Rutherl­gen gents make the last eight

Stal­wart weighs up chances of win­ning na­tional ti­tle

Rutherglen Reformer - - Sport - Mur­ray Spooner

Four mem­bers of Ruther­glen Bowl­ing Club have made it to the last eight of the Bowls Scot­land fi­nals.

Alis­tair Ri­ach, Ian Ste­wart, Wil­liam Wales and John McGowan knocked Wishaw team Holdsworth out of the se­nior fours event yes­ter­day, Tues­day, to progress to the quar­ter-fi­nals.

The quar­tet were in ac­tion in the next round tie whilst The Re­former was go­ing to print.

But we were able to catch a word with 70-year-old com­peti­tor Alis­tair, who had just stepped off the turf in the last -16 match.

Alis­tair, who has been a mem­ber at Ruther­glen BC since 1972 and won the Glas­gow pairs and ju­nior dis­trict sin­gles, said: “It’s a good feel­ing. It was a close game right up un­til the very last.

“We were eight shots up by two ends and edged away af­ter that to win 16-11.

“It was an en­joy­able game, we just hope we can get a good re­sult in the next one.

“It’s hard to say if we can win it. There’s still a bit to go and you’re up against the other dis­trict win­ners as well. None of the games are go­ing to be easy.

“It’s been re­ally good down there. It’s an ex­cel­lent at­mos­phere, the place was ab­so­lutely jump­ing.”

Mean­while, fel­low mem­ber Betty Duck­ett, 74, was also hold­ing her own in her last-32 match on Mon­day but just missed out.

Af­ter win­ning the West of Scot­land pairs and her club championship 10 times, Betty was hop­ing to add to her long list of bowl­ing ac­co­lades.

The Burn­side res­i­dent, who has plenty of ex­pe­ri­ence un­der her belt at big fi­nals, ad­mit­ted she should have got past her tough Ar­drossan op­po­nent.

She said: “I’ve played at North­field for 12 years and I thought I could do some­thing this year but it wasn’t to be.

“I was pleased to get there but should have done bet­ter.”

The club will now look to have rep­re­sen­ta­tives in the lat­ter stages of the ladies game as May Hay, He­len Steven­son and Ma­bel Robert­son take to the greens against Car­ron and Car­ronshore.

The trio, who de­feated Kingswood in the dis­trict fi­nal to qual­ify for the triples event in Ayr­shire, are con­fi­dent in their own abil­i­ties, ac­cord­ing to May.

“We can only go and do our best,” she said. “It de­pends on how we do on the day and the weather on the day.

“It would be out of this world to go all the way. Hope­fully we’ll get through and play in the semi-fi­nal or fi­nals on Satur­day.

“We’re up against strong teams from all over Scot­land but we’ll do what we can.

“Our club has only ever had two ladies win the pairs down at North­field twice but we’ve not had any sin­gles, triples or fours win­ners. It would mean a lot for the girls and the club.”

●Make sure you pick up your copy of the Re­former next week for all the re­ac­tion to the fi­nals at North­field.

Calm be­fore the storm North­field stands will be packed all week

Up for it Alis­tair Ri­ach, Ian Ste­wart, Wil­liam Wales and John McGowan

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