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Garioch Gents aiming for bowling success

By David Porter

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National Competitions (Gents) from the Garioch Indoor Bowling Club resulted in mixed bag of performances writes correspondent Mike Barron.

Jason Banks
Jason Banks

Already reported was the fact that Jason Banks was voted the Young Player of the Year 2021, and with his father, Colin, they won the National Two Ball Pairs.

Jason nearly made it a double title win by narrowly going down in the National Singles final to Mike Stepney of Elgin, 19-21.

The match was very even with the game going down to the last end when Stepney drew to the jack with his final bowl.

On his way to the final Jason beat Jak Miller of Aberdeen in semi final 21-17.

In earlier rounds he beat East Fife 21-7, Inverclyde 21-14 and Fintry 21-9.

Jason, regrettably had to withdraw from the playdowns of the Scottish Junior Championships for 2021/22 with a throat infection pre-Christmas and

this being his last year he was very disappointed.

Despite this his 2021 performances can be looked on very favourably, as he had the honour of being captain of the Scottish under 25 team and represented his Country in all three home Internationals’

Looking at the other National playdowns-

Alan Rough and Lee Collins came unstuck against Aberdeen 16-19.

The pair were always behind and did well to hold the score to a three shot loss.

The National Triples saw another close score with Jason Banks, Alan Rough and Jason Banks take on Turriff and they too lost.

The score 17-19.

Reports said the game was always close with the lead going both ways throughout.

The home team started favourites but lost in the preliminary round to Turriff who had G Barclay, G Alexander and L Trotter in their trio.

The Fours from the Club are due to play on January 29 but SIBA have warned that this might have to be delayed.

The match is against Inverness at Stonehaven.

The Garioch must start as favourites but in a one off game anything can happen.

Should they win they next meet Elgin, who have in their four Mike Stepney, the winner of the National Singles.

Jason Banks comments that the International matches due in late February may have to be postponed but everything depends on the Covid situation.

Scottish Indoor Bowling Association say a decision will be taken in late January.

The Senior 4s are out. They too lost early to Stonehaven.

Finally the Club team in Division 1 North Section are in mid table having won two matches and lost two.

They have plus 35 shots.

Leading is Elgin who are undefeated and captain their team, yet again, is Mike Stepney.

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