Rutherglen Reformer - - Drive time extra -

In the Bowls Scot­land dis­trict games Ruther­glen’s sin­gles, triples, fours and se­nior fours all won through to the semi­fi­nals to be played this Thurs­day evening, June 16.

Last week in the R&D cham­pi­onships the sin­gles, pairs and se­nior fours all won through to the fi­nals which are to be played at Cam­bus­lang BC on Fri­day, June 17.

In the North Eastern League on Fri­day evening Ruther­glen picked up eight out of 10 points against Park­head BC.

With one game left this week against Kirkhill BC Ruther­glen need the same or max­i­mum points to put us in with a chance of pro­mo­tion.

In the Cam­bus­lang and Dis­trict Se­nior’s League Ruther­glen had one win and a draw at home against Kingswood BC. Next week’s game is against Cam­bus­lang BC.

Ruther­glen’s visit to Mil­ton of Camp­sie BC for their an­nual friendly on Satur­day, July 4 was en­joyed by both sets of play­ers.

For the first time Ruther­glen vis­ited Troon BC last Sunday for a very en­joy­able friendly match. It is hoped the club can re­pay the hos­pi­tal­ity next year.

The Mon­day evening ag­gre­gate game was won by Billy Bry­den and Gary Kelsey. Last Satur­day saw the an­nual friendly matches take place against Con­dor­rat.

The ladies were away and the gents were at home as the clubs bat­tled it out for the Fer­gus tro­phy.

Half­way man­aged to win both games and brought both cups back to the club for the first time in a few years.

This Satur­day sees the Joe Nel­son Cup take place and 12 ladies pairs will take part with a noon start.

Sunday sees an­other busy day when over 40 teams will par­tic­i­pate in the gents in­vi­ta­tion pairs (spon­sored by Jim and Au­drey Stod­dart). This will start at 9.30am for 10am.

Flo Thom­son and Mary McIn­tyre lost in the fi­nal of the Bowls Scot­land dis­trict 19 fi­nal on Sunday against Both­well. The gents fell at the semi fi­nal stage last week in the se­nior sin­gles, se­nior fours and fours.

There was bet­ter news in the WOSWBA when He­len Tor­rance beat Stone­house 21-15 on Mon­day to reach the dis­trict fi­nal. This will be played at Hamil­ton Ca­ley on Mon­day, June 27.

In the LWBA ties Fiona Firth made it through in the sin­gles and Mary McIn­tyre and He­len Tor­rance made it through in the pairs. The triples of San­dra Hughes, Flo Thom­son and May Fer­gus got knocked out.

The RDBA Triples league started last week and Half­way lost home and away against Ruther­glen. This week’s op­po­nents were St Leonards, next week’s are Toll­cross.

Half­way will play Kirkhill in the Al­lan Chap­man Tro­phy at Cam­bus­lang tonight (Wed­nes­day).

The se­niors con­tin­ued their good start to the sea­son as one team beat Hamil­ton Ca­ley home and away and the other team won one and lost one against Larkhall.

They also made it through to the sec­ond round of the top 10 af­ter beat­ing Both­well away last Thurs­day. They are at home in the next round this Thurs­day morn­ing. In the knock­out ties Jim Wil­son won his sin­gles and one of the pairs also made it through.

David Fer­gus’s La­nark­shire South team lost their first game of the sea­son on Satur­day but they are still on course to qual­ify for the knock­out stages and will play Ste­wartry at Cree­town this Satur­day.

The La­nark­shire League starts on Fri­day, June 24. Any mem­ber wish­ing to play should put their name on the sheet in the bowls house be­fore Satur­day.

The sheets are also on the boards for the Ladies Triples spon­sored by Painter En­gi­neer­ing ( Sunday, July 3), Gents friendly v Cam­bus­lang (Satur­day, July 9), bal­loted pairs (Satur­day, July 16), Ladies Rose­bowl (Satur­day, July 23) and Ladies Day spon­sored by Drum­sagard Academy (Satur­day, July 30). Ruther­glen Dis­trict Bowl­ing As­so­ci­a­tion triples league com­menced on Tues­day, June 7 and Cam­bus­lang lost both games to St Leonards BC.

On Tues­day, June 13 Cam­bus­lang play home and away to Over­toun Park BC.

The RDBA Chap­man Fi­nals will take place at Cam­bus­lang BC on Wed­nes­day, June 15 at 6.30pm when all clubs will play for the tro­phy. The draw is: Croft­foot v Toll­cross; St Leonards v White­field; Over­toun Park v Cam­bus­lang; Tem­ple­ton v Kingswood; Half­way and Dis­trict v Kirkhill; Burn­side v Ruther­glen. On Fri­day , June 17, at 6.30pm the RDBA Cham­pi­onship Fi­nals will take place at Cam­bus­lang BC.

This will con­sist of a sin­gles, pairs, triples, se­nior rinks, un­der 16 sin­gles fi­nals plus the fi­nal of the Gilliland League; Kingswood BC v St Leonard’s BC

On Wed­nes­day 15 and Fri­day 17 of June all vis­i­tors are wel­come to at­tend (free) to watch the bowls and use the club’s fa­cil­i­ties. The bar will be open.

Cam­bus­lang Dis­trict Se­niors Rinks League. Last Wed­nes­day ( June 8) Cam­bus­lang had two rinks at home against Kirkhill BC and won lost both games.

This Wed­nes­day, June 15 the team are away against Ruther­glen BC at 10.30am.

On Mon­day, June 13 the evening points game was won by pair Alex Hay and John McLaugh­lan, five shots up.

This Satur­day, June 18 the club trav­els to Ud­ston BC in Burn­bank to play the sec­ond leg of the Chal­lenge Ry­der Cup. Cam­bus­lang take a 16 point lead from the home game.

The Ladies are host­ing the La­nark­shire Rinks on Wed­nes­days 15, 22 and 29 of June and their an­nual parish game with Half­way BC is on Thurs­day, June 16 at home with a 2pm start. It was a busy week once again at Burn­side BC with the main event on Satur­day be­ing the an­nual in­vi­ta­tion triples.

It was well at­tended and en­joyed by all with even­tual win­ners be­ing the ex­pe­ri­enced Croft­foot trio of Bobby Farr, Daniel O’Neil and Pat Ferry with the Burn­side out­fit skipped by Iain McIn­tosh com­ing sec­ond. Thanks to pres­i­dent David Rober­ston and Sandy Scrim­geour for mak­ing the day ran smoothly through­out and also to the spon­sors Max­ium for their do­na­tion of Fa­mous Grouse prizes and Bar­rier Alarms for their do­na­tion of prize money.

In other matches Burn­side had mixed for­tunes. On Fri­day evening the un­der 45 team were soundly beaten by Kingswood BC in the dis­trict fi­nals but for­tu­nately the team are young enough to get many at­tempts to se­cure this ti­tle.

In the SBA Se­nior sin­gles Peter Horne nar­rowly lost out, how­ever club cham­pion Stevie Jack­son se­cured vic­tory to take him through to semi fi­nal stage. In the Ruther­glen and Dis­trict triples league won at home how­ever had a re­verse in away fix­ture.

The prime ac­co­lade this week was achiev­ing vic­tory in the Dis­trict Char­ity Cup. The team of Chris Al­lan, Kenny Stir­ratt, Andrew Hax­ton and skipped by Wal­ter Matthews were 22 shots up against luck­less op­po­nents Castlemilk. This dis­trict vic­tory now takes the team to the Glas­gow semi against Car­don­ald BC at Kingswood later this month.

Mem­bers are re­minded that Ladies Day will take place this Satur­day and also that the first round of the Cen­te­nary Hand­i­cap closes on Sunday.

On Mon­day the ag­gre­gate was won again by skip Wal­ter Matthews who is amass­ing vouch­ers at the rate of Boots McDon­ald last sea­son. Other mem­bers were Ed­ward Ste­wart, AI Couper and PC Monackan. The raf­fle raised £39. In the un­der 25s Scot­tish Cham­pi­onship, Mark O’Ha­gan de­feated Stone­house in the semi fi­nal be­fore win­ning the fi­nal against his op­po­nent from Dalserf. Mark now pro­gresses to North­field for the na­tional fi­nals.

Hot on his heels, the Triples of Andy Ste­wart, Michael O’Ha­gan and Michael Docherty beat Blan­tyre in the Semi Fi­nal and then fol­lowed that up in the Dis­trict fi­nal by beat­ing White­moss in an ex­cit­ing match which went to an ex­tra end. The Triples also progress to the na­tional fi­nals.

Not to be out­done, Claire Walker won the un­der 25s ladies dis­trict fi­nal 21-17 to qual­ify for the na­tional fi­nals.

Un­for­tu­nately, the pairs of Andy O’Ha­gan and Ian McShane Snr hav­ing done so well pre­vi­ously in the com­pe­ti­tion, lost in their semi fi­nal against Dalserf.

What a mar­vel­lous ef­fort by all con­cerned and the club are ex­tremely proud of their achieve­ments.

In the LBA cham­pi­onship, Michael O’Ha­gan lost 21-16 in the Dis­trict sin­gles fi­nal against Mother­well Min­ers Wel­fare. The Triples of Mark Law, Alas­dair Pa­ton Jr and Michael Docherty beat Dalzell in a thrilling fi­nale, win­ning by one shot af­ter a mea­sure and now progress to the semi fi­nals.

In the RDBA Triples League, a slug­gish start saw both teams lose their open­ing fix­ture against Toll­cross.

Alex Hart rep­re­sents the club in the junior fi­nal of the RDBA Cham­pi­onship on Fri­day night at Cam­bus­lang and the club wish him well. He also played in the Greater Glas­gow Youth Bowl­ing As­so­ci­a­tion on Sunday at the North Bri­tish Bowl­ing Club. Although Alex didn’t fare too well on the day, he has picked up in­valu­able ex­pe­ri­ence.

In the LBA Se­niors, White­field A lost both matches against Blan­tyre while White­field B fared slightly bet­ter, win­ning one and los­ing the other against Black­wood.

On Satur­day, the Ladies hosted their 2+ 1 tour­na­ment which was won by Mary Smith, Elaine Ral­ston and Josie McGeogh.

Fi­nally, Mon­day nights ag­gre­gate was won by John Hurles and Jim McGuire who were 16 shots up. Twenty eight Over­toun stal­warts braved a chilly evening to com­pete in the an­nual Gala 2 bowl sin­gles com­pe­ti­tion on Fri­day.

Some of the new bowlers gave the old hands a run for their money and there were some close games go­ing to an ex­tra end. In the semi, Jamie Jamieson took Bar­bara Drum­mond to an ex­tra end be­fore she went on to meet John Meikle in the fi­nal.

John got off to a good start but Bar­bara fought back and again there was an ex­tra end to de­cide the win­ner. It was close but John couldn’t dis­place Bar­bara’s bowl from the Jack and so she ended up

Over­toun Gala 2 Bowl win­ner Bar­bara Drum­mond with run­ner-up John Meikle

Toast Burn­side’s triples in­vi­ta­tional was a huge suc­cess

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