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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

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