Open Day is fast approaching with less than two weeks to go, hope you are all excited for the new season, bowls polished and ready to roll.


Top 5 Singles - Sunday 28 June
Our second match in the Top 5 was at home to Edinburgh West End who we envisaged would provide very tough opposition, this indeed proved to be the case.  5 cracking ties, with our players coming out on top in all 5 matches, no easy task.  Alan Flockhart was first off he green having seen off his opponent 21 - 18 after 21 ends. 

Next off was Gary Stout who faced a very experienced opponent in Donnie Gilbertson.  Gary found himself trailing 10 - 16 however a change of length to a very short jack soon had him finding his true form, so much so he eventually won 21 - 17, much to the delight of the Maitland support.

Graeme McIntosh came from 4 - 9 down after 7 ends to go on a winning run of 5 successive ends to lead 13 - 9.  The game was there for the taking, Graeme showing his 'Ayr' form to win the match 21 - 14 having carded 3 x 3's along the way.

Alan Trotter found the going tough and could be seen giving himself a talking to when he failed to reach his usual high standards.  That said he got to grips with the game and was never in any real trouble until the 15th end when he lost a 3 to trail 10 - 16.  he managed to card a 1, 3 to trail by just 2 shots, lost a 2 to go 4 behind but proceeded to show his true class with a 2, 2, 2 to lead 20 - 18.  the loss of a 1 was a mere blip, Alan going on to win 21 - 19.

Last to finish was Gordon 'put the lights out and lock the door' Clark!  A ding dong battle with Gordon trailing  4 - 8 after 10 ends.  A 3 however at the 11th end closed the gap and successive 3's at 17 & 18 catapulted him into a 2 shot lead.  Although Maitland were by now victorious both players were determined to finish the match, even if it meant we all had to miss our supper.  Gordon's class shone through and he won the last 5 ends to win the match 21 - 14 after 24 ends.

We now await the winners of Hillside v Baiinfield next Sunday.          

Balgonie Friendly - 6th June
This was the first of hopefully many years as the bowlers and lady supporters arrived at the club. We had played them last year in the defunct Black Trophy and apart from being rained off early on we had a great time in their clubhouse, so it was decided to arrange this friendly.

The weather was a bit wet at the start but it was the strong winds that would test the bowlers. We finished around 4.30 and went into the clubhouse where we got our Chippy tea and home made cakes and gingerbread. The score was Balgonie - 95, Maitland - 73 and we have created a Bowl trophy that will be played so Balgonie have drawn first blood.

After the speeches from President Peter and George Yule we had a wee sing song from the members and a couple of drinks before they got back on the bus and headed over the water to Fife. A great day for all.

David Johnston Competition - 30th May
The weather was quite decent for the Gents to show off their skills on the green in this knock out competition. It was a shame for the organisers as a large number of members failed to show but after a quick reshuffle the games got started. As the day progressed more gents got an early shower as they got beaten and ended up watching from the sidelines with a couple of drinks.
The semi finals were between Colin Fraser, Bob McDonald and Alan Flockhart against Ian Watson. After the 25 minutes it was Colin and Ian through to the Finals, not bad for Ian who had just had his fourth op on his eye and was doing his impersonation of Stevie Wonder with the glasses. For the line up pic Colin wore his shades to keep Ian company. There was some good bowls but Ian pulled away and won 11-6, calls for a drug test was refused as all his drugs were on prescription, good game and even better for Ians first games since his op.

Coffee Morning - 23rd May
We were blessed with a sunny day and got a good crowd for the various stalls. It was hard work for all those involved and their efforts were much appreciated. The total collected was £1840.86.

Orwell Friendly - 18th May
First away game and William Hunters bus took the mixed team to Orwell which was celebrating their 125th anniversary. Not wanting to spoil their day we got slaughtered on the green but back in the clubhouse there was a nice meal and presentations to the respective Presidents.

Ferranti Friendly - 10th May
The first friendly of the season and the game against Ferranti at home was played. Ferranti played well and won the game. President Peter is hoping for an improvement in the teams.

Opening Day
It was a lovely sunny day for the first day of the new season. A good number turned to play and after Presidents Peter and Mairi Morris played the traditional first end the game started with all 8 rinks in use. The day ended with the social at night.