Hamilton Trophy 2018


12/5 Home to Renfrewshire @ Castle Douglas

19/5 Away to Glasgow @ Bellahouston Bowling Club

26/5 Home to Dunbartonshire @ Dalbeattie

2/6 Away to Dumfriesshire

9/6 Home to Ayrshire @ Kirkcudbright

16/6 Away to Wigtownshire

23/6 Home to Lanarkshire @ Creetown

Hi Folks, hope you are all well.  The next meeting will be on Thursday 25th of January at 7PM in the Market Inn, Castle Douglas.  As we have no secretary as yet, this will be first on the agenda.  Also, could you all please either bring or email me a list of players who are interested in playing in the Hamilton Trophy from your club so that I can pass this on to the Selection Committee.



Stewartry AGM

Note from Ben Herries on this years AGM

Office bearers for 2018:

 President:Ben Herries (Creetown)

Vice President: Murray Wylie (Kirkcudbright)

Secretary: We don’t really have one as yet, however Ben and Anne Tait will deal with things until such times as we find one

Treasurer: Anne Tait (Dalbeattie)

 Hamilton Trophy:

 We are going to commit to the Hamilton Trophy for 2018 and hope that by having 4 home games and also 2 of the away games being Dumfriesshire and Wigtownshire we can maybe get some more players together however time will tell, the selection committee from 2017 have all agreed to carry on in 2018 which I think is a good thing.


League Format:

The league was spoken about at great lengths with all clubs voicing an opinion about which proposal would suit them, with Spalding confirming that they may struggle to be able to get a team together for the 2018 league campaign, I then suggested following Wigtownshires’ format an allowing women to make up the numbers which was backed by Scott McCubbin however I was informed that this was not possible as I hadn’t put this in writing 2 weeks before the AGM.  So, after all the discussion it went to a vote on the league format and the clubs decided to keep the league the way it is for another year and it will also remain on a Tuesday for this season.

 I hope this information is useful and can be used for the website



Over 55 Inter County.

Hugh has asked me to put this letter from Rae Graham on the web for all you “Oldies” to have a look at. It will be on the agenda at the AGM.


The Hamilton Trophy North and East sections currently organise a Senior League along the same lines as the Hamilton Trophy, also, the West section is currently in the process of starting their own competition.

Therefore, if there is enough interest it may be viable to start a South section, it is appreciated that there are five teams in the South section that are also in the West section and they may not wish to enter two teams one in the West and one in the South.

If you can discuss with your Management Committee and Clubs/players and intimate by the 30th November if you would intend to enter a team.

If enough interest is shown a meeting can be arranged to discuss the finer details of the rules and regulations of the competition.  After this is decided each county can then decide if they wish to take part in the competition.

Listed below which is not exhaustive are items provided by the West section for consideration at the meeting


1.         Competition to be played on a league basis.

2.         2 points for win and 1 point for a draw.

3.         Games will be played by each Association consisting of four (five, six) teams of four Senior male members ( over 55 years or over on the 1st April).

(If enough entries we can split league in two)

4.         Winners of the event will be the Association with the highest point’s total, and in even of a tie the Association with the highest shots difference.

5.         The Final of event will be played by the section winners (again if enough entries)

6.         Competition to start ????????  which day , what time (agree at Meeting)

7.         Home Association to arrange venues to be near as possible to opponents area.

8.         Joining fee to set each year at meeting. (would suggest £30 for a start)

9.         Winning Association to be presented with appropriate players medals/ badges.

10.       Home Association to arrange a light snack to be served at end of game.


As you all can see there is some work to be done yet but this will depend on the South Association’s committing to the Senior League.


This work does not need to put extra pressure on County Secretaries, again this is up to each Association.


Rae Graham


Dumfriesshire Bowling Association

Stewartry AGM

The AGM will be held at CD Bowling Club at 7pm on Thursday 9th November.

To enable agenda to be sent out including any proposals I need all changes or items to be sent to me by Friday 29th October.

Either posted to 43 Cairnsmore Road DG7 1BN or email to hugh_robertson@sky.com.

The Stewartry Bowling Championships were held today at Spalding Bowling Club, home club of Stewartry President John Peacock. The finals are sponsored by Ian Bendal Funeral Director and Golden Charter. Elizabeth Peacock wife of Stewartry President and Ian Bendal presented the prizes. President John thanked all involved in making the day a sucsses in spite of the weather.He also thanked Ian Bendal for his support of Bowling in the Stewartry. Vice President Ben herries from Creetown BC finished of the day with a final vote thanks.

Mixed Pairs was Scott and Elly McCubbin from Auchencairn who won the Championship last year against Billy McMinn and Anne Tait from Dalbeattie. This was a close game, Dalbeattie led 8-6 after 10 ends but Auchencairn had the better of the closing ends and went on to win 13-0


The Pairs was between Alan Davies & Gavin Green from Castle Douglas and James Richardson and Ronan Crossan from Dalbeattie. This was a very close game that was won by James & Ronan 18-17.


The Senior Fours was the final game of the morning sesion with Jock McGarrie, Stewart Crossan, George Davidson & Joe Caldow from Auchencairn playing the Kirkcudbright rink of Brian McClune, David Gourlay, William True & Colin Campbell. Auchencairn got of to a great start in this game with a 6 in the first end, then lost 5 in the next 2 ends. After 10 ends Auchencairn lead 13-8 then Kirkcudbright scored 6 shots in the next 2 ends to lead 14-13. Auchencairn scored 5 shots in the last 3 ends to win 18-14.


Keith Shuttleworth had a walkover to win the County Singles.


Fours was played between Tommy Caven, David Green, William Brydson & William Green from Castle Douglas and James Richardson, Dennis McKnight, Billy McMinn & Stevie McMinn from Dalbeattie. This game was 5 all after 5 ends but Dalbeattie were ahead 14-5 after 10 ends and 20-12 up after 14 ends but Castle Douglas won the last 3 ends to level the game at 20-20. The game then went to an extra end in which Dalbeattie managed to get the shot and win the game.


The Triples was between Oliver Clingan, Hugh Robertson & Keith Shuttleworth from New Abbey and the Castle Douglas triple of William Shennan, Scott Davies & Melvin McTaggart. New Abbey got of to a great start and lead 8-0 after 3 ends, then Castle Douglas scored 11 shots in the next 4 ends to lead 11-8. By the time they got to the 14th end New Abbey lead by a shot at 17-16. Castle Douglas scored a pair in the last end to win by a shot 18-16.


The Junior Singles was between two young Kirkcudbright bowler, Peter Brown and Ewan McMinn. Both players were playng well with Ewan getting to 20 with Peter catching up on 17 when Ewan got a great wick to roll in for shot and win the game 21-17.


The Stewartry Triples League was won this year by Spalding. The names will follow when I have them!!








Senior 4s


John McGarrie, Stuart Crossan, George Davidson, Joe Caldow



Brian McClune David Gourlay, William True, Colin Campbell




Mixed Pairs


Anne Tait/Billy McMinn-  Dalbeattie  v Elly/Scott McCubbin - Auchencairn





Ronan Crossan/James Richardson - Dalbeattie v Alan Davies/ Gavin Green - Castle Douglas





Junior Singles

Peter Brown                                   v     Ewan McMinn

Both from Kirkcudbright




William Green, William Brydson, David Green,Tommy Caven 

 Castle Douglas




Stevie McMinn, Billy McMinn, Dennis McKnight, James Richardson





Keith Shuttleworth, Hugh Robertson, Oliver Clingan

New Abbey




Melvin McTaggart, Scott Davies, William Shennan

Castle Douglas

Castle Douglas’s 6 - 0 win over Kirkcudbright today puts them at the top of Section ‘A’. Section ‘B’ has been won by Spalding. The play off to decide the winner of the Triples League will be next Monday(7th August) at Spalding Bowling Club.

Will teams in Section B please note that Gatehouse has withdrawn their team from the league.

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