Wet start to Stronvaar’s Peninver Sands match

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A bowler in his ninth decade proved to be an evergreen as he gave a match winner a scare at Campbeltown Bowling Club.

Back in 2013, Robert MacCallum won the Peninver Sands Holiday Park sponsored mixed singles competition and in the recent event he nearly repeated the feat.

Players started in conditions that were less than perfect due to rain during the morning.

A drier afternoon saw the round robin field whittled down to semi-finals between Archie Johnston and Jimmy Anderson and Robert MacCallum and Alex Black that produced a repeat of the 2013 final between Jimmy and Robert.

It was almost a déjà vu event as Jimmy stormed in to a six shot to nil lead only for Robert to pull it back to peels playing the final end.

In 2013 it was Robert who pulled out the winning bowl and the octogenarian almost achieved the double with his last bowl but it proved to be Jimmy’s second bowl was the winner by a couple of millimetres.

President Gavin McLachlan and Robert’s grandson Liam MacCallum presented the prizes on behalf of the sponsors.

Next week the Doon the Watter pairs open competition, specially targeted at holidaymakers and sponsored by Alistair Blair, rolls onto the green from Monday to Friday.

Organisers claim it has the best prize fund in Argyll and that if players have not brought bowls, they and even a partner if necessary, can be supplied.

Names of prospective competitors must be with the club by tomorrow. There is a live band and barbeque following the final next Friday.

Gavin McLachlan, Archie Johnston, Jimmy Anderson, Liam MacCallum, Robert MacCallum and Alex Black.  NO_c28bowls01_PS17 001