Club News

GIBC’s league teams had contrasting fortunes this week with the Ladies seeing off Stonehaven by a score of 71 shots to 49. All three of the home rinks won and although it was a very close game at the half way point Garioch pulled away in the second two hours with the only real drama of the day coming on rink 5 as the GIBC foursome, skipped by Carla Banks (more on her later), had to overcome a 12-3 deficit after 7 ends in order to finish 26-19 winners. The next match for the ladies is away at Dundee on the 24th – will the ladies be able to carry on their good form? We’re sure they can.

It was a different story for the gents who, away at Stonehaven in the reverse fixture of the Ladies match, lost 83-68 with only one rink coming out on top.  The four skipped by Brian Reid were 24-19 winners but with Jason Banks’ rink losing 22-11, Lee Collins down 19-16 and Colin Banks on the wrong end of a 23-17 score line GIBC have had better weeks. I’m sure it will be a different story in a fortnight when the gents host Arbroath – beware the GIBC backlash.

Sunday morning saw the first fixtures of this year’s “Two Rink League” – a competition which means all the local outdoor clubs can continue playing throughout the winter season when their own greens are not in service. Each club field two rinks of three players and each match is 2 hours long. Today saw Harlaw taking on Newmachar and Newhills 2 playing Methlick.

On Friday Carla Banks, former under 25 singles champion,  took on defending champion Caroline Brown in the Scottish Ladies Masters Final, played in Perth and shown in part on BBC 2. Carla fought hard but was ultimately beaten by the current national number one singles player. Well done Carla, GIBC is very proud of you.

In our day time leagues the season is now far enough on that we can start to see early leaders establish themselves: In the Senior Gents Fours Jim Morrison is starting to pull away on 24 points but Bill Conn is in hot pursuit on 21; in the Monday Open triples it is Les Hamilton who is the early leader but there is a whole pack of other teams breathing down his neck; Jim Coutts now has a 5 point lead over Frank Sinclair in second place in Division 1 of the Senior Mixed Fours while in Division 2 it is Jim Low who has opened up a 6 point gap over his nearest rivals; Wednesday’s Senior Ladies Triples see Alison Michie and Ann Murrison tied at the top on 12 points; Gordon Sievewright is the current leader in Division 1 of Thursday’s Senior Gents Triples with Doug Clark snapping at his heels while in Division 2 it George Murray making the early running with Sandy Buchan chasing him down; current leader in the Thursday Open Pairs Division 1 is Dave Watson ahead of Jim Morrison and in Division 2 George Murray is out in front being chased by Sandy Buchan; it is Marion McDonald with a solid 6 point lead in Division 1 of the Senior Open Triples on a Friday while the early leader in Division 2 is Dave Watson but Geoff Simpson is lurking only 1 point behind.

We are getting very close to the final play offs in the Handicapped Singles League through in the 10 pin. Already assured of qualifying are Dan McKay, currently sat on top of the Monday Early Section, as well as Paul Buchan from the Monday Late Section, Taylor Mackie from the Tuesday Section and Debbie Longstaff from the Thursday Section. With the second automatic qualifying slots and the highest scoring loser slots still up for grabs the final few matches are going to be very tense indeed. Will Mike Styles or Craig Barrie join Dan? Will it be Ric young or Chris Cartmel going through with Paul? Can Widd (Ross Wood) hold of the challenge of Valdis Plassis and Emma Harris to hold onto second place? Will it be Liz Gove or Paul Connell from Thursday?

Coming up on the morning of Sunday the 25th of November is the next competition held by GIBC in collaboration with Grampian Disability Sports so you know of anyone who wants to enter just give us a ring on 01467 622622 for more details.