Around the greens
The highest up gents team at Kirkhill on Monday night was the triples team of John O’Brien, Robert Conway and Michael Dooley.
However the shot of Monday night was played by Jim Walker who trailed the jack and rested it against the back of the ditch with his bowl greenside and touching. Old timers said they had never seen anything like it before, it was impossible to beat. Well done Jim.
The gents Senior Nominated pairs was won last Monday evening by Bill Bell and Ian Ross against Jack Leonard and Les Reekie.
The committee versus Past Presidents game took place on Tuesday night and was followed by a committee meeting with the Past Presidents commenting on the bowling year at Kirkhill. The Past Presidents were very happy with the atmosphere around the club and welcomed the large influx of new members.
The mixed pairs final played on Wednesday morning was won by Rennie Dobinson and Eleanor Ferguson.
The gents Handicap final on Wednesday evening was won in the third set by Jack Donaldson in a close fought match played against Kenny Harkin.
Friday night’s gents competition winners were Alex Smith and Bill Primrose and they donated their prize to the garden maintenance fund.
On Friday evening the two-bowl pairs final was won by Gordon Cunningham and Jim Murphy who defeated Brian Gallagher and Ronnie Lewis in a tie played in fine weather conditions on the East green
On Sunday afternoon the friendly match with the touring Wallsend team resulted in a win for Kirkhill on points scored.
Six mixed rinks games were played after coffee and biscuits for the visitors who were parched after inadvertently setting their bus navigation aids for Kirkhill BC in Penicuik and consequently arrived in Cambuslang late.
The game was played in a friendly manner in mixed weather conditions. The Presidents rink seemed to always pick a spell of rain to be on the green so full waterproofs were the order of the day. Roll on Summer!
Wallsend had made the Kirkhill game their last tour match and issued prizes to players from both teams following an excellent meal.
Well done to Christine McLeod, Michael Dooley, Iain McKay and Jean Kerr as well as duty director Gary Watson for their work organising the enjoyable day. The only surprise was that John Coubrough who was substituting for Wallsend wasn’t a prizewinner after his great performance against the Presidents rink of Kirkhill.
Members will find the east green closed for maintenance and upgrading for the rest of the season, with coring work and improved green access planned by Ronnie Wilson our greens and property convenor. then went on to take the next two sets and the title, although the score of three sets to love does not reflect the close heads and excellent bowling of runnerup, John Meikle.
This win was the fifth title that Barbara has won this season; she has won Ladies’ Singles, Ladies’ Pairs, Ladies’ Triples, Mixed Nominated Pairs and President’s Singles; President May Stark has asked for this achievement to be recorded and said that in all the time she has been in the club, she has never known this to happen before.
On Saturday, the members had a break from bowling and instead relaxed in the warmth of the clubhouse to enjoy a dance.
There was the usual good fun and banter as they danced into the night to the sounds of the Billy Scott Duo.
As the season draws to a close, and the light fades, the evening bowls have now finished but everyone hopes the weather will hold to enable the 4-3-2-1 game to be played on September 26 before Closing Day on October 3.
In the sun Kirkhill senior nominated pairs finalists left to right Hugh McNulty, Jim Murphy, Ronnie Wilson and Iain McKay
Final foes Kenny Harkin (left) and Jack Donaldson before their Handicap final at Kirkhill Bowling Club
Fab four Rennie Dobinson with Eleanor Ferguson and Helen and Jim Nisbet at Kirkhill Bowling Club