Greenock & District Top Championships 2009
The 2009 Greenock & District Championship Finals were this year held
at Rankin Park Bowling Club in Greenock and despite it raining almost non stop for the previous five days or so, the sun came out to ensure play took place in almost perfect conditions. Rankin Park done a great job in hosting the event and well done to them for all their hard work.
The Singles Final was a tough encounter between Alan Walker of Ardgowan and Arthur Mc Dermott of Inverkip. This was not a classic match of precision bowling. but instead a battle to overcome the difficult playing conditions. The Rankin Park Green was relayed over the close season and has still to bed in fully and therefore plays rather heavy and bumpy in places.
Both players struggled to catch the green, but when I first arrived it was Alan who had taken the early advantage, leading by 7 shots to 3 after seven ends played. He increased this lead even further in the next two ends with a double and single to lead 10 v 3 after ten ends played.
Arthur was having a tough time on the heavy green, but scored a single at the next but his opponent's straighter bowls were gaining the upperhand and by the fourteenth end the score read 14 v 4 in Alan Walker's favour.
The next three ends belonged to the Inverkip player has be won three hard fought singles to reduce the score to 14 v 7 at the seventeen end mark.
Alan got himself back on track at the next with a fine double, only to lose two doubles over the next two ends, which brought the score to
16 v 11 to the Ardgowan player.
The next two ends saw Alan get to just one shot away from the title. A single shot at the 21st end, followed by a fine treble in the next saw him lead by 20 v 11 and looking comfortable for the coveted trophy.
Then as so often happens, that final shot became very difficult to obtain as Alan seemed to be suffering his worst spell of the game.
It started to go wrong when he lost a four in the twenty third end and this no doubt gave Arthur a boost. The Inverkip player then took the next three ends to make the score 20 v 19 in Alan Walker's favour.
This was a great fightback by Arthur but sadly for him it was to come to an end as Alan finally got the shot he wanted. His third delivery of the end held shot and with only one bowl remaining, Arthur just could not match it and so the title of Greenock & District Singles Champion went to Alan Walker of Ardgowan Bowling Club.
The Junior Singles was won by Gourock Park's Ian O Neill over
Kevin McEntee of Lady Alice. This too was a close game with Ian winning by 21 shots to 18
The Pairs was won by Duncan McLean and John Freeburn of
Grosvenor Bowling Club, who defeated Gourock's Pair by
18 shots to 14.
It took an extra end to decide the winners of the Gourock Park versus Inverkip in the triples. The Park side were three up going in to the last end but Inverkip fought back and leveled the game at 12 all. The extra end was close but a fantastic 'skip shot' by Ian Brown sealed it for the Gourock Park trio. You can see this shot by clicking here!
Grosvenor took the Fours Title with victory over Wellington Park by 18 shots to 10
The Senior Fours was won by Victoria with a victory over Grosvenor by 19 shots to 12
Alan Walker delivers a shot on route to becoming Greenock & District Champion
Alan Walker's match winning shot
Handshake at close of play
Greenock & District Singles Champion 2009
Greenock & District Junior Singles Champion 2009
Gourock Park BC
Greenock & District Pairs Champions 2009
Duncan McLean & John Freeburn
Greenock & District Triples Champions 2009
Alex McIlravey, Ian Brown & John Kane
Gourock Park BC
Greenock & District Fours Champions 2009
T Kane,Frank Lyne, Sandy Felgate & W Robertson
Greenock & District Seniors Champions 2009
D Lunan, W Kelly, D Dominick & R Glover
The Pairs match underway in front of the Rankin Park Clubhouse Junior Champion, Ian O'Neill delivers a bowl
Grosvenor's John Freeburn takes a minute out to check the other scores "Let me fix your tie son" George Brydon adjusts Duncan McLean's tie
Handskakes at the end of the Junior Final A Good year for Gourock Park! Bruno, Terry, Ian, Alex and John show off the trophies won by 'The Park' in all G&D Games. These include, Juniors,Triples, Mixed Pairs and the League Runners-up Shield
The Singles Finalists, Alan and Arthur Kilmacolm won the County Flag
Hughie McKellor of Lady Alice with the 2nd Division Shield that his Club won
Greenock & District League Champions 2009
Wellington Park BC
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John Burns of Port Glasgow with the Fletcher Trophy!