Stornoway bowlers achieve competition victories

Winners of the Gordon West Memorial Trophy were Mark Robb, Isabel Linklater and Anna Macleod and Sheena Macdonald.
Winners of the Gordon West Memorial Trophy were Mark Robb, Isabel Linklater and Anna Macleod and Sheena Macdonald.

A number of competitions have been contested by the Stornoway Bowling Club recently, including the Invitational Trophy which was played for by the winners of the previous year’s Singles competitions, or the runner up in the event of a player having more than one qualifying win.

It is the only outdoor competition which is played over a two set format with a three end tie-break if required.

In the first semi-final Agnes Munro played Duncan Maclean,with Duncan winning the first set and drawing the second to take his place in the final.

The other semi-final was played between Norman Macleod and Angus Murray, with Norman winning the first set and Angus winning the second it went to a three end tie-break.

Angus won the first end, but did not manage to unsettle Norman who won the second and third ends.

In the first set of the final it was Norman who got off to the best start and after four ends was leading four shots to one.

Duncan then won the fifth and sixth ends to draw level going into the last end, and it was Duncan who held his nerve to take the last end with a single shot.

Once again it was Norman who got the better start after four ends and was leading by four shots to one, but this time he took a single in the fifth.

Duncan took two shots in the sixth to leave Norman ahead by five shots to three going in to the final end, but this time he took a single shot to win the set, meaning a tie-break was required to settle the match.

Norman won the first end with Duncan taking the second and in a very close third end it was Duncan who was victorious.

The next competition to be played was the Gordon West Memorial Trophy. This was played between four teams – each made up of two pairs - and over the course of the day each team played each other twice, so each pair played all of the opposing pairs.

The winners on the day was the team comprising the pairs Mark Robb and Isabel Linklater and Anna Macleod and Sheena Macdonald.

The last competition to be played was the John McRae mixed pairs. The event was played over two evenings with each of the games played over eight ends.

The first semi-final was played between Barbara Kennedy and Duncan Macmillan up against Mary Matheson and Mark Robb, with Mary and Mark winning by eleven shots to seven.

The second semi-final was between Sheena Macdonald and Bob Ferguson up against Isabel Linklater and Angus Murray, with Sheena and Bob winning by nine shots 
to seven.

Mary and Mark won the first end of the final with a single shot, with Sheena and Bob taking the second with three shots.

Mary and Mark took two shots in the third to draw level.

Sheena and Bob took the fourth end with two shots and from then on in no matter what Mary and Mark tried it was Sheena and Bob who came out on top taking three shots in the fifth, three shots in the sixth, which left Mary and Mark with a mountain to climb in the final two ends.

Sheena and Bob took five shots in the seventh to win by fifteen shots to three.

Members are reminded that the draw for the gents singles and Calmac pairs have been made and to get their ties played by the date on the draw sheet. There are also entry sheets up for forthcoming competitions so get your entries in before the deadlines.