A.G.M. 25th February 2011: New
committee elected (well, relatively new), and the main piece of news for
members is that our greenkeeper, Tom Scott, is retiring after over 30 years
service. We wish him well in his retirement. The picture shows Tom being
presented with a decanter and glasses on Opening Day by President David Linley.
The green opened on Saturday 9th April
with the best day of the year so far. Liz Linley shows fine style as she
delivers the first jack.
Two away friendlies against Jordanhill and
Strathblane resulted in defeats but were enjoyed by those taking part (probably
too much, which may account for the defeats).
A month with weather we would all like to forget. We
would prefer to forget most of our results in the Kelvin Allander league as
well, but our seniors are leading the Kelvin Allander Senior League. On Saturday
28th May we hosted the Hamilton Trophy county match in which Glasgow played
Stirling County. This was played in blustery conditions, and resulted in a 3
shot victory for Stirling County after coming back from a 10 shot deficit with a
few ends left to play.
The inclement weather continued and brought a
premature end to our inaugural friendly match against Lenzie Bowling club. We
were very hospitably received at Lenzie, and hope that this will
lead to an annual fixture. The picture shows the participants on the green
before hostilities commenced.
The Kelvin Allander League has now finished
and we managed to improve our league position by a few places this year (not
that this was a difficult task as we were propping it up last year!).
The annual Open Triples competition was played on a beautiful day with 24
teams taking part from which Clydebank emerged triumphant.
Milngavie in a friendly at the end of the month and allowed them to win.
Our friendly against Maryhill celebrated their 150th anniversary, so
obviously we let them win, but we enjoyed a sunny day with a good meal and
In the Glasgow League, we were in a keenly contested league and unfortunately
ended in the second relegation position.
to Frank and Christina Kennedy who reached the semi finals of the Scottish Mixed
pairs Championship on 23rd August at Lanark. This is the furthest that any of
our members have reached in National competitions for many years.
The Kelvin Allander Seniors league came to a conclusion with both
of our teams winning
the deciding home clash with Killermont, so we have a trophy to celebrate!
Finals Day was a mix of sunshine and a couple of heavy showers which affected
the pace of the
green. Frank Kennedy beat Colin Beattie in the two bowl singles; Walter Irvine
got the better of Jim Short in the Vice President's cup; Bill Taylor (on right)
beat his namesake Ray in a light hearted Isle of Skye competition.
Alastair Linley won the President's Cup (shown here on
right of opponent Tom O'Neill and marker Jim Macphie). This is certainly keeping
it in the family as his father is the President!
The Championship was between two former winners, with
Alistair Gunn (on left) narrowly beating
Smith in a keenly contested game.
The picture on the right shows marker Match Secretary David Winks watching
closely as a bowl approaches the head.
In the remaining finals, Frank Kennedy came from behind to pip Tom O'Neill 21-20
in the 'over 70' competition. In the Talbot-Crosbie final (played as the best of
three 7-end sets), Frank Kennedy was himself pipped at the post when, with the
scores level at the final end, Alistair Gunn drew the shot with his final bowl
and Frank narrowly missed with his.
The fours final resulted in a win for Tom O'Neill, George Broomfield,
Gordon Smith and David Macdonald.
In the 'boys' final (i.e. the under 70 competition!) Gordon Smith defeated Colin
In the mixed pairs final Jim and Sheila Macphie defeated holders Frank and
On reserve finals day, the triples final resulted in a win for Tom O'Neill, Jim
Short and Gordon Smith over George Broomfield, David Wicks and David Macdonald.
The pairs final ended in a one shot win for Bill Taylor and Frank Kennedy over
Stuart Johnston and Alistair Gunn.
A pretty miserable end to the season from the weather point of view and this saw
the cancellation of what was to have been the first friendly with Bishopbriggs
Bowling Club. Maybe next year!!
The carpet section has now started it's activities and is
planning to buy two new carpets this year. All members welcome: Monday and
Friday evenings and Tuesday afternoon for the gents; Monday and Wednesday
afternoons for the ladies.
The senior aggregate winners for the carpet season were George McLaughlin (3rd),
Gillies Lang (1st) and Jim Gilchrist (2nd)
The carpet section has reached the end of its season with
finals being held on 7th March, and presentation night on 21st March .
singles finalists Jim Dempster and John Campbell (who became champion for the
umpteenth time) are shown in front of the
triples finalists Bill Gilfillan, George McLaughlin, Malky McLachlan, George
Thomson, Robin Neill and Tom Glencross