Website Report 12/11/17


Review of the 2017 Season


  • The season opened with the traditional President v Vice President match on 8th April, with Fergus Sharp’s Vice Presidents teams defeating John McIntyre’s Presidents teams 66-53.
  • It was not long before the Tayside League commenced, and for the Men, it proved to be a difficult year.  As had been predicted, the top two teams were Newburgh and Strathmiglo, and Duffus Park fared badly when they opposed them, collecting only 5 from an available 40 points.  The club fared well against Cupar taking 18 points out of 20, and collected 9 out of 20 against Scotscraig.  That left St Andrews, and the club just edged ahead, 11-9 on points.  However, it finished up that Duffus Park and St Andrews finished on equal points and it required a play-off to determine who would stay up and who would be relegated to join Cupar in the 2nd Division.  Both Duffus Park home teams won, and one draw at St Andrews proved sufficient for Duffus Park to remain in the top Division.
  • For the Ladies, where they play Triples, and there is no promotion or relegation, the performances were indifferent apart from a 5-0 win against Ladybank.  As a result, they were not in contention in the League.
  • Another early starter is the Men’s Senior’s League, where Duffus Park were defending their title.  Over the season, the club only lost once, at Strathmiglo, against the ultimate winners, but there were too many matches when the points were shared.  As the season closed, the club hit the form, of which they are capable, with- wins over Kemback, Ladybank and St Andrews, but they had left their effort too late to deny Strathmiglo overall victory with Auchtermuchty second and Duffus Park in third place.
  • Next for the Seniors, was the Knockout Trophy, with one team losing in the Quarter Final and the other in the Semi-Final.  Bob Dick’s team defeated Kemback before losing heavily against Newburgh, while Hugh Prentice defeated Falkland, Strathmiglo and St Andrews before losing against Auchtermuchty.  Newburgh went on to win the Final.
  • In the National District Finals and Fife Bowling Association Finals, the club was denied the ultimate prize on three occasions.  In the Scottish District Finals, Johnny Readhead and David Smeaton were defeated by the previous season’s runners-up at Ayr, Strathmiglo’s Bruce Doig and Alan Pearson. In the Fife Finals at Methilhill after a decisive Semi-Final win against Windygates, the same Pair, with their order reversed, fell foul of Len Kerr and Jim McGuire (Lochgelly) in a match which could have gone any way, ultimately losing 17-13.  At the same event, the Senior Four of Rod Ferris, Graham Kerr, Gordon Christie and Hugh Prentice, after wins against Windygates, Crail, Cupar and Strathmiglo lost 14-8 against Abbeyview.
  • There were three successes for the club in the Men’s North Fife and the Ladies Tayside Knockout competitions.  In the Junior Singles, Connor Hutchison came from behind to defeat Andrew Nimmo (Cupar), 21-14, and Ross Davie and Steven Seath completely dominated their Pairs Final against Strathmiglo with a 23-5 victory.  In the Ladies’ Fours, the Duffus Park team comprising Dorothy Goldie, Margaret Lewis, Ann Dick and Belle Thomson proved to be a highly effective combination as they defeated Amanda Chapman’s Ladybank Four, 24-6.
  • In other outside competitions, the Men opened with a 5-3 win against Glenrothes CISWO in the Fife Top Ten, but were beaten in the next round by Kennoway, who won all four matches.  No joy either in the Fife Top 5 Singles, going out 3-2 against near neighbours, Cupar.  The CISWO Top Ten also ended in an opening round defeat against Thornton, although that was on shots after both sides had two victories.
  • In competitions decided on a single day basis, Lisa Hodgkinson, Ann Dick and Isa Findlay won the Ballot Triples, the Men’s event was won by Keith Smith, Davie Gemmell and Johnny Readhead, and the Joe Rogers Senior Ballot Pairs was won by Belle Thomson and Bob Dick.  The Bill Chalmers Trophy, which features Adults and Juniors, was won by Lisa and Evan Hodgkinson.
  • In Open and Invitation competitions played at Duffus Park, this season’s Open Pairs could not be completed because of adverse weather.  The finalists in the Main Competition, Davie Gemmell and Tom Anderson and Mark and Derek Johnstone (Newburgh) shared the prizes, while in the Plate, the recipients were P. Murdoch (Lochore) and Connor Hutchison and Sean and Jack Wilson (St Andrews).  The Men’s Jubilee Fours was won by the Scotscraig team of Frank Williams, Mark Stewart, Graham Ewart and Crawford Phin, while the Ladies Invitation Triples produced a Lundin Links winning team of Wilma Wright, Brenda Morris and Maureen Band.  The Men’s Invitation Fours was won by Bruce Bowers (Elie) and in the Open Mixed Triples, the winners were Tina Harris, Isa Findlay and Andy Meekison.  A competition in aid of Motor Neurone’s Disease was played for the second consecutive season, and realised a sum of 1250 pounds.  This was arranged by Chloe Stewart and the winners were Shaun Wilson (St Andrews) and Andrew Nimmo (Cupar). 
  • For the first time in many years, the club qualified for the Scottish Young Bowlers Finals at Ayr Northfield.  Niall McCorquodale and Evan Hodgkinson did not win the Pairs event, but they acquitted themselves well and were rewarded with a place in the SYBA (Fife) Scottish Counties Team.  They played at Balgay in Dundee against Angus and Dundee, with the latter winning overall by eight shots.
  • In club competitions, there was a new Men’s Champion, Mark McKinnon, who started off in the Junior Section, and returned to the club this season after a brief absence.  He was well worthy of his success.  Another of the club’s younger members, won the Ladies Singles, but it took almost three hours of play, before Julie Brown came out on top against Isa Findlay, 21-20.  The Syd Buist Trophy, sponsored by his widow, Margaret, was won by Johnny Readhead.  Pat Kinhart made a clean sweep of the Senior’s Trophies, winning the Championship, the Handicap and the Pairs.  In the Junior Finals, Charlie Balfour won the Boy’s Singles and Annie McGregor, the Girl’s Singles.  All the Finals have been previously reported in the local Press.
  • Of the Men’s and Mixed Friendlies, the Press Secretary has a record of 18 matches with 10 wins, 7 losses and one draw against Lochee.  Two of these wins related to Trophies.  In the 76-66 win over Guardbridge, the club won the Gordon Duncan Trophy, and a close battle against Newport ended with a 68-67 win for Duffus Park to retain the Richard Harris Memorial Trophy.  Annually, there are two Senior matches against Victoria Park, Glasgow. Both clubs won their home matches, but the Duffus Park 27 shot victory at Duffus Park was sufficient to regain the Ronnie Lambert Memorial Trophy.
  • The outdoor season finished on Saturday 7th October with the Treasurer’s team (Rona McCraw) defeating the Secretaries teams (Tom Anderson), 58-51.
  • Since the closing of the season, the club have played one match in the Fife Fours at East Fife Indoor Bowling Club.  All three rinks won against Glenrothes CISWO, but much harder tasks face the club against Buckhaven in December and Methilhill in January.


Robert Dick

(Press Secretary)