A high standard of bowls was demonstrated throughout the semi-finals and the final of the Abbey Open competition.
In the first semi-final, Scott Sibley and Charlie Cooper had a really close game and were nine-all going into the last end where they got one shot to win 10 - 9 against Colin McKay and Peter Speirs.
The other semi was closer than the score suggests as John Prouse and Jim Arthur lost 11-4 to Phil Nicoll and Kyle Smith who went on to win the final 16-5.
Sponsors, Maureen and Sandy Beedie, jewellers, were present throughout both Sundays.
Saturday’s fixtures were at home against Craigie , which Abbey won 121-98 , while the away game was the bi-annual vist to Edinburgh’s Bainfield. where they count the rinks won as opposed to the total score which gave them a four-two victory,
Abbey v Craigie
15 J. Prouse N. Wyllie 15
16 R. Wilson J. McCartney 21
27 T. Hunt A. Murray 10
17 C. McKay S. Brown 17
29 J.K. Paterson J. McAully 16
17 T. Coull S. Summer 19
Bainfield v Abbey
13 M. Sutherland P. Speirs 17
22 A. Paterson J.S. Paterson 11
25 D. Laidlaw D. Middleton 13
18 A. Brown K. Tosh 19
28 M. Brown D. Wilson 11
25 G. Neil J. Lowson 8
Friday’s Angus League game was at home to Lochee. A strong finish by all three rinks secured a 58-41 victory for Abbey.
Abbey v Lochee
13 K. Tosh J. Milne 16
28 J.K. Paterson H. Dewar 10
17 M. Anderson J. Milne 15
A semi-final of the pairs saw Hazel Sime and Darien Swankie win against Ben Wallace and Jordan Watt , while in a semi-final of the two-bowl pairs Darien Swankie and Kimberley Nicholson lost to Stuart Farmer and Caitlin Waddilove.
The schools held their last session at Abbey which was turned into a fun day with various targets to aim for, with points being awarded. A great afternoon was enjoyed by pupils, coaches and helpers.
In the seniors’ Angus competitions, Burnett Taylor lost 21-20 to Newgate in the singles. In the pairs, Bob Skea and Ron Wilson were successful, winning 21-17 against Brechin. Len McGregor, Alan French, Bob Tosh and Jim Cargill lost in the fours to Lochlands.
This week’s Angus League game was away at Monifieth where the pace of the green caught out the Abbey players, resulting in a win for Monifieth by 54 shots and five points to 32 and two points.
Monifieth v Abbey
13 D. Mitchell B. Tosh 16
19 J. Lorimer C. McKay 13
22 D. Russell R. Wilson 3
Malcolm Anderson won his heat in the Champion of Champions against Lochee by a 21-11 margin. Ali Burnett won 21-19 over Baxter Park in the singles, Tom Mill and Luke Waddilove beat Broughty Castle 22-15 and are through in the pairs as are Brian Johnston, Tom Coull and J.K. Paterson in the triples, after defeating Newgate 16-13. Neil Paton, Declan Johnston, Bob Tosh and Jim Arthur won 19-13 against Fairfield in the fours.
In the under-25s, David Penman lost 21-12 against Carnoustie West End.
Arbroath Bowling Club
Arbroath v Barnhill
11 C. Coull P. Docherty 18
17 J. Glen L. Gord 20
25 D. Spink A. Elrick 16
13 W. Lawrence J. Dowie 26
13 G. Preston R. Gall 26
Lochee v Arbroath
15 G. Stirling J. White 26
15 S. Stewart G. Mathieson 24
20 W. Milne D. Skene 9
6 A. Newman E. Eaton 32
11 F. Fagan T. Cuthbert 27
Another far from assured performance from the Maroons saw them just edge out a stuffy Montrose outfit by three shots 42-39, underlining again that home form this season has been rather ropey.
Tonight (Friday) the title can be won or lost when the Maroons travel up the coast to play Carnoustie West End.
Leading the league by one point and with home advantage West End will fancy their chances of winning the title but form will go out the window as the Maroons know an away win will probably return the title to the Hill.
A big travelling support will cheer the lads on and the big time players from the Maroons may just be enough to edge out their rivals.
Added spice to the match sees the Burnett siblings, Darren and Ryan, playing on opposite sides, with the Arbroath side hoping it’s big brother who is celebrating after the match.
There was success for the players in the pairs, triples and champion of champions, although the fours and singles both lost. All winners were out again on Tuesday past and scores will appear in next week’s update.
The singles, triples, fours and junior singles all progressed to the next round. These ties are due in late June so players will be kept updated where and when.
Club Fours final
Last night (Thursday) saw the first domestic final of the season when Davie Henderson’s four took on Eric Eaton’s team. A report will appear next week.
Angus & Perthshire
Both pairs, Fay Pearson and Janie Williamson, and fours, Sheila Moffat, Joan Smeaton, Sylvia Simpson and June Webster, have progressed to the next round of this competition.
The Two Bowl Triples team of Sylvia Simpson, Janie Williamson and Mary Thoms have won through to play in the District Final to be played at Muirhead & Birkhill on Saturday, June 22, at 10 a.m.
Singles player Fay Pearson and pairs Heather Beattie and Irene Teviotdale have both won through to next round of this competition which will be played on June 21.
A friendly v Brechin resulted in a five-shot win for the Brechin.
E. Simpson I. Ingram
A. Davidson J. Smeaton
J. Beattie B. McIntyre
P. Grubb S. Simpson
M. Robertson L. Bogue
A. Drysdale J. Skea
D. Peattie D. Clarke
M. McMillan J. Webster
Arbroath v Lochlands
Lochlands Ladies dominated the first half of the game but the Arbroath team clawed back for an exciting finish and a two-shot win.
E. Herron H. Taylor
F. Pearson J. Smith
I. Teviotdale S. Urquhart
D. Clarke M. Barrie
J. Williamson I. Farquhar
M. Thoms M. Moir
Arbroath v Lochlands
34 D. Strachan I. McLeish 4
24 D.Spink W. Keillor 7
15 J. Glen D. Brown 11
Angus Senior League
P W D L Pts Sh.
Newgate 8 7 0 1 40 +60
Arbroath 8 5 0 3 38 +96
Monifieth 7 5 0 2 35 +78
Abbey 8 5 0 3 33 +35
Carnoustie 7 5 0 2 29 +35
Canmore 7 3 0 4 27 +16
Letham 8 4 0 4 25 -27
Hope Paton 7 3 0 4 22 +3
Lochlands 7 3 0 4 18 -64
Parkview 7 3 0 4 17 -35
Boyle Park 6 2 0 5 17 -40
Montrose 7 2 0 5 15 -61
Carn. WE 6 1 0 6 12 -77
*Boyle Park Deducted 2pts
*Parkview Awarded 5pts + 6 Shots
Open Fours competition
Friockheim Bowling Club held its annual Open Fours competition last Sunday, sponsored by Mr Ian Fraser, Arbroath Engineering.
Twelve teams from Arbroath, Brechin, Dundee, Friockheim and the ‘Guthrie Boys’ took part in a friendly but fiercely fought competition.
After the rounds to decide the semi-finalists a fish and chip tea was served.
Eric Scott from Arbroath Bowling Club thanked the Friockheim club members for providing a great day and excellent refreshments. He especially wished to thank the ladies and gentleman who worked tirelessly in the kitchen and also the bar staff.
Ron Smith, president of Friockheim Bowling Club, replied thanking the competitors and the sponsor, saying that without their support there would be no competition.
The eventual winners were Sye Steele, Eric Scott, Willie Cadger, and Ken Stephen (Arbroath Bowling Club), runners-up, R. Duell, K. Brunton, R. Carlin, C. Brunton (Maryfield Bowling Club).
The beaten semi-finalists were, I. West, B. Maguire, S. West, S. Maguire (Friockheim Bowling Club) and C. R. Gunn, F. Gunn. M. Gunn, Paula Gunn (Friockheim Area) Mixed.
The prizes were presented by Mr Fraser.
Only the rinks team of Harry Burnett, Dave Hodgens, Jim Spence and Dave Perkins survived the first round of the seniors’ Angus Championships. On Monday, they travelled to Broughty to play Strathmartine where they had a good win to take them into the next round on Monday (June 24) when they meet Lochlands at Abbey.
In the Gents Championships Champion of Champions, Graham Fechlie had another bye in the second round.
The only other survivors of the first round are the triples team of Sye Pearson, Paul Martin and Alex Napier who recorded a win over Lochlands at Arbroath to take them into the next round played on Tuesday when they travelled to Lochlands to play Abbey. They played well but went down narrowly 16-13.
On Thursday, the Newgate team of Jim Butler, John McIlhatton, Bob Spence and Sandy Smith travelled to Inch at Montrose and recorded a comfortable win to take them into the next round of the Renny Tailyour Trophy competition. They now await the result between Boyle Park and Lochlands or Montrose.
Last night (Thursday) the Newgate team of Dave Spalding, Eric Martin, Scott Sibley and Charlie Cooper entertained Boyle Park at the Newgate in the second round of the Hutcheson Trophy competition.
On Friday, Newgate travelled to Dudhope where again they suffered at the hands of the home team, losing by 12 shots in their Angus League match.
A slow start by Newgate saw Dudhope take an early lead in all three rinks which left the visitors a task to play catch up. Things did improve but to no avail with Dudhope winning two rinks out of three.
Dudhope v Newgate
11 .R. Barlow A. Smith 16
18 M. Thomson S. Sibley 12
20 R. Urquhart G. Fechlie 9
Tonight (Friday) Newgate are at home to Forfar and a win would boost their points total to stay comfortable in the league. The Forfar team will be treated with respect despite their league position.
On Saturday, the friendly games were at home and away to Baxter Park with the home game sponsored by Ian Teviotdale.
Newgate v Baxter Park
17 J.Spence E. Williamson 16
21 C.Plawecki J. Abernethy 11
14 R. Webster W. Evans 24
14 E. Martin C. Miloy 21
14 B. Reid T. Mountaine 23
Baxter Park v Newgate
21 S. Mc Inan D.Perkins 14
11 T. Jenkins J. Stirling 24
18 I. Philip C. Cooper 18
14 D. Grewar M Flynn 17
The friendlies for tomorrow (Saturday) are at home to Glasgow Ex Presidents which is sponsored by The Reid Family and away to Montrose with the away team bus leaving at 1.30.p.m.
On Sunday the Newgate Married Pairs competition was played out in brilliant sunshine throughout the day.The final was contested by Barbara and Bob Park and Pat and Sandy Smith with Pat and Sandy taking the honours for the second year in succession.
On Tuesday afternoon the Newgate seniors travelled to Montrose hoping to maintain their unbeaten record, but Montrose had other thoughts sending Newgate home with their tails between their legs with a defeat in all three rinks and seven points to nil.
Montrose v Newgate
19 M.Murray H. Burnett 9
15 R. Christie A. Napier 11
20 J. Hogg J. Spence 5
On Tuesday, Newgate are at home to Carnoustie.
The second round of the Bowls Scotland mixed pairs competition takes place on Sunday (June 24) when the Newgate pair of Margaret Cargill and Scott Sibley travel to Broughty Castle to play the either the pair from Newtyle or Maryfield. Should they be successful in the first game they play again in the next round that same evening.
On the same day, Newgate will host four mixed pairs ties starting at 2.p.m. and the next two ties at 6 p.m. that evening.
Last Wednesday, the ladies enjoyed a sun drenched two-rink friendly with the ladies from Edzell. The sun shone brightest on the Newgate ladies as they won both rinks comfortably.
Newgate v Edzell
15 K. Swan V.Bremner 8
17 B. Park E. Spark 8
Last night (Thursday) the ladies played a two-rink evening friendly againt the ladies from Monifieth.
The Newgate pairs team of Pat Smith and Margaret Cargill travelled to Carnoustie on Friday to play Forfar in the Ladies’ Tayside competition. The triples team of Isobel Anderson, Kath Swan and Linda Cargill travelled to Monifieth to play Craigie. Both teams suffered at the hands of their opponents and failed to advance in the competition.