Busy weekend for clubs

Abbey BC

Abbey Ladies have qualified for the Scottish Finals at Ayr. Lyn Whammond, Gertrude Skea, Joyce Mathieson and Emma Philip won 14 - 7 in the seniors fours against Kirriemuir at Brechin.

In the Scottish Two Bowl Triples Ella Moss, Mary Stewart and May Dundas were beaten 2-0 by Arbroath. Also defeated were Ann Whitton, Lyn Whammond and Eli Marnie 14-13 by Canmore.

The Angus and Perthshire Two Bowl Pairs saw Janette Tosh and Sheila Geddes lose 22-11 to Forfar. In the fours Ann Burnett, Ann Taylor, Mary Cunningham and Liz Lowson were beaten 25-8 by Monifeith. Emma Philip got a walkover.

In the final of the Alice Laing Triples Eli Marnie, May Smith and Sheila Geddes won 19-6, their opponents being Ann Burnett, Ella Moss and Davina McGregor.

Last Wednesday evening the Abbey was the venue for the prelims of the Forfarshire Under-25s.

Four Abbey players were drawn against each other resulting in wins for David Penman, 21-10 against Sean Matthew, Keiran Ross defeated Ben Wallace 21-19, Declan Johnston had a close game winning 21-17 over Brechin’s Duncan Stewart. Another close and exciting game saw Peter Nay, who was lying three shots and the score at 20-20, able to do nothing as Michale Baillie drew the shot with his last bowl to win.

Connor Hunter who was playing a much more experienced player in Brechin’s Taylor Wood. Connor found himself 15-4 down, then he got a three. He managed to draw the game at 17-17 and then got a three taking him to 20. Taylor replied with a one, Connor then drew the shot to win.

Away at Brechin, Robert Matthew won 21-16 against Ryan Halliday and down at the Newgate Luke Waddilove won 21-8 against Sean Jarret.

In the Gents’ Singles Sam Russell played Sandy Pearson from Kirriemuir losing 21-18. The Abbey pair, Ian Croll and John Prouse, lost 14 - 13 to Ian Rodger and Barrie Melvin from Montrose.

The fours were away to the Inch BC where Ian Smith, Jim Crichton, John Lowson and David Whitton won 17-11.

On Thursday the semi-finals of the Scottish were held. Abbey’s interest was in Malcolm Anderson playing Bob Christie (Parkview). In a close game, with neither player gaining a substantial lead, Malcolm appeared to be gaining the advantage. An incident caused a stoppage for around 10 minutes. This obviously effected Malcolm’s rhythm and with a slight lead could not get the one shot required losing 20-21.

At Muirhead & Birkhill in the Under-25s Abbey players Robert Matthew and Declan Johnston were drawn against each other. It was not Robert’s night as Declan had a comfortable win 21-6.

Friday night’s Angus League game was at home against Local rivals Lochlands in which Abbey won in all three rinks to win 75 - 31

Abbey v Lochlands

23 M. Anderson H. Furye 16

32 J.K. Paterson K. Moir 4

20 K. Tosh R. Wilson 11

Saturday’s fixtures were away to Forfar which Abbey won by 34 shots and at home against local rivals Newgate who won 135-103.

Forfar v Abbey

17 I. Donald F. Cook 16

10 J. Buist T. Mill 18

21 M. Blackie D. Wilson 20

16 G. Marshall J.S. Paterson 24

12 J. Munro J. Arthur 32

Abbey v Newgate

10 D. Middleton G. Skelton 20

25 C.L. Cargill T. Reid 16

14 P. Speirs W. Sturrock 19

21 J. Lowson J. Stirling 29

16 J.K. Paterson A. Caird 23

14 J. Prouse B. Reid 14

On Sunday four more Abbey youngsters secured places for Ayr as Darian Swankie and Maison Ross as well as Hazel Sime and Kyale Ross won their finals in the SYBA pairs at Balgay.

The first round of the Hutcheson Trophy was held at the Abbey on Monday evening when David Wyllie, Frank Farmer , Tom McIntosh and Doug Petrie lost 21-14 to Lochlands.

The Seniors Angus League was at home against Letham, resulting in a win for Abbey with a 50 (5 pts) to 31 (2 pts).

Abbey v Letham

15 B. Tosh B. Ogilvie 5

13 C. McKay T. Aitchison 15

22 R. Wilson J. Clark 11

Abbey Open

Sunday, June 9, 10 a.m. - R. Harper v G. Milne, J. Wilson v D. Moig, C. Cooper v J.R. Cargill, J. Cumming v W. Bisset, P. Thomson v N. Paton, J. Arthur v E. Marnie, J. Falconer v G. Ross, C.L. Cargill v A. Burnett, B. Tosh v J.S. Paterson.

12 noon - prelim winner v R. Gowans, R. Wilson v J. Tosh, J. Cargill v C. McKay, R.A. Skea v S. Matthew, G. Gow v B. Middleton, D. Wilson v J. Lowson , B. Johnston v R. Matthew snr, L. Waddilove v K. Smith.

Please report 15 minutes before due start time.

Arbroath BC


Hillcrest v Arbroath

13 J. Taylor J. Clarke 19

23 R. Sanders J. White 17

19 A. Walker E. Scott 15

18 R. Fotheringham D.Harvey 24

73 75

Arbroath v Friockheim

23 D. Cowie S. West 17

33 D. Spink J. Lawson 12

16 C. Coull S. Melrose 21

20 J. Bogue D. Balfour 16

97 66

Angus League

With a finish like something out a slapstick movie, the Maroons just edged out Brechin by one shot, 50-49. Although both teams had thought the game was drawn, an error on one of the scoreboards went undetected and this resulted in the Brechin skip not playing his last bowl thinking the game was level.

But when counting up scores on cards the mistake was realised and unfortunately Brechin lost out. The Maroons’ home form is worrying, but tonight (Friday) they get the chance to maintain their title push as the ‘El Classico’ of bowls takes place at their local rivals Newgate.

Missing a few players last week, all the big hitters return for the Maroons tonight and although the Newgate started the league like a house on fire they have wobbled lately and a win for the away side will kill of their title challenge. A partisan home crowd won’t make it easy ,so all players will be ready from the off.

Boyle Park v Arbroath

11 I. Moir D. Spink 13

15 E. Philip D. Strachan 10

9 D. Christie J. Glen 13

35 (two pts) 36 (five)

Scottish Championships

Graeme Stewart was due to fly the flag in the District Finals last night (Thursday). His opponent in the singles, Bob Christie from Parkview, was likely to have been a hard nut to crack but most pundits expected Graeme to claim the title and book his place in Ayr.

Open Pairs

Entries are now being taken for the ever popular competition and the draw will appear in the paper nearer the date.

Race Night

The club’s Race night is tomorrow (Saturday). All welcome. The first race is 7.30 p.m.

Angus Seniors League

Results from Tuesday - Carnoustie WE 58 (5pts), Lochlands 30 (2pts); Carnoustie 48 (5pts), Monifieth 34 (2pts); Boyle Park 35 (2pts), Arbroath 36 (5pts); Newgate 39 (5pts), Canmore 40 (2pts); Hope Paton 45 (5pts), Parkview 43 (2pts); Abbey 50 (5pts), Letham 31 (2pts).

Lochlands BC

Ladies’ Section

Bowls Scotland

On Sunday morning the pairs team of Irene Farquhar and Joyce Smith travelled to Craigie to play Newgate and won 21-10. In the afternoon session their next opponents were Muirhead and Birkhill who won by 18 shots to 10.

The triples team of Mary Barrie, Ethel Thomson and Steph Smith played against Forfar and won 16-12. And they recorded a win in the afternoon by beating Parkview 16/15.

Newgate Club

In the second round of the Barclay Cup competition last Wednesday, the Newgate team of Gerry Mould, Gibby Lawson, Jim Butler and Brian Sibley came up against a strong Longforgan team and went down 20-11.

The Forfarshire Junior singles were played last Wednesday at Newgate. Sean Jarret put in a good effort but was beaten to the winning post by Luke Wadilove, Abbey. On the same evening the rinks team of Gerry Mould, Brian Robertson, Willie Johnston and Billy Sturrock lost away to Orchar Park by the odd shot after being level going into the last end.

The next round is being played on Wednesday (June 12) with Graham Skelton at home to Arbroath in the singles. The triples team of John Stirling, Grant Ross and Ron Webster will be at home to Parkview and the pairs team of Gary Davies and Sye Pearson will play away to Lochlands.
Newgate travelled to Canmore on Friday for an Angus League match. The game was played in steady rain which made conditions difficult for both teams. Canmore seemed to weather the storm slightly better to take the points by eight shots.


Canmore v Newgate

16 G. Leith S.Sibley 16

15 B. Thomson D.C. Swankie 10

17 R. Smith G. Fechlie 14

48 40

Tonight (Friday) Newgate are at home in a local derby with Arbroath.

Saturday friendlies

On Saturday the friendlies were at home to Lochee, which was sponsored by the Golden Haddock fish and chip shop, and away to Abbey. Lochee sent through a strong team which was reflected in the score but the away team made amends by recording a convincing win at Abbey.


Newgate v Lochee

12 M. Flynn W.Milne 20

12 B. Sibley S. Garland 19

18 W. Johnston G. Stirling 22

16 D. Perkins J. Morrison 22

10 C. Cooper T. Cuthbert 28

22 A. Low D. Cobb 9

90 120

Abbey v Newgate

14 J. Prouse B. Reid 14

16 J. Paterson A. Caird 23

21 J.Lowson J. Stirling 29

14 P. Speirs W. Sturrock 19

25 C. Cargill T. Reid 16

10 D. Middleton G. Skelton 24

100 125

Tomorrow (Saturday) the friendlies are home and away to Canmore, with the home game being sponsored by David Mackay, Funeral Directors. The away team bus leaves at 1.30.p.m.

Nominated Triples

On Sunday, the club nominated triples competition was held in brilliant sunshine. In the final, the team of John McIlhatton, Eric Martin and Alex Napier got the better of Alan McIntosh, Willie Johnston and Billy Sturrock to take the title.

Angus Championships

In the Angus Championships Junior singles Sean Jarret has a bye in the first round. Seniors matches, which are to be played on Monday (June 10), are as follows: singles - Brian Sibley plays Abbey at Arbroath: pairs - Bob Jackson and Mike Flynn play Montrose at Abbey: triples - Phil Szatan, Bob Spence and Ken Swan face Montrose at Brechin: rinks - Jim Robbie, Dave Hodgens, Jim Spence and Dave Perkins play Lochee at Barnhill.

Gents ties, to be played on Tuesday (June 11), are: Champion of Champions - Graham Fechlie plays Hope Paton at Montrose: singles - Eric Martin plays Lochee at Broughty: pairs - Charlie Cooper and Scott Sibley face Lochlands at Abbey: triples - Sye Pearson, Paul Martin and Dave Swankie play Lochlands at Arbroath: rinks - Dave Spalding, Brian Reid, Tom Pullar and Sandy Smith face Abbey at Lochlands.

Club triples

The first round of the club triples competition was played on Wednesday. Members should note that the next round, which was scheduled to be played on Wednesday (June 12) has been brought forward to Monday (June 10). There will be no points rinks on that Monday. This is to avoid a clash with the Forfarshire ties getting played on Wednesday (June 12).

Hutcheson Trophy

On Monday the Newgate team of Davy Spalding, Eric Martin, Scott Sibley and Charlie Cooper travelled to play Parkview in the first round of the Hutcheson Trophy. A comfortable win saw them advance into the next round.

Seniors’ League

On Tuesday, Newgate Seniors entertained the seniors from Canmore and came out of the game winning by 4-3 after winning two rinks, losing one and losing on overall shots.

Ladies’ section

Last Wednesday the ladies entertained the ladies from Lochlands in a two-rink friendly and recorded convincing wins in both rinks.


Newgate v Lochlands

24 B. Park J. Smith 7

19 P. Smith I. Farquhar 7

43 14

The next friendly is on Wednesday (June 12) at home to the ladies of Edzell.

The rinks team of Irene Hill, May Hutcheson, Brenda Jackson and Sharon Caird were on Tayside Ladies duty and travelled to Craigie on Friday evening to face the team from Dudhope. Heavy rain spoiled the quality of the game with Dudhope running out eventual winners by 22-10.

The triples team of Isobel Anderson, Kathleen Swan and Linda Cargill headed for Carnoustie to play the team from Broughty. The rain interrupted the flow of the game which was called to a halt by the umpire after 13 ends with Newgate in the lead by one shot. The Broughty team declined to play the remaining ends at a later date so Newgate were awarded the tie.

On Sunday, the ladies were in Bowls Scotland action with the pairs team of Kathleen Swan and Pat Smith losing out to the pair from Lochlands at Craigie and the triples team of Audrey Johnston, Sharon Caird and Linda Cargill losing out to the triple from Parkview at Abbey.

On Tuesday, Pat Smith travelled to Edzell to play the lady from Forfar in the Angus and Perthshire singles. Early play was even but the Forfar lady came on stronger to win 21-11. In the rinks the Newgate team of Irene Hill, Mary Cossans, Sharon Caird and Kathleen Swan went down to Fairfield at Barnhill. Last night (Thursday) the triples team of Carolann Herron, Betty Hodson and Linda Cargill played Craigie at Broughty Castle.

Today (Friday) the ladies members gather at the club to play in the Cameron Trophy. Members taking part report to the clubrooms by 1.30.p.m.