Attention turned away from the Whitefield club last weekend to the National Championships held at Northfield in Ayr. A fabulous weekend of bowling action began on Friday morning with Mark O’Hagan picking up a nail biting victory against Jordan Kerr of Pollokshaws in the Gent’s Juniors. Mark’s win meant that he would be playing on Saturday in the round of 16.
Attention then turned to the Gents Triples of Andy Stewart, Michael O’Hagan and Michael Docherty who staged a remarkable comeback to beat their opponents from Alloa East End after trailing for most of the match. They then played in a titanic struggle in the round of 16 against Earlston and lost in the final end of the game. Their opponents finished up bronze medallists as losing semi-finalists.
On Saturday, Mark O’Hagan lost to eventual runner-up, Jack Harkness from Annan.
Next up, in a hectic schedule, was Claire Walker in the Ladies Juniors. She won her first match against Caitlin Waddilove of Abbey in the morning and then followed that up with another win against Lisa Maxwell of Wishaw which took her into the semi-finals on Sunday. Claire, in inspired form, won her semifinal against defending champion Lesley Doig of Strathmiglo in a game streamed live to the world on the Bowls Scotland feed. Her opponent in the final, Megan Kivlin of East Lothian Co- op, was in scintillating form, particularly in the early stages and built up a commanding lead. Claire won a succession of ends thereafter, but just lost out. A creditable performance to round off the championships which earned Claire the silver medal.
In the Tuesday night in RDBA Triples League, the form of the club’s teams was as miserable as the weather. An emphatic defeat at Burnside was the only recorded result as the other match was abandoned due to flooding on the green.
The Gents Seniors had a good Monday morning with two wins against Hamilton Caley in the District 26 League. In the Cambuslang and District Seniors League there was one win and a loss to Rutherglen.
This Thursday sees the seniors members play in the Andrew Faulds Trophy. This competition will be particularly poignant for the club as Andy sadly passed away earlier this year.
Friday, marks the return of the Lanarkshire Rinks Leagues after the break with the Division 8 team playing at home against Uddingston and the Division 18 team away to Bellshill.
On Saturday, the ladies play their two bowl singles tournament.
Finally, Monday night’s aggregate was won by Bill Grant and Andy McMillan who were seven shots up.
Rutherglen Bowling Club Nominated mixed pairs winners – Jim Malloch and Helen Stevenson
Team of three Andy Stewart, Michael Docherty and Michael O’Hagan at the National Championships
Whitefield Bowling Club Claire Walker at the National Championships at Northfield in Ayr
Burnside Boots McDonald(left) on his way to victory