Bute bowlers compete for Anniversary Trophy at Colintraive

Colintraive Bowling Club winners at its recent anniversary trophy celebrations.
Colintraive Bowling Club winners at its recent anniversary trophy celebrations.

Colintraive Bowling Club welcomed members and friends to celebrate the 22nd anniversary of their all-weather green. It was great to see several of the founder members of the club there to enjoy its success.

It was great to see several of the founder members of the club there to enjoy its success.

Thirty-two bowlers took to the green to play for the much sought after Anniversary Trophy. If you are lucky enough to win, you are allowed to have your picture taken with it and then, before you know it, it’s back in the cabinet. Secretary June Maciver kindly sponsors this Anniversary Tournament and the members would like to thank her for her continued support to the club (in lots of ways).

The clubs taking part this year were Ardentinny, Ardbeg, Bogleha, Dunoon Argyll, Rothesay and the host club.

Following a beautifully prepared buffet (by Fergie and co.) a “Spider” was held. This is quite a feat considering there were only two rinks on the green. Last year’s winner Gordon Neish obviously remembered how to do it and his bowl once again found its way to be nearest the jack. Although it was a measure for the winner, at least he didn’t “wick-off” another bowl this year. He received the very large Salmon, donated to the club by The Scottish Salmon Company.

Well done Gordon, and thanks again to the Scottish Salmon Company.

On completion of the games, a splendid afternoon tea was served, provided by the ladies of Colintraive.

Then it was time for the “Raffle Battle”. Those of you who are used to Curly’s raffles will know that it’s the battle of the fittest. Tickets are drawn from the bucket and read out twice. If it’s yours, you run to the table, as the next winner is hot on your heels.

President Curly then thanked all the visitors for attending, Fergie and co. for the catering, Scottish Salmon Company, June for sponsorship, and the ladies and visitors for afternoon tea. He said it had been another great day.

The “Booby” prize winners were Anne Donald (Dunoon Argyll), Margaret Miller (Ardbeg), Duncan MacKellar (Rothesay), and Dougie Menzies (Ardentinny).

The runners up for 2016 were Jean Currie (Colintraive), Gordon Neish (Bogleha), and Vanda and Andy Brown (Innellan)

The trophy was then presented to the worthy winners. Congratulations to Mary Menzies (Ardentinny), Lillian MacDonald (Innellan), John Donald (Dunoon Argyll) and our very own (well, he is half Innellan) Curly Black (Colintraive).

Gordon Neish then gave a vote of thanks on behalf of the kindred clubs.

President Curly finished off by wishing everyone a safe journey home.