Club News

Honours for Carla and Jason Banks, National playdowns reach final stage and Club league leaders are becoming clearer

Another honour comes to Carla Banks as she has been selected to represent Scotland at the International Indoor Bowls Championships at Merthyr Tydfil in Wales next week, from 9th to 12th April. This follows her successful trip in March to Australia for the World Championship where she was second in a 10 country section, but just failed to reach the semi-final. She will play in the Singles and Mixed Pairs in Wales.

….Aberdeenshire Sports Council announced in late March that Jason Banks had been awarded the Adult Sportsman of the Year Award for his outstanding performances throughout 2018. He was congratulated on his winning of the U25 Scottish Championship and the British Isles title.

….Watching the Mixed Pairs K O semi-final, the first 9 ends were enthralling, with some fine drawing from Jean Paterson and Derek MacKay against Gemma Banks and Alan Rough. MacKay 9-8 up, but from then on they did not score another shot, to lose the match 20-9.

….The Gents K O 4s final was a little disappointing in that the losing team of James MacDougall, Ian Ingram, Ronnie McDougall with Brian Reid, as skip, were leading 5-2 at the 5th, but won only one further end, in the next 7, and were comfortably beaten 22-13. The winning rink of Alan Rough, Lee Collins, Colin Banks, skip, showed great patience, and went up a gear from end 13 to the end of the 4 hour match. In the semi-final, Jason Banks had steady scoring against the Doug Fraser team from the 6th end, losing only 3 ends from then, and finished with a fine win 24-9. They now go into the draw against other north east clubs in November.

…..Gemma Banks put together a very strong quartet, comprising herself as lead, Marjory McDougall, Doug Fraser and Alan Rough and in the final of the National KO 4s, they beat Jean Paterson, Margaret Christie, Bruce Stewart and Fergus Muat 20-8. It was the 4th end that lost the game, as Rough scored 6 shots, to lead 9-2 and Muat scored at only 2 of the last 6 ends. All four of the winning team played well, with Alan Rough outstanding in the final ends .

…..Gemma has another chance of glory, as she is in the National mixed pairs KO final against Geoff Simpson. Simpson has had an outstanding K O season winning the Senior Singles and Triples, lost in the semi-final of the Senior Pairs, and is in final of the Senior KO 4s against Bruce Middleton. As some of the National playdowns are on the same days in November, he will have to choose which competitions he will enter. He and the Club committee need to sort this out soon.

….The various Club leagues are nearing completion and titles are becoming more clear. Next week an update will be given on the detail of the winners of the various competitions. Sponsors of the current leading teams are Bill Conn in the Senior Gents 4s, Derek MacKay in the Monday Triples, Frank Sinclair in the Senior mixed 4s, the Banks family in Open pairs, Gordon Harper in the Men’s 4s, Harry McIntosh in the Senior Gents 3s, Jim Morrison in Thursday Open Pairs, Marion McDonald in Senior Open triples, and finally Jason Banks in the Friday Open triples. Details will be given next week.

….One of the thankless, but essential positions in any bowling club, is that of Selector of teams. With the 2019/20 leagues just 6 months away “volunteers” are being sought for Gents, Ladies, Senior Gents and Under 35 teams. Names to the office please before end of April.

….Ten Pin news…. There were four games played in the Open Handicapped Doubles this week - two on Monday and two on Thursday.  On Monday Ric Young and Ray Allen lost three-one to Kim Craig and Michelle Grant while Paul Connell and Chris Cartmel held Paul and Rory Buchan to a two all draw. Thursday saw Paul Emslie and Scott Middleton lose three one against Chris Gove and Jorge Hernandez. In the other match Liz Gove and Debbie Longstaff were four nil winners against Mike Styles and Hilary Hodgkinson.

The Belhaven Triples League on Tuesday night KGD running out three nil winners over RDJ while the Guttersloots also beat Club H three nil and the Alleygators were two and a half to a half winners over the Kingpins.

The first week of the school holidays saw the usual influx of “out of school” clubs and groups as well as the Active Schools holiday program and Grampian Disability Sports making good use of the 10 pin facilities. If you want to visit during the holidays just call on 01467 622622 to make your booking – it could be very busy!