Green Opening 2020
The Green was now officially open under Coronavirus restrictions!
The 2019 season was launched at Seafield with a grand opening bowl from president Brian Douglas’s wife Shirley. Her fine example was quickly followed by some very good bowling by members with the green playing surprisingly well.
it was a very encouraging start to the new season, especially Brian announcing the addition of five new members to help keep the club numbers healthy, A notable feature of the afternoon was the keen performance of the juniors who acquired themselves well against the adults.
In welcoming members, Brian congratulated those who had given their services in renewing the green’s bank under the guidance of fabric convenor Norman Bruce who also made a great job of renewing and renovating the ladies toilets.
The afternoon ended with a first class feast of cakes and sandwiches provided by the ladies led by catering convenor Sheila Anderson.
Closing day saw no bowling because of a flooded green – the consequence of the heavy rain showers which have caused many postponed matches during the whole summer. But the final afternoon together proved a great success with more than 60 members entertained to a grand afternoon tea supplied by the ladies under the guidance of catering convener Sheila Anderson. Rene Yule’s home baking went down a treat.
A well subscribed raffle preceded the annual presentation of prizes by President John Leiper and his wife Magdalen.
The full results of the club competitions for the past season are noted below.
LADIES (Winners first, and runners-up)
Evening triples -N. Morrison (sponsor), E. Webster (sponsor)
Thompson Plate (Monday Hat) – Nora Fraser, Annie Robertson.
Balloted Pairs – A. Robertson, N. Morrison: M. Middleton, M. Martin.
Nomination Pairs (4-bowl) – B. Robertson, L. Innes: V. Tocher, B. Robertson.
Nomination Pairs (2-bowl) – M. Mitchell, I. Shand: A. Bruce, E. Elder.
Nomination Triples – A. Bruce, E. Elder, N. Morrison: V. Tocher, I Raeburn, I. Shand.
Taylor Trophy – Isabel Raeburn, Myra Middleton.
First Challenge Cup – Isabel Raeburn, Audrey Findlay.
Senior Singles – Joyce Cormack, Irene Shand.
Handicap Singles – Dorothy McIntosh, Alice Bruce.
Singles Championship – Norma Morrison, Dorothy McIntosh.
Aberdeen Ladies Champion of Champions – Norma Morrison.
Triples League – Alf Leaper (sponsor), Fred Stewart (sponsor)
Fours League – Hamish Mitchell (sponsor), Tom Johnston (sponsor).
Hat Night Trophy – George Robertson, John Weddell.
Balloted Pairs – J. Weddell, B. Douglas, P. Tristram, M. Wheeler.
Senior Balloted Pairs – J. Leiper, W. McKenzie, A. McWilliam, G. Keith.
Nomination Pairs – D. Henry, G. Coupar, E. Davidson, R. Findlay.
Seafield Triples – rained off.
SBS Triples – T. Fraser, A. Bruce, B. Douglas: L. Dear, I. Raeburn, T. Johnston.
Nomination Triples – A. Will, E. Davidson, R. Findlay: D. Wright, D. Cumming, I. Innes
Mixed Pairs – N. Fraser, G. Robertson: L.&P. Dear.
Junior Trophy – Cara Gardiner, Sam Ashcroft.
Harvey Phillips Trophy – Tom Johnston, Keith Duncan.
Senior Singles – Peter Cocker, Gordon Keith.
Handicap Singles – Tom Johnston, George Robertson.
Championship – Jak Miller, Ian Innes.
The skills of the Seafield Juniors were very much on show in their summer competition on Sunday with the talented Cara Gardiner emerging champion. All six in the youngsters’ section participated and some excellent bowling was produced.
All the ties were keenly contested and Cara was a worthy winner against Sam Ashcroft in the final. President John Leiper presented the trophy to Cara and said he was delighted to find the youngsters bowling so well. The afternoon was attended by parents and other members of the club and was suitably finished off with a most enjoyable pizza party.
Now, if we had more of their like taking an interest in the sport, the long-term future of the club would be assured. Members who are parents of youngsters are urged to introduce their family to the joys of bowling.
Congratulations to our skilled ladies triple skipped by Myra Middleton who emerged victors in the final of the Bowls Scotland District 4 to earn their place in the national finals in Ayre later this summer. They played a stuffy team from Stonehaven in the ultimate game at Whitehall but won 16-9.
Another Seafield team featuring the ladies finals was the pairing of Nora Fraser and Irene Shand. They played well but unfortunately not as well as their opponents from Woodend, going down 9 sots to 20.
A new defibrillator has been established at the Seafield club premises, thanks to the generosity of member Syd Anderson. The Powerheat G5 AED machine is fully automatic and comes with its own recorded instructions.
“I hope you never have to use it”, said Syd – but with a fairly advanced years membership, it could prove a lifesaver on rare occasions for the club.
The committee is delighted with Syd’s great kindness.
The Seafield committee has agreed to extend the hours of play by up to an hour following a request from certain members. Play can now begin at 10.30 am instead of the 11.30 start, although matches can be arranged for the previous time if so wished. The change takes effect immediately.
The 20017 season got underway at Seafield when Magdalen, wife of president John Leiper, successfully threw the first jack. While the weather did allow a few spots of rain to attempt to discourage play, it failed to do so, and the 36 who rolled up their bowls for the first time these year enjoyed eight ends.
The game was followed by a first class tea provided by catering convener Sheila Anderson and her team and the raffle afterwards gave rise to a few laughs. Bar convener Tom Yule and his helpers did well in dispensing drinks and he took the opportunity of reminding members that he needs barmen to cover from now until September. If every member did take their turn, that would just about do the trick. Please put your name down on the list.