Rutherglen Reformer - - Sports -

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

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