Centenary Bowling Tour Begins in Dundee

Posted: 29/04/2015 | Scottish War Blinded

A team of Scottish War Blinded bowlers began their centenary bowling tour yesterday (Tuesday 28 April 2015) at Baxter Bowling Club, Dundee.

The team comprised of members from Scottish War Blinded’s Linburn Centre and Outreach service including Ian Graham, Dennis Valentine, Bill Mackie and Billy Milne.

Members were warmly greeted by Baxter Park Bowling Club. Some within the club had served in the Armed Forces and were keen to trade stories of time spent in service as well as learn about the services Scottish War Blinded provide.

Despite the brisk breeze, the weather proved relatively kind with warm sunshine with occasional April showers. Both teams made impressive starts to the match with many bowls finding their mark.

Baxter Park Bowling Club slowly developed a 12-10 lead going into the final end. The result hung in the balance as the final bowls were played leading to a final bowl thriller.

Scottish War Blinded was presented with an incredibly difficult final shot which, if successful, would tilt the match in the team’s favour. A cruel twist of luck led an unsuccessful attempt and Baxter Park Bowling Club emerged victorious 13-10.

Throughout play, it was evident that great rapport was being established between the teams, through an entertaining mix of banter and support, contributing to a wonderful atmosphere which continued in the pavilion afterwards.

Scottish War Blinded’s Bowling Team Captain Ian Graham said:

“The opening match at Baxter Park Bowling Club was a complete success. We were warmly welcomed by everyone at the club and it was a pleasure to play a match in such a friendly spirit. It was also good to re-kindle a long awaited tie between Scottish War Blinded and Baxter Park Bowling Club.”

Match Secretary of Baxter Bowling Club Allan Anderson said:

“It was a pleasure welcoming Scottish War Blinded to Baxter Park Bowling Club. It was a game played in very good spirits and thoroughly enjoyed by both players and spectators alike. It was a good experience for our club to learn about how visually impaired bowlers play the game. On behalf of Baxter Park Bowling Club, I can only wish Scottish War Blinded the best of luck for, not only the centenary tour, but all the charity does in the future.”

Further information of Scottish War Blinded’s Centenary Bowling Tour