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Juniors set for an exciting tournament in Thurso

By SPP Reporter

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Top young players will be in action in Thurso.
Top young players will be in action in Thurso.

SOME of Scotland’s top young outdoor bowlers will be in action in Thurso this weekend at the North of Scotland Junior Masters.

This is the eighth year in a row the town’s green will have staged the event which offers a £500 prize to the winner.

The competition has become a fixture on the Scottish junior bowling calendar and has again attracted entries from the central belt up.

Play gets under way tomorrow morning when the entry of 32 will be whittled down to the eight winners of the qualifying groups.

The knockout stages are held on Sunday when Chris Mitchell, from Huntly, will be hoping to be still in contention to defend the title he won last year.

He will face stiff competition in his group from former champion Phillip Nicol, from Forfar, as well as Brora’s Matthew Norrie.

There is a record entry of six from the home club as well as four challengers from Orkney, including Kirkwall’s Neil Anderson, who topped his group in 2009 and 2010.

Thurso Bowling Club president Doug Morrison is keeping his fingers, and everything else, crossed for good weather.

He said: "We are once again looking forward to a very high standard of bowling over the weekend. It promises to be a very exciting tournament."

Main sponsors are Belhaven Breweries and Symbio, with Allans of Gillock and architects Pentarq also supporting the event.

The round-robin ties in the eight groups start at 9.15am tomorrow.

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