IN THE first semi-final of the Abbey Bowling Club ladies’ two-bowl nominated pairs, Janette Tosh and Margaret Fraser were successful in a close fought match against Morag Mann and Davina McGregor, running out 18-15 winners.
The other semi went to Sheila Geddes and Emma Philip who defeated Irene Eaton and Jean Graham 17-12.
The club handicap semi-finals were won by Kath Gordon, who beat Alice Anderson 21-18, and Davina McGregor, who defeated Ann Whitton 21-14.
On Thursday night, Abbey hosted the Ladies’ Champion of Champions semi-finals in which supporters and spectators were treated to an entertaining night of bowls.
In the singles, Marion Wilson, Lochlands, defeated Sylvia Simpson, Arbroath, 21-11, and in the other game Margaret Cargill, Newgate, had an excellent comeback to beat Kath Gordon, Abbey, 21-20.
Newgate won the first of the pairs matches, with Norma Spence and Ann Cargill beating Ann Taylor and Shelia Geddes, Abbey, 15-14. Ann Glen and Betty McIntyre, Arbroath, won the other game 23-13 against Joyce Smith and Sheena Urquhart, Lochlands.
Triples winners were Marie Welsh, Lynn Whammond and Margaret Croll, Abbey, and Carol Ann Herron, Betty Hudson and Pat Smith, Newgate, who beat Joyce Smith , Steph Smith and Mary Barrie, Lochlands, 16-11, and Shelia Moffat, Mary Thoms and June Webster, Lochlands, 16-11, respectively.
The seniors played a midweek game against Lochee at Abbey which resulted in a good win for the home side.
Abbey v Lochee
28 B. Tosh S. Graham 13
20 J.S. Paterson B. Taylor 14
23 D. Whitton C. Norrie 15
24 J. Lowson J. Cruickshank 13
14 R.A. Skea R. Taylor 12
The seniors men’s fours semi-finals were won by Wattie Boyes, Dave Mann, Dale Smith and Tom Mill who beat Len McGregor, Jim Crichton, Jim S. Paterson and Jim Arthur 16-14, and Syd Smith, Frank Benham, Colin McKay and Bob Tosh who defeated Dirk Graham, Ray Russell, Alan French and Jim R. Cargill 20-4.
The weekend fixtures were at home in a mixed match against Friockheim, and away to Kirriemuir, which resulted in wins for both home
Abbey v Friockheim
17 J. Tosh D. Balfour 21
25 R. Webster S. Melrose 12
22 D. Lundie I. Lowson 24
16 J. Lowson R. Smith 15
Kirriemuir v Abbey
23 G. Milne R. Wilson 22
27 S. Gunster D. Middleton 15
25 A. Robertson J.R. Cargill 19
15 C. Sutherland J, Arthur 24
26 P. Clyne J.S/ Paterson 11
19 W. Duncan B. Tosh 23
30 J. Watson J. Prouse 25
The first semi-final of the Chapel was contested between Dale Smith and Tom Coull, the latter winning two sets to one. Peter Speirs won the other, beating Malcolm Anderson two sets to one.
The handicap semi-finals produced two very close games, with Jim K. Paterson beating John Prouse 21-20, and Malcolm Anderson defeating Ian Croll 21-19.
The Club Championship pairs final was won by Ken Tosh and Jim Arthur who beat Robert Matthew and Ian Smith 22-13.
There were eight Abbey youngsters in the Angus & Dundee team that took part in the SYBA district finals at Duffus Park Bowling Club, Cupar, against Fife and West Fife.
In the first game against Fife, last year’s winners, the Angus & Dundee teams did very well winning , 18-10 , 17-13 and 13-8 and losing 12-10 to win 58-43 and take two points.
The final outcome rested on the result of the last game as opponents, West Fife, had also won and were on two points.
Angus & Dundee found themselves up against a more mature and experienced side which only lost one game. Their winning scores were 27-7, 16-13 and 13-13, with the defeat scoreline being 9-15. They secured the four points and a place in the finals at Denny in September.
Lochlands v Arbroath
13 P. Thomson J. Glen 24
20 P. Gersok J. Mckelvie 20
22 W. Gargill D. Gallacher 18
26 J. Cargill D. Skene 16
Arbroath v Parkview
31 C. Coull W. Allison 7
17 E. Eaton A. McLeod 24
16 J. White E. Low 21
21 G. Mathieson D. Lister 15
Paul Carnegie and Bill Teviotdale defeated Dave Strachan and Ken Lackie 14-9 in the final of the Club Pairs.
On a damp night neither side really hit it off, but Paul and Bill were that wee bit better on the night.
The fortress ‘Hill held off its final assault and with it an unblemished record in the league, Top Ten and Five with a hard fought 3-2 victory over the Top Ten final opponents Muirhead. The game was close throughout, but once again the Maroons just pulled out that bit extra at the end.
Top 10 final
All roads lead to Montrose on Sunday when the super Maroons’ legion of supporters descend on Montrose bowling green anticipating the second leg of the ‘grand slam’.
The ‘Birkies’ will be hard to beat but really it will only be complacency that stops the champs taking the cup. A colourful atmosphere is anticipated as both clubs play in maroon and will be well supported.
PETER Thomson is the new Lochlands Bowling Club singles champion.
He defeated Paul Gersok 21-16 in a closely fought final. The two were even at 10-10 after 12 ends, and this was a fair reflection, but Peter eventually drew the shots required to deny Paul the title in his first season at Lochlands.
In the club championship pairs final, Alan Suttie and Peter Thomson faced Murray Steele and Robin Wilson.
In another tight game and with the score at 12-12, Alan and Peter piled on the pressure to win 21-12.
Monifieth Grange v Lochlands
10 D. Gourlay W. Cargill 17
9 J. Simpson H. Furye 10
13 A. Smethurst P. Gersok 16
Arbroath v Lochlands
16 D. Skene J. Cargill 26
20 J. McKelvie P. Gersok 20
24 J. Glen P. Thomson 13
18 D. Gallacher W. Cargill 22
Doug Lumgair Shield
The Arbroath branch of the Royal British Lergion Scotland retained the Doug Lumgair Shield with a convincing 18-shot victory in this annual competition.
Lochlands v Legion
21 D. Smith L. McGregor 17
8 M. Wilson B. Sibley 27
27 R. Wilson J. Napier 8
5 R. Kidd W. Cadger 21
12 J. Cargill K. Macpherson 18
North Section Senior League
Games played at Arbroath – 1, Angus 23, Dundee 10; 2, Angus 10, Dundee 20.
Games at Broughty called off due to rain.
Final score: Angus 33 (5pts), Dundee 30 (2pts).
Renny Tailyour Trophy
THE NEWGATE Bowling Club team of Jim Butler, John McIlhatton, Bob Spence and Sandy Smith travelled to Parkview Bowling Club, Brechin, last Wednesday to contest the final of the Renny Tailyour Trophy against the team from St Cyrus.
Newgate lost two singles in the first two ends but came back in the third end with a seven. The Newgate men maintained their lead throughout the rest of the game and after a fightback by St Cyrus, went into the last end with a single-shot lead.
The weather turned for the worse and heavy rain turned the green into a duck pond. Players from both teams were struggling to reach the length of the jack with their bowls but it was Newgate who managed to secure the shot on the last end to claim victory by 18-16.
On Friday afternoon, the gents’ senior singles final was decided between Eric Milne and Jim Robbie. In the early stages both players exchanged success on the jack but it was Jim who took command in the latter stages and ran out comfortable 21-8 winner.
Then, on Friday evening, the gents’ club championship singles was decided between Graham Fechlie and Eric Martin. Eric started off the better of the two and was ahead by four shots after the first two ends. Later he led 14-8.
However, Graham, as he did in the semi-final, hung in well and clawed his way back to level the game at 15-15 before turning the screw to lift the title 21-16.
Grant Ross and Brian Robertson contested the Consolation Cup final last night (Thursday).
On Friday evening, the Newgate mixed pair of Margaret Cargill and Scott Sibley travelled to Carrick Knowe Bowling Club, Edinburgh, to play the first round of the Bowls Scotland mixed pairs finals. Facing a strong pair from Stranraer, they found themselves trailing from the early stages and although they got to within two shots in the latter stages, they lost out in the end 16-9.
The friendlies on Saturday were at home to Hillcrest, which was sponsored by Robert Smith, Slater, Arbroath, and away to Carnoustie.
The home team had a convincing victory, winning in all four rinks and the away team suffered a moderate defeat with the overall score of 71 to 88 in favour of Carnoustie. There were no scorecards returned for individual rink scores at Carnoustie.
Newgate v Hillcrest
19 C. Cooper R.Mills 10
21 B. Reid N. Smith 6
20 W. Johnston A. Scott 14
18 B. Sibley D. Roberts 10
Tomorrow’s friendlies are at home to Kirriemuir, which is sponsored by Phil Wright of Lodge 40, and away to Montrose. The team bus leaves at 1.30 p.m.
The Newgate Open Pairs competition will take place on Sunday (August 26) with a 10 a.m. start. Entries are taken on the day and teams can re-enter if beaten in early games until qualifiers have been decided.
Monday Points League.
The leaders in the Monday Points League are as follows: Gerry Mould, 22; Bob Jackson, Alan McIntosh, Brian Reid, Sandy Smith and Scott Sibley, 20; Tom Cargill, 19; Alfie Baird and Brian Sibley, 17; and Jim Spence, 16.
There are four games left in the season and a total of 12 possible points up for grabs which should make the closing games interesting.
Nominated pairs final
The Nominated Pairs competition has reached the final stage with Charlie Cooper and Scott Sibley going head to head with Alan Low and Forbes Szatan on a date to be arranged.
Ladies’ Town Championships
The Ladies’ Town Championship semi-finals were held at the Abbey Bowling Club on Thursday evening. Margaret Cargill in the singles and Norma Spence and Ann Cargill in the pairs were successful in reaching the finals which were played at Newgate Bowling Club on Saturday. The Newgate triple team of Carolann Herron, Betty Hodson and Pat Smith were beaten by one shot by the triple from Arbroath.
In the final of the singles, Margaret played well on her own turf and won with a comfortable score of 21-9 over Marion Wilson, Lochlands. Norma and Ann in the pairs were not quite so fortunate going down by the same margin to the pair from the Abbey.
Rae Perkins Trophy
On Sunday, the ladies gathered at the green to contest the Rae Perkins Pairs Trophy which was a four-bowl seven ends competition. Ten teams of pairs started the event and after some entertaining bowling the final was contested between Brenda Jackson and Linda Cargill against Kathleen Robb and Lesley McLeod.
Brenda and Linda started off well and maintained their lead throughout to win.
Tuesday’s home friendly to Letham was cancelled. The next friendly is scheduled for Wednesday, September 5, at home to Canmore.