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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

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