St Fergus triumph in Malky Sutherland open at Lybster
LAST Wednesday saw the annual over-50s bowling open at Lybster instigated five years ago in memory of club stalwart Malky Sutherland. Fourteen teams of triples from clubs in Caithness and Sutherland battled to be the winners on the day.
After four rounds of games of eight ends per game held in two sections, the winners and runners-up from each section progressed to the semi-finals.
From Section 1 the winners with a full eight points were the Brora team skipped by Angus Mackenzie, with Jean and Martin Dent making up the trio. Runners-up were the Thurso team with six points skipped by Jim Campbell with Alan Doull and Cath Irons.
In Section 2 the winners, also with a full eight points, were the St Fergus team skipped by Johnny Robertson along with Ian Miller and Peter Knowles.
Runners-up were the Dornoch trio skipped by Allan McKillop accompanied by Paul Hollingworth and Katherine De Jonckheere on six points with a better shot difference of +11 to the Lybster three of Stan Fraser, Scott Bain and Christine Cormack on +3.
In the semis St Fergus were never behind and progressed to the final showing some strong bowling on the way.
The second semi was an all-Sutherland affair with Dornoch triumphing over Brora by the narrow margin of 11- 9. Having raced to a 9-1 lead at the fifth end, two successive fours from Brora had the game all square going into the last end in which Dornoch scored a two to take them through to meet St Fergus.
The final, played in sunny but by now blustery conditions, saw the Wick team score at every end up to the fifth end but it was the four shots gained at the fourth end that made things very difficult for Dornoch.
Despite getting winning the sixth and seventh ends with a single and a two it was, alas, too little to make any impression on a very strong display throughout the day from the winners from St Fergus, J Robertson (skip), I Miller and P Knowles.