RENFREWSHIRE BOWLING ASSOCIATION
MINUTES OF THE 136TH ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
WELLMEADOW BOWLING CLUB – WEDNESDAY 4TH FEBRUARY 2015
President Hugh Balfour opened the meeting by welcoming all who had taken the time to attend and then asked for a minutes silence to be observed in memory of all Association members who had passed away during the last year, particularly Honorary Past president Mr Walter Gavin and Honorary Member John O’Connor.
Apologies were received on behalf of Hon. Presidents J. Bell, F. Morrow and j. Nesbitt. The following clubs also tendered their apologies: Linwood, J.G. Fleming, Ferguslie and Wellington Park.
There were 36 clubs in attendance.
The minutes of the AGM held in 2014 were handed out and had been read. The minutes were adopted by G. Davis Lochwinnoch B.C.. and seconded by S. Reddy Grosvenor B.C.
ANY MATTERS ARISING
There were no matters arising
Season 2014 began as all others before it, with the Annual General Meeting, which was followed by the annual friendly between Renfrewshire and Dumbartonshire which was played at Whiteinch. This resulted in a win for the Renfrewshire Bowling Association.
As is the norm the first piece of business is preparing the county teams for another tilt at the Andrew Hamilton Trophy. Again the emphasis was put on youth and a total of 10 players from the under 25 team were selected to play for the county teams.
The West team won 4 games out of 7 and only failed to qualify through shot difference.
The South team after a good start against Lanarkshire South fell away and only recorded one other win.
2015 will see the end of the Andrew Hamilton Trophy in its present format, from 2016 the sections will be reduced to 4 teams with the top two teams qualifying for the last 16. This is mainly to reduce costs of travelling and catering.
Now onto the success story of 2015, the under 25’s who as we know have been improving each year under the guidance of David Todd. Last year the under 25’s qualified for the semi finals of the Inter County for the first time in 20 years and were only narrowly beaten by Edinburgh & Leith in the semi finals which were held at Houldsworth.. The under 25’s then took their form into the Calder cup at Sighthill which they won.
Renfrewshire under 25’s then held the David Devenay Top Ten Trophy at Anchor B.C. which included the top 8 teams from the Scottish Counties again Renfrewshire under 25’s again proved successful.
The under 25’s concluded their season with a successful trip to Belfast.
So to end the County team input I would like to say a very well done to David Todd and the Under 25’s.
There were a number of notable achievements during the season, in 2013
Glenn Greenway of Gourock B.C. reached the landmark of 200 appearances for the County team; this landmark was also reached in 2014 by Sandy Wotherspoon of Port Glasgow B.C.
Stephen Murphy of Blacklandmill B.C. reached 150 appearances and Jackie McNeil of Anchor B.C reached 100 appearances, congratulations to all the players mentioned in what is a marvellous achievement.
Personally I would also like to thank all the clubs that held County games and Under25 games during the season, I am aware of the work that is involved in hosting these games and the Association would like to thank you all for your support in hosting the games.
35 teams entered this year with 1 team withdrawing the day before and 1 team on the day of the cup. It would obviously be helpful for early notice of withdrawals. After a tie between Cardonald and Giffnock who were both 35 up a play off was held which was won by Giffnock B.C. The highest up rink for the Hall Salver was Johnstone B.C. at plus 25
26 teams entered this competition with 1 team failing to appear on the day. This is regrettable since the opponents take the trouble to turn up and have to wait for 30 minutes before they can depart. The winners were Barrhead B.C. at plus 26 with Caledonia the runners up at plus 21.
Winners of the Mr and Mrs J Bell Trophy were Caledonia B.C. who defeated Kilbarchan B.C. in the final at Charleston. At the conclusion of the game both teams were tied on points and shots and so the result came down to the winner of the Singles game which was Stuart Carson of Caledonia.
Caledonia will now represent Renfrewshire Bowling Association in the Inter County Top Ten.
Inter County Cup
This was won by Dumbartonshire Association i.e.Kirkintilloch B.C.
The Championships are the highlight of the season for a lot of people. May and June are busy months for the cream of our bowlers and it all culminates at the end of June in our Finals day.
The finals were held at Giffnock bowling club.
Well done to all the clubs who played in the finals and also to all of the clubs who gave up their greens and supplied us with facilities, markers and umpires throughout the season.
SINGLES(Sir Hugh Shaw Stewart Trophy)S. McLellan Wellington Park
RUNNER-UPC. Mitchell Woodlands
JUN SINGLESJ. Fleming (jun) Wellington PS. Lowrie Pollokshaws
PAIRS(Daily Record Trophy)Fairfield
TRIPLES(Dr. D. TurnerTrophy)Kilmacolm
FOURS(Paisley & Renfrew Gaz Trophy)Caledonia
SENIOR FOURS(Mr. J. Millen Trophy)Bishopton
SPON FOURS(R.Brown & W. Cope Trophy)Cardonald
Under 45’s(Mr A. Cann Trophy)Gourock Park
Again this year I have got to announce that Newlands B.C. and Mearns B.C. have left the Association this year.
Lady Alice will this year also celebrate 100 years and Titwood B.C. will celebrate their 125 years congratulations to both clubs.
On a personal note I would like to thank both Assistant Secretaries David Perrit and Arthur Buchan for all there help throughout the season. David has done all the draws for all the cups and assisted Roger Black and Peter Guthrie in drawing the ties whilst Arthur has taken care of the finances.
Thanks to both of you for all your assistance during the year.
President Hugh Balfour, confirmed that a copy of the balance sheet had been handed out to all clubs present. President Balfour asked if there were any questions from the body of the hall regarding the balance sheet. This was met with a negative response.
President Balfour then informed the meeting that the Fee’s for 2016 would remain at Status Quo.
The balance sheet was proposed by P. Glen Well meadow B.C. and seconded by S. Reddy Grosvenor B.C.
No Auditors Report given.
Annual Subscription Rates 2016
To remain the same as 2015.
Election of Office Bearers
Before demitting office, President Hugh Balfour paid tribute to the many people who had helped him during his season and to his club Giffnock BC for the tremendous support he had received. He also thanked everyone who had come onto the Committee and in particular to the Past Presidents who had helped out and attended Committee meetings.
President: Raymond Hill Charleston BC Pro. H. Balfour Giffnock BC
Sec. G. Turner Charleston BC
President Raymond Hill then presented outgoing President Hugh Balfour with his Past President badge.
President Hill then presented the Immediate Past President Jim Pollock with his Honorary President badge.
Vice President: Ian Brown Gourock Park BC Pro. R. Hill Charleston BC
Sec. J. Lamb Gourock Park BC
JunV. Pres: P. Guthrie Elderslie BC Pro. R. Hill Charleston BC
Sec. R. Nelson Elderslie BC
Secretary / Treasurer: A. Moran Elderslie Pro: R. Hill CharlestonBC
Sec. Status Quo
Ass Secretary (Bowling) D.Perrit Elderslie Pro. R. Hill Charleston BC
Sec. Status Quo
Ass Secretary (Finance) A. Buchan Victoria Pro. R. Hill Charleston BC
Sec Status Quo
Election of Directors
J. McElwee Rankin Park BCStanding Director
D. Todd Anchor BC Standing Director
A. McCartney Renfrew BCStanding Director.
C. McLeod Woodlands BCStanding Director
Election of Auditors
J. Glen Meikleriggs BCStatus Quo
C. ReddyBarrhead BCStatus Quo
Secretary / Treasurers and Assistants Secretary’s Honorarium
President Raymond Hill informed the meeting that a request had been made from Erskine B.C. to join the Association. There were no objections and Erskine B.C. became members of the Renfrewshire Bowling Association.
President Raymond Hill the informed the members present that due to his sponsorship of the Under 25’s for the past 15 years, the Association had taken the decision to make Jim Devenay an Honorary member of the Association. S. Reddy of Grosvenor B.C seconded this proposal.
Vote of Thanks
There being no further business, the meeting was brought to a close with a vote of thanks to the chair by Vice President Ian Brown and his best wishes to all for a safe journey home.
Proposed by:………………………Seconded by:………………………