Club News

The Garioch League teams are beginning to show their potential….at least two are! The Ladies are top, the Gents are likewise leading their league, while the Senior Gents are struggling.

The Garioch senior Gents trio reached the Scottish Semi-finals in triples on Sunday!

The shortened format of only 3 rinks of 4 players (instead of 4 rinks)means, subject to the Banks girls, being available the team can beat anyone, and this has been the case so far. They sit top with 8 points from their first 4 games, with Fraserburgh and Buchan both having 2 defeats. This week the Garioch travelled to Dundee, and they came home with a fine win 56-48. The game was very close all the way, with the score being 2 or 3 shots up to either side during the match but the Garioch girls held their nerve and pulled out a fine win. Two of the 3 rinks won. Linda Harper had a convincing 22-16 win against K Muir. Marjory McDougall pulled off a 5 shot win against sister A Muir by 20-15 but Carla Banks had a fine tussle against the Milne rink, but went down by 14-17. The team’s next game is against Buchan, away from home, and this could be a close match, as the Garioch team won by only 13 shots last time.

The Gents league team sit top with 10 points, with their only defeat being at the hands of Stonehaven 83-68. Both Buchan and Stonehaven have suffered two losses, and this week the Garioch met Buchan at home and came away with a resounding 91-58 win. Three of the home rinks had convincing wins, with only Alan Rough going down by 18-19 against the experienced skip Stuart Smith. Colin Banks won 20-17 against G Marston. Brian Reid was never behind, and scored a fine 25-11 win, while the Lee Collins rink of James McDougall, Ash Canale and Fergus Muat won by 28-11, in a match that was very one sided, as all four drew well end after end.

The Seniors have won 2 and lost 4 in their league so far. On paper there are some very good players, but the results are just not coming. The only team they have beaten is Turriff at home  82-51 and away 81-48. Turriff are the whipping boys of the league, having won no game so far. Last week Turriff were the visitors to the Garioch, and the home team were never behind. Jim Bruce was the only defeated rink and that but by 1 shot to W Anderson 16-17. Other rink scores Bob Airth (Garioch) 23- 12 to E Thomson; George Morrison 22-10 to I Milne and Ian Beattie 21-12 to I Murray. The outstanding rink so far this season is that of Ian Beattie, who has had a stable team throughout. Bruce Middleton (lead), Harry McIntosh (second) and the ever dependable John Nicol, as third. They have won 5 of their 6 matches, and their only defeat was to Elgin, and then only by 2 shots. They meet Buchan next. Fraserburgh are having an outstanding season having played 5 and won 5.

What a performance…..In the quarter final of the Scottish Seniors Triples playdowns at Stonehaven the trio of Jim Coutts, Alex McGaughey and Bob Airth came from behind to beat Dundee 14-13 to reach the Semi-final on 2nd March. They played two matches on Sunday first defeating Fraserburgh 15-11 and then Dundee. The senior players were on the rinks for over 6 hours. Before getting to Stonehaven the trio defeated Elgin 13-12 in an exciting match, which went to the last end, and then the strong Aberdeen trio 16-8. Well done!

Jason Banks, winner of the Scottish and British under 25 title last year, has again reached the semi-final of the 2018-19 competition, and now meets John Fleming Jnr of Inverclyde, while Jak Millar of Aberdeen meets John Meikle of Blantyre on 6th January, with the winner playing off in the afternoon for the title.

The Gents National Singles Knock out singles in the Club are now reaching quarter final stage with, in the top section, Fergus Muat v Alan Rough fighting to meet Colin Banks, while Geoff Simpson will meet the winner of  D Fraser v G Gray. The lower section has the winner of Liam Thom v James McDougall, meeting Jason Banks (who is already through) or M Williams and Gary McDonald against Ronnie McDougall, with the winners meeting either Lee Collins or Brian Reid, for semi final places on 6th December.

The biggest league, by far, is the Senior Gents Fours on a Monday, with 15 teams. Last year Jim Morrision was 5th in the league, some 25 points behind the champions, but not this year. For the last 3 weeks he has been clear leader, but the ever competitive, Bill Conn team has now caught up. This is all the more surprising, because the Conn rink lost 2 of their first 3 matches, but have steadily crept up the league. The Paton rink, previous champions on 3 recent years, are in mid table. Perhaps age and fitness is catching up with the 90 and 87 year old players, who can still win against the best. Keep going lads!

Ten Pin…All but one of the 4 sections in the Callum Fraser Memorial Trophy have now finished and just in time for the playoffs on Tuesday night! Thursday sees Chris Gove and Debbie Longstaff heading through. Tuesday’s qualifiers are Taylor Mackie and Sooty (Martin Strachan). The two from Monday’s Late Section are Paul Buchan and Chris Cartmel. Definitely through from Monday’s Early Section is Dan McKay and with the last matches to be played being between Steve Ralston, currently one of the lowest handicaps in the league but with two matches to play, and Craig Barrie, currently second, and Andy McKay, also one of the lowest handicaps, both second place and a qualifying spot based on the handicaps still up for grabs it really has come down to the very last minute. Currently sitting in the 4 handicap slots are the afore mentioned Steve Ralston on 11, Paul Emslie on 15, also mentioned above Andy McKay on 18, and currently in the 4th slot Scot Middleton on 19 although an honourable mention should go to Paul Connell who is only a single pin behind Scott.

Sunday was also the fourth and final GIBC/Grampian Disability Sports 10 Pin Bowling Competition of 2018. As usual it was well attended and hard fought with 24 bowlers braving the rain and November chill for a 10am start. After three rounds of bowling (and a spot of lunch) the final placings were as follows: 4th David Stephen, 3rd Matthew Smith, 2nd Craig Barrie, and the overall champion, Ewen Dundas.

The first competition of next year will be in February so keep an eye out if you or anyone you know qualify and fancy entering just call 01467 622622 and let us know.