Aug 3 2011 by John Miller, Stirling Observer Wednesday
STIRLING’S bowlers returned empty-handed from last week’s national championship finals at Ayr’s Northfield greens.
In a disappointing showing, none of the local hopefuls progressed further than the second rounds.
In the singles Causewayhead’s Jason Williams survived his opening match with Bob Morris (Girdle Toll), winning 21-12, before losing to eventual winner Mark Kelsey (Rutherglen) 12-21.
Dunblane’s Craig Peat was pipped 20-21 by Juaniti Renau (Foxley) in the junior singles while in the pairs James Brown and Danny McCormick (Polmaise) lost their opener 12-17 to Baillieston .
Stirling triples Richard Letford, Angus Mills and Hugh Letford saw off the Bervie club 18-12 before losing to Huntly 11-13.
Spittalmyre four Harry Houston, Craig Robertson, Fraser Gray and David Stewart lost 14-16 to Darvel in their opening encounter.
In the senior fours Bridge of Allan’s Tommy Waters, Bill McGill, David Buchan and Alan Greasley went down 9-11 to the Gourock Park club.
In the ladies’ singles Barbara Stout (Airthrey Spa) lost 12-21 to Susan Murray (Bothwell) in her opening match.
Bridge of Allan players Margaret Fleming, Sandra Petrie, Anne Weldon and Kate Guy lost their opening senior fours match to Gourock Park 9-11.
Neighbouring representatives at the championships fared a little better, with Denny’s Stuart Hogg carding victories in the singles against Frank Stevenson (Aberchirder) and David Peacock (Danderhall) before losing to Alex Kelly (Eddlewood).
Clackmannan player Kevin Wallace progressed to the semi-finals of the junior singles. He enjoyed wins over Tony Thomson (Dunhope), John Strachan (Longforgan) and Allan Ramsay (Abbeyview) before losing to Andrew Tattershall (Castlehill Colliery).
Denny trio Mary Ledwidge, Maureen McGuire and Karen Dawson made it to the third round of the triples with victories over Inverurie and West Kilbride before losing to Chrinside. Alloa East End’s Shona Edmonds, Margaret McIntyre, Beatrice Douglas and Pamela Kenny defeated Juniper Green, Monifeith and Airdrie Central but lost to Stranraer in the ladies’ fours semis.
Tillicoultry pairing Marion Penman and Nancy Dawson crashed 5-22 to Uphall Station and Braco’s Dorothy Johnston and Patricia Anderson lost 12-21 to Sorn Bowling Club.
In the ladies’ triples championships Tulliallan’s Rachel Fairbairn, Ema Simpson and Maureen Wallace made an early exit, losing 10-26 to Bishopton.
BRIDGE OF ALLAN
WINNERS of last Sunday’s open pairs competition were David Buchan and Jim Weldon. Runners-up were Ken Wilkie and Gus Forest.
Losing semi-finalists were Terry Reilly and Richard Guy, along with Borestone’s Rab Johnstone and Kevan Frogey.
WINNERS of the Duncan Trophy tournament were Bridge of Allan BC with eight points and 30 shots. Runners-up were Bonnybridge with eight plus 17.
SCORES from last Saturday’s home match against Causewayhead were: S Hope 14, J Sharp 10; D McKean 17, G Mortimer 8; M Cruz 15, G Williamson 13; B Weir 6, G McLuskey 20. Totals: Stirling 52, Causewayhead 51.
ALLOA bowlers were visitors to the Riverside green last Saturday. Scores (home skips first): T Millar 14, C Wright 17; T Findlay 10, I Wright 17; I Gillies 18, K Dawson 11; J Millar 13, J Paterson 17. Totals: Riverside 56, Alloa 62.
THE final of the City of Stirling Top Fifteen competition between Spittalmyre and Polmaise goes ahead at Callander green on Sunday at 2pm. Players are requested to report by 1.30pm for a photograph.
The event is sponsored by Onestop Motor Engineers and Co-operative Funeralcare.