May 30 2012 by John Miller, Stirling Observer Wednesday
THE first of the season’s glittering prizes were collected on Monday evening when the Stirlingshire Central championship finals were staged at the Dunblane green.
After some enthralling encounters there was a double celebration for the Polmaise club with successes in both singles and junior singles.
Elsewhere Denny won the pairs, Bridge of Allan won the triples, Stirling triumphed in the fours after an exciting extra end, while Borestone cantered to success in the senior fours contest.
Gary Malcolmson retained his Central singles title with a well-deserved 21-14 victory over Alva’s Stuart Bell.
The 20 year-old Polmaise ace was in top form during the 22-end final. Six all after nine ends, Gary suddenly stepped up a gear producing a sparkling 3, 1, 2, 2, 1 run to go 15-6 ahead.
Stuart rallied over the next few ends to get back in touch, but at 18-14 ahead, Gary then sealed victory with a marvellous take out to card three shots for victory – 21-14.
Clubmate David McEwan added the junior silverware for the Polmaise Club with a 21-8 win over 11-year old Robert Hunter from the Alva South Club.
Only one shot separated the players after seven ends with young Robert trailing 8-9, but then his more experienced opponent took over. David scored on the last five ends to run out a comfortable winner.
The pairs final was a close run affair with Denny’s John Turner and Robert Rae edging out Robert Graham and Laurence Kennedy (Alva South) over the final few ends to win 16-13.
Triples glory went the Bridge of Allan club who staged a late fightback to win 14-12 over Denny. Ian Anderson, Billy Guy and Ian Wright carded a 4,1,1,1 run over the last four ends to see off Alan Tait, Gordon White and Brian Muir.
Last off the green were the fours’ finalists after a terrific contest between Stirling and Borestone which was decided on an extra end.
Eight-nil down after the first three ends, Stirling’s Jimmy Gilmour, David Campbell, Brian Weir and Tommy Hood came storming back with a 1, 2, 4, 3 run to take the lead.
Two ends later Borestone’ Ian Forsyth, Larry Green, Brian McLaughlin and Dougie Kerr were back in front and from there on in the scores were close with Stirling forcing an extra end with a single on the 17th end.
And it was Stirling who became fours champions with an all-important single shot to win 17-16.
By contrast the senior fours contest was a one-sided affair. Borestone’s John Crombie, John McLean, Robert Fleming and Willie Glen romped to a 32-4 win over Tillicoultry’s David Hunter, Alastair McPherson, Bruce McElrath and Jim Holt.