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Rutherglen Reformer - - Sport -


The Kirkhill Bowl­ing Club fi­nals week meant fi­nals and semi-fi­nals hav­ing to be played mid­week to meet dead­lines be­fore the big day on Satur­day.

Past Pres­i­dents and com­mit­tee have a game sched­uled for Tues­day, Septem­ber 8, at 6.30pm. This will be fol­lowed by the usual joint meet­ing.

The 2 bowls sin­gles is sched­uled for Sun­day, Septem­ber 6; mem­bers are ad­vised to check the no­tice­board for in­for­ma­tion. The Wallsend mixed sheet is al­ready on the gents no­tice­board. There is a sec­tion on the sheet for ladies to add their names to this pop­u­lar event.

Some of the win­ners this week: Char­lie Lamont won against John Burns in the Pres­i­dent’s tro­phy; Camp­bell McCul­loch, Gerry Ritchie, Dougie Wil­son and Peter Mullen won the Rinks fi­nal ver­sus Alex Smith, Les Reekie, Char­lie Lamont and Tom Coleman; Char­lie Lamont and Brian Gal­lacher beat Billy Lock­hart and John O’Brien in the Bal­loted pairs fi­nal.

On fi­nals day it­self Char­lie Lamont beat Ren­nie Dobin­son in the Gents’ Cham­pi­onship fi­nal; Chris­tine McLeod beat Eleanor Fer­gu­son in the Ladies’ Cham­pi­onship fi­nal; Jim Cun­ning­ham beat Joe McGui­ness in the gents’ Vice Pres­i­dents fi­nal; Gor­don Cun­ning­ham and Jim Mur­phy beat Jack and Eric Don­ald­son in the nom­i­nated pairs fi­nal; Billy Lock­hart, Hugh McNulty and John Burns beat Roy Lin­der, John Lowe and Ian Ross in the gents triples fi­nal; Jean Kerr beat Mau­reen Con­way in the Ladies Con­venor’s tro­phy fi­nal; He­len Nis­bet beat Gail Sav­age in the ladies two bowls sin­gles fi­nal.

Mem­bers in­ter­ested in the bonus ball com­pe­ti­tion will be pleased to learn some num­bers are still avail­able, see the sheet on the no­tice­board for de­tails or con­tact Hugh McNulty di­rectly.

On the so­cial front, it looks likely that a Christ­mas cabaret func­tion will go ahead on De­cem­ber 19. The orig­i­nal sheet to ex­press in­ter­est is still dis­played for those in­tend­ing to at­tend.

The en­try sheet for tick­ets for the Oc­to­ber 9 Sports­man’s din­ner has been posted. Sandy Strang is the main speaker and full de­tails are on the ticket re­quest form. These tick­ets are snapped up quickly, so mem­bers need to get their name and likely num­bers on the sheet soon to avoid dis­ap­point­ment.

A big thanks is due to all who made fi­nals day and week so suc­cess­ful, the mark­ers, the score­keep­ers, the spec­ta­tors, the green­keeper Davie Flem­ing, the bar staff Sam Maxwell and Julie, the duty di­rec­tors and the off duty di­rec­tors, the pho­tog­ra­pher Cal­lum Mor­ton, the Um­pire Ron­nie Wil­son, Pres­i­dent Roy Lin­der and Match Sec­re­tary Iain McKay, and all those who were win­ners or run­ners up this week.

How­ever the club can not have win­ners with­out losers so a mas­sive thanks to all who en­tered the com­pe­ti­tions and were not ul­ti­mately suc­cess­ful, with­out them there can be no win­ners.


Last week­end brought the ea­gerly awaited fi­nals week­end at Burn­side with a few fa­mil­iar faces see­ing their way through to the last hur­dle.

Pride of place goes to the Club Cham­pi­onship win­ners with a new name on the gents tro­phy. Con­grat­u­la­tions to Ste­vie Jack­son who came from be­hind to de­feat Robert White­side in an ex­cel­lent match to win the ma­jor tro­phy in his first full sea­son. In the Ladies com­pe­ti­tion de­fend­ing cham­pion Frieda Thom­son re­tained her ti­tle af­ter de­feat­ing Mar­garet Per­ston in the fi­nal. The same two play­ers will bat­tle it out again next Satur­day in the Ladies Pres­i­dents Tro­phy to­gether with the gents com­pe­ti­tion be­tween Alex Aber­crom­bie and Boots McDon­ald with the same 2pm kick off.

In the other sin­gles tro­phy to be de­cided at week­end, The Train Cup, it was again a close en­counter in a match which saw one of the youngest mem­bers Jack Con­nolly man­ag­ing to strike gold af­ter de­feat­ing Pat Do­herty. Pat has now achieved a hat trick of losses in the fi­nal of this com­pe­ti­tion and will be hop­ing to change the record next year.

Sun­day saw the nom­i­nated and bal­loted gents pairs fi­nals played in glo­ri­ous sun­shine. The vastly ex­pe­ri­enced duo of Ian Cleugh and Frank Clark took the nom­i­nated ti­tle against Jack Con­nolly and Chris Allan and in the bal­loted John Sin­clair added to his vast col­lec­tion of hon­ours by de­feat­ing Sandy Scrim­geour and Ge­off McNee. In this vic­tory he was helped by a great dis­play of bowl­ing by his skip Robert Pert who steered his way to win his first tro­phy in Burn­side this cen­tury.

A nail-bit­ing fi­nal was held on Fri­day evening and the triples tour­na­ment went late into the evening and the out­come went to the wire. How­ever it was the un­fan­cied trio of Ron Davie, Kenny Stir­ratt and Marc Stir­ratt who held on to take the ti­tle by de­feat­ing the pre­tour­na­ment favourites of Tom Con­nor, Cammy Tay­lor and Peter Horne.

Matches were fol­lowed by evening of cus­tom­ary cel­e­bra­tion and com­mis­er­a­tion with club racon­teur Roberti Perti keep­ing all amused by his tales and wit all re­lated in a va­ri­ety of dif­fer­ent na­tive tongues and di­alects.

Ex­ter­nal com­pe­ti­tions saw the top five travel to Kingswood in the dis­trict semi –fi­nal last Wed­nes­day. Burn­side were up against a strong Clark­ston team who man­aged a 4-1 win on the night bring­ing to a halt Burn­side progress in this event af­ter a great run.

In the Glas­gow League Burn­side played their fi­nal fix­ture this sea­son and went out in a blaze of glory by se­cur­ing vic­to­ries home and away against Hawthorn BC and achiev­ing the full five points from this fix­ture which saw Burn­side fin­ish a cred­itable fourth po­si­tion in the league.


The Club fi­nals were played over last week­end. On the Satur­day there was a large turnout of mem­bers to sup­port those par­tic­i­pat­ing. The re­sults were as fol­lows: Cham­pi­onship: Win­ner – Mur­ray Paul, Run­ner up – Sam O’Don­nell

Pres­i­dents: Win­ner – Mark Kelsey, Run­ner up – Barry Fin­layson

Vice Pres­i­dents: Win­ner – John Mor­ris Run­ner up – Wil­liam McIn­tosh

Se­nior Sin­gles: Win­ner – Gil Mor­gan, Run­ner up – Stu­art McIn­tosh

Se­nior Pairs: Win­ners – Billy Ross and Alex Colquhoun, Run­ners up – Ian Hamil­ton and Jim Mal­loch

The Club pairs fi­nal was played on Sun­day with Mark Kelsey and Mur­ray Yule win­ning against Ewan Mackie and Joe Paul

The RC Hardie Sin­gles fi­nal be­tween Mark Kelsey and Brian Con­nelly will be played on Thurs­day evening with the Ladies Medal fi­nal be­tween Mark Kelsey and Gary Kelsey due to be played next Sun­day af­ter­noon.


The sun was shin­ing brightly for the first of the Over­toun Fi­nals’ week­ends, which have had to take place on four sep­a­rate days to ac­com­mo­date play­ers in­volved in more than one event.

On Satur­day, the Ladies and Gents’ Sin­gles were sched­uled to be played, with Bar­bara Drum­mond up against May Stark and Ed­die Picket to face Tommy Macfar­lane.

The ladies’ game, be­tween reign­ing champ, Bar­bara, and for­mer champ, May, was al­ways go­ing to be an ex­cit­ing game. The heads were close and it was nip and tuck to be­gin but Bar­bara man­aged to find form and drew ahead to se­cure the ti­tle of Ladies’ Sin­gles Cham­pion.

The gents tie looked to be just as ex­cit­ing with two fine play­ers in con­test. It could have been any­one’s game but, in the end it was Ed­die Picket who emerged as Cham­pion.

In the Men’s Pairs, two new mem­bers, Jamie Jamieson and Benny Brown reached the fi­nal in their first sea­son, play­ing against two old-timers, Jim Eg­gie and John Meikle.

The two new boys played well but could not match the ex­pe­ri­ence of Jim and John who took the ti­tle. The Ladies Pairs was a closely fought tie be­tween Jeanette Alexan­der and Bar­bara Drum­mond against Myra Law and May Stark. Jeanette and Bar­bara got off to a fly­ing start but Myra and May pulled back and then took the lead. They couldn’t hold the ad­van­tage though and Jeanette and Bar­bara ploughed back to win.

Next week­end, the club holds its Me­mo­rial Day, when for­mer mem­bers will be re­mem­bered. As part of the day, the Pres­i­dents Sin­gles will be played be­tween John Meile and Bar­bara Drum­mond. On Sun­day, it is hoped a large crowd of sup­port­ers will be there to watch the fi­nals of the Ladies’ and Gents’ Triples.

Last Mon­day, there was great ex­cite­ment for the Over­toun triples, Anne Macalpine, Jean Robert­son and Liz Keenan, when they beat Kingswood to reach the fi­nal of the Ruther­glen Dis­trict Com­pe­ti­tion.


No Mon­day points night this week but the Sea­son win­ners are: Brian Page 14 points, John Hill 12 points, Ken Wal­ton and Wil­lie Rae 10 points.

All com­pe­ti­tions are go­ing well and this year the gents fi­nals will be held on Septem­ber 19 and 20 at 2pm.

The gents match v Carmyle on Satur­day is can­celled.

Cam­bus­lang Dis­trict Se­niors Rinks League: Last Wed­nes­day the fi­nal league game at home against Mount Florida BC was can­celled due to the green be­ing flooded by heavy rain­fall.

In­deed no Cam­bus­lang Dis­trict league games were played as ev­ery match got can­celled, how­ever the league was won out­right by Mount Ver­non BC

In the Ruther­glen Dis­trict Ladies Bowl­ing As­so­ci­a­tion Fi­nals held at Cam­bus­lang on Mon­day, Au­gust 31, Cam­bus­lang pair Tricia Coyle and Jessie John­stone beat Kingswood in the fi­nal, and in the triples, Cam­bus­lang trio of Eleanor McLean, Joan Grant and Cathie Meikle de­feated their op­po­nents from Over­toun Park.


It may be late in the sea­son, but there is still plenty to play for at Kingswood.

Last Wed­nes­day the men played against Busby at Weirs in the GBA Top Five. All the games were very close and Kingswood won by the nar­row­est of mar­gins 3-2. They play the Dis­trict Fi­nal at Queens Park on Wed­nes­day, Septem­ber 2 at 6pm.

Then on Fri­day it was the Hill­park Knock­out semi-fi­nals with the Se­nior Fours first up in the af­ter­noon, but they were re­sound­ingly beaten and un­for­tu­nately in both the sin­gles and pairs games in the evening, Tit­wood won both games to end the Kingswood chal­lenge for this year.

Last Satur­day saw the first of the fi­nals be­ing played at Kingswood.

Jamie Sin­clair be­came the youngest ever cham­pion when he won his fi­nal against David McMona­gle.

Jamie’s part­ner Rachel Magee won the Ladies Cham­pi­onship for the sec­ond time in her match against Bar­bara Brown and Rachel’s fa­ther won the Gent’s Pres­i­dents Tro­phy for the first time.

In the three other fi­nals played Joan White­hill and He­len McMurdo won a fi­nal end nail-biter against Bar­bara Wills and Cathy Gem­mell to win the Ladies Nom­i­nated Pairs.

In the Gents Nom­i­nated Pairs Stephen Hearton and David Hutchin­son were two up play­ing the last end against John Red­mond and Char­lie Boyle and man­aged to re­tain the lead and win the match.

Fi­nally on Satur­day, Kay Far­rell and Derek McFad­den dom­i­nated the Mixed Pairs Fi­nal against Chris and Brian Hol­land and won by a clear mar­gin.

On Sun­day it was day two of the 2015 Fi­nals. In the Bal­loted Pairs, Eric Boag and Andy John­ston suc­cumbed to Billy Whee­lans and newly crowned club cham­pion Jamie Sin­clair.

In the Triples Alan Bell­shaw, Joe Ka­vanagh and John McKech­nie took an early lead, but Grant Cameron, Alan Brown and David McMona­gle fought back to go two shots up with one end to play.

How­ever Alan Bell­shaw played a tremen­dous last end which was con­sol­i­dated by his team mates leav­ing David McMona­gle with the task of sav­ing the match which he did.

An ex­tra end was re­quired and again David was re­quired to turn over a match lie against him. Again he was up to the task by tak­ing out the shots against him to win the game.

David Greig won the over-45’s sin­gles fi­nal against Gor­don White­hill.

The Ladies sec­tion had two sin­gles fi­nals played. Bar­bara Brown who had lost a close cham­pi­onship fi­nal the pre­vi­ous day was up against Ann Steven­son in the VP Fi­nal. Bar­bara con­trolled a close fought match, but with the score 20-19 in her Bar­bara’s favour Ann se­cured the two shots to win.

In the other sin­gles Rachel Magee, the 2015 Ladies Cham­pion, lifted the Ladies Pres­i­dent sin­gles ti­tle by beat­ing her pairs part­ner Nikki Hutchin­son.

Fi­nally on Mon­day the Ladies RDBA was held at Cam­bus­lang BC and Kingswood was rep­re­sented in both the pairs and the fours.

In the pairs, Mar­garet McElveen and Chris Hol­land were up against a home team and through­out this was a very close match with Cam­bus­lang, one up play­ing the last end.

How­ever Kingswood laid three shots and game in the fi­nal end when the Cam­bus­lang skip ditched the jack to win the game.

In the Fours, Cathy Gem­mell, Liz Wood, Sheila Cum­ming and Mar­jory Kyle got off to a poor start against Mt. Florida go­ing 9-0 down, but they kept at it and even­tu­ally won the match by one shot.

Half­way and Dis­trict

The sun came out for fi­nals day just at the right time and the greens were in per­fect con­di­tion as eight fi­nals took place.

It turned out to be a fam­ily af­fair as brother and sis­ter David Fer­gus and Lil­lian O’Neil were crowned cham­pi­ons for 2015.

All eight fi­nals turned out to be close af­fairs. David de­feated Tommy Al­li­son in the gents fi­nal and Lil­lian beat He­len Tor­rance in the ladies. In the Ladies Pres­i­dents fi­nal Mar­garet De­laney beat Fiona Firth 21-20 in another cracker.

Derek Pater­son came from be­hind to de­feat David Armstrong in the gents VP’s and in the ladies Nessie MacFar­lane San­dra Keary sur­vived a come­back against Mau­reen Bur­nett to win that game.

In its inau­gu­ral year the John Docherty Cup was won by Alan Barr who de­feated Jim McKnight in yet another great game.

The two pairs fi­nals also went right down to the wire. Char­lie McIntyre and Hugh Geb­bie beat the fa­ther and son team of Jim and Martin Wil­son to win the LBA pairs. In the Ladies Pres­i­dents pairs, last years run­ners up Kirsty Wil­son and Tay­lor Gray be­came the youngest win­ners of a club com­pe­ti­tion when they de­feated Mau­reen Lewis and Pa­tri­cia Lo­gan af­ter an ex­tra end.

Another four fi­nals will take place this Sun­day at 2pm. In the gents SBA Pairs Hugh Geb­bie and Jacky Fer­gus will play Jake Is­lip and Tommy Al­li­son. In the ladies VP Pairs Tay­lor Gray and Elaine Ral­ston will play San­dra Hughes and May Fer­gus.

Both ladies and gents se­nior sin­gles fi­nals will also take place. In the ladies Fiona Firth will play He­len Tor­rance and in the gents Ge­orge McCutcheon will play Jim Wil­son. The re­main­ing two fi­nals will take place on Sun­day, Septem­ber 13 at 2pm when David Fer­gus plays Tommy Al­li­son in the gents pres­i­dents and Mar­garet Lynn and Mau­reen Lewis will play Fiona Firth and He­len Tor­rance in the ladies se­nior pairs.

John Shep­pard and Stephen McIntyre took part in the Su­per Se­ries Grand Fi­nals at Kelv­in­grove Park at the week­end. The Half­way pair were ex­tremely un­lucky in their first round game and they lost against the even­tual run­ners up Scott Liv­ing­stone and Stewart McMil­lan from Hyn­d­land. Club cham­pion David Fer­gus will take part in the sin­gles this Satur­day and he is up against 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. Good luck David!

This Satur­day sees the New­ton Cup 2+2 Rinks (spon­sored by the Lynn and Bil­s­land fam­i­lies) take place with a 9.30am for 10am start. Eigh­teen teams will par­tic­i­pate and bat­tle it out for the hon­ours. Satur­day 12 sees the Dal­ton Triples take place, the New­ton Arms 2+2 Mixed Rinks is on Saturdy 19 and the Ge­orge Mair Triples (spon­sored by Drum­sagard Academy) will take place on Satur­day 26. The MacMil­lan Cof­fee Morn­ing will also be tak­ing place on Fri­day 25 and another quiz night will take place on Sun­day 27, more de­tails to fol­low in the com­ing weeks.


Last week­end saw the re­main­der of this year’s fi­nals played out at the White­field.

The Pres­i­dent’s cup was won by Michael O’Ha­gan in a tight en­counter against Gerry Boyd. It was a suc­cess­ful week­end for the O’Ha­gan fam­ily as Mark O’Ha­gan wrapped up a vic­tory in the Vice Pres­i­dent’s tro­phy against Alis­dair Pa­ton Jnr.

Andy O’Ha­gan and Ian McShane won the Nom­i­nated Pairs against David and Jim Hef­fer­land. It was al­most a clean sweep but He­len Flannigan put up an ex­cel­lent dis­play by win­ning the Ladies Pres­i­dent Cup against Ge­orgie O’Ha­gan. The Mixed Pairs Tro­phy was won by Claire Walker and Mark O’Ha­gan against Joyce and David Kelly.

The RDBA Triples league was con­cluded with a de­feat in the re­ar­ranged fix­ture with Burn­side. The Se­niors fi­nal games in the Cam­bus­lang and Dis­trict League were can­celled due to ad­verse weather.

As the match had no bear­ing on the out­come of the league ti­tle, it will not be re­played but the Se­niors fin­ished a cred­itable sec­ond place in the com­pe­ti­tion.

Fi­nally, the Mon­day night ag­gre­gate was won by Bert Latkowski and Peter Law who fin­ished 19 points up.

Pairs win­ners and run­ners-up John Sin­clair, Robert Perti, Sandy Scrim­geour and Ge­off McNee

Vic­tors All the win­ners from fi­nals day at Ruther­glen

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