Around the greens
On Tuesday evening Kirkhill hosted a top 10 team match with 20 visiting players at our club. The match resulted in local team Croftfoot losing by the narrow margin of two shots.
Wednesday was another busy night when we hosted a top five singles first round when Stamperland beat Hampden by three wins to two.
On both Tuesday and Wednesday evenings members of the Committee at Kirkhill were heavily involved providing support by marking ties and preparing and serving refreshments before and after play.
The club’s own top five had a great win on Wednesday night, successful in five ties out of five against Mount Florida in a match played at the neutral venue of Cathcart Bowling Club.
The ladies have been making steady progress through Kirkhill’s internal competitions. Well done to all participants.
Christine McLeod won the Ladies President’s final against Jennifer Burns.
Other 2015 final participants have been determined. They include: Ladies Championship, C McLeod v E Ferguson; Conveners Trophy, J Kerr v M Conway; nominated pairs, G Savage and J Burns v S Gallagher and C McLeod; balloted pairs, J Lowe and C McLeod v E Ferguson and M Burt; two bowl singles, H Nisbet v G Savage.
The gents have also been making progress.
John Burns beat Andy Telfer 21 - 19 in the Gents Presidents semi in a great game and will meet Charlie Lamont in the final who was one shot up on Gordon Cunningham in their semi final match.
In the balloted pairs Billy Lockhart and John O’Brien squeezed through to the final beating John Burns and Michael Dooley by three shots over 15 ends.
John Burns also reached the triples final with Billy Lockhart and Campbell Durnian , and John has a semi-final with Charlie Lamont in the championship. In the championship final Charlie or John will face stiff competition when facing Rennie Dobinson.
In the vice -presidents trophy Jim Cunningham reached the final in a close fought game played in great spirits. Looking forward to playing Jim in the final will be the winner of the tie between Daniel Harkin and Joe McGuiness.
The Seniors Nominated pairs final line up will be Jim Murphy and Iain McKay versus Hugh McNulty and Ronnie J Wilson.
During some clubhouse conversation senior KBC member Stuart Newlands, who has watched and played bowls for many years, described the play in the club semis as absolutely wonderful bowling. Coming from such an experienced bowler, the semi- final players should be very proud of themselves.
Friday night was a night of tremendous fun for the gents playing in the latest round of the Harry Noble competition. Eighteen players took part on the east green and all ties were close run things played with great humour and excellent bowling being demonstrated.
The highest up winners on the night were Fraser Wilson, John O’Brien ,and Rennie Dobinson. This was a tie played with particularly intense rivalry as Alex Smith and Alastair Robertson were partnered by Dougie Wilson, the brother of Fraser, and the match was watched by their father John Wilson. The evening’s prize was donated to charity.
Saturday saw the biggest tie of the week when member Kenny Harkin married his fiancé Annette.
They made a lovely couple, congratulations from all at the bowling club.
Over the weekend, apart from internal ties, the club also hosted a variety of Super Sixes ties for Bowls Scotland and welcomed around 36 local gents, taking over one green, to play on Sunday, hosted by Morris Smith.
Last Sunday (August 16) Cambuslang were delighted to host a tournament ran by Cambuslang RA Masonic lodge, where local Cambuslang lodges and lodges from Ayrshire played in a ten team rinks tournament.
The weather was fantastic, great food was laid on and the event was superbly organised by Barry Finlayson and Jim Torrance. A great day was had by all and it was nice to welcome the club’s friends from Ayrshire to the Cambuslang sunshine!
The final was played at 6pm and the winning rink from Cambuslang was : Skip John MacDonald, lead John Hill. second John McKillop, and third Billy Dunsmore
The RDBA triples league teams were home and away to St Leonard’s BC on August 11 and lost both games.
This Tuesday, August 18, is the final game of the league and Cambuslang are home and away to league leaders Kingswood BC .
In the Cambuslang District Seniors Rinks League last Wednesday, August 12, Cambuslang had two rinks away against league leaders Mount Vernon BC and lost both games.
On Wednesday, August 19, the games are at home against near neighbours Whitefield BC, 10.30am.
The Ladies Finals week took place from August 10 to 14 and the results were:
Championship: winner E Aird, runnerup, E Barton.
Presidents: Winner, C Meikle, runnerup E Aird.
Galloway up: Winner, M Russell, runner-up E Barton.
Nominated Pairs: Winners E McLean and J Grant, runners-up E Power and E Barton
Balloted Pairs: Winners C Meikle and E Harbinson, runners-up E Aird and C Caldwell.
On Monday, August 17 the evening’s disc game was won by pair John Hill and Jim Kirk Sen, 10 shots up.
The club triples tournament takes place this Saturday, August 22, at 12pm.
Kingswood had a very busy week last week with the gents still involved in the Cambuslang and District leagues, the Glasgow League, the Rutherglen Triples and the start of the Hillpark Knockout competition.
The Rutherglen Triples teams are doing very well and currently sit at the top of the league.
The Glasgow league teams played Croftfoot and although they lost the home game, a win by the team playing away secured promotion back to the Premier League – well done lads!
In the Hillpark competition it was mixed results, but the Singles and Pairs won and join the Fours who had a bye into the next round.
On Saturday it was Ladies Day and although the numbers attending are dwindling it did not blight the enjoyment of the game, the ice cream and chocolate and more importantly the fellowship. A hearty meal was provided and everyone was in good spirits especially the winners of the highest up prize, Mae McNulty, Gerry Docherty Andy Johnston and Marjory Kyle.
Later in the evening, and during the dance interval Vice President Billy Wheelans had his head shaved by Comedian Chris “cheeky chappie” Clark and raised £350 for McMillan Cancer Relief from those attending the dance/ cabaret to add to the money he had raised earlier in the day from his fellow traders at Parkhead Forge.
Then on Sunday it was the Ladies invitation Triples played in glorious sunshine for the Angela Boyle Trophy.
Charlie Boyle who sponsors the competition presented the prizes to the winners.
Finally on Monday it was the next round of the Ladies Rutherglen and District BA with Kingswood represented in the pairs by Chris Holland and Margaret McElveen, Triples by Barbara Wills, Helen McMurdo and Alison Robertson and in the Fours by Cathy Gemmell, Liz Wood, Sheila Cumming and Marjory Kyle. All the teams played at Burnside and were successful and play the next round next week.
Rutherglen’s Top-Ten team lost in the quarter final to Kelvindale BC by 2.5 points to 1.5 last Tuesday evening at Yarrows BC. The Top Five team fared better on the Wednesday evening beating Eaglesham at Burnside. This Wednesday evening they play at Busby BC. Rutherglen host a Top Five game on the same evening.
The club won the parish game at home against East Kilbride last Saturday. The next parish game takes place this Saturday at Croftfoot BC.
The re- scheduled mixed pairs competition takes place this Sunday afternoon.
All internal competitions have reached the semi-finals stage. The outcome of the championship semi-finals means that there will be a new name on the cup when Sam O’Donnell plays Murray Paul in the final.
The Monday evening aggregate game was won by Gil Morgan and Alasdair Campbell.
Most internal competitions are now getting to the business end with semi final stages now underway.
On Sunday Alex Abercrombie made it through to the final of the Presidents Prize after a close fought match with Phil Wolfson. This forthcoming week will see the completion of the other semi final together with the Club Championship which throws up some mouth watering ties with Alan McLennan taking on Steve Jackson and Robert Whiteside facing Sandy Scrimgeour in the other match.
On Friday night the triples tournament was at quarter final stage and again saw some tightly fought matches. The semi finals will take place on Friday, August 21.
On Saturday the club held the annual two bowl nominated pairs with defending champions Ian Cleugh and David Robertson Snr making an early exit at the group stage. The semi- final saw Stirratt and Son defeated by eventual winners Andrew Haxton and Chris Allan who went on to defeat Stevie Phillips and Donald Hudson in the final .
In the Glasgow League Burnside were against Cardonald and managed an away success however the home team lost by a shot. In The Cambuslang and District Senior 4’s Burnside managed a brace of wins with success home and away. In the R&D the Burnside home team won but was cancelled out by an away defeat. The Top Five team managed a victory 3-2 against Weirs on Templeton and in the next round Burnside take on local neighbours Rutherglen BC at Busby on Wednesday.
Burnside also enjoyed their annual golf match against Cathkin Braes Golf Club and once again the hosts proved too powerful for the bowlers with Cathkin winning by 3.5 to 0.5... an emphatic victory which Burnside will work hard to reverse next year.
Special mention to Robert Pert for once again showing his skills by being an excellent match marker.
On Monday evening the aggregate was won, in correct pecking order by Tom Connor, Alex Ferguson, Sandy Scrimgeour with eagle eyed scratch skip BB Couper tweeting at the back.
Halfway and District
The inaugural Bowls Scotland Super Series competition kicked off at the weekend when the singles qualifiers took place.
Halfway had participants in both the ladies and gents singles.
Lillian O’Neill took part in one of four singles ties that Halfway hosted at 11am on Saturday morning and she made it through to the next round with a convincing 21-6 win. Lillian then went on to play her second round game at 2pm and had another good 21-16 win to make it through to Sundays third and final qualifying round at Stonehouse.
Next up was Scottish Internationalist and past national champion Margaret Letham. Lillian went 9-0 up and was unlucky not to make it through to the finals as Letham came back and won 21-16.
There was better news in the gents singles when David Fergus played his 2nd round at Stonehouse on Saturday. After receiving a walkover David went on to win 21-9 to make it through to Sundays final qualifier at Newmains. That was a much closer affair but David dug in and deservedly won 2119 to make it through to the finals at Kelvingrove Park. These will take place at Kelvingrove Park (the venue for the 2014 Commonwealth Games). David will face Stuart Cruikshank of the Highlands at 10.30am in the first round. The second and third rounds will take place at 1.30pm and 4.15pm with the semis and final taking place at 11am and 2.15pm on the Sunday. Well done David!
The pairs qualifiers take place this weekend and Halfway have three gents and two ladies teams hoping to progress to Kelvingrove Park.
The club will host 12 gents qualifiers at 11am on Saturday and another eight second round games at 2pm. The format is three bowl pairs playing 18 ends or a maximum of two hours, 15 minutes.
In the Lanarkshire League last Friday night the division three team picked up two points away to Blackwood.
They were unlucky not to pick up four points and guarantee safety a week early. This Friday they travel to Wishaw South and need two points from six to secure division three status for another week.
The division 10 team had an excellent 6-0 win away to Wishaw to stay in the hunt for promotion. They are now in second place only two points behind Holytown. This week’s opponents are Shotts and another six points will be needed to have a chance of winning the league.
Holytown are at home to Wishaw in their last game. Halfway need to gain at least three more points than them to win the title. This week’s games kick off at 6.15pm, good luck lads!
Sunday saw the Tildesley Triples (sponsored by John Kerr) take place at Halfway. Eighteen teams battled it out and it ended up an all Halfway final. Eventual winners were Sandra Hughes, Patricia Logan and Sandra Hughes who defeated Flo Thomson, May Fergus and Mary McIntyre in a close final.
Finals day will take place on Saturday, August 29, details of the participants will follow next week as there are still a few semi finals to take place.
In the RDBA Triples league Halfway won at home to Rutherglen and lost away in last weeks game. This week’s opponents in the final game were Kirkhill.
The seniors defeated Burnside 10-2 in the Gemmell Trophy last week. The final game took place at home to Kirkhill this week, result to follow next week.
Don’t forget there will be a Ladies night/Pyjama Party this Friday night in aid of MacMillan cancer/ The Glasgow Beatson. Some tickets are still available and are priced at £7, this includes a supper provided by Equis and entertainment will be provided by Suzanne Wilson.
This weekend sees the club finals begin with the Gents Championship starting at 1pm.
Following which, there are a number of other finals taking place from 3pm onwards. It is a similar story on Sunday, with the Ladies championship taking place at 1pm with other finals scheduled from 3pm onwards. The club wish all the finalists the very best of luck and hope that they are all in the best of form.
Elsewhere this week, the Gents Top Ten winning streak came to a shuddering halt as they lost to Blantyre in the last 16.
The Seniors Gents had one win and one loss in the Cambuslang and District Seniors against Mount Florida. It was a similar story as our triples team won at home but lost away to Tollcross in the RDBA league.
The Lanarkshire Leagues continued with 4 points secured by the Division 8 team against Clarkston. The Division 18 team faltered somewhat by picking up only 2 points against Airdrie.
Friday sees the last week of the league format with the Division 8 team hosting Foxley and the Division 18 team playing an away fixture at Greengairs
Finally, David Hefferland and Jim Stanley ran out winners in the Monday
Fab four John MacDonald, John Hill, John McKillop and Billy Dunsmore of Cambuslang Lodge who won the annual match between Cambuslang and Ayrshire lodges