Around the greens

Rutherglen Reformer - - Sports -

Last Sat­ur­day saw fi­nals day (spon­sored by Bir­rell Cor­rance Fu­neral Di­rec­tors) take place at Half­way & Dis­trict.

For the first time in the clubs his­tory all fi­nals were played on the front green with four games start­ing at 1pm and four start­ing at 3.30pm.

A great crowd turned out and the weather helped the greens play the fastest they have been all sea­son.

First up was the Sin­gles Cham­pi­onships and Se­nior Sin­gles fi­nals. The Gents Cham­pi­onship was last off and was a crack­ing game be­tween Ste­wart Con­way and Tommy Allison. Tommy went 20- 13 up but Ste­wart clawed it back to 20-18 and had a chance to make a three only to miss out nar­rowly and lose 21-18.

Fiona Firth got off to a flyer in the Ladies Cham­pi­onship against Mary McIn­tyre and even­tu­ally won 21-11 to get her name on the board for the first time af­ter years of just miss­ing out.

John Smith beat Jacky Fer­gus in Gents Se­nior Sin­gles and He­len Tor­rance beat Maureen Bur­nett in the ladies se­nior sin­gles.

Next up was another three sin­gles and one pairs fi­nal.

The Ladies Pres­i­dents Pairs went right down to the last bowls and Maureen Lewis and Pa­tri­cia Lo­gan just pipped Sandra Hughes and Flo Thom­son in a crack­ing game.

The Nessie Mac­Far­lane Ladies Sin­gles was also a cracker and was 20-20 go­ing into the last end. Tay­lor Gray beat Ailsa Barr 21-20 in a nail­bit­ing fin­ish.

The gents VP Sin­gles was another close game and with the scores at 18-18 Martin McIl­ree took a three to win 21-18 against Char­lie McIn­tyre.

In the Gents John Docherty sin­gles fi­nal the scores were tied at 7-7 be­fore Watty Is­lip pulled away to beat Alis­ter Thom­son in another good game.

The Gents Se­nior Pairs fi­nal be­tween Alex Dun­can and John Smith v Watty Is­lip and Ge­orge Thom­son took place on Tues­day night, the re­sult of this will fol­low next week. A sec­ond fi­nals day ( also spon­sored by Bir­rell Cor­rance Fu­neral Di­rec­tors) will take place this Sun­day at 2pm and a fur­ther five fi­nals will be played.

Hope­fully another good crown will turn out to watch what should be close games. In the Ladies Pres­i­dents Sin­gles Mary McIn­tyre will play Sandra Keary.

In the Gents Pres­i­dents Sin­gles Tommy Allison will play Martin Wil­son. In the Gents SBA Pairs John Smith and Char­lie McIn­tyre will play Stephen McIn­tyre and John Shep­pard and in the Gents LBA Pairs Bryan McAl­lis­ter and Ste­wart Con­way will play Alan Barr and Martin McIl­ree. In the Ladies Se­nior Pairs Sandra Hughes and Maureen Lewis will play Rena Dun­can and He­len Tor­rance.

The only re­main­ing fi­nal af­ter this is the Ladies VP Pairs and this will prob­a­bly be played on Sun­day, Septem­ber 18. This will be con­firmed in the next week.

For the sec­ond year run­ning David Fer­gus will play in the Grand Fi­nals of the Bowls Scot­land Su­per Se­ries Sin­gles. This will take place on Sat­ur­day and Sun­day at Kelv­in­grove Park. David’s last 32 game against Mid­loth­i­ans ex Scot­tish In­ter­na­tion­al­ist Steven Cur­rie will take place at 10.30am.

The last 16 will take place at 1.30pm with the quar­ter fi­nals at 4.15pm. The semi fi­nals and fi­nal will take place on Sun­day at 11am and 2.15pm re­spec­tively.

The Di­vi­sion 10 team played their fi­nal re-ar­ranged La­nark­shire League game last Tues­day night and all three rinks lost on a very tricky green at Gart­cosh. Both Di­vi­sion Three and Di­vi­sion 10 teams fin­ished mid ta­ble and will hope­fully push for pro­mo­tion next sea­son.

This Sat­ur­day sees the New­ton Cup 2+2 Rinks com­pe­ti­tion (spon­sored by the Bil­s­land and Lynn fam­i­lies) take place at the club with a 9.30am for 10am start.

At least 14 teams will bat­tle it out for the tro­phy and prizes. The Dal­ton Tro­phy is on Sun­day 11. The New­ton Arms Mixed rinks is Sat­ur­day 17 and the Ge­orge Mair Triples takes place on Sat­ur­day 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.


An ex­cel­lent week­end of weather ac­com­pa­nied Fi­nals Week­end at Burn­side and a feast of bowl­ing was en­joyed by all mem­bers and guests alike.

Fi­nals kicked off on Fri­day evening with the bal­loted pairs in which Jim Gib­son and David Rober­ston jnr ran out winners against Kenny Ste­wart and David Ly­burn. The only sour note of the week­end was re­gard­ing the sched­uled triples fi­nal in which a late call off meant the ti­tle was won with­out a bowl be­ing thrown. The suc­cess­ful trio were Ian Wil­son, Archie Couper and Chris Al­lan.

On Sat­ur­day a short sleeved crowd watched three fi­nals with The Gents Cham­pi­onship tak­ing pride of place. Af­ter an en­thralling game the ti­tle went to Stephen Leonard who won the tro­phy in his first fi­nal. He man­aged to de­feat John Sin­clair who has pre­vi­ously lifted the ti­tle on a num­ber of oc­ca­sions and who, at 88 years young, is our old­est fi­nal­ist in the his­tory of the com­pe­ti­tion. This is all the more re­mark­able given that this right han­der has had to play with his left hand over the past few years due to a sport­ing in­jury.

In the Ladies Pres­i­dents Prize another ex­cel­lent tus­sle saw Frieda Thom­son man­age to get the bet­ter of Jean Wor­rall to se­cure vic­tory. Fi­nally on Sat­ur­day the Train Cup was won by Chris Al­lan who con­quered Wal­ter Matthews to take gold. Cel­e­bra­tions and com­mis­er­a­tions went on long into the evening to cap what was a smash­ing day.

Fi­nals moved on to Sun­day with the Gent Pres­i­dent’s Prize which saw yet another of the younger mem­bers lift­ing the tro­phy. Jack Con­nolly put on an ex­cel­lent dis­play of bowl­ing to de­feat Robert Whiteside to take this tro­phy. On the green at the same time the Nominated Pairs saw Cammy Tay­lor and Iain Mack­in­tosh lift­ing the ti­tle against Boots McDon­ald and David Robert­son jnr. The Ladies Cham­pi­onship Fi­nal was held over un­til next week­end and will now be played next Sun­day.

Ear­lier in the week Burn­side had some great news by achiev­ing pro­mo­tion in the Glas­gow League. The away team won against Mil­ton of Camp­sie by one shot with the home team go­ing down by the same mar­gin. How­ever Hilling­ton Park lost both fix­tures mean­ing good news for Burn­side BC. In the Glas­gow Dis­trict Top 5 semi fi­nal Burn­side were not so for­tu­nate go­ing down nar­rowly to Croft­foot in a match played at Ea­gle­sham, end­ing a good run in this com­pe­ti­tion.

Fi­nally this week, the club said good­bye to Nancy Sin­clair, one of the bar staff for the last 20 years. Nancy is re­tir­ing from bar du­ties and will be re­mem­bered af­fec­tion­ately by all who will miss her cheery dis­po­si­tion and ex­cel­lent ser­vice and the club hope she en­joys her well de­served re­tire­ment


On Sun­day, Au­gust 28 Dougie Wil­son play­ing at Bail­lieston BC won a close fought sin­gles fi­nal against a Black­hill BC player, in the North East­ern League top 10 com­pe­ti­tion. This was a bril­liant re­sult for Dougie who won by 21 shots to 15 in warm sunny con­di­tions.

On Sat­ur­day 27, Kirkhill Bowl­ing Clubs Fi­nals Day, there were roughly 28 play­ers and mark­ers on the greens and many mem­bers and di­rec­tors work­ing in the club­house to help out and serve the play­ers. They were joined by around 94 spec­ta­tors who were at the club.

The fi­nal­ists and re­sults on the day were:

East green

Rink one, Gents Cham­pi­onship, G Ritchie v R Dobin­son (win­ner).

Rink two, Ladies Cham­pi­onship, E Fer­gu­son v C Ma­cleod (win­ner).

Rink three, Gents Pres­i­dents, K Harkin (win­ner) v J Burns.

Rink four, Gents Vice Pres­i­dents, C Dur­nian (win­ner) v M Smith.

Rink five, Lady Pres­i­dents, G Sheri­dan v J Burns (win­ner).

Rink six, Gents Nominated Pairs, H McNulty/M Dooley (winners) v B Gal­lacher/C La­mont.

West green, Ladies Two Bowls Sin­gles, S Gal­lagher v J Kerr (win­ner).

The large crowds en­joyed re­fresh­ments dur­ing play and watched some great bowl­ing, par­tic­u­larly the Gents Sin­gles Cham­pi­onship Fi­nal which was very closely fought.

Ev­ery­one had a great day, but for some of the winners it was a day of bowl­ing they will never for­get.


In the last game of the Cam­bus­lang and Dis­trict League last Wed­nes­day morn­ing, the club lost both game against Over­toun.

The club fared slightly bet­ter in the Glas­gow League on Thurs­day evening, shar­ing the points against Barr and Stroud.

Fi­nals Day is this Sat­ur­day and Sun­day when a large crowd is ex­pected to sup­port the com­peti­tors.

The fi­nals got un­der­way on Sat­ur­day and Sun­day of last week. The re­sults so far are:

Cham­pi­onship: Win­ner, Markey Kelsey, run­ner-up, Stu­art McIn­tosh.

Pres­i­dents: Win­ner, Mark Kelsey, run­ner-up, Mur­ray Yule.

Vice Pres­i­dents: Win­ner, Bill McIn­tosh, run­ner-up, Martin Wa­ters.

Se­nior Sin­gles: Win­ner, Alis­dair Camp­bell, run­ner-up: Wil­liam Wales.

Se­nior Pairs: Winners, Ian Hamil­ton and Alis­tair Ri­ach, runners-up, Stu­art McIn­tosh and Alex McGregor. Still to be played: Ladies Medal: Mur­ray Yule v Mark Kelsey

R C Hardie: Alas­tair Dick v Mark Kelsey or Andy Gor­man

Nominated Pairs: Ian Paul and Kenny Grum­mitt v Andy Gor­man and Mark Kelsey

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 Sat­ur­day, Septem­ber 17.


The club fi­nals con­tin­ued at the week­end with a num­ber of fi­nals played out to a very high stan­dard.

The Mixed Nom­i­na­tion Pairs winners are Ge­orgie and Mark O’Ha­gan who won against He­len Flan­ni­gan and Jim Mol­loy. The Gents Nom­i­na­tion Pairs was won by Dougie Smith and Aly Pa­ton against Steven Boyd and Michael Rodgers.

The Gents Se­niors cham­pion is Tam McLin­den who won a very tight match against Ian McKin­nie.

The Ladies Se­niors Cham­pi­onship was won by Bar­bara Mor­ris against He­len Flan­ni­gan. Bar­bara then fol­lowed this up with a win against Joyce Kelly to lift the Ladies Pres­i­dent’s tro­phy.

He­len Flan­ni­gan won the Mary In­gles Tro­phy against Ruth Cor­ri­gan and to round things off for the week­end, Jim Kear­ney picked up the Sec­re­tary’s Cup against Andy O’Ha­gan

This week­end sees the club take on visi­tors from Abbey Bowl­ing Club, Ar­broath in a chal­lenge match.

On Sun­day the club fi­nals are con­cluded and all mem­bers and visi­tors are most wel­come to see the re­main­ing matches.

Away from the club, Mark O’Ha­gan plays in the grand fi­nals of the Bowls Scot­land Su­per Se­ries Sin­gles Cham­pi­onship, star­ing his cam­paign against Michael Con­nelly from Dum­bar­ton. Good luck Mark, the club wish you well.

Fi­nally, Mon­day nights ag­gre­gate was won by Ron­nie Cowie and Tam McLin­den who were 12 shots up.


Over­toun mem­bers basked in the sun­shine last week­end to watch a feast of fi­nals be­gin­ning on Fri­day night with the Men’s and Ladies’ Triples Fi­nals.

On Sat­ur­day, the Gents’ and Ladies’ Cham­pi­onship Sin­gles games were played along­side the Pres­i­dent’s Sin­gles and the Cor­po­ra­tion Cup Mixed Pairs.

On Sun­day af­ter­noon, some mem­bers looked a bit ‘wab­bit’ as they ar­rived to play for the third day in a row, but the stan­dard of play re­mained high and spec­ta­tors were treated to another two ex­cit­ing games as the Men’s and Ladies’ Nominated Pairs Fi­nals were played. The re­sults were as fol­lows: Men’s Sin­gles Cham­pion - John San­der­son Run­ner up - Tommy Mac­far­lane Ladies’ Sin­gles Cham­pion - Les­ley Master­son Run­ner up - Ann MacAlpine Gents’ Pairs Winners- Jamie Jamieson and Benny Brown

Runners-up- Ed­die Pick­ett and John San­der­son Ladies’ Pairs Winners- Jeanette Alexan­der and Bar­bara Drum­mond

Runners- up- Ann Macalpine and Les­ley Master­son Men’s Triples Winners- Ed­die Pick­ett, Hugh Lam­bie and John San­der­son

Runners-up- Ge­orge Buchanan, Colin Harvie and James Master­son Ladies’ Triples Winners- Anne Macalpine, Anna McLean and Bar­bara Drum­mond

Runners- up- Mar­garet Tar­bert, Jeanette Alexan­der and Les­ley Master­son Pres­i­dent’s Sin­gles Winners- Ed­die Pick­ett Run­ner-up- Ian Nod­dings Cor­po­ra­tion Cup ( bal­loted mixed pairs)

Winners- Ge­orge Buchanan and Bar­bara Drum­mond

Runners-up- Anna McLean and John Allison

We will fea­ture more bowl­ing pic­tures over the next few weeks.

Con­test Burn­side BC’s Frieda Thom­son and Jean Wor­rall faced each other in the Ladies Cham­pi­onship Fi­nal with Frieda win­ning

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