Generation Game a big success
THE Red Deer Bowling Club was packed last week for the third annual Generation Games.
Eight teams including the juniors, seniors and wheelchair bowlers took part in the event.
The tournament originated from an idea by Willie Sinclair some years ago and has now become an enthusiastic and well organised, fun-filled day of outdoor bowling involving all age groups within the Red Deer Bowling Club.
The format for the games is that a senior male and female, skipped by a junior member from Red Deer and a wheelchair bowler compete against similar teams in two sections of four teams.
The winners of section one play the runner-up of section two and section two winners play against section one runners-up in the semi-final.
Winners of these matches then play in the final with the losers taking part in a play-off for third and fourth places. All matches are played over five ends with the final match played over six ends.
Following exciting and close fought matches in the sections this year, four teams emerged triumphant and were matched up in the semi-finals.
The final was played in great spirit and friendship, as was the whole tournament.
The game itself, skipped by two junior members who gave a tremendous account of themselves during the game, led their respective teams to a fantastic and closely contested game.
The game ebbed and flowed until the last end when the team of David Morgan, Barney McMillan, Mary Mackay and Colin Dowd, skip, overcame a one shot deficit in the last end to win by two shots against a very good team of Ivan Prior, June Henderson, Bobby Brown and skipped by a very good junior member Megan Cameron.
The awards were presented by Councillor John Anderson, who attended on the day and is a regular supporter of disability sport.
A spokesman for the Scottish Wheelchair Bowlers Association told the News his support and commitment to wheelchair bowls is greatly appreciated.
The association would also like to thank President John McCrory and the members of Red Deer Outdoor Bowling Club for providing an excellent facility.
The spokesman added: “Our appreciation also goes to Jean Tomlie and the Red Deer ladies who provided an excellent purvey during the day.
“A special thanks and appreciation goes to Willie Sinclair who organised and over saw the whole tournament and has worked endlessly for the past 13 years assisting the wheelchair bowlers.
“And last but not least, we’d like to thank the ground staff who look after the greens so expertly.”