Around the greens

Rutherglen Reformer - - Sport -


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

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