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Garioch's Carla Banks has a great run as she looks towards Commonwealth bowling team selection

By David Porter

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Carla Banks, a member of the Scottish High Performance squad for the Commonwealth Games at Royal Leamington Spa, had a trial run against

the home countries of England, Wales and Ireland at the host venue this weekend.

This follows on from a series of matches against Ireland at the Scottish National Bowling Centre at Ayr 10 days ago, where Carla lost her first match 12-14, but was in three winning contests.

She performed well in the next match to win 14-11, in 4s 14-11, and the highlight being in the triples, where as skip, she won 21-9.

This performance must have done much to, hopefully with selectors present, help her selection chances for the Commonwealth games.

Closer to home the 10 Pin lanes at Garioch were forced to close due to illness of the staff last weekend and it will not open before Monday, August 9.

This is a great blow to the centre as the school holiday period is a great earner, and helps subsidise bowling.

An official at the Club confirmed the extra sanitising makes the centre a safe haven when the staff return.

Bowling, a separate entity, is still open with the coffee bar and kidz zone also open.

After closure from March 2020 until recently, this is a great blow to the Centre.

Outside bowling is also back in force and Mike Mennie, secretary, Benachie Outdoor Association commented” We have been fortunate to get all of our matches in league and knock out played, and the finals are at Rothienorman on Sunday, August22”.

Many Garioch bowlers are in contention for some of the titles.

The major surprise of the various semi-finals was James Harper (Harlaw) beating comprehensively Carla Banks (Inverurie) 21-11.

Sandy McDonald
Sandy McDonald

The final finds Harper playing Club mate, Sandy McDonald.

Benachie semi final results-

Champion of champions - Balgownie (B Ewen) 6 Tarves (M Presly) 21: Belhelvie(D Watson) 3 Inverurie (J Banks) 21.

Benachie singles- Belhelvie (P Lawson) 17 Harlaw (S McDonald) 21: James Harper (Harlaw) 21 Carla Banks (Inverurie) 11.

Benachie pairs - Belhelvie( E Moir, M Donald) 8 Inverurie( C&A Banks) 24: Rothie (I Raffan, J Thorley) 15 Newhills (B Leslie, J Herbertson) 17.

Benachie triples -Balgownie (C Clubb) 9 Pitmedden (S McKenzie) 16: Oldmeldrum (I Ingram)13 Harlaw (D Fraser)17.

Benachie fours - Oldmeldrum( I Western) 15 Rothienorman(I Moir) 12: Balgownie(E Fraser) 10 Tarves (A Duncan) 14.

Rothienorman are the Benachie Association League 1 champions beating Tarves 53-49 in their final match.

Only Harlaw, who had played their six matches, and were sitting with five wins and one loss, were praying for a win by Tarves, as they had a superior shot difference.

Ian Moir, president of Rothie, and a player in the winning trio, along with Colin Knox and James Harper, said “It was our consistency with a spread of experience that saw us through”

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