In the quater finals of the seniors’ Scottish competitions Abbey’s good run came to an end with John Prouse beaten 21-15 by Kirriemuir in the singles.
Tom Mill, Ron Harper, Brian Johnston and Dave Wilson playing in the fours were narrowly beaten losing by one shot after an extra end to Canmore 13-14.
However, hopes are still high for a result in the Scottish Under-25s. Although Keiran Ross lost 21-14, Declan Johnston won 21-17.
In the Ladies’ Under-25s Caitlin Waddilove won 21-15 against Craigie’s Kimberly Bruce, and Dave Beattie, Craig Paton, Jim S. Paterson and Doug Petrie progressed into the semi-finals of the fours.
The ladies had their midweek friendly at home against C.W.E. which Abbey won as rinks skipped by Emma Philip and Alice Anderson won 21-6 and 15-4, respectively.
Friday night’s Angus League game was a home tie against Brechin. With both teams having won two and lost one, it was, as expected, a very close game. Only two shots separated the teams on the 11th end, then Brechin picked up a five and a six for a 13-shot advantage.
Abbey showed real spirt and character as they fought back in all three rinks to draw level across the board on the last end. With two rinks finished, players and supporters watched as the umpire was called on to measure for the shot, a big shout rang out from the home side as he turned out Abbey’s bowl giving them the game 49-48.
Saturday’s fixtures were at home against Carnoustie WE which Abbey lost, but were successful when they travelled across town to play Arbroath BC for Rabs Boots, a trophy keenly contested between both clubs
Abbey v Carnoustie WE
10 W. Bisset R. Brown 25
16 D. Middleton D. Ross 23
21 F. Cook B. Torrie 13
14 D. Petrie K. McIntyre 21
27 T. Mill J. Stewart 13
Arbroath v Abbey
25 J. White P. Speirs 16
18 W. Laurence T. Coull 18
17 D. Skeane R. Webster 13
17 D. Anderson A. Burnett 17
13 K. Southorn J. Prouse 35
On Sunday the Club Championship Triples were played down to the semi-finals. Those successful in reaching them are Doug Lundie, Neil Paton and Dave Middleton, who will now play Peter McKay, Fred Cook and Syd Smith. In the other game, Keiran Ross, Colin Cargill and Colin McKay take on Tom Coull, Dave Mulholland and Jim M.Cargill.
Tuesday’s Senior Angus League game was at home against Canmore.
With both sides well up in two rinks the outcome of the game depended on the result of the remaining rink in which the advantage changed several times, but the Abbey rink was able to hold on to a two-shot lead and take the game 41-35 and secure a five points to two victory.
Arbroath v Abbey
13 K. Southorn J Prouse 35
25 J. White P. Spiers 16
18 W. Lawrence T. Coull 18
17 D. Anderson A. Burnett 17
17 D. Skene R. Webster 13
Alas both pairs and fours lost out on Thursday night thus ending the club’s interest in this year’s Scottish competition. The club would like to thank all players who represented them in all disciplines this year.
Things got even worse for the maroons on friday as they succumbed to a second straight defeat at the hands of pointless Muirhead and Birkhill. Excuses were thin on the ground as home defeats are unacceptable, but with so many call-offs the selectors are struggling to find a winning format.
Tonight (Friday) the players travel to Brechin and if they could return with the points things might look a bit rosier and thoughts of relegation will be dispersed.
In the first round of Tayside Ladies’ competition, T. McKay won her singles tie, but the triples went down by two shots to the Abbey.
Angus Seniors League
Arbroath 7 Montrose 0
11 D. Skene R. Christieson 9
14 D. Spink B. Christie 12
11 D. Strachan J. Hogg 7
Three close games with the home team just getting there at the end.
The seniors rink - A. Glen, H. Beattie, J. Williamson and M. Thoms - triumphed over Forfar in the semi-finals and will play in the District Final at Carnoustie on Monday (June 2).
Sunday saw the club’s Singles Chamion Janie Williamson win through two hard fought games to progress to the semi-final stage.
Janie also recently took part in the Mixed Pairs with partner Mike McWalter and they narrowly won their first round match against Brechin at Carnoustie. They go on to the next round to be played at Lochlands on June 29 at 2 p.m.
On Sunday Marion Wilson travelled to Forfar to play in the Bowl Scotland Singles. After a very even game Parkview drew the shot to win 21-20.
The ladies played at Hope Paton in a two rink friendly. Rinks skipped by Mardi Moir and Joyce Smith won 12-9 and 13-11, respectively.
The semi-finals of the Club Rinks were played last Wednesday when the rink of Davy Spalding, Bruce Miller, Paul Carnegie and Graeme Stewart qualified to play in the final against the rink of Sean Jarret, Dave Ferguson, Ray Anderson and Eric Milne on a date to be arranged.
Newgate travelled down the road to Carnoustie West End on Friday and suffered a slight setback in their venture for the title. West End got off to a better start but Newgate fought back and at one stage were on top and had the host team slightly creaking but the hosts came on stronger at the finish to win by 10 shots .This win gives West End the top position in the league
Carnoustie WE v Newgate
14 D.McGill P. Carnegie 21
18 A. Furye G. Fechlie 14
21 R. Burnett S. Sibley 8
The home game against Balgay was cancelled and the fixture was filled with a challenge match between Newgate Ladies against the Newgate Gents which was comfortably won by the gents. The away game at Strathmartine ended in a narrow victory for Newgate.
Newgate Gents v Newgate Ladies
34 G.Davies S. Caird 10
32 B. Reid L. Cargill 17
16 A. Stott P. Smith 22
19 G. Skelton K. Swan 15
Strathmartine v Newgate
17 J. Mitchell D. Perkins 13
19 G. Culross J. Spence 26
21 I . Renwick J. Stirling 12
20 J. Clark T. Pullar 26
15 G. Whyte P. Martin 23
The friendlies for this week (tomorrow) are at home to the Abbey and away to Lochee with the away team bus leaving at 1.30 p.m.
Gents Nominated Triples
The Gents Nominated Triples takes place this coming Sunday (June 1). Members who have entered this competition please check the noticeboard for start times and draw. This first game starts at 10 a.m.
In the Senior League last Tuesday the Newgate entertained neighbours Lochlands and received another setback in their venture to retain their league title. Losing two rinks out of three and on overall shots they went down by 5 points to 2.
Newgate v Lochlands
13 F.R. Milne I.McLeish 10
10 J. Spence K. Moir 17
12 T. Reid D. Smith 14
Next Tuesday (June 3) Newgate are away to Carnoustie.
On Friday Margaret Cargill played at the Abbey against Trixie McKay from Arbroath. In a good contest which was evenly matched until the last few ends when Trixie forged ahead to reach the finishing line first to advance into the next round.
The triples team of Irene Hill, Kathleen Swan, and Ann Cargill got a walk over into the next round with Strathmartine scratching from the competition.
Ties arranged for tonight (Friday) with a 6.30.p.m. start are 4 bowls pairs Ruth Ferguson and Pat Smith playing the Abbey at Arbroath and the fours team of Sharon Caird, Barbara Park, Linda Cargill and May Hutcheson playing Muirhead and Birkhill at Dudhope. The triples team of Irene Hill, Kathleen Swan and Ann Cargill play next Friday (June 6) with opponents and venue to be decided.. All these games have a 6.30 p,m start.
Angus and Perthshire
In the singles May Hutcheson plays the lady from Longforgan at Barnhill on Tuesday (June 3). In the pairs Isobel Johnstone and Linda Cargill play Strathmartine at Monifieth on Thursday (June 5). In the triples Norma Spence, Kath Swan and Pat Smith play Broughty Castle at Carnoustie, also on Thursday. The fours team of Irene Hill, Barbara Park, Ruth Ferguson and Audrey Johnston play Strathmartine at Canmore. All these games have a 2 p.m. start.
Last week’s friendly at home against Monifieth was cancelled due to the heavy morning rain. Last Tuesday the ladies travelled to Carnoustie West End from where they returned with a friendly draw.
Carnoustie WE v Newgate
11 Joan Stewart K. Swan 9
16 Judith Stewart P. Smith 18
On Wednesday past they travelled to Lochlands for another two rink friendly.Their next friendly is on Wednesday, June 11, when they travel to Edzell.
On Sunday in the singles May Hutcheson travelled to Carnoustie and played the lady from Kirriemuir. May played well but failed to make it to the next round.
Four rinks were played at the Newgate the same afternoon and the teams from Monifieth, Letham, Canmore and Maryfield were successful in making it to the next round. Thanks to Sheena Urquhart for her services as umpire for the afternoon.
Ties for this Sunday (June 1) are 4 bowl pairs Margaret and Ann Cargill play the pair from Montrose at Strathmartine and the triple of Linda Cargill, Irene Hill and Pat Smith play Lochlands at Kirriemuir.
On Monday in the Senior Singles semi-finals Kathleen Swan travelled to Maryfield and played the lady from Carnoustie. Kathleen played well and finished the game with a score of 21 shots to 8 to go into the final against the lady from Craigie next Monday (June 2) at Carnoustie with a 2 p.m. start.
This competition takes place next Friday (June 6) with a 2 p.m. start. All members who intend to take part are asked to report to the clubrooms before 1.30 p.m. to enable the draw to take place.
Angus Senior League
Results: Hope Paton 36 (2), Arbroath 39 (5); Montrose 35 (3), Newgate 49 (4); Lochlands 57 (7), Carnoustie WE 36 (0); Carnoustie 32 (2), Monifieth 59 (5); Forfar 45 (5), Parkview 42 (2); Letham 26 (2), Abbey 54 (5); Canmore 50 (4), Boyle Park 36 (3).
Specsavers Angus Bowling Association League
Division One - Abbey 49, Brechin 48; Carnoustie WE 53, Newgate 43; Dudhope 47, Craigie 42; Arbroath 38, Muirhead 43; Montrose 49, Broughty 47.
Division Two - Forfar 55, Letham 35; Lochee 52, Broughty Castle 46; Fairfield 57, Parkview 40; Monifieth 56, Maryfield 29; Canmore 68, Barnhill 28.
Division Three - Strathmartine 51, Kirriemuir 47; Carnoustie 43, Longforgan 42; Lochlands 60, Friockheim 27; Baxter Park 50, Balgay 61.
Last Sunday Arbroath Amateur Boxing Club’s Deon Johnston travelled to the Ashgill Recreation Centre, Glasgow, to face Western District Champion Anthony McGuire on a boxing show promoted by North Glasgow ABC.
Johnston, who stands six feet tall, was towered over by McGuire who took the tape another four inches at least and in a blistering start tried to dominate with read and speed. Johnston had to adapt his normal distance style very quickly to overcome problems of not only height and reach but an awkward aggressive south-paw opponent. He managed to block and move out of trouble, showing good defensive ability, but Mc Guire had stolen the first round with his fast approach. Johnston started the second with a different game plan, leading off with right crosses and following up with crisp left-hooks, the classic combination against a southpaw. His jolting hooks backed McGuire up and with some clever counter-punching Johnston had won the round and was back in contention.McGuire began the final round in aggressive fashion, launching wild attacks.
Things got a bit messy as they clashed. Johnston trying to bob and weave, working to get the inside position where he could attack the slender body of his opponent. It was a credit to the conditioning of these two young boxers that the action continued to the final bell. Anthony McGuire was awarded a close but deserved points win. Deon Johnston had put up a sterling performance and showed a developing boxing brain and an ability to adapt to a challenging situation. Another of the growing group who can look forward with confidence.