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Clean sweep for bowler Carla Banks at Garioch

By David Porter

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At the Garioch Indoor bowling Club, Carla Banks had a clean sweep of all five titles, taking the Ladies Singles title, the Pairs with mother Angela, the Triples with Lucy Willox and Angela, the Fours with young Lucy Willox again and team mates Angela and Linda Harper.

Carla Banks
Carla Banks

She completed the grand slam also winning the Two Bowl Pairs, again with mother Angela, a feat which has not been achieved since the Club opened in 1988.

The Banks family could have had a clean sweep of the Garioch Indoor Bowling titles had the Men’s Triples final not been held over to next season.

A recent article highlighted Jason Banks winning all but one.

We should not forget father Colin, because he was in the Pairs, Gents 4s and two Ball Pairs, and shares these wins.

Just released are the Scottish Indoor Bowling rankings for Men, and Jason Banks sits fourth , with father Colin in a very laudable ninth place, following consistent national results.

Yet the powers to be fail to award him even one international cap, surprising as there are quite a number of current internationalists behind him in the rankings.

The men this coming winter can only play in 2 Scottish playdowns, but the Ladies can compete in all five giving Carla a great chance of moving through the regional heats next winter.

There were also Senior K.O. trophies up for grabs.

Joan Western took the Senior Ladies singles, while Ivy Ross with Margaret Christie won the Senior Ladies Pairs.

One of the shocks was the winning of the Tuesday Open Pairs league played over the whole winter by Ronnie McDougall with Alan Rough or brother James.

The pair coming second was from the Banks family, who played who was available on the night. Angela, Carla, Colin and Jason have held this title for so many years records were not available to examine pre 2018.

Ronnie McDougall went through the winter undefeated with 11 wins.

The Banks had 9 wins, 1 loss and 1 draw i.e 3 points adrift.

Fellow contestants were disappointed the only outstanding match was McDougall v Banks, which had to be postponed in February because of International commitments of the Banks family.

The result would have made no difference as only two points were available for a win..

President Derek MacKay, at the trophy presentation on Saturday evening, praised the players, volunteers and staff, first for keeping the Club alive during Covid, and coming forward not just for competitive play, but the “hat sessions” (for those just enjoying the game of bowls).

2020-21 had been a nightmare, but the steady build up of those returning to bowls was commended.

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