LAST Wednesday Abbey played host to a visiting team from Sighthill Bowling Club, Edinburgh. A nice sunny day, excellent company, good banter and a few stops for refreshments ensured many new friends were made. A return match has been agreed for next season. Abbey lost by ten shots.
Also played the same evening was the final of the Chapel competition. Peter Speirs took the first set quite comfortably, but the second, although close, went to Tom Coull who also took the third and the game.
Another game played was the handicap final between Jim K. Paterson and Malcolm Anderson. Both players took a lead which was lost and then reclaimed until the score stood at 20 all. Jim was lying shot and Malcolm tried to drive his bowl out of the head. Although a good strike, it was his own bowls that went out and Jim’s remained for a 21-20 victory.
Saturday’s games were at home against Fairfield and away to Arbroath Bowling Club. A narrow two-shot defeat at home and a draw away against the Maroons was not too bad a day.
Abbey v Fairfield
24 K. Tosh J. McGraff 17
18 D. Petrie J. Williamson 23
16 T. Mill S. McMahan 20
24 J.K. Paterson J. Craig 24
Arbroath v Abbey
17 G. Stewart B. Tosh 13
20 C. Coull J. Lowson 13
22 D. Strachan J. Arthur 14
14 J. Whyte B. Taylor 23
12 J. Bogue P. Speirs 33
26 G. Mathieson J.S. Paterson 15
The gents’ singles semi-finals were won by Jim Arthur, who beat Alan French 21-8, and Burnett Taylor who won 21-9 against Bob Tosh.
On Sunday, nine juniors and adults took part in the Kirriemuir over and under-17 competition. Again the young ones outshone their elders with an unbelievable display of bowls. In the final was the local team of Angus Redding and Lee Clark, against Abbey’s Ken Tosh and Kyale Ross. An outstanding display by Kyale ensured the trophy was theirs.
The ladies’ semi-finals of the Giddings Lewis singles were won by Kath Gordon who beat Emma Philip 21-15, and Davina McGregor who recorded a 21-6 victory over Margaret Fraser. Davina went on to win an exciting final 21-18.
Saturday’s friendly was against Baxter Park at home, with both rinks having comfortable wins. Margaret Fraser’s rink won 19-8 and Eli Marnie’s rink triumphed 25-6.
THE FINAL week of the nominated finals took place starting with the Nominated Pairs between Dave Gallacher and Dave Strachan and Paul Carnegie and Neil Herron.
In a close fought match, it was the two Daves who just edged it 16-15 with some telling bowls from the duo late on in the match making the difference.
Wednesday night saw the triples with Paul being joined by Dave Henderson and Mike McWalter up against Wull Beattie, Gary Milne and Gordon Stott. Another close game ensued with Gordon and his team probably not getting their just rewards early on in the game and once Paul’s team edged ahead they held the lead to win by three shots.
Finals on Friday saw the fours take place with the Handicap Singles. The fours once again saw Paul joined by Gav Swankie, Derek Beattie and Kyle Smith up against the holders Gary Milne, Gordon Stott, Neil Herron and Graham Stewart.
In a fascinating final it was Graham’s four who held all the aces and if not for Kyle and Paul hitting, it would probably have been a big win, but as bowls goes they could not get away from their opponents and after burning the last end Paul’s team picked up a last end three to snatch the title by one shot, 18-17.
The Handicap Final between Dave Strachan and Mike McWalter was another closely run affair with both players playing really well. Dave ran into an early lead, but steady Mike hit back and edged clear by a few shots. However, Dave never gave up and pushed Mike all the way, but Mike just proved good enough to win 21-17.
All four finals were watched by big crowds and with the array of talent on view was a great advent for Arbroath Bowling Club.
Hutchison trophy final
The MAROONS got their hands on more silverware on Friday night when the four of Ken Lackie, Dave Gallacher, Ian Stott and George Mathieson held off a spirited Hillside four to win by three shots 16-13.
Rumours before the match suggested the last time the Maroons lifted this trophy there was “a king on the throne!” Actually it was 1973 and although not as glamorous as some of the other achievements at the club this year, it was still a great effort by the four lads.
Arbroath v Forfar
13 I. Scott A. Newman 24
25 W. Lawrence A. Ledmonds 10
13 D. Anderson G. Waddez 15
25 D. Harvey S. Munro 10
Arbroath v Abbey
20 C. Coull J. Lawson 13
12 J. Bogue P. Spiers 33
22 D. Strachan J. Arthur 14
17 G. Stewart B. Tosh 13
26 G. Mathieson J.S. Patterson 15
14 J. White B. Taylor 23
SATURDAY’S mixed friendly resulted:
Lochlands v Maryfield
10 K. Moir A. Lawson 32
21 B. Masson O. McInroy 15
7 A. Whyte G. Smith 27
16 J. Cargill P. Gibson 11
In the gents’ handicap singles final, Dave Brown proved too strong for Rusty Smith and triumphed 21-18. And in the gents’ senior singles final Ken Stephen outplayed Bill Reid to win 21-4.
The McGaffin mixed pairs final was won by Dave Brown and Shenagh Urquhart who defeated Ken and Mardi Moir.
The Smart singles final was won by Colin Blyth who beat Ken Moir 21-8.
THE FINAL of Newgate Bowling Club’s nominated pairs competition was played on Friday evening between Charlie Cooper and Scott Sibley and Alan Low and Forbes Szatan.
In the third end, Charlie and Scott took an eight to go into a 9-4 lead. Alan and Forbes fought back and midway through the game the score was even at 10-10. Going into the final end, Charlie and Scott were five shots ahead and held their lead to take the title.
The final of the handicap singles competition is scheduled to take place tonight (Friday) between Alan Low and Forbes Szatan.
On Saturday, Newgate were at home to Duffus Park which was sponsored by Isobel Anderson and Moira Napier and away to Kirriemuir.
Newgate v Duffus Park
23 W. Sturrock R. McDonald 19
16 A. Napier J. Rennie 25
14 C. Cooper F. Sharp 14
24 G. Fechlie A. Kinmont 8
15 G. Davies F. Milne 20
13 A. Caird P. Smith 23
Kirriemuir v Newgate
27 P. Coultard A. Low 8
17 G. Balfour B. Sibley 23
23 R. Milne D. Perkins 14
15 C. Sutherland C. Plawecki 18
16 S. Gunster J. Stirling 16
Tomorrow (Saturday), Newgate are at home to Arbroath in a match sponsored by the Corner Bar, and away to Hillcrest. The away team bus leaves at 1.30 p.m.
The club held their Round Robin Rinks competition on Sunday for a trophy donated in memory of the late past president Ron Patterson by his wife, Grace, and son, Garry.
The final was contested by the rink of Audrey Johnston, Lesley McLeod (Ken Swan), Brian Robertson and Alan Low and the rink of Alan McIntosh, Janice Robertson, Linda Cargill and Willie Johnston.
Lesley McLeod playing in the rink skipped by Alan Low had to retire through illness midway through the competition and Ken Swan stepped in as a substitute. Alan Low led his rink to a comfortable victory, winning 10-3. The trophy was presented to the winners by Grace and Garry Patterson
The top of the table in the Monday Points League with one game left to play is as follows: Scott Sibley 25, Gerry Mould and Sandy Smith 24, Tom Cargill and Alan McIntosh 22. There is one game left to play with three points at stake which should make for an interesting final game in the scramble for points. Should there be a tie for first place there will be a one-bowl each play off.
Tomorrow (Saturday), the Angus clubs compete for the Henderson Trophy. Two rinks from each Angus club compete on neutral venues against other Angus clubs and highest on overall shots from two winning rinks take the honours. The team representing Newgate 1 is Allan Caird, Graham Fechlie, Alex Napier and Eric Martin who play Strathmartine 2 at Carnoustie and the team representing Newgate 2 comprises Scott Sibley, Sandy Smith, Bob Spence and Sye Pearson who play Arbroath 1 at Lochlands.
On Sunday (September 16) the annual mixed friendly with the Arbroath branch of the Royal British Legion Scotland for the Dave Donaldson Memorial Trophy goes ahead with a 2 p.m. start. Members please check team selection on notice board.
Last Wednesday the ladies entertained the ladies from Canmore in a three-rink friendly and came off second best in a close fought game.
Newgate v Canmore
9 L. Cargill I. Hill 13
10 P. Smith J. Milne 14
15 B. Park A. Stewart 16
Jean Stewart Trophy
On Friday, the ladies held their Jean Stewart pairs competition in brilliant sunshine. After an excellent afternoon of bowls the final was contested between Margaret Cargill and Agnes Szatan and Barbara Park and Kathleen Swan. Playing the more consistent bowls Barbara and Kathleen ran out worthy winners after the nine ends.
Nominated pairs final
The ladies’ nominated pairs final took place last Tuesday evening between sisters Ann and Margaret Cargill and Isobel Anderson and Audrey Johnston. The Cargill sisters controlled the game from early on and ran out comfortable winners.