Local bowlers are hunting national titles on the other side of the country this weekend.
Representatives from Arbroath Bowling Club, the Abbey, Carnoustie Bowling Club and Carnoustie West End all qualified for the Scottish National Championships.
The tournament got under way at Northfield, Ayr, on Monday, and continues until Sunday.
In the ladies’ championships, Caitlin Waddilove of the Abbey Bowling Club is in the Junior Singles. She plays tomorrow (Saturday).
Arbroath BC are in triples action today (Friday) and their senior ladies played in the rinks on Tuesday, reaching the second round courtesy of a 16-10 win over Blackhill. Unfortunately, they went down to Laurieston.
There is also local interest in Carnoustie West End’s representatives with Andy Furye playing in the singles, Ryan Burnett in the junior singles and Mike Stewart is a member of the rinks.
The opening day, Monday, is given to the SYBA to play their finals and for those representing Angus & Dundee district it was an early start leaving Arbroath at 5 a.m.
Playing in the singles were Darien Swankie (Abbey) and Angus Redford (Kirriemuir) both failing to reach the play-offs.
In the pairs were Kyale Ross (Abbey) and Ross Alexander (Parkview) who, along with Brechin’s Shane Cunningham and Ryan Halliday, were also unsuccessful in reaching the play-offs.
Louise Matthew, Hazel Sime and Stuart Farmer (Abbey) lost their last game in the triples which prevented them from qualifying. And although they did not lose a game, and were on the same points as the section winners, Ben Wallace, Jordan Watt and Peter Nay (Abbey) lost their place in the play-offs on shot difference.
This past weekend fixtures were both affected by the weather with the home game Gents v Ladies being held within the club on the carpet, the outcome giving bragging rights to the ladies who won 21-20.
The away game at Broughty Castle had to be abandoned after 11 ends due to the heavy rain making the green unplayable.
Broughty Castle v Abbey
16 I. Bell P. Speirs 15
14 S. Hanlon D. O’Neill 13
13 N. Heenan R. Wilson 13
10 W. Baxter D. Middleton 10
12 C. Wells K. Tosh 14
The Championship Singles semi-finals were both very good games that resulted in wins for Ali Burnett, defeating Peter McKay 21-18 and Jim Arthur who won 21-17 against Jim K. Paterson.
The Gents’ two bowl pairs competition was played on Sunday. After the initial rounds were concluded the semi-finalists were Ali Burnett and Craig Paton who won 6-2 against Neil Paton and Declan Johnston. The other semi saw George Addison and Grant Ross lose 6-1 to Peter McKay and Robert Matthew who went on to win the final 7-4.
In the remaining Nom / Triple semi-final Peter Speirs, Denis O’Neill and David Gow lost 11-7 in a very close game against Jim K. Paterson, Ken Tosh and Jim Fairweather.
The ladies held their Championship Singles semi-finals. Both were good games that could have went either way as the leads changed several times, but there have to be winners and those were Emma Philip defeating Davina McGregor 21-14, and Caitlin Waddilove winning 21-18 against Kath Gordon.
In the Angus League the ladies were away to Hope Paton where rinks skipped by Emma Philip lost 19-11, and the other skipped by Margaret Croll won 13-11. The game was won by Hope Paton 30-24.
The club’s representatives taking part in the forthcoming Champion of Champions semi-finals will be:
Singles – Betty McIntyre; Pairs - Joan Skea and Irene Teviotdale; Triples - J. Williamson, J. Webster and M. Thoms.
Friday’s Angus League tie was at home to Montrose with the Arbroath ladies recording a win by 10 shots.
Last week’s friendly was held at Lochlands where the ladies could not catch the tricky green and the scores ended:
Lochlands v Arbroath
23 I. Farquhar S. Simpson 4
17 M. Moir I. Teviotdale 12
Balgay v Lochlands
10 A. Aitken G. Taylor 6
15 B. Wood J. Smith 15
3 R. McCrae D. Smith 20
18 J. Hastie J. Cargill 4
9 G. Gardner R. Lowe 8
On Thursday the ladies entertained compatriots from Arbroath in a two rink friendly with Lochlands winning by 40 shots to 16.
Champion of Champions.
The semi-final of the competition will be played at Lochlands on Thursday (August 14) with play to commence at 6 p.m.
Lochlands ladies taking part are as follows: singles - Irene Farquhar; pairs - Joyce Smith and Ina Glen; triples - Helen Taylor, Norma Smith and Steph Smith.
Newgate Bowling Club offers its congratulations to Darren Burnett for winning Gold in the bowls singles in the recent Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
The weather put paid to the friendly games which were scheduled for Saturday.
Tomorrow (Saturday) the friendlies are at home to Broughty, which is sponsored by a generous club member, and away to Monifieth with the away team bus leaving at 1.15 for a 2 p.m. start.
This competition will be played tomorrow (Saturday) involving three rinks from clubs in the areas of Fife, Perthshire and Angus.
Newgate have a team going to Strathmartine to play Dunfermline Victoria a team going to Crieff to play Strathmiglo and a team going Coupar Angus to play Burntisland.
All three rinks must return with victories to be in the running for the top prize. The club with the highest total shots with the three winning rinks wins the competition.
Renny Tailyour Trophy.
The Newgate rink of Jim Butler, John McIlhatton, Bob Spence and Sandy Smith travelled to Montrose last night (Thursday) to play St Cyrus in the final of this competition.
Club Triples Final
The Men’s Club Triples is to be played tonight( Friday) with the triple of Sye Pearson, Brian Reid and Graeme Stewart taking on the triple of Dave Ferguson, Danny Reid and Scott Sibley.
The Newgate Married Pairs competition was held on Sunday when the pair of Sharon and Allan Caird narrowly pipped Pat and Sandy Smith in the final.
Memorial Mixed Triples
This competition takes place on Sunday in a round-robin format with a 10 a.m start. Members who have entered this competition please check the noticeboard for draw and start times. Dress is greys and whites.
Mina Cargill Trophy
On Friday afternoon the ladies played out the Mina Cargill Trophy when in the final Sharon Caird took the honours in a keenly contested game with Barbara Park.
Ladies’ Club Finals
This afternoon ( Friday) the ladies hold two finals on the green starting at 2 p.m.
In the singles Ann Cargill and Barbara Park go head to head and in the pairs May Hutcheson and Margaret Cargill take on the pair of Janice Robertson and Pat Smith
The ladies travelled to Broughty Castle on Tuesday in a three-rink friendly and returned with a slight defeat.
Broughty Castle v Newgate
26 D. Crooks M. Hutcheson 6
12 S. Dolan R. Ferguson 19
12 M. Bell P. Smith 21
On Wednesday they entertained Hope Paton. Their next friendly is at home to Edzell on Tuesday (August 12).
All to play for
Commercial have a narrow two point lead in the Arbroath Summer Darts League Division One.
In Division Two, St Tams and Tutties share top spot.
Results: Stag 6, Cliffy 6; Porty 5, Commercial 7; Newgate 7, Corner 5.
P W D L Pts
Commercial 8 6 1 1 13
Cliffburn 8 5 1 2 11
Newgate 8 5 1 2 11
Portcullis 8 4 1 3 9
Stag 8 4 1 3 9
Legion 1 8 3 1 4 7
Corner 8 2 0 6 4
Fixtures: Newgate, bye; Corner v Porty; Commercial v Stag; Cliffy v Legion.
Results: Tutties 8, Legion 2 4; Station 4, Millgate 8; St Tams 9, Ram’s Heid 3.
P W D L Pts
St Tams 8 5 3 0 13
Tutties 8 6 1 1 13
Bowlers 8 4 2 2 10
Millgate 8 5 0 3 10
Legion 2 8 4 1 3 9
Station 8 2 1 5 5
Ram’s Heid 8 2 0 6 4
Fixtures: St Tams, bye; Ram’s Heid v Station; Legion 2 v Bowlers.
Preliminaries, on Wednesday, and Consolation Cup first round:
Prelims - Tutties v Bowlers; Corner v Stag.
First round cup - St Tams v Tutties or Bowlers; Millgate v Cliffy; Corner or Stag v Station; Legion 2 v Ram’s Heid.
The annual general meeting of the Arbroath & District Mens Darts League shall take place on Monday, August 25, in the Cliffburn Hotel from 8 p.m.
Anyone who has any points/changes that they wish to have discussed should put these in writing and pass them to a committee member by Saturday, August 23. It is also the intention to hold a registration event on the same evening from 7 to 8 p.m., the committee would appreciate if one member from each team could remain present for the AGM so that they can get a clearer view from across the league on any changes or discussions that will take place at the AGM.
Forms will be available and shall be in the Newgate Bar by the time this goes to press in the Herald on August 8.
Arbroath and District Ladies
Annual general meeting to be held on Tuesday, August 12, at 8 p.m. in Portcullis. This will be preceded by team registration between 7.15 and 7.55 p.m. No teams will be accepted after this date. Any pub or club still requiring a registration form contact the secretary on 854782.