Website Report – 2nd September 2014


Although it has, generally, been a disappointing season for Duffus Park bowlers, there have been several good performances.  Pride of place goes to Bert Goldie, Hugh Prentice and David Smeaton, who easily overcame the challenge from Ryan Hunter (Broad Street, Cowdenbeath) in the Final of the Fife Triples at Buckhaven, winning 20-4.  The Fife Senior team won the Matt Purdie Trophy for the first time and Bert and Hugh featured in all the matches.


The Ladies came close in the SALSC 50+ Ladies Tournament at Aberfeldy, winning the Silver Medal.  Dorothy Goldie, Gerry Hardy, Mary Ingram and Belle Thomson played thirty five ends to reach the Final, and with only one end of the Final remaining against Inverness, the scores were tied at 6-6.  To show the fine line between success and failure, the Ladies lost the Gold Medal on an umpire’s measure.


In other outside competitions, Georgina Kirkwood, Gerry Hardie and Rose Ferris lost in the East of Scotland District 2 Final at Guardbridge, losing by two shots against Moira Horsburgh’s Strathmiglo team.  In the Fife Ladies Championships, Dorothy Goldie and Isa Findlay reached the Final, but were well beaten 21-6 by Fiona Feenie and Susan Jamieson (Thornton).


Ten points from the twelve available in the last three matches of the Cupar and District Senior’s League, put Duffus Park into third place in the final League table, recording full points against Ladybank and Strathmiglo but dropping two points against Newburgh.  Auchtermuchty won the League with Guardbridge, the runners up.  In the Knockout Trophy, Duffus Park won their first matches but both George Sharp and Hugh Prentice lost in the next Round.  To finish off the League, in the final day at Freuchie, a round robin competition took place.  Both Auchtermuchty and Duffus Park finished with ten points with Duffus Park finishing just one shot behind the ‘Muchty team.


In the final three matches in the Tayside League, the Duffus Park Men shared the points with Scotscraig and Ladybank and concluded their season with a 5-1 victory over Newport.  The Ladies defeated Scotscraig 3-2 but their hopes ended when they lost on both rinks against Ladybank.


In the Men’s Jubilee Invitation Fours, Duffus Park dominated, and on the final night, Pat Kinhart, Bert Goldie, Hugh Prentice and David Smeaton were unbeaten to land the top prize.  Alex Halley, Graham Kerr, Dale Wilson and Fred Muir were the runners-up after winning a one end shootout against Invergowrie.  In the Ladies Invitation Triples, Lochore were the winners with Ladybank in second place.


The Ronnie Lambert Memorial Trophy has been presented to the club for competition between Duffus Park and Victoria Park Seniors.  Two matches are played each season, and in the return leg at Duffus Park, the hosts won by sixteen shots.  However, the Trophy made its way back to Glasgow, as Victoria Park had won the first leg by nineteen shots.  Isabel Lambert was on hand to present the Trophy to Gavin Colquhoun.


In brief, in Friendly matches, Duffus Park have defeated Kemback and St Andrews, but have lost against Invergowrie, Auchtermuchty, Lochee, Strathmiglo, Kennoway, Perth and Lochlands, Arbroath.  The Ladies drew in a Friendly against Balmullo.  Duffus Park finished with four points in the Three Counties Competition, but one of the teams made a fruitless journey to Crieff to find they had no opponents.  In the County Top Five, Duffus Park won two games before losing against Markinch.


In the Ladies Two Bowl Pairs Semi-Final, Belle Thomson and Isa Findlay defeated Rona McCraw and Rose Ferris 15-13, and in the Ballot Pairs, Helen Chalmers and Isa defeated Beth Lindsay and Dorothy Goldie by the same score.


Robert Dick