The first games in the Royal British Legion two-bowl triples league were played last Thursday evening.
Joan Nicolson, Ernie Munro and skip Davie Hunter got away to a flying start against Davie Henry, Willie Fleming and skip Alan Smith and were 13-4 ahead after 10 ends. Alan’s team picked up four shots on each of the next two ends but were unable to reduce the leeway any further and lost 19-15.
Mike Bailey, Norrie Wiseman and skip George Mundie had a steady start, as did Shauna Terris, Ian Scott and skip Ewen MacRitchie. After the first nine ends Ewen’s side had a three-shot advantage. However, they dropped 10 shots over the next five ends and were then reduced to playing catch up, eventually losing 18-13.
Margaret Johnson, Jean Jarmson and skip John Jarmson had a very close battle with Tam Terris, Ian Younger and skip Gordon Stevenson. There was never more than one or two shots separating the teams and at the halfway stage Gordon’s side were 7-6 in the lead. The game remained very tight and John’s team scored two shots on the last end to steal the game 13-12.
On Saturday afternoon 12 members played in the first sweepstake of the season which was won by Elma Scott and skip Findlay Jack.
In the lead after the first set of six ends were Gordon Stevenson and Skip Johnnie Wiseman on 12 shots, four shots ahead of Shauna Terris and skip Babs Mundie.
The second set saw a marked change in fortunes. Gordon and Johnnie were unable to increase their total and were pushed into second place by Elma and Findlay who now had 15 shots. Elma and Findlay scored a further eight shots in the final set to finish on 23, just one ahead of Eleanor Black and skip George Mundie and Joan Nicolson and skip Ian Scott.
Seven couples turned out to compete for the George Wilson Mixed Pairs Cup on Sunday afternoon and the winners were Jean and John Jarmson.
With only seven pairs it was decided to play the competition in the form of a knock out event. Eleanor Black and skip Davie hunter were given a bye into the semi-finals.
First round: Joan Nicolson and skip Gordon Stevenson 6. Elma Scott and skip Ian Scott 4; Caroline Smith and skip Alan Smith 4, Jean Jarmson and skip John Jarmson 5; Pat Hunter and skip Ian Younger 4, Babs Mundie and skip George Mundie 7.
In the semi-finals, Eleanor and Davie beat Babs and George by nine shots to three while Jean and John knocked out Joan and Gordon by six shots to three.
After dropping two shots on the first end of the final, Jean and John got into scoring mode and were 8-2 ahead after five ends. At this point they looked to be certain winners. However, Eleanor and Davie then picked up a two and a four to force a draw on eight shots each. An extra end had to be played.
Having won the toss John gave the jack to Eleanor and Davie, thus ensuring that he had last bowl. After Eleanor and Jean had played their bowls, Jean held one shot. Davie quickly took Jean’s bowl out to give his side a winning lie. The head was very tight and, with the last bowl of the game, John played a running bowl. He played wider than he should and had the good fortune to knock one of Jean’s bowls in for shot and so win the competition. Vice-president George Mundie presented the trophy to the winning pair.
There will be coaching tomorrow from 11am to noon for beginners and experienced players alike.
The Mundie Midsummer Cup will be played for tomorrow, starting at 2.30pm, and the weekly hat night competition will be played on Tuesday at 7pm.
Premier competition results – greens: Tam Terris 6, Ian Scott 21; Babs Mundie 21, Ian Younger 16.
Handicap: Alan Smith (-5) 21, Ian Younger (-2) 7; Ian Scott (-1) 21, Ewen McRitchie (-3) 1;Tam Terris (scratch) 21, Pat Hunter (-5) 20.
Ladies’ championship: Pat Hunter 21, Eleanor Black 14.
Men’s championship: Alan Smith 21,Davie Hunter 15.
Men’s league: Gordon Stevenson 8, Davie Hunter 12.
Play in the third round of the Jimmy Simpson Memorial Cup competition commenced on Wednesday afternoon.
Laurence Mar and John Jarmson played against Ian Younger and Davie Henry on rink one and set off at a cracking pace to lead by eight shots at the halfway stage. Davie and Ian won six of the final nine ends but Laurence and John were victors 21-12.
On rink two Ian Scott and Ewan MacRitchie enjoyed a close game against Jean Jarmson and Gordon Stevenson. There were never more than two shots between them until the 17th end when Jean and Gordon scored a three and went on to win 14-10.
Babs Mundie and Ernie Munro were in great form against Pat Hunter and George Mundie on rink three. High scoring was the order of the day with Babs and Ernie leading 16-5 after seven ends. Pat and George upped their game to bring the score to 17-13 at the 12th end. Thirteen proved an unlucky number for them and Babs and Ernie scored another 19 shots over the final six ends to win 36-14.
Fixtures: Ewan/Ian v John/Laurence; Babs/Ernie v Ian/Davie; Jean/Gordon v Joan/Margaret; Pat/Geordie – Bye.