Who will be champion of them all?

ARBROATH’S annual Champion of Champions competitions take place next week involving the four local clubs.

The semi-finals will be played on the Lochlands and Abbey greens on Wednesday (August 22) at 6 p.m. and the finals will take place at the Arbroath green on next Saturday, August 25, at 2.30 p.m.

The draw is as follows:

Singles - Lochlands v Arbroath, at Abbey; Newgate v Abbey, at Lochlands.

Pairs - Lochlands v Newgate, at Abbey; Arbroath v Abbey, at Lochlands.

Triples - Abbey v Newgate, at Lochlands; Arbroath v Lochlands, at Abbey.

Fours - Arbroath v Lochhlands, at Abbey; Newgate v Abbey, at Lochlands.

Abbey Club

ABBEY Bowling Club had just one fixture on Saturday, which was away to Buckhaven Bowling Club. This eagerly anticipated game is played for the Jean Rawlings Memorial Sheild. It has been a few years since Abbey won it and although things were looking promising when play stopped for tea, a comeback by Buckhaven saw them retain the shield, winning by 14 shots.

Buckhaven v Abbey

15 I. Howie D. Whitton 15

21 B. McDonald R. Webster 21

17 G. Gillies J. Arthur 20

17 B. Hope F. Cook 15

16 R. Cook T. Mill 12

21 A. Harper J. Lowson 10

107 93

Also on Saturday the club had three teams playing in the Three Counties competition with one team winning and the other two losing.

The Club Championship singles final was contested between Malcolm Anderson and John Prouse. Both players struggled to catch their weight early on with Malcolm just having the edge which gave him a 11-0 lead after eight ends. John fought back to 15-9, forcing Malcolm to raise his game, which he did and went on to win 21-15.

A last minute change of venue saw Abbey host club for the semi-final of the Top Ten between Arbroath and Dudhope. Spectators were treated to an excellent afternoon of bowls ending with Arbroath winning 6-2. They now go on to meet Muirhead & Birkhill in the final

The ladies’ friendly was away to Boyle Park where rinks skipped by Davina McGregor and Jean Graham won 13-9 and lost 13-6 respectively, losing the game by three shots. Later in the week they played at home against Forfar in the Angus League, when rinks skipped by Ann Taylor and Joyce Wilson won the game by two shots.

On Saturday, the ladies held their invitation day which was a resounding success enjoyed by all. Highest up rink on the day was M. Thoms, J. Graham, F. Pearson and S. Geddes playing against B. Park, M. Cunningham, V. Linton and M. Fraser.

The ladies had a 9.30 a.m. start on Sunday as they played their nominated two-bowl pairs down to the semi-final stage. These are Emma Philip and Sheila Geddes v Irene Eaton and Jean Graham and Janette Tosh and Margaret Fraser v Morag Mann and Davina McGregor.

Juniors’ League section A winner is Caitlin Waddilove, section B winner is Hazel Sime. They will play each other to decide who is the overall league winner.

On Sunday (August 19) Abbey juniors are taking part in the SYBA area rinks competition at Duffus Park Bowling Club, Cupar.

Arbroath Club

Ladies’ Section

FINALS took place of the Club Pairs and finals this week.

The Pairs was a closely fought game between the pairing of Fay Pearson and Sylvia Simpson against Ann Glen and Betty McIntyre which resulted in at win for Ann and Betty.

The triple of Sheila Moffat, Mary Thoms and June Webster proved too strong for Vera Linton, Jane Scott and Heather Beattie who, after a good start were unable to overcome their opponents.

Two rinks played a friendly at Lochlands but unfortunately the home team proved too strong for the visitors and both rinks lost out.

The final game of the Angus League took place on Friday with a tie against Canmore. The visitors started strongly but the home team gained the lead by the half way mark and ran out winners by 10 shots overall. This win means the Arbroath Ladies win the Angus League once again.

Lochlands Club

Ladies’ section

LAST Tuesday the ladies entertained Arbroath in a 2 rink friendly which was halted by rain after 12 ends with Lochlands winning 24-13.

On Wednesday the ladies travelled to Letham to play in their annual friendly and won both rinks 38-14.

The final of the Championship Singles took place on Thursday afternoon between Marion Wilson and Sheena Urquhart. They were evenly matched after nine ends but it was Marion who took control and won 21-10.

Newgate Club

THE GENTS’ club pairs final was played on Friday between Eric Milne and Tom Pullar and Gerry Mould and Alan Low.

In the early stages the game was evenly matched but Eric and Tom playing the more consistent bowls began to take control and they ran out comfortable winners.

The second gents’ singles semi-final was also played on Friday when Grant Ross and Graham Fechlie clashed swords on the green. Grant started off well going into a lead of 8-0 but Graham hung in, began to crawl back into the game and eventually won the tie by a comfortable margin.

The gents’ singles final takes place tonight (Friday) with a 6.p.m. start when Eric Martin will do battle with Graham Fechlie.

The gents’ senior final takes place this afternoon (Friday) at 2 p.m. with Eric Milne battling it out with Jim Robbie.

Saturday friendlies.

On Saturday, Newgate had mixed fortunes in their friendlies when the home team recorded a convincing win over Broughty and the away team lost narrowly against Monifieth. The home game was sponsored by David Mackay, Funeral Directors, Arbroath.

Newgate v Broughty

21 B. Sibley N. Alexander 15

18 A. Caird R. Petrie 13

16 C. Cooper J. Colville 14

23 W. Sturrock G. Adam 17

29 M. Flynn J. Walker 12

107 71

Monifieth v Newgate

16 D. Mayes A. Low 21

14 R. Chapman J. Spence 24

24 J. Wilson B. Reid 12

34 P. Lowe J. Stirling 13

88 70

The fixtures for tomorrow (Saturday) are at home to Hillcrest and away to Carnoustie with the home game sponsored by Robert Smith, Slater, Arbroath. Members please note that the home game starts at 2 p.m. and the away team bus leaves at 1.30 p.m.

Sunday friendly

On Sunday, Newgate entertained the touring team from Fairfield Bowling Club, Glasgow, in a five-rink friendly and finished with a narrow victory.

Newgate v Fairfield

22 J. Stirling T. O’Donnell 16

17 W. Johnston J. Doyle 7

16 A. Caird J. Wallace 16

7 B. Sibley S. McNicol 18

14 C. Cooper E. McCloy 10

76 67

Bowls Scotland mixed pairs

Tonight (Friday) the Newgate mixed pair of Margaret Cargill and Scott Sibley travel to Carrick Knowe Bowling Club, Edinburgh, to play in the first round of the Bowls Scotland mixed pairs finals. Should they get over the first hurdle they play again tomorrow (Saturday) and hopefully will win through to the final.

Renny Tailyour Trophy

On Wednesday the Newgate team of Jim Butler, John McIlhatton, Bob Spence and Sandy Smith travelled to Parkview Bowling Club, Brechin to contest the final of the Renny Tailyour Trophy against the team from St. Cyrus.

Gents’ Town Championships.

The semi-finals of the gents’ Town Championships take place on Wednesday (August 22) at Lochlands and Abbey Bowling Clubs with a 6 p.m.start. The finals take place at Arbroath Bowling Club on Saturday, August 26, with a 2 p.m. start.

Ladies’ section

On Friday, the final of the Ladies’ club pairs was played with sisters Ann and Margaret Cargill playing Norma Spence and Agnes Szatan. The early stages of the game were evenly matched but Ann and Margaret proved to be the stronger pair as the game progressed and they ran out comfortable winners after 16 ends.


On Tuesday, the ladies entertained their counterparts from Edzell in a two-rink friendly and came out best, winning both rinks.

Newgate v Edzell

17 K. Swan V. Bremner 7

11 I. Anderson D. Smith 10

28 17

The next friendly is on Tuesday (August 21) at home to Letham in a two-rink game.

Town Championships

The semi-finals of the ladies’ Town Championships were held last night (Thursday) at the the Abbey Bowling Club. Successful teams from the semi-finals go forward to play in the finals at Newgate Bowling Club tomorrow (Saturday) with a 6 p.m start.

Rae Perkins Trophy

On Sunday (August 19) the ladies gather to contest the Rae Perkins Trophy which is a pairs competition. Those taking part are asked to report to the clubrooms by 10.30 a.m for play to commence at 11 a.m. Members who arrive later than 10.30 a.m. will not be included in the draw.

Bowls Scotland

NORTH Section Senior League games played at Letham:

1 - Angus 16, Mearns 7; 2 - Angus 14, Mearns 8.

Games played at Laurencekirk:

1 - Mearns 19, Angus 15; 2 - Mearns 12, Angus 12.

Final score: Angus 57 (5 1/2pts) Mearns 46 (1 1/2pts).