Around the greens
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