Website Report – 03/07/14


In the main, it has been a disappointing season for Duffus Park bowlers, especially in Leagues and other Championship competitions.  However, Bert Goldie, Hugh Prentice and David Smeaton have reached the Final of the Fife Triples and they have been in convincing form.  In their Semi-Final, they put in a strong finish to defeat Ally Mercer’s Kennoway Triple by three shots.  In the Senior Fours, Graham Kerr, Andrew Kirkwood, Ralph Morris and George Sharp lost heavily in the Fours against Dougie Hamilton (Leven).

Dorothy Goldie and Isa Findlay reached the District Final in the National Pairs, but they were well outpointed by Ann and Isla Duncan (Guardbridge).  The Ladies did well in the Tayside Knockout competitions with Dorothy Goldie and Belle Thomson winning the Pairs and Gerry Hardy, Michelle McKinnon, Amanda Chapman and Mary Ingram winning the Fours.  Mary Letham, Helen Lang and Isa Findlay lost in the Final of the Triples.

In the District Semi-Finals, there were two near misses by Duffus Park bowlers, both losing by one shot.  Belle Thomson and Hugh Prentice lost 14-13 against Irene and John Marshall (Crail) in the Mixed Pairs, and the Four comprising Tom Anderson, Bert Goldie, George Sharp and Mark McKinnon went out 15-14 against the ultimate qualifiers, Steven Simpson (Newburgh).

There was another near miss in the North Fife Fours when Jim Duff, Johnny Lewis, Keith Smith and Paul Jones lost 17-14 against Gary Ewart’s Scotscraig team.


Duffus Park normally threaten in the Cupar and District Senior’s League, but too many poor results have scuppered their chances, especially the 4-0 defeats against Guardbridge and Auchtermuchty, the latter of whom are well set to retain the title.  Duffus Park still have the potential to finish second, but this is highly improbable, and it would be a good end to their league season, if they could finish in third place.

It is very much the same scenario in the Tayside League, where Strathmiglo are marching to success.  Duffus Park had two good opening results but their results have dipped since that time.  The results are as follows.

Duffus Park 5 Kemback/Kinburn 1;  Duffus Park 6 Wormit/Guardbridge 0;  Duffus Park 2½ Newburgh 3½;  Duffus Park 2½ St Andrews 3½;  Duffus Park 3½ Cupar 2½;  Duffus Park 1 Strathmiglo 5;  Duffus Park 4 Auchtermuchty 2.

It is a similar story with the Ladies, collecting maximum points against Kinburn/Kemback, but losing all points against St Andrews.  The other matches have ended in 3-2 results.

Duffus Park 5 Kemback/Kinburn 0;  Duffus Park 3 Newburgh 2;  Duffus Park 0 St Andrews 5;  Duffus Park 3 Cupar 2;  Duffus Park 3 Strathmiglo 2.


In Friendly matches, Duffus Park have won five and lost six.  In one of them against Victoria Park, the Glasgow team visit Duffus Park in August, for which there is an annual trophy.  Victoria Park won by seventeen shots in Glasgow, so Duffus Park will require an eighteen shot victory to win the Trophy.


Duffus Park bowlers were to the fore in the Club’s Open Pairs.  Dale Wilson and Fred Muir were the winners defeating another Duffus Park Pair, Margaret and Johnny Lewis in the Final.  In the Plate competition for first round losers, Jim Duff and Mark McKinnon were the club members to win at the expense of Cupar’s Stewart Duff and Sandy Gannon.


In the Bill Chalmers Junior/Adult Pairs Memorial Trophy, Bill’s grandson, Jamie Cowan along with Jake Rennie ended up as winners defeating Evan and President Mark Hodgkinson in the Final.


In other news, Duffus Park retained the Goodfellowship Trophy against neighbours, Cupar, while in the Black Trophy, organised by the Fife Bowling Association, John McIntyre defeated Wardie 12-8.  The overall result is determined by the aggregate shots from all the Fife as against those from Edinburgh.  In another Fife Association Competition, the Gilmour Trophy, Fred Muir was the only skip to win.


Robert Dick