Around the greens

Rutherglen Reformer - - Sports -

Cam­bus­lang Bowl­ing Club was the first club to open their greens for the 2016 sea­son on Satur­day, April 2.

The new club sec­re­tary Ann Phillips in­vited the 2016 pres­i­dent Richard McI­nall Ju­nior and his part­ner Fiona onto the green. He thanked every­one for com­ing and said a few words about this com­ing year and was de­lighted to re­port that none of the mem­bers had passed away over the last 12 months and asked for a minute’s si­lence for ab­sent friends.

He then in­vited his board of di­rec­tors onto the green with rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the Glas­gow Bowl­ing As­so­ci­a­tion, the Scot­tish Bowlers fel­low­ship and the vice provost of South La­nark­shire Pam Clearie.

He also in­tro­duced the four new mem­bers for this year; Trevor Jones, Gary Laid­law, James Ste­wart and Stan Clark. Pres­i­dent Richard asked his part­ner Fiona to throw the first jack of the sea­son and de­clare the green open for 2016.

The vice pres­i­dent pre­sented a bou­quet of flow­ers to the pres­i­dent’s part­ner Fiona and he also pre­sented flow­ers to the vice pres­i­dent’s wife and his mother Sharon.

The vice provost was then asked to say a few words and she con­grat­u­lated Richard and the di­rec­tors and thanked them for her in­vite to the open­ing of the greens for 2016. She re­marked on the new sec­re­tary be­ing the first fe­male club sec­re­tary in Cam­bus­lang BC’s 142 year his­tory and was sure she would do well.

The mem­bers and vis­i­tors played six ends of bowls and the pres­i­dent’s rink were vic­to­ri­ous over the vice pres­i­dent’s rink.

The weather was ex­cel­lent for the game and every­one en­joyed their first out­ing of the sea­son.

All the lo­cal clubs were rep­re­sented at the open­ing with a very large turnout for the day and a free cabaret was held in the club later in the evening, where lo­cal artist Andy Ste­wart and his daugh­ter Mar­garet en­ter­tained the mem­bers and vis­i­tors.

Cam­bus­lang Bowl­ing Club’s ladies sec­tion opened their greens for the 2016 sea­son on Tues­day, April 5 and the weather was ex­cel­lent for the time of year and ev­ery­thing went to plan.

The new ladies sec­re­tary Ann Phillips in­vited the duty pres­i­dent for April and past pres­i­dent Janet Daw­son onto the green. She thanked every­one for com­ing and said a few words about the com­ing year and then asked for a minute’s si­lence in re­mem­brance of ab­sent friends, es­pe­cially Cathy Cald­well who passed away in Fe­bru­ary.

Janet then in­vited the com­mit­tee onto the green with rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the lo­cal bowl­ing as­so­ci­a­tions, Theresa Mathews of the Ruther­glen Dis­trict Bowl­ing As­so­ci­a­tion and Joyce John­ston from the West of Scot­land Bowl­ing As­so­ci­a­tion. She also in­tro­duced two new mem­bers for this year; Mary McCor­mack and Mary Irvine. Janet then threw the first jack of the sea­son and, to a great cheer, de­clared the green open for 2016.

The mem­bers and vis­i­tors played three rinks with six ends of bowls with the duty pres­i­dent’s rink loos­ing nar­rowly to the sec­re­tary’s rink. The weather could not have been bet­ter for the game and every­one en­joyed their first out­ing of the sea­son. All the lo­cal clubs were rep­re­sented at the open­ing with a very good turnout for the day and a free cabaret was held in the club later in the evening where mu­si­cian and singer Donny Findlay kept the ladies en­ter­tained till late.

Half­way and Dis­trict open­ing day took place on Satur­day and a healthy crowd turned out to see gents pres­i­dent Robert Bil­s­land’s wife An­gela de­liver the first jack of the sea­son.

The ladies open­ing game takes place this Fri­day af­ter­noon with a 2pm start and lady pres­i­dent Au­drey Stod­dart will wel­come mem­bers and guests alike with the usual Half­way hos­pi­tal­ity.

The club are hold­ing a Try Bowls open week­end on April 23 and 24. Both days will start at 1pm and mem­bers are in­vited to bring along fam­ily and friends to try bowls. Any­one is wel­come to come along even if they are not with a mem­ber. The club are of­fer­ing half price mem­ber­ship for first year mem­bers and un­der 16s get free mem­ber­ship.

The sheets are now on the no­tice­board for the first few tour­na­ments of the year.

Mixed pairs will take place on Satur­day, May 7 at 10am. A date for Ladies Day has still to be de­cided and this will be com­mu­ni­cated in due course. Fix­ture di­aries are avail­able from be­hind the bar for any­one who has not yet got theirs.

Satur­day saw a large turnout from mem­bers for the open­ing of the green. Pres­i­dent David Russell wel­comed all present and his daugh­ter An­drea de­liv­ered the first two jacks of the new sea­son.

In what was a fun day, the even­tual win­ners were Joyce Kelly, Steven Boyd, Hugh Dougan and Pat Gal­lagher who fin­ished 11 shots up.

In the evening there was music and a karaoke and every­one had a great night.

Mon­day night saw the start of the gents ag­gre­gate and the win­ners were John Hurles and Steven Boyd who were 19 shots up.

This Satur­day the gents will hold their bal­loted pairs com­pe­ti­tion and mem­bers are re­quested to ar­rive at 10.30am with play com­menc­ing at 11.00am.

Af­ter match A free cabaret was held in the club fol­low­ing the day’s play Ladies day The ladies of Cam­bus­lang en­joyed the sun­shine Ladies open­ing day Janet Daw­son (be­low) thanked every­one for com­ing

Open­ing day The men take to the Cam­bus­lang green

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