Against all the odds, Arbroath win the Angus League

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Abbey Club

ABBEY Bowling Club’s Angus League game on Friday was away to Newgate where the visitors were able to save face, securing their first points in this year’s competition. Although the club will play in the Second Division next year, it will provide an opportunity to build for the future.

Newgate v Abbey

13 D.C. Swankie K. Tosh 16

8 S. Sibley J.K. Paterson 15

18 G. Fechlie M. Anderson 11

39 42

In the senior men’s pairs semi-final, Ron Ritchie and Bob Tosh beat Frank Benham and Burnett Taylor 18-15.

Les Barnett and Emma Philip beat Ella Moss and David Mann 26-8 in one mixed pairs semi-final and in the other Brian Cruickshanks and Davina McGregor won 15-9 against Morag Mann and Alan French.

With a 5-2 defeat at Montrose, Abbey’s defence of the league title is all but over. Mathematically it is still possible to retain the title, but highly improbable as Abbey has to win the remaining matches 7-0 and those above have to lose 7-0.

Montrose v Abbey

14 J. Murray B. Taylor 13

10 A. Christieson R. Wilson 17

19 B. Christie J. Fairweather 10

43 40

The men’s weekend fixtures were at home against a mixed Carnoustie team, while the other was away to Forfar’s Canmore. Abbey won both.

Abbey v Carnoustie

22 J. Mathieson D.A. Robertson 21

19 E. Marnie M. Anderson 18

21 J. Lowson T. McLean 10

11 M. Croll H. McGill 29

26 J. Arthur G. Milne 8

17 J.K. Paterson A. Spalding 21

116 107

Canmore v Abbey

15 W.B. Stewart R. Wilson 16

11 I. Watson D. Whitton 24

21 S. Hay B. Taylor 16

17 G.A. Stewart F. Cook 18

13 G.B. Bowards J.S. Paterson 27

19 V. Watt D. Lundie 23

96 124

Ladies’ section

In the club championship ladies’ pairs final, Sheila Geddes and Irene Eaton were defeated 22-10 by Ann Taylor and Kath Gordon. Also played this week was the championship singles semi-finals. Kath Gordon won 21-6 in her match against Janette Tosh and Emma Philip beat Mabel Main 21-16.

Arbroath BC

‘WE CAME we saw we conquered’ was a saying etched on the minds of the Maroon players and supporters after the dramatic conclusion to an engrossing Angus League.

Travelling to Canmore, requiring at least a 30-shot victory, then hoping that Carnoustie West End would beat Dudhope by a minimum of 18 shots the Maroons arrived more in hope rather than expectation, but as the game progressed 10 shots up, 15 shots up and then 20 the dream was becoming a reality.

The Maroons were driving on but so was the weather as the rain continued to lash down. The target of 31 shots up was achieved, but only for the match to be sensationally stopped with one end of bowls to play as surface water made the bowling green more like a pond. Emotions were running high as reports said that at 11 ends (22 up) this would be the final result and that was not enough.

Then the drama really started when news came through that Carnoustie West End had beaten Dudhope by 18, falling two shots short of a famous comeback.

The title was heading to Dundee or so everyone thought until the rules were checked on rained off games and it stated the score would be taken at subsequent ends meaning they had all played 16 ends so the result was taken from then 31 up. Incredibly the Maroons had won the title.

Celebrations then started. Fifteen years had passed since their last league title, but the Maroons were back. Commiserations were extended to Carnoustie WE and Dudhope, two very good teams who would have both been worthy champions.

Canmore v Arbroath

14 R. Smith N. Herron 14

4 G.D.L. Leith P. Carnegie 30

12 B Thomson G. Stewart 17

30 61

Friendlies

Arbroath v Craigie

19 C. Coull G. Nixon 11

28 J. White T. Diamond 8

32 D. Gallacher A.N. Other 11

22 D. Strachan F. Moore 19

21 D. Cowie B. Thoms 21

122 70

Arbroath v Lochee

11 D Reid B. Taylor 20

14 D. Nicholson J. Clark 16

26 C. Coull J. Law 9

17 E. Scott G. Stirling 11

13 W. Lawrence J. Cruickshank 24

81 80

Angus Championships

The last two remaining teams in the championships had contrasting fortunes – the pairs going out by 4 shots but the fours going on to contest the final with a comfortable victory over Forfar. So tonight (Friday) at Montrose, ‘Hendo’ will lead his young four into the final against local rivals Newgate, adding a little spice to the occasion, hoping to bring back more silverware to The Hill.

Open Pairs

Section draw for the Open Pairs to be played on Sunday, July 8:

Section A

First game 9 a.m. - G. Stewart/ E. Martin, T. Duff/J. Duff, J. Cargill and Partner, W. Cadger and Partner, C. Paton and Partner, J. White and Partner, N. Herron and Partner, D. Reid and Partner.

Section B

First game 9 a.m. - G. Preston/S. Preston, D. Daniel and Partner, M. Stewart/ J. Stewart, G. Mathieson/ R. Beattie, H. Beattie,C. Teviotdale. K. McMillan and Partner, D. Gallacher/ F. Szatan, W. Lawrence/ K. Lackie.

Section C

First game 9.35 a.m. - D. Henderson and Partner, D. Cowie and Partner, J. Clarke/ J. Napier, A. Steele and Partner, D. Beattie and Partner, L. Furye and Partner, J. Williamson/ C. Stewart, W. Geddes,/ I.Williams.

Section D

First game 9.35 a.m. - I. Ingram and Partner, B. Johnstone and Partner, W. Johnstone/ G. Lawson, T. Dickson and Partner, E. Eaton/ S. Barron, B. McIntyre and Partner, M. Anderson/ C. McKay, G. Milne/ P. Carnegie.

Players are asked to report for breakfast 30 minutes before the first game.

Ladies’ Section

Tonight (Friday), the ladies will compete in four out of five finals at Kirriemuir in their Tayside Championships. This is a great achievement and hopes are high that they can return with all four titles.

The weather has not been very kind to bowlers this week, again games were not played because of too much water on the greens!

In Friday’s Angus League game against Brechin the ladies from Arbroath had a hard fought game.

One of the ladies’ triples went ahead from early in the game and they maintained the lead throughout. The other ladies’ triple just could not get ahead.

Overall the Arbroath ladies unfortunately lost the game by two shots.

Lochlands Club

Mixed friendly

Lochlands v Letham

13 J. Cargill R. Kidd 9

10 D. Smith M. Wright 10

11 K. Moir S. Meiklejohn 11

17 H. Furye J. Torrie 10

51 40

Lochlands entertained Barnhill in a friendly on Saturday.

Lochlands v Barnhill

17 P. Gersok M. Young 17

9 D. Smith D. Stuart 26

28 D. Brown P. Knox 22

26 W. Cargill L. Gold 16

9 R. Wilson G. Withers 21

89 102

Angus Senior League

Lochlands seniors travelled to Forfar and were defeated 35-56 and by two points to five by Boyle Park.

Ladies’ section

The midweek friendly against Canmore was cancelled due to heavy rain.

On Tuesday, Mary Barrie travelled to Carnoustie to play Monifieth in the quarter-finals of the Angus and Perthshire Singles Championship. Unfortunately, she lost 14-21.

On Sunday, Lochlands host the final of the Forfarshire ladies’ competitions with a 2 p.m. start.

Newgate Club

THE LAST of the Angus League games for this season took place on Friday when Newgate entertained Abbey. The result of the game was not going to change the league positions for either club but both teams put in an entertaining game in which Abbey came out best winning the game by one shot.

Newgate maintained their Division One status but Abbey are relegated to Division Two.

There was only one friendly on Saturday. That was away to Forfar and produced a narrow win for Newgate.

Forfar v Newgate

24 M. Blackie W. Johnston 9

6 G. Marshall G. Fechlie 26

20 A. Millar J. Stirling 15

17 C. Stewart A. Low 15

8 G. Cruickshank G. Skelton 17

15 S. Munro E. Martin 12

90 94

Again there is only one friendly tomorrow (Saturday) and that is an away local derby with Lochlands.

Nominated rinks

On Sunday, the Newgate gents held their nominated fours competion and after a keen day’s bowling the four of Davy Spalding, Brian Sibley, Tom Pullar and Sandy Smith pulled out all the stops in the final to take the title by two shots from Grant Ross, Ian Teviotdale, Harry Cargill and Charlie Cooper.

Renny Tailyour Cup

On Monday, the Newgate team of Jim Butler, John McIlhatton, Bob Spence and Sandy Smith travelled to Montrose to play in the final of the south section of the Renny Tailyour Cup competition. Montrose provided a strong rink skipped by Scott Pirie and the game was evenly balanced with Newgate going into a two-shot lead into the last end.

The home team won the end by one shot leaving Newegate overall winners by 15-14. They now go into the final play-off with the winners of the north section final.

Angus Championships

Tonight (Friday) the Angus Championships finals take place at Montrose where the Newgate fours team of Jim Butler, Eric Martin, Tom Reid and Dave Swankie take on the ‘Maroons’ four from Arbroath Bowling Club.

Forfarshire

On Sunday (July 8) Newgate host the semi-finals of the Forfarshire competitions with a 2 p.m. start. The Newgate pair of Grant Ross and Gary Davies take on the pair from Whitfield.

Angus Seniors’ League

Newgate seniors visited Arbroath on Tuesday where they showed poor form, going down by two rinks to one and losing the game by five points to two. Next week the seniors are at home to Brechin.

Bowls Scotland Mixed Pairs

On Sunday (July 8) the Newgate mixed pairs team of Margaret Cargill and Scott Sibley travel to Carnoustie to play the semi-final of the Bowls Scotland Mixed Pairs against the pair from Canmore with a 2 p.m. start. Should they win this game they will play either Muirhead & Birkhill or Dudhope who contest the other semi-final.

Newgate Invitation Round Robin

Tomorrow (Saturday) Newgate Bowling Club hold their annual Invitation Round Robin competition with invited teams from as far afield as Newburgh and Stonehaven. The day’s event is sponsored by Sidey Windows. Teams are asked to report for 8.30 a.m.

Ladies’ section

The finals for this season’ s Tayside Ladies’ competitions take place at Kirriemuir tonight (Friday) with the Newgate pair of sisters Margaret and Ann Cargill contesting the pairs final with the pair from Arbroath.

Last Tuesday the ladies entertained their counterparts from Lochee in a two-rink friendly and came up trumps with a victory in both rinks and an overall shots advantage of 15 shots.

Newgate v Lochee

18 A. Szatan E. Moran 6

17 P. Smith P. Will 14

35 20

Their next friendly is on Thursday (July 12) at home to Arbroath.

The ladies hold the first round of the club triples next Friday afternoon (July 13) with a 2 p.m. start. Competitors are asked to report for 1.30 p.m.

Angus Senior League

Results from Tuesday: Letham 30 (0), Brechin 48 (7); Montrose 43 (5), Abbey 40 (2); Arbroath 57 (5), Newgate 28 (2); CarnoustieWE 62 (7), Parkview 39 (0); Boyle Park 49 (5), Lochlands 2 (2); Monifieth 28 (0), Canmore 47 (7); Carnoustie 48 (5), Hope Paton 29 (2).

P W D L Pts Sh

Canmore 11 9 0 2 54 +136

Montrose 11 8 0 3 51 +63

Abbey 11 6 0 5 43 +82

Brechin 11 6 0 5 43 +45

Arbroath 11 8 0 3 41 +56

Lochlands 11 5 0 6 39 -48

Newgate 11 4 0 7 38 -76

Boyle Park 11 6 0 5 37 -6

Carnoustie 11 5 0 6 36 -2

Letham 11 5 0 6 36 -24

Monifieth 11 5 0 6 35 +9

Carn. WE 11 4 0 7 35 -52

Hope Paton 11 4 0 7 30 -128

Parkview 11 2 0 9 21 -72