Garioch Juniors in double success

The Garioch Indoor Bowling Club Juniors "A Team", Jak Miller, David Thomson and Martyn Thomson, whio won the Sonehaven Lions Trophy at the Stonehaven Bowling Club "2-bowl Triples Competition". '(Picture submitted)
The Garioch Indoor Bowling Club Juniors "A Team", Jak Miller, David Thomson and Martyn Thomson, whio won the Sonehaven Lions Trophy at the Stonehaven Bowling Club "2-bowl Triples Competition". '(Picture submitted)

IT has recently been a very busy time for Garioch Indoor Bowling Club juniors. On Saturday, (January 28) Garioch IBC once again hosted the Scottish Young Indoor Bowlers District Pairs & Triples competition.

The Garioch pairs representatives were Andrew Reilly (lead) and Jason Banks (skip), while the Garioch triples team consisted of James McDougall (lead) Andrew Gregor (2nd) and Ronald McDougall (skip). Pairs and Triples teams came from Buchan, Elgin and Fraserburgh to compete against the Garioch teams. The competition was held in a round robin format with each team playing three games of six ends. 

In the pairs play-off the Garioch boys won all their games 7-4, 7-4 and 13-1 so were clear winners with six points. The Garioch triples team succeeded in the same manner and won all their games 6-1, 7-3 and 13-1 and so were also clear winners with six points in the bag.

The Garioch pairs and triples teams will now be heading for the SYIBA National Pairs & Triples Finals which will be held at Blantyre on Sunday, March 11. Everyone associated with the juniors wishes them well in this national junior competition.

The juniors and junior committee would also like to thank the ‘anonymous’ club member for their donation to pay for all the players meals on the day - you know who you are !

Also on Saturday, January 28, the Junior Section Hamper Raffle was drawn. The winner of the ‘Luxury Scottish Hamper’ was GIBC member Ken Tough from Inverurie and the winner of the ‘Scottish Speciality Hamper’ was Mr May from Oldmeldrum. The junior section raised the fine sum of £411 and would like to thank everyone who bought raffles for their support.

On Sunday, (January 29), the Garioch club had two juniors playing at Turriff Bowling club in the Irn Bru School of Excellence North Qualifier. Andrew Reilly and Greg Culling were the club’s representatives in this under 18 competition. Although both juniors played well and enjoyed the tournament and experience, they both ended as runners-up in their sections and so narrowly missed out on qualifying for the North and East Finals in April.

Also on Sunday,( January 29), Stonehaven Bowling club once again hosted their annual “2-bowl Triples Competition” sponsored by the Stonehaven Lions Club. Two Garioch teams were invited along this year. Team A players were: Martyn Thomson (skip), David Thomson (2nd) and Jak Miller (lead), while Team B consisted of Jason Banks (skip), Andrew Thomson (2nd) and Carla Banks (lead).

This competition started as a round robin of six ends, each team playing five games, with the winner and runner-up of each section progressing to the semi-final knock-out stages. The Garioch triples were in different sections and were up against teams from Stonehaven, Arbroath, Dundee, Aberdeen and also Grampian Juniors Bowling Association (who also had Garioch members playing in it’s teams).

The Garioch Team A ended up as runners-up in their section (with 4 wins, 1 draw and 1 defeat) while Garioch Team B were winners of their section having won all 5 games.

However, this meant that they now had to play against each other in the semi-final! At least the Garioch club would have one team in the final for their efforts. It would also mean brother (David) against brother (Andrew) in 2nd position, while brother and sister Jason and Carla played along side each other in the same Garioch B team. It was a club and family affair for sure in the semi final, and supporters from the Garioch were on edge during the game.  Team A came out victorious after the six ends were played, but Team B also did their best and the game was played in a friendly and sporting manner. 

The Garioch A team were now set to play the Grampian Juniors A team in the final. It was a close game throughout but the Garioch team once again pushed ahead for victory and won 6-5. They were presented with the Stonehaven Lions trophy which, once engraved, they will keep for one year. This is the first time that the Garioch club will have it’s name on the trophy, but hopefully not the last. This rounded off a rather successful weekend for the juniors of the Garioch club.

On Saturday, February 18, five juniors will take part in the SYIBA Top 10 match against Buchan on Buchan’s home carpet. The Garioch club has joined up with Elgin IBC this season to play in this competition and there will be five juniors from each club in the team.