ARBROATH Indoor Bowling Club gents’ team travelled to Stonehaven at the weekend in search of the points to maintain pressure on leaders Elgin.
The local side were two points behind in the league and defeat would all but end their hopes of winning the Second Division title.
Scott Pirie’s rink of Mac Andrews, Ian Ritchie and Ryan Burnett third made a great start against former Arbroath skip Colin Stott. Leading 14-5 after eight ends they looked well in control to record a big win, but a turn in fortune saw them lose the last five ends and their match 20-19.
Andy Furye’s rink of Robin Wilson, Pete Thompson and Davie McGill were undefeated in the league so far this season but they never really found their stride against Mark Smiths’s Stonehaven rink. The lead changed hands several time during the match and with one end to play Furye’s rink led 17-16 only to lose a single on the last end for a draw.
Darren Burnett was back in the team to skip his rink of Scott Sibley, Davie Henderson and Paul Carnegie to the only victory for Arbroath with a 22-17 win over Paul Hay. Burnett’s rink finished strongly over the last five ends to record the vital victory.
Graeme Stewart’s rink of Dave Strachan, Paul Martin and Sandy Smith looked to be in trouble at the half way stage against G. Buchan and the 30 club looked on the cards, but they dug in deep to turn their match round and narrowed the gap to only a few shots playing the last end.
With the overall score tied at 75-75, Graeme found himself match down with only one bowl remaining and it has to be said there wasn’t much of a shot on. Somehow Graeme managed to change the head to score the one shot to win the match for Arbroath 76-75.
Arbroath v. Stonehaven
17 A. Furye M. Smith 17
19 S. Pirie C. Stott 20
22 D. Burnett P. Hay 17
18 G. Stewart G. Buchan 21
This week Arbroath play host to league leaders Elgin and a win of more than 40 shots would see them move to top spot in the Scottish Second Division.
Arbroath’s ladies entertained Premier Division League leaders Midlothian to the stadium at the weekend which had a tough match written all over it. The first game of the season saw the ladies lose by 19 shots at Dalkeith so they were always going to have their work cut out to take anything from the clash.
Leanne Furye skipped her rink of C. Clark, M. Ferguson and S. Christie to an impressive 26-16 win against experienced international skip Agnes Melrose, and Caroline Ruxton’s rink of D. Peattie, S. Geddes and T. Mckay pulled off an equally impressive victory over Gaynor Blair 30-17.
Eleanor Anderson’s team of M. Thoms, P. Smith and H. Martin found it hard going against Sandra McLeish, maybe missing their favoured rink three and went down 27-15. Margret Martin’s rink of M. Smith, M. Croll and G. Reid finished off a great victory for Arbroath with a 29-14 win over S. Johnstone.
Arbroath v. Midlothian
26 L. Furye A. Melrose 16
30 C. Ruxton G. Blair 17
15 E. Anderson S. McLeish 27
29 M. Martin S. Johnstone 14
This week Arbroath’s ladies’ team travel to Glasgow to face West of Scotland.
Ryan Burnett has been selected for a trial for the under-25 Scotland team which takes place this Sunday at Paisley.
After winning the National Pairs with brother Darren last year and a good run in the National Junior Singles a few weeks ago, his trial is more than well deserved.
Leanne Furye and Caroline Ruxton have also been selected for a trial for the ladies’ international team which takes place on December 11 at West Lothian.
After great performances at last year’s international series the girls have hopefully cemented themselves in the ladies’ squad for years to come.