Game Reports

Bowls Scotland Semi/Final

The Northern Fours fall at the Semi/Final as well as pairs, and Triples.

Published: June 10, 2017

Week 14 2ndXV1

Did that really happen!

What a night!. What an end to the season!.

Up to Hillside for the last match and in the favourites position for the drop. However the boys were up for this one and got into the game right from the off. ROC’s lads got off to a flier getting 4 shots on the board in the first two ends only to drop a 2 and 4 to go behind. However a recovered 4 set them on their way and they pulled away to record a 22-7 win. Allan Mitchell’s lads stormed to a very comfortable win and the drama unfolded on rink 4 where Phil Rae’s guys held a good lead only to see it whittled back to one up playing the last. Hughie Hilson popped a beauty on the white and although the opposing skip got close with his deliveries Phil did not have to play his last bowl and recorded a two shot win. The only reverse was a battling defeat for Stans rink out on 5.

The drama was not done yet though. Hillside had needed a 5-4 win to take the title but news of Craigentinny’s 5-4 win over Maitland threw dark clouds over both the home and away camps the Northern needing to better Maitlands score to remain in the division. Frantic counting, many phone calls and all was revealed. The Northern stayed up courtesy of a better shots difference! Still the drama was not over as it was revealed that Corstorphine’s 9-0 thrashing of Tanfield, decided on a measure on the very last end, gave them the points they needed to complete a remarkable night and them the title.

Congratulations to Corstorphine on their achievement.

And a big well done to all who played in the NBC 2nds this year. It has been a struggle at times but we are still in the top flight and can look forward to another challenge next year!

Published: August 15, 2015

Jack Christie 2 Bowls Triples

The Jack Christie Triples  got a nice day for a change all players were full of good spirits. A long day brought Garry Harrison, Gordon Wilson jun, and Gavin Smith  in the final playing Mike Drummond, Larry Sorrell, and Davie Scott.. Davy Scott the forgotten man thought he was playing with Allan Mitchell but he got someone  else to play so the final was played and the triple of Mike Drummond, Larry Sorrell, and Davie Scott. came out winning 8-7 Congratulations to the Winners and all who played .

Published: August 10, 2015

Week 13 2nd XV1

This weeks’ report took a little while to compile as the writer had to compose himself after the fiasco of Wednesday evening. In a match that the 2nds were desperate to win the rain, which has held sway through most days of the season but left the evening bowlers largely alone, finally arrived and with a vengeance.
In horrible conditions the match was halted in very confusing circumstances when the captain of the visitors slipped and declared that he was finished playing for the evening. There ensued much confusion in the NBC ranks as to whose role it was to declare the green playable or not. In the end a general acceptance appeared to be made that the game was over and the sodden players all trooped off. At the point of ending the NBC had 3 rinks up and what appeared to be a very welcome 7-2 victory. However, as no one, not least your writer, could interpret the rule for halted matches, much discussion ensued as to the correct result, in fact, so much so that 2 separate total score scenarios were read out whilst we awaited confirmation from the league as to the correct outcome. Ultimately, owing to the prevailing league rules, the scores were backtracked to the 11th end. This transferred 2 points to the visitors and a 5-4 win was recorded.
With other results going against the team we have to record a substantially better score than our nearest rivals in our last match and hope that it will be enough to retain our place in the division.

To compound a pretty miserable night even the ‘football card’ was farcical, the winning team when revealed not even being on the actual ticket!!

Onwards and upwards (hopefully)

Published: August 7, 2015

Top Five

Northern Top Five travelled to Carrick Knowe on Sunday but were not at the races no score cards available good luck to Carrick Knowe in the next round.

Published: August 4, 2015

The Bobby Loch

16 members turned up to play the Bobby Loch 3 Bowl Singles competition. A far cry from its early days when we played over two Sundays! Lack of numbers notwithstanding however a good day was had by all. The players were drawn in to 4 sections playing 3 games of 6 ends each. At the end of qualifying ROC, Jim Bathgate, Craig Snodgrass and Allan Mitchell made it to the semi-finals. JB was well beaten on a tricky rink 6 and ROC fell to Craig Snodgrass in 5 ends. The final was comfortably won by Allan Mitchell who retained the trophy he had also won last year. Hopefully next year will see a larger entry for one of the best trophies in the club.

Published: July 27, 2015

League Week 12 (2nd XV1)

A big night for the Northern with Maitland visiting and the chance to close the gap and lift our hopes of survival.
Changes were forced on the team late on with Hugh Hilson having to call off and being replaced with Keith Smith as a debut skip and Willie Robb also being called into the squad. The game got under way in ideal conditions in this very strange ‘summer’ of rain for most of the days and the evenings being relatively pleasant.

Allan Mitchell’s lads got the NBC off to a flier with a 10 shot victory (20-10) and he was quickly followed by the debut boy who brought his boys home with a 17-9 win. ROC’s guys got over the line with a 17-13 victory and Stan Christie’s team battled hard to follow suit only to fall to a 2 shot loss (12-14).

A resounding 7-2 home win which has closed the gap on that 6th spot, and league safety, to a single point. There is still a lot of work to do to get that required spot but with our next game also at home we can go into that with some confidence but certainly no complacency.

Next game v WILLOWBRAE at NBC on AUG 5th

Published: July 23, 2015

League week12 (1st XV1)

A short trip in a North Westerly direction to Maitland for the 3rd last game of the season and one to quickly forget as only really Jamie’s rink and Tubby’s deserve pass marks for two near misses,

Jim Bathgate was on R2 and with Richie Newall at Lead Craig Snoddy 2nd and Larry at 3rd they had a shout right up until the last bowl , 1 shot down at the last end and a couple down JB took the paint off the jack with his 1st effort but unfortunately didn’t look at the white with his 2nd and finished up 4 down.

Wee Gogs and the young Dream team on R3 and again we didn’t give the young man much play he played a couple of crackers over the piece but for myself ,Big Gogs and Davy Scott the message is must try harder.

Andy Reid was on R4 and was really up against it playing a very decent Maitland rink but also another change to his rink saw Kenny Lawrence come in for his 1st game as a 16s player ( Big well done Kenny ) Reliable Walter at lead and Big George at 3rd, Our guys well under the cosh here but they rallied and got a few shots on the board.

Lastly Young Jamie on R5 was a very tense affair right up until the last bowl,Our Club Champion Grant Young at lead,Bob Bain at 2nd and Young Dazza at 3rd, forgive me if I get the numbers slightly wrong but I think the 2nd last end 2 down and lying 3 shots their skip drew shot to go into the last end 3 up and at the last end we were lying 4 and another fine draw  with his  last bowl from the Maitland skip gave the home team the honours and Maitland have turned the tables on us after we did the same thing to them at the Northern, so a 9-0 defeat it is for this one for the second week in a row ,let’s get rallying guys.

Only good news from the night came from hearing the results of the other games which took place tonight

Parkside 9 Leith 0, Berry 9 Summerside 0 and the other game Craiggy 2 Hillside 7, so Parkside have a small cushion of six and a half points going into the last 2 , with the break next week for the Scottish so the next league fixture is not until the 5th of August, think our friends from Granton may fancy their chances against Craiggy and Parky their last 2,and Parky have a tricky one against Maitland next,

So with the result of these games in place it means unfortunately Summerside and Leith are now officially relegated.

More good news on the night came from the Northern in the shape of a 7-2 win against Maitland from the 2nd XV1s, big well done lads, gives our boys a fighting chance of survival with 2 games to go.

Next game v Leith at Leith  on AUG 5th

Published: July 23, 2015

Week 11 1st XVI

Our opponents tonight Queensberry have had the spoils in our encounters so far this year and after the visit down to Granton a few weeks ago and last Friday nights Edin Cup match we are yet to record a winning rink against them yet,however our recent league form has been reasonably good and we welcomed Queensberry with reserved confidence.

Jamie skipped Grant Young,Ian McDonald and Daz Prentice on R3 and it was tough going from the off, our guys were on the end of a sore one here,

Young Gogs skipped Garry Harrison,Gordon Wilson Snr & Davy Scott on R4 and we just never got into the game even at the last end we were actually 1 shot up but none of us knew how this happened because we certainly didn’t deserve it and with Frank O’Reillys last bowl draw for 2 we got what we deserved,a big fat O.

Jim Bathgate skipped Richie Newall,Allan Mitchell and Larry Sorrel on R5 and they seemed to get off to a good start but were pegged back and once again the Queensberry skip seemed to have all the answers,defeat No 3.

Possibly the surprise result of the night but a very welcome win came on R1, with Ian Miller away on holiday Andy Reid was promoted to skip, Steve Raeburn,Walter Murray  and Big George all played their part against a very decent Queensberry 4,and the lads got of to a great start and never let up, great win lads well done.

Congratulations to Queensberry on your win and Good Luck from all at the Northern in your Edin Cup final.

 

Published: July 16, 2015

Week 11 2nd XV1

On, probably, the best weather night of the bowling season so far and that with only 4 games left it was up to close neighbours Tanfield and the chance to build on last week’s success against Summerside. Stan Christie’s rink got the guys off to a winning start but that was countered by Hugh Hilson’s narrow defeat. Phil Rae’s squad got our noses back in front but the real drama was unfolding on Rink 3. ROC’s rink had looked comfortable at 11-4 up but could not cope with the short jack tactic and found themselves 7 down with only two to play. Somehow the boys conjured up a 6 at the penultimate end but that seemed a forlorn effort as our hosts lay 4 with only ROC’s last bowl to come. And come it did to smack the white out of the rink and burn the end. If truth be told what ROC really wanted was to spring the jack a yard to his left to collect a 3 but the guys were just happy to still be in the game. At the replayed end the white was ditched and Jim Prentice drew to within a foot for the NBC to lie 2. ROC was now in a quandary, draw another or try and block the approach? In the end he did neither, both his bowls falling short and leaving the path clear for the opposing skip who managed to draw the 2nd shot for a game peel. However it was a very welcome 6-3 overall win. We now close to within 6 points of Maitland who visit the Northern next week. Onwards and, hopefully, upwards!

Published: July 16, 2015