Half­way and Dis­trict

Rutherglen Reformer - - Motoring Guide -

Over­toun Park Bowl­ing Club gents wel­comed guests from Kirkhill on Satur­day for their an­nual friendly match.

The men were play­ing for the tro­phy do­nated by Dougie Cutt when he in­au­gu­rated this event in 2004. As usual, some great bowls were played in su­perb weather and the ca­ma­raderie spiced up the day even more.

At times the hot weather gave the gents a good ex­cuse for a lit­tle cool re­fresh­ment. A won­der­ful time was had by all and there were no hard feel­ings when Kirkhill again won the tro­phy.

Over­toun have also had their an­nual Men’s Day when the men in­vited guests from var­i­ous other clubs to play a sec­tions game. Af­ter some good matches, Ian Nod­dings and Gerry Ritchie came up against Michael Doo­ley and John Meikle in what turned out to be a very ex­cit­ing fi­nal.

Ian and Gerry emerged as cham­pi­ons af­ter the fi­nal bowl by Gerry took out John Meikle’s bowl on the jack. The com­pany then re­tired to the club­house for a wel­come fish tea to round off a very suc­cess­ful day. The Cam­bus­lang and Dis­trict Se­nior fours con­tin­ued to show the green shoots of im­prove­ment when one team saw vic­tory last week.

Last Thurs­day saw both An­drew Wil­son and Jack Con­nolly com­pete in the S.B.A un­der 25’s semi-fi­nals against Kingswood and Ham­p­den re­spec­tively. Both won through and will now meet in the fi­nal this com­ing Sun­day at Burn­side start­ing at 1pm. in an all Burn­side fi­nal.

On Fri­day Burn­side’s Gilliland League team met Half­way in the fi­nal of the com­pe­ti­tion at Kirkhill Bowl­ing Club and their was a big turnout of Burn­side mem­bers to cheer them on.

The game was tightly fought and Burn­side fought off a late come­back by Half­way to win the tro­phy.

The team of Dougie John­ston, Scott Steven­son, Chris Al­lan and skip Marc Stir­ratt done the club proud by win­ning all six games to lift the tro­phy. Lead Dougie John­ston is a rel­a­tively new bowler and he ded­i­cated the win to his bowl­ing coach Billy Fox.

On Satur­day the club trav­elled to Tem­ple­ton for their an­nual parish match. All in­volved had a great day with Burn­side manag­ing a nar­row win.

The Mon­day night ag­gre­gate game was won by the team of Ste­vie Jack­son, Danny Bruce, Iain McIn­tosh and skil­ful skip Ken Stir­ratt.

The week ahead looks like it could be an ex­cit­ing time for the club. The S.B.A fi­nals will be played on Thurs­day night at Kingswood Bowl­ing Club. Burn­side will be com­pet­ing in the triples and the fours games and the club wish all good luck on the day. The games start at 6.30pm and all mem­bers are asked to get out and cheer the fi­nal­ists on. Last Sun­day saw the In­vi­ta­tion Pairs, spon­sored by Au­drey and Jim Stod­dart, take place at Half­way and Dis­trict. Thirty-six teams took part in what was a scorcher of a day.

The greens were run­ning as well they have been all sea­son and even­tual winners were Alec Hay and David Fer­gus who de­feated Jamie Malone and John Camp­bell in a close fi­nal.

On Fri­day night the Gilliland League team of Brian McLeod, Bryan McAl­lis­ter, Martin Wil­son and Jim Wil­son lost nar­rowly to Burn­side in the fi­nal at Kirkhill. The RDBA Triples league con­tin­ued and Half­way man­aged one win and one de­feat to Croft­foot. This week’s op­po­nents are Kirkhill, next week’s are Burn­side.

This Thurs­day sees Half­way travel to Dalzell in a tough first round match in the top six. The La­nark­shire league also starts this week with the Di­vi­sion Three team at home to Hamil­ton Ca­ley on Fri­day and the Di­vi­sion 10 team away to Or­bis­ton on Thurs­day night.

Half­way also have teams in action in the LWBA ties this week, re­sults to fol­low in the next edition of the Re­former.

The se­niors had three wins out of four on Mon­day morn­ing beat­ing Mur­ray home and away and manag­ing one win against East Kil­bride.

David Fer­gus was part of the La­nark­shire South team that made it five wins in a row to book their place in the knock­out stages of the An­drew Hamil­ton Tro­phy with one game to spare. In the RDBA Triples league last week both teams lost to Tem­ple­ton BC

Cam­bus­lang were due to play Kingswood home and away last night, Tues­day.

In the Cam­bus­lang Dis­trict Se­niors Rinks League, the club lost both games away to Kingswood on June 14 and are set to play Burn­side this morn­ing, Wed­nes­day, 10.30am.

On Satur­day, June 17, at their in­au­gu­ral Gor­don Dick Me­mo­rial In­vi­ta­tion Triples, spon­sored by Colin John­ston and Son Plumb­ing and Heat­ing, Cam­bus­lang had 24 teams from within and out­with the dis­trict.

The com­pe­ti­tion was a great suc­cess, ev­ery­one had a su­per day. The sun shone brightly as did the faces of the even­tual winners. The RDBA Cham­pi­onship fi­nals were hosted by Kirkhill on Fri­day evening. Con­grat­u­la­tions went to White­field’s triples team of Craig Knape, Tam Devenny and Mark O’Ha­gan who won their cham­pi­onship fi­nal 12-7 against Croft­foot.

Un­for­tu­nately, the jour­ney to the Na­tional Cham­pi­onships ended for Alas­tair Pa­ton Jr who lost the dis­trict fi­nal 21-17 against his op­po­nent from Stone­house. The triples team of Andy Ste­wart, Michael O’Ha­gan and Michael Docherty suf­fered a sim­i­lar fate los­ing to Ed­dle­wood in their semi-fi­nal.

The club also have their mixed pairs duo of Ge­orgie and Mark O’Ha­gan com­pet­ing at the semi-fi­nals stage fol­low­ing their win against Stone­house.

The gents in­vi­ta­tion pairs tour­na­ment was held on Satur­day in glo­ri­ous sun­shine. At a packed event, the winners were Michael O’Ha­gan and Michael Docherty who won the fi­nal against Gerry McCaf­frey and Jim Mol­loy.

The LBA Leagues be­gin on Fri­day evening with White­field’s Di­vi­sion Seven team kick­ing off their cam­paign with a home fix­ture against Thanker­ton. The Di­vi­sion 17 team travel away to Beltane.

In the RDBA Al­lan Chap­man tro­phy, the White­field team of David Rus­sell, Gerry Boyd, Jim Mol­loy and Dou­glas Knape fin­ished as run­ners-up to the run­away winners, Croft­foot.

The RDBA Triples League con­tin­ued on Tues­day night with the club’s teams record­ing one win and one de­feat against Ruther­glen. The league con­tin­ues this week with fix­tures home and away against Tem­ple­ton.

The se­nior rep­re­sen­ta­tive games con­tin­ued in the Cam­bus­lang and Dis­trict League. White­field played Burn­side in the two rink for­mat win­ning one and los­ing the other. The team cur­rently sits third in the table. In the LBA Se­niors Dis­trict 26 ties, re­cent matches re­sulted in three de­feats and one win.

In the se­niors Top Ten, there was a great win against Ud­dingston with a tie against Hamil­ton Ca­ley beck­on­ing. Dou­glas Knape has qual­i­fied for the dis­trict sin­gles quar­ter-fi­nal with David Kelly and Hugh Dougan also through to the same stage in the pairs cham­pi­onship.

For those who do not of­ten get a men­tion for their prow­ess on the green, con­grat­u­la­tions to Tom Doyle, An­drea Rus­sell and David Rus­sell who won the Jackie Steven­son Me­mo­rial Shield at Stoneyetts on Sun­day.

The Mon­day night gents ag­gre­gate was won by Bert Bail­lie and Tam McLin­den who were 10 shots up.

Fi­nally, the ladies ag­gre­gate is played on Wed­nes­day and, as with the gents, starts at 7pm prompt. Last week’s winners were Muriel Doyle, Lyn David­son and Heather Blair.

Burn­side Gilliland League winners Dougie John­ston, left, Chris Al­lan, Marc Stir­ratt (skip) and Scott Steven­son

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