Amid some unseasonably mild weather, the Winter league is finally over, and the bowlers can now look forward to a few weeks break before the start of the Summer session. Here's how the last night turned out.
The start of the Monday Night Winter Tenpin League was a muted affair as uncertainty over the number of teams competing bought some confusion to the proceedings. Things were not helped by a new team, a number of member changes, missing team members, and the Secretary's minor blunder in providing incorrect handicaps for the early session bowlers! However, even with these taken into account, the bowling ran relatively smoothly.
The first matter to report this evening is that a delegation from Pentland met up with league officials and a referees representative to put forward a case for allowing Pentland in the league. It was accepted that due to someone being on holiday and another of sick no one turned up at the meeting and Pentland always were looking to enter a side into the league.
Dounreay Workshops fired a warning shot across the bows of all the other teams with a fine 5-0 win over Castletown. First half goals by Jamie McKay and Graeme Angus had them in easy street.
After the recent meeting held in the St Clair it has emerged that 13 teams will contest this seasons RMC sevens league. The major talking point is the absence of Thurso Pentland one of the original teams to join the league.
Seven competitors from Wick triathlon club made the trip to Nairn for the Sprint triathlon on Sunday last. Excellent results were achieved by the Caithness Club for the event consisting of a 500 metre swim followed by a 20 km cycle and, immediately thereafter, a 6 km run.
The Monday Night League came to a close with the final round bringing a great deal of anticipation and some close final scores. First up was Gutterlevel versus Gowks and the latter needed to take 15 of the available 20 points to squeeze into first place.
The penultimate night of the Summer Monday Night League saw the tension build as the overall scorelines tightened. Hitmen & Her played Papa's Kids in match one and the first game was a close run effort, with all the pressure bearing down on Hitmen's Ally Gray in the final shot.
The 13th week of the Monday Night League bought some better scores than the previous two weeks but still well short of those seen earlier in the league. Leading the way was Gowks' Rene Murray with a 614 series.
For the second week running the scoring in the Monday Night League was unfashionably low and, once again, only one bowler, Gutterlevel's Linda Clarke, broke the 200 pin barrier with a 245 game. She also achieved a 625 series - the best female game and series of the league so far.
Something was definately different as week 11 of the Monday league produced this session's worst crop of scores. Whether the teams were struggling to get to grips with the freshly oiled lanes or there were other forces at work, but hitting a single pin with the first ball was also quite prevalent in the early matches.
Strange statistics from week 10 of the Monday Tenpin League include the number of splits gained and the relatively low scoring compared with previous weeks. While many bowlers escaped with just a few splits, Hitmen & Her must have felt rather hard done by as they accumulated over a third of the total from the whole night.
As the Monday Night League entered the home straight, high scores were still being thrown and the evening air was filled with over 150 strikes. In the first match Hitmen and Her were drawn against Papa's Kids with the first two games being very closely fought.
At the midway point of the Monday Night Summer League the recent run of high scoring games was smashed by a a three-game scratch series of 621 which is going to be difficult to beat. The games, a 251, 229 and 189 which total 669, were all bowled in the first match between Hitmen & Her and Gowks.
Despite the heat, week 7 of the Monday Night League provided yet more high scores and some very close games. First up was Gowks versus Wasters.
Monday night saw yet more records being broken. It contained the first 20 - 0 scoreline (albeit against the vacancy scores) and a staggering fourteen 200+ games (including two 600+ total pin series).
Whether due to the heat or the long Jubilee Weekend, the 5th round of the Monday Night Tenpin League bought yet another crop of good scores with last week's nine 200+ games topped by one this week. In match one, Papa's Kids played Hitmen & Her and between them managed to produce half of the night's 200+ totals.
Round 4 of the Monday Night Tenpin League saw the number of 200+ games almost hitting double figures. The first of these came from Roddy Bremner of Hitmen & Her with a 204 game as they did battle with Gowks - his team comfortably taking all the first game points.
Monday night signalled the last round prior to most bowler's handicaps re-establishing and some good performances were on offer. The first match saw Gowks take on Papa's Kids in a cat-and-mouse game which resulted in a 10-10 draw.
The second evening of the Monday Night League saw the majority of bowlers settling back into a steady rhythm with generally average results. The first battle fell between Hitmen & Her and Wasters.