Around the greens
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