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Garioch ladies win the North league and the Gents could do the same next week while Club team take the scalp of Aberdeen in the Scottish top ten second round.

Garioch Ladies win the North league, having had a great season, and have won despite losing to Stonehaven away from home 65-49. They had to sweat, awaiting the result from the Fraserburgh and Buchan match. The news was that Buchan had been thrashed by Fraserburgh 82-30 and Garioch Ladies were champions by 2 points. The scores at Stonehaven were Anne Rogers 21-20, Linda Harper 13-22 and Carla Banks 15-23. A 16 shot defeat. A disappointing defeat but worthy champions over winter.

 They have played 8 games and won 6 scoring 12 points as opposed to Buchan who won 5 and finished with 10 points. The team now enter the North Premier League next season, and will be against much stiffer opposition. Aberdeen, Arbroath, Turriff and Elgin will be there opposition. Getting to the winning mark had some fine wins by good scores and the first defeat was to Buchan 71-52 which was a surprise but many teams visiting Mintlaw have found the blue carpet very tricky. The home score was a different story as Garioch won by a margin of 28 shots. Garioch scores for the season were Garioch 69-Dundee 50, Garioch 78- Buchan 40, Fraserburgh 54-Garioch 58, Garioch 71-Stonehaven 49, Dundee 48- Garioch 56, Buchan 71- Garioch 52, Garioch 61-Fraserburgh 47, and the final game against Stonehaven, a disappointing loss by 16 shots. While Marjory McDougall led the team in the final matches, it was Margaret Brown, who was at the helm, in the early weeks and bedded down, what became a very successful group of players. This week’s team was Anne Lawless, Sheila Reidford, Margaret Christie and skip, Linda Harper. Rink 2 had Angela Banks, Lucy Willox, Jean Paterson and Carla Banks while rink 3 had Jeannie Forbes, Kei Masson, Rhona Jarvis and Anne Rogers. Both Margaret Brown and Marjory McDougall were missing. Winning the league was a momentous day for the Garioch ladies. Congratulations!

***Garioch Gents team travelled to Stonehaven and came home with a victory 93-67. Win or lose at Arbroath on 2nd February Garioch will win their League. At present the home side have played 9 won 7 and lost 2 but have a plus 136 shots while Buchan have played 9 and won 6 with 3 losses but only plus 39 shots. The last games in the competition has Arbroath v Garioch and Buchan v Stonehaven. Says team manager Fergus Muat “ We aim to win the league by beating Arbroath and not do so on shot difference”. Match scores at Stonehaven…. Brian Reid 30 Mark MacIntosh 8; Jason Banks 18 Paul Hay 19; Alan Rough 27 Mike Watt 20; Lee Collins 18 David Baillie 20….Garioch 93 Stonehaven 67.  A great result and performance by the team which puts Garioch in the driving seat for promotion with one game left. An amazing performance by the rink of Keith Rose, Liam Willox, Ronald McDougall and Brian Reid, who dominated their game after getting a 5 at the first end, going on to win 30-8.

***On Sunday last, Garioch Gents travelled to Turriff to play Aberdeen in the second round of the Scottish Top Ten National competition and won. The city club were hot favourites but Garioch dug in and finished with 4 points each but with a superior overall shots of 77 to 66. The Club now meets Turriff at home on 3rd February at home for a place in the quarter final. It is hoped the team can repeat the 1996 Scottish semi-finalist performance when Garioch were narrowly defeated by Coatbridge. Players then included current members John Nicol, Pat Clarke and Mike Barron. The score against Aberdeen could have been 6 points to 2 but Brian Reid in the Pairs was just defeated 21-20 with Jason Banks beating David Nicholson 21-9 in the singles. Fergus Muat, in the triples had a narrow defeat 19-16 and Ian Beattie’4s beat internationalist, Mike Stephen 20-16. A superb game of bowls that came down to the last bowls.

 This was after a fine win the previous week against Fraserburgh, where Jason Banks in the Singles and Jean Paterson, Linda Harper, Gordon Spence & Ian Beattie in the Fours won, while Lucy Willox and Allan Rough in Pairs and Gemma Banks, James McDougall and Fergus Muat, in Triples, just lost. The score was 4 point each with Garioch 64 and Fraserburgh 60 shots. This was a very unexpected victory over the Fraserburgh team, who play in a league above Garioch, and they are likely to be promoted to the Premier league, being 4 points clear with 2 games to play.

***Reaching the club final of the Ladies knock out National competition are the mother, Angela Banks and daughter, Carla. The final was a fine display of drawing with Carla winning 21-15.  In the semi-final, Carla drew beautifully in the early ends, and raced away to a 9-1 lead at end 9 and scored a memorable win 21-9 in 90 minutes. Angela found herself 8-13 down against Linda Harper, but from then the game then changed, with Angela slowly catching up, then powered away with some fine drawing to score a memorable 21-13 win i.e scoring 13 shots without any reply from Linda.

***The National Gents club senior playdown final was a slightly disappointing contest with Geoff Simpson winning against George Morrison 21-9. George had some outstanding matches in the earlier rounds but failed to get going in the final, scoring at only one end in 7 at the start. He was 10-2 down at this stage. He rallied a little, sharing the next few ends, but Geoff Simpson drew beautifully at ends 13 to 15 scoring 2,3,3 to win the match.

***The National Gents Seniors Pairs have now reached the semi-final stage, and the draw is now Norman Hepburn v Derek Mackay and Geoff Simpson v Alex McGaughey. Can Geoff Simpson, the singles champion do the double?

***The Gents team, in the Henselite Scottish team playdowns, have drawn West Lothian at Arbroath this weekend, and the team could be up against it, as they have internationalists George Sneddon and Neil Speirs in their team along with Cameron Greer and Callum Logan who are in the semi-final of the 2019 Scottish pairs. Garioch will need to be at its best for this match to avoid a heavy defeat.

***The Seniors Gents team too, are in the K O Seniors Cup and meet Fraserburgh, and this will be a close contest on 30th January.

***Finally an update on the Short Mat contest on 8th, 9th and 10th March….The Pairs are fully subscribed with a “waiting list”. The triples now have only 5 spaces available, while the Friday night competitions had 16 of the 24 spots booked and the 3 Bowl singles had 12 spaces left for this competition. To enter contact 01467 622622 and take option 2.

*** The 10 pin leagues restarted this week with the Open Handicapped Doubles playing on both Monday and Thursday nights. The closest match this week was between Paul and Rory Buchan and Kim Craig and Michelle Taylor with the ladies winning three all and by one single pin in the long game, by 1144 to 1143. Paul, obviously smarting after missing out on the lowest handicap/highest average trophy in last year’s singles, bowled an average of a 198 scratch score and will be starting next week with a handicap of 1! Other notable averages/handicaps from week one’s matches are Michelle with 193/5 and Debbie Longstaff with 193/4.

The triples on Tuesday nights will also be starting very shortly. You might just have time to sneak a team in if you call quickly on 01467622622