Bowlers busy on all fronts

ABBEY Bowling Club’s last representitive in the Angus under-25s departed from the competition last Tuesday when Robert Mathew lost 21-3 to Dudhope’s John McClements. It was not a good week for Robert as, the following night, he also found himself out of the Forfarshire under-25s as Scott Teviotdale, Arbroath, beat him 21-9.

Arbroath’s David Henderson also, won beating Peter Nay 21-2. Declan Johnston didn’t make it either. Playing away against Kirriemuir’s Lee Clark he suffered a 21-16 defeat.

However, the Abbey fours fared better as Dave Gow, Brian Williams, Denis O’Neill and Dave Middleton won through to the semi-finals, beating Brechin 19-16.

In the pairs, Jim Wynne and Doug Petrie played at Whitfield and lost 21-9.

The Friday night Angus League game was at the Abbey against Fairfield. As might have been expected from the bottom two teams each trying to secure points to save them from relegation, it was a very tight game in which there were never more than a few shots seperating them. As the game drew to its conclusion and with two Abbey teams already off having won by one shot, it was all down to the remaining rink who were four shots adrift on the last end. Unfortunately they only scored two giving the game to Fairfield 50-48.

Abbey v Fairfield

18 J.K. Paterson H. Grieve 17

16 M. Anderson C. Stewart 20

14 K. Tosh S. McManon 13

48 50

Weekend fixtures were at home against Carnoustie and away to Brechin. Abbey won at home and drew the other.

Abbey v Carnoustie

20 J. Lowson A. McKay 18

24 J. Prouse B. Petrie 13

22 R. Wilson T. McLean 13

25 B. Taylor S. Willocks 19

19 B. McDonald D.A. Robertson 16

10 T. Coull D. Keillor 25

120 104

On Sunday, Abbey held its annual Corporate Day in which 20 teams participated in a round robin competition for the Roddy Henderson Memorial Trophy. This year’s winners were ‘The Pet Shop Boys’, representing Browns pet shop. The team comprised Andy Rankin, Dave Mayes, Dave Brown and Ian Croll. The trophy was presented by Roddy’s son, David Henderson.

Also played on Sunday was the second round of the Scottish mixed pairs. Abbey’s Lynn Whammond and Jim Arthur took their tie to an extra end but lost by one shot to Craigie, 18-17.

The postponed Championship Triples final was held on Monday. In a tight match, Les Barnett, Brian Johnston and Alan French were four shots down and failed to convert, losing 23-17 to Declan Johnston, Neil Paton and Malcolm Anderson.


In the Angus Seniors Triples semi-final, Abbey’s John Falconer, Greig Dunsmore and Ian Croll came up against an on form Brechin side and exited the competition, losing 25-8. Bob Tosh played well in his singles semi-final to win 21-8 against Hope Paton. The Angus League game this week was at Abbey against Carnoustie West End and a 5-2 win leaves Abbey with a slim chance of winning the title. They are in third place, six points behind the leaders.

Abbey v Carnoustie WE

12 J. Fairweather A. Adam 20

21 B. Taylor A. Fyffe 3

23 R. Wilson D. Byars 6

56 29

Ladies’ section

Davina McGregor and Ella Webster played their Tayside Pairs semi-final and lost 18-20 to Newgate. In the third round of the Forfarshire Pairs, Ella Moss and Davina McGregor won 16-13 against Lochlands.


On Sunday, the SYBA Triples were held at Balgay Bowling Club. Abbey’s Ben Wallace, Stuart Farmer and Caitlin Waddilove won through to play at Northfield Ayr along with the other qualifers from the district.

Arbroath BC


Broughty v Arbroath

18 A. Cameron D. Skene 17

21 B. Petrie E. Eaton 11

12 N. Alexander J. Glen 24

16 L. Kinnaird C. Coull 16

67 68

Arbroath v Balgay

24 G. Mathieson W. Greig 21

15 E. Scott 15 I. Armstrong 17

24 D. Harvey G. Haddon 20

27 J.L. Millar I. Campbell 15

90 73

Angus League

The Maroons maintained their 100 per cent home record with a narrow four-shot victory in their ‘must win’ game against fellow table toppers Carnoustie West End.

With the green running well after all the adverse weather and so much at stake, there were plenty of errors early on by both teams but as the game reached its climax it was the Maroons dependability that carried the day thus sending the ‘Westies’ back to Carnoustie with their tails between their legs.

After-match talk turned to the up and coming clash between the two heavyweights of Angus bowls in the first round of the Angus Top 10. In a game fit for a final, the ‘Westies’, who are the holders, will be out for revenge but it’s still to be seen if they have the pedigree to win at The Hill.

Tonight the Maroons travel to Canmore (Forfar) in the last league game of the season.

Amazingly, the way the results went last Friday it looks nigh impossible for the league title to be won. Shots difference could be a major factor although victory will guarantee a top three finish.

Arbroath v Carnoustie WE

21 P. Carnegie M. Stewart 16

9 N. Herron A. Furye 24

22 G. Stewart M. Black 8

52 48

Angus Championships

Once again both pairs and fours continued on their merry way to reach the semi-finals of the championships. The pairs won a tense encounter over a strong Dudhope side and the fours, crazily, received a walkover at the quarter-final stages.

Paul Carnegie and Neil Herron, pairs representatives, are still seeking their first Angus Championship winners badge, but surely this will be their year!

As for the fours this a new look young side and hopefully they can all the way in the championships too.

Forfarshire ties

With Sherpa Tensing required to find the venue of Wednesday night ties in Dundee both triples and fours were in for a culture shock which they never recovered from and both got rumbled out of the competition. Singles and Junior Singles representatives both won to keep the maroon flag flying.

Ladies’ Section

The ladies of Arbroath Bowling club had great victories over Baxter Park and Forfar Bowling Club in the Angus and Perthshire Ladies’ singles and rinks last Tuesday.

Fay Pearson had a superb win in the singles, beating her opponent from Baxter Park by 21-5.

The ladies’ fours also had an excellent victory against the ladies from Forfar Bowling Club. A. Glen, H. Beattie, M. Main and D. Watt won their game handsomely 23-3. The ladies did not need to play the last two ends!

This now takes the ladies through to the quarter-finals.


Heavy rain stopped play and spoiled a good friendly game at Forfar on Thursday. Although the ladies only played nine ends, Arbroath were the victors once again.

They took an early lead and kept hold of it throughout the nine ends!

Angus League

In the Angus League on Friday Arbroath ladies fielded a good squad and claimed victory against Montrose. The ladies quickly went into the lead and with great determination held on to it, winning handsomely.

Tayside Ladies’ League

The Arbroath ladies who played on Friday were very successful. They won across the board and progressed to the final of the competition, which is to be played on July 6 at Kirrie.

Singles – T. McKay 21, Carnoustie 19; four bowl pairs – J. Williamson, F. Pearson 35, Baxter Park 8; Triples – S. Simpson, B. McIntyre, M. Thoms 18, Carnoustie 14; Two bowl pairs – A. Ord, L. Furye 20, Muirhead and Birkhill 8.

Lochlands BC

HUGH Furye’s rink of Rusty Smith, Ron Kidd and Dave Brown stole the Club Championship Rinks trophy.

The rink of Ally Whyte, Bob Blyth, John Cargill and Stuart Graham led by three shots with two ends to play, but they lost five shots to go down 15-13.

In the Campbell Wilbourn Financial Services Trophy, Helen Taylor and Dave Brown had a convincing win in the final over Bryan Masson and John Cargill.

Angus League

Lochlands gained a three-shot victory over Strathmartine to gain promotion to the Second Division in which they will meet local rivals Abbey next season.

Lochlands v Strathmartine

14 P. Gersok J. Possell 12

10 H. Furye A. Chrighton 22

22 D. Brown J. Begg 9

46 (2 points) (0 points) 43

Angus Senior League

Lochlands slipped to their consecutive defeat (5-2) when Carnoustie Bowling Club won 52-40.

Lochlands v Carnoustie

12 D. Brown A. McKay 19

21 W. Cargill T. McLean 7

7 K. Moir A. Gray 26

40 (2 points) (5 points) 52

Ladies’ Section

THE MIDWEEK friendly was against Carnoustie West End who won by one shot as rinks skipped by M. Moir lost 14-10 and M. Wilson won 12-9.

In the Angus and Perthshire last Tuesday, M. Barrie, singles, won 21-16, while the two-bowl pairs team of M. Moir and M. Wilson lost to Craigie. The triples of A. Cargill, V. Cargill and I. Farquhar lost to Rattray.

Forfarshire ties resulted in a loss to Abbey in the pairs and a win in the triples who now go forward to the final.

Newgate Club

RAYMOND Murray travelled to Whitfield for the Under-25 Forfarshire singles last Wednesday but he faced strong opposition and failed to reach the next round.

In the pairs, Grant Ross and Gary Davies pulled out all the stops at Carnoustie West End to progress to the next round.

Renny Tailyour Trophy

The Newgate team of Jim Butler, John McIlhatton, Bob Spence and Sandy Smith took on Boyle Park in Forfar on Thursday in the Renny Tailyour Trophy south section semi-final.

The game started in light rain which got heavier as the night went on. After 11 ends Newgate were ahead by 16-8 when the home team called it a day and conceded the game leaving Newgate to advance to the south section final.

Angus League

On Friday, the Newgate team travelled to Forfar with some minor changes to the team which went down to Dudhope last week. In wet conditions Newgate started off well and maintained a lead throughout the game which ended with a win in two rinks and a defeat in the other with an eight shot advantage overall.

Canmore v Newgate

18 N. McIntosh G. Fechlie 22

8 S. Clark D. Swankie 24

22 G. Waddell A. Smith 10

48 56

The last game of the Angus League for this season takes place tonight (Friday) when Newgate entertain Abbey in a local derby which, despite the visitors’ lowly league position, should be an entertaining game with both teams eager to win.

Saturday friendly

The away friendly with Stonehaven on Saturday was cancelled due to lack of numbers from Newgate. The home game gainst Montrose which was sponsored by F.R.Milne went ahead as scheduled and finished with a win for Montrose.

Newgate v Montrose

21 D. Spalding D. Lawrence 19

26 A. Smith J. Pirie 17

11 W. Johnston B. Melvin 27

16 W. Sturrock A. Chistieson 17

18 G. Fechlie J. Murray 27

92 107

Next Saturday (June 30) the ladies have the green for their 75th anniversary game so there is only an away game with Forfar with the bus leaving at 1.30 p.m.

Angus Senior League

Newgate seniors struggled again this week when they went down by 2 rinks to 1 and an overall shots difference of 3 against Boyle Park at home, losing the game by 5 points to 2.

Newgate v Boyle Park

11 H. Burnett D. Christie 16

22 T. Pullar A. Wells 12

7 J. Spence E. Philip 15

40 43

Next week the seniors are away to Arbroath

Angus Championships

Last Tuesday in the semi-final of the Angus Championships, the Newgate fours team of Jim Butler, Eric Martin, Tom Reid and Dave Swankie travelled to Arbroath and advanced to the final at the expense of the team fom Brechin. They now play either Forfar or Arbroath in the final at Montrose on the evening of Friday, July 6.

Bowls Scotland Mixed Pairs

Margaret Cargill and Scott Sibley travelled to Dudhope on Sunday where they recorded a convincing win of 19-12 over the pair from Barnhill in the in the second round of the Bowls Scotland Mixed Pairs. They then played the quarter-final against Strathmartine and found the opposition in fine form, going behind by 8-0 after five ends. However, they dug deep and going into the last end they were only one shot behind. The last end produced an even exchange with Margaret and Scott securing two shots to win the game 15-14.

They now go forward to play the semi-final against the pair from Canmore at Carnoustie on Sunday, July 8, with a 2 p.m. start. Should they win this game they will play the final against either Muirhead & Birkhill or Dudhope who contest the other sem-final.

Men’s Nominated Fours

The Men’s Nominated Fours competition takes place on Sunday (July1) with a 10 a.m. start. Members please check the board for the draw and starting times.

Ladies’ Section

The away friendly game on Thursday at Monifieth was cancelled due to heavy rain.

Anniversary game

Tomorrow (Saturday) the Newgate ladies hold their Invitation 75th anniversary game which involves ladies from clubs in the Angus area with a 2 p.m. start. Ladies are asked to report to the club by 1.30 p.m.

In the Angus & Perthshire pairs competition, Barbara Park and Betty Hodson travelled to Balgay on Thursday to play Blaigowrie and came off second best, losing 24-14.

And in the Tayside Ladies’ pairs, Margaret and Ann Cargill travelled to Arbroath on Friday to play Abbey and recorded a 20-18 victory. On Friday, June 6, they play in the final at Kirriemuir against Arbroath.

Belle Smith Trophy

The ladies played out the the Belle Smith singles round robin competition on Sunday, which produced some close encounters in the qualifying rounds.The weather was kind and the final at the end of the day’s play was contested by Brenda Jackson and Ann Cargill. In a close game, Ann took the honours 8-6.

Ladies’ friendly

On Tuesday (July 3) the ladies entertain Lochee in a two-rink friendly.

Angus Senior League

Results from games played on Tuesday: Montrose 48 (7), Letham 25 (0); Brechin 41 (3), Arbroath 45 (4); Abbey 56 (5), Carnoustie WE 29 (2); Newgate 40 (2), Boyle Park 43 (5); Parkview 41 (2), Monifieth 38 (5); Lochlands 40 (2), Carnoustie 52 (5); Canmore 57 (5), Hope Paton 29 (2).