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    Club Competitions
Harry Sutherland will appear in the final of the Men's Championship for the first time since completing his double win in 2010. Harry progressed at the expense of Alan Gardner, who has done remarkably well in his first season playing lawn bowls. Harry settled early, and was 12-4 ahead before Alan started to pick up some shots. Although beaten 21-14, Alan will have picked up some invaluable experience. John Matthews stands between Harry and his third victory in the competition.

John Ross is still clinging on to the President's Handicap Trophy which he won last year, but he had to pull out all of the stops as he defeated Dean Dobbs after a tremendous fightback. Thirteen ends into their tie, Dean led 15-4 with spectators waiting for what looked like a comfortable victory and a quarter-final exit for the holder. Although five shots for John over the following three holes brought the score back to 15-9, Dean then hit a treble to leave him within four shots of victory. Seemingly out of nowhere, John produced against all of the odds, and, eight ends later, had won 26-20!

Stuart Robertson is still on track to win the W D MacPherson Trophy for the fourth time in succession. He has reached the final of this year's competition with a straightforward win over Sheena Gill.

Derek Sobey defeated his wife, Mary, to book his place in the final of the John Raffan Trophy. However, he may still be put out by a family member as his daughter, Lesley Mackintosh is competing in the other semi-final. Derek was beaten by Brian Green in the 2016 final.

Posted: 22nd July 18

    Thursday 19 July 2018 - R D Fraser
Alan Gardner, Charlie Watt, John Matthews and Harry Sutherland were beaten 21-5 by MacDuff in the R D Fraser at Portgordon.

Posted: 19th July 18

    Tuesday 17 July 2018 - Over-55s League
There was a mixed start to the second half of the season for the Forres teams in the Over 55's League, with Forres 1 recording a resounding victory and Forres 2 suffering defeat.

Chris Stoves and Charlie Watt were the stars as Forres 1 leapfrogged Portknockie into second place in the league. They dropped just three single shots as they put thirty past their hosts.

After a good start, Sheila Cruickshank and Brian Green found themselves chasing the game against John Bell and Colin Priest. However, a SIX at the thirteenth end put them back in control and the they recorded a 23-16 victory.

Ray Boyd and Brian Caldwell completed the rout for Forres. They led for most of their game, finishing 16-12 ahead.

Sheena and Larry Gill secured Forres 2's only victory at Cooper Park. They lost their initial four ends, but eventually won through 17-11.

A treble lost at the penultimate end left Ed Harris and Mary Sobey facing an uphill task in the final end. They lost 15-11.

John McQuillan and Derek Sobey struggled throughout, losing 21-8.

Posted: 17th July 18

    Monday 16 July 2018 - Scott Cup
The 2016 winner, John Ross, has moved into joint second place in the Scott Cup table after winning his second Monday Hat-Night in a row. He is now just three points behind leader, Roy Anderson. Mary Sobey and Charlie Watt assisted John to his latest win. A good first half saw them lead John Matthews 11-2. Matthews started the second half well, but couldn't keep it up.

A handful at the eleventh end was the real reason that Alex Porter defeated Dean Dobbs. Their match was fairly even otherwise.

Roy Anderson got off to a great start against Stuart Robertson, going 11-4 up in six ends. However, Stuart won all but two of the remaining ends.

Three braces over the final three ends gave Harry Sutherland victory over Brian Caldwell after a tight match.

A five at the thirteenth was the deciding factor as Brian Green disposed of Sam Morrison after a close contest.

Scores

John Ross 21, J Matthews 8; A Porter 20, D Dobbs 13; S Robertson 18, R Anderson 13; H Sutherland 14, B Caldwell 9; B Green 15, S Morrison 12.

Posted: 16th July 18

    Club Competitions
John Matthews is through to the final of the Men's Championship after ending Larry Gill's hopes of a hat-trick of wins in the competition. John has been playing consistently well this season, and his confidence showed as he took a 9-1 lead after eight ends. Although Larry then won a couple of ends, two trebles had John well in front. Larry continued to pick away, but he was put out of his misery at the twenty-second end. John will meet either newcomer, Alan Gardner, or 2010 Champion, Harry Sutherland in the final.

Mary Sobey will meet Mary Williamson in the semi-finals of the Ladies' Championship after a victory over Louise Morris. Louise edged the opening stages of their tie, and led10-6 after thirteen ends. However Mary won seven of the following eight ends to go 17-11 ahead. Louise tried to fight back, but Mary wasn't to be beaten.

Lindsey Petrie's grasp on the trophy shows no signs of weakening. She faced 2016 Champion, Sheena Murdoch in the quarter-finals. This tie was all-square at 11-11 after fourteen ends, before Lindsey finished it five ends later. She will play the 2015 Champion, Lesley Coutts in the last four.

The 2016 winner, Larry Gill, has been knocked out of the President's Handicap by his nephew, Steve Gill, after an epic thirty-two end battle. Steve started the better of the two, leading 7-4 after nine ends. However, things looked grim for him when Larry won the next half dozen ends to go 12-7 up. Although it was fairly even thereafter, a maximum four at the twenty-fifth end gave Steve the confidence that he could reach his target. Larry got to within one shot of progressing before Steve got through.

Roy Anderson is into the semi-finals after beating Harry Sutherland. Roy led 5-0 early on, but Harry soon went 6-5 in front. Winning four ends on the spin, including a maximum, put Roy ten shots clear, leaving Harry a mountain of work to do. Harry did fight back, but Roy was too far in front.

Steve Gill set up a W D MacPherson semi-final tie with John Ross by squeezing past Sandy Sutherland. A maximum gave Steve a 12-3 lead after nine ends, but Sandy then won nine out of eleven ends. This put Sandy 18-16 up. Steve regained his composure, winning four ends out of five to progress.

Stuart defeated Mary Sobey to earn a last four tie with Sheena Gill.

Brian Green and Derek Sobey are into the semi-finals of the Men's Pairs. They led Steve Gill and Brian Caldwell 13-0 before losing eleven shot over four ends as the latter pair came back at them. Brian and Derek won the final two ends to get through.

The Ladies' Pairs hosted two amazing turnarounds.

Ann Grant and Louise Morris led Lesley Mackintosh and Mary Sobey 15-3 with only four ends left. However, Lesley and Mary finally found some belief, and, helped by a SIX, somehow managed to win 17-15!

Jill Jones and Elma McInnes led Ailene Matthews and Lindsey Petrie 9-1, and then 13-9 with four to play. Ailene and Lindsey won all four remaining ends to progress 18-13!

Dean Dobbs led Mary Sobey 6-0 after four ends of their John Raffan tie. Mary went on to win eight of the following ten ends to go 17-10 in front. Dean tried coming back at her, but it was too late.

Lesley Mackintosh and Derek Sobey defeated Roy Anderson and Charlie Watt respectively, meaning that the Sobey family occupy three of the four semi-final places!

Posted: 15th July 18

    Saturday 14 July 2018 - Elgin Week
Sheena Gill and Lindsey Petrie have won the City of Elgin Ladies' Pairs. They defeated Brenda Walker and Lorna Sammons from Moray 18-9 in the final at The Elgin.

Posted: 14th July 18

    Thursday 12 July 2018 - Dow League
Forres had a narrow victory over Dufftown in their second Dow League match of the season. Alex Porter, Dean Dobbs, Harry Sutherland and Larry Gill were matching Gordon Stuart's visiting rink until they lost seven ends out of eight. Seven down with three ends to play, the Forres lads responded. However they fell one shot shy of drawing level.

The away rink of Brian Caldwell, Derek Crosby, Brian Green and Stuart Robertson secured a 16-12 win at Dufftown to give Forres the victory on aggregate.

Posted: 12th July 18
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