The final North Section game in the Andrew Hamilton Trophy saw the A&K team travel to play the unbeaten Angus Bowling Association.
They came away with a 121 shot to 102 shot victory and must be viewing the season as what could have been. Three narrow defeats saw them finish in fourth place behind qualifiers Angus and Highland, but their far superior shot difference showed that the North Section is the most competitive in Scotland.
The six county players from the Stonehaven club have acquitted themselves well over the season.
Stonehaven maintained their challenge at the top of the Mearns League by gaining five points against Bervie Bowling Club.
The home rink skipped by B Hendry had a very narrow one-shot win, gained on the very last end of a game which saw them trailing throughout. The away rink of G Falconer, W Donald, H Stott and skip B Corstorphine had a much more convincing victory 22 – 7 down at Bervie.
Stonehaven Seniors team had a friendly game away to Bonnymuir Bowling Club, Aberdeen, on a warm sunny Wednesday afternoon and were narrowly beaten by five shots.
Individual triples scores were (Stonehaven skips first):
J. Lawson 6, B. Gordon 13; M. Nevill 10, G. Leslie 14; A. Binnie 13, I. Haw 15; H. McGillivary 18, J. Rose 10.
The A&K singles were held last week on the Harlaw green, Inverurie.
Stonehaven members G. Penny, M. McIntosh and P. Hay were knocked out in the early stages, but Chris Ford progressed to the semi-finals, where he was beaten by county skip Mark Campbell from the Rothienorman Bowling Club.
Three Stonehaven members were part of the Grampian team (winners of the North Section) who travelled to play Lanarkshire in the semi-finals of the Scottish Under 25 Championships at Dunblane Bowling Club.
Unfortunately they were unable to make itthrough to the final.
Bowls Scotland National Championships
The final District games in the National Championships were played this week.
The final of the ladies’ two bowl triples was played on the Stonehaven green on Thursday, and Bervie Bowling Club were narrowly beaten in a tiebreaker set by the team from Aberdeen Bowling Club.
The final of the Mixed Pairs was held at Whitehall Bowling Club on Sunday, and the Newtonhill team of Ann Beaton and Ramsay Taylor won through to the finals.
Two A&K stalwarts Ronnie Bruce and John Nicol have progressed to the finals for the first time, having played for the county for over 30 years, bowling is truly a game for life!
District ladies# pairs champions Sheila Bremner and Catherine McIntosh are left to fly the flag for Stonehaven. The National Championships get underway in Ayr on Tuesday, July 23, with finals on Sunday the 28th .
Club results can be found on www.bowlsevents.co.uk