Champion of Champions

The Champions of Champions was held at the Abbey club on Saturday. The winners were, from left - pairs, Sharon Caird, Isobel Johnston; president Sheila Geddes; singles, May Hutchieson; and triples, Ella Moss, Kathleen Gordon and Helen Ross.
The Champions of Champions was held at the Abbey club on Saturday. The winners were, from left - pairs, Sharon Caird, Isobel Johnston; president Sheila Geddes; singles, May Hutchieson; and triples, Ella Moss, Kathleen Gordon and Helen Ross.

The semi-finals were held at Arbroath Bowling Club on Thursday evening and after some very good bowling the results were:

Singles - Arbroath 21, Abbey 17; Lochlands 7, Newgate 21. Pairs - Abbey 18, Newgate 19; Arbroath 12, Lochlands 14. Triples - Abbey 20, Newgate 5; Lochlands 6, Arbroath 19.

On Saturday the finals were played at Abbey Bowling Club and resulted:

Singles - May Hutchison, Newgate, 21, Janie Williamson, Arbroath, 19; Pairs - Isobel Johnston and Sharon Caird, Newgate 16, Joyce Smith and Sheena Urquhart, Lochlands 15; Triples - Helen Ross, Ella Moss and Kathleen Gordon, Abbey, 17, Madaline Smith, Linda Bogue and Sheila Moffat, Arbroath, 8.

Abbey Club


The semi-finals of the Champion of Champions were held at Arbroath BC on Thursday evening.

Abbey were only successful in the triples winning 20-5 against Newgate. The other two games were close, losing 19-18 to Newgate in the Pairs and 21 - 17 in the Singles.

The finals were at the Abbey on Saturday evening. The triple of Helen Ross, Ella Moss and Kath Gordon got off to a bad start finding themselves 7-0 down. Most games have a turning point and this was Abbey’s. They took all the remaining ends bar one to win 17-8 against Arbroath who never played the last end.


On Wednesday Abbey were away to Edinburgh for the return match against Sighthill BC who visited the club last season. An enjoyable day in great company and excellent weather made getting beat that much easier.

Sighthill v Abbey

18 B. Philips C.L. Cargill 15

12 J. Lay J. Arthur 15

17 N. Sivers T. Mill 14

18 M. Reid J. Crichton 18

20 S. Matthews J.S. Paterson 6

24 A. Melrose J. Lowson 15

109 83

The Men’s Championship final saw Malcolm Anderson play Keiran Ross in a game which didn’t quite set the heather alight, as both struggled to hit the form that got them to the final.

Although Malcolm took the lead, Keiran always had him in his sights, but Malcolm’s experience paid off and his relief at beating the young pretender 21-14 was evident punching the air in delight at the finish.

In the Championship Triples final, David Middleton, Ian Croll and Jim Arthur were worthy winners defeating Tom Mill, Brian Johnston and Jim Fairweather 15-8.

Saturday’s fixtures were a home tie against Kirriemuir and a mixed game away to Friockheim with Abbey winning both.

Abbey v Kirriemuir

9 C.L. Cargill J. Kerr 18

14 A. Burnett S. Gumster 8

18 R. Wilson A. Robertson 16

13 B. Tosh C. Sutherland 10

16 R. Webster J. McRitchie 15

70 67

Friockheim v Abbey

12 D. Brown T. Mill 10

13 J. Jackson J.K. Paterson 18

13 B. McGuire J. Crichton 17

9 A. Stewart C. McKay 8

47 48

On Sunday the Vi Fenton Mixed Pairs competition saw 10 pairs competing in a round robin format.

Winners of section B were Robert Matthew and Janette Tosh who played section A winners Neil Paton and Margaret Fraser who went on to win the final 7-3.

Also played on Sunday were the SYBA District Fours finals which were held at Nethertown B/C in Dunfermline.

Angus had a few last minute call offs and Abbey’s less experienced juniors were called into the team. The other three teams participating were from West Lothian, East Fife and West Fife.

It was a similar story in all three games, which saw Angus trail early on, fight back to level or lead only to lose on the last couple of ends. All those taken part played very well. Winners on the day were East Fife who now go to the national finals in September.

Arbroath BC

Top Five

The Maroons progressed to the sem-finals with a 3-0 victory over a very ordinary Broughty Castle side. Dudhope now stand in the way off a final appearance on their own green, and will be a far harder nut to crack.

Finals friday

Tonight (Friday) sees the start of the nominated finals taking place. And with two or three finals on the green a big crowd is expected. These contests are important as the winners will represent the club in next year’s Scottish Town Championships.

The teams are now all finalised and players should check the board for next week’s town semi-finals on Wednesday.

Ladies’ Section

Winners of the Club Fours this year are: J. Duff, F. Pearson, J. Williamson and S. Simpson

Congratulations were extended to the singles and triples representatives who reached the finals of the Town Championship on Saturday. Unfortunately neither were able to come out on top despite gallant effort.

Lochlands BC


Lochlands v Monifieth Grange

15 C. Blyth M. Smethurst 7

22 W. Cargill D. Gourlay 8

15 G. Taylor W. Keillor 13

52 28

Lochlands v Arbroath

15 C. Blyth R. Beattie 18

17 R. Wilson D. Gallacher 13

20 J. Cargill C. Coull 15

25 W. Keillor J. Glen 12

77 58

The annual game against The Royal British Legion was played on Sunday.

Lochlands v RBL

14 R. Wilson B. Cadger 22

32 D. Dargie G. Brown 8

22 J. Cargill D. Skene 15

16 C. Blyth D. Smith 25

17 W. Keillor B. Sibley 19

101 89

The final of the Vets was played the result was a win for Ken Stephen. The runner-up was Rusty Smith. The final of the Smart Singles was played and resulted in a win for Ken Stephen. The runner-up was Ian McLeish.

Newgate BC

Gent’s Singles Champion

On Friday evening the final of the gents singles championship was played between Paul Martin and Graham Fechlie.

Graham started off well. He took an early lead and maintained the advantage with Paul creeping up on him in the latter stages but Graham held on to finish Singles Champion by 21 shots to 15.

Saturday Friendly

The weather was to blame for the away game at Hillcrest being cancelled. The home game which was sponsored by D.H. Robertson, Butchers, Fisheracre, against Carnoustie went ahead and resulted in a comfortable victory for Newgate.

Newgate v Carnoustie

19 J. Spence J. Cumming 18

32 D. Perkins I. Riddell 13

18 W. Johnston T. McLean 17

23 D. Spalding A. Spalding 15

12 C. Plawecki D. Robertson 17

104 80

Tomorrow’s friendlies are at home to Montrose sponsored by Plumb Centre and away to Kirriemuir with the away team bus leaving at 1.p.m. for a 2.p.m. start.

Hutcheson Trophy Final

On Sunday the Newgate team of Davy Spalding, Eric Martin, Scott Sibley and Charlie Cooper travelled to Hillside to contest the Hutcheson Trophy final against Edzell. The game was a close encounter with Hillside edging the decision by 15 shots to 14.

Men’s Arbroath Town Championships

Next Wednesday (August 28) the semi-finals of the Men’s Arbroath Town Championships take place at the Abbey and Lochlands greens with a 6.p.m start.

Representing the Newgate at Abbey in the singles is Graham Fechlie who plays Arbroath. At Lochlands the pairs team of Harry Burnett and Eric Milne play Abbey, the triples team of Gerry Mould, Phil Szatan and Eric Martin play Arbroath and the rinks team of John McIlhatton, Brian Sibley, Scott Sibley and Alex Napier play Abbey.

The finals are being played at Newgate on Saturday, August 31, with a 2.30. p.m. start.

Seniors League Champions Presentation

Next Friday (August 30) the Newgate is the venue for the Senior League Champions Presentation. Newgate who are this year’s champions will host a six-rink celebration game with rinks made up from members of all clubs who have taken part in the Senior League this season. The game will be followed by a meal and presentation of cup.

Open Pairs Competition

This Sunday (August 25) the Newgate hold their Open Pairs competition with a 10.a.m. start. Pairs are invited to come along on the day and enter for a fee of £1 for the competition and are able to re-enter until qualifiers have been decided. The game is of seven ends with two bowls.

Ladies’ Section

Ladies’ Town


May Hutcheson won the Singles title and Isobel Johnstone and Sharon Caird (skip) won the Pairs title at the finals night at the Abbey green on Saturday evening.

Rae Perkins Trophy

On Sunday the ladies gathered at the green to play off the Rae Perkins pairs trophy which resulted with Betty Hodson and Barbara Park getting the better of Michelle Millar and Sharon Caird in the final.


On Tuesday past the ladies travelled to Letham and yesterday (Thursday) they were at home to Baxter Park both games consisted of two rinks.

Nominated Pairs Final

The ladies nominated pairs final will be played this afternoon (Friday) between Margaret and Ann Cargill and Agnes Szatan and Barbara Park with a 3.p.m. start.


New season

Arbroath Amateur Boxing club resumes training on Thursday (August 29) at seven pm in the Community Centre, Marketgate.

The only boxing club between Dundee in the south and Aberdeen to the north, whose members are drawn from the whole of Angus and the Mearns was very successful last season, producing no fewer than six champions in various categories.

Deon Johntone got the season rolling when he won his weight category to become the Novice Youth Scottish champion, quickly joined by John Cooper who was crowned North District light heavyweight champ, and Terry Ballantine who become North District light-welterweight champ. Jamie McDowell joined the club when he won the Scottish intermediate middleweight title. Finally Ben Gibson and Micheal Craig were victors at their respective weights in the North District youth championships.

With a growing pool of talent and a more vigorous training regime these boys can and will progress to more success in the coming season, and with the likes of Lewis Keith, Darren Foster, Max Butterworth and Mark Fairweather along with Charlotte Tasker also in the team another exciting year beckons.