New bowling season rolls on

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With the bowling season now well under way at Stornoway Bowling Club there have been a number of competitions completed so far.

The first competition was the minimum jack triples with eight teams taking part, it was played over five rounds of bowls the eventual winners were John Norman Macleod, George Fairclough and Rob Macdonald who finished the day without losing a game.

The next competition was the Invitational Trophy which is played for by the winners of the previous year’s singles competitions and in the case of anyone winning more than one competition the runner up take the place.

The final was played between Alex Dan Campbell and Duncan Macmillan, these games are played in a two set format, with each set played over seven ends with a three end tiebreaker if required.

The first set was won by Duncan six shots to one, Alex Dan got of to the better start in the second set and after four ends was leading three shots to one, Duncan then came back in to the game scoring two shots in both the fifth and sixth ends and a single in the seventh to win both sets.

The Gordon West Memorial Trophy was won by the team of Malky Macleod, D. A. Stewart, Mark Robb, Angus Murray, Johnnie Hamilton and Rob Macdonald.

Next up was the sports council trophy with seven teams competing in a round robin format, each team would play six games of six ends, this turned out to be another close competition and second placed team was decided by shots’ difference, with two teams having won four games, so the second placed team was Alex Dan Campbell, Angus Macdonald and Dan Macmillan with the winners, who finished with five wins Sheena Macdonald, Bob Walker and George Fairclough.

The club also had a visit from their friends at the Waterloo Bowling Club and thanks goes to them for making the journey across the Minch to play, an enjoyable evening’s bowls was had by all.

Thanks also to the club ladies for organising and catering for all the bowlers taking part and for all the other members who made it such a success.

The Vaila cup was the next to be played. This is a singles competition which is played over twelve ends and this year it was played as a minimum jack competition.

With a total of twenty two bowlers taking part it was played over three evenings.

The first of the semi finals was played between Isobel Linklater and Dan Macmillan, it was Dan who got off to a flying start scoring two shots in each of the first two ends before Isobel scored a single in the third.

Dan scored a single in the fourth and fifth ends with Isobel closing the gap a bit in the sixth with three shots making the score six shots to four in Dan’s favour.

Dan scored two shots in the seventh with Isobel taking a single in the eighth, Dan then went on to win the remaining ends to win by twelve shots to five.

The other semi final was between John Norman Macleod and Rob Macdonald. Rob hit the ground running and scored two shots in each of the first three ends to go into a six shot to nil lead.

John Norman came back with a double in the fourth end Rob scored another two shots in the fifth.

John Norman pulled out all the stops over the next two ends scoring an impressive seven shots to go into the lead nine shots to eight.

But Rob was not one to be out done and scored four shots over the next three ends to go back into the lead twelve shots to nine.

John Norman scored two shots in the eleventh end to close the gap to one shot, it was all to play for in the final end, and it was Rob who held his nerve an scored another two shots to win by fourteen shots to eleven.

In the final it was Dan who got off to a flying start winning the first four ends and scoring a total of seven shots before Rob found a reply scoring a single in both the fifth and sixth ends.

Dan hit back with a full house of four shots in the seventh and a single in the eighth.

Rob scored three shots in the ninth and a single in the tenth to close the gap a little, but with Dan scoring three shots in the eleventh end it was all over.

The club also went on its travels across the Minch to play against Connon and Maryburgh Bowling Club and Beauly Bowling Club and although the Lewis bowlers lost both matches thanks goes to those clubs for their hospitality and it is hoped they will both play in Stornoway next year.

Thanks to Willie for organising the trip, and to Bob for stepping in and taking over the driving duties, getting every one safely and on time to each of the venues, certain members also mentioned to thank him for driving at a sedate pace so they could enjoy the scenic view on route.