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Thurso players head for national finals


By SPP Reporter

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Winners of the Highland triples competition were (front, from left) Ronnie Bain, Lynne Swanson and Alan Morrison, with (back, from left) Brian Mutch, Ken Rippon and Ricky McMahon taking the runners-up spot.
Winners of the Highland triples competition were (front, from left) Ronnie Bain, Lynne Swanson and Alan Morrison, with (back, from left) Brian Mutch, Ken Rippon and Ricky McMahon taking the runners-up spot.

THURSO Bowling Club has enjoyed a double success in the district finals of Bowls Scotland.

On Saturday, Jillian Tewnion, Janet Sinclair and Lorna McDermid claimed their place in the national finals when they saw off Invergordon “B” in a one-sided semi, but found it much tougher against Invergordon “A” in the final.

But they dug their heels in and came home with the title after a 20-14 victory. This will be Jillian’s first outing in the national finals which take place over the last week of July.

Janet made it a double celebration when she partnered John Harris to mixed pairs glory against the Wick St Fergus pairing of Fiona Henderson and Alex Thompson.

The Thurso pair got off to a flyer, going 11-1 up after three ends and although Fiona and Alex looked like closing the gap on a couple of occasions some inspired bowls from Janet and John snuffed out the challenge to run out 29-11 winners.

They now head to Hamilton for the national finals in August.

Roddy Mitchell, the district councillor, was present to hand out the winners’ and runners-up medals and was impressed by the standard of bowls and condition of the green.

Lorna and Janet now turn their attention to the single’s title when they travel to Inverness this weekend. Hoping to join the ladies in Ayr will be Douglas Fraser and Brian Cormack who came through their semi-final against an on-form Planefield pair.

The Thurso duo were two down playing the last end but managed to secure a three to book their place in this week’s final to be held at the Planefield club in Inverness. It will be a repeat of the mixed pairs final as they will face the St Fergus pairing of Colin MacIntosh and Brian Harcus.

Keith Boden’s senior fours’ run came to an end when they lost out to the Fortrose and Rosemarkie seniors in a close-fought battle.

On the domestic front, the Highland triples was played for last Saturday in glorious conditions. Ronnie Bain and Alan Morrison kept their winning streak going when partnered by Lynne Swanson. They saw off all comers to lift the trophy, defeating Brian Mutch, Ken Rippon and Ricky McMahon.


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