Around the greens
Halfway and District
David Fergus took part in the international trial game at Partick BC on Sunday and will find out this week if he has been selected for the forthcoming British Isles championships at Llandidrod Wells. The ties will be played on July 2 and 3 at the Mid Wales venue.
David’s Lanarkshire South county rink and overall team kept their 100 per cent record going after beating Renfrewshire South at the weekend. This weekend they travel to Sandhead, Stranraer, to face Wigtownshire. David also won his champion of champions last 16 game on Sunday night 21-17 against Coalburn and will now play at Newmains this Sunday night at 6.30pm where he will face Motherwell.
Halfway travelled to Red Deer on Sunday in the first round of top five singles and came away with a 4-1 victory. They will now play Uddingston away this Sunday at 2pm in the second round.
In the Bowls Scotland district 19 qualifiers the gents singles and triples both lost narrowly on Friday night. The pairs and fours entered the fray on Tuesday night, results to follow next week. The seniors still have a singles and fours in the last 16 with these games also taking place yesterday, Tuesday, afternoon.
The ladies are also doing well and the singles and pairs made it through to the district semi finals after victories on Sunday. The games will take place at Blackwood and Bothwell respectively on Saturday at 2pm. Taylor Gray played her under 25 singles on Tuesday night at Raploch and victory will see her play at Blackwood on Saturday afternoon. The ladies senior fours are also still involved and will play their quarter final game at Halfway on Friday afternoon. The fours lost their game on Sunday afternoon. Mary and Charlie McIntyre won their first round mixed pairs last Wednesday and will play their next round tonight, Wednesday, at Lesmahagow.
In the gents LBA ties the fours and senior fours lost their games last Thursday but the pairs and triples made it through to the district semi finals. These will be played at Shettleston on Thursday night. The under 45s made it through to the district final after a good victory over a strong Bellshill and Mossend team. This will be played at Garrowhill on Saturday morning at 10am and Foxley are the opponents.
In the gents RDBA ties the pairs and senior fours made it through to the semi finals. These took place on Tuesday with a place in the finals to be held at Cambuslang on Friday, June 17 up for grabs.
In the Ladies WOSWBA ties the pairs and triples both lost narrowly on Monday but Helen Torrance made it through in the singles.
The seniors had two wins against Udston on Monday in section two but lost their two games against Whitemoss in section three.
This Saturday sees the Clyde Refrigeration invitation rinks take place at Halfway and District. Twenty teams will battle it out for the honours with a 9.30am for 10am start. Also coming up soon are the Condorrat friendly game ( gents at home, ladies away) on June 11, the Joe Nelson Cup (ladies pairs) on June 18 and the gents invitation pairs on June 19. The sheets are on the notice boards in the bowls house for these games. Ladies Day, sponsored by Drumsagard Academy, was postponed from the usual April date. This will now be held on Saturday, July 30 at 1pm.
A busy week for Cambuslang included their annual Ladies 2 + 1 on Saturday, May 28, where the final saw host Mary Irvine of Cambuslang partnered by Myra McMullen and Tracy Stewart of Whitefield win against Cathie Meikle of the home club partnered by Sandra Hughes and Audrey Stoddart of Halfway.
The 25th anniversary of the annual John Macfarlane Memorial tournament, Sunday, May 29, was won by a rink consisting of Willie Rae of Cambuslang, partnered by John Kerr from Halfway plus Brian Pearce and John Stirling, both of Carmyle.
This year, the selected charity was REACH Lanarkshire Autism, a local charity which supports families who have a young person with this condition living in South Lanarkshire. A special thanks went to the sterling efforts of tournament organiser Glenda Montgomery, assisted by bowling supremo Alan Johnston. Club president Richard McInall junior was able to present a cheque for almost £1,900 to the charity, and both they and the organisers would like to express their gratitude to all the bowlers and friends who took part and gave so willingly on the day and not least to their many generous sponsors. This brings the total raised for charity by this annual event to £56,700.
Weather over the weekend was magnificent and it is to be hoped it might last for a little longer and carry forward to Saturday, June 4 for Cambuslang’s annual sponsored triples tournament, for which 20 teams of three are entered. Play commences at 10am, and the club looks forward to meeting up with some old friends who have supported this event for many years, travelling each year from as far away as Troon.
Last Friday saw the club begin their campaign in the Scottish Championships. It was a tremendously successful night as every team won. In the Lanarkshire Singles Michael O’Hagan defeated the representative from Orbiston and will now play against Uddingston in the district semi final. The triples team of Mark Law, Alasdair Paton and Michael Docherty also had an excellent win.
On Sunday the Gents played their first game in the Millennium singles and had a comfortable 5-0 win against Gartcosh. Hopefully they can keep up the performance levels and defend the trophy they won last year.
The Monday night aggregate was won by Jimmy Welsh and Michael Rodgers who finished four shots up.
In the RDBA, the triples team of Jim McGuire, Steven Boyd and Eddie McCormack won through to the semi finals by defeating Templeton and they will now face Cambuslang on their home green. Michael O’Hagan had a good win against last year’s runner up from Kirkhill. However due to Bowls Scotland commitments he will not be able to play in the semi final and will replaced by Chris Knape.
Club Champion Murray Paul made it through to the last 16 of the Glasgow Bowling Association singles last Wednesday evening. This week he plays at Eaglesham.
In the Bowls Scotland district games last Thursday the singles, triples, fours, senior singles ‘A’ and ‘B’ and the seniors fours ‘A’, ‘B’ and ‘C’ teams won through to the next round on Thursday. The mixed pairs also play this weekend at Croftfoot.
In the RDBA championships the singles, pairs and senior fours play in the semi finals this week.
Two wins at home and an away win against North British BC maintains a good run in the North Eastern League.
In the Cambuslang and District Seniors’ League Rutherglen had two wins at Whitefield BC. This week’s game is against Mount Florida BC.
In last Saturday’s 4-3- 2-1 tournament, sponsored by Specsavers, Rutherglen, two teams finished on 15 points but, with a higher shots difference, the team of Alistair Vallance, Tom Pollock, Les Warnock and Alasdair Campbell just pipped Stephen Clark, Alan C Robinson, Alan B Robinson and Billy Ross.
The Monday evening aggregate game was won by Joe Paul, Danny Reid and Gary Kelsey.
Winners Rutherglen BC’s 4-3-2-1 winners: Alistair Vallance, Tom Pollock, Les Warnock and Alasdair Campbell