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Garioch bowlers get back in action

By David Porter

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After the “false” closure last week, both pairs and triple competitions were to the fore this week at the Garioch Indoor Bowling Centre in Inverurie.

After just three matches, it is difficult to gauge the top players in the respective leagues, but Nicol, Middleton, Sievewright, Murrison and Morrison are names winning early matches.

George Morrison and Ron Booth
George Morrison and Ron Booth

John Nicol and Bruce Middleton, one of the favourite pairs, continue with another victory.

They beat Tom Keith and Jim Christie 19-10, but the score does not reflect the close play, as it was 10-10 at the ninth end.

The winners took three, four and two shots to seal victory.

Nicol and Middleton teamed up with Frank Sinclair in the triples, again against Keith and Christie, who had Adams in their trio.

There was a similar score 19-10 to Middleton.

Airth and Stout beat Davidson and McLeod 12-10.

The game was even throughout, with Davidson being in front 8-7 at the tenth , but they lost both of the last ends, to finish two down.

Charlie Brown and Gordon Sievewright were the leading pair last season, but for family reasons, Brown has had to withdraw meantime, and Mike Barron was called in to substitute for November.

The new pair beat the fancied couple of Ian Brown and Derek MacKay 21-12.

The score would suggest an easy game, but the difference was Sievewright, who went into another gear, and came away with 4,3,3 shots at the last three ends.

The Murrison’s, Anne and Arthur, met Sheena Farquhar and Ken Adams.

Perhaps it was the rush to get to the stadium, the latecomer Adams never got going, and scored at only four of the 13 ends.

The final score was never in doubt, and the Murrison’s coasted to a 19-5 victory.

The two Anne’s, Michie and Lawless, were up against newcomers, Grant and Waiter, who deservedly won 12-10 in a close match.

Grant drew two shots at the last end, but, with a heavy drawing bowl, could have made it four to ensure a bigger victory.

Liz Grant and Cheryl North were up against it meeting Campbell and Conn.

At end eight they were 12-0 down, and only won three ends to finish 21-6.

Two experienced players, Sheila Reidford and Peter Craig, found the rink, and the opposition difficult to handle.

Ron Booth, and experienced Club player, George Morrison, won convincingly 32-5.

Craig won just three ends, and actually scored three shots at the thirteenth end.

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