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Northern 4’s in Form at Ayr

After being put back to a 5pm start this did not stop the 4’s from getting through to next round. Getting a commanding lead leading 7-2 after 5 ends saw them go further ahead to lead 9-3 after eight ends.Steady leading from Andy Reid saw the score jump to 15- 7 with two ends to go but losing a 4 in the sixteenth end made things a bit more squeaky bum time going into the last end but playing covering bowls it was impossible foe for the Rink of Airdrie Central to get the four shots needed for extra end so onward to Friday at 9. 30 am for next round.Pictures will follow.

Published: July 26, 2018

Touring Team

On the 8th of September there will be team from Middlesbrough six rinks are required come and support your club. 

Published: July 23, 2018

Bobby Loch

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE ABOVE HAS BEEN CANCELLED AND WILL BE PLAYED ASAP .

Published: July 23, 2018

2nd XV1 Vs Queensberry

On a night that all were saying ” Top Of The Table Clash ” with Home advantage, Rink Three saw Roy  Campbell,  Kenny Lawrence, Ronnie Scott, Davie Reid. Getting of to an unusual slow start 2-5 after five ends. ten ends saw the score jump to 4-9 getting a 1,3 making it 8-9 after 12, but losing the next 5 ends 0,0,0,0,0, final score 8-22.George Prentice , Bob Bain, Mike Morrison, Jim Prentice were peels after five ends leading 8-5 after ten ends, fifteen ends saw the 12-7 getting a 3,1 to finish 18-7.Jimmy Bathgate , Allan Ross, Robert Bell, Jimmy Martin, stormed into a 6-1 lead after five ends ten ends saw the lead 10-6- but disaster struck on the run in winning two ends out of seven 1,1 with a a Queensberry reply of 0,0,1,1,3,1,4 to win the game 12-16. the light at at the end of the tunnel is flickering but still in with a shout no game next week.  Final Score Northern 52 Queensberry 56.

Published: July 19, 2018

2nd XV1 vs Tanfield

Another nice night for a game of Bowls saw Jim Prentice , Bobby Lee, Mike Morrison, and Bob Bain losing by one shot after five ends, ten ends saw them lead 7-5. But disaster struck scoring only one more shot finally losing 15-8. Rink 6 saw Roy Campbell, Davie Reid, Ronnie Scott, and Kenny Lawrence. trialing 1-6 after five ends, but with a run of 4,3,0,0,2, leading 10-9 after ten ends. Next five ends saw Northern get a 5, 0,0,0,1 to stretch the lead to 16-13 losing a 4, end sixteen but last end saw Northern pick a one to level the score at 17-17.  Jimmy Bathgate’s rink of Bobby Bell, Alex Ross and Jimmy Martin got of to a dreadful start down 1-6 after five ends, after ten ends they had pulled it back to 5-9 fifteen ends pulling another shot back to 10-13 but losing a 0,4 last two ends saw the score 13-17.James Watson rink of Dave Smith, Jimmy Mc Kenna, Alec Young, 5-1 up after five ends. then next five saw2,0,0,0,0,to make the score after ten ends 7-11 next five ends saw 0,1,0,4,1, making it 13-13 after fifteen ends. Tanfield getting a 2 in sixteenth end to lead 15-13 and were lying a possible 3 shot in the last end and James had a spot on drive to take the two bowls out and the jack into the ditch now lying two shots for Northern Tanield skip played his last bowl and punched a Northern shot up to be lying three shots and to win the game 16- 15 a hard earned  three points final score Tanfield 64- 54 3 Points Northern 6 points Tanfield.

Published: July 11, 2018

Darlington Crusade 2018

12 members met up for breakfast on Saturday morning before taking the train down to Darlington to play our friendly with the Hundens club. As with most trips there is always ‘the one’ and that was to be no different this time round either. ‘The one’ this was none other than Andy ‘its coming home three lions’ Reid who shimmied into the Booking Office in a top vaguely reminiscent of a France football top rather than the Clubs official attire. “My club tops are in the washing” was the feeble excuse. 

On to the train for a largely uneventful trip down although Gary Largue did his best to match his shoes with his bowls by losing one of them! He was re-united with the footwear as we approached Darlington station. Sadly the errant bowl has never been recovered.Warmly welcomed by our hosts first up were 4 rinks of triples on a quick green bathed in glorious sunshine.  And here again Mr Reid was to be the ‘one’!!

Selected to play link in a triple he bullied Bob Lee’s love child, Graeme Prentice, into taking the skips position. “I am a Top 5 player don’t you know so I should skip” was rumoured to have been the call and Travolta then skipped the triple to a crushing defeat. The only one of the four to lose!  After the game Andy protested his innocence claiming that Graeme begged him to skip the team “You are a Top 6 player after all” supposedly being the call. Second half of the match was 3 rinks in which the NBC came out on top in 2. I can’t recall if Travolta was involved in the defeat but he probably was.

After an excellent meal we adjourned to the Rolling Mills club for a few rounds of hospitality and even though we are Scottish and our club sleeves are Sweden’s colours the members in the club were welcoming and generous. One England shirted gentleman even purchasing a bottle of Sambuca shots for us to enjoy! 

Around 8 it was time to head to the station and that is where things got a little confused for this writer as we lost a few guys. Some of us on one train being hotly pursued up line by a second train carrying most of the rest EXCEPT for a single member (choo choo ) (Im not going on that train ) who did not get home until SUNDAY!! That is twice this member has visited Darlington and twice the gentleman has had very unfortunate difficulties with trains. Maybe best to go by coach next time!  All in all a very good day out rounded off with another couple of pints in our early morning starting point.

Our grateful thanks to our hosts and we can look forward to repeating the event next year.

Published: July 9, 2018

E.L.B.A.Senior Final

The Church had one missing today as the Senior Final’s were being played at Parkside at 11.am Northern’s own Mike Morrison playing in the Singles. On a very fast Green, Getting a good start after four ends leading 4-2 ends 5/6 Mike getting 2,2, going to 8-2. ends 7,8, 9,saw Corstorphine  get 2,3,3, making the score 9-10 end eleven Bobby Brown scoring a one to give him a two shot lead but Mike replied with 2,1,1,1,1.to make the score 15-11 after sixteen ends. end  eighteen and nineteen saw stretch his lead to 18-12 but Bobby Brown hit back in the two ends with a 4, 2, making the game peels against is now sweaty bum time for the two players. end 22 saw Mike get1 to go into a 19-18 lead. in the 22nd end Bobby Brown got a 1 make the score 19-19, Bob getting a 1, in the 23rd end making it 19-19, in the 24th end Bobby Brown getting a 1, making it 20-19, 25th end Mike scoring 1,making it now 20-20 what was the last end 26th  saw the shot was going back and forward but with Mike’s final bowl drawing the shot to get the win 21-20,a marathon game  that made the crowd roar with joy as both players produced a game to remember. Picture to follow   

Published: July 8, 2018

Edinburgh Cup Semi Final Vs Carrick Knowe

A sun drenched Carrick Knowe welcomed the Northern on Semi Final night with three rinks Away and three at Home. George Prentice’s rink of Jimmy Martin, John Newall, Andy Reid.  After five ends saw Northern trail by 3-6 ten ends saw the lead go to 8-12 end fortune getting a 4 to make the score peels at 16-16 finishing with a 1,1 to win the game 18-17 Northern 1 game up. Jamie Reid’s Rink of Graeme. Prentice, Allan Mitchell, John Urquhart. Trailing 3-5 after five ends. with Carrick Knowe getting a 4,3,1,0,2 to go 10-19 up after fifteen ends. losing a 1,2. Final score 10-22. Match all square.Third Rink Skip James Watson, Davie Smith, Ronnie Scott, Larry Sorell.after five ends winning 5-1 after ten ends still leading by four shots 11-4  end fifteen saw Carrick Knowe get back to peels at 15-15losing a 2, in the second last end and drama in the last end where James had the last bowl moving the shot bowl but not enough. Final score 16-17.Away score 44-56 in favour of Carrick Knowe. The Home game on R1 was James and his squad against Paul O’Donnell and his , our boys seemed to keep narrowly ahead for most of this game,but it did get a bit tight at the end and after paul binned the white at the last end James managed to draw 2 shots to within a yard and a half of the ditch, great 2 points in the bag for Big James, on R1 3 was the smiling happy go lucky tanned Adonis that is our beloved Treasurer Jimmy Bathgate, this one was a tough one from the off and did not get much better not for the lack of trying but we lost this one by a few shots, last up on R4 was young Gordon and his troops and started of very well both teams struggling coming back towards the club with the green like a sheet of glass it was difficult for all players to get anywhere near the jack, however the Northern boys did rise to the challenge on this one and got a deserved win by a few shots making the total result over the two greens home and away 3 wins to the Northern and 3 wins to the Carricknowe but our opponents having the better shots difference,  Congratulations to Carricknowe and Parkside who win contest a great final at Craiggy in August, good luck to both.

Published: July 6, 2018

Edinburgh Cup

Can all players please note that the rule is if the game level on points and score all rinks play one end to determine who makes progress to the next round so Please Don’t Leave the  Club Home / Away TILL THE FINAL SCORE IS KNOWN.

Published: July 5, 2018

2ndXV1 Vs Hillside

Visitors to the Northern this week was Hillside, with Jimmy Bathgate rink of Jimmy Martin, Bobby Bell. taking a two shot lead after five ends 5-3 ten ends saw them jump up a gear to take a 11-5 lead but eleventh end losing a 4 making the score 11-9 Hillside getting a 1 in the twelve end now only 11-10 next end saw Hillside lying three shots with Jimmy Bathgate one bowl left and a great trail of the jack into the ditch saw Northern getting one shot getting back two a 2 shot lead. after fifteen ends the score 13-12, last two ends saw Northern get a 3,4 making the final score 20-12 .Jim Prentice rink of Bob Bain, Mike Morrison, Bobby Lee, you could say had an off night winning only six of the seventeen ends finally losing out 10-31. James Watson,rink Dave Smith, J,McKenna, Alec Young, had a great start leading 5-1 after five ends stretching it to 12-5 after ten ends the next five ends saw the jump to lead 24-6 getting a (1,0,5,3,3,) losing a 2 at the last final score 24-10.Roy Campbell rink  Kenny Lawrence, Ronnie Scott, Davy Reid., out the traps moving into a 6-2 lead ten ends saw them take a 4 shot lead 11-7 after fifteen ends 23-10 ( 2,0,6,4,0) there final score 23-13. overall score(Sunset Strip ) 77-66. a good solid effort from all. Next up Tanfield Away.

 

 

Published: July 5, 2018