Lerwick Outdoor Bowling Club Shetland

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L.O.B.C v Royal British Legion - 4th September

In very welcome warm, sunny conditions, the Outdoor Bowling Club held their annual match against members representing the Royal British Legion. Twenty four entrants were split into 6 teams of four, playing games over 16 ends with a mid-match break for refreshments.  The winning team would be the one with the highest combined shot total.

On rink 1, the club team of Anne Barron, Babs Mundie, Mike Bailey and Ewen MacRitchie got off to a terrible start against Norrie Wiseman, Ian and Elma Scott and Gibbie Pottinger being 10 shots down after the first 4 ends. They never recovered and were comprehensively defeated by 24 shots to 6. There was a much closer game on rink 2 where there was never more than a 3 shot difference over all 16 ends but the RBL team of Bob Brandie, Joan Nicolson, Pat Hunter and Gordon Stevenson finished on top by 14 shots to 12 over Sandy Stewart, Donald Campbell, Findlay Jack and Tam Terris.  On rink 3, there was another close game with most ends only being won by a single shot however, this trend was changed when the club team of Bob Hamilton, Ronnie Gair and Caroline and Alan Smith gained 5 shots on the final 2 ends and finished up beating Anne Robertson, Euan and Madge Fotheringham and Alex Elphinstone by 13 shots to 11.

When all the scores were added up, it was the Royal British Legion who re-claimed the trophy by a score of 49 - 31 and this was presented to their representative Joan Nicolson by the club President Tam Terris who thanked everyone who contributed to a very relaxed and enjoyable afternoon of bowling.


Trophy being presented to Joan Nicolson by Tam Terris

Champion of Champions - 3rd September

The outdoor bowling club held their end-of-season Champion of Champions competition, where the winners of all the individual trophies play each other in a round robin format for the ultimate piece of silverware. 

This year, with Tam Terris wining four of the trophies, there were only five members eligible to enter this competition.  All entrants names were drawn out of a hat to see what order they played against each other but, with the uneven number of players, one had to stand out in each round. The matches were over 6 ends with the winner being the one with the highest total number of shots after all games had been completed.

The first round saw Alan Smith and Tam Terris both having comfortable victories over Elma Scott and Alex Elphinstone respectively and Alan won again in the next round, this time by 6 shots to 2 over Anne Robertson and, with Tam not playing in this round, he took a commanding lead overall. The third round saw Elma having an excellent 6 - 4 win over Tam and Alex comprehensively beating Anne Robertson to go into a one shot overall lead but it was his turn to sit out the next round and in the fourth round of matches Alan regained the lead with a 6 - 5 victory over Tam, whilst on the next rink, Elma dominated her match over Anne to win 8 shots to 1.

With Elma not playing in the final round, any one of the three male players could have taken the trophy if they had gained a comfortable win but, with some excellent bowls being played by all the players, both games were very close and finished 4 - 4 thereby ensuring that Alan Smith retained his lead and finally won with an overall shot score of 25, four ahead of Tam.

The Champion of Champions trophy was presented to Alan by Babs Mundie who had originally donated the trophy to the club.

Champion of Champions trophy being presented to Alan Smith by Babs Mundie

Competition Finals - Part 2

Due to some major re-seeding on a large section of the bowling green and the damp conditions, the scheduled matches over the weekend were cancelled, as there were not enough rinks available to complete all the .games in the time available.  However, during the week, the finals of the senior competitions were completed.

On the Monday evening, the Pairs final featured Caroline Smith and Alex Elphinstone playing against Tam Terris and Alan Smith where the winners were those ahead after 18 ends. After 6 ends, Caroline and Alex held a one shot lead but then a run of 6 winning ends by Tam and Alan took them into a 18 - 5 lead and despite a late come-back by their opponents, they closed the game out with a 23 - 14 victory.

The Jim Morrison Veterans Shield final was played on Wednesday evening with Tam Terris yet again playing, this time against Findlay Jack. The game is over 15 ends and Tam got off to a good start going 6 - 1 ahead after 4 ends and some heavy scoring in the middle section of the game saw him take a 12 shot lead. After the final end Findlay had moved onto 7 shots but the winner with 19 shots was Tam Terris.

Thursday evening saw the final of the Handicap Competition with Alan Smith playing Tam Terris, who had already won 3 trophies during the previous 4 days.  The winner of this match is the first player to reach 21 ends and in a complete reversal of fortunes, Tam was soundly beaten in a brilliant performance by Alan, with the latter winning by 21 shots to 1.

The last final to be played was for the Gent's League Trophy and, yet again, Tam Terris had made the final where his opponent was Ewen MacRitchie.  This game is the best of 3 sets of 10 ends and in the first set Tam dominated the scoring right from the start and by the ninth end had an unbeatable 9 - 4 lead.  The second set was decided when Tam gained 4 shots in both the second and third ends to go 9 - 0 ahead and although Ewen won 5 of the next 6 ends, it was only by a single shot and Tam closed out the set and the match by winning the set 11 - 5 to gain his fourth trophy of the season.


 Elma Scott, the club's vice-President awarding the Veterans Shield to Tam Terris

Competition Finals - 20th and 21st August

The Outdoor Bowling Club were due to host all their competition finals but, due to the poor weather and the fact that Tam Terris had reached the final in all 6 competitions he had entered, only 4 finals were completed. On Saturday afternoon, in light rain, the Gents Championship final was between Alex Elphinstone and Tam Terris and the latter got off to a good start being 3 shots up after the first 2 ends. However, Alex fought back, winning the next 5 ends to have a lead of 10 - 3. The game then swung back in Tam's favours as he won the next 5 ends to go 12 -10 in front but then it was Alex's turn and he only lost one of the next 8 ends to win the match 21 - 14.

Saturday afternoon also saw the Ladies Championship final take place between Anne Robertson and Elma Scott. This initially was a close contest with neither player being more that 2 shots ahead over the first 11 ends but then Elma scored 8 shots in the following 4 ends and never lost the lead, finally winning by 21 shots to 11.

On Sunday morning, Anne Robertson was again in action, this time in the Ladies League final when her opponent was Anne Barron. This final is the best of 3 sets of 10 ends and very consistent play by Anne Barron saw her easily win the first set by 12 shots to 4. The second set was much closer and by the time the final end came round Anne Barron had a single shot lead over her opponent but Anne Robertson gained the single shot she needed to draw the set 8 all. The third set was a reversal of the first, with Anne Robertson always having a decisive lead and she finished with a 10 - 3 shot victory which meant that each player had won one and drawn one set. Therefore there had to be a one end shoot-out to decide the winner and Anne Robertson came out victorious winning the trophy.

On Sunday afternoon, in heavy rain and a gradually flooding green, the Greens final featured Alex Elphinstone and Tam Terris, who had competed in another final the day before. Playing some great bowls under difficult conditions, Tam raced to a 13 - 1 lead after 11 ends and although Alex had a great comeback to reduce the lead to only 5 shots, Tam scored a 4 and then the single shot he needed to retain the Greens trophy with a final score of 21 - 11.

The Pairs final was played on a dry, still Monday evening when the players and spectators had to battle against thousands of midges which were infesting the Flower Park. This match featured Caroline Smith and Alex Elphinstone against Alan Smith and Tam Terris in a game over 18 ends. Tam and Alan took an early lead and never lost it, eventually winning by 23 shots to 14.


Left to right :  Alex Elphinstone, Tam Terris, Anne Robertson and Elma Scott.

St Margarets Hope Visit - 17th and 18th August


Earlier in the week, 7 players and 3 supporters from St Margaret's Hope Bowling Club in Orkney visited Shetland for a short bowls holiday where they took the opportunity to look around the mainland whilst also playing two bowls matches against their Lerwick hosts.

They were very lucky with the weather having virtual non-stop sunshine over their three day visit and on the Wednesday evening, their 7 bowlers played in a match with 2 pairs and one triple taking on a selection of 7 players from the Lerwick club and just coming out on top by a total of 41 shots to 37.

Another match was played on the Thursday afternoon but, this time, with a slightly stronger team, the host were victorious by 56 shots to 36.

After the match, a buffet meal was organised and a pleasant time was had socialising. It is hoped that the event will become a regular biennial fixture with the Shetland team due to visit the St Margaret's Hope club in 2017 and, hopefully, they will come back to Shetland the following year.

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STS Trophy - 7th August

Fourteen bowlers competed in the STS trophy on Sunday afternoon. The rules of the STS trophy are one game of nine ends determining the two winning teams. These two teams then play against each other on a new rink while the losing teams play each other on another new rink, again over nine ends. The team with the highest score for the day are crowned the winners.

On rink two, Theresa Terris, Mike Bailey, Ronnie Gair and skip Babs Mundie played against Shauna Terris, Euan Fotheringham, Joan Nicholson and skip Gibbie Pottinger. At the start of the game, the scoring was neck and neck until Babs team had a little trouble dropping 7 points over 3 ends which gave Gibbie's team an early lead. However Babs team came back strong on the last end scoring 5 and winning the game. The score being a close 10-9 to Babs.

On rink three, Gordon Stevenson, Madge Fotheringham and skip Derek Baines played against George Terris, Steve Duncan and skip Donald Campbell. Initially the scoring was neck and neck over the first 4 ends but then Derek's team starting scoring heavily and on the last end scoring an almost perfect 7. The score being 19-4 to Derek.

These results meant that Theresa, Mike, Ronnie and Babs played against Gordon, Madge and Derek on rink one and Shauna, Euan, Joan and Gibbie played against George, Steve and Donald on rink four.

Over the next nine ends on rink one, Babs team won against Derek's team in a mostly close game apart from one end where they gave away 4 shots on the 6th end. The final score for the afternoon was 19 for Babs team and 26 for Derek's team.

On rink four, it was a close game for the first 3 ends with then Gibbie's team winning the next 3 ends pulling a 3 point lead. However on the last 3 ends Donald's team came back and ended up winning their game. The final score for the afternoon was 14 for Gibbie's team and 11 for Donald's team.

This made the winners of the STS Trophy Gordon Stevenson, Madge Fotheringham and skip Derek Baines. The trophy and cash prizes were presented by Stuart Terris of Shetland Technical Solutions.

The club would also like to thank Shetland Technical Solutions for their continued support and donations.

Stuart Terris (right) presents STS trophy to Gordon Stevenson, Madge Fotheringham and Derek Baines

Robbie Watt Shield - 6th August

The club held their annual competition for the Robbie Watt Trophy last Saturday and, despite nine members being in Orkney for the Kirkwall Invitational Triples contest, sixteen players entered. The competition takes place over 3 sets of 7 ends and before each set, the players draw their playing positions and rink numbers from a hat. It was decided to play as pairs and the format normally means that players have a different partner for each set. The player with the highest points total after the 3 sets is declared the winner.

After the first set, with a total of 11 shots, the leaders were Tam Terris and Mike Bailey but both these players had poor second sets and dropped out of contention.

The leaders after the second set, having both scored 13 shots in this set, were Margaret Johnson and Derek Baines who moved onto a total of 20 and 19 shots respectively.

All four matches in the final set were very close affairs but, after a final check on the scores, Anne Barron, Alex Elphinstone and Margaret Johnson all finished on 26 shots but the winner, on a total of 27 shots, was Derek Baines.

This was the first time that Derek had won a club singles event and he was presented with the Robbie Watt Trophy by the President Tam Terris.


Derek Baines presented with the Robbie Watt Trophy by the President Tam Terris.

Moira Smith and Jim Laurenson Trophy - 30th July

The outdoor bowling club ran two separate competitions last Saturday. The ladies played for the Moira Smith Trophy and the men for the Jim Laurenson Trophy. Both involved pairs playing a game over 10 ends with the number of shots deciding who would progress to the next round.

In the ladies competition, the final was between Anne Robertson and Elma Scott against Jean Jarmson and Madge Fotheringham. The latter pair were always in the lead and, despite the opposition often being in a winning position on numerous ends, Madge played some excellent final bowls to gain the advantage. The final score was 14 shots to 4.

The final of the men's competition was a much closer affair with Findlay Jack and John Jarmson moving into a 5 shots to 3 lead after 5 ends but their opponents, Ewen MacRitchie and Alan Smith won 4 of the final 5 ends and finished up the winners by a total of 8 shots to 6. The two trophies were presented to the winning pairs by the club President Tam Terris.

Both sets of trophy winners with Ewen MacRitchie and Alan Smith (left) and Madge Fotheringham and Jean Jarmson (right). In the centre is the club President Tam Terris

Jarmson Two Bowl Mixed Pairs Cup - 24th July


The following day saw the Jarmson Two Bowl Mixed Pairs Cup competition being played. This was a re-arranged fixture, having been cancelled the previous weekend due to a flooded green.

Players enter as pairs and are split into 2 sections, playing all other teams in that section over 10 ends. The winning pair was the one gaining most points over all their games. 

At the end of an afternoon of excellent bowling, the winners were Anne Robertson and Alex Elphinstone. They were presented with the cup by Mrs Jean Jarmson with club President Tam Terris thanking Mr and Mrs Jarmson for hosting the event and providing an excellent buffet.



Jean Jarmson (right) presents the cup to Anne Robertston and Alex Elphinstone

George Robertson Memorial Trophy - 23rd July


On a pleasant Saturday afternoon, there was a good turn-out for the George Robertson Memorial Trophy.  This is a rinks competition where the skips are selected by the Committee and the other 3 players in a team are drawn from a hat.  The teams are then drawn into 2 groups who play each other in a round-robin format, with 2 points for a win and 1 point for a draw.


After all games had been played, the team with the most points was the one comprising of Gordon Stevenson, Ian Scott, Donald Campbell and Sandy Stewart.


Tam Terris (left) presenting the trophy to Gordon Stevenson, Ian Scott, Sandy Stewart and Donald Campbell

New Hills Quaich - 9th July


On a dry, warm Saturday afternoon, eight teams of triples entered the annual competition for the Newhill's Quich. The format is for each team to be drawn into two sections and play three games of seven ends against teams from the opposing section, gaining two points for a win and one point in a drawn game. The winning triple would be the team with the highest points score at the end of the day.


After the first set of games, the triples of Donald Campbell, Catherine Robertson and Stan Robertson plus Ian Scott, Alex Elphinstone and Gibbie Pottinger both had big wins whilst the triple of Babs Mundie, Sandy Stewart and Gordon Stevenson scraped a victory by a single shot. However, Gibbie Pottinger's team lost their second game and Gordon's team had a draw but Stan's triple had another big win which put them in prime position to win the competition going into the final set of games.


The unpredictability of bowls however, came to the fore when Stan and Gibbie's teams lost their final games whilst Babs, Sandy and Gordon easily won theirs to finish on 5 points with two wins and a draw and therefore were declared the winners of the trophy. This was presented to the winning team by the bowling club President Tam Terris.


Tam Terris (left) presenting the trophy to Gordon Stevenson, Babs Mundie and Sandy Stewart

Presidents Triples - 25th June

The Outdoor Bowling Club held its President's Triples competition last Saturday where teams are selected, where possible, to replicate those selected for the forthcoming Inter-county fixture in Kirkwall. This, hopefully, gives players an opportunity to build a team spirit over the 18 ends the competition lasts.

After the first 6 ends, two teams had forged ahead with Sandy Stewart, Gibbie Pottinger and skip Alan Smith on 15 shots but one shot ahead was the triple of Anne Barron, Jean Jarmson and skip Elma Scott. After 12 ends both teams were level on 22 shots both well clear of all other teams. Alan's triple gained 7 shots over the final 6 ends to finish on 29 but Elma's team gained 9 shots to finish on a winning total of 31.

President, Tam Terris presenting the trophy to Jean Jarmson, Anne Barron and Elma Scott.

Mundie Midsummer Cup - 18th June

The Outdoor Bowling Club held the annual Mundie Midsummer Cup competition at the weekend when 24 members turned out to play. The competition is rather unique as the players are drawn into teams of three but each player keeps his or her own score with 3 points for the bowl finishing nearest to the jack, 2 points for second and 1 point for third. The whole game consists of three sets of six ends with the teams moving rinks so that they never play against the same team twice. In addition the order of play changes with each end so the lead players then play second, the seconds move up to skip and the skip then plays lead. This means that in every set of six ends all the players play in every position twice.

After the first six end set, Findlay Jack had surged to the front on 12 shots closely followed by Gordon Stevenson on 10 but both of these players had a poor second set and dropped out of contention for the trophy. At the end of the second set, Mike Bailey with a massive set score of 17 had moved into the lead on 20 shots, one shot clear of Alan Smith and Elma Scott. Mike scored 8 shots in the final set, as did Alan but Elma scored 9 shots to finish equal with Mike and one ahead of Alan. To decide the competition, Elma and Mike bowled two bowls to a long jack with the one finishing closest being declared the winner. Four good bowls were sent but, with his final bowl, Mike finished closest.

The trophy was presented to Mike Bailey by Babs Mundie who, together with husband Geordie, had donated the trophy to the club in 1999. The club President Tam Terris, thanked Mr and Mrs Mundie for providing the excellent buffet for the players.

Babs Mundie presenting the Midsummer Cup to Mike Bailey

Morton Lodge Open Pairs - 11th June

Twenty four players entered the Morton Lodge Open Pairs competition last Saturday and were greeted by a warm, sunny afternoon. The twelve teams were divided into three groups, playing each other in a round-robin format. Each game was over two sets of six ends with a three end decider, if the teams won one set each. However, there was a strict time limit to games and it meant that no games actually managed to play the three end decider, resulting in some games being drawn one set each.

In Group A, the pair of Anne Barron and Mike Bailey comprehensively won all three games by two sets to none as did Margaret Johnson and Norrie Wiseman in Group B. In Group C, the successful group were Jean and John Jarmson who won two and drew one game The most successful runners up were Ewen MacRitchie and Alan Smith who won two games in Group A.  These four teams progressed to the semi finals which were also two sets of six ends.

Anne and Mike played Margaret and Norrie and won the sets 10 - 3 and 6 - 1 and on the adjacent rink, Jean and John won the first set by just one shot against Ewen and Alan but romped away in the second 12 - 3.  The final was played over two sets of nine ends and Anne and Mike won the first four ends by a single shot but Jean and John had pulled level by the eighth end and gained three shots in the final ninth end to take a one set lead. The second set was equally tight but again Jean and John won the vital last two ends to take the final by two sets to none.

The Morton Lodge representative, Gordon Stevenson, presented the trophy to the winning pair.

Gordon Stevenson presenting the  Morton Lodge Open Pairs Trophy to the winners Jean and John Jarmson

S.T.A.G.S Inter Club - 4th June

The outdoor bowling club held their annual S.T.A.G. Competition last Saturday when six teams of four players entered. The team were drawn into two sections who played each other in a round robin format. Each game was over six ends with two points being awarded for a win and one point for a draw.

After the first round, the team gaining the most comprehensive victory was that comprising John Anderson, Caroline Smith, Ewen MacRitchie and skip Alan Smith, however this team lost their second game leaving the only two unbeaten teams being those of Norrie Wiseman, Gordon Stevenson, Bob Brandie and skip Elma Scott plus Jean Jarmson, Alex Elphinstone, Ian Scott  and skip John Jarmson.  To make the event more interesting, these teams ironically met in the final round in a winner takes all match.

Elma's team won the first end but, after that, it became a one sided match with John's team wining the next five ends to finish with a comprehensive 10 - 3 result and a match-winning six points from their three games.  The S.T.A.G. trophy was presented to the winning team by club President Tam Terris who complemented everyone on the high quality of their play.

Club President, Tam Terris (centre), presenting the trophy to John Jarmson and his team of (left to right) Ian Scott, Alex Elphinstone and Jean Jarmson

L.O.B.C v Morton Lodge - 28th May

On a very welcome warm, sunny afternoon, the outdoor bowling club played their annual match against Morton Lodge. 15 players, mostly members of Morton Lodge, and 15 club members were each divided into 5 triples and another draw decided which teams played against each other over 16 ends, with a refreshment break after eight.  The winning team would be the one who amassed the highest number of shots over all 5 matches.

The Morton Lodge triple, with Alex Elphinstone as skip, got off to a flying start being 8 shots in front after 3 ends but this was balanced by the club triple with John Jarmson as skip, winning the first 7 ends and were also 8 shots in front. All the other games were fairly even but at the halfway point the bowling club held a slight advantage.

The second half saw Gordon Stevenson's Morton Lodge triple pull away from their opponents but the rest of the games saw the bowling club maimataining their dominance and the final score was a 71 shot to 64 triumph. This was the first time for 8 years that the Morton Lodge team had suffered a defeat and their representative, Gordon Stevenson, presented the trophy to the club President Tam Terris, congratulating the opposition on their success.

Gordon Stevenson presenting the trophy to the bowling club President Tam Terris

Opening Of Green - 14th May


After having problems with the condition of the green, the Lerwick Outdoor Bowling Club got their season under way two weeks later than planned on a dry but very cold Saturday afternoon.  Twenty four members turned up to play a sweepstake competition and the teams were drawn into either pairs or triples to utilise the available rinks, with the pairs playing eighteen ends and the triples sixteen ends.


The club President, Tam Terris, appropriately asked Findlay Jack to roll the first jack to get the season underway. After six ends, two teams were already looking like probable winners, with the triple of Bob Brandie, Margaret Johnson and skip Alan Smith leading their opponents 17 shots to nil but the pair of Jean Jarmson and Ian Scott were doing even better by holding a 21 shot to nil advantage over their opponents.


Neither team did quite so well in the latter part of the afternoon but Jean and Ian continued to score more heavily and finished up as winners by holding a 36 to 9 shots advantage.


Findlay Jack Sets 1st Jack Of The Season

2016 Season Dates Announced Soon


The 2016 outdoor bowling season dates will be announced soon.


Membership Forms Available Soon


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