Ellon Bowling Club hosted this seasons district finals as part of their centenary celebrations and spectators were entertained with some exceptional performances.
In the men’s fours it went right to the last bowl with Tarves skip Marshall Presley pulling off a cracking last delivery to get the shot when Rothienorman were lying the four shots they needed to pull off an unlikely victory on the last end.
The final of the junior singles was equally as exciting with Jason Banks (Inverurie) and Craig Burnett (Westhill) all square at 20-20 going into the last end. Burnett had already saved the match on the second last end and in a final of the highest calibre it was Banks that won through to the National Championships in Ayr with a 21-20 win.
There was joy for District Secretary Mike Mennie when he teamed up with his Pitmedden club mate Geoff Allan to land the district pairs. They defeated John Nicol and Mark Campbell 13-11 in a victory that sees Mennie qualify for the national finals for the fifth time. Commenting afterwards he said “It was a great district finals and the standard of bowling was very high. At one stage near the end four out of the five matches were all-square and it was a very exciting evening for the spectators.”
Pitmedden had more reasons to be cheerful when Ian Fraser picked up the Senior Singles Championship with a 21-16 win over Dennis Helliwell from Insch. It was a disappointing evening for the host club with Ellon going down 17-15 in the triples against Kintore.
District 3 final results - Junior Singles: Westhill (C Burnett) 20 Inverurie (J Banks) 21. Gents Singles: Kintore (D Fraser) 21 Westhill (A McKay) 15. Gents Pairs: Rothienorman (J Nicol & M Campbell) 11 Pitmedden (G Allan & M Mennie) 13. Gents Triples: Ellon( W Christie , M Gibson & A Giles ) 15 Kintore (G Spence Jnr , K Farquhar & P Davidson) 17. Gents Fours Tarves (G Robertson, A Duncan , B Carr & M Presly)14 Rothienorman (G. Esslemont , M Taylor , J Harper & I Moir) 10. Senior Singles - Pitmedden (Ian Fraser) 21 Insch (Dennis Helliwell) 16. Senior Fours - Newhills (W Stratton, K Roache , H Mckay & B Nicol )12 , Kintore (C Heron , B Keenan, R Booth , G Spence) 8.