SATURDAY saw the start of another outdoor bowling season for members of Abbey Bowling Club.
And eight rinks participated in the traditional president v vice-president match which resulted in a win for the vice-president by 120 shots to 118.
Winners of half bottles on the day were, for the spider, Bruce Middleton; touchers, Ian Croll, Luke Waddilove, Bob Johnston and Jim K. Paterson. The highest up rink went to Neil Paton, Keiran Ross, Colin Cargill and Bob Tosh winning by 17 shots.
Tomorrow (Saturday) is ladies’ opening. Those wishing to play should attend by 1.45 for a 2.30 p.m. start
THE GENTS opened the start of the outdoor season for 2013 on Saturday when president John Stirling welcomed the members and wished them a happy and successful season. The first jack of the season was then rolled by the president’s partner, Michelle Millar, who received a lovely bouquet of flowers .
The afternoon continued with the traditional president v vice-president challenge match. The weather was kind for the afternoon’s bowling and the team for vice-president Tom Reid came out on top of the president’s team by 72 shots to 65.
Tomorrow (Saturday) sees the first of the friendly fixtures with home and away games with Invergowrie. The home game is sponsored by Harry Bisset and family. The away team bus leaves at 1 for a 2 p.m. start.
The draws for internal and external competitions have been made and members are asked to keep up to date with the dates and selections for the competitions which are displayed on the noticeboard.
The first outside competition gets under way next week with the first round of the Hunter Cup. This involves two rinks from clubs in Angus, Dundee and Fife competing on neutral greens.
On Tuesday, the Newgate (2) team skipped by Chris Plawecki travel to Carnoustie to play Fairfield. Then on Thursday the Newgate (1) team skipped by Tom Reid travel to Newport to play Barnhill.
This is a knockout competition and successful teams play again on Tuesday, April 30.
The ladies’ section opened the start of the outdoor season on Sunday when president Linda Cargill welcomed the lady members and wished them a happy and successful season.
A pleasant afternoon was then enjoyed by the members involved in a challenge match between a team led by the president and a team led by past president Audrey Johnston. The weather was pleasant and the game concluded in a victory for Linda’s team by 29 shots to 24.
Next week the ladies have two friendlies, the first being at home on Tuesday to the ladies from Arbroath and the other game on Wednesday away to the ladies at the Abbey.
l Opening day picture: page 37