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Lesley Coutts in scintillating form

By Chris Saunderson

Two sparkling performances from Forres Bowling Club ladies’ champion, Lesley Coutts, means that she will compete in the District 2 Scottish Qualifiers ladies’ singles final on Saturday afternoon.

Lesley Coutts.
Lesley Coutts.

Coutts destroyed her Strichen opponent 21-1 in their quarter-final.

The semi-final game against Lynn Ronald of Turriff was a different challenge as Coutts trailed 10-0 before turning in a wonderful comeback performance to win 21-18.

Lindsey Petrie is through to the final of the junior ladies’ singles after defeating Philippa Donald of Huntly 21-4 at Portgordon.

The finals are at Aberchirder on Saturday. Petrie will play Kelly Forsyth of Keith at 10.30am, whilst Coutts will face Isobel Laing of Elgin at 2pm.

Stuart Robertson was beaten 21-10 by his Turriff opponent in the men’s senior singles quarter-final at Keith.

Sandy Burgess, Alex Porter and John Ross hope to secure a place in the gents’ triples final as they meet Turriff tomorrow night in the semi-final at Portgordon.

The ladies were unlucky in their Moray Ladies league match against Moray.

The home triple of Mary Williamson, Chris Stoves and Lesley Mackintosh held a commanding 11-5 advantage after eight ends, before losing the next four ends to trail 14-11. They fought back, and were just a shot behind going into the final end, before going down 15-13 to Vera Cruickshank’s side.

Lesley Coutts’ away triple lost 14-13.

Ann Grant has gone four points clear at the top of the Scott Cup table after winning overall for her third time in four starts. Grant, Ann MacPherson and Sam Morrison emerged victorious after a tight game with Alex Porter, which Alex led 9-8 after 11 ends. The trio won four of the five remaining ends.

But for a poor final three ends, Dean Dobbs would have received the evening’s plaudits. He had led Lindsey Petrie 17-8 up to that point.

A six at the 10th end put John Ross in control against Derek Sobey. A five lost two ends later brought Derek back into it.

After a close encounter, a treble at the last gave Steve Gill the victory over Brian Riddell.

Little separated Sandy Burgess and Harry Sutherland all night, A brace at the end sneaked Sandy over the line.

Lesley Coutts.
Lesley Coutts.


S Morrison 16, A Porter 11; D Dobbs 17, L Petrie 14; John Ross 17, D Sobey 15; S Gill 13, B Riddell 11; A Burgess 13, H Sutherland 12.

St Ninian Bowling Club of Nairn will provide the opposition for Friday night’s friendly.

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A twenty-six end, closely fought game played in a friendly, but competitive spirit by two good players. What more could you ask for in a final?

Only the Men’s Championship match between Dean Dobbs and two-time winner, Sandy Burgess was a second round tie.

After an extremely tight opening five ends, which all were won by single shots, Dean hit a maximum four to go 7-2 ahead. However, Sandy caught up soon after and the game swung one way, then the other, almost in alternate ends. On numerous occasions the final bowl played was a pressure shot which saved the end.

Neither player deserved to lose, but someone had to. At the twenty-fifth end, Dean was lying four shots which would have secured victory for him. Once again, Sandy’s final bowl cut out two of these shots. The end was just slightly delayed though. Dean drew two shots at the next end for a 21-16 victory.

Dean will play Paul Coutts in the quarter-finals.

Paul was in control for most of his match with Stuart Robertson, leading 19-7 before Stuart won four ends on the spin. That only delayed the inevitable.

The 2014 Champ, John Ross, is also through to the quarter-finals after a surprisingly one-sided match with another two-time winner, Harry Sutherland.

John is also through to the second round of the President’s Handicap, but not until after a scare against Sheena Murdoch. John was 15-0 up early on, but Sheena got the score back to 18-23 and within three shots of victory before John got the shot he needed to reach his target.

Sheena had a great game with Ed Harris in the W D MacPherson. After an even start, Ed won six ends in a row to lead 17-4. Sheena wasn’t for giving up though, and got the score back to 16-20 before Ed finally secured the win.

Ailene Matthews and Roy Anderson also had a keenly contested tie. Roy went 6-1 ahead, but after Ailene got back on level terms little separated them. It was 15-15 after seventeen ends, before Roy won five ends in a row to seal victory.

There were some exciting ties played in the John Raffan.

Kath Todd took an early advantage over Ed Harris. She looked well in control as she led 11-4, then 15-8. Ed then started playing as he can, and set up an intriguing finale by getting the score back to 16-18. Kath eventually won 21-17 to reach the quarter-finals.

There was a fantastic comeback performance from Sam Morrison. Alan Gardner led 13-4 after eleven ends, and then 14-9 four ends later. Sam suddenly remembered how to play, and, seven ends later, had won the game without Alan getting another shot!

Steve Gill also progressed in the John Raffan by beating Mary Riddoch.

After losing their last two games, the Over 55s got their league challenge back on track with a 4-2 victory over Moray 1 in Elgin.

Ed Harris and Derek Sobey were the top Forres pair. In retaliation for a poor start, they hit their hosts for SIX to draw level at the fourth end. Little separated the teams until Ed and Derek scored nine shots over three ends near the end to decide matters 22-12 in their favour.

Chris Stoves and Charlie Watt only won six of their fourteen ends, but you don’t need to win every end when an early five is finished off with a four at the last end. They won 15-10.

Ailene Matthews and Marjory McCarthy didn’t fare so well. They suffered a heavy defeat.

St Ninian Bowling Club of Nairn will provide the opposition for Friday night’s friendly.

Lindsey Petrie was playing for the Grampian Under 25s again on Sunday afternoon. The match at Turriff against Dundee & Angus unfortunately finished in a 118-115 victory for the away side. Lindsey’s rink lost 25 - 23.

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