Around the greens

Rutherglen Reformer - - Sports -

Kirkhill mem­bers are ex­cited as fi­nals week and fi­nals day loom ever closer. The com­mit­tee will soon have all ar­range­ments in place for fi­nal’s day on Satur­day, Au­gust 27.

All mem­bers or guests and neighbours are wel­come to come along on Satur­day and watch the fi­nal­ists who get to play on the day.

Gents play­ers will be in full re­galia with col­lar shirt and tie and hope­fully no need for wa­ter­proofs.

In fi­nals week on most days there are im­por­tant games be­ing played so good luck to all par­tic­i­pants whether they are play­ers, mark­ers, um­pires, score board mark­ers or spec­ta­tors.

Ear­lier in fi­nals week Dougie Wilson has a post­poned semi-fi­nal sin­gles tie at Spring­boig in the North East­ern League Top Ten and Ron­nie Wilson and Roy Lin­der have the pairs equiv­a­lent at Sandy hills BC.

Re­cently ,it was a su­per Tues­day for the Se­niors who did well at Halfway in the Gem­mill Tro­phy win­ning six games to zero. The salt was re­ally rubbed in to the Halfway wounds when the two Kirkhill teams also won on Tues­day night in the RDBA.

The Gents par­ish game with Tem­ple­ton was a no scor­ing draw af­ter rain flooded the Tem­ple­ton greens be­fore play could be­gin. Alan Jack­son, the Tem­ple­ton pres­i­dent, was very gen­er­ous host to the vis­it­ing Kikhilll lads pro­vid­ing re­fresh­ments which was a great con­so­la­tion for not be­ing able to play. The Kirkhill team mem­bers seemed to en­joy them­selves very well.

Some com­pe­ti­tions do not fin­ish till later in the play­ing sea­son and the club will re­main open for play un­til early Oc­to­ber. In the Ruther­glen District Bowl­ing As­so­ci­a­tion sec­tion, the Triples League sea­son ended on Tues­day, Au­gust 16 and Cam­bus­lang drew with Kingswood BC at home and won the away game. This en­sured the club took third place over­all in the league and a bronze medal.

The win­ning bowl­ing club was Croft­foot who fin­ished the league in style, win­ning home and away to Ruther­glen BC.

Cam­bus­lang would like to wish their sin­cere thanks to RDBA sec­re­tary Morris Smith for all the work he does in run­ning this tour­na­ment.

In the Cam­bus­lang District Se­niors Rinks League, Cam­bus­lang had two rinks at home against Ruther­glen BC on Wed­nes­day, Au­gust 17.

To­day, Wed­nes­day, is the last game of the se­niors sea­son and Cam­bus­lang are away against Mount Ver­non BC, 10:30am.

On Satur­day, the club hosted their spon­sored Bir­rell Cor­rance Mixed 2+1 Tour­na­ment where they had 20 teams com­pet­ing.

Sadly due to bad weather con­di­tions, only three games went ahead and the club had to can­cel the tour­na­ment. Mr. Bir­rell, who was in at­ten­dance, gave a short speech to the play­ers prior to the game and also do­nated over £500 spon­sor­ship to the tour­na­ment.

It has been de­cided that the tour­na­ment will be car­ried over to next year where the same play­ers will be in­vited back. How­ever, those that stayed had a great af­ter­noon and disco in the evening. Ruther­glen shared the points with Over­toun in the last game of the R and D Triples League.

In the Cam­bus­lang and District League last Wed­nes­day morn­ing, the club won both games against Cam­bus­lang and this week play Over­toun.

The Ge­orge Fraser Two Bowl Pairs was aban­doned last Satur­day due to the weather and has been resched­uled for Sun­day, Septem­ber 4 .

The club holds its fi­nals this Satur­day and Sun­day when a large crowd is ex­pected to sup­port the com­peti­tors.

The Two Bowl Triples tour­na­ment is to be played on Satur­day, Septem­ber 3, fol­lowed by a home friendly against Croft­foot on Septem­ber 10 and a visit to East Kil­bride on Septem­ber 17.

The Mon­day evening ag­gre­gate game was won by Mur­ray Yule and Brian Con­nolly. This Satur­day will see fi­nals day take place at Halfway and District. For the first time ever all fi­nals will be played on the front green.

The ladies and gents cham­pi­onship games will take place at 1pm along with two or three other fi­nals.

The next set of fi­nals will start at 3pm in what will hope­fully be a busy day at the club.

There are still some semi - fi­nals to be played this week, the full fi­nals day pro­gram will be posted on the no­tice­boards, club Face­book page and web­site on Thurs­day night.

A sec­ond fi­nals day will take place on Sun­day, Septem­ber 4 at 2pm with any re­main­ing fi­nals be­ing played on Sun­day, Septem­ber 18.

A list of fi­nals are as fol­lows. Gents Cham­pi­onship: Ste­wart Con­way v Martin McIl­ree or Tommy Al­li­son.

Ladies Cham­pi­onship: Mary McIn­tyre v San­dra Keary or Fiona Firth.

Gents Pres­i­dents: John Smith or Martin Wilson v John Kerr or Tommy Al­li­son.

Ladies Pres­i­dents: Mary McIn­tyre v San­dra Keary.

Gents VP’s: Char­lie McIn­tyre v Tommy Al­li­son or Martin McIl­ree.

Ladies Nessie Mac­Far­lane Tro­phy: Tay­lor Gray v Ailsa Barr.

Gents John Docherty Cup: Watty Is­lip v Alis­ter Thom­son.

SBA Pairs: Stephen McIn­tyre and John Shep­pard or Jim Stod­dart and Jim Tor­rance v John Smith and Char­lie McIn­tyre.

LBA Pairs: Bryan McAl­lis­ter & Ste­wart Con­way v Alan Barr & Martin McIl­ree. Pres­i­dents Pairs: Mau­reen Lewis and Pa­tri­cia Lo­gan v San­dra Hughes and Flo Thom­son.

VP Pairs: San­dra Keary and Mary McIn­tyre v Mau­reen Bur­nett & Fiona Firth.

Gents Se­nior Sin­gles: John Smith or Char­lie McIn­tyre v Jacky Fer­gus or Jim McManus.

Ladies Se­nior Sin­gles: Mau­reen Bur­nett v He­len Tor­rance or Mau­reen Lewis.

Gents Se­nior Pairs: John Smith and Alex Dun­can v Iain Firth and Jim Lynn v Watty Is­lip or Ge­orge Thom­son.

Ladies Se­nior Pairs: San­dra Hughes and Mau­reen Lewis v May Fer­gus and Mary McIn­tyre or Rena Dun­can and He­len Tor­rance.

Halfway had three gents and three ladies pairs tak­ing part in the Su­per Se­ries qual­i­fiers last week­end. Kirsty Wilson and Tay­lor Gray, Au­drey Stod­dart and Fiona Firth and Josie McGeough and Pa­tri­cia Lo­gan all fell at the first hur­dle. Alan Lorimer and Ste­wart Con­way were pipped by a shot in their sec­ond round game and Martin McIl­ree and Drew Mitchell and Brian McLeod and Tommy Al­li­son both lost their first games.

Both La­nark­shire League games were washed out again on Fri­day night. The Divi­sion 3 played their game on Mon­day night at home to Wishaw South and won 4-2. The Divi­sion 10 team played away to Gart­cosh last night, Tues­day.

The RDBA Triples team fin­ished up with two de­feats against Kirkhill and the se­niors lost 6-0 to Kirkhill in the Gem­mell Tro­phy last week.

Septem­ber is a busy month as usual with tour­na­ments on ev­ery week­end. The New­ton Cup 2+2 rinks(Satur­day, Septem­ber 3), the Dal­ton Tro­phy(Sun­day, Septem­ber 11), the New­ton Arms Mixed rinks ( Satur­day, Septem­ber 17) and the Ge­orge Mair Triples takes place on Satur­day, Septem­ber 24.

The club will also host the usual char­ity cof­fee morn­ing on Fri­day, Septem­ber 23 at 11am. Tick­ets cost £3 and are avail­able from be­hind the bar. Any funds raised will be split be­tween the Beat­son and McMil­lan Can­cer char­i­ties. The first of the club cham­pi­onship fi­nals were played at the week­end. Satur­day’s fi­nals fell vic­tim to the weather with the green un­der wa­ter. How­ever, play was re­sumed on Sun­day with a num­ber of high qual­ity fi­nals be­ing played.

Michael Docherty is the club’s new Gents Sin­gles cham­pion, win­ning his match against Mark Law. Joyce Kelly emerged vic­to­ri­ous in the Ladies Sin­gles with a win against Barbara Morris.

The Vice Pres­i­dent’s Tro­phy win­ner was Andy Ste­wart who won his tus­sle with Jim Hef­fer­land. The Ladies Nom­i­nated Pairs was won by Ruth Corrigan and An­drea Rus­sell against Heather Blair and Carolanne Nolan. The Ju­nior Sin­gles cham­pion is Ai­den Friel who won an epic en­counter of the high­est stan­dard against Alex Hart.

There are more fi­nals to be played over the week­end and the club in­vite friends and fam­ily to see their he­roes in ac­tion.

The hon­ours keep rolling in for the club. Last week, the Divi­sion 8 La­nark­shire League team had a chance of pro­mo­tion but it was a big ask. The team rose to the chal­lenge and clinched the league to­tal by win­ning their three matches against Fox­ley. White­field would like to wish a well done to all their play­ers who have “re­ally done the club proud”.

The Divi­sion 18 team match against Green­gairs was post­poned due to flood­ing on the green. The game will not be re­played as nei­ther club were in con­tention for the ti­tle.

Away from the club, Mark and Michael O’Ha­gan made a strong start in the Bowls Scot­land Su­per Se­ries Pairs Cham­pi­onship, but lost out nar­rowly in the fi­nal qual­i­fy­ing game.

Fi­nally, Mon­day night’s ag­gre­gate was won by Gerry Boyd and Tam McLin­den who were 17 shots up. Go­ing into the fi­nal fix­ture this week Burn­side are still in with a fight­ing chance of win­ning the Glas­gow League divi­sion.

Last week, they played joint ta­ble top­pers Hilling­ton Park and man­aged a home win with the away team go­ing down.

The fi­nal fix­ture will see Burn­side travel to Mil­ton of Camp­sie with Burn­side’s home team host­ing. De­pen­dent upon the mix of re­sults Burn­side could find them­selves as di­vi­sional cham­pi­ons but their fate is not en­tirely in their own hands.

On Wed­nes­day in The GBA Top Five, Burn­side had an ex­cel­lent 4-1 vic­tory at Clark­ston against Mount Florida.

They now travel to Ea­gle­sham this week to face Croft­foot BC who man­aged to nar­rowly de­feat Ruther­glen BC on Burn­side last week.

In the Ruther­glen and District Triples and Se­niors Fours Burn­side had sim­i­lar re­sults with home team win­ning and away squad los­ing.

The first semi-fi­nals of the ma­jor club com­pe­ti­tions have been played with Ste­vie Leonard get­ting over the line against Walter Matthews to reach his first club cham­pi­onship fi­nal.

He will now meet the win­ner of the other semi- fi­nal be­tween the highly ex­pe­ri­enced John Sin­clair and Peter Horne, both of whom have held this ti­tle on a num­ber of pre­vi­ous oc­ca­sions. In the Pres­i­dents Prize, reign­ing club cham­pion Steve Jack­son lost out to Jack Con­nolly in an ex­cel­lent match played in front of a large short sleeved crowd.

The club was en­cour­aged to see an­other ma­jor com­pe­ti­tion fi­nal­ist com­ing from their ju­nior ranks and Jack will play the win­ner of Robert White­side and an­other ex-ju­nior and for­mer club cham­pion Andy Hax­ton.

This forth­com­ing week is fi­nals week­end with games com­menc­ing on Fri­day evening and a good turnout of mem­bers and guests are ex­pected to en­joy the feast of bowl­ing. One tour­na­ment was con­cluded last Satur­day ,the Nom­i­nated Two Bowl Pairs. The af­ter­noon kicked off in a heavy down­pour how­ever, the green stood up to the on­slaught of rain and com­pe­ti­tion was com­pleted.

Pre- tour­na­ment favourites Kenny Stir­ratt and YFT MacIn­tosh lived up to their odds and, de­spite car­ry­ing sport­ing in­juries, man­aged to lift the sil­ver­ware af­ter a close fi­nal against Walter Matthews and club pres­i­dent Davie Robert­son jnr.

Fi­nally the Mon­day night ag­gre­gate saw Neil San­ders, Neil Coats, Ed­die Ste­wart and Ste­vie Leonard tak­ing the prizes.

Cam­bus­lang Pres­i­dent Richie McI­nall jnr wel­comes Robert Bir­rell to the club

Kirkhill Guests and bowlers on the green

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