Season 2011

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.

April 2011:

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.

July 2011:
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.
We entertained 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 hospitality!
In the Glasgow League, we were in a keenly contested league and unfortunately ended in the second relegation position.

Congratulations 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 Gordon 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.


September 2011:
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 Beattie.
In the mixed pairs final Jim and Sheila Macphie defeated holders Frank and Christina Kennedy.
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.

March 2012:
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 .

The 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

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