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Commiserations to our Hedgehogs who made up 8 of the 9 places in the Ambassador Juniors who lost to Auchinleck in the annual Bobby Sutherland Trophy on 4th March.  Well done Luke, Orietta, Andrew , Fraser, Katy, Murray, Alice and Lily!

Six of our Juniors (Fraser , Luke, Alice, Lewis, Andrew and Lily) have competed for the Ambassador Juniors in the national Top Ten tournament in 2019,  playing in the Fours and Triples rinks in support of Ross Gouldstone (singles) and Rebecca and Emily Houston (pairs).  The team beat  Dumbarton and Edinburgh Bainfield at home, before venturing to Dunfermline to take on a strong Abbeyview side on 2nd March.

The job of putting points on the board early went to Ross, Rebecca and Emily who obliged in spectacular style, with Ross beating rising star Sophie McGrouther 21-12 and the Houstons blitzing their opponents 20-2.

The Fours of Luke, Lily, Lewis and Alice competed well in the first end just losing 1 shot.  However they lost a disasterous 7 the next end to go 8-0 down.  But all credit to the team.  Realising that every shot mattered,  they hit their stride, with Alice playing a fine leading game, supplemented with wonderful drawing bowls from Lewis at the 6th and 8th ends and Lewis, Lily, and Luke all drawing a shot at the 11th end to pull the score back to 15-9.

The Triples,  featuring Rachel Houston. Amber Finney and Hedgehog Andrew, also started slowly,  but at the 6th end, Amber drew the shot with Rachel adding another to reduce the deficit to 7-5.  At this stage, things were looking good with an aggregate lead of 50-36.

Things got distinctly nervy after that, as Abbeyview pulled out the stops to turn the match around.  The healthy shot difference was reducing with each passing end.   The Fours eventually went down 19-9, and the Triples were under unimaginable pressure, until Andrew played an incredible draw, touching the jack to settle everyone’s nerves.  Their final losing score of 18-6 was enough to get the team over the line, with the overall score 56-51 !!


The Top Ten winners after their triumph over Abbeyview



Hedgehogs Alice and Katie “clowning around”  at the Prestwick Prom!

Luke Jones retained his Championship title with a 21-12 win over Sandy Fisher on 25th August.


Junior Championship finalists, Luke and Sandy

Congratulations to Orietta Pezzaioli and Alice Jones, joint Hedgehogs of the Month for July.

What a fantastic experience for Hedgehogs Luke, Lily and Nicholas at the National SYBA Finals! The whole day, from registration, putting stickers on bowls, matches, the crowds, the lunch pass (which they were delighted about!), moving between greens, and members of the Howie coming to cheer them on was superb.

They worked well as a team and put in some good shots and most of their games were pretty close. The first match was against a team from Fife, who actually ended up coming runner up.
They played well but then the big kids got an 8 and so there was no coming back from that.

They lost the next game narrowly and the last game before lunch was very exciting as the Hedgehogs were ahead, but Cardonald threw a quick jack just on the final whistle and got two to put them one ahead.  The first game after lunch was a draw, and the final game the other team got a 5 in the final end.
All in all they did well and were a great team with good sportsmanship.

Congratulations to Lily Stewart, Hedgehog of the Month for June.  This reward recognises attendance, behaviour and attitude displayed throughout the month.  Luke Jones won the inaugural award in May.
Our Triples team  took on the might of Prestwick Midton Road and Maybole Memorial Park to record a stunning win in the SYBA Triples event at Northfield on 30th June.  The team of Luke Jones, Lily Stewart, and Nicholas Weston will now represent the club at the National Championships on July 22nd at Northfield. The event was run as a round robin, with each team winning a game, so it came down to shot points.  The Hedgehogs got the most points, 13, just one shot ahead of  Prestwick Midton Road and Maybole Memorial Park a further 2 shots back with 10  The key moment was against Maybole, where the Hedgehogs got a 7 in one end.
They are all very excited to be representing the Howie at the Scottish championships.  Do you know what, guys? So are WE!!!!!!!



Hedgehogs triumphant!  Lily Stewart, Nicholas Weston and Luke Jones, Triple Champions!


The Adult / Junior Pairs Competition will be held on 19th August.  You can choose a family member or a willing adult member of the club as a partner, or just put your name down and we will match you up.

Junior Pairs will he held the following week on the 19th August.


It takes more than torrential rain and giant midges to stop the Hedgehogs bowling!

Congratulations to Luke Jones who beat Robert Rafferty from Girvan 21-3 in the Under 16 Ayrshire Singles at Seafield on Friday 8th June.  Luke was also  the winner of the inaugural Hedgehog of the Month Award for May.  It was a great month for Luke who showed his commitment to the club in his attendances and his spectacular performance in the SYBA singles at Northfield.

Congratulations to all of our Hedgehogs (Alice, Luke, Lucas and Nicholas ) who made their debut in the SYBA Championships at Northfield.  Typically, our Juniors were playing opponents older and more experienced, but all acquitted themselves very well.  Special congratulations to Luke who won all five games in his section, and went through to the semifinal  losing by by 9-8  against Jamie Noon playing on his home arena.


From left to right Nicholas , Lucas, Luke, and Alice at Northfield


Hedgehogs out of hibernation on Opening Day

Congratulations to Arianne, Alice, Luke and Lily who were part of a ten strong team who won the Bobby Sutherland Trophy against Auchinleck Juniors at the Ambassador Indoor Bowling Club on Friday 16th of March!


Ambassador Junior Team with the Bobby Sutherland Trophy

Rebecca Houston and Darren Weir, fresh from their great TV performances at the Scottish Open event in Perth dropped in on our Juniors at the Ambassador. This was a great opportunity to find out what makes a champion!


Last year’s highlights

Well done to Lewis McCarrell and Lily Stewart,  winners of the Junior Pairs Cup held on Saturday 16th September. In an entertaining final with multiple “touchers”, they won through against Lucas Neil and Alice Jones by 6-2 in the five end final.


Lewis and Alice, winners of the Junior Pairs


Lucas and Alice with President Helen Kyle

In the runners up competition for first round losers, Nicolas and Orietta beat the McRae sisters, Ruby and Anna.


Nicholas and Orietta


Anna and Ruby

Congratulations to Luke who is the new Howie Junior Champion, following a well earned win over the gallant Nicholas.  In an excellent final, the scores were tied at 9-9, when Luke scored a 4, to take a significant and as it proved, unassailable lead.  Well done to both players, for their high skill level and impeccable behaviour on and off the green

Luke’s victory in the John Prentice Triples as been recognised by his school, Kingcase, with Luke winning the award for most outstanding achievement in the school holidays. Well done, Luke!