Around the greens

Rutherglen Reformer - - Sport -

It has been a great week for Kirkhill bowlers in both a com­pet­i­tive and a so­cial sense.

Last Satur­day night Su Ragazzi Vol­ley­ball Club held their awards cer­e­mony in the club with a friendly fam­ily at­mos­phere.

Bright and early on Sun­day morn­ing some par­tic­i­pants were back at the club for the an­nual gents bowl­ing trip to Rothe­say. The gents left Kirkhill in driz­zly rain but ar­rived at the Craig­more BC in Rothe­say in bright dry con­di­tions. The gents played 24 ends in groups of six and the over­all re­sult was very close with Jim Mur­phy’s triple team claim­ing victory over­all. The guys had a great day out.

On Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon the Kirkhill ladies had their Rose­bowl lunch with in­vited guests from lo­cal clubs. The weather was kind, the com­pany was ge­nial and the ladies also had a great bowl­ing day.

Fri­day night saw the fi­nals of the Ruther­glen and Dis­trict Bowl­ing As­so­ci­a­tion played at Cam­bus­lang and club mem­bers were de­lighted at the victory in the ju­nior sec­tion for ju­nior mem­ber Rob­bie Lewis aged 14, who is a pupil at Stonelaw High School.

On his re­turn to the club Rob­bie’s ar­rival was greeted by loud cheers from the pres­i­dent and a room full of play­ers tak­ing re­fresh­ments af­ter their evening of bowl­ing. Satur­day saw two vic­to­ries for Kirkhill. Fif­teen Kirkhill gents played out a home par­ish game with Over­toun BC.

Kirkhill won the match by 71 shots to 52 and re­tained the Dou­glas Coutts Tro­phy. Kirkhill’s top scor­ing team on the day was skipped by Ron­nie Wil­son, ably aided by Jim Proc­tor and Frank Burns.

The gents had half an ear out for the club phone, how­ever, be­cause they were wait­ing for the re­sult of the Scot­tish Dis­trict 21 ladies fi­nal in which the team were play­ing.

The wait was worth it how­ever as the team of lady VP Jean Kerr, lady pres­i­dent Christine MacLeod and Gail Sav­age won a close fought game ver­sus Castlemilk by one shot.

The ladies have qual­i­fied for the Scot­tish Na­tional fi­nals at North­field in Ayr­shire .

Jack Don­ald­son will soon rep­re­sent Kirkhill in the Scot­tish Dis­trict 21 ju­nior fi­nal and every­one hopes he is equally suc­cess­ful.

On a sad­der note mem­bers learned that long- term mem­ber Ste­wart New­lands had re­cently passed away af­ter ill­ness. Ste­wart was a stal­wart of the club play­ing reg­u­larly with the se­niors in later years and will be sadly missed.


The sea­son is well un­der way at Over­toun and mem­bers have been tak­ing ad­van­tage of the lovely weather to get ties un­der­way and to put in a bit of prac­tice in the friendly af­ter­noon and evening ‘bounce’ games.

This has paid div­i­dends for the men who have had some suc­cess in the Bowls Scot­land com­pe­ti­tions, with the Gents’ Triples team of Benny Brown, Hugh Lam­bie and John San­der­son hav­ing reached the fi­nal, to be played to­mor­row, Thurs­day at Mount Florida.

Last Fri­day, 28 stal­warts braved a chill­ier evening to com­pete in the an­nual Gala Two-Bowl Sin­gles com­pe­ti­tion. Some great bowls were played with sev­eral of the new bowlers giv­ing the old hands a run for their money. In the semi, Jamie Jamieson took Bar­bara Drum­mond to an ex­tra end be­fore los­ing by one shot. Bar­bara went on to play her old ri­val John Meikle, in the fi­nal and again it was a close game.

John got off to a good start but Bar­bara fought back to make it peals go­ing into the last end. It was a tight head but John could not dis­place Bar­bara’s bowl from the jack and so she ended up with the tro­phy.

On Sun­day, the an­nual Men’s Day had an in­ter­est­ing, if not con­tro­ver­sial out­come when Colin Harvie’s part­ner called off and Over­toun mem­ber, Hugh Lam­bie had to step in to make up the num­bers. The pair then reached the fi­nal and won the event, beat­ing James Master­son and his guest, Stu­art Pick­ett, by one shot.

Tech­ni­cally, how­ever, the win­ning pair should have had to in­clude a vis­i­tor and so the right­ful win­ners and re­cip­i­ents of the Jim Al­lan Tro­phy, re­mains a mat­ter for debate.

The Over­toun ladies, mean­while, have been en­joy­ing sev­eral friendly games with lo­cal clubs and are look­ing for­ward to their Ladies’ Day this week­end – a pop­u­lar event with the guests who al­ways look for­ward to the renowned Over­toun hospi­tal­ity.

Half­way and Dis­trict

Last Satur­day saw the Joe Nel­son Cup take place at Half­way and Dis­trict.

The good weather meant the greens were run­ning well and even­tual win­ners were Laura Shep­pard and Lil­lian O’Neil who de­feated Mau­reen Lewis and Janet Pot­ter in the fi­nal.

Sun­day saw the Gents In­vi­ta­tion Pairs (spon­sored by Jim and Au­drey Stod­dart) take place with 42 teams par­tic­i­pat­ing. The fi­nal ended up an all White­vale af­fair and Willie McA­dam and Neil Craig pre­vailed af­ter beat­ing Willie Ru­dolph and Willie McClure.

The Gents La­nark­shire League starts this week. The di­vi­sion three team are away to Hamilton Ca­ley and the di­vi­sion 10 team are at home to Or­bis­ton.

The ladies LWBA ties con­tinue this week. Fiona Firth will play her sin­gles dis­trict semi- fi­nal at St Leonards on Thurs­day. Mary McIn­tyre and He­len Tor­rance will play their pairs semi-fi­nal at Mur­ray on Wed­nes­day. The dis­trict fi­nals will take place on Fri­day, July 8 at Stone­house.

In the WOSWBA He­len Tor­rance will play her sin­gles dis­trict fi­nal at Hamilton Ca­ley on Mon­day.

On the se­niors side Half­way lost at home to Both­well in the top 10 last Thurs­day. The league games on Mon­day were post­poned due to the fu­neral of pop­u­lar mem­ber Ed­die Dunn tak­ing place on Mon­day morn­ing.

In the RDBA Triples league Half­way won home and away against St Leonard’s last week. This week’s op­po­nents are Toll­cross, next week’s are Burn­side. Half­way drew with Kirkhill in the Al­lan Chap­man Tro­phy last Wed­nes­day at Cam­bus­lang.

David Fer­gus was part of the La­nark­shire South team that made it through to the knock­out stages of the An­drew Hamilton Tro­phy with a game to spare. The last group game is against Ayr­shire South at North­field on Satur­day.

There is noth­ing on this week­end at Half­way but there is a busy July com­ing up with the sheets on the board 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).


What started as a hope­ful night in the Bowls Scot­land dis­trict semi-fi­nals on Thurs­day was soon to turn sour as a mix­ture of re­sults were re­turned at the end of play.

Mark Kelsey was de­feated in the sin­gles along with fur­ther dis­ap­point­ment for the fours of Alan B Robinson, Andy Howarth, Wul­lie Gibb and Barry Fin­layson beaten in their semi fi­nal.

Ruther­glen hopes are now pinned on the triples of Brian Con­nolly, Jimmy Simpson and Gary Kelsey who again played very well as a team to reach the Bowls Scot­land Dis­trict fi­nals. Well done lads and best wishes for the fi­nal to be held at Mount Florida on Thurs­day, June 23 at 6.30pm.

Fri­day was a big dis­ap­point­ment as the Ruther­glen BC rep­re­sen­ta­tives all lost out in the Ruther­glen and Dis­trict fi­nals held at Cam­bus­lang BC.

In the sin­gles Barry Fin­layson chased the game and lost out to a very good op­po­nent from Kingswood BC.

In the pairs Nor­man King and Andy Gor­man took an early lead. Once their op­po­nents caught them up, the lead was re­lin­quished and the ti­tle went to the pairs from St Leonard’s BC.

The se­nior fours Alan B Robinson, Ian Paul, Gor­don Campbell and Kenny Grum­mit tried to come back in a dif­fi­cult game and nar­rowly lost out by two shots to the se­niors of Croft­foot BC.

There was some good news in the Fri­day North Eastern League, with two away wins and one home win recorded and eight points picked up against Kirkhill BC.

The club now await other re­sults to con­firm if the hard work has paid off to see pro­mo­tion back to league one.

Mon­day night’s ag­gre­gate was won by the pairs of Mark Kelsey and John Greig.


Ruther­glen Dis­trict Bowl­ing As­so­ci­a­tion:

In the Triples league on Tues­day, June 13 Cam­bus­lang won both games against Over­toun Park BC. On Tues­day, June 20 they play home and away to Ruther­glen BC.

The RDBA Chap­man Fi­nal took place at Cam­bus­lang BC on Wed­nes­day, June 15 when all lo­cal clubs played for the tro­phy. The win­ning club was St Leonard’s with six shots. Thanks go to club sec­re­tary, Ann Phillips, and helpers who pro­vided the pur­vey for the bowlers.

On Fri­day, June 17 Cam­bus­lang hosted the RDBA Cham­pi­onship fi­nals. Again thanks to the Ladies sec­tion Cathie Meikle, Mary Rus­sell, Jessie John­ston, Liz Power and Liz Chambers who sup­plied the pur­vey for the bowlers.

The RDBA Fi­nals con­sisted of a sin­gles, pairs, triples, se­nior rinks and U16 sin­gles fi­nals, plus the fi­nal of the Gilliland League. The win­ners were: Sin­gles: Willie Rankin, Kingswood BC Pairs: Ian Brem­ner, Michael Or­mis­ton, St Leonard’s BC

Triples: John Mitchell, Richie McI­nall jnr, John McI­nall, Cam­bus­lang BC

Se­nior rinks: Ian McIn­tyre, Ian McCul­loch, Robert Fair, David His­lop, Croft­foot BC

Ju­nior sin­gles: Rob­bie Lewis, Kirkhill BC Gilliland League: St Leonard’s BC On be­half of Cam­bus­lang BC, thanks go to the RDBA Sec­re­tary Mor­ris Smith and his com­mit­tee for the ex­cel­lent work they do in run­ning the Ruther­glen Dis­trict Bowl­ing League and the club was de­lighted to host the fi­nals this year.

Cam­bus­lang Dis­trict Se­niors Rinks League:

Last Wed­nes­day, June 15, Cam­bus­lang had two rinks away against Ruther­glen BC and lost both games.

This Wed­nes­day, June 22 the club are at home against Mount Ver­non BC at 10.30am.

On Mon­day, June 20 the evening’s points game was won by Triples, Jim Kirk jnr, Gary Laid­law, Jim Kirk sen, three shots up.

On Satur­day, June 18 the club trav­elled to Ud­ston BC in Burn­bank to play the sec­ond leg of the Chal­lenge Ry­der Cup and Cam­bus­lang won both legs. This Satur­day, June 25 is the par­ish match away against Carmyle BC, 2pm.

The Ladies hosted the La­nark­shire Rinks on Wed­nes­day, June 15, and will also have them at our club on Wed­nes­day, June 22 and 29.

The Ladies an­nual par­ish game with Half­way BC on Thurs­day, June 16 was a lovely af­ter­noon with the Half­way ladies the over­all win­ners.


On Satur­day Burn­side held the an­nual Ladies Day which was en­joyed by all who played.

Un­for­tu­nately at­ten­dance num­bers were down from the heights of pre­vi­ous years due to a num­ber of fac­tors but that did not de­tract to the tra­di­tional com­pe­ti­tion. The win­ning rink was lead by Cathy Wis­ton fol­lowed by Bob Mil­lar, Kenny Stir­ratt and skip­ping was A.I. Couper who all en­joyed their prizes.

In Bowls Scot­land club cham­pion Ste­vie Jackson has suc­cess­fully made his way through to dis­trict fi­nal to be played at Ruther­glen BC this Sun­day. In the ju­nior sin­gles Jack Con­nolly un­for­tu­nately bowed out at same stage.

Last week Burn­side went to Cam­bus­lang for the Alan Chap­man Tro­phy and the team skipped by Jan Macin­tosh fin­ished in run­ners up po­si­tion af­ter de­feat­ing Ruther­glen by five shots be­fore nar­rowly los­ing out to get top of the podium by one shot to win­ners St Leonard’s BC.

In other com­pe­ti­tions Burn­side shared the spoils in the R&D Triples and had a sim­i­lar per­for­mance in Se­nior Fours with one team win­ning and one team los­ing in each fix­ture.

In­ter­nal com­pe­ti­tions saw the first round of Hand­i­cap and The Train Cup reach their dead­line with the green very busy as many mem­bers at­tempted to play their ties.

The Mon­day night ag­gre­gate once again went to skip Wal­ter Matthews who made the same win­ning speech as he has done in a num­ber of weeks this year. This time he was aided and abet­ted by lead Phil Wolf­son, Se­nior David Rober­ston

Ter­rific trio Kirkhill ladies’ team vice-pres­i­dent Jean Kerr, ladies pres­i­dent Christine MacLeod and Gail Sav­age de­feated Castlemilk to win the area 21 Scot­tish Dis­trict fi­nal and qual­ify for the Na­tional fi­nals at North­field in Ayr

Cham­pi­ons Kirkhill play­ers Jim Proc­tor, Ron­nie Wil­son and Frank Burns hold­ing the Dou­glas Coutts Tro­phy

Fu­ture star Kirkhill’s Rob­bie Lewis, 14, with the Ruther­glen and Dis­trict Bowl­ing As­so­ci­a­tion Ju­nior Tro­phy

Day out Kirkhill pres­i­dent John O’Brien, Hugh Mar­shall, and Iain Sav­age at Craig­more in Rothe­say

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