Website Report 01/09/16


The club finished their Men’s Tayside League campaign in fine fashion, taking 8 out of the 10 points available against both Kemback and Auchtermuchty.  This form was not good enough to win the league, but they finished a creditable third, one point behind Newburgh and 6½ points behind the winners, Strathmiglo.


Duffus Park won the Cupar and District Senior’s League for the first time since 2007, although they have always occupied top four positions in the ensuing years.  However, they made no mistake this season and finished three points ahead of Auchtermuchty.  In their last three matches, they took four points against Kemback in their last home game.  This left two difficult away matches, but a good result was achieved at Ladybank, collecting three points, and this left the club requiring two points at St Andrews.  The points were shared in this final encounter, with Fred Muir scoring a big win to ensure success.  In the event, challengers, Auchtermuchty dropped two points in their home encounter against Newburgh to give Duffus Park their three point winning margin.

Next up for the Senior’s was the Shield, the knockout competition.  Bob Dick won easily at Guardbridge, defeated Newburgh at home before falling, somewhat unluckily, at Ladybank.  Fred Muir on the other hand, scored easy victories right up to the Final, with wins against Falkland at home, then victories at Kemback and Lundin Links, before returning to Kemback for the Semi-Final for another easy victory against Auchtermuchty.  The Final, also at Kemback, was against, Bill Gatherer, Ladybank, and they returned to haunt the club.  They made it two wins in a row against Duffus Park, and in so doing, retained the Trophy after defeating Kemback in last season’s Final.

In the Finals day at Guardbridge, Duffus Park were runners-up to St Andrews.


There was no joy for David Smeaton in the National Senior Singles at Ayr Northfield.  Unfortunately, he could not reproduce his District form.  In the 1st Round, in miserable conditions, he lost 21-15 against George Robertson, from the Seafield club in Aberdeen.


There was another disappointment in the Fife Top 5 Singles competition.  Playing at Strathmiglo against Newburgh, they lost a game, where on the balance of play, they should have won.  Ranald McDonald and Jimmy Barclay were winners for Duffus Park, but George Sharp and David Smeaton both lost, and this left the outcome to the last match between Steven Seath and Neil Barlow.  Steven looked the likely winner, but ended up pipped 21-20.


Duffus Park had a good representation in the Ladies Tayside Knockout Cup Finals.  Unfortunately, in the matches played at Cupar, there were to be no Duffus Park winners.  Nearest to success was the Triple of Dorothy Goldie, Mary Ingram and Isa Findlay.  They led 10-5 at one stage against Helen Sinclair (Strathmiglo), but finished 14-12 down.  Margaret Lewis and Rona McCraw were well beaten in the Pairs by Marjory Allan (Guardbridge), 18-5, and it was a similar story in the Fours where Margaret Buist, Georgina Kirkwood, Mary Letham and Belle Thomson went down 20-9 against Amanda Chapman (Ladybank).


In the Duffus Park Jubilee Fours, sponsored by Kingdom Chiropractic, the winners were Andy Weir, Billy Johnston, Stewart Corcoran and Derek Johnston (Newburgh).  From the club’s point of view, best were Jake Rennie, Pat Kinhart, David Gemmell and Fred Muir in third place.

The Ladies held their similar tournament, but in Triples format, sponsored by Coffee and Kilts, Cupar.  No team collected full points on the final night, but one dropped point allowed Dot Nicol, Carole Mulligan and Alison Duncan from Lochore to win the event.


In other club events, Ian Rodger, Bob Hutcheon, Steven Goldie and Mark Hodgkinson won the Ballot Fours Competition, and in an American style tournament sponsored by Caspian Foods, with some invited guests, the Ceres Four of Steven Seath, Gavin Rollo, Betty and Eddie Willis were the winners.  In the Bill Chalmers Junior/Adult Pairs sponsored by Helen Chalmers, the winners were Ebony and George Sharp Jnr, who defeated previous winners, Jake Rennie and Jamie Cowan in the Final.


Chloe Stewart, with assistance from grandfather, Allan Reid, ran an event in aid of Motor Neurone’s Disease.  This was a massive success and raised £1250 for the cause.  Home club members, Jim Duff and Jimmy Barclay were the event winners with Isabel Kennedy and Carole Mulligan from Lochore in the runners-up spot.

Chloe, herself, did well to reach the Final of the Fife Under 18 Ladies Singles.  In the Final at Strathmiglo, Chloe lost out narrowly, 21-18 against Abigail Dowling (Aberdour).


To round up the Friendlies since the last time of writing, Duffus Park have won 6 and lost 4.  The match against Newport was for the Richard Harris Memorial Trophy.  The results were as follows.  DP 66 Glenmavis 48; Lochee 101 DP 104;  DP 54 Kemback 44;  DP 74 Invergowrie 67;  DP 43 Auchtermuchty 107;  Kennoway 65 DP 62;  Victoria Park 90 DP 87; (Victoria Park win the Ronnie Lambert Trophy); St Andrews beat DP (no score);  DP 90 Kirriemuir 66;  DP 81 Newport 73.


Robert Dick