Ring-rusty bowlers cook up a storm

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ABBOTSFORD

IN the final week before the Christmas break, there were some upsets in the latest games played in the Fjordhus-sponsored Winter League.

Jimmy Grieve’s triple proved too much for Jim Gilchrist’s trio, while, Ian Macdonald’s overcame John Hunter’s. There was a good win for Scott Thomson’s threesome over John Manczak’s while John Purves beat Colin Hancock in the singles.

With the league coming to a quick close, the title seems to be slipping away from multiple league winners Colin Hancock’s trio, so a new team may prevail.

On Saturday, the club held its annual dominoes, darts and bowls competition. With a good number of both members and guests, it took all night to decide the winners.

Results: Bowls winner, Ian Macdonald,; Runner-up, Tam Boyd. Dominoes (sponsored by club member Nan Butler) winner, Ian Macdonald; Runner-up, Brian Anderson. Darts winner, Chris Taylor; Runner-up, Ian Mathieson.

A good night was had by all.

Players are reminded that the next round of games in the Fjordhus Winter League start on Wednesday, January 12.

TWEEDBANK

FOLLOWING their enforced two-week break, the seniors were back in action last week, hosting Midlothian.

A return to winning was what was desired, but after the first five ends, when the visitors went 19 shots ahead, this began to look unlikely. As the game progressed, however, Tweedbank began to chip away at the deficit and, with still eight ends left to play, had closed the gap to just five shots.

Unfortunately, only one of the four rinks managed to score any shots during the remaining ends and as a result Midlothian emerged winners by 70-56.

There were no league fixtures for either gents or ladies with play-offs in the pairs category taking place at Abbeyview on Saturday.

For the men the club was represented by Derek Pearce and Kenny Johnstone, whose opponents were from Balbardie. The Tweedbank pair recovered from an early lapse to take an 18-9 lead before the opposition fought to level the score and regained the lead.

Before the last end, Tweedbank were two shots behind. With just two bowls left to play, Balbardie were holding shot and a firing shot was required. Johnstone hit the target as he hoped, however, the jack bounced off the banking and travelled back up the green.

Balbardie were still holding shot and the chances of gaining two with the last bowl of the end were not very good. Johnstone tried to kill the end but did not succeed and Balbardie ran out winners.

Balbardie were also the competition for Tweedbank in the ladies’ section with Moira Bell and Christine Miller finding the opposition difficult to handle. Despite their best efforts, the result was a comfortable victory for the Balbardie pair.

The club held its usual Christmas event last week. Unfortunately, with the short notice forced on the club due to the weather, there were less members attending than in previous years, however, 32 players enjoyed three hours of bowls and a lovely meal.

Prizes were given to winners and runners-up and the event also included the Christmas draw.

It was a most enjoyable day and the next club event will be the Burns game in late January. Lists will appear on the noticeboard in due course.

Members should note that the stadium will be open on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday between Christmas and the New Year, although evening sessions will only take place when Scottish competitions have been organised.

On Friday, December 31, the stadium will close at 4pm, following the usual hat game.