Report 19/09/13


In the Cupar and District Senior’s League Shield Knockout competition, both Duffus Park entries reached the Final.  In the Final, Rod Ferris, Dave Rae, George Sharp and Dale Wilson were optimistic of their chances, when they scored a six at the seventh end to lead 9-6, but that signified the end of their scoring.  Pat McInally, Fred Muir, Bert Goldie and Hugh Prentice dominated thereafter to win 19-9.  In the League’s Senior’s Round Robin Competition played at Duffus Park the club ended up as the winners, dropping only one point out of their eight matches played.  Duffus Park were represented by Andrew Kirkwood, Rod Ferris, Pat McInally, Dale Wilson, Tom Barnes, Dave Rae, Fred Muir and John McIntyre.


In the Senior’s Joe Rogers Trophy, the winners were Jean Manzie and Hugh Prentice who were the only unbeaten team after a series of four matches.  Runners up were Kath Thomson and John McIntyre, who lost one match and had a shots aggregate of +19


Another successful Bill Chalmers Adult/Junior Pairs has taken place.  Twenty two Pairs played in round robin section to determine the Semi-Finalists.  Chloe and Gregor Stewart defeated Brandon Seith and David Easton and Charlotte and Derek Wood defeated Rhianne and Andy Meekison.  Helen Chalmers presented the Trophy to the Final winners, Chloe and Gregor Stewart.


In the Ladies Invitation Triples, Lumphinnans represented by Sandra Barbara, Lynda Hunter and Jennifer Hutton were the winners, with Ruby Mackie, Linda Douglas and Jessie Duncan from the Crail club ending up in the runners-up spot.


The Ladies were later than the Men in completing their Tayside League programme, as they played each team twice.  A final match defeat against Ladybank deprived the Ladies of their chance of winning the League, allowing Newburgh to finish up as the winning club.


In the Club’s Open Mixed Triples, the winners were Rita Melville, Robbie Orr and Steven Simpson (Newburgh), who defeated Sandy Gannon, Cat Stewart and Bobby Gillon (Cupar) in the Final.  Club entries, Tom Barnes, Mary Ingram and Jack McCubbin and Dorothy Goldie, Hugh Prentice and Bert Goldie were the beaten Semi-Finalists.


Most of the recent activity at the Club relates to the completion of the Club Competitions.  The first Final to be completed was the Ladies New Singles Final where Georgina Kirkwood finished 21-17 ahead of one of the Club’s Juniors, Chloe Stewart.  In other Ladies competitions, Rona McCraw and Rose Ferris pulled away from Georgina Kirkwood and Mary Ingram in the latter stages of the Two Bowl Pairs to win 18-13.  Rose Ferris also won the Handicap defeating Margie Kerr 21-13.  Rona McCraw also featured in the Ballot Pairs Final, partnered by Ann Dick and they opposed Helen Lang and Margaret Buist.  A good spell in the middle of the game ensured a 15-11 win for Helen and Margaret.  In the Senior Singles, Belle Thomson dominated against Rona McCraw and won 21-4, while the Redgate Sets Singles went to three sets before Isa Findlay defeated Janice Pryde, 7-4, 5-7, 7-3.

The Men’s Champion is Hugh Prentice, who defeated Fred Muir 21-18 in the Final.  Fred played well in another two Finals but was again defeated, firstly, in the Senior’s Handicap, 21-20 against Andy Glen, and then when partnered by Dorothy Goldie, lost 15-14 in the Mixed Pairs Final against Belle Thomson and Hugh Prentice.  Another Final success came for Hugh, when he teamed up with Ranald McDonald and won a tight match in the Nomination Pairs Final against Mark McKinnon and Johnny Readhead. They were one shot ahead playing the last end, and added a shot for an 18-16 victory.  In other Men’s Finals, Jim Duff won the New Singles defeating Gordon Pryde 21-12,while David Smeaton was in top form in the Redgate Sets Singles finishing 9-3, 9-3 ahead of Graham Kerr.  In the Ballot Pairs, Johnny Readhead and John McIntyre led throughout against Paul Jones and Dale Wilson and won 18-10.

In the Senior’s Ballot Pairs Final, Pat McInally and Bob Dick were 6-4 down after nine ends against Andrew Kirkwood and Ralph Morris, but a good finish led them to a 19-9 victory.


In the last five Friendly matches, the club have won two and lost three, although the defeats have been by ten shots or less.  The results were Perth 98 Duffus Park 108;  Duffus Park 50 Ladybank 34;  Kirriemuir 96 Duffus Park 93;  Duffus Park 87 Newgate 97 and Lochee 66 Duffus Park 62,


To finish on a bright note, there were three happy young bowlers from the club last Saturday, when they were part of the Fife team, who won the SYBA Scottish Counties Championship.  They were Beth Lindsay, Chloe Stewart and Kyle Stewart.  The Fife team defeated Greater Glasgow 61-22 and lost 52-41 against Edinburgh East.  On the basis of the other results, Fife required to defeat Ayrshire in their final match, and they achieved their target with a 38-29 victory.


Robert Dick