Around the greens

Rutherglen Reformer - - Sports -

Fix­tures were once again af­fected by the great Bri­tish sum­mer with play in the Ruther­glen and Dis­trict home fix­ture aban­doned due to the green re­sem­bling a boating lake af­ter a tor­ren­tial down­pour. The away fix­ture was played and Burn­side suf­fered a de­feat.

In the Cam­bus­lang and Dis­trict Se­niors Burn­side teams se­cured vic­to­ries in both the home and away fix­tures.

Last week Burn­side hosted the an­nual bowl­ing match against Cathkin Braes Golf Club with the home bowlers com­ing out on top. Cathkin will now host the sec­ond leg of this on the golf course with Burn­side mem­bers swap­ping their bowl­ing shoes to the spiked va­ri­ety and the club look for­ward to run­ning Cathkin Braes close in this fix­ture.

In the Glas­gow League Burn­side had a share of the spoils with the home teams win be­ing re­versed by the trav­el­ling four­some.

In the Gem­mill Tro­phy, Kirkhill BC were the vic­tors over Burn­side with an em­phatic nine points to three score­line.

The ag­gre­gate game was held once again on Mon­day night with a full house en­joy­ing a dry evening. The shocks ended there though with a strong team skipped once again by Boots McDon­ald tak­ing gold. The team was lead by Arthur McKell with Malky Walker and Ge­orge Hal­l­i­day mak­ing up the num­bers.

Club Pres­i­dent Neil Coats drew at­ten­tion to our fix­ture board with names now re­quired for the an­nual 2+1 and two bowl pairs fix­tures

Half­way and Dis­trict

Last Satur­day saw the Ten­nents Triples take place at Half­way and Dis­trict.

Twenty-six teams bat­tled it out for the hon­ours and even­tual win­ners were the White­field triple of Tam Devenny, Andy Stewart and Mark O’Ha­gan.

They beat Char­lie McIntyre, John Smith and David Armstrong in the fi­nal.

On Sun­day the gents hosted Les­ma­hagow in the first round of the La­nark­shire Top 10. The game went right down to the wire, the Half­way sin­gles lost to give Les­ma­hagow a good start but the other three games were all close.

The Half­way triples won their game to level it up. The pairs were 17-16 down at the last end and ly­ing a pair only for the Scot­tish in­ter­na­tional Jim Meikle to play a crack­ing last bowl to get the shot and seal the win. The rinks drew their game mean­ing Les­ma­hagow pre­vailed and made it through to play Holy­town in the next round.

The La­nark­shire League re­sumes this Fri­day night and both teams face im­por­tant games.

The di­vi­sion three team are bot­tom of the league and need a win against top of the league Dalserf to help avoid rel­e­ga­tion. The Di­vi­sion 10 team are go­ing for pro­mo­tion and they travel to Ed­dle­wood who are also on 15 points with Half­way in joint sec­ond place.

The se­niors played their sec­ond Gem­mell Tro­phy match on Tues­day away to Kirkhill, re­sult to fol­low next week.

Wed­nes­day sees the Dis­trict 26 Se­nior Triples be­ing hosted at the club and on Thurs­day the ladies en­ter­tain Troon in the an­nual friendly game.

Both RDBA Triples league games against Tem­ple­ton were washed out with the weather last Tues­day. This week’s op­po­nents were Over­toun Park, next week’s are Ruther­glen.

Over the next cou­ple of month­s­the club will be fundrais­ing for McMil­lan / Glas­gow Beat­son. The first event will take place on Fri­day ,Au­gust 21 in the form of a Ladies Night / Py­jama Party. Tick­ets are priced at £7 and are avail­able from the bar. Food is in­cluded and en­ter­tain­ment will be pro­vided by the fab­u­lous Suzanne Wil­son. All are welcome. Wed­nes­day morn­ing saw a Kirkhill Se­nior team picked and or­gan­ised by Tom O’Brien and Peter Mullen play a round of the Gem­mel tro­phy at home on the east green.

Six triples teams played in sun­shine, on an ex­cel­lent green, with Kirkhill com­ing out on top in a very close fought game.

Kirkhill had four win­ning rinks and one drawn game to Burn­side’s one win and one draw but the scores were very close on four of the rinks which had pos­i­tive re­sults. Over­all it was a very close game with a very strong per­for­mance from Burn­side away from home.

The for­mat of the day for the Gem­mel tro­phy is ex­cel­lent, play­ers ar­rive at 10 am for play at 10.30am and en­joy tea, cof­fee and bis­cuits be­fore wel­com­ing speeches and skips draw­ing their rinks.

On Wed­nes­day Peter Mullen gave the main wel­com­ing speech fo­cussing on his ex­pe­ri­ences of and in he cin­ema in Burn­side in his ear­lier years. This ac­count greatly amused the 36 play­ers and as­sorted spec­ta­tors as­sem­bled for the game.

On Fri­day night Camp­bell McCul­loch and Alastair Robert­son were win­ners of the latest round of the Harry Noble com­pe­ti­tion, played in heavy rain (the down­pour start­ing as soon as the play­ers had stepped on to the green).

De­spite the weather, which cut play to eleven ends, the games were played in a com­pet­i­tive spirit with a fine per­for­mance from new­est and youngest mem­ber Rob­bie Neil­son be­ing wor­thy of spe­cial note.

Weather post­pone­ments mean many ties were still be­ing played played through­out the week in con­tin­u­ing mixed weather con­di­tions. Some play­ers have had three games per day be­cause of a mix­ture of rep­re­sen­ta­tive games and pre­vi­ous round suc­cess in ties.

Some dates for com­ple­tion of se­niors ties that do not im­pact on fi­nals day have been ex­tended to help ease the pres­sure on se­nior play­ers.

The main com­pet­i­tive event of the past week was the Gents Au­gust Tour­na­ment on Satur­day when around eighty play­ers took part in a day long pro­gramme of play with the ever pop­u­lar cof­fee, tea and hot rolls on ar­rival ,a full lunch and late af­ter­noon savouries be­fore the quar­ter fi­nal stage.

The main event or­gan­is­ers were Gor­don McLel­lan and Jim Proc­tor who did a great ad­vance job over the months send­ing in­vi­ta­tions, or­gan­is­ing sec­tions and score­sheets as well as play­ing and help­ing on the day. Score­keeper and all round helpers on the day were Chris­tine McLeod and Jean Kerr.

A va­ri­ety of clubs from close and far had rep­re­sen­ta­tives play­ing, in­clud­ing Port­land Kil­marnock and Burn­side for the sec­ond time this week. Fol­low­ing the ex­pla­na­tion of the play­ing for­mat and welcome, play started in bright sun­shine just be­fore 10am.

Kirkhill had sev­eral full rinks of home play­ers en­tered with some in­di­vid­ual mem­bers play­ing in rinks mainly com­pris­ing mem­bers of other clubs.

Bar staff and the duty di­rec­tors with Sam Maxwell were busy through­out the day, adding to the con­vivial at­mos­phere when play­ers were off the green.

Win­ners were a com­bined rink from Well­croft/Cath­cart bowl­ing club and run­ners up came from St Leonards bowl­ing club.

Kingswood Bowl­ing Club

Last week started with all the mem­bers in high spir­its and look­ing for­ward to the Bowls Scot­land fi­nals at Ayr North­field.

Kingswood had qual­i­fied in five dif­fer­ent dis­ci­plines, three ladies and two men. First up was the ladies pairs of Nikki Hutchin­son and Rachel Magee last Thurs­day morn­ing against Gilmer­ton who played the bet­ter match and ran out 20-12 win­ners.

Then at lunchtime on the same day the Gents Pairs of Graham Magee and David Greig faced Kin­tore.

This was a very close game and with Kin­tore two up in the match, Kingswood were ly­ing four shots. The Kin­tore skip, who had pre­vi­ously struck and missed, now had only one bowl left and with more con­trolled weight lifted the jack and won the game.

Fi­nally on Thurs­day the Kingswood ladies fours played Milton of Camp­sie which pro­duced a nail bit­ing fin­ish. In the fi­nal end with the score even at 12 shots all the po­si­tions changed a few times, but with Kingswood ly­ing game the op­pos­ing skip played her fi­nal bowl and with the help of a wick her bowl clat­tered into the head. How­ever Kingswood still laid shot and won.

On Fri­day it was the turn of He­len McGre­gor in the sin­gles against Wood­ilee.

Again this was a very close match and with He­len 20-18 up, and three shots and game against her, she played a reach­ing bowl to lift the jack, but she only edged the jack and lost the game.

Then it was the first game in the gents triples with Kingswood’s John Red­man, Wil­lie Rankin and Stephen Hearton up against pre­vi­ous win­ners Air­drie Cen­tral. Af­ter a dis­ap­point­ing start and 10- 4 down, the Kingswood trio picked up a one and a five to square the match. The last few ends were very tight and it was all square play­ing the last end.

Even a strike from the Air­drie skip with his fi­nal bowl failed to change the po­si­tion and Kingswood won by a shot.

The ladies fours of Bar­bara Wills, Mar­garet McElveen, Mar­jory Kyle and Chris Hol­land were next up for their sec­ond game. This time they played Lilly­bank from John­stone, but did not do them­selves jus­tice and lost 17-11.

Fi­nally it was left to the gents triples who played their sec­ond game last Fri­day evening against Pol­maise.

Again this was a very tight game which fin­ished all square af­ter 15 ends and re­quired an ex­tra end.

How­ever the dream of suc­cess was over as Pol­maise se­cured the win­ning shot.

Ev­ery one of those play­ers who qual­i­fied should be very proud of their achieve­ments. Well done ev­ery­one.

Fi­nally last Mon­day the ladies played in the first round of the Ruther­glen and Dis­trict.

The fours had a bye, but the sin­gles, pairs and triples played.

In the sin­gles Irene Har­vey lost to Croft­foot, the pairs of Chris Hol­land and Mar­garet McElveen beat Mount Florida and the triples of Bar­bara Wills, He­len McMurdo and Ali­son Rober­ston also won against Tem­ple­ton. The ladies triples jour­ney to North­field in the Na­tional Cham­pi­onships ended with a 19-16 de­feat against Coyl­ton. The team con­sist­ing of Sheila Gal­lagher, Heather Blair and Bar­bara Mor­ris did them­selves and the club proud.

The men’s Top Ten had a com­pre­hen­sive vic­tory against Quar­ter on Sun­day and now face Ud­ston in a home tie on Thurs­day night.

In the Ruther­glen and Dis­trict Triples League, there was a win against Burn­side with the away fix­ture be­ing post­poned due to in­clement weather.

The Se­niors Gents con­tin­ued their cam­paign in the Cam­bus­lang and Dis­trict Se­niors with two wins against Ruther­glen.

On Fri­day, the La­nark­shire Leagues con­tinue with our di­vi­sion eight team in an away fix­ture against Ud­dingston. There is no tie for the di­vi­sion 18 team as their planned op­po­nents have with­drawn from the league.

This Satur­day, the gents have their in­vi­ta­tion triples and a packed green is ex­pected for a 9.30am for 10.00am start. The fol­low­ing day, the ladies have their 1+1 tour­na­ment.

Fi­nally, Jim McGuire and Michael Mor­ris ran out win­ners in the Mon­day ag­gre­gate, 29 shots up.

All white Gor­don Cun­ning­ham, left, Ron­nie Lewis ,Brian Gal­lagher, Alastair Robert­son, John Coubrough at back, Wil­lie Shep­herd at front, Martin Robert­son and Jim Mur­phy at Kirkhill’s Au­gust tour­na­men

Top team (From left) Ian Ross, John Lowe, Ron­nie Wil­son, Jim Cun­ning­ham at back, Sam Guthrie, Jack Leonard and Ge­orge Lowe at Kirkhill BC’s Au­gust tour­na­ment

Bowled over (from left) Fraser Wil­son, Les Reekie, Tom Coleman and Kenny Harkin take part in Kirkhill Bowl­ing Club’s Au­gust tour­na­ment

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