May 30 2012 by John Miller, Stirling Observer Wednesday
COUNTY West bowlers suffered another setback to their Hamilton Trophy hopes last Saturday when they lost out to Ayrshire North by just five shots.
In a close encounter on a sun-drenched Troon green the County squad kept in touch with the Honest Men for much of the match.
Although they drifted 12 shots behind with 15 ends completed across the heads County staged a late fight back only to be pipped on the finishing line.
The result now adds just a little pressure on Stirling County West when bottom dogs Dumbartonshire West (without a win) come calling at the Spittalmyre green on Saturday. A victory will just keep them in the frame with three matches remaining.
County finished with three winning rinks on Saturday. Craig Watson and Danny McCormick won 28-17 over Johnny Carson, while Aaron Hazel, Rae Duncan, Billy Guy and Jason Williams won 20-14 against A Rogerson.
Also winning were Duncan Angus, Manny Cruz, Gary Malcolmson and Danny McCormick with a 19-17 scoreline against Ian Galloway.
Elsewhere, James Brown, Ian Gillies, Dougie Kerr and Bryan Stillie lost 17-27 to S Stevenson, while Charlie Gibson, Ian Forsyth, Willie Black and Derek Logie lost 16-22 to Jim Hume.
Finally, Lee Neilson, David Ferguson, Peter Black and David Stewart lost 13- 21 to Paul Foster. Totals: Stirling County West 113, Ayrshire North 118.
THE District Eight finals of Bowls Scotland’s women’s championships were held at Bannockburn green last weekend.
Singles – Sandra Hardie (Dunblane) 21, Jan Watson (Cambusbarron) 7; four-bowl pairs – Spittalmyre (Aileen Robertson and Mary Holden) 15, Dunblane (Margaret Penman and Sandra McNeil) 11.
Triples – Tulliallan (Rachael Fairbairn, Emma Simpson, Maureen Wallace) 32, Callander (Beth Bowes, Marian Allan, Christina Watson) 3.
Fours – Spittalmyre (Dorothy Millar, Kathleen Sharp, Margaret Henderson, Margaret McEnearney) 20, Alloa East End (Margaret Hunter, Marian McIntyre, Beatrice Douglas, Marian McFarlane) 18.
Senior fours – Dunblane (Sheena Finnie, Jean Nairn, Pat Philpot, Charlotte Candlish) 24, Riverside (Daisy Donaldson, Bertha Peace, Betty Adamson, Agnes Guthrie) 7.
Winners go forward to the national final at Ayr’s Northfield greens from July 25-29.
STIRLINGSHIRE under 25s played their opening Scottish League match at Dunblane last Sunday against West Lothian and lost by 134 shots to 102.
Top rink for Stirlingshire (33-16) comprised Lee Neilson, Calum Markavich, Garry Brown and Martin McCauley.
Next Sunday’s opponents are Renfrewshire at the Grosvenor Club in Greenock.
STIRLING bowlers were celebrating last Saturday following their 38-shot victory over Cambusbarron to retain possession of the Gall Cup.
Scores (Cambusbarron skips first): S Kerr 12, C McPherson 16; J Liddell 6, B Weir 25; W Brown 15, R Letford 15; H Stark 14, D McKean 21; D Ross 16, J Miller 19; S Hamill 14, T van Heusden 19. Totals: Cambusbarron 77, Stirling 115.
STIRLING’S Lee McCormack skipped the winning rink in last Sunday’s junior invitation fours tournament at Causewayhead green.
The popular event attracted 23 entries from around Central Scotland with Lisbon Lion and guest of honour Tommy Gemmell blowing the whistle to get proceedings underway.
The event saw three juniors and one adult line up in each team and the successful four comprised Jack Edwards (Alloa East End), John Miller (Stirling), Chloe Kenny (Alloa East End) and Lee McCormack (Stirling) who were undefeated throughout.
Losing out in the final were Peter Kink (Alloa East End) and Causewayhead’s Dennis Henshaw, Morgan Williams and Graham Cumming.
Semi-finalists were Alloa East End’s Kieran McRay, Andrew Blake, Laurie Mahoney and Arron Craig, along with Cumbernauld’s Marc Carty, Arran Marks, George Carty and Ryan McCracken. The event was sponsored by Dennis Henshaw.
BRIDGE OF ALLAN
DUNBLANE bowlers were visitors at the Bridge of Allan green on Saturday – and lost by 22 shots.
Scores (Bridge of Allan skips first): J Robertson 14, A McQue 22; A Greasley 25, S Provan 11; T Reilly 31, M McInally 14; H Petrie 21, W Hamill 22. Totals: Bridge of Allan 91, Dunblane 69.
CAUSEWAYHEAD were visitors to at Livilands on May 23 and lost by six shots.
Scores (Livilands first): R Hearsum 17, J Bingham 11; P Miller 8, I Kirkpatrick 19; J McLellan 11, Redmond 15; J Paterson 19, B Morrison 4; Totals: Livilands 55, Causewayhead 49.
COMMITTEE members are reminded that a meeting will be held tonight (Wednesday), at 7pm.
DISTRICT NINE LEAGUE
RESULTS of matches played on Friday, May 25 were as follows.
Bruce Section – Cambusbarron 16, Bannockburn 11; Bannockburn 23, Cambusbarron 5; Stirling 21, Airthrey Spa 11; Airthrey Spa 14, Stirling 13; Bridge of Allan 21, Balfron 9; Balfron 13, Bridge of Allan 23.
Wallace Section – Doune Castle 26, Spittalmyre 6; Spittalmyre 15, Doune Castle 15; Dunblane 23, Riverside 9; Riverside 12, Dunblane 15; Polmaise 32, Livilands 3; Livilands 21, Polmaise 14.