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(6/1/19 - 18.00) STOP PRESS - Carla and Jason both defeated in National Junior Singles Finals: Unfortunately the dynamic duo both fell just short with Jason losing 21-19 and Carla going down 21-10. Any national final is still an achievement and we couldn't be prouder.........

Jason and Carla again skip Scotland’s under 25 teams; Could the Grioch Seniors team provide an upset?; and Club K O competitions reach interesting stage
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International honours come to Carla and Jason again. Just announced is the selection of Carla to skip a rink at the under 25 Home Internationals in Belfast on 9-10th February. Looking down the Home International team sheet, the omission of Carla was a surprise but, having been selected for the World under 25 Championship in Australia, she was not available for selection. Jason has been selected again for both the under 25 and full Home Internationals. The under 25 Home Internationals are in Aberdeen on 16-17 February.

…..This week the Garioch Seniors hope to progress to round 2, but they must first beat Fraserburgh by more than 4 shots, That was the deficit from the Broch visit before Xmas. Fraserburgh are top of the league, but this North of Scotland first round tie resulted in a narrow 68-72 defeat. It could have gone either way. With home advantage this week, the Seniors are quietly confident they can spring a surprise. The first leg could have been so different if Garioch had started better. George Morrison was 7-1 down at end 5, Jim Bruce down 11-1, and Gordon Spence 11-2 with only Ian Beattie rink getting the carpet and leading 8-3. At end 5 the score was Fraserburgh 32 and Garioch 12. With a deficit of 20 shots at this stage, it is credit to the team that they came back to lose only by 4 shots overall. Rink scores…Young (Fraserburgh) 16 George Morrison (Garioch) 14, A Cruickshank 24 Jim Bruce 12, A Gammack 7 Ian Beattie 20 and A Morrice 25 Gordon Spence 22.  A fine win for the Beattie rink. At end 15 Garioch were actually leading 64-61, but it was the last 2 ends, where Fraserburgh came back with 11 shots to Garioch’s 4, that the game was finally lost. A much better performance from the team. Eric McIntosh, Selector, comments “ we have the same team for this fixture and we are hopeful”.

….. Ladies team have no game this weekend, but the team will be looking out for the Buchan v Dundee game result. Should Buchan lose, then Garioch Ladies will be champions of the North Division 1 league, and promoted to the North Premier Division. Marjory McDougall, who is doubtful for the final match on 19th January says “While we have an excellent shots difference over Buchan, we still aim to finish our league season with a win, but Stonehaven, at home, will not be any easy fixture.”

….The Gents travel to Perth on Saturday and must be confident of a win having won the home game by 97-61. At present Garioch sit top of the league with 7 wins from 8. Perth have won 3 and lost 4 matches. The final two games are against Stonehaven at home and Arbroath away. Thoughts of the title?

…..The Singles Competitions for the National Open, and Seniors Gents K O singles, have reached semi-final stages at the Club. In the Open contest Alan Rough and Colin Banks have yet to arrange their quarter-final match, but whoever should win meets Doug Fraser, who had a fine win over Geoff Simpson 21-17. In the bottom section Jason Banks beat James McDougall, 21-11 which was described by spectators as outstanding drawing by both players. Jason now meets Ronald McDougall, who had a fine win over Lee Collins, who never really got going on the day.

…In the semi-final of the seniors National K O Singles is Ron Booth, who had a ding dong battle against Bill Barclay and scraped home 21-20. He had some great tusssles in earlier rounds seeing off Jim Bruce and Bill Blackie. Ron now meets George Morrison who beat Melvin 21-8. In the other half Geoff Simpson beat Jim Rodgers 21-11 after beating Brian Welsh and Jim Coutts. Geoff now meets Sandy Grieve after defeating Graham Coutts and Doug Craig.

The Seniors National Pairs semi-final at Club level is almost upon us. The crowd watching 3 of the 4 quarter-finals, were treated to some fine bowling. None more so than at the start of the Andy Duncan/B Campbell v Alf Aspey/Norman Hepburn. The latter pair raced away to a 10-1 lead after 6 ends and went on to win 17-8. They meet either Rogers or Mackay. In the lower section Geoff Simpson/Harry McIntosh  beat Dave Watson/Peter Craig 21-8, and in the semi meet Bob Airth/Alex McGauchey who won 15-9 over Jim Bruce/Doug Craig.