May 9 2012 by John Miller, Stirling Observer Wednesday
COUNTY West bowlers were put through their paces last Sunday at the Blackford green prior to the start of the Scottish Cities and Counties Championship campaign.
Perthshire provided the opposition for this annual practice match, with the Big County team proving a little too strong on the day – winning by 13 shots.
Scores (County West skips first): B Stillie 13, D Lambert 23; D McCormick 20, I Miller 23; D Logie 12, S Strachan 23; D Stewart 15, S Pirie 20; S Deans 23, W Taylor 13; J Williams 25, A Cummings 19.
Totals: Stirling County West 108, Perthshire 121.
For Saturday’s opening Hamilton Trophy match against Clackmannan and Kinross at the Riverside green the following team has been selected (all players to report by 1.30pm): rink one J Brown (Polmaise), I Gillies (Riverside), D Kerr (Borestone), B Stillie (Bannockburn); rink two M Murphy (Kilsyth), S Whitton (Cambusbarron), P Martin (Bannockburn), S Deans (Polmaise); rink three L Neilson (Cambusbarron), D Ferguson (Cambusbarron), P Black (Polmaise), D Stewart (Spittalmyre); rink four C Gibson (Spittalmyre), I Forsyth (Borestone), W Black (Kilsyth), D Logie (Polmaise); rink five A Hazel (Polmaise), R Duncan (Polmaise), W Guy (Bridge of Allan), J Williams (Polmaise); rink six D Angus (Kilsyth), C Watson (Doune Castle), G Malcolmson (Polmaise), D McCormick (Polmaise). Reserves: H Robertson (Spittalmyre), M Cruz (Stirling).
STIRLING and District Ex-Presidents returned from an enjoyable three-match tour to Northern Ireland.
In their opening match at Colraine BC they lost 62-84, against Ballymena BC they drew 73-73 while in their final match against the Ewarts club in Belfast the Ex-Presidents lost 81-94.
RESULTS of Saturday’s annual match with Bridge of Allan were (Riverside skips first): I Gillies 18, I Anderson 15; R Johnstone 12, I Wright 21; J Purdie 27, G Forrest 8; J Millar 14, R Guy 12. Totals: Riverside 71, Bridge of Allan 56.
In a recent match against Comrie the scores were: T Findlay 6, J Campbell 12; J Purdie 7, R Breen 16; A Guthrie 13, H Kelly 7; S Hunter 7, S Bilsland 13. Totals: Riverside 33, Comrie 48.
LIVILANDS played Airthrey Spa on Saturday and lost by three shots.
Scores (Livilands skips first): P Miller 12, I Watt 14; J Paterson 18, G Grant 12; R Hearsum 10, K Collier 16; J McLelland 12, I MacFarlane 13. Totals: Livilands 52, Airthrey Spa 55.
PRESIDENT Brian Weir welcomed Spittalmyre bowlers to the Stirling green last Saturday, when the annual match resulted in victory for the visitors by 14 shots.
Scores (Stirling skips first): R Letford 14, J Monaghan 17; B Weir 10, A Mason 15; D McKean 21, H Houston 11; B McLachlan 7, J Phimister 23. Totals: Stirling 52, Spittalmyre 66.
Results of the recent match against Livilands were: D McKean 17, P Miller 7; T van Heusden 14, J Paterson 10; M Cruz 18, J McLellan 9; R Letford 14, R Hearsum 12. Totals: Stirling 63, Livilands 38.
CAMBUSBARRON played Causewayhead on Wednesday of last week and won by 19 shots. Scores (Cambusbarron skips first): A Paton 18, D Henshaw 7; H Stark 14, J Bingham 11; J Ferguson 18, I Kirkpatrick 9; D Ferguson jnr 10, B Morrison 14. Totals: Cambusbarron 60, Causewayhead 41.
ON SATURDAY afternoon Borestone hosted the Murray Trophy, with Cambusbarron and Polmaise the visitors. After three rounds Cambusbarron ran out winners, amassing 18 points from their 12 games. Polmaise were econd and Borestone third. Next year’s competition will be held at Cambusbarron.