Half­way and Dis­trict

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It has been an in­cred­i­bly busy week at the White­field with many play­ers out rep­re­sent­ing the club at Scot­tish, La­nark­shire and Ruther­glen Dis­trict lev­els.

In the LBA Cham­pion of Cham­pi­ons tour­na­ment, Mark O’Ha­gan nar­rowly lost a hotly con­tested quar­ter fi­nal against his op­po­nent from Wrangholm Hall. The club would like to say well done to Mark for reach­ing this stage of the tour­na­ment.

In the Scot­tish ties, it started off with the sin­gles where Michael Mor­ris lost out to his op­po­nent from Dou­glas Vic­to­ria. Else­where, the pairs of Andy O’Ha­gan and Ian McShane Snr progress with two solid vic­to­ries against Half­way and Quar­ter. The triples of Andy Ste­wart, Michael O’Ha­gan and Michael Docherty also had good wins against teams from Half­way and Hamilton. The fours, Mark Law, Jim Mol­loy, Jim Hef­fer­land and Tam Devenny recorded a vic­tory against Raploch but their jour­ney ended with de­feat to Hamilton Cale­do­nian in the clos­est of ties. This match ended on the fi­nal bowl of the last end which re­quired a mea­sure. In the ju­niors, Alas­dair Pa­ton Jr won his tie against Stone­house but then lost his fol­low­ing tie to an­other player from the same club. Mark O’Ha­gan con­tin­ues his cam­paign with wins against Ed­dle­wood and also sur­vived a cliffhanger of a tie against Red Deer.

In the LBA ties, Michael O’Ha­gan de­feated Ud­dingston to reach the Dis­trict fi­nal. He will be joined by the triples team of Mark Law, Alas­dair Pa­ton Jr and Michael Docherty. Both Dis­trict fi­nals will be played at Fox­ley on Wed­nes­day.

Mean­while in the LBA Mil­len­nium Tro­phy, the White­field team of Andy Ste­wart, Alas­dair Pa­ton Jr, Mark Law, Michael O’Ha­gan and Tam Devenny con­tin­ued their de­fence of the tro­phy won last year with a vic­tory against Dun­beth Park.

The RDBA semi fi­nals were held at Cam­bus­lang on Tuesday evening. Chris Knape won his semi fi­nal over his op­po­nent from Kingswood but has sub­se­quently been elim­i­nated fol­low­ing an el­i­gi­bil­ity dis­pute. The club are ex­tremely dis­ap­pointed for Chris as his vic­tory on the green was well de­served. Un­for­tu­nately, the triples of Jim McGuire, David Kelly and Eddie McCor­mack lost out in a humdinger of a match against Cam­bus­lang. The match was con­cluded on an ex­tra end after the White­field team picked up two shots on the last end. Con­grat­u­la­tions to White­field’s ju­niors rep­re­sen­ta­tive, Alex Hart , who beat his op­po­nent from Croft­foot in the semi fi­nal in a re-run of last year’s fi­nal.

Back at the White­field, the Ladies In­vi­ta­tion Pairs fi­nal was con­tested on Sun­day by two home teams with Heather Blair, Carol Ann Nolan and Mary Smith emerg­ing vic­to­ri­ous against Kate Fran­cis, Iso­bel McGuire and Mar­garet Fel­lows.

Fi­nally, the Gents ag­gre­gate was won by David Cana­van and Jim Hef­fer­land. Last week saw the com­ple­tion of the first club tour­na­ment of the year with the vic­tors win­ning this ti­tle in some style with a team skipped by PC Monachan fol­lowed by Jack McCutcheon, Jack Con­nolly with YFT MacIn­tosh skip­ping at the back. Yan made an emo­tional win­ning speech after re­ceiv­ing the sil­ver­ware re­flect­ing on the long road to this hard fought ti­tle which he will cher­ish.

It was a great week­end for Yan who once again cap­tained the Burn­side team who trav­elled on Sun­day to near neigh­bours Ruther­glen Bowl­ing Club to take part in the away match in this year’s Ry­der Cup.

A great day was had by all and Burn­side would like to thank Barra Dou­glas and team for their hos­pi­tal­ity and com­radarie once again. Burn­side un­sur­pris­ingly came out on top on and this is now five con­sec­u­tive wins for Burn­side BC since the in­au­gu­ral game in this fix­ture and they look for­ward to wel­com­ing Ruther­glen to Burn­side BC later in the sea­son for yet an­other chance for the vis­i­tors to get their hands on the tro­phy.

It was a mixed bag in ex­ter­nal com­pe­ti­tions with some knock­out blows along the way.

In the Char­ity Cup held on Sun­day, the Burn­side four trav­elled to Stam­per­land to play Castlemilk. On the hottest day of the year so far, Burn­side turned up the heat and man­aged to win by 22 shots se­cur­ing an ex­cel­lent re­sult. Burn­side now await the over­all re­sults but may be in the run­ning for top spot. The team was led by Chris Allen, Kenny Stir­ratt, Andrew Hax­ton with Wal­ter Matthews com­ing in at the rear.

In Bowls Scot­land, Burn­side had two se­nior teams bat­tle through to the next round how­ever the club’s mixed pairs failed at this hur­dle. In Ruther­glen and Dis­trict they man­aged to se­cure vic­tory in the Gilliland League.

Pride of place goes to the GBA un­der 45 team who trav­elled to Kingswood to face Stam­per­land BC in the semi fi­nal of the com­pe­ti­tion. Burn­side man­aged a hand­some vic­tory and the team of Jack Con­nolly, Chris Al­lan, Andrew Hax­ton and Marc Stir­ratt will now play in the Dis­trict fi­nals, to be held on home soil, this com­ing Fri­day and it is hoped a good crowd will be present to add to the oc­ca­sion.

This Saturday Burn­side have an early start as they play host to their in­vi­ta­tion triples and groups which will be drawn this week. Tra­di­tion­ally this is a great event and hope­fully this sea­son will be no dif­fer­ent.

Fi­nally, the Mon­day night ag­gre­gate game was won by a trio con­sist­ing of Arthur McKell, Jim Gib­son with Wal­ter Matthews who once again de­liv­ered the goods as skip. Raf­fle on the night was £45 which will go to good causes. Last Saturday saw the Clyde Re­frig­er­a­tion In­vi­ta­tion Rinks take place at Half­way and Dis­trict. Twenty teams par­tic­i­pated and the greens were run­ning well thanks to the warm weather. Even­tual win­ners were ex Half­way pres­i­dent Gor­don Shanks of the Ud­dingston rink. They de­feated John Mur­ray, Benny Pain­ter, Robert Thomp­son and Alan Lorimer in the fi­nal. This Saturday af­ter­noon sees the Fer­gus tro­phy be­ing played for against Con­dor­rat.

The gents are at home and the ladies are away. The fol­low­ing week­end sees the Joe Nel­son Cup (ladies pairs) take place on the Saturday and the Gents In­vi­ta­tion Pairs take place on the Sun­day. Any mem­bers wish­ing to play in these games should ap­pend their names on the rel­e­vant sheets.

Half­way have still got four dis­ci­plines in the hunt for qual­i­fiy­ing for the na­tional fi­nals at North­field in July. Flora Thom­son and Mary McIn­tyre won their pairs semi fi­nal at Both­well on Saturday and will now play in the fi­nals at Ud­dingston next Sun­day af­ter­noon with a place in the na­tional fi­nals at stake.

Fiona Firth (sin­gles) and Tay­lor Gray (ju­nior sin­gles) were also in ac­tion in the semi fi­nals at Black­wood on Saturday but they came up against in­ter­na­tional op­po­nents and lost out in tough games.

The ladies se­nior fours, Josie McGeough, Rena Dun­can, Janet Potter and Mau­reen Lewis, were very un­lucky not to make it through to the semi fi­nals after los­ing by a sin­gle shot on Fri­day af­ter­noon.

On the gents side, three semi fi­nals took place on Tuesday with places in Fri­day’s fi­nals at stake. In the se­nior sin­gles Jacky Fer­gus played Larkhall and the se­nior four of Iain Firth, John Kerr, Ge­orge Thom­son and Char­lie McIn­tyre play Blan­tyre.

The fi­nals take place at Raploch on Fri­day af­ter­noon. The gents rink of Alan Lorimer, Alan Barr, Martin McIl­ree and Tommy Al­li­son played Ed­dle­wood on Tuesday night, a vic­tory will see them play at Dalserf in the fi­nal on Fri­day night.

In the LBA ties the gents pairs and triples lost their dis­trict semi fi­nals at Shet­tle­ston last week. David Fer­gus lost 21-17 in the Cham­pion of Cham­pi­ons quar­ter fi­nals at New­mains on Sun­day night against Mother­well’s David An­der­son.

The un­der 45 rink of Brian McLeod, Camp­bell McNaugh­tan, John Shep­pard and Stephen McIn­tyre made it through to the semi fi­nals with a last end vic­tory over Fox­ley. The semi fi­nals will take place this Sun­day night at Spring­wells in Air­drie. The top five lost their sec­ond round game away to Ud­dingston on Sun­day af­ter­noon.

In the ladies WOSWBA sin­gles He­len Tor­rance will play her dis­trict semi fi­nal at Both­well on Mon­day. The LWBA ties start this week with Fiona Firth play­ing in the sin­gles at East Kil­bride on Thurs­day. Mary McIn­tyre plays in the pairs at St Leonards to­day, Wed­nes­day, and Flo Thom­son, San­dra Hughes and May Fer­gus play in the triples at Red Deer on Thurs­day. If the pairs win they will play on Thurs­day at White­moss in the next round.

David Fer­gus was un­lucky not to be picked for the Scot­land team after per­form­ing well in the trial but he kept up his 100 per cent record with the county team after a vic­tory over Wig­town­shire at Stran­raer last Saturday. This Saturday’s op­po­nents are Dum­friesshire at Les­ma­hagow.

In the RDBA ties last Tuesday the pairs and fours both lost out in the semi fi­nals. The Gilliland League time fin­ished with a walkover against Tem­ple­ton. The triples league started this week with Half­way up against Ruther­glen in Tuesday night’s opener. Next week’s op­po­nents are St Leonards.

The se­niors teams both had one win apiece in their league games on Mon­day morn­ing against East Kil­bride and Both­well. The knock­out ties and top 10 start this week, re­sults to fol­low next week.

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