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Finals part 2 - 24th August 2019
The four remaining Premier Competition finals were played today.

On a very wet green this morning, Gibbie Pottinger and Alex Elphinstone battled it out for the Greens trophy. As expected, this was a very close affair which Gibbie eventually won.

The green had slightly dried out this afternoon for the other 3 finals. In the Ladies Championship, Anne Robertson comfortably beat Madge Fotheringham by 23 shots to 9.

Gibbie played his second final of the day but this time, in the Handicap, he lost out to Chris Simmons by 22 shots to 16.

The final of the Pairs saw Tam Terris and Scott Hurst defeat Alan Smith and Benji Stone by 25 - 10.

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Finals part 1 - 18th August 2019

After Saturday's wash-out, we managed to get four of the Premier Competition finals played today. This morning saw Chris Simmons defeat Derek Baines comprehensively in the Gent's Championship.

This afternoon, Chris played in the Gent's League final against Willie Coutts and he gained his second trophy in a last end thriller, after a game of real quality. The Ladies League title went to Jean Jarmson who defeated Anne Robertson by 2 sets to nil. The fourth final saw Tam Terris beat Caroline Smith by 11 shots to 6 in the Veterans final.

The photos show Chris Simmons receiving his Gent's Championship trophy from the club President, Ewen MacRitchie and all the trophy winners at the end of the games.

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Sweetie Lowrie - 11th August 2019

A breezy but dry afternoon greeted all members who had entered the Sweetie Lowrie ladies and gents singles competitions.

The ladies all played each other over a six end game and the top two went through to the final. This saw Anne Robertson defeat Anne Barron by one shot on the final end.

The gents were split into two groups with the winners and runners-up in each group playing in a semi-final and then the final. In the semis, Tam Terris defeated Ian Scott and Willie Coutts beat Scott Hurst but it was Tam who comfortably won the final.

The photo shows a wind-swept Anne and Tam with their trophies.

Anne Robertson and Tam Terris with their trophies

George Robertson Memorial Trophy - 10th August 2019

Defying all the weather forecasts, the George Robertson Memorial Trophy competition took place today on a warm, sunny afternoon.

Sixteen players were divided into four teams and they all played each other in a seven end match. Three of the teams won one match but lost two, but one team won all three games and deservedly collected the trophy.

The winning team was Billy Hay, Willie Coutts, Alex Elphinstone and the President, Ewen MacRitchie.

Billy Hay, Willie Coutts, Alex Elphinstone and the President, Ewen MacRitchie

Crown Green - 3rd August 2019

With most of the members away in Kirkwall, the Crown Green competition took place in blazing sunshine today. Following round-robin matches between all those taking part, Alex Elphinstone and Billy Hay both finished with 5 wins and 1 loss and so moved into the final.

Alex came out on top in a close fought game.

Winner Alex Elphinstone with Billy Hay

Jim Laurenson and Moira Smith Trophys - 28th July 2019

On another very warm afternoon where the chocolate biscuits were melting in your hand before you could eat them, the club held its gents and ladies pairs competitions.

The gents played for the Jim Laurenson Memorial Trophy and, in a very close final, Norrie Wiseman and John Jarmson beat Alex Elphinstone and Ian Scott 10 shots to 9.

The ladies played for the Moira Smith Trophy and it turned out to be a good day for the Jarmson family as Jean Jarmson and Madge Fotheringham beat Wasana Boubabdee and Caroline Smith 11 shots to 7 over the 10 end final. It was so hot that the camera steamed up but here are the fuzzy winners with the trophies.

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STS Trophy - 29th June 2019

Twenty two bowlers competed in the STS trophy on a warm summers Saturday afternoon. The rules of the STS trophy changed this year due to excellent attendance of players. It was decided to have 8 pairs playing 18 ends and 2 triples playing 16 ends with no moving of rinks. The team with the highest score for the day are crowned the winners.

On rink two, Wasana Boubabdee (Nuy) and Stan Robertson took a commanding lead by the half way point leading 12-3 against Madge Fotheringham and Kevin Ward.

On rink three, it was a close game with alternate teams winning ends. At the half way point it was Joan Nicolson and Gordon Stevenson leading 9-6 against Derek Baines and Ronnie Gair.

On rink four, Willie Coutts and Graham Wiseman took another lead with them leading 15-3 after 9 ends against Shauna Terris and Eleanor Black.

On rink five it was was a very close game with only 1 point in it at half way, 9-8 to Tam Terris and Vinny Walterson against Mike Bailey and Rhona Goudie. A very even and exciting game to watch.

On rink six it was the two triple teams playing against each other. John Jarmson, Andy Walterson and George Young were nicely leading 11-7 against Jean Jarmson, Hazel Ulstad and Norrie Wiseman but it was still all to play for.


After a small break play commenced, the weather improved and the teams got their heads down.


Stevenson's team on rink three found themselves in a battle with Baines team with some close scores. Final score was 19-18 to Stevenson's team.

Bailey's team on rink five didn't disappoint and continued to be a great game. They pulled ahead of Terris team to win, 17-12 to Bailey and Goudie.

On rink six, John Jarmson's team continued to pull ahead in the second half with the scores being 19-12.

On rinks two and four both winning teams were pushing hard both wanting to win the STS Trophy and cash prize. Coutts team scored heavily on rink four ending up 25-11 against S Terris's team. Robertson's team also scored heavily on rink two resulting 25-7 against Fotheringham's team.

Due to both teams being on 25 points shot difference was taken into account which made Stan Robertson and Nuy the winners.

The trophy and cash prizes were presented by Stuart Terris of Shetland Technical Solutions to Stan Robertson and Nuy.
Nuy Very Proud

Morton Lodge Open Pairs - 16th June 2019

This morning and afternoon saw the Morton Lodge 3 Bowl Open Pairs take place,.

After three games of two six end sets, the semi-finals were between Willie Coutts and Wasana Boubabdee (a.k.a.Nuy) against Caroline Smith and Billy Hay plus Scott Hurst and Margaret Johnson against Anne Barron and Mike Bailey.

Both matches saw the first named pair going through to a two sets of 9 ends final. This was a very close affair and as it was all square after the two sets, a one end shoot-out took place.

The winners, retaining the trophy they won last year, were Margaret Johnson and Scott Hurst.

Many thanks to everyone who donated raffle prizes, Morton Lodge for the prizes to the finalists and everyone who helped with the catering.

From left to right, Nuy, Margaret, Ewen (the President) Scott and Willie.

L.O.B.C v Morton Lodge - 15th June 2019

Thankfully, a dry green and a dry day allowed the re-arranged fixture of the Club against Morton Lodge 89 to take place. Twenty four members played 18 ends in pairs with the trophy going to the team with the top overall shot score.

Although most games were relatively even, the club paring of Scott Hurst and Donald Campbell had a massive win and this left the club well clear when the shots were totted up.

Photo of Ian Scott presenting the trophy to Billy Hay.

S.T.A.G.S Inter Club - 8th June 2019

On a dry but chilly afternoon today, 24 players were divided into six teams of four to play for the STAGS Trophy.

Every team played three games of six ends, with two points for a win and one for a draw. At the end of the game, three teams finished level so there followed a 2 bowl shoot-out between the skips to a long jack. Elma Scott finished a yard away with her first bowl, Tam Terris was 2 yards short but Scott Hurst finished alongside the jack.

Neither Elma nor Tam could improve with their second bowls so Scott and his team were declared the winners.

The winning team (left to right) Bob Hamilton, Willie Coutts, Scott Hurst and Anne Robertson.

George Wilson Mixed Pairs - 25th May 2019

The George Wilson Mixed Pairs were held recently with 12 pairs taking part. The format for this tournament was each pair played 3 games with 2 points for a win and 1 point for a draw. The team with we highest number of points win and if teams has same points it goes on shot difference. If teams are still equal in goes on number of end won and if still can't be separated the skips throw  2 bowls to a jack with the closest winning tournament.

After 2 games each Ewen MacRitchie (skip) Hazel Ulstad, Derek Banes (skip) Madge Forthingham and Willie Coutts (skip) Wasenda Boubabdee were tied on 4 points.

In the last game Banes team lost and MacRitchies and Coutts team both won leaving them equal on points. After a count back of shot differences and ends won the teams still could not be separated.

The skips now had two bowls each with the closest winning the tournament. This was won by Willie Coutts giving him and Wasena Boubababdee the trophy.

President Ewen MacRitchie presenting the George Wilson trophy to Wasena Boubabdee and Willie Coutts.

Newhills Quaich - 18th May 2019

Saturday saw 12 teams  of triples playing for Newhills Quaich. This was played over 3 games of seven ends with the team with the most wins winning the tournament.

After 2 games each played Theresa Terris, Shauna Terris and Tam Terris(skip), Wasena Boubabdee, Willie Coutts and Scott Hurst(skip) and Madge Forthingham, Bob Brandie and Ewen MacRitchie(skip) tied with 2 wins each.

With Tam Terris losing his last game it was down to Scott Hurst's and Ewen MacRitchie's team's who were playing each other.

After a very close game Madge Forthingham, Bob Brandie and Ewen MacRitchie(skip) went on to win the match and trophy.

Vice President Caroline Smith presenting the Newhills Quaich to Ewen MacRitchie(skip), Madge Forthingham and Bob Brandie.

Robbie Watt Shield - 11th May 2019

Saturday saw 28 bowlers turning up to play for the Robbie Watt Shield. This was played for over 21 ends with players drawing teams from the hat every 7 ends. The winner would be the bowler with the highest number of shots.

After the first 7 ends in the lead with 12 points were Andy Walterson, Ann Napier and Bob Brandie. Bob Brandie continued to lead after 14 ends with 25 shots, 8 ahead of Ewen MacRitchie and Alan Smith on 17 shots.

Over the last 7 ends the game changed completely with Ann Napier scoring 17 shots for a final total of 33 shots. Bob Brandie who could only score 5 shots finishing in second place equal with Alan Smith on 30 points.

A big congratulations must go to Ann Napier who only started playing bowls this year and this was her first tournament.

President Ewen MacRitchie presenting the Robbie Watt Shield to Ann Napier.

Opening Of The Green - 5th May 2019

Saturday saw the start of the bowling season with 38 members turning up despite a very cold day for first tournament of the year. Teams were picked out of the hat to make a President’s team and a Vice President’s team in the form of rinks and triples.

This year the honour of throwing the first jack went to Eleanor Black who started the game off.

Teams played 16 ends overall and after 8 ends the Vice President Caroline Smith’s team had a 15 shot lead over the President Ewen MacRitchie’s team. Over the last 8 ends the game continued the same way with in the end the Vice Presidents team winning by 23 shots.


Eleanor Black setting the first jack of the year
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