Saturday 29th May saw us bask in sunshine for our second Club competition of the season, the LBC Triples. 21 players were drawn into 7 triples in a round robin format. The first controversy of the weekend came well before a Jack was thrown as on the eve of the Competition, after a rather long-winded committee meeting there was some debate about how many ends should be played in each match. 6 was proposed as well as 8. A compromise of 7 was decided although that was to turn out to be a mistake! Then, at just after 10.30pm, a late withdrawal left us scrambling to find a replacement. Fortunately, Ewan was still awake at just before midnight and stepped in as replacement!
And so to competition day. The green was cut and was looking great as the first round of matches got underway. The tie of the round looked to be Alex, Jimmy & Alan R v Alan G, Neil and Robert C – and so it proved as the match went to the final end, Alex, Jimmy & Alan just holding on for a 5-3 win. Anne C, Isabel and Robert M produced the biggest win of round 1 v Dod, Sandra S and Lee whilst Ewan, Kev & Billy tied 8-8 with the all ladies’ team of Anne R, Sandra F and Carol.
Round 2 saw wins for Alex, Jimmy & Alan R, Alan G, Neil & Robert and Malcolm, Jonathan & Greig. By the completion of Round 3, however, there was only one undefeated team following another win for the Alex Weir triple. As the halfway point was reached the decision to play 6 matches of 7 ends was starting to look decidedly dodgy and so it was decided to drop an end from each match.
The next two rounds of matches produced some surprising results. It looked like the main challengers to the undefeated Weir triple were Alan G, Neil and Robert but they needed help from others – their chances disappeared though after a loss to Dod, Sandra S and Lee. The overall victory for the Weir triple was then guaranteed after a win in their penultimate match, which controversially was played out of order. It appears that the all female triple of Sandra F, Anne R and Carol were not keen on sitting out the penultimate round of matches and wanted their day over quick. Of course, they blame Alex for not saying anything and by the time it was noticed they had already started their match. The quote from the match secretary was that it had “nowt to do with me”. With the event falling into chaos, it might have been better had the Alan G triple owned up to the fact that they had already suffered two losses (something else unnoticed at that point) – a decision may then have been taken to not bother playing the final round of matches – ah what fun!
The unfortunate outcome of the Alex v Sandra match being played out of order was that Ewan, Billy and Kev ended up sitting out two matches in a row – huge apologies to them from the Alex and Sandra trios!
The final round of matches saw the ultimate winners lose their only match of the day against Malcolm, Jonathan and Greig but Jimmy was quoted afterwards as saying he wasn’t even trying – he just wanted the day over so he could get on with celebrating at the Lauderdale. The battle for second place was to be decided on shot difference and a big win for Anne C, Isabel and Robert in their last match saw them take the runners up spot by the narrowest of margins from Alan, Neil and Robert. The final positions were as follows:
Winners - Alex, Jimmy & Alan R
Runners-Up - Anne C, Isabel & Robert M
Third - Alan G, Neil & Robert C
Fourth - Dod, Sandra S & Lee
Fifth - Jonathan, Malcolm & Greig
Sixth - Ewan, Billy & Kevin
Seventh, Sandra F, Anne R & Carol
Well done to Alex, Jimmy and Alan for the win and to all players who took part, and apologies to those who got in trouble for the late finish! This is what competitive play is all about though, controversial moments, arguments and disagreements, frustration and annoyance and some good old-fashioned fun – ah there’s nothing better on a sunny Saturday afternoon!
They say that all experience is good experience so that will be put into practice this coming weekend with the Lauder 500 Trophy – it will run like a dream according to our Club President!
Our first Club competition of 2021 took place on Sunday 23rd May and the rain miraculously stayed away.
Group A saw the bookies favourites, Alex Weir & Lee Wilson comfortably win their first match 13-4 against Isabel MacRae and Alan Richards. In the other Round 1 match Greig McDonell & Leonard Moorehead lost a 3 on the first end against the two Anne’s (Rooney & Clarke) but then never lost another end in a 19-3 win.
Round 2 pitted Alex & Lee against Greig & Lenny and when the favourites strolled into a 5-0 lead after 4 ends it looked like this was going to be a very one-sided contest. 4 of the next five ends, however, went the way of the underdogs as the fought back to trail 5-6 with 3 ends left to play - according to Greig, Alex and Lee were there for the taking so long as Lenny kept playing long jacks…… Oops – end 10 and the jack hardly got over – back into the groove came Alex and Lee who picked up a four! The last two ends went the way of Greig & Lenny, but the match ended 10-8 to the favourites. Meanwhile, the two Anne’s took on Isabel and Alan and they too started poorly – 7-0 down after 4 ends. They battled back, however, winning four of the next six ends reducing the deficit to four shots before the last two ends were shared, Alan & Isabel running out 10-6 winners.
Round 3 saw Greig & Lenny repeat what they did in Round 1 – a loss of the first end but from there they never relinquished the jack as they dominated Isabel & Alan, victorious by a 20-1 score line. They now needed an upset (some would say miracle) from the two Anne’s as they faced Lee & Alex. At 6-6 after six ends the miracle looked possible but five of the final six ends went the way of Alex and Lee who produced a 7-shot victory to see them into the final.
In Group B, the first round of matches saw Robert Moorehead & Alan Gilchrist take on George (Dod) Watson & Neil Craig. 8 ends out of 12 were won by Robert and Al as they secured a 13-5 victory. In the other first round match, Malcolm Cazaly & Robert Clarke took on Jimmy Gillie & Ian Hogarth. Malcolm had pointed out on the eve of the Competition that he and Robert had never lost in a competition together. Despite some scurrilous suggestions that maybe they had never played together we are assured by our statistician that they have played a couple of times as a pair! Were they the favourites to qualify from Group B? At 8-1 up after 4 ends they certainly looked like they were going to start with a win but a four and two 2’s over the course of the next four ends brought the scores level at 9-9 heading into the last 4 ends. Jimmy and Ian had the momentum and dropped only one more shot over those four ends, picking up two 3’s and a 2 on their way to a 17-10 win.
Round 2 pitted the two winners from round 1 together and the sensible money was on the winner of this match making the final. As in their first match, Jimmy and Ian fell behind early but from 5-2 down, they went on a run of five ends without reply to lead 9-5 with four ends to play. 3 singles from Robert & Al then took the match down the last end trailing 8-9. In a topsy turvy contest, it was Ian & Jimmy who came out on top after a 2 on the last gave them an 11-8 victory. In the other match, Malcolm and Robert ran out 13-7 winners, the turning point being end 7 where the duo picked up a full house to jump into a five-shot lead which they never relinquished.
The final round of matches saw Malcolm and Robert win their second match of the day. From 11-2 down, Robert and Al did well to recover to a final score of 13-8. Malcolm and Robert now had to hope for a surprise win for Neil and Dod in their last match against Jimmy & Ian. When the favourites went into a 6-1 lead their place in the final looked secured and over the course of the final six ends, they picked up another 5 shots to reach the final with a convincing 11-4 win.
3rd to 8th places were calculated on points and shot differences as follows:
3rd: Greig & Lenny
4th: Malcolm and Robert
5th: Robert and Al
6th: Isabel & Alan
7th: Dod & Neil
8th: Anne R & Anne C
And so, to the final. After 5 ends, the match was all square at 3-3. Ends 6, 7 & 8 seemed to be a turning point though as Lee and Alex picked up a two, a three and a single to storm into a 9-3 lead with four ends left to play. Jimmy and Ian looked out of it, but they kept battling and a single on end 9 was followed by a pair on end 10 before another single on end 11 brought them to within two shots going down the last end. Lee & Alex looked nervous, and the momentum seemed to all be with their opponents, but Jimmy and Ian fell just short with a single on the last as the pre-tournament favourites just about lived up to their billing with a narrow 9-8 victory. Well done to them.
A good day had by all and it was great to see competitive play on the green again. Roll on next weekend for the LBC Triples.
Although 2020 was a very difficult year, we still managed to get some bowls in and the shortened season was enjoyed by all who took part. Our competition winners are noted below:
1st August 2020 – TWO BOWL PAIRS
Winners – Alan Gilchrist & Gwenda Ainslie
Runners-Up – John Finlay & Robert Clarke
8th August 2020 – LAUDER 500 TROPHY
Winners – Alex Weir & Greig McDonell
Runners-Up – Carol Davidson & Malcolm Cazaly
15th August 2020 – BEST OF THREE
Winner – Gwenda Ainslie
Runner-Up – Alan Gilchrist
29th August 2020 – BEAT THE CLOCK SINGLES
Winner – Alex Weir
Runner-Up – Carol Davidson
5th September 2020 – CLUB PAIRS
Winners – Carol Davidson & Leonard Moorehead
Runners-Up – Alex Weir & Anne Clarke
Week of 7th Sep 2020 – FLOODLIT PAIRS
Winners – Alan Gilchrist & Carol Davidson
Runners-Up – Jonathan Davidson & Gwenda Ainslie
19th September 2020 – SLEIGH CUP
Winners – Alan Gilchrist & Alan Richards
Runners-Up – Jonathan Davidson & Gwenda Ainslie
Winner – Greig McDonell
Runner-Up – George Watson
After a really difficult few months when it looked like we might not get on the green at all, and due to a lot of work behind the scenes, the Club held its first competition of the season at the beginning of August.
Our Two Bowl pairs Event saw two of the pre-tournament favourites meet in the first match of the Competition as Gwenda Ainslie & Alan Gilchrist took on Carol Davidson & Lee Wilson. And it turned out to be a bit of a controversial start as Gwenda and Alan initially claimed an 8-7 victory on their scorecard, disputed by Lee & Carol who had the match scored as a 7-7 draw - Committee Adjudication needed from the outset! With the purported winners a little unsure if they were correct, a 7-7 draw was recorded.
Meanwhile there was no controversy as Anne Clarke and Alex Weir recorded a big win in their first match and when they followed that up with a 13-4-win v Carol & Lee (ending their hopes of progression) they looked like they were the team to beat. It all came down to a final match shoot out following Gwenda and Alan’s victory over Leonard Moorhead and Alan Richards – no dispute on the scorecard on this occasion after a mammoth 17-1 win. That final match saw Gwenda and Alan sneak into the final after a tense 10-8 win, Alex and Anne ruing some missed opportunities in the last few ends.
The bottom half of the draw had no clear favourites although the most experienced pairing saw George (Dod) Watson and Malcolm Cazaly drawn together – 180 years of bowling between them and according to Dod he isn’t even 80 yet – surely Malcolm can’t be 100?? This also came down to the final matches. A win for Neil Craig and Allan Ainslie put paid to Dod and Malcolm’s chances of making the final. They needed Greig McDonell & Jonathan Davidson to defeat or draw with Robert Clarke and John Finlay to put them through – in the end it wasn`t even close and a comfortable win put Robert & John into the final.
Gwenda and Alan started the final as firm favourites and after a good start they looked in complete control. 7-2 up after five ends and no one gave the underdogs a chance but when the next 3 ends all went the way of John & Robert suddenly the match was in the balance, 7-6 with two ends to go. Two singles on the last two ends, however, saw Gwenda drag her playing partner over the line to a 9-6 victory. Well done to them.
Our second Competition of this reduced season was the Lauder 500 Trophy. After a dodgy draw, it looked like the favourites had to be Lee Wilson & Alan Gilchrist – Alan managed to prove, however, that it truly was Gwenda who had pulled him through the previous week as they bit the dust after a 14-7 loss in their second match of the day. That left the door open for Greig McDonell & Alex Weir to progress after two huge wins (17-4 & 16-3). They would surely meet Anne Clarke & Jonathan Davidson in the final - they went into their final match against Carol Davidson & Malcolm Cazaly in the knowledge that anything other than a big loss would see them through. With calculators at hand, Jonathan had worked out that even a 7-shot loss would be enough for them to get through. After seven ends, however, Anne & Jonathan had only picked up a pair and had lost a remarkable 15 shots over that period. 13 shots adrift they needed to find 6 shots in the last 3 ends – a single and a pair brought them within 3 of their target going down the last but they only managed another single and a 9 shot victory remarkably saw Malcolm and Carol progress.
The final saw Greig & Alex hold a five shot lead going into the last end – only a major nervous breakdown would prevent them picking up the trophy – hold on – 4 bowls to go and Carol & Malcolm held 3……… No improvement with Alex`s penultimate bowl – Carol had a chance to put real pressure on but when she failed to make it 4 the match was effectively over. Well done to Alex & Greig.
Even though we’re still far away from normal, it’s good to be back playing.
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