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282 MAR18 - Gryffe Advertizer

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52 the advertizer Bridge of Weir United Bridge of Weir 2008 Team Presentation Event took place at Old Ranfurly Golf Course on 28th December. Following an exciting season where the players stepped up to their first year of 7-a-side fixtures, the children celebrated their success and effort in style with a two-course meal, entertainment and the presentation of awards. A few special awards were presented by the team coaches Jamie McDonald, Gary Smith, Scott Fulton and Frankie O’Neill. Players’ Player of the Year trophy, selected by his team mates, was awarded to Luca Smith. Coaches Player of the Year trophy went to Louis Byrne and Most Improved Player trophy was received by Matthew Wilson. Another merit trophy went to Marcus McDonald. Bridge of Weir Utd is open to boys and girls of all ages. The new season starts in March, but new players are welcome to join any time. Like any voluntary organisation, we desperately need adult helpers. In particular we need coaches, which does require a regular commitment of a couple of hours a week during the season, but it is incredibly rewarding as you see the children develop. We need help in many other areas too, so please get in touch if you would like to know more. We hold bi-monthly meetings in Amaretto, at which parents are welcome to attend any time. Many thanks to Amaretto for hosting us. Please contact Joe Gibson on 07514 671904 or Ronnie Palin on 07584 275743. Our twitter account @BridgeofWeirUtd - this account is in its infancy - yet another thing we need help with! Apologies for the low-res photo, no other available Biking Belles Not been on the bike all winter (or slightly longer...), well this ride on Sunday 4th March will be the perfect way to reconnect with the saddle. Join us at 10.30am where we will set off from the Battery Park Pavilion along the cycle path to the Kip Marina. The whole ride is flat and 99% on path - the 50m that is on road can be avoided by simply walking the bike on the pavement for a few minutes if you don’t want to go on the road at all. And we will wait for everyone regardless if you walk this section or cycle it. The ride is 14 miles in total, 7 each way and it will take just over 2 hours. We will also stop for a good rest and a coffee/ cake (optional but too tempting to not partake if you ask me). Please bring a pump, water and a refreshment, money (for a coffee and cake) and spare inner tube/ puncture repair kit if you have them. Appropriate clothing for the weather on the day is always sensible too. Please note, this is not a ride for absolute beginners nor speedy cyclists, we will keep a steady relaxed pace so we can have a chat as we go. As always, please let us know if you will be joining us https://www. Castle Semple Sailing Club It would be fair to say that the sailing season during this winter has been disappointing. Out of a possible 15 weeks of racing only 9 were held, the wind being either non-existent or gale force, or the loch was frozen! Hopefully conditions will improve shortly. The cold snowy weather didn’t deter the competitors for the final races of the TPWDS on 11 February. A racers were : Angus Winchester (Vortex), Brian Young and Heather Evans (RS Vision), Doug McQuilken (Vareo), Tony FitzGerald (RS600) and Mark Simmonds and Steve Cochrane in the Hobie. After setting sail into the loch, drama quickly began to unfold. Doug had fallen someway behind, whilst Angus battled it out with Brian and Heather, who had been helped by a timely gust. The results were as follows: first - Doug (and Team Pam and Tony) (Enterprise, Vareo and Laser), second - Angus (Vortex), third - Brian and Heather (RS Vision). During lunch the snow arrived and Brian decided he wasn’t playing any more. However the skies cleared, Jon Hasler rigged his Vago and off they went, in slightly stronger winds than the morning. Despite a pre race capsize, Jon started well, but approaching buoy 8 he was caught off guard and several capsizes followed. At end of the hour the snow descended again. All boats made it back to the pontoon in time apart from Jon, who accepted a tow back. It’s been claimed that had Jon stayed upright he would have won Series B - maybe next time! Series B winners were: first - Doug (and Team Pam and Tony) (Enterprise, Vareo and Laser), second - Angus (Vortex), third - Jon (Vago). Howwood Curling Club Come & Try on 7th March Howwood Curling Club are always looking for new members to join our friendly curling club which meets at Greenacres, near Howwood. It is a great way to keep fit and socialise with people in a friendly atmosphere. Current club members come from Renfrewshire, Glasgow and North Ayrshire. We are now looking for new players to play for the 2018/19 season. We have organised a Come & Try session on Wednesday 7th March at 8.30pm at Greenacres Curling Club. Anyone who is interested is welcome to come along and try out curling. No experience is necessary. Everyone is welcome, whatever your age or ability. We will provide a qualified coach to give you the tuition you need to try out curling. You will also meet with our club members and get to play. We will invite you to our closing bonspiel for the 2017/18 season on the 28th March if you continue to be interested following the Come & Try. All the equipment you need will be provided. The cost on the night for ice is £6. Please contact Lachie Carmichael (see below) if you wish to attend - 01294 823643 deadline date for our april issue - Friday 16th March - You don’t want to miss it!!

march 2018 t: 01505 613340 e: Strathgryffe Tennis Strathgryffe’s Liam & Carla qualify for top UK Events 11-year-old Liam O’Brien took home the winners medal by beating Cumbria’s Finn Logue at Virgin Active Hamilton back in January. He was competing against 16 of the top 12 & u players from both Scotland & England at the Scottish Grade 3. Liam now qualifies for entry into the GB National Event at the University of Bath in Avon on 16th/17th February. 10 year old Carla Ward has qualified for the Nike Invitational National 10u Grade 1 Event. This will be held at the National Training Centre in Roehampton on 11th/12th March where the top 16 girls on the National Tour points list in UK are invited to battle it out over 2 days. Carla qualified a very comfortable 8th despite only playing two out of three of the qualifying events (Grade 2s) Superb achievements by both Liam & Carla and we wish them every success! Success at Nationals for Squash Juniors On the weekend of 3rd/4th February, five Strathgryffe juniors, John Meehan, Ruadhri McDougall, Beth Moglia, Findlay McDougall and Orla McDougall headed north to Aberdeen to compete in the Scottish National Junior Squash Championships. Orla finished third in the Girls Under 13 event, In the Boys U15, Findlay finished a very creditable 12th. As Findlay is only 13 years old, he will be eligible to compete in the same event next year and hopes to bring the title home! 14-year-old Beth entered both the Girls U15 and U17 events and came 2nd in both. In the Boys U17 Strathgryffe had 2nd and 3rd placed boys with John losing a hard fought final against the strong pre-tournament favourite and Ruadhri also losing to the eventual winner in the semifinal. Congratulations to all the juniors on their performances and also a mention to Martin Woods & Jason Lang the coaches for all the work they have done to help the juniors achieve these great results. Strathgryffe Tennis & Squash Club would like to offer any nonmember adults the opportunity to attend a FREE come & try coaching session for tennis & squash being held on Thursday 8th March. For more information on this event or coaching for juniors please email Free Kids’ Fun Looking for free, fun activities for 8-18 year-olds? Street Stuff has released its new timetable for February and March 2018, incorporating football, dance and sessions in the popular Youth Buses which have ipads, MacBooks and DJ decks onboard. Schools, community centres and parks across Renfrewshire host the activities on Monday to Saturday evenings, and snacks are provided at some sessions. Street Stuff is a diversionary project run in partnership between Renfrewshire Council, Police Scotland, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, Engage Renfrewshire and St Mirren Football Club. The new timetable is available on the Council website at: http://www.renfrewshire. @GryffeAds Step Up for St. Vincent’s Hospice On Sunday 25th March, the hugely popular Step Up for St. Vincent’s Hospice sponsored walk will return for its second year, taking place at Castle Semple, Lochwinnoch, at 11am. All proceeds from the event will go directly towards providing care and support for individuals and families around throughout the community who are affected by life limiting conditions. It costs just £10 to sign up and is free for under 16s and there is no minimum sponsorship amount, but participants are encouraged to set a personal target. Fundraiser at St. Vincent’s, Laura McDade, said: “A small step is a great way to start to make a difference, so why not make it a fun day out and bring along family, friends and colleagues to take part in this 10k walk? You can also take part in our shorter 5k walk, which is family friendly, buggy and wheelchair accessible. You can even bring the dog to join in the fun!” For more information, or to sign up to take part, please complete the application form at: Ranfurly Castle Golf Club 53 On Saturday 27th January the Captain’s Badge of Office was handed over to Alastair Frood by Callum Campbell, the outgoing Captain. Callum wished Alastair well for his year ahead and took the opportunity to thank the many people who had helped to make his Captaincy a successful one. Quite a number of both Ladies and Gents had gathered to watch the new Captains ‘Drive In’ and the rain stayed off long enough for this to take place. Alastair’s drive was followed by Lady Captain, Marion Munro, and then by Junior Captain, Gregor Rawson. All three drives were chased up the 1st fairway by two Rawson brothers, who were rewarded for their efforts with a bar of chocolate! Hot bacon rolls and coffee were enjoyed by everyone after the event . Friday 2nd February was the Clubs Burns Supper with 77 attending. Everyone enjoyed the evening with a full programme of entertainment. Past Captain, Alan Gordon, addressed the haggis and gave a wonderful rendition of Tam O’Shanter while the Immortal Memory was delivered by guest speaker Roy Scott. Roy is very well respected in the medical world, holding Hon. Lecturer posts at both Glasgow and Strathclyde Universities as well as Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Dunbartonshire. Iain Findlay Toasted the Lassies and, lady member, Anne Gordon replied in a very entertaining rhyme! The evening was interspersed with musical interludes provided by a talented variety of singers and instrumentalists.

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