THREE Kirkcaldy men have returned from a major competition with silver medals.
No, not the London Olympics, but the Bowls Scotland National Championships at Northfield in Ayr.
The Kirkcaldy West End Bowling Club trio of Gary Mackie, Simon Bell and George Ritchie finished runners-up in the triples event.
Mr Ritchie said: “To qualify for the Scottish championships is an achievement in itself but we always hoped we could win a medal.
“After reaching the final we’d have preferred to take the gold, biut to win any medal is a great bonus.”
The Lang Toun lads made their way through a series of knock-out matches between Wednesday and Saturday to reach finals day on Sunday, where they faced the team representing Burnbank Hamilton.
After five ends, the Kirkcaldy West End men were 6-4 ahead, and the match remained tight until the Hamilton trio pulled clear with a four at the 10th end to move 13-7 ahead.
A three at the next put Hamilton in a very strong position with four ends remaining, and although they conceded a six at the 13th end, they went on to secure a 19-13 victory.
Mr Ritchie added: “We were the only Fife team left on finals day so we had really great support from the rest of the group who travelled down.
“We came so close to becoming Scottish champions, but considering the standard we have to be happy with being runners-up.
“It’s a very high level of competition featuring some top players and internationals.
“Gary Mackie is an ex-international and he is a great player to have on our team.”
In the ladies triples, Burntisland Bowling Club trio Dorothy Whyte, Jean Haddow and Aileen Robertson got through to the quarter-finals where they were beaten 14-11 by Riccarton, who went on to play in the final.
In the ladies singles, Lynn Stein of Kennoway Bowling Club exicted at the semi-finals, while her son, Christopher, reached the same stage of the men’s junior singles.