Around the greens
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.