Halfway and District
Rutherglen Bowling Club also opened for the new season on Saturday.
During the opening ceremony the new president Iain Paul welcomed all the guests and members to Rutherglen and thanked them for their support. Iain was accompanied on the green by his wife Margaret, vice president Jack Ferguson and his wife Christine, junior vice president Jim Mallin and his wife Suzanne, club officials, and committee.
Iain then introduced all the new members and asked them to accompany him on the green. After a moments silence to remember those members who passed away last year, Iain’s wife Margaret threw the first jack and bowls of the new season.
The stalwarts of Rutherglen BC, with some visiting bowlers, then braved the cool wind to play 10 ends in the traditional president v vice president game which resulted in a one shot victory for the president’s team. The gents balloted pairs was held on Saturday, April 15 and was won by John Campbell and James Hefferland in the final against Ronnie Cowie and Tam Devenny.
Gerry Boyd, John Campbell, Tam McLinden and Michael Rodgers won the gents aggregate match.
The ladies aggregate is played today, Wednesday, and the gents will start at 7pm prompt.
The ladies balloted pairs will be held on Saturday, April 22, 11.30am for a noon start. The sun finally broke through for the Burnside Bowling Club opening ceremony on Saturday.
It was very well attended with many visitors and club members out to support Ken Stirratt who is about to enjoy his second term as club president.
The club was delighted to see that Robert Brown, councillor for Rutherglen South, Margaret Ferrier MP, Claire Haughey MSP and Carol Nugent, Rutherglen South candidate, had taken the time to take up their invitation to attend.
Once the ceremony was over, many of the members and visitors braved the slight chill in the air to have 10 ends of bowls. There was a particular focus on the presidents rink where the gents were given an lesson on bowling by the two lady bowlers Freda Thompson and Jean Worrall. This game ended in an amicable draw when Neil Coates delivered the bowl of the day to pick up two shots with the last bowl.
There were then post-game festivities where everyone mingled and a great time was had by all.
All members should now check the boards within the club. The draw has been finalised and the ties for all club competitions are now on display.
The first Monday night aggregate game was remarkably won by a team of Stephen Leonard, Stephen Young, Kenny Walton and skipped by Ken Stirratt. Last Friday saw the ladies opening game take place at Halfway and District.
The poor weather didn’t put anyone off and the front green was full.
A meal was then followed by a social evening.
This Saturday sees ladies day (sponsored by Drumsagard Academy 2001’s) take place with a 1pm start.
Knockout ties will be drawn next week so anyone who hasn’t yet entered should make sure they do so before the end of the weekend.