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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

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