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Champions Of Champions - 2nd September 2017

This pits all winners of the major competitions against each other in a round robin style event with each game being over six ends. The overall winner of the trophy would be the player with the highest total shot score. This year there were six different eligible winners but, unfortunately Findlay Jack was not available to take part. This meant that, as there were five participants, one player had a bye each round.

The first round saw wins for Anne Robertson and Billy Hay over Tam Terris and Donald Campbell respectively with Hay being the highest shot scorer on 7.  The second round had Hay and Terris finish on 4 shots each but Robertson was heavily defeated by Anne Barron who, bowling effective long jacks, gained an 11 - 1 victory to move into a significant overall lead after her first game.

By the time the fifth and last round  was starting, Terris had already played all his games and was on 19 shots but with Campbell on 16 shots and Barron already on 20 it was more than likely that the winner would come from one of these two players who happened to be playing each other in the last round. Campbell, who knew he had to win the game by at least five shots to gain overall victory, started strongly and led 3 - 0 after two ends,  However, Barron held her nerve and won the next three ends to ensure that she could not be overtaken and finished with a winning total of 25 shots with Campbell coming a creditable second on 22.

The club President, Elma Scott, presented Anne Barron with the trophy and thanked all the club members who had turned up and either prepared the green, umpired, marked games or operated the scoreboards which ensured the competition ran smoothly.

Club President Elma Scott presenting the Champion of Champions trophy to Anne Barron

Finals weekend - 25th to 28th August 2017

The finals of the Lerwick Outdoor Bowling Club were held over the weekend when the finalist not only had their opponents to battle against but also the usual swarms of midges which descend on the Flower Park in late August.  However, this did not seem to deter some excellent bowling from taking place.

In the final of the Veterans competition, Tam Terris and Findlay Jack had a very close game with the advantage swinging one way and then the other. However, over the last few end, it was Jack who eased ahead and deservedly won the trophy by a three shot margin.

On Friday evening, the Handicap final again featured TamTerris, this time playing against Billy Hay, who was in his first major final. Terris started with a seven shot handicap in a game where the first to 21 shots wins but clawed most of that handicap back by gaining four shots on the third end. However, Hay matched Terris over the next ten ends and pulled away at the latter stages of the match to finish with a 21 shots to 14 victory.

In the Pairs final, Gordon Stevenson and Ewen MacRitchie were playing against Anne Barron and Ian Scott in a match over 18 ends. In what proved to be a very close game over the first 13 ends, neither pair was more than two shots in front but then Barron and Scott gained five shots on one end followed by six on the next to give them a virtually unassailable lead. Stevenson and MacRitchie won all the remaining ends but could not claw back the large deficit, with the final score being 21 - 16 in favour of Barron and Scott.

A sunny Saturday afternoon saw the Ladies Championship final with Anne Robertson meeting Jean Jarmson in a game where the first to 21 shots would be the winner. After fourteen ends, Jarmson held a five shot advantage but Robertson won the next four ends to move into a three shot lead only for Jarmson to come fighting back, by winning the next two ends to move into a  15 - 14 lead. The advantage swung Robertson's way once again and a strong finish saw her win the trophy by a final score of 21 - 15.

Also on Saturday, the winning pairs team of Anne Barron and Ian Scott found themselves up against each other in the Greens final. Barron started off strongly by gaining a four shot lead on the first end and had extended that to a six shot lead by the sixth end. Although Scott had a mini revival by taking all four shots on the seventh end, Barron kept the advantage to finally won the game by a score of 21 - 14.

On a cooler but dry Sunday afternoon, two more finals were played. The Ladies League saw a repeat of the match the previous day with Anne Robertson and Jean Jarmson pitted against each other in a match of two ten end sets with a deciding set being played if it ended one set all. In a tight first set, the scores were six shots each going into the deciding tenth end but it was Robertson who played the crucial excellent bowl to win the end and the first set. In the second set, once again the scores were neck and neck but by the final end Robertson needed to take three shots to avoid going into a deciding set. However, under pressure, she duly picked up the three shots required to take her second trophy of the weekend.

The Gents Championship final turned out to be a surprisingly one sided affair between Donald Campbell and Tam Terris.  The winner would be the first player to reach 21 shots and Campbell gained a four shot advantage after the first end and, playing some superb bowls, never lost his tight grip on the game finishing up with a 21 - 8 victory after only twelve ends..  This was Campbell's first major trophy victory and richly deserved.

The Gents League final was played on Monday between Tam Terris and Ian Scott in a game of the best of two sets of 10 ends, with a deciding set, if necessary. The first set swung one way and then the other and stood at eight shots each going into the final end but it was Terris who played the better bowls to win the end and the set.  The second set was a much more one sided contest with Terris never behind and finally coming out with an 11 - 5 victory to take the trophy with a two sets to nil victory.

The competition winners
Anne Barron and Ian Scott being presented with Greens final trophy
Tam Terris being presented with Gents League final

Jarmson Mixed Pairs - 19th August 2017

With the outdoor season drawing to a close, the bowling club's re-arranged Jarmson 2 Bowl Mixed Pairs competition took place on Saturday. Twelve pairs entered and these were drawn into two sections with each pair playing three 10 end matches, gaining two points for a win and one for a draw.

After the first two rounds, in the first section, the pairs of Eleanor Black and Ian Scott plus that of Anne Barron and Mike Bailey had won both of their games and, ironically, played each other in the third round. Gaining a four shot lead after the first end, Black and Scott were always in command and finished up with a 12 - 6 victory to move into the final.  In the other section, Elma Scott and Ewen MacRitchie were the only pair to have won both of their games and they carried on their winning run in the final game to also go through.

The final was full of some excellent bowling but the pair of Scott and MacRitchie were never behind and finished up with a 13 - 5 shot victory and were presented with the trophy by John Jarmson, who expertly organised the event and thanks must also go to Jean Jarmson who provided an excellent buffet.


John Jarmson presenting trophy to Elma Scott and Ewen MacRitchie

Robbie Watt Shield - 13th August 2017

On Sunday, after twice being rained off this year, the Robbie Watt Shield competition finally took place when sixteen members played three sets over seven ends, with their rinks and playing positions being drawn from a hat before each set.  The winner of the shield would be the person who finished up with the highest shot total after the three sets.

After the first set, the pair of Shauna Terris and husband Tam had gained a virtually unassailable lead by scoring a massive 24 shots and Tam Terris pulled further away with another thirteen shots in his second game, whilst Shauna only scored eight. Another nine shots in his final game meant that, with a total of 46 shots, Tam Terris won the shield by nine points with Shauna Terris holding on to second place on 37 shots.

Tam Terris being presented with Robbie Watt shield by Elma Scott, the club President.

Sweetie Lowrie Trophies - 12th August 2017

Saturday saw a new competition where both ladies and gents played knock-out singles matches for two trophies.  These were constructed from bowls donated to the club by relatives of the late Laurence Smith who had an excellent sweet shop in Lerwick.  The competitions were therefore played for the Sweetie Lowrie Trophies, which were based on a nickname which Mr Smith assumed, and were played over 2 sets of six ends with a deciding set, if required.

At the semi-final stage, in the ladies section, Elma Scott played Eleanor Black but the latter won both sets to progress to the final and Anne Robertson played Shauna Terris and it was Robertson who went through by a two sets to nil. The final could not have been closer with Robertson winning the first set 8 - 1 but Black made a fine comeback winning the second set 6 - 2.  The deciding set was over 3 ends but, after two, it was one end each but Black played an excellent end in the decider to win the ladies trophy.

In the gent's section, the first semi-final was between John Jarmson and Alex Elphinstone and it was Elphinstone who triumphed by 2 sets to nil.  The second semi-final saw Ian Scott face Norrie Wiseman and it was Wiseman who won the first set but Scott fought back to win the second to take the match to a final 3 end shoot-out.. This went the way of Wiseman who, therefore progressed to the final.  The first set of the final finished 4 shots apiece so the winner of the second set would collect the trophy. Wiseman got off to a great start, winning the first four ends  and, although Elphinstone won two of the next three ends, he couldn't close the gap and Wiseman took the trophy by 5 shots to 3.

It was very pleasing to see Mr Smith's daughter and daughter-in-law present during the games and be there to present the trophies to the winners.


The 2 Sweetie Lowrie trophies being presented to Eleanor Black and Norrie Wiseman by Pamela Smith and Beryl Graham, the daughter and daughter-in-law of

Moira Smith and Jim Laurenson trophies - 29th July 2017

On Saturday, the Outdoor Bowling Club held two pairs competitions on the same day.  The ladies were playing for the Moira Smith trophy and the gents for the Jim Laurenson trophy, both being knock-out competitions over 10 ends per game.

In the ladies section, at the semi-final stage, the pair of Madge Fotheringham and Jean Jarmson  played Elma Scott and Angela Gifford but, in a close game, gained five shots in the final three ends to win by 10 shots to 7. In the other semi-final, Isabel Riley and Anne Barron gained an early six shot lead but Theresa Terris and Anne Robertson gradually clawed their way back in to the match and by the eighth end had levelled at 8 all. They also won the last two ends to advance to the final with an 11 - 8 victory.  The final was an extremely close affair with neither team being more than one shot in front all game and at the close of the final end they could not be separated on shots scored or ends won and therefore played a deciding one end shoot-out. With the final bowl of the competition, however, Fotheringham played a brilliant bowl to snatch victory in a nail-biting game.

By the semi-final stage of the gent's competition, the pair of Billy Hay and Eric Muir, who had comfortably won their previous two rounds, found themselves up against Gordon Stevenson and Richard Polson who put on an inspired performance to win by 10 shots to 4 and move into the final.  The other semi-final was a much closer affair with Bob Hamilton and Sandy Stewart playing the pre-tournament favourites Ian Scott and Alex Elphinstone and finding themselves at nine shots each coming to the final end. However, Scott and Elphinstone played some excellent bowls and won the end to progress to the final which proved to be an unpredictable game. Polson and Stevenson, against all odds, swept into an 11 shots to nil lead at the half way stage but were pegged back when Scott and Elphinstone scored seven shots over the next two ends but they could not sustain their fight-back and the trophy went to Polson and Stevenson by a final score of 15 - 8.

It was a day of excellent bowls and all the finalists deserve credit for their performances but a special mention must go to Richard Polson, who only started playing the game this summer and won his first club trophy.

The 2 trophies being presented to the winning pairs by Elma Scott, the club President.  Left to right:  Gordon Stevenson, Richard Polson, Elma Scott, Madge Fotheringham and Jean Jarmson.

George Robertson Memorial Trophy - 22nd July 2017

The Outdoor Bowling Club held their annual George Robertson Memorial Trophy competition on Saturday when sixteen members entered and were drawn into four teams of four, all playing against each other in a round-robin format , with each game being over eight ends.  The teams gained two points for a win and one point for a drawn game. In the first round, the winning teams were those of Anne Barron, Billy Hay, Madge Fotheringham and Elma Scott (skip) and Bob Brandie, Margaret Johnson, Ian Scott and Mike Bailey (skip).  The second round saw these teams playing each other and a fine match finished all square on 7 shots each.  With everything to play for in the final round of matches, these two unbeaten teams proceeded to both win their games and, therefore, finished equal on five points.  The rules of the competition state that, should teams finish on an equal number of points, shot difference over the three games would decide the winners and, by virtue of Elma Scott's team gaining a massive 15 - 4 victory in their final game,  their shot difference was plus 15 compared to that of 8 to Bailey's team so Scott's team won the trophy.

Winners of the George Robertson Memorial trophy, Billy Hay, Elma Scott, Madge Fotheringham and Anne Barron

Crown Green competition - 8th July 2017

Saturday afternoon saw the Outdoor Bowling Club play their annual Crown Green competition when 18 members entered. The set rules are very similar to those of crown green but obviously played on a flat green and without the biased jacks used in the game popular in the north of England. The main difference is that, in crown  green, there are no set rinks so the jack can be bowled in any direction that does not interfere with another game going on at the same time. This always causes astonishment from any spectators who happen to be passing and see the jacks and bowls going in all directions. The 18 players were drawn into two groups of three triples, playing each other, with the top team in each group playing in a final tovdecide the overall winners. All games were to be over 8 ends.

In the Red group, the triple of Kevin Ward, Anne Barron and Findlay Jack were supreme, comfortably winning all their three games and progressed straight into the final. However, the Black group was a much closer affair. with the triple of Madge Fotheringham, Bob Hamilton and Stoney Hurst edging out that of Ronnie Gair, Billy Hay and Mike Bailey by just half a point.

Despite, Jack's triple comfortably beating Hurst's in the earlier stage, there was a complete reversal in the final and, after gaining an early lead the latter comfortably held on to win the trophy.

Bob Hamilton, Madge Fotheringham and Stoney Hurst being presented with the Crown Green trophy by the club President, Elma Scott (left)

STS Trophy - 1st July 2017

Eight bowlers competed in the STS trophy on Saturday 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 three, Kevin Ward and skip Mike Bailey played against Ronnie Gair and skip Stoney Hurst. At the start of the game, the scoring was neck and neck until Bailey's team had a little trouble on the second half of the game which gave Hurst's team an early lead for the afternoon. The score being a close 9-7 to Hurst.


On rink four, Richard Polson and skip Madge Fotheringham played against Theresa Terris and skip Gordon Stevenson. Stevenson's team won most of the ends during this game but were kept honest to usually 1 point per end. Fotheringham's team made a come back at the end for 4 points but it wasn't enough with the score being 10-6 to Stevenson.


These results meant that Terris and Stevenson played against Gair and Hurst on rink two and Polson and Fotheringham played against Ward and Bailey on rink five.


Over the next nine ends on rink two, initially Stevenson's team struggled to get any shots which gave Hurst's team a commanding lead. Stevenson's team got to grips with the rink but the deficit was too great. The final score for the afternoon was 16 for Stevenson and 20 for Hurst.


On rink four, Bailey's team found their footing quickly and got an early lead, however Fotheringham's team came roaring back winning most the rest of the ends for that game. This meant that Fotheringham's team were close to winning the competition despite coming in last place after the first nine ends. However a last minute shot by Ward on the final end cut Fotheringham's team from 3 points to 1 point. The final score for the afternoon was 19 for Fotheringham and 12 for Bailey.


This made the winners of the STS Trophy Gair and skip Hurst by only 1 point. The trophy and cash prizes were presented by Stuart Terris of Shetland Technical Solutions.

The STS Trophy being presented by Stuart Terris of Shetland Technical Solutions to Stoney Hurst and Ronnie Gair.

Inter County - 25th June 2017

Sunday saw the annual inter-county match take place on the Shetland green when, in morning and afternoon sessions, the Lerwick team, representing Shetland, took on the team from Kirkwall Bowling Club, representing Orkney.

There were three gents triples matches and two ladies triples in each session. Despite heavy overnight and early morning rain, the strong wind helped to dry out the green so the games could start on time under cloudy but improving weather.

On rink 3, the Shetland ladies triple of Anne Robertson, Babs Mundie and Caroline Smith mainly restricted their opponents to single shot losses whilst winning some ends where they gained three or four shots and with a strong finish ended up winning by 21 shots to 8. On rink 5, the home triple of Anne Barron, Jean Jarmson and Elma Scott had a much closer game with the scores going into the last end being tied but some fine bowls by all the home team secured a single shot victory. On rink 2, the Shetland triple of Billy Hay, Bob Brandie and Alan Smith were never behind their opponents and finished with a 12 - 8 shot win but it was a much closer affair on rink 4 when the home tripe of Sandy Stewart, Donald Campbell and Tam Terris were trailing behind their opponents until a fine closing three ends saw them win the game by 7 shots. The final game on rink 6 saw the Orkney team gain their only morning success with a 17 - 11 victory over the team of Norrie Wiseman, Gordon Stevenson and Gibbie Pottinger.

The afternoon session saw much changed Shetland teams with only the two skips of the ladies teams playing a second game. On rink 2 Scott's team of herself, Shauna Terris and Pat Hunter were leading 7 shots to 2 after the sixth end but the Orkney triple came back well and finished up victorious by  12 - 9. Smith's team of herself, Joan Nicolson and Theresa Terris got off to a flying start, winning the first six ends and finished up comfortable winners 20 - 8. Two of the men's matches were very close affairs but both going the way of the Orkney teams on the final ends. The triple of Mike Bailey, Findlay Jack and John Jarmson lost 13 - 12 and the one of Ronnie Gair, Ian Scott and Ewen MacRitchie lost 12 - 10 but the third triple of John Anderson, Alex Elphinstone and Bob Hamilton were never behind and finished with a fine 14 - 9 victory.

When all the scorecards were totalled, the results were declared as the Shetland gents 76 Orkney 65 and Shetland Ladies 64 Orkney 37.

Joan Nicolson, representing Shetland, bowling in the inter county fixture

Mundie Mid Summer Cup - 24th June 2017

On Saturday, the annual Mundie Midsummer Trophy event took place in weather that was more reminiscent of midwinter with a strong, chilly wind and frequent heavy showers,

This is a fun competition where the players, although playing in a team of three, continually change their order of play and keep their own score, rather than that of the team. After all the bowls are played over an end, the bowl nearest the jack gets 3 points, second gets 2 points and third gets one. The person with the highest total score after 18 ends is declared the winner however, after the 18 ends, two players, Tam Terris and Ewen MacRitchie, finished on 27 points so it was decided that they would both play 2 bowls to a set jack with the nearest winning the competition.

The winner turned out to be Ewen and he was presented with the trophy by Geordie Mundie who, with his wife Babs, had provided the food and acted as hosts for the afternoon.

Trophy being presented to Ewen MacRitchie by Geordie Mundie

Morton Lodge Open Pairs - 17th June 2017

On Saturday the Morton Lodge Pairs Competition. 12 pairs took part and after the round robin section the 4 qualifiers for semi final were Norris Wiseman and Gibbie Pottinger (skip) Caroline Smith and Elma Scott (skip), Alec Elephinstone and Tam Terris (skip and Jim Odie and Alan Smith (skip). In the first semi final Alec Elphinstone and Tam Terris (skip)won over Norrie Wiseman and Gibbie Pottinger (skip) 6-5 5-4 in a very close game. In the second semi final say Jim Odie and Alan Smith (skip) win over Caroline Smith and Elma Scott (skip) 8-4 9-2. In the final Jim Odie and Alan Smith (skip) won the first set 7-4. In the second set Jim and Alan started strongly and raced into a 8-0 lead after 3 ends. Alec and Tam were not going to give up though and fought back to be level 9-9 with one end to go. In last end some good bowls played by all and with Alec and Tam lying shot with one bowl to go it looked like going into extra end but Ă…lan played a great last bowl to win in what was excellent game. Congratulations to everyone in final for great game specially Jim Odie in his first tournament having just started playing this year.

Gordon Stevenson presents trophy to Alan Smith and Jim Odie

Newhills Quaich - 11th June 2017

On Sunday the Newhills Quaich was played for with six triples entered. After playing three sets of games there were three teams equal on four points resulting in it going to shot difference. Runners up were G Pottinger (skip), Babs Mundie and P Hunter with a positive difference of eight and the winners were Alex Elphinstone (skip), Norrie Wiseman and Anne Robertson with 19.

Elma Scott presents trophy to Alex Elphinstone, Norrie Wiseman and Anne Robertson

S.T.A.G.S. Inter Club - 10th June 2017

Saturday saw six rinks playing for the Stags Inter-Club trophy. After some close games it came down to a final game between Gibbie Pottinger (skip), Anne Robertson, Norrie Wiseman and Alex Elphinstone and Gordon Stevenson (skip), Margaret Johnson, Joan Nicolson and Billy Hay. After a very close game Gordon's team won 6-5.

Elma Scott presents trophy to Gordon Stevenson, Margaret Johnson, Joan Nicolson and Bill Hay

L.O.B.C v Morton Lodge - 2nd June 2017

Thirty club members entered the outdoor bowling club's annual fixture where the entrants are split into two teams, one representing the club and one representing Morton Lodge. A representative of each group selected five teams of three players and these played a 16 end game with a break for refreshments at the mid-game point. The total shots gained by each team would decide the overall result.

On rink 2 Ewen MacRitchie's triple got off to a fine start and were 5 shots up after 3 ends and 7 shots up at the break. John Jarmson's team, representing the bowling club, had a much better second half but were unable to totally close the gap and finished up losing by 14 shots to 11.  On rink 3, Bob Brandie's club triple again had a bad start but scored heavily around the mid game point and finished up with a 18 shots to 8 victory over the Morton Lodge team led by Gordon Stevenson. 

The game on rink 4 was a close affair from beginning to end between the triples of Tam Terris for the club and Gibbie Pottinger for Morton Lodge and finished with a single point victory to Pottinger's team. A similar game occurred on rink 5, with the lead regularly swinging from one team to the other in the early stages but, by the eleventh end, the club team led by Elma Scott held a 10 shot lead. However, a late burst from the Lodge team saw them claw back 8 shots to finally only lose by 16 shots to 18.

The final game on rink 6 saw the club triple, led by Alex Elphinstone race into a 12 shot lead by the mid-game break and, although the Morton Lodge team had a better second half, the gap was still 8 points at the end.

When all the scores were totalled, Morton Lodge had 61 shots but the bowling club totalled 77 and so won the trophy.  This was presented to Elma Scott, the club President by Gordon Stevenson who represented Morton Lodge.

Gordon Stevenson, the representative of Morton Lodge presenting the trophy to Elma Scot, the bowling club President.

George Wilson Mixed Pairs - 27th May 2017

After being rained off on the previous two Saturdays, the outdoor bowling club played the George Wilson mixed pairs competition on a glorious sunny afternoon last Saturday.  Ten pairs entered, being split into two sections and each team played three games of seven ends per game, gaining two points for a win and one point for a draw and the team with the highest points total would win the trophy.

At the end of second games, only two teams were on maximum points, the pairs of Theresa Terris and Gibbie Pottinger and that of Eleanor Black and Mike Bailey. However, Bailey's team were soundly beaten in their final match but Pottinger's team had a comfortable win and deservedly won the competition and trophy.

Theresa Terris and Gibbie Pottinger being presented with the George Wilson Trophy by the club President, Elma Scott.

Opening Of Green - 6th May 2017

The opening of the 2017 season for the Lerwick Outdoor Bowling Club took place on Saturday, with Ian Scott, bowling the traditional opening jack on a dry but chilly afternoon.  Twenty four bowlers were drawn into two teams, one representing the President, Elma Scott and the other Tam Terris, last year's President. The players were divided into teams of three, playing games of 16 ends with a break after 8 ends for refreshments. The team with the most shots after the 16 ends would win the trophy.

On rink 2, the triple of Anne Robertson, Madge Fotheringham and Eric Muir got off to a flying start and at the mid game break led by 11 shots to nil but then the game turned around with Anne Barron, Margaret Johnson and Gibbie Pottinger recovering well but eventually losing by 15 shots to 11. On rink 3, the game was evenly contested but, following the refreshments, some excellent bowls by skip Sandy Stewart saw his side successful by 18 shots to 15. Rink 4 again saw a another close game with the teams skippered by Tam Terris and Bob Brandie finishing with 13 shots each.

With three very close games, it was inevitable that final game on rink 5 would decide which team were the overall wiinners and from the early stages the triple led by Alan Smith accumulated shots on most ends, leading by 12 shots to 3 at half time and, not easing up, finished by winning by 20 shots to 8 against Elma Scott's team.

When the overall shot total was added up, Tam Terris's team had 62 shots compared to Elma Scott's 51 so it was Tam who collected the trophy.


Ian Scott bowling the first jack of the 2017 season.