John wins 50th Forfar tournament

The pairs finalists, from left - Vernon Russell, Colin Baxter, Raymond Gall and David Stephen.
The pairs finalists, from left - Vernon Russell, Colin Baxter, Raymond Gall and David Stephen.

Forfar Bowling Club held its 50th annual open bowling tournament with Dundee bowler John Aimer winning the singles championship.

John was a very popular and deserving winner, beating a rugged border raider Gordon Scott from Kelso 21-12 in the final.

Derek Cairns did his growing reputation no harm by capturing the Scott Ramsay Memorial Trophy for the local player advancing most rounds in the singles.

Peter Howe staged a remarkable comeback from 14-6 down to pip Mark Biondi to win the invitation champion of champions 15-14.

Two Forfar based teams contested the final of the pairs competition, the 2010 champions Vernon Russell and Colin Baxter against Canmore’s Dave Stephen and Raymond Gall. The Canmore pair dominated the scoreboard but there was one end of real concern; as the Forfar pair lay five Vernon was a touch unlucky, nudging his jack into a more favourable position but still lying four. Dave averted any danger with his second bowl trailing the jack to safety which was greeted with a roar of approval by the home support. The final score was 21-12 with Raymond Gall and David Stephen emerging the winners.

In other news from around the greens, six rinks from Angus travelled to Rattray Bowling Club on Wednesday for the annual friendly match against Strathmore. Rinks from Canmore, Parkview, Arbroath, Hope Paton, Letham and Carnoustie took part with the Angus Seniors winning by 123 shots to Strathmore’s 82.

on Tuesday in the Strathmore Seniors League, Forfar travelled to Rattray and won by 53 shots to 39 and five points to two. Forfar skips first - M. Blackie 23, G. Campbell 10; J. Buist 19, A. McIntosh 9; G. Marshall 11, I. Brogan 20.