Around the greens

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The Ladies ‘ and Gents’ Sin­gles will be played on Au­gust 29; the Ladies’ and Gents’ Pairs will be played on Au­gust 30. It is hoped the other fi­nals will take place on Septem­ber 5 and 6.

In the Mixed Pairs last Satur­day, two sec­tions of 12 teams played each other over five ends in each game with points be­ing awarded for a win.

In the A sec­tion, two teams tied on points but Colin Har­vey and Jeanette Alexan­der were de­nied a place in the fi­nal by Bar­bara Drum­mond and Ed­die Picket who had a big­ger shot dif­fer­ence.

In the B sec­tion, Kes­ley and James Master­son were clear win­ners on eight points hav­ing won all their games.

The fi­nal was clas­sic with the teams at peals go­ing into the last end. Bar­bara and Ed­die were ly­ing shot when James played his last bowl. There was a sharp in­take of breath as he caught the jack but it didn’t move enough for James to get the re­sult he needed and so the win­ners of the Boyle Cup were Bar­bara Drum­mond and Ed­die Picket.

Another big event, played on Satur­day Au­gust 22, was the fiercely con­tested ladies v gents. Although the men are greater in num­ber and size, the ladies have the qual­ity and were strong favourites to win but sadly, this was not to be and the men won by a mas­sive 30 shots. A fi­nal was played be­tween the high­est up teams, Tommy Wil­son, Colin Harvie and James Master­son for the men against Rena Rown­tree, Jean Robert­son and Myra Law. The ladies played well but the men had the rub of the green and were wor­thy win­ners.

In the Ruther­glen Dis­trict Ladies’ Com­pe­ti­tions, the Over­toun pairs and fours played well but were nar­rowly de­feated. In the sin­gles, Bar­bara Drum­mond, won her first round, play­ing against Ham­p­den at White­field but was de­feated by Jean Wor­rel of Burn­side. The Over­toun triples, Ann Macalpine, Jean Robert­son and Liz Keenan also won their first game against Ham­p­den and then, in their semi-fi­nal, af­ter an ex­tra end, had a great vic­tory over Kingswood and so are through to the fi­nal next Mon­day at Cam­bus­lang.


Ex­cite­ment mounts this week at Kirkhill as we ap­proach Fi­nals day on Satur­day, Au­gust 29.

One green will be set aside for semi­fi­nals and fi­nals only this week and the com­mit­tee are hold­ing a plan­ning meet­ing to pri­ori­tise games for Satur­day. It prom­ises to be a great day and week of bowl­ing and all mem­bers and friends are en­cour­aged to come along to spec­tate , cheer the wor­thy win­ners and com­mis­er­ate with the un­for­tu­nate run­ners up.

There are no win­ners for the Harry Noble or Ge­orge Adams tro­phies yet but it is get­ting close at the top of the two leagues with sev­eral con­tenders still in the run­ning. Re­cent win­ners on the ag­gre­gate night in­cluded John Coubrough, Jim McKeon, and John O’Brien in the Ge­orge Adams and Hugh McNulty and John O’Brien in the Harry Noble.

Char­lie Lamont is in top form, qual­i­fy­ing for four sin­gle handed fi­nals, two of which will be played this week with the Cham­pi­onship match against Ren­nie Dobin­son set up for fi­nals day and the Pres­i­dents fi­nal against John Burns on Tues­day night. Char­lie also part­ners new mem­ber Brian Gal­lacher in the bal­loted pairs fi­nal ver­sus Billy Lock­hart and John O’Brien on Thurs­day evening. Michael Doo­ley will face Char­lie in the Com­mon­wealth tro­phy fi­nal and his hand­i­cap op­po­nent is as yet un­de­cided.

The Kirkhill se­niors had a fine win in the Gem­mill tro­phy at Burn­side this week which means they are win­ners for the sixth con­sec­u­tive year. Ru­mours abound that the tro­phy is mis­placed so Kirkhill have to keep win­ning. Its great that the in­tense or­gan­i­sa­tional ef­forts of Peter Mullen and Tom O’Brien have been re­warded with another vic­tory. Peter and Tom have done a great vol­un­tary job set­ting up teams ar­rang­ing dates, ob­tain­ing of­ten un­ex­pected, last minute, sub­sti­tutes and pro­vid­ing re­fresh­ments. To celebrate Kirkhill will host a tro­phy pre­sen­ta­tion morn­ing on Thurs­day of this week when Kirkhill will put out six triples teams ver­sus three triples from Half­way and Burn­side re­spec­tively fol­lowed by light re­fresh­ments in the club hall and bar

n fi­nals week there are a wide range of play­ers reach­ing fi­nals though not all the fi­nals will be played on Satur­day and some fi­nal­ists have still to be de­ter­mined.

The ladies bal­loted pairs fi­nal will take place on Mon­day evening with Chris­tine McLeod and Joy Lowe play­ing against Eleanor Fer­gu­son and Mar­garet Burt. Ladies fi­nal­ists: Sin­gles Cham­pi­onships, E Fer­gu­son v’s C McLeod Con­ven­ers Cup, M Con­way v’s J Kerr Ladies Pres­i­dents Cup, C McLeod beat J Burns

Nom­i­nated Pairs, C McLeod, S Gal­lacher v’s J Burns, G Sav­age

Bal­loted Pairs, C McLeod, J Lowe v’s E Fer­gu­son, M Burt

Two Bowls sin­gles, H Nis­bet v’s G Sav­age.

Fri­day night will have the gents rinks fi­nal, with eight play­ers com­pet­ing in what is sure to be a close game.

Fi­nals day will also have the gents triples with John Burns, Billy Lock­hart and Hugh McNulty play­ing Pres­i­dent Roy Lin­der, John Lowe and Ian Ross.

In the nom­i­nated gents pairs, the Don­ald­son fa­ther and son pair­ing of Eric (dad) and Jack (son) play the ex­pe­ri­enced pair­ing of Gor­don Cun­ning­ham and Jim Mur­phy.

Some mixed ties will be re­solved this week.Good luck to all play­ers com­pet­ing this week and well done to ev­ery­one, es­pe­cially the new bowlers, who par­tic­i­pated in the ear­lier rounds but did not make it through to the fi­nal.

Pres­i­dent Roy Lin­der has been par­tic­u­larly busy this week as Bowls Scot­land took over the west green on Satur­day and the East green on Sun­day af­ter­noon for their ‘Su­per sixes’ com­pe­ti­tion.

Pres­i­dent Roy had to do a lot of work to keep the Bowls Scot­land games on track. Well done to Roy and the helpers.

On a hap­pier note the Pres­i­dents rink were the high scor­ing Kirkhill team in the Parish game against Tem­ple­ton on Satur­day af­ter­noon. Ron­nie Wil­son skipped the rink, Roy played third and Tom and John O’Brien were the front end. Over­all it was a close match with Tem­ple­tons up by four shots.

Soon af­ter fi­nals day , the East green will be closed for an­nual main­te­nance.

Ladies are re­minded that the sheet for the ‘Din­ner’ is on the no­tice board, there are also bonus ball slots avail­able from Hugh McNulty and the Christ­mas Func­tion sheet is be­ing left up for a cou­ple more weeks.

Mem­bers have also been pass­ing on mes­sages of con­grat­u­la­tions to Kenny Harkin and An­nette fol­low­ing their wed­ding last week­end.

David Frondigoun suf­fered a bro­ken wrist last week which forced him to with­draw from sev­eral ties and mem­bers wel­comed the news that he had suc­cess­fully come through the sur­gi­cal pro­ce­dure to cor­rect the prob­lem.


Last week­end saw the first of this year’s fi­nals played out at the White­field. First on the green was the Gents Cham­pi­onship which was won by Mark O’Ha­gan against Ian McShane.

The Ladies Cham­pion was Claire Walker with Bar­bara Mor­ris as the run­nerup. Ian and Bar­bara fared bet­ter in the Gents and Ladies Se­nior Cham­pi­onships by win­ning their fi­nals against Michael Rodgers and Mary Irvine re­spec­tively.

The Gents Sec­re­tary’s cup was won by Jim Hef­fer­land against Jim Kear­ney. The Ladies Mary In­gles tro­phy was won by Joyce Kelly against He­len Flan­ningan.

Alex Hart was vic­to­ri­ous against Kieran Duffy in the Ju­nior Cham­pi­onship.

The Ladies Pairs win­ners were Claire Walker and Joyce Kelly against Heather Blair and Carol Ann Nolan.

Well done to all the win­ners and com­mis­er­a­tions to the run­ners-up.

This Fri­day sees the Mixed Nom­i­na­tion Pairs and fol­low­ing day the re­main­ing fi­nals will take place. Best of luck to all fi­nal­ists.

The La­nark­shire Leagues ended with the di­vi­sion eight and 18 teams both gain­ing four points. Un­for­tu­nately, pro­mo­tion for both teams was just out­with their grasp but re­spectable sec­ond and third fin­ishes re­spec­tively were achieved.

The RDBA Triples league teams had a mixed evening with a win and a de­feat against Tem­ple­ton. The se­niors had two wins against Cam­bus­lang and fin­ish off their cam­paign with their last matches against Burn­side.

Fi­nally, the Mon­day night ag­gre­gate was won by Bert Bail­lie and Michael Rodgers who fin­ished 17 points up.


The men play­ing in the Ruther­glen Triples won the league last week. Well done guys.

The top five sin­gles against Kirkhill was rained off last Wed­nes­day and resched­uled for Thurs­day at the same venue of Stam­per­land. Kirkhill took the lead at 2-1 with two games still in play. David Greig was well in front and squared the match and Jamie Sin­clair won a very close en­counter to give Kingswood over­all vic­tory.

They play the next round at Weirs on Au­gust 26.

On Fri­day it was the next round of the Hill­park knock­out. The Fours lost, but both the Sin­gles of Graham Magee and the Pairs of Frank Lang and Brian Docherty won through to the next round.

On Satur­day the men wel­comed Kirk­lis­ton for the an­nual friendly.

Fi­nally, the ladies played the semi-fi­nal of the Ruther­glen and Dis­trict on Mon­day of this week.

The Triples lost at an ex­tra end against Over­toun at Mount Florida. How­ever it was bet­ter news at Tem­ple­ton where the Pairs beat Ruther­glen and the Fours won against Well­croft. The fi­nal is next Mon­day at Cam­bus­lang.

Fi­nally, it is fi­nals day at Kingswood this com­ing Satur­day and hope­fully all fi­nal­ists are well sup­ported. The Gents Cham­pi­onship fi­nal will be be­tween Jamie Sin­clair and David McMona­gle and in the Ladies Fi­nal, Rachel Magee will play Bar­bara Brown.


The RDBA triples league teams went out with a bang on their last games beat­ing league lead­ers Kingswood BC at home and draw­ing away.

In the Cam­bus­lang Dis­trict Se­niors Rinks League two rinks were at home on Wed­nes­day 19 against White­field. and lost both games.

The fi­nal league game is on Wed­nes­day, Au­gust 26 at home against Mount Florida BC, 10.30am.

On Mon­day, Au­gust 24 the evenings disc game was won by pair Kenny Wal­ton and John McDon­ald with five shots up.

The Ladies ‘Betty Keary’ tour­na­ment was sched­uled to take place on Sun­day, Au­gust 30 but the tour­na­ment date was changed to Tues­day, Au­gust 25.


Most club com­pe­ti­tions have now reached the last lap with some crack­ing semi fi­nal ties tak­ing place over the past week.

Fi­nal­ists are now known and dates and times for all matches are now on club no­tice board to al­low mem­bers and friends to at­tend.

Fi­nals start on Fri­day evening with the triples com­ple­tion and sees two teams go­ing head to head af­ter last Fri­day evenings semi fi­nals. The ex­pe­ri­enced out­fit of Tom Con­nor, Cammy Tay­lor and Peter Horne will take on the sur­prise pack­age of Ron Davie, Kenny Stir­ratt and skipped by Marc Stir­ratt, who caused a ma­jor up­set at the semi fi­nal stage by em­phat­i­cally de­feat­ing pre-tour­na­ment favourites skipped by David Ly­burn.

On Satur­day the three fi­nals will all kick off at 2pm with the Gents and Ladies Cham­pi­onship to­gether with the Train Fi­nal tak­ing com­pet­ing for gold.

A new name will be on the Gents ti­tle with Ste­vie Jack­son tak­ing on Robert White­side hav­ing beaten Alan McLen­nan and Sandy Scrim­geour re­spec­tively at the pre­vi­ous stage. The Ladies fi­nal will see de­fend­ing cham­pion Frieda Thom­son play­ing Mar­garet Per­ston. Fi­nally, Satur­day sees Pat Do­herty, who de­feated Jim Kerr in an ex­cel­lent semi fi­nal, take on our ju­nior county player Jack Con­nolly to see who will get their first com­pet­i­tive se­nior sin­gles ti­tle.

The fi­nals then move on to Sun­day and the fol­low­ing Satur­day with the fi­nal of the Pres­i­dents Tro­phy be­tween Alex Aber­crom­bie against the vastly ex­pe­ri­enced pothunter Jim McDon­ald.

Also in the frame are the two pairs fi­nals with Frankie Clark and Ian Cleugh tak­ing on young­sters Jack Con­nolly and Chris Allan in the nom­i­nated fi­nal with Sandy Scrim­geour and Ge­off Mcnee tak­ing on John Sin­clair and Robert Pert.

In ex­ter­nal com­pe­ti­tions Burn­side had an ex­cel­lent 4-1 win in the derby match against Ruther­glen BC in the Glas­gow Top Five com­pe­ti­tion at Busby. Burn­side now move for­ward to the semi fi­nal at Kingswood to­day (Au­gust 25) at 6pm. In the fi­nal match of the Glas­gow Dis­trict League Burn­side teams at home and away both won against Hawthorn Bowl­ing Club, se­cur­ing five points. In R&D Triples Burn­side suf­fered home and away defeats.

Mon­day night saw the ag­gre­gate match played in ex­cel­lent weather. Win­ners were an un­be­liev­able 30 shots up and con­sisted of a triple made up of Alex Fer­gu­son, Iain McIn­tosh with Peter Rooney. The los­ing triple were skipped by Archie Couper who was hin­dered by Billy Fox and Ian Bar­bour. Money raised on the night for good causes amounted to £74.

Half­way and Dis­trict

John Shep­pard and Stephen McIntyre made it through to the Su­per Se­ries Pairs Grand Fi­nals at Kelv­in­grove Park this week­end af­ter win­ning through their qual­i­fy­ing rounds at the week­end.

They re­ceived a walkover on Satur­day morn­ing on Satur­day morn­ing and then had a con­vinc­ing vic­tory over a pair from Stone­house in the af­ter­noon.

The fi­nal round took place on Sun­day at Stone­house and another con­vinc­ing win against county pair Fraser Dykes and Robert Brown means they will face a pair from Hyn­d­land in Satur­days first round at 10.30am. The sec­ond round takes place at 1.30pm and the quar­ter fi­nal at 4.15pm. The semi fi­nals and fi­nal will take place on Sun­day at 11am and 2.15pm re­spec­tively.

David Fer­gus will take part in the sin­gles grand fi­nals the fol­low­ing week­end. Bob Bil­s­land and Tommy Al­li­son, Drew Mitchell and Jim McKnight, Pa­tri­cia Lo­gan and He­len Tor­rance and Elaine Ral­ston and Fiona Firth also took part in the pairs qual­i­fy­ing rounds but were un­for­tu­nate not to make it through.

This Satur­day sees fi­nals day take place at Half­way. There are still a few semi fi­nals to take place this mid­week.

In the gents cham­pi­onship David Armstrong or David Fer­gus will take on last years win­ner Tommy Al­li­son or Jim McKnight. In the pres­i­dents David Fer­gus will take on Tommy Al­li­son. In the vice pres­i­dents John Smith or Derek Pater­son will take on David Fer­gus or David Armstrong. In it’s inau­gu­ral year the John Docherty Cup will see Alan Barr take on Jim McKnight or Dun­can McLean. In the Scot­tish Pairs Hugh Geb­bie and Jacky Fer­gus will play Jake Is­lip and Tommy Al­li­son. In the LBA Pairs Alan Barr and Martin McIl­ree will play ei­ther Jim Stod­dart and Ge­orge Thom­son or Jim and Martin Wil­son. The se­nior sin­gles will see Ge­orge McCutcheon play Jim Wil­son.

On the Ladies side the cham­pi­onship will see Lil­lian O’Neil play He­len Tor­rance. In the Pres­i­dents Mar­garet De­laney will play He­len Tor­rance or Fiona Firth. The Nessie MacFar­lane sees San­dra Keary take on Mau­reen Bur­nett. In the Pres­i­dents Pairs Mau­reen Lewis and Pa­tri­cia Lo­gan will play Kirsty Wil­son and Tay­lor Gray. In the VP Pairs San­dra Hughes and May Fer­gus will play Tay­lor Gray and Elaine Ral­ston. The se­nior sin­gles sees He­len Tor­rance play Fiona Firth and in the se­nior pairs Mar­garet Lynn and Mau­reen Lewis will play Fiona Firth and He­len Tor­rance.

In the La­nark­shire League last Fri­day night the di­vi­sion three team got the two points they needed at Wishaw South to avoid rel­e­ga­tion. The Di­vi­sion 10 team won 4-2 at home to Shotts and it turned out that six points would have been enough to win the league and get pro­moted af­ter lead­ers Holy­town only picked up three points in their game. Thanks to all play­ers for par­tic­i­pat­ing, roll on next year!

In the RDBA triples league Half­way fin­ished with a walkover at home and a 13-10 away win at Kirkhill.

The se­niors fin­ished their Gem­mell Tro­phy cam­paign last week with 7- 5 de­feat at Kirkhill.

Septem­ber is al­ways a busy month with tour­na­ments ev­ery week­end. The first one ( The New­ton Cup 2+2 rinks) takes place on Satur­day, Septem­ber 5 with a 9.30am for 10am start. The sheet will be on the no­tice­board un­til Mon­day night for any­one who wants to take part. Teams should prefer­ably con­sist of two Half­way mem­bers and two visi­tors but any­one who wants to play with any other mix can do so as long as you have a team of four (ladies and gents can be part of the same team).

Thanks to all the ladies who at­tended the Py­jama Party last Fri­day night. This kicked off our fundrais­ing stint for MacMil­lan/Beat­son with more events to fol­low soon. Over £700 was raised in what was an en­joy­able night. The club has also been hired this Fri­day night for a Crohns Dis­eases char­ity night. John Shep­pard will pro­vide the en­ter­tain­ment and it kicks off at 8pm with tick­ets avail­able on the door.


Ruther­glen’s Top Five team lost against Burn­side BC in their tie at Busby BC last Wed­nes­day evening.

The club lost the parish game away to Croft­foot BC last Satur­day.

The re- sched­uled mixed pairs com­pe­ti­tion took place on Sun­day af­ter­noon. The win­ners were Mavis Forbes and Gil Mor­gan who beat Jeanette McNaughton and Andy Howarth in the fi­nal.

Ruther­glen came third in the Ruther­glen and Dis­trict triples league and with a home and away win against Kingswood in the last game of the Glas­gow league main­tained their po­si­tion in the first di­vi­sion.

The club fi­nals will be played this Satur­day and Sun­day. The fi­nal­ists are: Cham­pi­onship: Sam O’Don­nell v Mur­ray Paul; Pres­i­dents: Mark Kelsey v Barry Fin­layson or Ian Stewart; Vice Pres­i­dents: John Mor­ris v Wil­liam Mcin­tosh; Ladies Medal: Mark Kelsey v Gary Kelsey; RC Hardie Sin­gles: Mark Kelsey or Barry Fin­layson v Brian Con­nelly; Se­nior Sin­gles: Gil Mor­gan v Stu­art McIn­tosh; Club Pairs: Mark Kelsey and Mur­ray Yule v Ewan Mackie and Joe Paul; Se­nior Pairs: Ian Hamil­ton and Jim Mal­loch v Billy Ross and Alex Colquhoun.

The Mon­day evening ag­gre­gate game was won by Brian Con­nelly and Alas­dair Camp­bell.

Mixed pairs Ed­die Picket and Bar­bara Drum­mond with run­ners-up Lesley and James Master­son

Fi­nal four Ed­die Picket and Bar­bara Drum­mond with run­ners-up Lesley and James Master­son

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