Game Reports

1st 16s away to Brunstane

Tricky away league match week 9 against Brunstane and they beat us in week 2 at home so we were looking for revenge, all games were very tight 1st 5 ends or so,Garry H,Pres Grant young Daz and Young Gogs went to the last end 3 up, with the Brunstane skip with the last bowl in his hand and they were lying at least 2 possibly 3 the skip came up short with his last so the first 2 were kicked out and now for the measure,close but our boys were closer by about half an inch, 2 points in the bag, next up was James Barr with Snoddy leading,John Young at No2 and ever reliable Gogs senior who swapped places with Dazza to freshen up both rinks, these lads managed the biggest win of the night , next off is Jamie , Gary 1r, Mad Mitch and John Urq,and it was a hard night for these lads tonight, this was a close one but ended up our only defeat on the night,last off as usual ( Glass half empty ) Miller,Jimmy McKenna,Walter, and Dancer Reid after being 12 down came back brilliantly and won by a couple of shots against Brunstanes strongest rink, Fabulous 7-2 away from home win, Big well done lads.

Published: June 28, 2018

2nd XV1 Vs Bainfield

With Holidays in full swing one or two faces were missing from last week, Jim Prentice, Bobby Lee, Mike Morrison and Bob Bain leading 8-1 after five ends, end 10 came with the lead being stretched to 18-4 with the Rink getting the all inclusive EIGHTon the ninth, end 15 saw them again getting a massive lead of 25-6 finishing up with a 2 at the seventeenth making the score 27- 7.George Prentice, Davie Reid, Ronnie Scott and Kenny Lawrence got 2-0-0-2-3 after five ends the score 7-7 end ten saw them stretch there lead to 15-9 after fifteen ends 19-11, and a 1 at the last end making the score 20-12( scoring 13 of the 17 ends ) . Jimmy Bathgate skipping Jimmy Martin, Callum Anderson, and Robert Bell after 5 ends saw the Northern 3-7 down after 10ends 8-8 fifteen ends saw them cruising into a 17-9 lead scoring a 1 at the last end score 18-11.James Watson , Dave Smith,Alec Young, Keith Smith had a 7-3 lead after five ends but after 10 ends they were 11-14 down fifteen ends saw the 14 – 18 and losing a 3 at the last going down 17-21 final score.

Published: June 27, 2018

Top 5 win Vs Parky

Big well done to our Top 5 lads who saw off opponents Parky on Sunday night at the Northern,Young Gogs off 1st and submitting a 21-14 defeat,Andy the dancer Reid ( who if your stood behind him on delivery of his bowl follows it a few steps has a wee dancy shimy kind of thing, very amusing ) and delivers a handsome win 21-12 from this ex Northern Champ, all square, next off Jamie current club Champ who was beaten 21-17, last two still on were Ian optimistic ( if anything can go wrong it will, glass half empty ) Miller, and Young Daz and it was squeaky bum time as these two matches were tied at 18, but well done to our old war horse and the young Gun who came out trumps with two tight wins putting the Famous Northern into the next round against either Wardie or Brunstane at home, great result lads, its a team game.

Published: June 25, 2018

Alloa Friendly

Three rinks made the journey to Alloa in the long established game going back to the late 70s early 80s. A train journey to Stirling and another to our destination. Arriving  after a brisk walk to the Green we were met by our hosts for the day( the car travellers Gary Largue rink of Allan Mitchell, Ronnie Scott, Jimmy Martin) got of to a good start leading 7-2 after five ends but after ten ends they’re pulled back to 7-9 end fifteen saw them getting a 16-10 lead and the finishing line they got a 16-12 win. Next rink saw the rink of Dave Smith , Willie Robb, Craig Snodgrass( Biscuit thief )  and John Urquhart. they were having a close game after five ends 6-4 end ten saw the lead go to 9-7 and the finishing line getting a 15-14 win .President Grant had Callum Anderson, Kenny Lawrence, and Roy Campbell and were up against it form the start after five ends they were 6-3 down end ten saw them keep it to three shots 10-7 and after seventeenth end they were 19-9. Repairing to the Clubhouse. The Alloa Ladies presented us with a very enjoyable meal and we enjoyed the excellent company of our hosts. At a time when Friendlies seem to have lost their appeal for many this was an excellent reminder of what bowls is about, sport, friendship and enjoyment. As the saying goes ” what goes on tour stays on tour” so if Ronnie Scott’s new nickname or who the phantom biscuit muncher is you might be struggling for a response. Suffice to say Ronnie could easily now star in any western of his choice as the baddest gun slinger in town and don’t leave your Jaffa cakes unguarded when one guy is around. final score 45- 40 to Alloa but like all friendly games it not the score that counts it is the taking part. 

Published: June 24, 2018

2 XV1 vs Parkside

League match this week was against  Parkside with holiday’s  a few changes had to be made before the game left selectors phoning everybody except Donald trump but coming up trumps getting Robert Bell. as the game progressed after five ends it was 17- 20 to Parkside , the next five ends saw Parkside stretching there lead to nine shots. after fivteen ends saw the drama start 51-56 to Parkside. but there was a sting in the tail for Rab Gardiner rink when Roy Campbell’s rink of Jimmy Martin, Mike Morrison, Alec Young and the man himself went from 1-14 down after seven ends to get a peels at 17-17 and to rub salt into the wound Roy won the football card well done in what was a great come back, James Watson’s rink of Davie Smith, Willie Robb, Robert Bell . were holding there own until the ninth end when they lost a 4, 3 in two ends which then made it up hill struggle chasing the game they went from 7-6 after eight ends to 7- 14 after eleven ends, finally losing 11-21, George Prentice’s rink of Bob Bain, Callum Anderson, Davie Reid. were always in front till end fifteen  when it went two peels at 11-11 the next two ends saw them get a 1.1 to win 13-11. Jimmy Bathgate’s rink went form 9-4 up in the seventh end to 10-12 after fifteen a run of seven ends without a reply finally going down 11-15 final score being 52- 64 for Parkside a hard earned 3 points.

Published: June 21, 2018

1st 16s Vs Parkside

1st 16s welcomed Parky down to the Northern on an overcast night,all started of tight and cadgy, half way through it was still the same with Young Gordon and his squad quite comfortable and Jamie a couple up, James Barr and his lads were struggling a bit,and Ian Miller’s lot were pretty nip and tuck when after 10 ends it was 5-6 to the away side, James Barr on rink 5 after getting a few shots ahead ended up being narrowly beaten,after being the Northern hero’s last week, next off was Gog’s,Auld Gog’s,Pres Grant and Garry H with a great win against  Scottish triples winning skip Paul Vietch, next off with another 2 points to the Northern after a very tight game was Jamie,Mitch Jim P and John Urq, last off was Midnight Miller,Andy Reid,Walter and Jimmy McKenna, Fantastic 7-2 win for the Big team, Big well done lads, Also our best wishes go to the Parkside triple who are heading down south next week to take part in the British Isles Championships.

Published: June 21, 2018

1st 16s Vs Craiggy

Week 7 and the half way stage a hard away game to Craiggy and it was a tough day at the office for our lads today only team coming out of this game with points for the Northern was James Barr and his squad of Craig Snodgrass,John Young , Young Daz and of course James great 2 points lads well done,Ian Miller and squad were unlucky having been in front most of the way when the Craiggy skip took our bowl out the head with just a couple of ends to play to score a 6  but were still unlucky last couple of ends, for Jamie and Young Gogs  and squads just one to forget lads, we look forward to welcoming Parky down to the Northern next to get a few extra points on the board and keep the Wolves at bay so to speak.

Published: June 18, 2018

2nd XV1 vs Craigentinny

Back to usual Wednesday night blowing wind and rain. The Seconds entertained Craigentinny who came topping the League, after the call offs James Watson and Larry Sorrell.  Northern Started like greyhound’s out of the traps, after five ends they were 23- 12 up and the score kept going and after ten ends it was 42- 22 with Roy Campbell’s rink Jimmy Martin, Alex Young, Jim Prentice and R.O.C.13-4 but the rink of Davy Smith , Willie Robb, John Newall 12- 2 up Jimmy Bathgate’s rink making a good progress to lead 10-8 and George Prentice rink Bob Bain, Davy Reid, Ian MacDonald only 1 shot down 7-8 things were looking ok. But after fifteen ends Craigentinny pulled it back to nine shots in the game. the first off the green was Roy and his rink who fell 15-18, after 17 ends saw Jimmy Bathgate storming to a 20-9 victory, George Prentice losing by seven shots and Keith Smith rink 22-9  a good night finishing with a 5-4 Victory with keeps the wolf from the door away next week to Parkside.

Published: June 13, 2018

1st 16s Vs Summerside

A good 6 points earned tonight against a stuffy Summerside, Young Gogs having a good game tonight and getting the 1st 2 points, Ian Miller,Andy Reid ,Walter and Graham were struggling at the start and were a few down but ended up comfortable winners in the end, John Urqhart drafted in to skip tonight with Jamie held back at work in a high flying multi million pound litigation case,the boys were struggling again early doors but fought thier way back and got a 4 at the second last end to get them to within two, and on the last end were lying 4 shots and a match win position until the skip drifted in with his last bowl to get 2nd shot and secure Summerside thier 1st points, lastly James Barr and squad again were a few shots down early on and ended up nip and tuck last two ends finishing with a peel and getting us a 3 pointer away from them at the fight at the bottom, great victory lads all points hard fought for and none more so than heading for Craiggy next week down at thier patch.

Published: June 6, 2018

2XV1 Vs Carrick Knowe

After the changes the team  and a  few  sweaty bums due to an accident on Ferry road a few players were late at arriving, but after they settled down they got up through the gears to take a very convincing 7-2 victory the only rink to go down was Roy Campbell and that was in the last end. So going away from home and getting a very  good result might be the start of something good.

Published: June 6, 2018