The 2017 series of the Club Finals commenced on Saturday 12th August. One lady member of the club, Annette Christie achieved an amazing achievement by reaching no less than six Finals, three Ladies Singles and three Ladies Pairs. This along with weather delays meant the finals were spread over the week and into the next week.
Annette started her run of finals against Muriel Galt a previous Champion and started very well racing into a significant lead. Muriel never quite recovered from this and Annette went on to comfortably secure her fifth Championship win at the club.
In the Gents Championship Final two previous winners Iain MacDonald faced Alan Air. Alan started the game better and built up a 11 shots to 1 lead before Iain started to battle back however the lead was too great and Alan went on to add another Championship win to his previous tally of 4 wins.
The Ladies Senior Championship paired two close friends and allies when Annette Christie faced Liz Fraser. This game really had the spectators on the edge of their seats. Both players started the game well with the score 4 all after 6 ends. Annette then pushed ahead to lead 10 - 4 after10 ends and was always in front, not by much, until the game was even at 16 all after 21 ends. Liz then pushed hard to go into the lead scoring a 4shots over the next two ends to lead 20 – 16. Annette still had something left in the locker and tied the game at 20 scoring a 4 at end twenty four. In the last end both players had the advantage but when the last bowl had been played it was Liz who scored that vital shot to win her first Championship Singles Trophy at the club.
The Gents Senior Championship paired two seasoned members when Robin Cavana came up against Hugh Murray. Robin started well showing he was in the mood and the game was tight until the tenth end. Hugh could just not get into the game and Robin secured a comfortable win to secure his 4th Senior Championship win.
Old friends Andrew Sneddon and Iain MacDonald met up in the Gents Presidents Final which proved to be another cracker of a game. Andrew started on fire and sped into a lead of 17 shots to 7 playing great bowls. Iain however was not in the mood for giving up easily and the big fight back started with the score 19 sots to 15 in Andrew’s favour Iain started a great run of 4 ends to notch up 6 shots and win the trophy, making his total wins in this competition 3.
Father and son George and Andrew Sneddon battled it out in the Muirhead Trophy Final. Meetings between these two are always close, as it proved to be here again here with every shot being hard fought for. The scores were so close the game being tied at 6 shots all after eight ends, 11 shots all after14 ends and 18 shots all after twenty ends and you cannot get better bowling than that although George was never behind in the game and so it proved right to the end with George wining his name on this trophy for the eleventh time, the first of which was away back in 1955.
Another Father and son fought out the McIntyre two Bowl final with young Alan Air facing his father Martin.
Alan started the scoring but dad soon fought back to level at 5 after seven ends and again at six ends before taking a single shot lead into the eleventh end. It was end to end after this point until Alan made a change to his tactics by varying the mat length from the fifteenth end and went on to win the game, and his third success in this competition, over the next 6 ends.
In the Ladies Captains Final Margaret Grant a newer member to the club faced Roberta Lees who joined this year. Roberta who played bowls many years ago and is an all round sports lady. Roberta started with great intent and soon built up a lead of 10 shots to nil. Margaret try as she may could not get into the game on the day and Roberta recorded her first win in her first year as a member of the club.
Ian McGlashan faced Ed Claisse in the Gents captains Final. Ian being the more experienced player started well and led up until the twelfth end when Ed nosed in front by11 shots to 8 and then added another single to his score. Ian then put in a surge to score 8 shots over three ends to lead 16 to 12. Ed then fought back and the score was 19 to 17 in Ian’s favour and he secured the two shots needed to win his first singles Trophy at the club.
The Ladies Nominated Pairs was played between Annette Christie/ Liz Fraser and Barbara Robertson/ Patricia McCallan. The experienced past winners of this Trophy Annette and Liz soon went in front in this game but not without a fight from Barbara and Pat who closed the gap to only 16 -13 against them after12 ends. Annette and Liz then regained the upper hand to land another win in this competition to add to their previous wins and make to four in a row.
The Gents Pairs final featured Walter Jamieson/ Gordon Stephen MBE against Murray Grant/ George Sneddon.
This was always going to be a tight game and so it proved with the Pairs level at 7 after seven ends. Walter and Gordon then produced a bit of a surge to go into a 18 shots to 11 after fifteen ends. Murray and George then added a four to reduce the deficit to only 3 shots but could not get the required shots at the last end scoring only 1 to make the final score 18shots to 16 in Walter and Gordon’s favour.
The Mixed Pairs Final saw previous winners Liz Fraser/ Iain MacDonald face the new pairing of Roberta Lees / Hugh Murray. Experienced showed early in this one with Liz and Iain building up a significant lead after eight ends before Roberta and Hugh rallied to reduce the deficit to only 7 shots after11 ends. This proved to be too little too late as Liz and Iain rallied to win the trophy comfortably for the second time together
The Gents Under 25 Championship final paired the Club Champion and very experienced Alan Air against very young Brandon Mackie – Fleming. Alan clearly had the advantage in this one but young Brandon showed he can take that and gave the audience plenty to smile about with his approach and attitude to Alan having a comfortable win to make his total wins in this competition to 8.
In the under 16 Championship final young Brandon- Mackie Fleming faced the more experienced Murray Grant. As expected Murray used his experience to start better and soon led 9 shots to 0. Brandon is never a quitter and fought on with great enthusiasm to level and indeed take the lead by 12 shots to 11 after fourteen ends. Brandon continued to hold his own, he clearly has a future in the sport and game was soon levelled at 16 shots each before Murray again went in front to win the Trophy for the fifth time by 21 shots to 16.
Pictures Show Ladies Champion Annette Christie & Gents Champion Alan Air
Ladies Senior Champion Elizabeth Fraser & Gents Senior Champion Robin Cavana