Published: Saturday, 14 October 2017 13:07
Golden Charter – James Auld Funeral Directors – Open Mixed Fours Competition Sunday 8th October 2017
Rinks of Lady and Gents bowlers from the within the Gareloch area, and out with the area including Clydebank and Alexandria , gathered at Helensburgh Bowling Club to play in the delayed popular Open Mixed Rink Competition on Sunday 8th October commencing at 10.00am, the weather was good at the start but the rain started during the latter stages of the day, however the players responded to the conditions accordingly, The competition is very generously sponsored by, James Auld Funeral Directors.
After the section games which were played over 6 ends the following rinks qualified to play each other in the Final finals with the results as shown:
In the Blue Section, Jess McConnell, Lynn Dobroejivic, Alasdair Cameron and Gordon Stephen MBE(Skip) from Garelochhead & Helensburgh BC qualified with 8 points from a possible 10.
From the Red Section, Patricia McCallan, Marion McClenaghan, Robert Begg and Alan Air Skip all Helensburgh BC qualified with a total of 9 points from a possible 10.
In the Yellow Section, Jannette McKay, George Birss, Vick Smyth and Veronica Butler Hoskin ( Skip) from Barremman BC qualified with the maximum 10 points.
In the Green Section, Carol Laird, Sandra Watt, Vick Smyth and Tom McCabe (Skip), From Clydebank BC qualified with 8 points from a possible 10
In the first Semi Final, the Alan Air rink despite losing 7 shots over the first two ends, scored 2, 3,3,2 shots in successive ends to reach the final winning by 10 shots tom 7.
In the second semi final the Clydebank BC four skip by Tom McCabe defeated the Barremman BC four skipped by Veronica Butler Hoskin
In the Final between the Alan Air (Helensburgh) four and the Tom McCabe (Clydebank) rink the Alan Air four took the lead in the first end scoring 2 shots before Tom McCabe and his rink tied the game by scoring 2 at second end. Alan Air and his rink then scored 3 shots to again lead by 5 shots to 2 after three ends. The Tom McCabe rink were not finished yet as they scored 3 shots over the next two ends to again tie the game at 5 shots all. In the final end the Alan Air rink rallied to score two shots and win the trophy by 7 shots to 5
After the final club President Patricia McCallan sincerely thanked James Auld Funeral Directors for again sponsoring the event, and asked Jim to present the prizes. Jim Auld responded that he was again happy to sponsor this event and then presented the prizes to the losing semi-finalist and runners up and the Trophy and prizes to the winners, Patricia McCallan, Marion Mc Clenaghan, Robert Begg and Alan Air (Skip). Alan thanked the caterers for providing the excellent meals and the organiser Alan Howie and his team for all their work work.
The President congratulated the players on an excellent day of bowling. thanked everyone in the club involved in organising the event for an excellent day
The picture, attached shows the James Auld Sponsor, President Patricia McCallan with the Winners, Patricia McCallan, Marion McClenaghan, Robert Begg and Alan Air (Skip) from Helensburgh BC with the Trophy
Published: Tuesday, 22 August 2017 13:06
The 2017 series of the Club Finals commenced on Saturday 12th August. One lady member of the club, Annette Christie achieved an amazing achievement by reaching no less than six Finals, three Ladies Singles and three Ladies Pairs. This along with weather delays meant the finals were spread over the week and into the next week.
Annette started her run of finals against Muriel Galt a previous Champion and started very well racing into a significant lead. Muriel never quite recovered from this and Annette went on to comfortably secure her fifth Championship win at the club.
In the Gents Championship Final two previous winners Iain MacDonald faced Alan Air. Alan started the game better and built up a 11 shots to 1 lead before Iain started to battle back however the lead was too great and Alan went on to add another Championship win to his previous tally of 4 wins.
The Ladies Senior Championship paired two close friends and allies when Annette Christie faced Liz Fraser. This game really had the spectators on the edge of their seats. Both players started the game well with the score 4 all after 6 ends. Annette then pushed ahead to lead 10 - 4 after10 ends and was always in front, not by much, until the game was even at 16 all after 21 ends. Liz then pushed hard to go into the lead scoring a 4shots over the next two ends to lead 20 – 16. Annette still had something left in the locker and tied the game at 20 scoring a 4 at end twenty four. In the last end both players had the advantage but when the last bowl had been played it was Liz who scored that vital shot to win her first Championship Singles Trophy at the club.
The Gents Senior Championship paired two seasoned members when Robin Cavana came up against Hugh Murray. Robin started well showing he was in the mood and the game was tight until the tenth end. Hugh could just not get into the game and Robin secured a comfortable win to secure his 4th Senior Championship win.
Old friends Andrew Sneddon and Iain MacDonald met up in the Gents Presidents Final which proved to be another cracker of a game. Andrew started on fire and sped into a lead of 17 shots to 7 playing great bowls. Iain however was not in the mood for giving up easily and the big fight back started with the score 19 sots to 15 in Andrew’s favour Iain started a great run of 4 ends to notch up 6 shots and win the trophy, making his total wins in this competition 3.
Father and son George and Andrew Sneddon battled it out in the Muirhead Trophy Final. Meetings between these two are always close, as it proved to be here again here with every shot being hard fought for. The scores were so close the game being tied at 6 shots all after eight ends, 11 shots all after14 ends and 18 shots all after twenty ends and you cannot get better bowling than that although George was never behind in the game and so it proved right to the end with George wining his name on this trophy for the eleventh time, the first of which was away back in 1955.
Another Father and son fought out the McIntyre two Bowl final with young Alan Air facing his father Martin.
Alan started the scoring but dad soon fought back to level at 5 after seven ends and again at six ends before taking a single shot lead into the eleventh end. It was end to end after this point until Alan made a change to his tactics by varying the mat length from the fifteenth end and went on to win the game, and his third success in this competition, over the next 6 ends.
In the Ladies Captains Final Margaret Grant a newer member to the club faced Roberta Lees who joined this year. Roberta who played bowls many years ago and is an all round sports lady. Roberta started with great intent and soon built up a lead of 10 shots to nil. Margaret try as she may could not get into the game on the day and Roberta recorded her first win in her first year as a member of the club.
Ian McGlashan faced Ed Claisse in the Gents captains Final. Ian being the more experienced player started well and led up until the twelfth end when Ed nosed in front by11 shots to 8 and then added another single to his score. Ian then put in a surge to score 8 shots over three ends to lead 16 to 12. Ed then fought back and the score was 19 to 17 in Ian’s favour and he secured the two shots needed to win his first singles Trophy at the club.
The Ladies Nominated Pairs was played between Annette Christie/ Liz Fraser and Barbara Robertson/ Patricia McCallan. The experienced past winners of this Trophy Annette and Liz soon went in front in this game but not without a fight from Barbara and Pat who closed the gap to only 16 -13 against them after12 ends. Annette and Liz then regained the upper hand to land another win in this competition to add to their previous wins and make to four in a row.
The Gents Pairs final featured Walter Jamieson/ Gordon Stephen MBE against Murray Grant/ George Sneddon.
This was always going to be a tight game and so it proved with the Pairs level at 7 after seven ends. Walter and Gordon then produced a bit of a surge to go into a 18 shots to 11 after fifteen ends. Murray and George then added a four to reduce the deficit to only 3 shots but could not get the required shots at the last end scoring only 1 to make the final score 18shots to 16 in Walter and Gordon’s favour.
The Mixed Pairs Final saw previous winners Liz Fraser/ Iain MacDonald face the new pairing of Roberta Lees / Hugh Murray. Experienced showed early in this one with Liz and Iain building up a significant lead after eight ends before Roberta and Hugh rallied to reduce the deficit to only 7 shots after11 ends. This proved to be too little too late as Liz and Iain rallied to win the trophy comfortably for the second time together
The Gents Under 25 Championship final paired the Club Champion and very experienced Alan Air against very young Brandon Mackie – Fleming. Alan clearly had the advantage in this one but young Brandon showed he can take that and gave the audience plenty to smile about with his approach and attitude to Alan having a comfortable win to make his total wins in this competition to 8.
In the under 16 Championship final young Brandon- Mackie Fleming faced the more experienced Murray Grant. As expected Murray used his experience to start better and soon led 9 shots to 0. Brandon is never a quitter and fought on with great enthusiasm to level and indeed take the lead by 12 shots to 11 after fourteen ends. Brandon continued to hold his own, he clearly has a future in the sport and game was soon levelled at 16 shots each before Murray again went in front to win the Trophy for the fifth time by 21 shots to 16.
Pictures Show Ladies Champion Annette Christie & Gents Champion Alan Air
Ladies Senior Champion Elizabeth Fraser & Gents Senior Champion Robin Cavana
Published: Sunday, 02 July 2017 18:57
The Finals of the Dumbartonshire Bowling Association Championship were held at Killermont BC on Saturday 1st July.
The West of the County completed a win in all of the Competitions on the day over their East County opponents.
Helensburgh BC were the victors in the Triples Championship when the Triple of Ed Claisse, Andrew Sneddon and Alan Air (Skip) were the victors against their east opponents from Condorrat BC. The Helensburgh triple started slowly and were behind in the game until the 12th end where they scored 5 shots and followed this with a further 3 in the 13th end and went on secure a magnificent victory by 17 shots to 15.
Other local clubs also had magnificent victories for the West of the County in that
Peter Walker & David Ferguson Cove and Kilcreggan BC comfortably defeated George & William Gregory from Woodilee BC in the Pairs Championship.
Paul Dolan, Alan Fleming, Mark Smith and Alan Roy Jnr Garelochhead BC defeated Gary Millington, David Watson, Gordon McLeod and Gordon Strang Kirkintilloch BC in the Fours Championship
Other West side winners in the Championship finals were
Richard O’Malley Renton BC defeated Chris Duncan Dalmuir BC in the Junior Singles Championship
George Lunan Renton BC defeated Grant Greenhorn Westerton BC in the Singles Championship
Jim Irwin. MBE, Gordon McIntyre, Alistair Rae and Stewart Banks Dumbarton BC defeated D. De Laet, S, Harland, J Murphy and J. Jamieson Greenfaulds BC in the Senior Fours Championship.
The Picture Shows the victorious Helensburgh Triple Ed Claisse, Alan Air (Skip) and Andrew Sneddon