There was a great deal of activity over the final two weeks of the season, with all the Finals being completed.  The Ladies Champion is Julie Brown who has been a member of the Club, since starting off at Duffus Park as a Junior member.  In the Final, she faced the holder, Belle Thomson, but, on this occasion, Julie was totally dominant and conceded only three shots to win 21-3.  Julie made it a winning double by winning the Ladies Nomination Pairs along with Michelle Duff.  In the Final, they defeated Dorothy Goldie and Isa Findlay 18-9.


David Smeaton had an excellent season, despite not winning the main event, the Championship.  David played many excellent conversion shots in the Handicap to defeat Jimmy Barclay 21-12, and added the Redgate Singles, the Green Championship and the Syd Buist Trophy to his list of successes.  In the Redgate, he defeated Graham Kerr, 9-3, 9-3, and he swept aside Hugh Prentice in the Green Championship, 21-1.  There is a separate Report for the Syd Buist Trophy.


In the Senior Singles, Bert Goldie defeated George Sharp 21-17 with Bert maintaining a lead throughout. 


In the Junior Boy’s Singles, Kyle Stewart, one of the oldest in the Junior Section, opposed Callum Lindsay, who is one of the younger members.  Despite the gap in years, Callum did extremely well to finish only five shots behind at 21-16.  In the Girl’s Singles, Chloe Stewart proved stronger in the latter stages to defeat Beth Lindsay, 21-9.  In the Pairs, Beth and Chloe were the favourites against Callum Lindsay and Innes Buchan, and this was justified as they proceeded to a 17-3 victory.  In the Handicap, Kyle Stewart added to his previous Singles success by defeating Eilidh Wood, 21-17.  At the Junior’s Presentation, the Junior members themselves selected Chloe Stewart as their player of the year, and she was also named as the Coaches player of the year.  For the older Juniors, the Coaches selected Beth Lindsay as their best member of the year.  For the younger members, the equivalent award went to McKenzie Laing.


Syd Buist was a prominent member of Duffus Park Bowling Club, who died in 1998.  The following year, his widow, Margaret, commissioned a special Caithness Crystal Trophy, and this has been competed for since 1999.  Margaret donates all the prizes for this competition, and this is initially played in round robin sections.  This season, there were eight sections, and the winners came together on Sunday to complete the competition.  In the first round, the best match was between David Smeaton and Hugh Prentice.  Both players played to a high standard before David advanced 15-9, and after a Semi-Final win against Jimmy Barclay, faced Bert Goldie in the Final.  This contest, which mas marked by Margaret, produced excellent bowling from both players.  When Bert scored a four at the 11th end to level matters at 10-10, it was difficult to predict the outcome.  However, David proved stronger over the final ends and triumphed 15-11.

Results:  1st Round – D. Smeaton 15 H. Prentice 9;  J. Barclay 15 D. Easton 5;  R. Goldie 15 G. Pryde 5;  D. Wilson 15 A. Meekison 4.  Semi-Finals – D. Smeaton 15 J. Barclay 4;  R. Goldie 15 D. Wilson 7.  Final – D. Smeaton 15 R. Goldie 11.


In the final Friendly match of the season at Kinnoull in Perth, the club lost by one shot.


In the official closing match for the season, the Secretary’s team defeated that of the Treasurer by nine shots.  The winning Four comprised Jill Bridle, Margaret Glen, Isobel Walker and Graham Kerr.


During the winter months, Duffus Park competes in the Fife Fours at the East Fife Stadium.  In their first match, the club defeated Markinch A 4-3 on points.  At the last end, Davie Anderson scored a three to finish one shot ahead of Tom Pettigrew, and Bob Dick scored a four to finish four shots ahead of Stewart McFarlane.  Markinch replied with an emphatic victory in the remaining match.  David Comrie defeated Hugh Prentice by seventeen shots to ensure that the aggregate point was secured by Markinch. 

Duffus Park 4pts (32) Markinch 3pts (44)  (Duffus Park skips first) – H. Prentice 6 D. Comrie 23;  R. D. Dick 13 S. McFarlane 9;  D. R. Anderson 13 T. Pettigrew 12.


Robert Dick