THE SEMI-FINALS of the Arbroath Champion of Champions competition took place at the Lochlands and Abbey greens last Wednesday.
Three of the four clubs won their way to the finals, Lochlands, unfortunately being eliminated in all four semis.
Arbroath Club won three places, in the singles, triples and fours, while Newgate also captured three, in the pairs, triples and fours, leaving Abbey to contest two, the singles and pairs.
The finals were played on the Arbroath green on Saturday before a large turnout. All four matches were closely contested with Arbroath triumphant over Newgate in the fours. In the triples, Newgate and Arbroath were all square playing the last end with Newgate scoring two shots to claim the title.
In the pairs, Abbey were leading Newgate by four shots going into the last end but conceded five to lose the game and title 18-17.
If the other three ties were close, the singles final saw the greatest escape since Houdini’s day. In a game that lasted 28 ends and over two hours, Paul Carnegie of Arbroath Club built up a lead of 15-2 at 13 ends against Malcolm Anderson of Abbey. However the game turned in Malcolm’s favour when he clawed his way back and took the lead for the first time 18-17 at 25 ends.
Paul squared the game 18-18 at the next end, but Malcolm clinched the title two ends later to win 21-18.
The trophies were handed over by Mrs Jane Scott, wife of Arbroath Bowling Club president, Mr Eric Scott.
At the conclusion of the finals, Jim Anderson of the Arbroath Club, who was a member of the Championship committee for over 40 years and Secretary/Treasurer for 35 years, retired from the committee, and in appreciation of his services was presented with a carriage clock by Mr Willie Lawrence, president of the championship committee.
Results were: semi-finals, singles - P. Thomson, Lochlands 13, P. Carnegie, Arbroath 21; G. Fechlie, Newgate 14, M. Anderson, Abbey 21: pairs - A. Suttie/R. Wilson, Lochlands 10, F.R. Milne/T. Pullar, Newgate 12; W. Teviotdale/D. Strachan, Arbroath 13, R. Matthew/J. Arthur, Abbey 14: triples - D. Johnston/ N. Paton/ A. French, Abbey 15, J. Butler/R. Webster/ S. Sibley, Newgate 16; C. Coull/J.L. Millar/E. Scott, Arbroath 16, B. Allison/C. Blyth/J. Cargill, Lochlands 15: fours - W. Geddes/T. Duff/N. Herron/G. Stewart, Arbroath 18, R. Smith/R. Kidd/D. Brown/ H. Furye, Lochlands 16; D. McIvor/A. Stott/T. Reid/A. Napier, Newgate 12, J. Falconer/J. Cuthill/S. Russell/C. McKay, Abbey 11.
Final: singles - Arbroath 18, Abbey 21; pairs - Newgate 18, Abbey 17; triples - Newgate 18, Arbroath 16; fours - Arbroath 18, Newgate 10.
ON SATURDAY, the club had a double header playing Monifieth home and away resulting in wins for both away teams.
Abbey v Monifieth
13 F. Cook P. Watson 29
18 P. Speirs K. McLeish 15
22 J. Lowson J. Wilson 23
13 B. Tosh B. Wynd 18
18 D. Middleton M. Long 16
Monifieth v Abbey
7 J. Friel J. Prouse 31
18 B. Moran R. Wilson 17
22 R. Russell D. Petrie 17
23 P. Lowe D. O’Neill 19
12 S. Statten J.S. Paterson 20
The mixed pairs final was a close fought match between Lynn Whammond and Jim Arthur against Joyce Wilson and Jim S. Paterson with the latter taking the game 21-20. The Consolation Cup semi-final saw Frank Farmer take an early lead which was slowly eaten into by his opponent, Tom Coull, who went on to win 20-14. In the nominated triples semi-final, Jim Crichton, David Beattie and Robert Matthew contributed to another close game which was won 15-14 by Declan Johnston, Jim Wynne and Ian Croll. Dave Wilson and Jim K. Paterson were defeated 18-16 by Tom Mill and Luke Waddilove in the nominated pairs semi-final .
The midweek game was the annual mixed match against Carnoustie West End which was enjoyed by all. After being well down, Abbey managed to get their nose in front and win 74-73.
In the semi-finals of the mixed singles Jim Arthur beat Alan French 21-20 the other being won by Sam Russell 21-19 against David Beattie. The men’s triples semi-finals were won by David Beattie, David Wilson and Bob Tosh who beat Sam Russell, Jim R. Cargill and Jim S Paterson 15-14. The other game was won 16-14 by John Prouse, Jim Crichton and Dave Whitton against Doug Thomson, Alan French and Jim Arthur.
Abbey v Carnoustie WE
8 B. Tosh S. Halliburton 21
22 R.A. Skea D. Adam 10
13 A. Whitton S. Farquhar 12
21 B. Taylor E. Philip 11
10 J. Graham D. Milne 19
In the handicap singles final between Kathleen Gordon and Davina McGregor, the handicapper got this one right nothing really separated them until the last bowl, which gave Davina the game 21-20.
The Vi Fenton mixed pairs competition was held on Sunday with the semi-finals being won by Eli Marnie and Dave Whitton who beat Margaret Croll and Jim Arthur 4-3. Ann Whitton and Neil Paton lost 8-4 to Ella Moss and Bob Tosh who went on to win the final 6-5. This week’s friendly was at home, and Abbey lost to Carnoustie as Nina Sibley’s rink was beat 12-11, and Emma Philip’s rink fared no better losing 25-6 .
Top ten final
Montrose Bowling Club was bathed in sunshine as the super Maroons tried to emulate some of the great teams of the ‘80s and early ‘90s which collected three Top Tens seven years.
Paul Carnegie was still suffering from a slight head cold when he took on Ed Mason in the singles. Ed, realised Paul was not at his best and “did a job on him” 21-14. This was the 1st time he had been beaten so could the team come through?
The pairs surged to a 12 shot victory squaring the overall total to two points each. The fours then posted an eight-shot victory with a 23-15 win. So with the triples left on they just had to keep tight and the title would be Arbroath’s. They duly did and the teams tied at 4-4. Thus the Maroons won the trophy on shots. Hard luck to ‘Birkie’ who gave their all, but the title was heading back to ‘The ‘Hill’. The large vociferous crowd showed their appreciation to both sides.
Top ten final score:
Singles – P. Carnegie 14, Muirhead 21.
Pairs – M. McWalter 20, Muirhead 17.
Triples – G. Stewart 15, Muirhead 17.
Fours – D. Henderson 23, Muirhead 15,
Final score: 72-61.
The Maroons are still on course to complete the slam and their semi-final against Letham has a ‘David and Goliath’ look about it as the league cup winners take on their Division Two opponents at Carnoustie on Sunday. The players will be hoping that their wonder season is not going to end on a sour note.
THE FINAL of the club Consolation Cup was played on Thursday evening between Grant Ross and Brian Robertson. Brian got off to a fine start taking two singles in the first two ends before Grant settled down to take control of the game running out victor by 21-9.
The final of the Saskia Cup is scheduled to take place tonight (Friday) between Tom Pullar and Sandy Smith. The cup was presented to the club by Tom Pullar in recognition of his granddaughter, Saskia, to be played for by members of the club who have previously won a club single handed competition.
The handicap competition has reached the final stage and will be contested by Forbes Szatan and Alan Low on a date to be arranged.
The Nominated Pairs competition has also reached the final stage and will be contested between Charlie Cooper with Scott Sibley and Alan Low with Forbes Szatan on a date to be arranged
The friendlies played on Saturday were home to Kirriemuir which was sponsored by Christine and Phil Wright and the away team played at Montrose. The home team enjoyed a moderate win while the away team suffered a narrow defeat.
Newgate v Kirriemuir
11 A. Low P. Coulthard 18
16 A. Smith R. Milne 23
20 E. Martin B. Burness 16
21 I. Teviotdale S. Gunster 18
28 D. Spalding P. Clyne 11
Montrose v Newgate
11 B. Melvin J. Stirling 15
16 J. Murray B. Reid 9
16 G. Garvie A. Caird 11
12 D. Laurence B. Sibley 18
There is only one friendly tomorrow (Saturday) and that is at home to Aberdeen Northern, which is sponsored by the Hodgens family.
Newgate Open Pairs
Newgate held their seven-ends, two-bowl Open Pairs competition on Sunday. After a day’s bowling the final was contested between Ron Heenan and Tom Reid and Pat and Sandy Smith. Ron and Tom got the better of the first three ends picking up three singles before Pat and Sandy replied with three shots on the fourth and fifth ends to lead 6-3.
Ron and Tom picked singles on the last two ends to leave Pat and Sandy 6-5 winners. The presentation was made by club president Willie Johnston.
The Club Round Robin will be held on Sunday, September 9. Members wishing to take part are asked to put their names on the sheet on the notice board by this Sunday (September 3).
The next friendly is on Wednesday (September 5) when the ladies entertain their counterparts from Canmore.
Jean Stewart Pairs
The ladies hold their Jean Stewart Pairs competition next Friday (September 7) with a 2 p.m. start. Ladies entering the competition are asked to report to the clubrooms by 1.30 p.m. Ladies arriving after that time will not be included in the draw.