The Bowls Scotland Finals were held this week at Northfield Bowling Complex in Ayr and there was success for Wigtownshire when the Stranraer Ladies rink of Susan Kelly, Kay McHaffie, Doreen Hillen and Margaret Reid won the gold medal for the ladies fours beating the Glasgow rink from Stoneyetts Bowling Club 22-4.”
Brendan Handling also won gold in the National B7/B8 Disabled section beating Ian Brown 21-12 in the final.
In other sections, Wigtownshire was represented by David McColm (Sandhead) in the singles; Graeme Penrose (Port William) in the junior singles; David McNeillie (Castle Kennedy) in the senior singles; Wullie Lochrie and Ivy McCrae (Newton Stewart) in the pairs; Alex Higgins, Michael Kelly and David Kelly (Stranraer) in the triples; Dean McColm, John McColm, Kevin Lindsay, Paul McCutcheon (Stranraer) in the fours; John McColm, Livvy Bell, William Forrest and Ian McColm (Stranraer) in the senior fours and Robert Bark and Ruth Saunders (Wigtown) in the mixed pairs.
Brendan Handling reported: “The week started on the Tuesday with the senior fours and the senior singles and the mixed pair playing their first round ties.
“The senior fours made it through to Wednesday’s quarter-finals, but they had a disastrous two ends losing a total of 10 shots. After being 8-3 up, to be eventually narrowly beaten 20-17 by the rink from Alloa East End. The senior singles representative was defeated in his first game and didn’t perform as well as he had in the qualifying rounds, going down 21-15 to a player from Inchture. The mixed pair started off slowly and were 6-3 down early on in the game, but by the end they were beaten 19-7 by the better pair from Musselburgh Municipal and did confess they never really played as well as they could have done.
“Thursday saw the opening games for the pairs and later on that day the fours. Unfortunately the pairs game got off to a bad start and it didn’t improve as the game went on. The pair from Drumoyne showed their intentions of how the game was going to go from the outset with the final score ending up 28-6 against Newton Stewart. The fours faired more favourably and once again with John McColm in a pivotal role in the team. The fours got through to play on the Saturday in the quarter -finals, against the team from Eddlewood. Alex Kelly, the Scottish skip, was in charge of the rink and this promised to be a hard game for the Stranraer team. The eventual winners being Eddlewood with 15 shots to the Stranraer teams 14.
“Friday was the start of the junior and gents’ singles and the triples, with Port William kicking off but unfortunately never really got started and went down to Kirkintilloch 21-9. The gents’ singles fared slightly better being beaten 21-17 by Adrian Bowling Club on what was an obviously bad rink. The triples started off well with David Kelly peppering the jack, but the game changed and the team from Kittybrewster got in front and never looked back.”