Kirkhill was very busy this week with bowlers playing catch up on their outstanding ties and enjoyable bounce games, now they have time to play them.
On Thursday evening Jack Donaldson was runner up in the District 21 Scottish junior final. Jack lost out narrowly in a thrilling tie played in a great spirit of friendship by 21 shots to 17. Jack was a very positive ambassador for the club and played well in early rounds and in the final.
The big event of the week involving large numbers of players was the Sam Wilson Trophy competition played on Sunday afternoon. Sam was a highly popular member and the trophy, in his memory, is presented by a member of Sam’s family each year when possible.
The winning triples team is the one with the highest score. Skips are allocated in advance, teams are then formed and finally, opponents are selected by random draw.
Following the presidential welcome by John O’Brien the organiser of the event Tom O’Brien took over and play started with a ‘spider’ throw where all bowlers throw their bowls simultaneously with the aim to be nearest the jack placed in the centre of the green. The lucky winner was member John Clark who was delighted with his ‘refreshing’ prize on his birthday week.
As well as putting hours of work into the administration and organisation of the event Tom O’Brien, who is now in his nineties, though you would never know it, played and played well despite the heavy conditions. Tom couldn’t control the weather which varied from light drizzle to heavy rain. Waterproofs were very much required despite the fairly high temperatures.
The winning team was the trio of Rennie Dobinson (skip),John Wilson and Billy Primrose who were 19 shots up on the day.
Despite the weather, players enjoyed the competitive but friendly bowling and the refreshments and banter afterwards. It was another good day at the bowling club.
On a sadder note, earlier in the week there was a large turnout of members and local bowlers at the funeral service of Stewart Newlands who passed away recently. Members thoughts are with his family and friends, he will be missed.
It has been another busy week at Whitefield with some notable success. In the LBA Triples Championship, the team of Mark Law, Andy Stewart, and Michael Docherty had a convincing win in their semi-final against Caldercraig and now wait to find out who their opponents are in the final to be held next week.
Friday night saw the start of the Lanarkshire Leagues with Whitefield’s Division 8 team recording two wins and a loss against Airdrie Central. Not to be outdone, the Division 18 team had a clean sweep against Gartsherrie. Next up are Udston away for the Division 8 team and Motherwell at home for the Division 18 contingent.
On Saturday, the Wilson Triples was won by Pat Gallagher, Hugh Dougan and Douglas Knape in an exciting final against Jim McGuire, Andy Stewart and Michael O’Hagan. For Hugh, in particular, it was a sweet victory having lost in the final of last week’s Invitation Pairs with his partner Arthur Gourlay to their opponents from Burnbank, Larry Todd and Robert Gallagher.
Ceiran Duffy and Aiden Friel represented the club in the Greater Glasgow Youth Bowling Association Pairs held at Whitevale. A solid showing saw the boys win their first two games and only missed out in qualifying by shots after losing their last section game.
The RDBA Triples League is in full flow but sadly the teams’ form isn’t having picked up only their first win of a slow start to the season.
Finally, The Monday Night Aggregate was won by Jim Molloy and Michael Rodgers who were 16 shots up. It was a quiet weekend at Halfway and District but that will be the last one of those until end of September with games on every weekend at the club until then.
Helen Torrance was defeated by Scotland captain Margaret Letham in the WOSWBA singles district final on Monday at Hamilton Caley. Mary McIntyre and Helen made it through to the LWBA pairs district finals, these will be played at Stonehouse on Friday, July 8. Fiona Firth was unlucky to lose 21-19 in the singles.
The Lanarkshire league started last Friday night and the Division 3 team had their usual slow start after losing 6-0 away to Hamilton Caley. This Friday they are at home to Motherwell MW. The Division 10 team continued their good form from last season and beat Orbiston 4-2 at home. They will travel to Dalserf on Friday night.
The gents made it through to the next round of the LBA Top six. David Fergus lost 21-18 in the singles. The triples of Jacky Fergus, Hugh Gebbie and Stephen McIntyre were next off after winning a close game by three shots. This meant it was down to the pairs and they ended up winning comfortably despite it being close game throughout. Halfway will now play Foxley away this Thursday night, June 30 in round two.
On the seniors front the section two team kept their good form up after a win and a draw against Strathclyde last week. They were only one point off the top of the table going into this week’s games. The section B teams lost narrowly in their games against Strathaven last week.
In the RDBA triples, Halfway lost both matches against Tollcross last week. This week’s opponents are Burnside and next week they take on Kingswood.
Lanarkshire South rounded off their Andrew Hamilton group games with a win over Ayrshire South at Northfield last Saturday. They will now play East Lothian at Haddington in the quarter finals on Saturday, July 9. Good luck to David Fergus and the rest of the team who are going for three in a row after winning the titles in 2014 and 2015.
This Sunday sees the Ladies triples (sponsored by Painter Engineering) take place and at least 20 teams will battle it out for the honours. It’s a 9.30am for 10am start, as usual.
Saturday, July 9, sees the McGinlay Cup played for in the annual friendly game against Cambuslang at home. The Balloted Pairs is on Saturday, July 16 (noon start) and the Ladies Rosebowl Charity day takes place on Saturday, July 23. All ladies are encouraged to bring a non bowler to take part in this fun day. Ladies Day sponsored by Drumsagard Academy will take place on Saturday, July 30 with a 1pm start. Overton Park annual Ladies’ Day took place on Saturday afternoon. After the good spell of sunshine, the ladies were disappointed to see the heavy rain and, eventually decided to change the day from outdoor to indoor bowls. As usual at Overtoun, the hospitality was second to none and the day was deemed a great success despite the weather. The winners of the McAllister and Considine Trophy were Ann McAlpine and Lily Grey. The ladies would like to thank Anna McLean and all the helpers for organising the event.
Last week, the men’s triples team of John Sanderson, Benny Brown and Hugh Lambie had less success in the final of the Bowls Scotland District Finals. Up against Rutherglen, the men couldn’t pull off a victory. Nevertheless, they are to be congratulated for reaching the finals and for their team spirit. Hugh Lambie wishes to express his appreciation to his team for their efforts and tall who came to support them.
The ladies have been enjoying some friendly games with local clubs. Over the next two weeks, they play Whitefield at home and then they have an away fixture at Templeton’s. It is hoped the weather stays fair for these enjoyable games and also for the remaining tournaments, especially the 4,3,2,1 day coming up in July. Club champion Stevie Jackson’s run in Bowls Scotland Senior Singles came to an end at the final hurdle after he was defeated in the final last Sunday at Rutherglen against a strong opponent who had previously beaten Burnside’s Peter Horne in the semi-final.
On the same day some better news for Burnside in the GBA Charity Cup where an experienced foursome managed to defeat Cardonald BC at the semi-final stage in a match played on Kingswood. The Glasgow final will now take place in Rutherglen, July 17. The successful team was Chris Allan. Kenny Stirratt, Andrew Haxton with skip Walter Matthews.
On Saturday the Burnside green was busy with an annual parish match against near neighbours Templeton. On this occasion Burnside managed to overcome the visitors and sent them homeward to think again.
On Monday inclement weather put a damper on the weekly aggregate game which was cancelled.
Rutherglen Forthwright triples winners Andy Howarth, left, Gary Kelsey and Jack Ferguson with President Stephen Fyfe presenting the trophy
Kirkhill Winners of the Sam Wilson Triples Trophy with the granddaughter of the late Sam Wilson