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Rhodes and Smith prove too hot to handle in round-robin pairs


By Alan Hendry


From left: Runners-up Chelsea Bain and Danny Taylor with winners Derek Rhodes and Charlie Smith after the McIntyre round-robin pairs.
From left: Runners-up Chelsea Bain and Danny Taylor with winners Derek Rhodes and Charlie Smith after the McIntyre round-robin pairs.

Saturday saw Thurso Bowling Club’s McIntyre round-robin pairs being contested. Seventeen pairs took part, with the winners of each group and the best runners-up over the three groups progressing to the semi-finals.

Group A winners Eric Gunn and Alec MacKay faced group B winners Derek Rhodes and Charlie Smith, while group C winners Douglas Morrison and Stephen Rollinson met group B runners-up Danny Taylor and Chelsea Bain in the semis.

Eric and Alec found Derek and Charlie too hot to handle and succumbed to a 7-2 defeat.

The second semi was one-way traffic as well, as Danny and Chelsea overcome Douglas and Stephen by 10 shots to two.

The final saw a rematch from the group stages and Derek and Charlie repeated the earlier result as they saw off Danny and Chelsea by three shots to end the day undefeated and lift the trophy.

Lorna and Brian Cormack progressed to the final of the Scottish District mixed pairs final when they beat fellow club members Lynne Swanson and Alan Morrison by 18 shots to 13 in their semi final at the Rosebank club on Sunday. They now face last season’s champions from the Highland Bowling Club, Inverness, at 2pm on Sunday at Brora. They will be joined on the green by Chelsea Bain who joins the junior singles at the final stage and will take on Golspie’s Isla MacLeod. Thurso is still well represented in quite a few other semi finals with both the Gents and Ladies senior singles, Ladies singles, Ladies and Gents pairs, Ladies triples, Gents and Ladies Rinks all in contention for a final spot.

This Saturday Thurso will host its Club open singles competition, sponsored by the Weigh Inn Hotel, which usually draws a big entry and all players are asked to report to the green by 9am for the draw.



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