Around the greens
This Friday’s North Eastern League game is against Shettleston BC.
In the R and D championship semifinals last Tuesday at Rutherglen, the club’s singles, Barry Finlayson, and pairs, Jim Mallin and Jim Lindsay, both had fine wins to take them through to the finals at Overtoun on Friday, June 16.
The senior fours beat Garrowhill at Victoria Park in the GBA championships last Wednesday and now play in the quarter-finals at Bellahouston this Wednesday afternoon.
In the Bowls Scotland district play-offs the fours and senior fours won through to the semi-final stage. Rutherglen is hosting one of the district semi-finals tomorrow, Thursday, evening.
On Saturday the club entertained Milton of Campsie BC in their annual friendly match. The game was played in the usual friendly but competitive spirit and, at the end of the day, having experienced thunderstorms and brilliant sunshine the result of the game was a win for everyone. Whitefield have a number of members out representing the club in the National Championship district qualifiers.
The triples team of Andy Stewart, Michael O’Hagan and Michael Docherty have reached the semi-final stage and the club would like to wish them good luck along with their ladies senior fours team of Agnes Fitzpatrick, Helen Flannigan, Barbara Morris and Joyce Kelly. They will play in the semi-finals and hopefully the final on Tuesday at Stonehouse. Unfortunately, Michael Docherty lost out on Sunday in the under 25 event.
The gents top five played their first tie in the LBA Millennium Trophy and won against a spirited Airdrie team. On Sunday, June 11, Whitefield host their next opponents, Raploch, with the tie commencing at 2pm.
The gents invitation pairs tournament will be held on Saturday, June 17. If anyone wishes to play, they must ensure their name is on the entry form posted on the competition notice board along with the name of their playing partner.
On Saturday, the club hosted the annual ladies 1+1. In between the showers and the thunderstorms, a cracking tournament was played and the eventual winners were Agnes Fitzpatrick and Janet Moore who beat Heather Blair and May Best in the final.
The ladies 2+1 will be held on Saturday. The club would like to stress that if someone has not yet confirmed their entry, please ensure that their name is on the entry form posted on the competition notice board along with the name of their playing partners or contact Andrea Russell no later than Wednesday evening.
The senior representative games continued in the Cambuslang and District League. Whitefield played Kingswood in the two rink format and lost both ties. The team currently sits fourth in the table.
The Gilliland League concluded with victory against St Leonards and Whitefield finished a creditable third spot in the table.
In the LBA Seniors District 26 ties, recent results saw defeats for Whitefield A against Larkhall B in both their matches, with Whitefield B picking up a draw and a loss against Hamilton Caley D.
The ladies aggregate is played today, Wednesday, and as with the gents, starts at 7pm prompt. Last week’s winners were Heather Blair and Phyllis Boyd. Burnside experienced a hectic schedule of games with mixed results in the past week.
In the Cambuslang and District Seniors league, the club’s representatives saw a slight improvement in recent results when one team lost and one tasted victory. The club hailed the winning team of Dougie Johnston, Jim Derwin, Peter Monaghan and skip David Robertson Jnr.
The Rutherglen and District championship games unfortunately saw a long list of defeats. The one highlight was a fifth consecutive victory for the Gilliland Section A team of Dougie Johnston, Scott Stevenson, Christopher Allan and skip Marc Stirratt. Everyone at the club wishes them luck when they play in the final on June 16.
Young Andrew Wilson savoured victory in his Glasgow Bowling Association junior singles tie and now progresses through to the fourth round.
The Bowls Scotland ties saw another great set of results. Both Andrew Wilson and Jack Connolly brought back wins in their junior singles games. The triples also won with the team of Stevie Jackson, Cammy Taylor and Marc Stirratt. The fours team of Scott Stevenson, A. Hay, Geoffrey McNee and Andrew Wilson also represented the club well with a win.
The over 55’s fantastic four of Eddie Nairn, James Elburn, David Lyburn and skip Boots McDonald rounded up a great week with a hard fought win.
The Monday night aggregate game was won by Mike Heyes, Alistair Neil, Pete Monaghan and Peter Horne showing that experience can win over youthful exuberance.
As Burnside head in to the business end of the competitions, the club wish all who represent them good luck in their respective games. Last Saturday saw the Clyde Refrigeration Invitation Rinks take place at Halfway and District. Twenty teams battled it out for the honours and eventual winners were John Smith, Charlie McIntyre, Hugh Gebbie and John Kerr who defeated the Whitefield rink of Davy Canavan, John Law, Gerry Boyd and Steven Boyd.
This Saturday sees the Fergus Trophy played for when Halfway take on old friends Condorrat. The ladies are at home and the gents are away.
The club will host the Ladies Bowls Scotland District 19 finals on Sunday afternoon with the winners making it through to the national finals at Northfield. The gents semi-finals will be held at Halfway next Tuesday night.
The seniors are still going strong in their quest for a place at Northfield.
Jacky Fergus and Jim Wilson made it through in the singles and the rinks had a narrow victory in their first round game. The gents triples lost by a single shot in their district quarter-final last week.
Taylor Gray was also defeated in her under 25 semi-final at Bothwell last Saturday and the triples and fours lost their games too. Fiona Firth was knocked out of the singles. Pat McWilliams is in the semi-final of the senior singles. The semis and finals were played at Stonehouse on Tuesday, results to follow next week. Taylor Gray and Stephen McIntyre will play in the mixed pairs quarter-final at Strathaven on Wednesday night after beating Douglas Victoria at Strathclyde last Wednesday.
Martin Wilson had another excellent victory in the LBA singles last Thursday to make it through to the district final at Whitefield tonight, Wednesday. Martin will now play Whitemoss for a place in the LBA semi-finals. The rinks lost were unlucky to lose their district semi-final last week after leading for most of the game.
The Gilliland League team made it through to the RDBA finals despite losing their last group game by one shot.
They will now play Burnside in the final on June 16 at Overtoun Park. Alan Barr and John Kerr lost their pairs semifinal in a close game against Rutherglen. The triples league started this week with Halfway playing Rutherglen. Next week’s opponents are Croftfoot.
Halfway gents faced last year’s runners up Glengowan in the first round of the Top Five on Sunday. With the sun shining and the greens running back to their fast pace the game went right down to the last bowl.
With the score at 2-2 Halfway’s Derek Paterson was 20-18 down but lying three only for his opponent to play a cracking last bowl to seal the game and a place in the next round.
On the seniors front the District 26 Monday morning league team only managed one win from four against Whitemoss. The singles and pairs knockout ties started this week and the Top 10 are at home to East Kilbride on Thursday.
David Fergus was part of the Lanarkshire South team that made it three wins on the bounce after beating Dunbartonshire East at Milton of Campsie on Saturday. This Saturday’s opponents are Glasgow South at Dalzell. The next big all day tournament at Halfway is the gents Invitation Pairs (sponsored by Audrey and Jim Stoddart). This will take place on Sunday, June 18 .
If players have not already appended their name on the sheet please do so by Monday at the latest.
ChampionsWinners from the Clyde Refrigeration Invitation rinks at Halfway and District John Smith, Charlie Mcintyre, Hugh Gebbie and John Kerr