|INNELLAN BOWLING AND
Innellan Bowling and Tennis Club aim to provide members with a full Calendar of Bowling events throughout the season commencing on Opening Day through to Closing Day in September. These are made up of a full cross section of games including:
Ladies and Gents Competitions: - all members being able to play at any time of day throughout the week except some Thursday evenings when Gents Hyslop League and Ladies Triples League teams have home matches. There is also a Seniors Mixed Triples League with games being played every second Tuesday morning commencing June. See Events Calendar for dates when home league matches are scheduled.
Championship Singles, Presidents Trophy, Vice Presidents Trophy, Secretarys Plate, Gents Pairs, Ladies Pairs, Mixed Pairs competitions - these run throughout the season with Finals Day at the beginning of September.
The Club also hosts one day events either on a Saturday or Sunday throughout the season these include a Gents Open Pairs; Gents Open Triples; Mixed Rinks; Ladies Day and an annual Friendly Challenge Match against Colintraive BC.
In addition wappenschaws are held on Tuesday evenings (6.45pm start) and Wednesday afternoon (2.00pm start). On Tuesday evenings teams are made up from a ballot of members drawn on the night and play for points throughout the season with the player having the highest number of points at the end of the season being declared the winner. On Wednesday afternoons teams are similarly drawn from a ballot of members but no points are awarded.
PLEASE CHECK CALENDAR FOR FORTHCOMING EVENTS THROUGHOUT THE SEASON
PRESENTATION OF PRIZES & GET TOGETHER IN CLUBHOUSE
The Club held its Presentation get together on Saturday 14 October in the Clubhouse, attended by a good turnout of members.
Vice President Tommy McDonagh
officiated and he & Secretary Myra Campbell presented
the prizes to the lucky winners.
He spoke to the disappointing year Innellan had experienced, due to lost games, emergency works to the clubhouse and the wet weather which had had a catastrophic effect on most of us this summer.
Tommy then announced the Most Improved Bowler this season and Bill Thom was surprised to find himself the chosen one. Congratulations to Bill. Hes wondering now what he has to do to live up to this title!
Myra then announced that the Esprit de Corps Trophy was being presented to not one, but two members this year, due to their outstanding dedication to the Club. The pair had spent the best part of five weeks lifting floors, digging out and replacing drains & laying a new floor. Tommy McDonagh & John (Curly) Black were awarded the trophy with thanks from all members. This trophy had been given to the Club by Jake of McLay Glazing, the Clubs longest serving sponsor, to be awarded each year to someone who goes above & beyond for the Club.
Fish teas, and the obligatory sing song followed the presentation. Next year will be better!
IBTC - FINALS DAY
Three finals were held on Saturday 23 September. More games will be played over the week as the same players are involved. The rain stayed off thankfully.
Thanks to all the members who turned up to spectate and to those who prepared the Clubhouse.
Dougie Lauffer 21 - Craig Craig McDonagh 18
Matt Taylor Trophy
Curly Black 21 - Tam Macdonald 12
Myra Campbell 21 - Lynn Lauffer 18
Well done to the winners and commiserations to those who came second. The Presidents & Championship could have gone either way. Great games to watch (so I'm told).
All in all a very good day.
CLOSING DAY - MCLAREN ROSEBOWL
Members are invited to enter the McLaren Rosebowl Mixed Triples to be held on Saturday 30 September. Please be at the Clubhouse for 1pm for 1.30pm start. The draw will be made on the day.
This will also be Closing Day & members are invited to stay on for fish suppers afterwards.
Please return any trophies you may have.
BOWLS CHAMPIONSHIP DAY
Due to illness, holidays and the fact that some players are involved in two or more finals, we only have two finals being held on Saturday 23 September.
It is hoped that these games will both be played at 2.30pm, weather permitting. If there is a change to this time, I will send another email nearer the time. Please keep an eye on your email.
The two games taking place will be:-
Ladies Championship - Lynn Lauffer -v- Myra Campbell
The Matt Taylor - Tam MacDonald -v- Curly Black
It is hoped that the other finals can be played over the next week or two.
It would be nice to have some spectators on Saturday and if you are free please come along.
Ladies Day which is scheduled for Sunday 10th September has had to be cancelled due to drainage works in the clubhouse.
This is a hard blow for the Club as we have already lost out on our Gents' Triples this season due to extremely low entry.
The Gents' Triples is our biggest earner of the season and with a small entry to our Gents' Pairs and having to cancel our Ladies Day it's not been a good season for us.
Due to the ongoing works in the Clubhouse at the moment, it has been agreed by Committee that Championship Day will be put back one week to Saturday 23rd September.
A note of times of games will be sent out nearer the date.
GENTS' PAIRS sponsored by John Tyre & Son
What a super wee afternoon at Innellan on Sunday 27 August when we hosted the John Tyre & Son Gents' Pairs.
We might only have had 12 pairs but I'd like to thank most sincerely those who did enter and hope that you enjoyed it as much as we did.
The weather was lovely and the banter was great. The bowling was of a very high standard too and I'd like to congratulate the winning pair of Jimmy Reid & Stevie Scott who lifted the Shield for 2017 and also to the runners up Ian Goffin & Andy Scott.
The Spider was won by Ian Goffin and the proceeds were given to our sponsors for their chosen charity. The bottle was donated by Dougie Lauffer.
I think today showed us not to give up with small entries but to go ahead and make the most of it.
Thanks to VP Tommy McDonagh and my lady helpers. All in all a nice wee finish to Cowal Games weekend.
An EGM has been called for the evening of Monday 11 September at 7pm in the Clubhouse. This is to discuss important issues relating to the Club and papers will be sent out over the next couple of days.
Please attend this meeting if at all possible.
Our annual fundraiser of bagpacking at Morrisons will be Friday 15 September commencing at 9am. There is a sheet for names on the noticeboard in the clubhouse and I would ask for as many volunteers as possible to offer their services.
This is a very worthwhile money maker as it costs the Club nothing but makes a very tidy sum of money. If you have a friend who would like to come along to help out, this would be most appreciated.
Thank you in advance
HARRY GORDON SUCCESS
As you are all aware the Dunoon Bowling Tournament was held last week on the Cowal Greens. This was the 70th anniversary of this prestigious tournament and one IBTC will certainly remember.
Our very own Ian McGrouther won the main event (Gents' Singles) and lifted The Harry Gordon Trophy for 2017. Ian had to play 5 games to reach the final on Saturday and he knocked out some very proficient bowlers along the way.
The late Archie McEwan who owned the garage in Innellan was the winner of this trophy in the competition's inaugural year, 1948. Ian is now the second Innellan winner in 69 years. What an achievement.
We are so proud of Ian and would like to congratulate him for bringing the trophy back home. Lets hope that it's not another 69 years till Innellan wins it again.
The final was against Graham Pattison of Caledonia BC. We send our best wishes to him also for reaching the final this year.
THE VILLAGERS ROYAL CHALLENGE SHIELD - 6 August 2017
Thanks to everyone who contributed in any way to make The Villagers' Royal Open Pairs such a success. The lovely Scottish weather tried it's best to flood the green and blow us about but Cowal bowlers are made of strong stuff! Even the green enjoyed its "swallie"
The winners were Chris Dickson and Andy Scott (the defending champions).
Runners up Stewart McInnes & Stevie Scott, semi finalists Scott Richmond & Ian Goffin and Rikki McIntyre & Callum Goffin. Congratulations to all players for sticking with it through the rain and wind.
Special thanks to Dave and Louise of The Villagers' Royal and Dougie Cuninghame for their sponsorship.
Well done to our "Hot Shots" Brian Robertson and Douglas Black
Lovely to see Past President David Morrison and his wife Jean.
BOWLS SCOTLAND TIES
to Myra Campbell on making it through to the District
Finals of the Ladies Singles Bowls Scotland
Championships. Myra will be playing her District Final at
Rothesay on Sunday 18 June and we wish her every success
in her attempt to reach the national finals at Ayr.
THE OSBORNE TROPHY MIXED TRIPLES
Seventeen triples from Colintraive, Dunoon Argyll, Kirn & Hunters Quay, Rothesay and the host club were joined by friends from Bishopton making a welcome first visit to Innellan, to compete for The Osborne Trophy on Saturday 10 June. Despite there having been rain for the best part of the preceding twenty four hours, play got under way with three sections of six teams playing five games of five ends. The winners of each section were joined by the highest runner up overall in the semi final.
semi finalists were Craig and Ann Margaret Houston and
Dougie Black (Dunoon Argyll); Lillian and Roddy McDonald
and Stewart McInness (Innellan & Kirn &
Hunters Quay); Vanda and Andy Brown and Tommy
Morrow (Innellan) and Ian and Dot McGrouther and Myra
Ian McGrouthers triple made the better start to the final and seemed to find the green that bit better. Despite a valiant effort by Stewart McInnes triple to get back into the match The Osborne Trophy went to Ian McGrouther, Dot McGrouther and Myra Campbell. Congratulations to them and thanks to all who took part on the day.
The Osborne Trophy and prizes were presented by Peter Ramsay of The Osborne who sponsored the competition and provided a delicious buffet.
President Jim Elsby thanked Peter Ramsay and Elliot Scholes of The Osborne for their support and continued sponsorship as without them and our other sponsors the club would find it difficult to continue. He also thanked the ladies who provided the soup and sandwich lunch, Carrie OBrien and her helpers behind the bar and Archie Tait for organising the draw and maintaining the score board as well as all who had taken part as without them the day would not be possible. He also congratulated all bowlers who had qualified for the next round of the Bowls Scotland Championships and wished them well in their forthcoming ties.
BOWLS SCOTLAND TIES
Bowls Scotland ties have been played over the past few weeks and our ladies and gents are, so far, doing quite well. Those through to the semi finals weekend of 11 June are:-
Gent's 4s Tommy Morrow, Nigel Potts, Tam MacDonald & Dougie Lauffer
Gent's Triples Tommy McDonagh, Craig McDonagh & Dougie Cuninghame
Ladies Pairs Eileen Brand & Dorothy McGrouther
Ladies Singles Myra Campbell
We wish them all well in their respective matches on Sunday (& Monday). The 4's are playing on Monday evening at Upper Cowal if anyone would like to go along and give their support. The others are playing in the Inverclyde area.
Well done to all our ladies and gents who played in the Scottish ties, some being very unlucky to lose by a single shot.
GEORGE CAMERON MEMORIAL QUAICH GENT's TRIPLES
The Club will host this competition on Saturday 24 June - entries will close on Monday 19 June. There is a sheet for names in the Clubhouse.
This tournament will be sponsored by Nan & Jim Cook and Dougie Cuninghame to whom go our grateful thanks for their continued support to the club.
INTERNAL CLUB COMPETITION TIES
Several members have made a start to playing their club competition ties. This is just a reminder to others to check the board and/or the website for progress and to ensure you meet the deadline dates for each round.
If you think you will have a problem playing your tie before the deadline, please contact Tommy McDonagh or Ian McGrouther to discuss.
Good luck to everyone.
NEIL MCCORMICK TRIPLES
19 members took part in the annual balloted mixed triples for the Neil McCormick Trophy on Saturday 20th May.
The weather didn't look too promising in the morning, but as so often happens, Innellan seemed to miss the heavy showers experienced by bowlers in other parts of Cowal. Although it was a little cold to begin with, the sun came out & it turned into a really nice afternoon.
It was good to have Isabel McGillivray on the green too.
The winners, after a photo finish, were Irene McDonald, Lynn Lauffer & Ian McGrouther. Congratulations to them & to all who took part.
Members then enjoyed suppers of their choice, delivered by Anselmo's.
All in all a very pleasant way to finish off our day. Thanks to everyone who helped on the day.
EXTRAORDINARY GENERAL MEETING
An EGM will be held in the Clubhouse on Monday 03 April at 7.30pm.
The reason for this EGM is to appoint a new Club President and Vice President.
As you all know, President David is moving out of the area but none of us thought it would have been so soon. The house went on the market two weeks ago and it was sold to the first viewer. Many folks' dream but it has all come a bit quicker than expected for Jean and David.
As they will be moving at the beginning of May, President David and Committee felt it would be better for the Club to hold an EGM sooner rather than later.
This will also give David and Jean a bit more time to see to the hundred and one things they have to attend to before moving.
President David will be there to help the new President through his/her first few weeks and the remainder of Committee will also assist when necessary.
We are also looking to appoint a new Vice President as Craig McDonagh has had to step down due to personal reasons.
I hope as many of the members as possible will attend the EGM. If you can't attend and you would like to propose someone, or be happy to be nominated yourself, please put this in writing to the Secretary prior to the meeting.
Changing days for our wee Club but I'm sure it will all work out well in the end.
The Committee proposes to hold the Bowling Meeting on Monday 03 April following the EGM.
It would be great if as many bowlers as possible could stay behind for this meeting.
COWAL BOWLING CLUBS OPENING DAYS
These are the dates for the Openings of all Cowal Clubs for 2017:
SATURDAY 01 APRIL - ARDENTINNY
SUNDAY 02 APRIL - KIRN & HUNTER'S QUAY
SATURDAY 08 APRIL - DUNOON ARGYLL BC
SUNDAY 09 APRIL - BOGLEHA BC
SATURDAY 15 APRIL - INNELLAN BC
SATURDAY 22 APRIL - UPPER COWAL BC (tbc)
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