Thursday saw the start of this year’s Scottish competitions.
Representing Abbey in the singles was Malcolm Anderson who won 21-19 against Maryfield , the pairs were not so fortunate as Sy Steele and John Lowson lost 24-8 to Kirriemuir.
Playing in the triples, Brian Cruickshank , Ian Croll and Jim Arthur won 14-12 against Strathmartine. Also winners were the fours consisting of Dave Beattie, Craig Paton, Doug Petrie and Jim S. Paterson, who defeated Parkview 14 - 10.
Friday’s Angus League game was at home against Craigie. As expected, it was a tight game which saw the lead change several times throughout the match. In the the last two ends Abbey got their nose in front and hung on to take the game 49 -39.
A busy weekend at the club started with a very successful coffee morning on Saturday. The junior coaching was also ongoing.
The ladies didn’t have much of a break before they were preparing for the Torrance Purvis Trophy which was being held at the Abbey. Although the competition has been running for a number of years it was the first time Angus / Dundee ladies had taken part.
It is a Top Ten competition and their opponents were West Lothian W.B.C. The Pairs were the only winners winning 21-11. The singles, triples and fours all lost 21-14 , 20-8 and 32-14 respectively giving West Lothian an 84-47 lead to take into the second leg which is at Linlithgow on May 25.
Also being played at the club was the men’s home fixture which was against Kirriemuir and won by Abbey. The away game against Strathmartine was also won by Abbey.
Abbey v Kirriemuir
13 J.S.Paterson S. Gunster 15
18 R. Wilson R. Milne 14
16 J. Lowson B. Nicol 20
35 F. Cook G. Balfour 12
24 J.K. Paterson B. Burness 20
Strathmartine v Abbey
8 J. Quirie J. Arthur 34
11 D. Stewart D. Wilson 34
16 R. Hutton D. O’Neill 19
13 S. Webster T. Mill 16
The Under-25s county game was also held at Abbey on Sunday when Angus / Dundee played Grampian. An excellent display of bowls from both sides kept the large support entertained throughout.
Although the lead changed several times, once again Grampian proved too strong taking the game 113-97. Next Sunday Angus / Dundee play Bon Accord at Broughty.
On Monday afternoon, in the second round of the Scottish Senior Singles, John Prouse beat Craigie 21-14. Also winning were Dave Wilson’s rink taking the game 18-7 against Dudhope. Unfortunately Jim Paterson’s rink lost by two shots.
This week’s Senior Angus League game was at home, against new league member Forfar. With one rink well down, one well up and the other very close it looked like a draw was on the cards, but it wasn’t meant to be as Abbey lost 49-38 on shots to give Forfar a 5-2 points victory.
Just like its namesake in the famous film (The Hill), Dudhope found it unsurmountable as the Maroons eeked out a four-shot victory to remain undefeated. A really close match went down to the last ends, and with the game tied the Maroons picked up five shots for the loss of one. Dudhope are a quality side so this result shows the Maroons will be a match for any team in the league as they chase a second title in three years. Tonight (Fri) they’re on their travels as they face Dundee Craigie. An away victory will be a massive result as Cragie will be looking for a reaction after losing to the Abbey last week. The league has a strange look about it after two series of matches, with surprise leaders Newgate and second place Brechin .
It was a good first week in the Scottish matches with wins for pairs, triples and fours. The only loss was in the singles. All players were out again last night and a report will appear next week.
Fine weather greeted a three-rink visiting team from Barnhill and the green obviously suited them as they won overall in a very enjoyable, hard-fought match.
Arbroath v Barnhill
10 I Teviotdale S McConnach 12
16 T McKay S Rattray 13
10 S Simpson S Chapman 14
Arbroath v Kinnoull
18 A Cameron A Davidson 17
22 M McGreavey W Robertson 14
15 D Henderson J Rougvie 22
16 D Skene J Maclean 20
17 J White H Hodge 12
Fairfield v Arbroath
13 H Gall D Skene 35
12 W Short C Coull 30
15 M McWilliams D Anderson 22
18 J Berry D Harvey 22
On Tuesday, the Newgate team of Tom Reid, Alex Napier, Paul Martin and Paul Carnegie contested the final at Wormit against Carnoustie West End.
Both teams shared the early exchanges with West End taking the advantage mid way through after adapting to the heavy green conditions better than Newgate. Newgate fought back and levelled the game at 11 shots each going into the last end.
Advantage changed several times during this end and the umpire was called on to decide who had the nearest bowl to the jack at the end of play. The measure went in favour of Carnoustie West End to give them the title for the third year running, Congratulations to them.
The Gents’ Bowls Scotland Championships got underway last Thursday (May 8).
In the singles Graham Fechlie played Lochee at Monifieth and secured his place in the next round with a fine performance.
He was then drawn against Craigie which was played at Broughty Castle last night (Thursday).
In the pairs Harry Burnett and Eric Milne played Friockheim at Montrose and advanced into the next round by the skin of their teeth after an extra end.
They were then drawn against Arbroath which was played last night (Thursday) at Abbey.
In the triples, Phil Szatan, Jim Butler and Eric Martin played Maryfield at Carnoustie West End.
In the rinks John McIlhatton, Brian Sibley, Scott Sibley and Alex Napier played Brechin at Letham. Both the triples and the rinks failed to reach the second round. In the Junior Singles Sean Jarret played his first game last night against Canmore at Brechin
On Friday, Newgate were at home to Broughty hoping to continue the winning form of last week. All three rinks started off well building up a comfortable lead. The form was maintained throughout the game which finished with a comfortable victory. This win secures top spot in Division One at this stage.
Newgate v Broughty
20 S. Sibley I. Dorricot 11
15 G. Fechlie R. Petrie 14
24 P. Carnegie M. Watson 9
Tonight (Friday) Newgate are at home to Montrose in the third game for this season.
Last Saturday the friendlies were home and away to Craigie with the home game sponsored by F.R.Milne. The home team had a comfortable win and the away team returned with narrow 2 shot victory.
Newgate v Craigie
19 M .Flynn G. Nixon 16
27 A. Caird A. Cossans 11
24 J. Stirling B. McCash 15
14 R. Webster J. Irving 16
25 G. Stewart B. Thoms 9
24 D.Perkins D. Briggs 13
Craigie v Newgate
15 C. Stewart G. Skelton 14
26 J. Philip B. Sibley 9
14 I. MacLowery A. Napier 24
24 A. Murray A. Stott 21
18 J.Reilly D.Spalding 26
16 V. Stewart W. Sturrock 21
Tomorrow (Saturday), the friendlies are at home to Monifieth which is sponsored by Chilene and Danny Reid and away to Fairfield with the away team bus leaving at 1.p.m. for a 2.p.m. start.
The Pend Trophy takes place this Sunday (May 18) with a 10.a.m. start. Those members who have entered this competition please check the notice board for draw and start times.
Bowls Scotland Mixed Pairs
Also this Sunday (May18) the Newgate mixed pair of May Hutcheson and Graham Fechlie travel to Arbroath to play the pair from Hope Paton. This game starts at 6.p.m.
The pupils of Warddykes Primary School are attending Newgate Bowling Club on Thursday afternoons to learn the rules and etiquette in the game of bowls. Newgate members are on hand to give guidance and tuition to encourage the youth of today in the sport.
Bowls Scotland Seniors
On Monday, the second round took place.
In the singles Tom Pullar got a walk over against Fairfield and now goes forward to the next round to be played next Monday (May 19) when he plays Carnoustie West End at Monifieth.
Jim Spence failed in his venture going down to Brechin at Montrose.
In the rinks the Newgate A team of Jim Robbie, Willie Nelson, Bob Spence and Dave Perkins continued their run and ran out winners by two shots over Balgay at Letham. They now play Barnhill at Canmore.
The Newgate B team of Willie Smith (2), Gerry Mould, Mike Flynn and Ken Swan were beaten by Kirriemuir at Brechin.
Last Tuesday the Seniors suffered a dent in their challenge for the league with a heavy defeat at Hope Paton. On Tuesday past they entertained Arbroath in a local derby when Newgate improved on last week’s performance winning all three rinks and by a margin of seven points to nil.
Newgate v Arbroath
15 T. Pullar D.Strachan 14
18 E.Milne D. Spink 15
15 K.Swan D. Skene 14
Next Tuesday Newgate travel to Montrose.
The next friendly for the ladies is scheduled for next Thursday (May 22) with a home game against the ladies from Monifieth
Bowls Scotland Senior Singles
On Monday, Kathleen Swan travelled to the Abbey and played the lady from Carnoustie West End. Kathleen played well and ran out a comfortable winner by 21 shots to seven. Kathleen now travels to Arbroath on Monday May 19 to play the next round.
Irene Hill, Mary Cossans, Sharon Caird and Pat Smith got a walk over against Balgay last Monday and now face a trip to Letham on Monday.
Newgate v Arbroath
15 T.Pullar D.Strachan 14
18 E.Milne D.Spink 15
15 K.Swan D.Skene 14
7 points 0 points
In the Scottish Seniors’ Championships, the singles and rinks are through to the next round on Monday.
Bowling Association League
Montrose 34 Brechin 52, Arbroath 47 Dudhope 43, Carnoustie WE 49 Muirhead 43, Abbey 49 Craigie 39, Newgate 59 Broughty 34.
Canmore 55 Letham 42, Monifieth 44 Fairfield 51, Lochee v Maryfield, Forfar 32 Parkview 56, Broughty Castle 41 Barnhill 53.
Longforgan 41 Kirriemuir 59, Carnoustie 41 Friockheim 58, Strathmartine 45 Baxter Park 39, Lochlands 55 Balgay 50.
On Tuesday the ladies played at Arbroath B.C in a two rink friendly with Lochlands enjoying success as both rinks won by 25 shots overall.
Lochlands v Arbroath
22 M Wilson J Webster 4
12 M Moir V J Williamson 5
Specsavers Angus League
Lochlands v Balgay
23 K Moir J Mackie 14
19 W Keillor J Catto 17
13 R Wilson D Carr 19
Lochlands v Friockheim
6 K Moir S West 21
13 W Keillor E Brown 11
9 J Cargill B McGuir 12
12 R Wilson R Keillow 12