Douglas’s final bowl secures over-50s’ triples victory
Thurso Bowling Club held the ninth annual competition for the Willie and Nettie MacDonald Open Over-50s’ Triples, attracting the usual full field of entrants from as far away as Golspie and Kirkwall.
After the first round, where every team plays four games, clear winners of Group A were Todo & Co of Rosebank (William Bremner, Paul McNeill and Tom Macgregor) with the full eight points. Several teams finished with six points, with second place going to Golspie (John Chatten, Keith Legg, Melvin Miller) with a superior shot difference of +22.
In Group B, two teams went into the last round of games with three wins and another victory left a Caithness All-Stars team of Lorna Cormack (Thurso), James Swanson and Geordie More (St Fergus) in top spot with eight points.
A defeat for Douglas Morrison, Peter Knapp and Janet Sinclair (Thurso) saw them hang on to second place with a superior shot difference of +14.
Both semis went to the last bowl with Douglas’s team beating the Rosebank trio and Lorna and company defeating Golspie, both matches ending with 7-5 scorelines.
In a top-quality final, with the lead changing after almost every end, Douglas Morrison’s final bowl converted to give his team the three shots needed for a 7-6 victory.
The presentations were made by Linda Sutherland on behalf of the MacDonald family. In addition to the bowling action, the raffle raised over £385 for charity. This, along with the various donations of prize money, was donated to the North Highland Cancer Information and Support Centre.