International recognition for west coast bowlers

With concerns about falling membership at local indoor bowling clubs it was agreed that this year the Skye, Lochalsh and Lochcarron Bowling Association league would be run as a “triples” format.

The format has helped less well attended clubs to stay competitive and protects what is a healthy association membership. With several games already played the new structure seems to be working well.

Kyleakin have now got two teams, the Reds and the Blues, which gives teams an extra two games  each over the course of the season. After two games Sleat, Kyleakin Reds, and Lochcarron (3 games) are on four points. Kintail and Kyleakin Blues have two points and Lochalsh and Plockton (3 games) are still looking for their first win.

The competition circuit has also started, with Kintail’s two tournaments, the Arthur Smith triples and  The Cathy Bryson fours.

In the triples tournament Roddy Morrison’s triple won the title, beating stablemate Kenny Macpherson in the final. In the Cathy Bryson fours Craig Cummings skipped the Kintail four to victory against Roddy Morrison’s quartet.

This Saturday (30th November) sees the Morrison Triples being contested at Kyleakin Community Hall.

Meanwhile, on the international front the west coast was well represented at the recent British Isles Championships held in Coleraine.

In total seven local bowlers represented the Scottish team. As Scottish champions Kyleakin’s  Chris Mackinnon, Kenny Macpherson and Jill Mackinnon automatically represented Scotland in the triples. Mallaig’s Dennis Eddie skipped a four which included Kintail’s Roddy Gillies at third and Kyleakin’s  Lennie Chiffers at second. Dave Harrigan, Kyleakin, the Scottish singles champion, was also selected but unfortunately missed the trip due to illness.

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Bowlers Allan Eddie, Jill Mackinnon, Roddy Gillies, Kenny Macpherson, Chris Mackinnon, Lennie Chiffers and Dennis Eddie were all part of the Scottish team

The seventh local area bowler was Alan Eddie, Dennis’s brother. Because of an illness in the family Stuart Hiddlestone was unable to partner Jimmy Broach in the pairs so Alan, as Scottish runner-up, took Stuart’s place. To Alan’s delight, he and Jimmy triumphed in the pairs and were duly crowned British Isles pairs champions. Lawrence Moffat, Dave Harrigan’s replacement, was also in the running to win the singles but the loss of three shots in the last end meant he had to be content with runner up.

The next big tournament is the World Champion­ships in Cardiff and all seven bowlers will be hoping for another call-up to represent their country.