Jul 25 2012 by John Miller, Stirling Observer Wednesday
ALL roads lead to Ayr this week as local bowlers make their bid for national silverware.
The Bowls Scotland bandwagon rolls into the Northfield greens today, when the five-day Scottish championship finals get under way in both gents’ and ladies’ events.
In the gents’ singles Aaron Hazel from the Polmaise Club steps up against Ronnie Branley from Cockenzie and Port Seaton in his opening match.
Junior singles man Alastair McFarlane (Callander) faces Kevin Brunton from the Craigie Club.
Pairs Kevin Paterson and Sandy Deans (Polmaise) take on Leven opposition in their opener, while Bridge of Allan’s triples Willie Steele, Jamie Grant and Ian Wright face Ayr’s Coylton club.
In the fours contest Dunblane’s Wallace Clarke, Bill Hardie, Neil Nairn and David Cuthell line up against the Charleston club from Paisley.
Senior fours representatives Bill McGill, Giles Alexander, Jim McKenzie and Alan Greasley (Bridge of Allan) face Galston BC in their opening match.
Sandra Hardie (Dunblane) faces Leigh McPartland from Kilmarnock’s Northwest club in her opening ladies’ singles match.
Spittalmyre pairing Aileen Robertson and May Holden will play Auchinleck opposition, while Tulliallan triples Rachel Fairbairn, Emma Simpson and Maureen Wallace play Cardonald.
In the fours Spittalmyre’s Dorothy Miller, Kathleen Sharp, Margaret Henderson and Margaret McEnearney line up against the Turriff club.
Senior four Sheena Finnie, Jean Nairn, Pat Philpot and Charlotte Candlish (Dunblane) will play opposition from the Barnhill club in Broughty Ferry.
CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS
SPITTALMYRE’S Fraser Gray won the Champion of Champions title last Friday evening with a 21-17 victory over Ian Gillies (Riverside).
The popular competition took place at the Cambusbarron green over the past two weeks and was sponsored by Stuart Clubb.
In the semi-finals Fraser Gray won 21-19 against John Miller (Stirling) while Ian Gillies won 21-19 against Pat Martin (Bannockburn).
The new champion now goes forward to meet the Eastern District Champion of Champion at the Cambusbarron green, on a date still to be arranged.
WINNERS of last weekend’s 25th annual pro-am pairs competition at Doune Castle BC were Bryan Stillie (Bannockburn) and Glen Fraser (Wishaw). Runners-up were Martin McCalley and Gary Hutchison (Adrian).
POLMONT BC won the Duncan Trophy. In the recent Stirling County tournament Polmont bowlers amassed a winning total of eight points and 25 shots. Runners-up were Grangemouth Railway BC with eight plus 23.
WINNERS of Central Association’s Newington House tournament were Doune Castle BC with seven points and 26 shots. Runners-up were Polmaise BC with seven points and 25 shots.
POLMAISE and Spittalmyre clubs will contest the final of the City of Stirling Top Fifteen competition at Bannockburn green on Sunday, August 5, at 2pm.
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PRESIDENT Brian Weir welcomed Falkirk bowlers to the Stirling green last Saturday for the clubs’ annual fixture. Scores (Stirling skips first): M Cruz 17, A Larmer 12; B Weir 19, A Wilson 16; S Hope 16, J Payne 14; J Miller 16, A Weir 10. Totals: Stirling 67, Falkirk 52.
RESULTS of the match against Bannockburn BC were (Airthrey Spa skips first): K Collier 16, A Ivatt 9; G Grant 18, C Ivatt 7; C Thrower 6, L Kelly 26; I Watt 11, W McLaughlan 11. Totals: Airthrey Spa 51, Bannockburn 53.
WINNERS of the ladies’ Jane McGregor Trophy, played last Sunday, were Sandra Simpson, Margaret Henderson and Margaret McEnearney (Spittalmyre).
Runners-up were from Alloa BC: Janette Hunter, Jan Ross and Ann McGregor.
Losing out in the semi-finals were Jackie Keir, Margaret Nichol and Jean Deacon (Alloa Co-op) along with Teresa McTeirnay, Marcella Ross and Anne McKay (Lennoxtown).
The club’s annual gents’ match with Causewayhead BC was played last Saturday, resulting in victory for the hosts by 32 shots.
Scores (Spittalmyre skips first): F Weston 20, G Williamson 6; A Holroyd 31, J Don 15; J Monaghan 13, I Kirkpatrick 14; G Giannandrea 18, I Carnachan 15. Totals: Spittalmyre 82, Causewayhead 50.