No joy for Seniors

ARBROATH Indoor Bowling Club’s senior team played host to Forfar last Wednesday in the Scottish Senior League.

With Aberdeen in top spot with only two games remaining, Arbroath Seniors needed Aberdeen to slip up at Dundee with themselves winning at home to Forfar.

Well, the local side kept up their end of the deal with a 68-56 victory. There were good wins for Alec Laing’s rink of Ken Stephen, Jim Donald and Ken Moir 21-7 against V. Russell and Harry Burnett’s rink Jim Robbie, Paul Gersok and Jack Clarke beat Angus Walker’s rink 24-12.

Dave Martin’s four of Peter Brodie, Bill Kindlen and Bill Reid were narrowly defeated 14-12 by Alistair Gray’s rink and Burnett Taylor’s rink of Neil Clark, Ally Gray and Davie Strachan found it tough going losing 23-11 to A. Milne’s Forfar four.

Dundee couldn’t match Arbroath’s result and Aberdeen had a convincing 79-56 over them securing them the league title and their place in the semi-finals. Arbroath seniors now travel to Aberdeen this week hoping to secure second spot but it will be a tough task against the newly crowned league winners.

The ladies made the long bus journey to Ayrshire on Saturday to play Auchinleck hoping to make it three away wins on the bounce and keep pressure on league leaders Midlothian. With only two games remaining Arbroath ladies trailed Midlothian by two points, so only a win against Auchinleck would do to give them any chance catching the league leaders.

Unfortunately it turned out to be a bad day at the office for Arbroath suffering their biggest defeat of the season crashing 109-52.

To make matters worse Midlothian slipped up in Kilmarnock against Galleon 85-69. Arbroath’s ladies will be disappointed with the result. Even a one-shot victory would have seen them top the Ladies’ Premier League with only one game to play.

Arbroath Gents played host to bottom of the league Bon Accord at the stadium on Saturday with high expectations of a big win to maintain their top spot in Division Two.

Last time the two sides met Arbroath gents won on all four rinks to record a 61-shot in Aberdeen, but last week Bon Accord proved to be much stiffer opposition making it a really tough match for the league leaders.

Mike McWalter’s rink of Scott Sibley, Davie Henderson and Scott Pirie lost 24-8 to J. Eddie’s rink and Paul Carnegie’s four of Dave Strachan, Ian Ritchie and Ryan Burnett lost the last three ends of their match to lose 23-21 to Tony Malley.

Steadying the ship for the home team though, were the rinks skipped by Graeme Stewart and Andy Furye. Graeme’s four of Craig Paton, Sandy Smith and Mac Andrews were having a tight match against M. Boyne until they scored a seven on the 16th end to run out comfortable winners 28-17.

Andy Furye’s rink of Robin Wilson, Pete Thompson and Davie Mcgill got off to a flier against Neil Anderson’s four winning the first six ends to lead 13-0. Some great leading from Robin kept them in control of their match to run out worthy 39-8 winners. The final score was Arbroath 96, Bon Accord 72.

Arbroath Gents now have a two point and 60-shot lead over second place Elgin but they have a game in hand so all to play for in the last couple of games.

On Sunday Arbroath’s Caroline Ruxton and Leanne Furye were out to impress as they travelled to West Lothian for their International Trial. Good performances by Caroline and Leanne saw them both being selected for the International Series in Wales in March.

Darren Burnett has also been selected for the Gents’ international team later next year as he takes his place skipping one of the six Scottish rinks.

This weekend the Scottish National Pairs takes place, and Arbroath’s defending champions, Ryan and Darren Burnett, will be hoping to get their defence off to the best possible start when the take on Dundee on their own patch. It will be a tough opener for the Arbroath brothers especially with Dundee having home advantage. Their game starts at 9.30 a.m.

Leanne Furye and Caroline Ruxton will also be battling it out for Arbroath tomorrow (Saturday) in the National Pairs. They face Bon Accord at Forfar at 9.30 a.m. and with their recent selection for the Scotland squad they will both be brimming with confidence.