Saturday past saw 26 youngsters at Abbey Bowling Club attend their opening day and the first of the junior coaching sessions of the season.
For the coaches it was great to see many familiar faces as well as a few new ones, and with it been such a good day everyone seemed to enjoy being back.
The first match of the season was against Lochlands at the Abbey in the first leg of the Aberbrothock Trophy competed annually between both clubs.
A much closer game than previous years saw Abbey take a slender lead of 15 shots into the next leg at Lochlands tomorrow ( Saturday) afternoon.
Abbey v Lochlands
25 W. Bisset J. Cargill 17
25 J. Prouse W. Cargill 14
20 C. Cargill K. Moir 17
13 J. Lowson W. Keillor 18
15 A. Burnett D. Brown 17
Saturday’s away game was at Carnoustie where Abbey were beaten by 20 shots ending Carnoustie’s jinx of not having won a Saturday fixture all last season.
Carnoustie v Abbey
21 D. Robertson J. Arthur 17
16 M. Granger J.K. Paterson 25
20 S. Wallace F. Cook 15
29 I. Riddle G. Ross 9
22 G. Gilmour K. Tosh 17
17 J. Cumming R. Webster 18
18 A. Spalding R. Wilson 22
On Tuesday Abbey 1 take on Baxter Park at Carnoustie West End and on Thursday Abbey 2 take on Errol at Strathmartine in the first round of the Hunter Cup.
Arbroath v Lochee
17 G. Preston N. McCoull 17
29 W. Beattie B. Yule 9
39 K. Southorn S. Garland 10
26 D. Gallacher A.N. Other 14
32 D. Skene W. McIntosh 13
16 J. Bogue A. Cuthbert 24
Arbroath start this season’s campaign with a tie against Monifeith, hoping to go one place better than last year runners-up.
The club fours and triples are now under way with both draws on the board.
The gents kicked off the Saturday friendlies with resounding victories over Invergowrie in both home and away games.
The home game which was sponsored by the Mina Bisset family was played out in good spirit and the welcome spring sunshine.
Newgate v Invergowrie
27 F. Szatan K. Clark 13
30 G. Skelton D. Gilcrist 14
18 E. Martin B.McKelvie 13
18 C. Cooper R. McCartney 11
25 M. Flynn B. Miller 16
23 W. Johnston G. Mould 15
Invergowrie v Newgate
13 A. Low B.Sibley 22
20 W. Russell R.Webster 23
16 W. Tares G. Stewart 17
20 A. Mitchell S. Sibley 20
The friendly fixtures for tomorrow (Saturday) are at home to Lochee and away to neighbours Abbey. Both games have a 2.30 p.m. start.
Monday Points League
The Monday Points League started on Monday with a good turnout. Members are reminded that if they intend to play in this competition they must be in the clubrooms by 6.30.p.m. on the night.
The first round of the Hunter Cup was played last Tuesday evening.
The Newgate 1 team of Eric Martin, Alan Low, Graeme Stewart and Graham Fechlie played Carnoustie West End at Longforgan and secured a victory to advance into the second round. They were due to play either Broughty Castle or Carnoustie 1 at Dudhope last night (Thursday).
The Newgate 2 team of Brian Reid, Alex Napier, Paul Martin and Paul Carnegie played Carnoustie 2 at Monifieth and also secured a victory to advance into the second round and played either Balgay 2 or Dudhope 2 at Strathmartine last night (Thursday).
Gents’ Senior League
The first game scheduled for the Seniors League is away to Carnoustie West End next Tuesday (April 29) with a 2.p.m. start.
The first friendly of the season was scheduled to be played away to Arbroath on Tuesday past but was cancelled due to heavy rain in the morning. The ladies were in action on Wednesday past with a home game with the ladies from the Abbey.
The friendly scheduled for next week is on Tuesday, April 29, with an away fixture with the ladies at Brechin.