Website Report 09/11/16


In the Final day of the Cupar and District Senior’s League at Guardbridge, Duffus Park finished as runners-up behind St Andrews.  After the matches, the trophies for the season were presented, and it was a good year for the club, winning the league for the first time since 2007, and finishing runners-up in the Knockout Shield, won by Ladybank for a second successive year.


This season’s Ladies Champion is Julie Brown who defeated Belle Thomson 21-11.  Julie added a further two successes, winning both the Ballot Pairs and the Nomination Pairs.   In the Ballot event, she teamed up with Mary Ingram defeating Lisa Hodgkinson and Rose Ferris, 20-10 and in the Nomination event, Mary Letham and Julie finished 15-10 ahead of Dorothy Goldie and Isa Findlay.  In other Singles events, Margaret Lewis won the New Singles with a 21-6 victory over Lisa Hodgkinson, while in the Handicap, Chloe Stewart was a 21-8 winner over Isabel Gemmell.  In addition to the Nomination Pairs title, Mary Letham added two Single hand titles to her impressive season.  She won the Redgate best of Three Set Singles against Rose Ferris with a 7-2, 7-1 result, and later added the Senior Singles title, with a strong finish enabling a 21-16 victory over Isa Findlay.  In the remaining Singles event, the Two Bowl, Mary Ingram defeated Rona McCraw, 21-15.  Belle Thomson and Isa Findlay are always well to the fore in the Two Bowl Pairs and this year was no exception after defeating Dorothy Goldie and Mary Ingram, 14-9.  In a round robin Triples, Marge Kerr, Gerry Hardy and Isa Findlay won all their matches to win the competition.  Georgina Kirkwood, Rose Ferris and Rona McCraw were the runners-up.


In the Men’s competitions, David Smeaton won four Single-hand competitions, yet the main prize, the Championship did elude him.  However, among his victories was the prestigious Syd Buist Trophy, donated some years ago by his widow, Margaret, an ardent supporter and member of the club.  In that Final, David defeated Johnnie Redhead, 15-5.  His other wins came in the Handicap, 21-9 over Tom McCarroll, the Green Championship, 21-8 against Steven Seath and the Redgate Three Sets Singles, also against Steven Seath, 9-4, 9-4.  Steven Seath did, however, win the main prize, the Championship, after losing in the Final last year.  The Final against Davie Gemmell was an enthralling contest and as play progressed it was difficult to forecast a winner.  Davie looked the likely winner when 20-18 ahead, but two ends later, it was Steven, who prevailed, 21-20.  Although denied the main prize, Davie did win two competitions.  He won the Two Bowl Singles, 21-14, against Johnnie Redhead and the Nomination Pairs along with a new name on the trophy list, Ian Rodger.  Johnnie Readhead won the Ballot Pairs along with George Sharp, defeating John Lewis and Ross Davie in the Final.  Two experienced bowlers, but relatively new members, contested the New Singles with Allan Brown finishing 21-8 ahead of Ross Davie.  There was an excellent Mixed Pairs Final, which didn’t reach a conclusion until an extra end was played.  Janice and Gordon Pryde ended up defeating Isa Findlay and Ranald McDonald, 15-14.


Alan Timmons had a successful season in the Senior competitions, winning the Handicap and the Ballot Pairs.  Hugh Prentice was involved in both, losing 21-20 in the Handicap, and teaming up with Alan in the Pairs, defeating Pat McInally and Fred Muir, 18-6.  However, the main prize, the Senior’s Championship went to Bert Goldie, who was in top form to defeat Kenny Cameron, 21-8.  In a round robin day competition, Fred Muir and Rose Ferris won the Joe Rodgers Senior Mixed Pairs ahead of Alan Timmons and Georgina Kirkwood.


Evan Hodgkinson retained his Boy’s Singles title, winning both his Semi-Final against Andrew Gibson and his Final against Lewis McRobbie, 6-5.  In the Girl’s Singles, Niamh Davie defeated McKenzie Laing, 8-1 and Amelia Davie defeated sister, Isla, 5-4.  Niamh triumphed 7-3 in the Final.


In the Men’s Invitation Fours, the winners were the Scotscraig team of Richard Liddle, George and Crawford Phin and Graham Ewart, who defeated the Inchture combination of Bruce Duncan, Dave Milton, Jim Chalmers and Raymond Biondi 11-2 in the Final.  Beaten Semi-Finalists were Bobby Gillon (Cupar) and Andy Weir (Newburgh).


Three further Friendlies concluded the season.  The scores were Duffus Park 106 Lochee 82; Duffus Park 76 Kinnoull 94 and Strathmiglo 112 Duffus Park 112-51.  The Ladies also won a Friendly against Balmullo.


Since the outdoor season has been completed, the club have played one match in the Fife Fours at East Fife Indoor Bowling Club.  They could not have had a tougher match against the holders, Abbeyview, who showed their indoor expertise by winning on all three rinks.  Both Isa Findlay and Bob Dick lost by seven shots, but Rod Ferris lost by a few more.


Robert Dick