The fourth annual Gray and Adams International Gents Pairs Tournament Finals have now taken place and once again have been a big success.
This year, it ran alongside he Ladies Club Pairs Tournament, which was kindly sponsored by the Vintage Car Rally.
Some spectacular bowls were played over the three days.
In attendance was Alex Marshall M.B.E, the record breaking five-time world champion, along with his partner Paul Foster, himself a four-times world champion, the legendary Willie Wood M.B.E, who first represented Scotland in 1966 and, over the years, has went on to win many commonwealth medals paired up with three-time Commonwealth gold medal winning David Peacock.
The tournament started off on the Friday night with two games of bowls being played, and all others took place throughout the day on Saturday.
Scottish Internationalist Scott Murray took part in the line-up with his partner Stephen Davidson from Mintlaw, and the Elgin duo Andrew Barker and Mike Stepney, who came second in the world pairs last year, made the cut to the semi-finals, alongside Fraserburgh’s Gary Buchan and Darren Pirie to battle it out with the two international teams.
This year also saw the youngest ever qualifier, 10-year-old Bradley Buchan from Fraserburgh with his partner, Turriff’s Graham Alexander, take part in the competition, losing only in their last game against Willie Wood and Davie Peacock.
The semi-finals and final stages were played both as singles and pairs games, which saw the international teams make it to the final and, for the third time, Alex and Paul became the winners, winning £500 each.
Vintage Car Rally Ladies Pairs
This years in club pairs tournament was kindly sponsored by the Vintage Car Rally and run alongside with finals of the Gray and Adams gentlemen’s pairs.
Kicking off on the Friday night and continuing over the weekend with the semi-finals and finals again being played as both singles and pairs, it was hailed a success.
Taking part in the semi-finals were M. Easton with partner M. Malley and M. Anderson with her partner I. Hastie, who lost out to finalists R. Cartney and H. Robertson.
The other semi-finalists, and eventual winners were I. Wilken and Sandra M.
The Leisure Centre would like to express their thanks to all the sponsors over the weekend: Mark Taylor Plumbing, Fraserburgh Funeral Services, Pure Essence, Gordon’s sawmill, DG Anderson, Rodgers Electrical, Newline, J Fenty Insurance, Kineil Coaches, Alan Cruickshank Ltd, Buchan Chemicals, Bert Fowlie Butchers, Kinnaird Safety Ltd, Abervale Guest House, Bicocchi’s ice-cream, the Mace at West Road, John Smith Bakery, Premier Refridgeration, Dunes Golf Centre and especially to their main sponsors, Gray and Adams and the Vintage Car Rally.
A big thank you also to Watermill Coaches for supplying the transport for the professionals and Findlays bar for kindly supplying their accommodation.
Without all this support, the tournament would not be possible.
One of the competition organisers, Tracey Buchan, would also like to thank all the members who helped with various things such as umpiring over the weekend, and the ladies for supplying the excellent hospitality. It is all very much appreciated.