Half­way and Dis­trict

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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.

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