THE FINALS of the Angus senior competitions were held at Montrose Bowling Club on Thursday night.
Abbey’s only representative was Bob Tosh who played in the singles. He was able to keep the game close until around halfway when his opponent from Forfar seemed to step up a gear and played some excellent bowls to win 21-11.
Abbey Bowling Club’s penultimate game in the Seniors’ Angus League was against Letham at Abbey. Although the home team won by the required 7-0 margin, league leaders Canmore also won leaving Abbey with no chance of retaining the League Championship.
Abbey v Letham
23 J. Fairweather J. Ramsay 10
16 J.S. Paterson J. Clark 10
16 C. McKay J. Reid 9
Playing in the semi-finals of the gents’ pairs, Alan French and Dave Wilson were defeated by 17-13 Bob Skea and Ron Wilson. In the final of the mixed pairs Brian Cruickshanks and Davina McGregor lost 13-7 to Les Barnett and Emma Philip,
Saturday’s fixtures were at home against Lochee and away to Aberdeen Northern. The Abbey team arrived at Aberdeen to find the game had been cancelled due to flooding. The home game went ahead, and although the green was wet but playable, the decision to stop after 11 ends was welcomed by all and resulted in a win for Abbey.
Abbey v Lochee
8 B. Taylor J. Henderson 6
9 B. Tosh T. Johnston 9
6 J.S. Paterson D. Cobb 9
11 D. Wilson J. Starling 9
14 I. Croll D. Dailly 5
8 D. Middleton W. Milne 8
In the club championship pairs semi-finals, Ken Tosh and Jim Arthur beat Dave Mo ig and Dale Smith 18-16 and Robert Mathew and Ian Smith were victorious over Tom MacIntosh and Colin McKay 17-15.
The men’s Forfarshire semi-finals were held on Sunday at Abbey and Newgate. Abbey results were: Kirriemuir beat Canmore in the fours; the triples was won by Logie who defeated Brechin; Newgate won the pairs beating Whitfield; and the singles was won by Carnoustie West End against Lochlands. Arbroath got a walkover in the under-25s.
At Newgate , Abbey got a walkover in the fours, the triples went to Hope Paton who beat Parkview, Ardler took the pairs beating Montrose, Arbroath won the singles against Canmore, and the under-25s was won by Arbroath over Whitfield.
The finals take place at Arbroath Bowling Club on Sunday (July 15) at 2 p.m.
In the third round of the Angus and Perthshire fours, Ella Moss, Mari Welsh, May Smith and Joyce Wilson lost 16-12 to Strathmartine.
The club championship singles final was won by Kath Gordon who defeated Emma Philip 21-16.
In the Forfarshire finals at Lochlands on Sunday, Abbey’s Lynn Whammond won the singles 21-15 against Parkview, and in the pairs Ella Moss and Davina McGregor lost to Hope Paton by two shots.
CHAMPAGNE corks were popping as the Maroons added to their silverware haul, winning the Angus Fours final at Montrose. It was not a game for the purists, as both teams struggled on a tricky rink.
The title seemed to be heading to the Newgate who were four shots up playing the last end.
But, inexplicably, a last end lapse of concentration left Davie Henderson with a last bowl drive to take the jack to the ditch and with it the title.
He didn’t need a second invitation and as the bowl struck the white the cheers went up and a count of five gave the Maroons the title 18-17.
Congratulations were extended to Derek Beattie, Ronnie Beattie, George Mathieson and Davie Henderson, all of whom were enjoying their first Angus title success.
A full turn out contested the popular annual Open Pairs on Sunday. And after a competitive day of bowls the final was contested by Derek Beattie and Gav Swankie against young Bob Torrie and Neil Herron.
It was Derek and Gav who came out on top to get their hands on the famous trophy.
Canmore v Arbroath
14 G. Stewart G. Stewart 18
26 D. Bruce D. Skene 11
12 S. Cairns P. Carnegie 27
15 B. Law G. Preston 11
8 L. Lindsay D. Strachan 19
Unfortunately the ladies did not fare well in the quarter-finals of the Angus and Perthshire singles and rinks competitions last Tuesday.
F. Pearson had a hard fought game, but was pipped at the post by a worthy opponent from Edzell Bowling Club.
The rink had a good game and was in the lead for the best part of the encounter, it was a close fought game but sadly the ladies lost by one shot in the final end.
The ladies were: A. Glen, H. Beattie, M. Main, and D Watt.
Tayside Ladies’ Finals
On Friday, Arbroath Ladies had some excellent wins at the Tayside finals held at Kirriemuir Bowling Club. Their supporters were treated to an evening of great bowling which resulted in Arbroath bringing home three of the five trophies available.
In the triples, S. Simpson, B. McIntyre and skip M. Thoms started well and increased their lead throughout the game to come out winners 26-6 against Baxter Park.
Unfortunately Four-Bowl pair J. Williamson and F. Pearson could not overcome the strong pairing from Newgate.
The Two-Bowl pair of A. Ord and L. Furye again took an early lead and finished the game after 19 ends with a score of 19-7 against Monifieth.
Singles representative Trixie McKay played her way into the lead over Forfar’s Norma Craig in a hard fought tussle and emerged the winner by 21-12.
BAD WEATHER caused the cancellation of Lochlands Bowling Club’s planned friendly against Newgate on Saturday.
Angus Senior League
A local derby between Arbroath and Lochlands in the Angus Senior League culminated in a victory for Arbroath by 59-38 and five points to two.
Lochlands v Arbroath
10 D. Brown J. Clarke 25
18 J.B. McLeish D.C. Gallacher 13
10 P. Gersok J. Glen 21
38 (2 pts) (5 pts) 59
Angus Top 10
Lochlands bowed out of the Angus Top 10 in heartbreaking fashion when they were edged out 62-68 and by one point to seven against Barnhill in a scoreline which does not give the home side the credit due.
Results were (Lochlands names first): singles - P. Thomson 18, G. Smith 21; pairs - W. Cargill 18, S. Buist 19; triples - P. Gersok 13, B. McFarlane 13; rinks - H. Furye 13, G. Rennie 15.
The ladies’ midweek friendly was away to Carnoustie who won by three shots. The rink skipped by S. Urquhart lost 11-14 and that of M. Moir drew 10-10.
The Ladies’ Forfarshire finals took place on Sunday.
The singles was won by Abbey’s Lynn Whammond who defeated Kathy Aitken of Parkview 21-15.
The Hope Paton pairs team of Irene Gilbert and Evelyn Warden won 14-12 against Ella Moss and Davina McGregor of Abbey and the triples team of Jessie Smith, Margaret Thomson and Irene Farquhar won 18-14 against Hope Paton’s Jodi Allison, Margaret Ross and Eva Christie.
AT THE halfway stage the leaders in the Monday Points League are: Brian Reid 14; Alfie Baird, Scott Sibley, and Bob Spence 12; Willie Smith (2) 11; Bob Jackson, Alan McIntosh , Ian McLeod, Gerry Mould, Sandy Smith, Dave Spalding and Jim Spence 10.
The Angus Championship finals were played at Montrose on Friday evening when the Newgate four of Jim Butler, Eric Martin, Tom Reid and Dave Swankie faced the ‘Maroons’ four from Arbroath Bowling Club.
Newgate took an early lead but were soon pegged back and were trailing by four shots with 12 ends played. Picking up a five put them ahead and they went into the last end four shots to the good. However, tactics paid off for the Arbroath four and they picked up five shots in the last end to win the game 18-17.
The weather was the winner for Saturday’s Invitation Round Robin with the green deemed unplayable after the first session had been completed. Sidey Windows sponsored the event.
Angus Senior League
On Tuesday, the seniors’ game at home to Brechin was cancelled. The last game of the season is on Tuesday away to Letham
Saturday’s friendly fixture with Lochlands was also a victim of the weather, being cancelled due to heavy rain.
Tomorrow (Saturday) the friendly fixture at home to Dudhope has been cancelled due to Dudhope being unable to field a team. A game has been arranged at the green with the gents taking on the ladies in a four-rink challenge which is sponsored by David Mackay, Funeral Directors, Arbroath. The away game is at Carnoustie West End with the team bus leaving at 1.30 p.m.
Bowls Scotland Mixed Pairs
On Sunday, the Newgate pair of Margaret Cargill and Scott Sibley played at Carnoustie in the semi- final of the Bowls Scotland Mixed Pairs competition against the pair from Canmore. In a close encounter the game went into an extra end with the Newgate pair securing the shot required to advance into the final. The final was played at the same venue later that date against the pair from Dudhope and the Newgate pair triumphed for the title by winning 13-11.
The Forfarshire semi-finals were played on Sunday at Newgate and Abbey greens. The Newgate pair of Grant Ross and Gary Davies played at Abbey against the pair from Whitfield and had a convincing win to advance to the finals to be played at Arbroath on Sunday (July 15).
Angus Top Ten
The first games in the Angus Top Ten took place on Tuesday when Newgate entertained Forfar. The game was played in a steady drizzle of rain and both teams were evenly matched through to the latter stages. Newgate’s Paul Martin tied up the singles game, winning 21-19 against Forfar’s Doug Robertson. The Newgate pairs also won and the triples and rinks lost. The game was tied at four points each but Forfar had the advantage of five shots to take them into the next round.
The finals of the Ladies’ Tayside Competition was held at Kirriemuir on Friday when the Newgate pair of sisters Margaret and Ann Cargill faced the pair from Arbroath. The Newgate ladies played well, having a commanding lead for most of the game and finished with a comfortable 20-9 victory .
This afternoon (Friday) the ladies play the first round of the Club Triples and next Friday (July 20) they play off the semi-finals.
The ladies hold their invitation day on Sunday (July 15) which involves invited guests from clubs in the surrounding areas
The re-arranged away friendly with Carnoustie, cancelled on Thursday, June 7, is to be played on Wednesday (July 18).