Around the town greens

June Wood threw the first jack of the season at Arbroath Bowling Club. Also pictured are Dave Strachan (left) and Chick Coull.
June Wood threw the first jack of the season at Arbroath Bowling Club. Also pictured are Dave Strachan (left) and Chick Coull.

Abbey Club

ABBEY Bowling Club ladies held their first friendly of the season at the Abbey against Newgate. Nina Sibley’s rink took an early lead of seven shots which was slowly pegged back by Kath Swan’s rink to win 12-10. In the other match, Margaret Fraser’s rink also got off to a good start and held on to their lead to beat Linda Cargill’s rink 15-8 for an 25-20 win for Abbey.

Hunter Cup

Abbey’s run in this year’s Hunter Cup competition came to an end on Thursday when both teams were defeated. Abbey (A) lost 18-16 to Dudhope while Abbey (B) went down 20-13 to Broughty Castle.

Touring visitors

On FRIDAY evening Abbey played host to Golden Acre Bowling Club, a touring team from Edinburgh which was visting clubs in Angus over the weekend. A great night of bowls ensued with a social evening which was enjoyed by all. The score was Abbey 85, Golden Acre 73.

Aberbrothock Cup

The SECOND leg of the Aberbrothock Cup competition was held on Saturday at Abbey and although it was a much closer game than the previous week the hosts retained the trophy for another year.

Abbey v Lochlands

15 D. Middleton D. Smith 28

20 R. Wilson W. Cargill 16

12 R. Webster J. Cargill 14

31 B. Taylor D. Brown 9

21 D. Wilson W. Keillor 21

99 89

The away fixture was a short trip down the road to Newgate. Although a popular and friendly fixture, it is still keenly contested between the clubs and it was Newgate that secured the bragging rights with a 126-99 victory.


Newgate v Abbey

12 E. Martin J. Prouse 28

24 G. Skelton J.S. Paterson 9

21 A. Caird J. Arthur 18

23 W. Johnston J. Lowson 15

17 S. Sibley J.k.Paterson 12

29 T. Pullar F. Cook 17

126 99


Saturday morning coaching began at the weekend with a good turnout of 18 youngsters. Past and new members enjoyed getting back onto the green.

On Sunday, 12 Abbey juniors were at Dudhope Bowling Club to take part in the under-25 county trials. Despite the differing ages and lack of green time, Abbey juniors did very well.

Andy Knox singles

Also on Sunday the first of the club’s internal competitions was played to its conclusion. Winner of the Andy Knox two-bowl singles was Neil Paton who beat Bob Skea 6-3 in the final.


The SENIORS’ Angus League started on Tuesday and Abbey’s first game was away to Forfar’s Boyle Park Bowling Club where they won by five points to two.

Boyle Park v Abbey

6 W. Hutchison B. Tosh 14

15 E. Phillip B. Taylor 7

8 D. Christie J. Fairweather 18

29 39

Arbroath Club

Arbroath v Invergowrie

55 59

Arbroath v Carnoustie WE

25 R. Beattie M. Black 11

18 D. Gallacher M. Stewart 22

14 C. Coull R. Torrie 24

20 N. Herron R. Burnett 20

17 E. Scott R. Torrie, jnr., 21

18 J. White D. McGill 15

112 113

Broughty v Arbroath

15 J. Cochrane W. Lawrence 17

24 G. McComskie K. Southorn 15

12 S. Duncan J. Bogue 27

24 N. Heknan T. Dickson 6

16 L. Silver D. Strachan 16

91 81

Angus League

ARBROATH start their defence of the Angus League title with a home tie against Broughty tonight (Friday).

Unbeaten in two years on the ‘Hill’, the lads will be hoping for a winning start.

Buoyed by the inclusion of Darren Burnett to the ranks, the players will be also aware that the selectors have a difficult job with the array of talent available.

Although ‘Bubbas’, as he is known to his new team-mates, appearances will be limited, his class and ability will hopefully rub off on the players around him.

Tonight’s match will also have a party theme as both Angus League top 10 flags will be unfurled before the start of the match. A bumper crowd should enjoy the match.

Lochlands Club

THE SECOND leg of the Aberbrothock Trophy was played at the Abbey on Saturday was won by the Abbey.

Lochlands v Abbey

28 D, Smith D. Middleton 15

16 W. Cargill R. Wilson 20

14 J. Cargill R. Webster 12

9 D. Brown B. Taylor 31

21 W. Keillor D. Wilson 21

88 99

The Abbey retain the trophy for another year.

Tuesday saw the start of the Angus Senior League, with Lochlands playing host to Carnoustie.

Lochlands v Carnoustie

13 P. Gersok I. Riddell 15

10 W. Cargill A. Gray 12

11 D. Smith G. Allen 16

34 43

Carnoustie won seven points to nil.

Newgate Club

Hunter Cup

THE SECOND round of the Hunter Cup competition was played on Thursday when the Newgate (2) team of Willie Smith (2), Brian Sibley, Sandy Smith and Chris Plawecki faced Broughty Castle at Abbey and moved into the next round with a convincing 20-3 win.

The Newgate (1) team of Jim Butler, Eric Martin, Brian Reid and Tom Reid was not so fortunate, going down heavily to Barnhill (2) at Newport.

The Newgate (1) team played the third round on Tuesday at Lochee against Barnhill (2) and lost out by 16-11.

Saturday friendlies

On SATURDAY the friendlies were at home to Abbey and away to Lochee. Both teams recorded comfortable victories. The home game was sponsored by Dave Hodgens and family.

Newgate v Abbey

29 T. Pullar F. Cook 17

17 S. Sibley J.K. Paterson 13

23 W. Johnston J. Lowson 15

21 A. Caird J. Arthur 18

12 E. Martin J. Prowse 28

24 G. Skelton J.M. Paterson 9

126 100

Lochee v Newgate

14 J. Morrison D. Perkins 24

15 A. Moir F. Szatan 16

14 T. Johnston R. Webster 16

19 T. Cuthbert G. Davies 9

9 S. Stewart J. Spence 18

10 J. McGuinness A. Smith 20

81 103

Tomorrow (Saturday) the friendlies are at home to Brechin and away to Broughty Castle. The away team bus leaves at 1 p.m. for a 2 p.m start. The home game is sponsored by Treadwise.

Club quiz

On THE evening of Saturday, May 11, a quiz night will be held in the clubrooms.

Angus League

In THE first game of the Angus League for this season which is played tonight (Friday), Newgate are at home to Brechin.

Club rinks competition

THE CLUB rinks competition gets underway with the first round on Wednesday (May 8). Members are advised to check the notice board for the dates that they are playing and are required to report to the green by 6.30 p.m. on the dates of the ties.

Senior section

Last Tuesday the seniors travelled to Carnoustie West End for the first league game of the season and returned with a narrow victory.

Carnoustie West End v Newgate

11 C. Player T. Pullar 15

9 A. Newman J. Spence 18

15 A. Jack J. Robbie 12

35 45

Next Tuesday the Seniors are at home to Lochlands.

Bowls Scotland championships

THE NATIONAL Championships get under way this coming week with the first rounds of the Senior competitions being played on Monday (May 6).

Newgate participants are: singles - Jim Robbie plays Brechin at Montrose; rinks - Willie Smith (2), Bob Spence, Ken Swan and Harry Burnett (skip) play Fairfield at Carnoustie.

The games being played at Newgate are: singles - Carnoustie West End v Hope Paton; rinks - Montrose v Lochee.

Ladies’ section

Last Wednesday the ladies travelled to the Abbey green with two rinks for an afternoon friendly and came a close second to their hosts.

Abbey v Newgate

15 M. Fraser L. Cargill 8

10 N. Sibley K. Swan 12

25 20

On Tuesday the Newgate ladies played host to the ladies from Brechin and after winning a rink each Newgate secured the victory by six shots.

Newgate v Brechin

6 B. Park M. Gray 16

27 Johnston J. McGilp 11

33 27

The next ladies’ friendly is on Thursday, May 23, away to Monifieth.

Seniors Angus League

RESULTS from games played on Tuesday: Letham 35 (5pts, Canmore 32 (2pts); Parkview 32 (0pts), Monifieth 64 (7pts); Carnoustie WE 35 (2pts), Newgate 45 (5pts);

Arbroath 61 (7pts), Montrose 32 (0pts); Lochlands 34 (0pts), Carnoustie 43 (7pts); Boyle Park 29 (2pts), Abbey 39 (5 pts).