Around the greens

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On Satur­day the club hosted a round of the Glas­gow Cup. Kirkhill had four vis­it­ing gents rinks, in­clud­ing Burn­side and Toll­cross.

The gents played 21 ends and Kirkhill achieved two home wins and two losses but the vis­i­tors were eight shots up in to­tal. Kirkhill’s high­est-up rink was skipped by Gerry Ritchie, aided by George Camp­bell, John O’Brien and Wil­lie Shearer, who do­nated their win­nings to char­ity.

On Sun­day the mixed 2- 4- 2 com­pe­ti­tion took place in slightly bet­ter weather. The for­mat was four games of four ends each, with the to­tal score de­ter­min­ing the win­ner. Kirkhill had wel­comed Ed­die and Pa­tri­cia Ste­wart from Burn­side to join the fun and they re­paid their wel­come by win­ning the Cen­te­nary Tro­phy with the high­est plus score.

The games at the week­end were sup­ported by many peo­ple: May Don­ald­son or­gan­ised the Sun­day raf­fle, Ron­nie Wil­son did bar duty and col­lected the fish sup­pers on Sun­day, He­len Nes­bit was a last-minute sub­sti­tute fol­low­ing an emer­gency with­drawal, al­low­ing nor­mal play to take place. On Satur­day Wil­lie McAl­lum pro­vided cater­ing and worked with the Kirkhill skips to keep ev­ery­thing run­ning smoothly in co-oper­a­tion with Sam Maxwell.

For Sun­day’s play High and Pat McNulty took on the over­view and or­gan­i­sa­tion of the day, which was en­joyed by so many peo­ple.

Kirkhill mem­bers can look for­ward to a sports­man’s din­ner in Oc­to­ber and the Christ­mas cabaret in De­cem­ber. Mem­bers need to look out for the en­try sheets to re­serve places soon.

Kirkhill’s new In­vi­ta­tional Triples in Septem­ber, spon­sored by club mem­ber Ron­nie Lewis, has been well re­ceived with a large num­ber of en­tries al­ready and places are now at a pre­mium.


On Wed­nes­day morn­ing the club plays against Cam­bus­lang.

In the Glas­gow Top Five sin­gles Ruther­glen had a fine win against Stam­per­land last week and now play at Burn­side tonight (Wed­nes­day).

The win­ners of the club’s 2+ 2 tour­na­ment last Satur­day were Gary Kelsey, Jackie Fer­gu­son, Jim Mallin and Colin Fer­gu­son. The run­ners-up were Kenny Grum­mitt, Ian Paul, Wil­lie Whyte and Ross Reid. This game was spon­sored by Fos­ters Fu­neral Care and Heineken.

All the club internal tour­na­ments have reached the semi-fi­nal stages. The con­firmed semi-fi­nals and dates are: Cham­pi­onship – Wil­liam Wales v Stu­art McIn­tosh and Gil Mor­gan v Mark Kelsey.

Pres­i­dent’s – Gil Mor­gan v Mark Kelsey (Thurs­day at 6.15pm) and Billy Ross v Mur­ray Yule.

Vice-Pres­i­dent’s – Alan An­der­son v Martin Waters. Bill McIn­tosh has al­ready won through to the fi­nal with a win against Ian Latta.

Ladies Medal – Jack Fer­gu­son v Mur­ray Yule (Thurs­day at 6.15pm) and Alistair Ri­ach v Mark Kelsey (Fri­day at 6.15pm).

C Hardie – Dun­can Brodie v Alas­tair Dick (Fri­day at 6.15pm) and Mark Kelsey v Andy Gor­man.

Se­nior sin­gles – Wil­liam Wales v Ian Hamil­ton and Brian Con­nelly v Alis­dair Camp­bell.

Nom­i­nated pairs – Ron­nie McDon­ald and Jim Mal­loch v Ian Paul and Kenny Grum­mitt, and Alex Hut­ton and Alas­tair Dick v Andy Gor­man and Mark Kelsey.

Se­nior pairs – Ian Hamil­ton and Alistair Ri­ach have al­ready reached the fi­nal with a win against Billy Ross and Jimmy Simp­son. Jim Mal­loch and Jim Lind­say will play Stu­art McIn­tosh and Alex McGre­gor to­day (Wed­nes­day) at 2pm.

This Satur­day’s internal tour­na­ment is the George Fraser two bowl pairs, start­ing at 11am.

The Mon­day evening ag­gre­gate game was won by John Rigby and Joe Paul.


Last Satur­day Burn­side had four teams in the Glas­gow City Cup. They thanked all their hosts for a great day of bowl­ing. The clubs host­ing were Kirkhill, Partick, Car­don­ald and Busby. Burn­side se­cured three vic­to­ries but it was the com­rade­ship that was the real win­ner on the day.

On Tues­day in the Ruther­glen and Dis­trict, Burn­side’s home team won with a re­verse in the away fix­ture. In the se­nior fours both home and away teams got over the win­ning line first and in the Glas­gow Bowl­ing League both teams had vic­to­ries against Mary­hill BC. In the Top Five Burn­side again were suc­cess­ful, win­ning 4-1, and will now play at Clark­ston on Wed­nes­day.

Internal com­pe­ti­tions are heat­ing up and one fi­nal has al­ready been de­cided. The Train Cup will be con­tested be­tween the up-and-com­ing Chris Al­lan and the highly ex­pe­ri­enced Wal­ter Matthews. In the triples the trio skipped by Alex Aber­crom­bie await the win­ners of this week’s semi-fi­nal, to be played on Fri­day evening.

In the Mon­day ag­gre­gate Pierre Horne’s crack outfit qui­etened down the team an­chored by KB Fox. In a top­sy­tur­vey game KB and squad came out of the traps too quickly, pe­tered out and threw in the white flag af­ter a re­lent­less dis­play of bowl­ing served up by Pierre and his team of Danny Bruce, Jake Burns and Stephen Leonard.


It is the big build- up to the club cham­pi­onship fi­nals this week­end. The club wished all the very best to the fi­nal­ists.

Last Satur­day pres­i­dent David Rus­sell hosted the an­nual char­ity day to raise funds for Ruther­glen Com­mu­nity Car­ers, par­tic­u­larly in their sup­port for peo­ple with de­men­tia. A great day was had and, as has be­come tra­di­tion, many played in a wide ar­ray of fancy dress.

White­field thanked ev­ery­one who played in costume as it added more fun to the day. For the record David Hef­fer­land, Ge­orgie O’Ha­gan, Agnes Fitz­patrick and Michael O’Ha­gan won the bowl­ing com­pe­ti­tion against John McIn­tyre, Joyce Kelly, David Kelly and Brian Martin. The pres­i­dent thanked all the club’s spon­sors, club mem­bers and vis­i­tors for putting to­gether such a tremen­dous event, rais­ing more than £3000 with a fur­ther £1000 in pledged do­na­tions to boost the to­tal even fur­ther.

The Top 10 notched up a great win against Quar­ter in the sec­ond round but lost out by one shot in an ex­cit­ing en­counter against Clark­ston, Air­drie, in the fol­low­ing match.

The La­nark­shire Rinks Leagues were washed out due to the tor­ren­tial rain on Fri­day evening. Rear­ranged for this week, the Di­vi­sion 8 team travel to Clark­ston and the Di­vi­sion 18 team are away to Vic­to­ria Coat­bridge. This Fri­day sees the last week of ac­tion, with pro­mo­tion for both teams still a pos­si­bil­ity. The Di­vi­sion 8 team take on Fox­ley and the Di­vi­sion 18 team are up against Green­gairs.

In the Tues­day night RDBA Triples League a small up­turn in for­tunes saw the away team win 21-13 against Ruther­glen but an 18-10 loss at home sees the club firmly rooted at the bot­tom of the ta­ble.

Mark O’Ha­gan has made a strong start in the Bowls Scot­land Su­per Se­ries, reaching the last 32 of the gents event, to be held at Kelv­in­grove this week­end.

Mon­day night’s ag­gre­gate was won by David Ca­vanagh, Brian Martin and Peter Law, who were seven shots up.

Half­way and Dis­trict

David Fer­gus made it through to the grand fi­nal of the Bowls Scot­land Su­per Se­ries Sin­gles af­ter win­ning his three qual­i­fiy­ing games at the week­end. David started off with two vic­to­ries on home soil on Satur­day and won 21-19 in his fi­nal qual­i­fier at Gar­rowhill on Sun­day af­ter­noon. Ste­wart Con­way also won his two games at Half­way on Satur­day but was de­feated 21-17 in his fi­nal game on Sun­day. Martin McIl­ree and Tommy Al­li­son both fell at the first hur­dle on Satur­day.

The pairs qual­i­fiers take place this week­end. Half­way have en­tries in both the ladies and gents dis­ci­plines. The ladies qual­i­fiers will take place at Half­way and the gents will play at Ud­dingston, Kirk­in­til­loch and Colville Park at 10am and 2pm on Satur­day, with the fi­nal qual­i­fiers at Gar­rowhill again on Sun­day af­ter­noon.

Last Satur­day saw the Tildes­ley Triples (spon­sored by John Kerr) take place at Half­way and Dis­trict. There was a full house and crack­ing weather as 24 teams bat­tled it out for the hon­ours. Even­tual win­ners were the Cam­bus­lang team of Tr­isha Coyle, Cathy Meikle and Jessie John­ston, who beat Mar­garet McCul­loch’s Black­hill team in the fi­nal.

The La­nark­shire League home games were washed out on Fri­day night. The Di­vi­sion 3 game took place on Mon­day night and Half­way all but se­cured safety with a 6-0 win over Black­wood. This Fri­day’s vis­i­tors are title-chas­ing Wishaw South. The Di­vi­sion 10 game against Wishaw South was due to take place on Tues­day night. The Di­vi­sion 10 team travel to Gart­cosh for their last game on Fri­day night. This week’s games will start at 6.15pm.

In the RDBA Triples League, Half­way won at home and lost away to Croft­foot last week. This week’s op­po­nents in the fi­nal game are Kirkhill.

On the se­niors front the Dis­trict 26 league teams fin­ished their cam­paigns with two home wins and two away losses on Mon­day morn­ing. Gem­mell Tro­phy games against Kirkhill and Burn­side will take place this week.

Fi­nals days will take place on Au­gust 27 and Septem­ber 4. There are lots of semi/quar­ter-fi­nals on over the course of this week.

In the gents cham­pi­onship Ste­wart Con­way was due to play Ste­wart Dun­smore on Tues­day night. Martin McIl­ree will play Tommy Al­li­son next week in the other semi-fi­nal. On the ladies side Mary McIn­tyre will play Elaine Ral­ston on Thurs­day and Sandra Keary will play Fiona Firth next Thurs­day. The sheets are on the board for the Septem­ber com­pe­ti­tions. The New­ton Cup 2+2 rinks will take place on Septem­ber 3, The Dal­ton Triples on Septem­ber 11, the New­ton Arms Mixed Rinks on Septem­ber 17 and the George Mair Triples on Septem­ber 24.

Fundrais­ers White­field raised more than £3000 with a fur­ther £1000 in pledged do­na­tions 180616white­field_02

Win­ners Siob­han Gal­lagher (left) and Gerry Ritchie (right) with Pa­tri­cia and Ed­die Ste­wart from Burn­side

Cham­pi­ons The 2+2 win­ners and run­ners-up at Ruther­glen BC

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