Around the greens
Finals Day 2015 Results Ladies Finals Championship: winner – Margaret McCracken, runner-up - Janet Moore.
Presidents: winner – Margaret McCracken, runner- up – Shanice Goodwin.
Vice Presidents: winner – Shanice Goodwin, runner-up –Agnes Moffat.
Balloted Pairs: winners – Jean McClimens and Margaret McCracken.
Nominated Pairs: winners – May Beggs and Margaret McCracken, runners-up – Agnes Moffat and Janet Moore. Gents Finals Championship: winner – Alan Fleming, runner-up – Jim Monteith.
Presidents: winner – Eddie Mellon, runner-up – Adam McCracken.
Vice Presidents: winner – Sam McCutcheon, Runner up – Alan Fleming.
Under 65s: Winner – Alex Wallace, runner-up – Alasdair Cameron.
Over 65s: winner – Eddie Mellon , runner-up – Tommy Wilson
Balloted Pairs: winners – Eddie Mellon and Robert Pye, runners-up - Alex Senior and Alex Wallace.
Nominated Pairs: Winners – Alan McKeever and Mick McAree, runnersup – Jim Busby and Alan Fleming.
Members look forward to next Saturday with mixed feelings because it’s the final day of the season.
Members will miss the option to play outdoors when they please but can look forward to a last chance to play on closing day on Saturday at 2pm. Light refreshments and use of the club facilities to play or chat will make for a pleasant afternoon for members and guests.
Friday night’s winners were Hugh McNulty, John O’Brien and Rennie Dobinson, who managed 10 ends of triples before darkness fell.
The club will still be in use when the bowling stops — for example, the Canasta club will start soon. The line dancing starts on Thursday, October 8 at 7.30pm, all are welcome.
The Cambuslang Probus club will meet as per their schedule and the Christmas Cabaret is scheduled for December 19.
The clubhouse will open as normal on Friday nights for members to enjoy a blether and refreshments — or those wishing to join or find out about the club.
The last competition of the 2015 season for the Gents section was held last Sunday.
The entry for the Bill Sim 2 Bowl Pairs was well down this year, but once again the weather in September was glorious and the green played very well.
The teams who qualified for the final were Ross Nicol and Kenneth Kyle against Robbie Armstrong and Gordon Whitehill.
The final was very competitive, with Ross and Kenneth getting the better of the early exchanges but Robbie and Gordon slowly clawed their way back into the match and managed to square it with two ends to go.
Ross played a very good penultimate end, well supported by Kenneth to go two up with one end to play.
In the final end, Gordon had to try to make two shots from a close head, but it was not to be and Ross and Kenneth won.
Ladies section closing day and prize giving is on Thursday, October 1 at 2pm and the Gents section closing day is on Saturday, October 3 — starting with a game at 2pm followed by a meal at 5pm and the presentation of prizes at 7pm.
Overtoun members enjoyed the fair weather at the weekend, rejoicing that they were able to complete their 4,3,2,1 tournament.
This fun event has a history of being rained off but it was only the brains that were a bit cloudy on Saturday as the players tried to follow the instructions for each game.
Positions were switched every four ends and players who usually led found themselves having to skip.
The aim was to have a relaxing, nonserious event, and the hilarity that could be heard was evidence this had been achieved. When the scores were added up, two teams had tied on points and so it came down to shots.
The runners-up were the blue team, led by Batman Hugh Lambie. The winners, however, were the Pink Panthers – George (ex-champ) Buchanan, John Meikle, Tommy Wilson and captained by Eddie Pickett. The booby prizes went to the laid-back Garfield team – Anna McLean, Jim Robertson, Jim Eggie and captained by Barbara Drummond.
Next week, Saturday, October 3, is Overtoun’s closing day, when a progressive sweep game will be played.
Everyone is now looking forward to the Presentation Dance which takes place in the clubhouse on November 14 at 6pm for 6.30pm.
After the meal and presentation of awards, the Billy Scott Duo will accompany the dancing.
The only other event before the season closes, is the Ladies’ Hallowe’en and Fish Supper Night on Friday, October 23 at 7.30pm when the club welcomes back Andy to provide the music.
As the bowls go back in their lockers, the members want to thank the catering team, the groundsmen, the committee and President May Stark for their hard work and dedication throughout what has been a memorable season.
The last competitive action of the year took place at the weekend.
The Gents 1 + 1 tournament was held on Saturday and a great day was had by all. The eventual winners were Jim McGuire and Pat Gallagher who defeated Michael O’Hagan and Michael Docherty in a superb final.
Thanks to our sponsor, Mr Tom Devenny.
The following day, the Ladies Invitation Triples was held, the winners were the ladies team from Bellshill Mossend who beat the ladies from Halfway in the final.
Thanks to all who took part in this tournament, which was played for the first time this year.
This tournament was also sponsored and our thanks go to Co- operative Funeral Care.
The previous weekend saw the annual friendly match with Stoneyetts in which the visiting team left victorious in a tight encounter with an 85-81 win.
This Saturday is closing day on the green and all members are welcome to join together for the last bowls of the season.
Halfway and District
Saturday saw the George Mair Triples (sponsored by Drumsagard Academy) take place at Halfway and District.
This tournament doubles up as closing day and a full house of 24 teams took part to ensure it was a successful day. After 12 years of trying Mick Golders triple from Milton Keynes were eventual winners. They came back from losing a four in the first end of the final to defeat Jacky Fergus, Gordon Shanks and Lillian Fergus in a cracking final.
Well done to Colin, Pops and Mick on being deserved winners. Their successful weekend continued when they won the annual challenge match against Jacky Fergus, John Smith and Charlie McIntyre on Sunday. The club then held a fun quiz night on Sunday.
Friday saw the MacMillan/Beatson Coffee Morning take place and an amazing total of over £4300 was raised. A big thanks to everyone who attended, bought raffles and worked hard to organise this worthwhile event.
This Friday sees a racenight take place to raise funds for the club, tickets are available on the door and pie and peas will be served. First race is at 8pm and all are welcome for what should be a fun night.
Presentation of prizes will take place on Saturday, November 7 and cup holders who haven’t returned their trophies to the club should do so asap for engraving. On Friday, November 6 the club will hold a Sportsman’s dinner in conjunction with Drumsagard Academy.
Guest speakers are Derek Parlane and Chic Charnley with the club’s very own Jim Torrance doing his compere. Tickets are £25 and are available from Stephen McIntyre or Brian Miller.
Fab four The winning 4,2,3,1 team of Tommy Wilson, George Buchanan, Eddie Pickett, John Meikle at Overtoun Bowling Club Bottled it 2 Bowl Pair winners at Kingswood Bowling Club, Ross Nicol and Kenneth Kyle