BOWLERS in Dundee and Angus will be keeping their eye on the bowl thanks to a new sponsorship deal with the country’s largest optical retailer.
The Angus Bowling Association has secured a five-year deal with Specsavers to support the county’s bowling league and premier Champion of Champions tournament.
As well as a cash boost, the agreement will also see 3,200 ABA members across 30 bowling clubs given exclusive discounts at their local Specsavers stores.
The initiative is being supported by the Specsavers stores in Arbroath, Dundee, Forfar and Montrose.
Ian Rodger, president of the Angus Bowling Association, said: “At a time when it is hard to find money to invest in sport, it is a real feather in our cap to have been able to find a partner like Specsavers.
“Specsavers’ involvement helps to fund vital initiatives for both young and disabled bowlers, and our members will be able to access discounted eyecare.”
Jamie Buchan, director at Specsavers Arbroath, added: “Good vision is vital to success in bowls, but as we age our eyes can become more susceptible to certain problems, with Presbyopia, or blurred near vision, affecting everyone sooner or later. Visiting your optician regularly can help diagnose and treat these conditions early, as waiting until a problem is noticeable may be too late.”
ABBEY Bowling Club’s friendlies began on Saturday with an away fixture at Carnoustie which the visitors won by 150 shots to 131 .
Carnoustie v. Abbey
18 A. Spalding F. Cook 15
16 S. Willocks J.K.Paterson 17
17 G. Allen B. Taylor 13
16 I. Riddle D. Middleton 34
21 A. McKay D. Wilson 16
13 D.A.Robertson J. Arthur 17
12 T. McLean K. Tosh 27
18 J.F. Cumming P. Speirs 21
The annual ladies v gents match was also played on Saturday. The gents won the bragging rights for this year running out winners by 100 shots to 41.
Ladies v. Gents
10 L. Lowson J. Lowson 17
9 H. Calder B. Tosh 14
8 A. Anderson D. O’Neill 25
6 M. Fraser R. Webster 18
8 J. Tosh A. Burnett 26
The juniors’ opening day had to be cancelled due to the heavy rain and those that turned up had to be sent home as there was too much water on the green. Hopefully tomorrow (Saturday) will see the coaching resume at 10 a.m. All are welcome.
Sunday saw the start of the championship rinks competition which was played down to the semi-finals. Winning teams were David Penman, Gordon Gow, Tom McIntosh and Colin Cargill v John Lowson, Brian Johnston, Dave Wilson and Colin McKay, and Jack Dewars, Jim Crighton, Ron Ritchie and Peter Speirs v John Falconer, Jim Cuthill, Sam Russell and Malcolm Anderson.
On Tuesday, Abbey began their defence of the Seniors’ Angus League with a good win against Canmore as rinks skipped by R. Wilson, J.S.Paterson and Jim Fairweather won all three, giving Abbey the full seven points.
This week sees the start of the Hunter Cup and Abbey teams are away to Invergowrie against Maryfield and at the Newgate against Balgay.
Arbroath v Lochee
13 P. Carnegie D. Cobb 17
19 R. Beattie W. McIntosh 8
38 E.D. Scott G. Stirling 14
26 G. Stewart B. Clark 14
29 J. Bogue S. Garland 13
28 G. Preston S. Marshall 13
The team for the opening away game against Broughty on May 4 is posted on the noticeboard with the rest of the 12-man squad.
MEMBERS of Friockheim Bowling Club arriving at the opening day of the bowling season on Saturday to be somewhat taken aback by the sight of a fire engine in the car park.
The fire brigade had been called out to rescue a small dog, named Poppy, which had found its way under the changing rooms and was trapped fast. The crew spent about an hour attempting to rescue Poppy and were successful after digging up some of the path in front of the changing room.
Poppy emerged none the worst for her mishap, although somewhat a little grubby.
It was unfortunate that due to the wet weather, it was felt that the green should not be played upon and that members would play their first games tomorrow (Saturday), commencing at 2 p.m.
For many members this was the first opportunity that they had in seeing the revitalised clubhouse. A new skin of paint has been applied to the front exterior of the building by Frank, Craig, Murray and Craig (junior) Gunn. Their hard work was much appreciated and applauded by the other members.
WITHOUT a fixture on Saturday, members of Lochlands Bowling club took part in a ‘progie’ tournament to gain match practise.
Colin McMillan and Ron Kidd, 8 points + 28 shots edged out Bert Allison and Paul Gersok, 8 points + 24 shots.
Angus Senior League
In their first Angus Senior League match, Lochlands travelled to the Fit o’ the Toon to record an emphatic three-match victory over Newgate.
Newgate v. Lochlands
9 H. Burnett D. Smith 23
9 J. Spence K. Moir 21
14 J. Robbie W. Cargill 19
32 (0 points) (7 points) 63
THE FIRST friendlies of the new season were played on Saturday with home and away games against Invergowrie. The home team suffered a two-shot defeat and the away team did better with a 10-shot victory.
The home game was sponsored by Harry Bisset and family.
Newgate v. Invergowrie
16 C. Cooper R. McCartney 16
17 W. Johnston A. Low 19
18 S. Sibley W. McKelvie 18
17 D.Swankie D. Gilchrist 16
16 A. Low F. Szatan 17
Invergowrie v. Newgate
21 D. Cheape J. Stirling 19
10 D.Dunlop C. Plawecki 25
16 W. Russell D. Spalding 17
17 W. Tares G. Skelton 13
Next week’s friendlies are at home to Lochee and away to Abbey.
The home game is sponsored by Creature Comforts Cattery, Marywell.
Angus Seniors’ League
The first game in the Seniors’ League took place on Tuesday when the Newgate played Lochlands at home and lost by 7 points to 0.
The next Senior League game is on Tuesday (May 1) away to Hope Paton.
The first game in the Angus League takes place next Friday (May 4) when Newgate travel to Fairfield. Team selection is on the noticeboard and players are asked to report at the Newgate at 5.30 p.m.
The Monday evening points competition is under way and members are encouraged to attend and enjoy a relaxed evening of bowls.
The Hunter Cup competition involving clubs from Dundee, Angus, Perthshire and Fife started this week.
The Newgate 1 team consisting of Wullie Smith (2), Jim Butler, Brian Sibley and Charlie Cooper travelled on Tuesday to Longforgan where they played against Barnhill and lost out by one shot.
The Newgate 2 team consisting of Ken Swan, Billy Sturrock, Scott Sibley and Forbes Szatan travelled last night to Broughty where they played Baxter Park.
The next round will be played on Tuesday.
Newgate ladies visited Arbroath on Tuesday for a two-rink friendly and returned with a two-rink defeat.
Arbroath v. Newgate
12 S. Simpson I. Anderson 7
15 0. McKay R. Ferguson 7
On Wednesday, the ladies were at home to the Abbey hoping to improve on their last performance
The next friendly is away to Brechin on Tuesday (May 1).
Angus Senior League
RESULTS from games played on Tuesday: Letham 7, Parkview 0; Newgate 0, Lochlands 7; Abbey 7, Canmore 0; Brechin 7, Hope Paton 0; Montrose 6, Carnoustie 1; Arbroath 5, Monifieth 2; Carnoustie WE 7, Boyle Park 0.
A reminder that scorecards should be posted to: W. Lawrence, 3 Birch Path, Arbroath, DD11 2EX.