Club News

Jason Banks helps Scotland win a British title for the second year

Jason Banks, now a regular on the under 25 International outdoor bowls team, was again selected to skip a rink in the British Junior International Series, at Belmont Bowling Club, in Belfast last weekend, and the Scots came home with the cup. It was the final match against Wales when the title was decided. The score Scotland 128 with Wales 127. A one shot victory with Jason winning 26-19 against his opponents in that game. This was his finest game, and against tough opposition was drawing winning shots, particularly in the latter half of the game. He also won against one of the strongest English fours, 19-18. He had his only reverse against Ireland, where he lost 18-19.

Says Jason ““The entire Scottish team, along with officials and supporters, were delighted to win the British Isles Gents Junior International Trophy for the second year in a row. As a result, Scotland have become the outright leader in the all-time table, having now won the trophy 10 times since it’s inauguration in 1992 (one ahead of England). As a result, Scotland have become the outright leader in the all-time table, having now won the trophy 10 times since it’s inauguration in 1992.”

Jason now turns his attention to his studies, entering his final year at University. He will be combining this with his involvement at Garioch, and then his attack at the National Indoor competitions, where he has a chance of progressing in the singles, pairs, triples and fours.

Jason was not the only Garioch player at Belfast, as the former player Connor Milne, (now of Turriff), also skipped a rink and had two wins from 3. His rink defeated England 18-15, Ireland 18-15 but lost to Wales 20-24.

Now to news of the Leagues…..One shock on day 1 of the winter season was the defeat of the champions in the Senior Gents 4s league. The former Reilly rink, now sponsored by Graeme Paton, tasted defeat. The opposition rink of Geoff Simpson, Alan Miller, Tam Keith and Bill Catto, were never behind and won 13-9. Last year it was round 7 before the champions tasted defeat. The runners up, the Hepburn team, saw off the Adam four by 19-7, while the Conn team, at the last end, had a narrow two shot lead and were down 3 shots with the last bowl of Ian Beattie to come. He drew to the jack to win 14-11. Another narrow win was that of the Robertson rink, who were bottom last year, and they defeated the Mair team who were in the top half of the league in 2017. Interesting times ahead!

Shock 2 was the defeat of the Frank Sinclair team, who won the Tuesday Senior Mixed Fours league last year by 10 clear points. They went down by 10-9 to the Doug Mair four. Alf Aspey, promoted from Division two, started his season well, defeating George Johnston by 15-7. In Division 2 the Keenan four, bottom of Division 2 last year, opened their season with a convincing 22-6 against the Hood rink who were 12 points ahead of them last year. Eric McIntosh had a convincing start to the season with a 17-6 win over Ally Pirie.

In the Senior Ladies Triples Ann Murrison, winners last winter, got off to a good start by defeating the Muriel Spence trio by 11-8.

10 pin news….This week was fairly quiet in the 10 pin Handicapped Singles League. There were only two matches played in Monday’s Early Section. Dave Morrison beat Craig Barrie 3-1 but was only 42 pins ahead overall and only won the first game by a single pin. Mike Styles ran out a 4-0 winner against Andy McKay and was 125 pins to the good in the long game.

The later section was even quieter with just one game played. Ric Young came out on top 4-0 against Chris Cartmel and was 140 pins ahead overall.

Tuesday saw three matches played. Taylor Mackie beat Valdis Plassis 3-1 but was only 15 pins ahead overall. Crag (Craig Black) beat Elvijs Berzins 3-1 and by 16 pins. Elvijs didn’t have the best night as he also lost 4-0 to Emma Harris who was 141 pins ahead.

There were no games played on Thursday night.

This is the half way point of the league, barring a few catch up games, and the tables are starting to make interesting reading. Kim Craig is sitting pretty at the top of the Monday Early Section with Dave Morrison her current nearest challenger, although either Mike Styles or Dan McKay could jump into second if they win their back match 4-0. Scott Middleton is three points clear at the top of the late section despite having played a game less than his nearest rivals, Ric Young and Paul Buchan. Sooty (Martin Strachan) is 5 points clear of Widd (Ross Wood) although Widd does have a game in hand so could close the gap to a single point! Thursday nights see Chris Gove topping the table although if she wins her game 4-0 then Debbie Longstaff could overtake him.