of their hon­our on Wed­nes­day morn­ing when the se­niors had a mar­vel­lous dou­ble vic­tory against Mount Florida.

Tonight (Wed­nes­day) the ladies are off to White­field for a friendly game and then on Sun­day, it is the gents’ pleas­ant task to put on their pin­nies and wait on the ladies and their guests as they en­joy their ladies day.


Last Wed­nes­day the se­nior fours of Ian Stewart, Wil­liam Wales, Kenny Grum­mitt and Jim Mal­loch beat Spring­boig BC in the semi-fi­nal of the Glas­gow Bowl­ing As­so­ci­a­tion cham­pi­onships. The fi­nals will take place at Yar­rows on Satur­day, July 4, at 2pm.

In the Bowls Scot­land dis­trict play­offs Mark Kelsey has won through to the sin­gles fi­nal which will be played at Busby BC on Thurs­day evening at 6.30pm.

In the R and D cham­pi­onships fi­nals, Jim Mallin, Andy Gor­man and Mark Kelsey won the triples against Cam­bus­lang last Fri­day evening at White­field BC. The se­nior fours and Gilliland fours both lost out.

The club had its an­nual 2+2 game last Satur­day which was spon­sored by Fos­ters Fu­neral Di­rec­tors and Heineken. The fi­nal was won by Dun­can Brodie and I Stewart from Ruther­glen and their visi­tors Louie Dixon and Bobby Fair from Crof­foot. The run­ners-up were Ruther­glen’s Alex McLean and Brian Con­nelly with Jim Booth and Adam Wat­son both from Croft­foot.

The Mon­day evening ag­gre­gate game was won by Don Mathieson and Gary Kelsey.


An inspired per­for­mance from the men’s Top Five saw them progress to the semi­fi­nals of the Mil­len­nium Tro­phy with the tight­est of vic­to­ries against Houldsworth. Their next match against Ed­dle­wood will be played on Sun­day, at Ed­dle­wood Bowl­ing Club at 6.30pm, and all at the White­field wish them all the best.

The Top Six are next to take cen­tre stage with a lo­cal derby against Half­way and Dis­trict Bowl­ing Club at the White­field on Thurs­day at 6.30pm. The pre­vi­ous night, the ladies host Over­toun Park Bowl­ing Club to re­new old friend­ships. The Top Six team would like to thank the ladies for or­gan­is­ing a switch of dates to ac­com­mo­date their tie.

In the Ruther­glen and Dis­trict Triples League, there was one vic­tory and one de­feat against Kingswood.

The se­niors gents had a win and a de­feat in the La­nark­shire Dis­trict 26 league against Stone­house and in the Cam­bus­lang and Dis­trict Se­niors two wins were notched up against Cam­bus­lang.

On Satur­day, White­field hosted their an­nual lo­cal char­ity day rais­ing funds for worth­while causes in the area. Mem­bers were joined by a num­ber of visi­tors and some novice play­ers try­ing out bowls for the first time – some with an im­pres­sive nat­u­ral flair for the game.

Ev­ery­one had a great time and White­field raised over £600 on the day with hope­fully some ad­di­tional money to be gen­er­ated. The win­ners on the day were He­len Flannigan, Mark Docherty, Michael O’Ha­gan and Ed­die Docherty. Run­ners-up, and close on the heels of the win­ners, were Phyl­lis Boyd, Mary Irvine, Gerry Boyd and David Rus­sell.

The La­nark­shire Leagues be­gin on Fri­day with the di­vi­sion eight team away to Coal­burn and the di­vi­sion 18 team also away to Gartsher­rie.

White­field will be closed main­te­nance all day on Fri­day.

This Satur­day, Carmyle were due to visit but un­for­tu­nately this match has been post­poned.

Fi­nally, Tom Doyle and Ge­orge McDon­ald se­nior ran out win­ners in the Mon­day ag­gre­gate 20 shots up.


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