Season 2017

The Annual General Meeting took place in February and Alex Sinclair took over as President. Unfortunately there was more than usual reluctance among members to fill the various posts. Greig Harrison volunteered to take over as Vice President, and Bill Gilfillan returned as Secretary. There were no volunteers for Men's Match secretary so matters will be run by a Match Committee with ample scope for confusion. No one was prepared to take over the important Bar Convenor post. Ronnie Bex and John Huntley have agreed to share the Treasurer duties.

The good news is that we had a lovely spring day for the opening and seven rinks took part in the usual President versus Vice President match. This was won by the VP's team, , but at least the President has the highest up rink!

The President's wife Gail shows good style in throwing the first bowl of the season.


May to June:
We had our usual success in the friendly matches in the early part of the season, but our efforts in the Kelvin Allander League were not too successful, and by August we had slipped to second bottom. Our seniors put up more of a show in their league and ended up mid table. The club hosted the League Champion of Champions and Pairs Competition this year, with Hyndland emerging as winners in both competitions. The picture shows League Secretary Douglas Smith presenting the Champion of Champions trophy to Paul Ward.

Our teams in the Glasgow and Scottish Championships did not do too well although Ronnie Bex and his seniors team won two rounds in the GBA championship and Gordon Smith's triples did similarly in the Bowls Scotland district event. One major success  was Alistair Gunn in winning the Bowls Scotland District Senior Singles Championship and qualifying for the Scottish Finals at Northfield in Ayr in July.

July and August:
The Glasgow Bowling League competition soon proved that we were one of the strongest teams- we had to be as we were holding up the league for most of the later weeks! In spite of one or two good wins we were relegated.

At the end of July, Alistair Gunn represented the club and district at the National Finals in the Senior Singles competition. The first two days of competition were warm and dry and Alistair played well to win three rounds and reach the semi-finals. Unfortunately, the weather changed and the semifinal was suspended for about an hour due to the green flooding. When play resumed his opponent adjusted to the conditions better, and Alistair's run came to an end. His bronze medal represents the best singles performance by the club for many years, although Frank and Christina Kennedy won a  bronze medal in the Mixed Pairs in 2011.

The ladies Jubilee Triples was held on 16th August and resulted in a win for Mima Hylands, Anne Blain and Betty Higginson.


Club Finals:
New blood emerged in the Gents Championship this year as none of the four semi-finalists had won the championship before. The final was played between Club President Alex Sinclair and Secretary Bill Gifillan, who were also due to meet in the final of the Vice President's competition. The final appeared to be a one sided affair as Alex reached 20 while Bill was stuck on 3. A fight back saw Bill increase his score to 14 before Alex managed to get the winning shot. 

The Ladies Championship was not so surprising as Christina Kennedy won it and the President's trophy. She also defeated May Gordon in the Knockout competition to complete a good season.

Corina Robertson (left) defeated Joyce Cruickshank in a close contest for the Ladies Vice presidents trophy. Corina with partner Ginny Thorburn won the Balloted Pairs, defeating Irene Harrison and Sylvia Ferguson.

Alistair Craig defeated Ian Bowie in the Final of the Talbot Crosbie Cup, played in sets.

In the Ladies Nominated Pairs Betty Higginson and Isobel Gilmour beat Joyce Cruickshank and Grace Rippard in the final.


In the rematch for the Vice Presidents trophy, Alec again built up a good lead over Bill Gilfillan and was leading 20-10 before Bill started his comeback. He had reached 18 and was lying shot when he unfortunately knocked his own bowl out when trying to draw a second and tie the match. Also in the picture is VP Greig Harrison.

Alistair Gunn retained the over 70 trophy by beating David Macdonald in a repeat of last year's final. Shown here with marker Jim Macphie before the match



Several finals were held over into September due to double booking, holidays etc
Eddie Humphries won the 2 bowl singles by defeating Ian Bowie. The Mixed pairs final saw Netta and Jim Moffatt triumph over Ronnie Bex and Anne Blain.


Finally, on 25th September, the final Finals Day arrived. (What a Mouthful!)
A warm afternoon on which Eddie Humphries played well and had a surprisingly comfortable win over David Macdonald in the President's Trophy. Shown here with President Alex Sinclair who had recorded his third singles title of the year with a win over Eddie in the 'boys' competition (i.e. the Under 70's) on the previous Friday.


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