Around the greens

Rutherglen Reformer - - Sports -

The bowls sea­son is nearly in full swing as clubs around the area cel­e­brate their re­spec­tive open­ing days.

Cam­bus­lang held their ladies’ open­ing af­ter­noon on Tues­day, April 4 while Half­way and White­field got play un­der way at the week­end.

Kirkhill, Burn­side and Ruther­glen bowl­ing clubs’ open­ing days will take place on Satur­day, April 15.

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Half­way and District

Satur­day saw open­ing day take place at Half­way and District Bowl­ing Club.

Gents’ pres­i­dent Jim Stod­dart wel­comed guests from Cam­bus­lang, White­field, Kirkhill and the La­nark­shire Bowl­ing As­so­ci­a­tion as well as a good turnout of Half­way mem­bers.

The weather was ex­cel­lent and the front green was full for the first pro­mis­cu­ous of the sea­son whose win­ners were Irene Mair and Bryan McAl­lis­ter.

The ladies’ open­ing game takes place on Fri­day and lady pres­i­dent Lil­lian O’Neil will wel­come the usual big crowd that at­tends this pop­u­lar day.

Ladies Day ( spon­sored by Drum­sagard Academy 2001s) will take place on Satur­day, April 22, with a 1pm start.

This is a fun, en­joy­able day and the club hopes as many mem­bers as pos­si­ble will get their names on the sheets that are on the bowls house no­tice­boards.

There is still time to join for new mem­bers and the club isof­fer­ing half­price mem­ber­ship.

The knock­out ties will be drawn in a cou­ple of weeks’ time so there is also still time to en­ter those ties. The club will be hold­ing a fam­ily games night and quiz on Easter Sun­day with a 5pm start. Non­mem­bers are wel­come as usual.

On a sad note, hon­orary mem­ber and past pres­i­dent of the club Robert Dick passed away in the early hours of Sun­day morn­ing. De­spite his ail­ing health in re­cent years Robert was a great sup­porter of the club and was the gen­er­ous spon­sor of the Mixed Pairs for the last few years.

Robert’s fu­neral will take place at 12.30pm on Tues­day, April 18, at South La­nark­shire Cre­ma­to­rium and then back to the club af­ter­wards.

White­field

White­field Bowl­ing and Re­cre­ation Club cel­e­brated their open­ing day on Satur­day with new pres­i­dent Tom Doyle and his wife Muriel wel­com­ing mem­bers and vis­i­tors to the green in glo­ri­ous sunshine. They were joined by vice pres­i­dent Ian Pe­den and his wife Anne.

Also in at­ten­dance was Anne Smith and pres­i­dent Tom had the great plea­sure of be­stow­ing an hon­orary life mem­ber­ship to her on be­half of the club.

The first com­pe­ti­tion will be held this com­ing Satur­day with the gents bal­loted pairs at 10.30am for a 11am start.

Mon­day night’s gents ag­gre­gate was won by Steven Boyd, Ron­nie Cowie and Michael Rodgers.

The ladies’ ag­gre­gate will com­mence at 7pm to­day, Wednesday.

Kirkhill

Mem­bers of Kirkhill Bowl­ing Club are look­ing for­ward ea­gerly to the new bowl­ing sea­son which starts with the open­ing cer­e­mony on Satur­day.

Prom­i­nent amongst the or­gan­is­ers will be lady pres­i­dent Jean Kerr who ex­pects the club to have a great year un­der her watch in 2017.

The club is mak­ing great strides in pro­vi­sion for mem­bers next year and al­ready many mem­bers have booked the club halls for per­sonal fam­ily cel­e­bra­tions so it is not just about the bowl­ing, the club adds a lot to the com­mu­nity.

Later in the year, in May, Kirkhill will host a Bowls Scot­land Train­ing day for mark­ers and coaches and in Septem­ber lo­cal Brown­ies and Guides are ex­pected to have a first taste of bowl­ing when mem­ber and Guide leader Mar­ion Flem­ing or­gan­ises the use of greens for two nights for them.

Mem­ber­ship is still open if any­one wishes to try bowls the club is a friendly wel­com­ing place.

Blaz­ing Half­way and District BC held their open­ing day on Satur­day in the sun

All smiles Cam­bus­lang ladies’ day was opened by pres­i­dent Ann Phillips with the first jack, in­set

White­field Tom Doyle (right) with Tom Devine (left) and Joanne McCol­gan

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