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This year’s Arran Bowling Federation inter-club competition for the Laidler Gardiner Trophy was played over three weeks of lovely sunny conditions, with each club playing the others on a weekly home and away basis.
For the first time since 2004 the Blackwaterfoot club carried the day with an emphatic series of wins.
In the following week, the federation trophy matches were played, with Brodick acting as hosts, but the weather had changed. The singles semi-finals on Monday June 11 were marred by an onset of midges, although the following day’s pairs and triples semi-finals only had to contend with a stiff breeze and cloudy skies.
The finals were played on Thursday June 14, after a night and following morning of gales and heavy rain, but the green had dried sufficiently for play to proceed, only interrupted by one brief shower. The large number of supporters and spectators watched an evening of patriotic rivalry, and some very fine bowling, and saw the eventual winners presented with their trophies, at a reception held immediately afterwards in Brodick Hall.
The results were: ladies singles, Ann Hollingworth, Brodick; gents singles, Charlie Weir, Brodick; pairs Jim Gibson and Ian Heron, Lamlash; triples, Sid Allan, Neil Cook and Robert Frame, Whiting Bay.