Around the greens

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Although we are now ap­proach­ing the end of the out­door bowl­ing sea­son, the week­ends have been busy at Kingswood with var­i­ous com­pe­ti­tions and events.

On Septem­ber 12, the Craw­ford John­son Tro­phy was held.

This com­pe­ti­tion is a round-robin sin­gles com­pe­ti­tion and is al­ways fiercely con­tested and the John­son fam­ily have got the bal­ance of com­pe­ti­tion and fel­low­ship just right.

The tro­phy this year was won by Wil­lie Rankin and the pre­sen­ta­tion was made by Ann John­son.

On Sun­day, Septem­ber 13 a spe­cial me­mo­rial day was held for Past Pres­i­dent Alex Bell who trag­i­cally lost his life as a re­sult of an ac­ci­dent while out on a fam­ily out­ing to Troon ear­lier in the sum­mer.

Alex’s wife Eleanor fi­nanced the day, which in­cluded teams from 10 lo­cal clubs against 10 Kingswood team.

It was a lovely day and a fit­ting trib­ute for Alex who is sadly missed.

Last week­end, two com­pe­ti­tions were held.

First up was the Lady Full Mem­bers sin­gles for the Char­lie Dun­can Tro­phy. Un­for­tu­nately Char­lie did not at­tend hav­ing re­cently been wid­owed.

The fi­nal was be­tween He­len McGre­gor and Bar­bara Brown and it was a tense af­fair through­out which Bar­bara nar­rowly won by one shot over the six end fi­nal.

The gents also com­peted for the John McDowall Tro­phy.

Hugh Simp­son and Robin Purves con­tested the fi­nal, but Hugh was al­ways in the lead and ran out a com­fort­able win­ner.


The east green at Kirkhill was cored this week as part of the main­te­nance pro­gramme leav­ing one green avail­able for play.

Club vol­un­teers have started work to in­stall en­try ramps to the greens to re­place the steps down to the green. When com­plete this work should im­prove ac­cess for those with dis­abil­i­ties and make it eas­ier to move lawn­mow­ers etc on to the greens.

The cores from the green were freely avail­able to mem­bers to take away and the gi­ant pile quickly dis­ap­peared to patch mem­bers’ lawns or fill com­post heaps.

The re­cy­cling op­por­tu­nity was an un­ex­pected bonus of mem­ber­ship for those quick off the mark.

The main bowl­ing event of the week was the visit of lo­cal guides on Wed­nes­day evening.

The main group in­volved were Bankhead guides and 20-plus guides took over four rinks with their lead­ers on the fifth rink.

They played ver­sions of tar­get bowls helped by mem­bers of the club.

Chris­tine McLeod, Jean Kerr , Gail Sav­age and main or­gan­iser Mar­ion Flem­ing (guide leader and bowls coach) worked along­side some gents com­mit­tee mem­bers to ex­plain how to bowl and to pro­vide an­swers to ques­tions about the club and about bowl­ing in gen­eral.

Pres­i­dent Roy Lin­der and vice– pres­i­dent John O’Brien were im­pressed by how quickly the guides and lead­ers picked up the rudi­ments of the game and by the en­thu­si­as­tic at­ti­tude of all in­volved.

The girls fin­ished off with some re­fresh­ments in the main hall be­fore be­ing col­lected by par­ents as dark­ness fell. They will be wel­comed back to the club.

The club was busy for a so­cial func­tion on Satur­day. Match sec­re­tary Iain McKay was cel­e­brat­ing the big­gest match of his fam­ily life.

Iain, Rhona and fam­ily were cel­e­brat­ing their 40 years of mar­riage with a ruby wed­ding an­niver­sary.

Around 50 guests danced and chat­ted the night away and Iain and Rhona demon­strated a nice sense of hu­mour by ar­rang­ing for cater­ers to pro­vide a va­ri­ety of Asian food (mainly curry) for the guests, as Iain said: “How bet­ter to celebrate a ruby wed­ding an­niver­sary than with a ‘Ruby Mur­ray’.”


On Thurs­day, Septem­ber 17 the club held its sec­ond Ladies v Gents com­pe­ti­tion of the sea­son and once again it was a very en­joy­able af­ter­noon’s bowl­ing. Thanks to the ladies once again for their hos­pi­tal­ity in lay­ing on a lovely tea.

Last week­end saw all the Gents com­pe­ti­tion fi­nals come to a close.

Pres­i­dent’s tro­phy was played on Fri­day, Septem­ber 18: John Mac­Don­ald 10, Craig Jamieson 21.

On Satur­day, Septem­ber 19 three fi­nals played to a busy club­house and ev­ery­one en­joyed the stan­dard of play on dis­play.

The Cham­pi­onship fi­nal pro­duced a real close en­counter through­out the match with the game go­ing to 19 each, then young Craig Jamieson played the bowls to get two shots to win 21-19.

The Harry Noble tro­phy had two best friends against each other and this time James came out on top. Alan Fel­lows 10, James McGall 21.

Se­niors tro­phy saw Jim Kirk take a com­mand­ing lead early on and many of the mem­bers thought the game was over, but Billy Dun­smore dug deep and fought back to pre­vail. Jim Kirk 16, Billy Dun­smore 21.

On Sun­day, Septem­ber 20 two fi­nals were played.

The Hand­i­cap Tro­phy ended Craig Jamieson 21, Jim Kirk 12.

Nom­i­nated Pairs tro­phy was the other fi­nal on Sun­day and again there was a thrilling match. The pairs fi­nal is played over 17 ends and af­ter 16 ends played Rus­sell/Mac­Don­ald (nephew and un­cle) were five shots ahead.

The last end was played and in­cred­i­bly the McI­nalls (nephew and un­cle) were ly­ing six shots and had the match won over­turn­ing the five shot lead.

How­ever there was one last bowl to be played by skip John McDon­ald and he duly de­liv­ered and cut the shots down from six to two which re­sulted in a three shot win for his team. Fi­nal score: Richie McI­nall Jnr/John McI­nall 21, Scott Rus­sell/John Mac­Don­ald 24.

Mon­day 21 the Jim Boyd Tro­phy fi­nal was played and again it was the two play­ers who fought out the Cham­pi­onship fi­nal and again it was a close en­counter.

Craig Jamieson 21, Richie McI­nall Jnr 19.

Con­grat­u­la­tions to ev­ery­one who took part in the fi­nals and spe­cial men­tion to Craig Jamieson, who won his four fi­nals.

Our Ladies sec­tion clos­ing day is sched­uled for Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 1, 2pm and the Gents clos­ing day is on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 3, 2pm.

On Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 4 the club hosts the very pop­u­lar Hoover Tour­na­ment

Dates for di­aries is our Prize­giv­ing Cabaret night which will take place on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 10. All prize win­ners and run­ners- up cor­dially in­vited as are mem­bers and friends. All are welcome.

Half­way and Dis­trict

A week past on Satur­day saw the Dal­ton Triples (spon­sored by the Fer­gus fam­ily) take place at Half­way and Dis­trict.

Six­teen teams par­tic­i­pated in this in­house tour­ney and even­tual win­ners were Alan Lorimer, Wil­liam An­der­son and Tommy Al­li­son who de­feated Drew Mitchell, Gor­don Shanks and Drew Mitchell in the fi­nal.

The New­ton Arms Mixed Rinks took place last Satur­day and 18 teams took part.

The weather was kind again and the Half­way team of Nancy McIl­ree, Janette Armstrong, Martin McIl­ree and David Armstrong emerged vic­to­ri­ous. They de­feated the Tem­ple­ton rink of Shan­ice Good­win, Ed­die Mel­lon, Michaela Good­win and Robert Pye in the fi­nal.

This Satur­day sees the clos­ing day com­pe­ti­tion take place in the form of the Ge­orge Mair Triples (spon­sored by Drum­sagard Academy).

A full house of 24 teams will take part and this in­cludes a vis­it­ing team from Milton Keynes who al­ways make the an­nual trip north for this week­end.

On Sun­day af­ter­noon they will then play a Scot­land v Eng­land chal­lenge game against Char­lie McIntyre, John Smith and Jacky Fer­gus. This game has been tak­ing place for over 10 years and orig­i­nated when the club vis­ited late past pres­i­dent John Docherty’s club in Milton Keynes in 2004.

The last two re­main­ing fi­nals took place on Sun­day af­ter­noon af­ter they had been washed out the pre­vi­ous Sun­day. In a re­peat of the gents cham­pi­onship fi­nal Tommy Al­li­son played David Fer­gus in the Pres­i­dent’s sin­gles.

Tommy Al­li­son won 21-17 in a very close game. The ladies se­nior pairs also took place and this went right down to the last bowl. Fiona Firth and He­len Tor­rance just pipped Mar­garet Lynn and Mau­reen Lewis in a nail­biter. It’s also a busy time off the green. On Fri­day the MacMil­lan Cof­fee Morn­ing takes place at 11.30am. Tick­ets are £2.50 and can be bought at the door. Sun­day night sees a fam­ily quiz take place with a 7pm start. It’s £4 per team and there will be prizes for the win­ners along with pie and peas for ev­ery­one.

The club will also be hold­ing a race night on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 2. First race will be at 8pm and it’s £3 with pie and peas served at the in­ter­val.

On Fri­day, Novem­ber 6 the club will be hold­ing a Sports­man’s din­ner in con­junc­tion with Drum­sagard Academy. Guest speak­ers are Derek Par­lane and Chic Charnley with our very own Jim Tor­rance do­ing his com­pere. Tick­ets are £25 and are avail­able from Stephen McIntyre or Brian Miller.

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