There was some disappointing news for Whitefield this week as their Top Six team’s great run in the LBA competition ended with a defeat against Dalzell in Motherwell.
The LBA Leagues continued on Friday evening with the Division 7 side winning two of their three games against Colville Park. Division 17 continued to struggle, winning only one game at home to Bellshill. This week the Division 7 team host Houldsworth with the Division 17 travelling to Law.
On Saturday the Whitefield team of Michael Morris, David Russell and Michael O’Hagan lost out in the final of the RDBA Jubilee Triples against Cambuslang.
The RDBA Triples League continued on Tuesday night with one win and a draw against St Leonards. The league continues this week with fixtures against Kirkhill.
Jimmy Welsh and Jim Kearney won the final of the Seniors Nominated Pairs on Thursday against Michael Morris and Ian McShane. And the club’s seniors convenor, Jim Kearney, thanked all those who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to put the event together and help out on the day.
The senior representative games continued in the Cambuslang and District League. Whitefield played Mount Vernon in the two rink format recording one win and a defeat. Things are looking very tight at the top of the league with Whitefield only one point behind leaders Mount Florida.
Commiserations to Douglas Knape who was beaten in the District Singles Section 1 final. It was the same story with David Kelly and Hugh Dougan losing at the same stage in the pairs championship. A valiant effort from the Whitefield representatives but it was not to be for this year.
The Monday night gents aggregate was rained off but the club did host the annual cancer and arthritis charity event. A good day was had by all with a healthy amount raised for worthwhile causes.
On Sunday, the ladies hosted their rearranged 2+1 event with Nell Hefferland, Georgie O’Hagan and Joyce Kelly winning against Pat Logan, Josie McGeogh and Mary Smith in the final. The first Top 10 ladies played on Thursday at East Kilbride and ended with a victory for Whitefield’s ladies. The Cambuslang and District Senior 4’s had a mixed bag of results last Wednesday with one team winning and one coming second.
Thursday also saw the annual Ayrshire game roll into town and Burnside played host to five Ayrshire clubs; Saltcoats, Crosshouse, Townholme, Kay Park and Catrine. The Burnside skips David Robertson Jnr, Iain McIntosh, Jim Gibson, Ian Cleugh and Andrew Wilson led all the rinks to victory and Burnside came out worthy winners. They ended up winning by a total of 84 shots. Once the games were over the revelry continued late into the night and a great time was had by all.
At club level, the game of the week was played on Sunday. President Kenneth Stirratt and Ian Cleugh met in the Presidents Prize competition. Ian took an early 10-1 lead but Kenneth found the run of the green to go ahead 17- 13. Kenneth then drew three shots to lead 20-13 and looked odds on to get the one shot he needed to win. However, Ian drew on his years of experience to win one shot in each of the next eight ends to take victory in an epic game.
The games schedule for the National Finals at Northfield is now set. Andrew Wilson will represent the club in the junior singles and his first game will be on green A, rink one, at 3.30pm on Monday, July 24.
The triples team of Stevie Jackson, Cammy Taylor and skip Marc Stirratt play their first game on green four at 9am on Thursday, July 27. The fours team of Scott Stevenson, Geoff McNee, Alec Hay and skip Andrew Wilson play their first game on Green E, rink six, at 12.30pm on Wednesday, July 26. Burnside match secretary David Robertson has printed copies of the full schedule of games and they are available at the club. All club members are urged to get along and support the guys.
The Rutherglen District triples league continued on July 4 against Kirkhill but Cambuslang lost both games. The league continues this week with fixtures home and away against Halfway and District on July 11, 6.30pm.
The club also had a triples team playing on Saturday, July 8, at Kirkhill in the RDBA Jubilee Triples competition. Their thanks go to RDBA secretary and past president Morris Smith of Kirkhill for organising the tournament and for his running of the association throughout the year.
Twelve bowling clubs from the RDBA took part including Rutherglen, Kirkhill, Cambuslang, Overtoun Park, Templeton, Burnside, Croftfoot, Halfway, Whitefield, Kingswood, St Leonards and Tollcross. Two sections of six competed and the Cambuslang team made up of W.McArthur, I.Skillen and J.Kirk and Whitefield’s trio, M.Morris, D.Russell, and M.O’Hagan made it to the final. It was a very close, well fought out final with Cambuslang winning by seven shots to six after five played ends.
The competition started in 1992 and this was the first time Cambuslang have won it.
On Thursday in their ladies section, Cambuslang had a great afternoon’s bowling at Overtoun Park where they played their first ever friendly and received excellent hospitality from president Anna McLean and her committee.
Cambuslang’s seniors play in the Cambuslang District Seniors league every Wednesday morning, two rinks, at 10.30am.
Last Wednesday they played at home against Templeton and won both games. They are due to play an away game against Rutherglen this week. The Rutherglen ladies recently held their charity fun day when everyone had to dress in pink and white. They had a great day which included a couple of spiders with the nearest to the jack winning a bottle of wine. This was followed by five games of bowls and rounded off with a lovely tea.
The event raised £361 which was donated to MacMillan nurses to be used locally. The winners were Jeanette McNaughton and May Hay who were presented with medals and the runners up were Cathie Craig and Betty Duckett. A big thank you went to Slaters Tailoring for their kind donation of a voucher which was won by Mrs Liz McAlister.
Good luckBurnside Bowling Club member Scott Stevenson prepares for the finals at Northfield