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Caitlin Dustan (14) wins first trophy at Forres Bowling Club alongside her grandfather


By Ali Morrison

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AT the age of 14, Caitlin Dustan won her first trophy at Forres Bowling Club when she joined her granda, Henry Davidson, and John Matthews to capture the Forres Triples, writes Alex Porter.

Henry Davidson, Caitlin Dustan and John Matthews.
Henry Davidson, Caitlin Dustan and John Matthews.

The youngster helped her trio win the first three sets comfortably, before suffering a minor blip before and after the tea break. Their winning habit was restored to win their final two sets.

Ann MacPherson, Lesley Coutts and Derek Sobey lost only one game, to the eventual winners, but paid the price for drawing their third and fourth sets.

Harry Sutherland came good after an indifferent start, winning all three sets after tea while Stuart Robertson started and finished the day with defeats, otherwise he was unbeaten.

Despite scoring just 14 shots, Alex Porter managed to pick up six points and Paul Coutts’ day was a bit like the rest of his season, off the pace compared to his normally high standards.

His first victory of the day in the final set ensured that Dean Dobbs avoided the wooden spoon and John Ross had three points in his first two sets, but could only muster one draw thereafter.

Scores: J Matthews 11 points, 39 shots; D Sobey 10, 26; H Sutherland 9, 30; S Robertson 7, 26; A Porter 6, 14; P Coutts 5, 22; D Dobbs 4, 24; John Ross 4, 14.

With the final round of the four month long Scott Cup having been played, a record equalling points total has seen Alex Porter recapture the trophy he won in 2014.

For the second week in a row, Dean Dobbs emerged victorious after Monday’s Hat-Night. On this occasion he was joined by Elma McInnes and Jim Ross.

They got off to a flier, hitting Lesley Mackintosh for seven at the very first end. By the end of the evening they had lost just three ends.

John Ross was on course to finish best skip of the night, but, after dropping only two shots in fourteen ends, he lost his final two ends to John Matthews.

Stuart Robertson and Gary Mackie were enjoying a close game, 5-5 after six ends, until Mackie lost his way which allowed his opponent to win half a dozen ends in a row.

A fantastic first half led to Alan Gardner being 16-4 after nine ends. However, in an amazing turnaround, Derek Sobey won the final seven ends.

Harry Sutherland and Alex Porter shared the 16 ends, but Sutherland came out on top after hitting four fours.

Scores: D Dobbs 26, L Mackintosh 4; John Ross 24, J Matthews 7; S Robertson 21, G Mackie 10; D Sobey 20, A Gardner 16; H Sutherland 22, A Porter 19.

The Wednesday afternoon hat saw Derek Sobey winning for the third week in a row with his wife, Mary, hitting 29 shots without reply.

Henry Davidson was 12-1 up at the break, but a poor second half left him a distant second.

It took Sam Morrison nine ends to record a shot. He did a lot better in the second half, but was still well down.

A draw in the final set prevented Charlie Watt losing all four on a miserable afternoon for him.

Scores: D Sobey 29 up; H Davidson 3 up: S Morrison 11 down; C Watt 21 down.

A decent second half performance, including a six at the 13th end, secured victory for the in-form Dean Dobbs and Alana Coutts at Thursday's hat-night.

A poor second set proved to be John Ross' downfall. Apart from that set, he lost just two ends.

After a slow start, where she lost four of the opening half dozen ends, Lesley Mackintosh came good.

Derek Sobey want nap at the first end, but was still just a handful up at the evening's end.

A six at the final end ensured that Charlie Watt finished positive after a few poor second half ends.

Paul Coutts recovered from losing an initial five to finish up on top and Harry Sutherland was going well, 7-0 up after just three ends, but spoilt it during a high-scoring final set.

Mary Sobey won her first three ends, but thereafter won just three more. An unlucky coin toss confined Hazel Caldwell to rink 3 for the night.

Alan Gardner wasn't too far behind until he lost every second half end.

Scores: D Dobbs 13 up; John Ross 11 up; L Mackintosh 9 up; D Sobey 5 up; C Watt 3 up; P Coutts 2 up; H Sutherland 4 down; M Sobey 6 down; H Caldwell 14 down; A Gardner 19 down.



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