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BP. The club will fish Eyemouth on Sunday, July 1.

BURNHOUSE LOCHAN. A floating line has been doing the job, fished with an orange or pink fritz on a long leader very slowly. Both the yellow dancer and orange blob are still working well. Black buzzers are still taking some good fish. On Saturday, there was the annual Heatherfield competition. Results: 1 Garry Irvin (Camelon), 2 John Gray (Falkirk). The competiton was sponsored by Grant Hendry from Falkirk. Henry Hamilton Willows (Falkirk) caught a splendid rainbow trout that weighed in at 8lb 8oz. Some best catches: Robert Strang (Falkirk), two for 14lb; Garry Syme (Falkirk), two for 10lb; David Ford (Haggs), three for 10lb; William Walker (Larbert), two for 8lb 8oz; Andrew McNeil (Falkirk), three for 13lb; Ronnie Stavanoivich (Larbert), four for 12lb.

SWANSWATER FISHERY. Some superb rainbows in the 5-8lb range were landed this week along with some cracking browns around the 5lb mark. Fish are being taken all over the lochs with most lying in the top couple of feet. Wet flies, dry flies and nymphs on a floating or intermediate line were the best tactics with bibio, Kate McLaren, spiders, muddlers, diawl bach and damsel being the favourite patterns. The unsettled weather has made the fishing a little more difficult some days. The water remains very clear despite the heavy showers although the temperature has been fluctuating with the air. Donald Williamson (Falkirk) had the best bag with three for 16lb 8oz, including a 7lb 12oz and 6lb 8oz rainbow and a brown. Gary Walsh (Larbert) had two browns for 7lb 2oz.

WELLSFIELD TROUT FISHERY. All three ponds are crystal clear now. Again over 400 trout were caught over the course of the week, featuring rainbows, blue and brown trout with an and many in the 4lb-6lb range. Two double-figure trout were caught this week. M. McGeorge (Camelon) landed a fine 12lb in his five for 24lb 5oz using buzzers, while M. Inglis (Larbert) also had a 12lb using a mep spinner from the bait pond in his four for 19lb. One yellow 50 prize tagged 4lb trout was caught from the bait pond by M. Allison (Airth) using maggots. Fly fishers are finding a floating line worked best with buzzers, diawl bachs and mini-lures. Bait anglers found spinners, powerbait and tiny spinners worked best. Some best catches: Duncan (Carron), five for 21lb, best 8lb; Edmondson (Grangemouth), five for 16lb, best 5lb; Lockhart (Polmont), five for 16lb, best 4lb; Ferguson (Denny), five for 16lb, best 4lb.

BOWDEN SPRINGS. Although east winds persisted for most of the week anglers still had consistent sport fishing around two feet down with midge tip or slow intermediate lines. M. Morrice (Falkirk) landed a nice 9lb 3oz rainbow in superb condition. Many anglers still complain of being snapped by larger fish so 7-8lb breaking strain leaders should be the minimum. Hopefully with more settled weather the evening angling will be well worth trying. Best patterns for this week are black and green nomads and cats whiskers. Black buzzers and diawl bachs are also giving good results. Bait loch fishing well with power bait maggot and small worms all producing the goods. M. Johnston and his companion (Maddiston) had 11 fish for 25lb, the best being 4lb.

MILLHALL RESERVOIR. There was a good turnout last Sunday evening for the second heat of the tackle dealer and club sponsor FMTC Open. Bill Sutherland (California) was fourth with 10lb 12oz. There are three heats remaining for the evening sessions, on July 22, August 12 and 26. To enter contact (01324) 714190. There are still a few places for the members-only evening competition, the Rainbow Trophy, on July 8. Junior angler Mathew Nicol (Reddingmuirhead) caught a green tagged fish worth 100. Some best catches: Jimmy Anderson (California), four for 11lb 12oz; Jim Dougal (Kincardine), four for 11lb 8oz; Jimmy Kidd (Whitecross), four for 13lb 12oz.

BONNYBRIDGE BC. The Ladies Invitation Triples was well attended. The two group winners contested the final which was won by Jean Rice, Janet Toner (Adrian) and Rosalin Meikle (Slamannan) who beat Elma McLean, Peggy Thornburn (Allandale) and Alice Paul. The previous week's Ladies Two Bowl Pairs was won by Ethel Harden, Sheena Lambie and Anne Paterson (skip). The Friday night bunnets was won by Willie Turnbull, Scott O'Hara and Andy Miller. On Saturday, the gents entertained a touring team from Gosforth and Westerhope Bowling Clubs. Rinks were drawn randomly from the hat and, after a great day, the winning rink, on eight up, was K. Fish, D. Douglas, W. Baxter and F. Robinson (skip).

BA BC. The George Wilson Trophy had to be cancelled last Sunday due to the weather and will not be played this year. All teams will have free entry next year. This Friday the club play Grangemouth Railway in the Top Ten at the BA at 6.30 p.m.and, on Saturday, the transport leaves the club at 1.15 p.m. for the game at Allandale.

FALKIRK BC. John Muir lost in the singles to Polmont in the District Ten finals at Grangemouth Railway on Monday. The club wishes Lloyd Ramsay of Polmont all the best in the Scottish finals at Ayr. The senior rink of Willie Whyte (skip), Davie Watson, Jim McLean and Willie Cramb was pipped at the post by Grangemouth in the Eastern District by three shots in the final at Zeneca last Tuesday. All the best to Jim McLean (skip), Jack Payne, Jim Telfer and Willie Cramb in Thursday's county semi-final match at Callendar Miners' Welfare. Wednesday's bunnet night winners were Jim Telfer and John Crosbie (skip), 25 shots up. On Saturday, the club was delighted to host the Stirlingshire (East) v East Lothian match in the Hamilton Trophy. It was a great afternoon with Stirlingshire (East) recording their first win of the season against a team who had already qualified for the latter stages of the Inter Counties Trophy. Tomorrow (Friday) the club host Burnhead in the Top Ten.

SBA. Results from the District Ten final at Grangemouth Railway were: Singles – Lloyd Ramsay (Polmont) 21, John Muir (Falkirk) 8. Junior Singles – Scott Donaldson (Grahamston) 5, Darren Couper (Denny) 21. Pairs – Denny 15, Slamannan 16. Triples – Bainsford 22, Zetland 7. Fours – Bainsford 17, Allandale 13. Senior Fours – Bonnybridge 11, Zeneca 17. All winners now progress to the national finals at Ayr Northfield, from August 2-4.

GRANGEMOUTH BC. Congratulations to Eastern District Vet Fours winners Jim Stirling, Tom Cairns, George Newby and Ian Borwick. Hat night winners were George Newby and John McKittrick, and Hugh Young and Alex Griffin, both 16 shots up. They will represent the club in the international final at a later date. In friendly matches Grangemouth beat BA 55-43 and went down 49-98 to Stenhousemuir.

CAMELON BC. Bunnet night winners were Catherine Kulczycka and Murdo MacDonald. Mark Phillips was the winner in the Singles County competition. On Saturday, the four rinks of men and one of ladies travelled to Carron. Congratulations to Sheena and her team, the only Camelon rink to win. The Drivewise competition had to be abandoned due to the weather but should be played later. The Dewar Cup takes place on Saturday, commencing 10.30 a.m.

BAINSFORD BC. Results: McFadden Timber Invitation Triples, winners – Johnny Kemp (skip), Alan Coutts, Stuart Gillies; runners-up – Paddy O'Hara (skip), Scott O'Hara, Stuart Adams; semi finalists – Tam Russell (skip), Abrahim Binnie, Davie Russell and Steven Cowan, John Stewart, Ian Donaldson. A very big thank you to Vincent McFadden for his continued support and sponsorship. Congratulations to the two teams who have qualified for the Scottish national finals to be played at Ayr later in the year: Triples – Tam Graham (skip), Willie Mitchell, Robert Stirling. Rinks – Tam Russell (skip), Trevor Ivison, Andy Russell, Hugh Lyon.

FALKIRK & DISTRICT VETERANS LEAGUE. Results: Carron 30, Larbert 3; CMW 17, Castings 7; Grangemouth 14, Bonnybridge 14; Larbert 16, Stenhousemuir 11; Stenhousemuir 13, Falkirk 11; Grahamston 21, BA 17; Denny 8, Grahamston 22; Zeneca 6, Bonnybridge 18; Camelon 10, Laurieston 12; Carron 10, Allandale 18; Burnhead 6, Bainsford 14; Polmont 8, CMW 14; Denny 12, Burnhead 13; Bainsford 9, BA 17; Adrian 14, Railway 8; Camelon 8, Grangemouth 14; Polmont 6, Adrian 16; Laurieston 17, Zeneca 10.

EASTERN DISTRICT OF STIRLINGSHIRE BOWLING ASSOCIATION. Results: ED Mitchell Trophy, winners – Kilsyth; runners-up – Bainsford. ED Championships, Singles Champion of Champions – J. Ormond (Castings). Junior Singles – S. O'Hara (Bonnybridge). Pairs – Zeneca. Triples: Kilsyth. Fours – Burnhead. Senior Fours – Grangemouth.

GRANGEMOUTH RAILWAY BC. Results against Laurieston (Grangemouth skips first): W. Stevenson 15, P. Mulrine 7; T. Simpson 14, G. Robertson 10; D. Batchelor 10, T. Crone 17; W. Smith 13, A. Wilson 8. Grangemouth 52, Laurieston 42.

ZENECA BC. Friday's hat night winners were I. Jelly and W. Paisley, 10 shots up. On Saturday, Grahamston were the visitors and, after an excellent game, it was a draw 65-65. Congratulations to E. Bruce and D. Davidson on winning the Eastern District Pairs.

LAURIESTON BC. The club visited Grangemouth Railway on Saturday for the annual friendly which the home club won 52-42. Open Triples winners were R. Wilson and Mr and Mrs M. Watson. The runners-up were S. Malcovich, M. McAlley and R. Taylor. Sincere thanks to Ebony Joiners for their sponsorship of this event.

CARRON & CARRONSHORE BC. The club will be running a junior section on Saturday mornings from 10 till 11.30 a.m. to coach boys and girls between the ages of ten and 16. Go along on Saturday, July 7, at 10 a.m.

ALLANDALE BC. Friday's hat night winners were F. Smillie, A. Spiers, J. Getty and A. Murray (skip). A total of 150 was raised for International Rescue at the raffle. The Bob and Hilda Salmond Trophy winners were Jim Welsh and Elma McLean. The runners-up were John and Eunace Getty. Robbie and Margaret Salmond and family would like to thank everyone who participated in what was a great day.

CASTINGS BC. Congratulations to Jim Ormond who won the Champion of Champions Eastern District final at Zeneca and also to the ladies, Sadie Marshall and Anne Sharp, who won the West of Scotland District Four Bowl Pairs at Denny. The gents' friendly with Polmont resulted in a win for the visitors. Bunnet night winners were G. Ormond, J. Wood and W. Sharp, 18 shots up. Ladies' Day winners were E. Burden and E. Falconer, 26 shots up.

DENNY & DUNIPACE BC. Results of Summer Bridge: North/South – 1 A. Stark and J. Tallintire -820, 2 M. Dunlop and D. Wilkinson -1140, 3 D. Holmes and J. Watson -1170. East/West – 1 A. Shanks and R. Challinor + 2770, 2 D. Cooper and M. McCafferty + 1290, 3 J. McVey and W. McArdle +1190.

FALKIRK BC. Results of Summer Teams of Four: 1 C. & V. Outred and S. Muir, I. Patrick; 2 S. Andrew, L. Cembler and G. Ferguson, M. Jeffrey; 3 E. Caldwell, B. Power and R. Bennett, R. Woodburn; 4 M. Dillon, D. Sandeman and V. Dillon, M. McLachlan.

PENNIES PREMIER DARTS LEAGUE. Results: League – Cheynes Bar 13, Cowdenbeath A 12; Cowdenbeath B 11, Young Team 14; Pennies Lounge A 16, Kelty 9; Pennies Lounge B 12, Tam Bain 12; Pennies Bar B 3, Pennies Bar A 22. High checkouts – John Devine (Pennies A) 110 and 120 and Danny Morrison (Pennies Lounge A) 100. Top legs – J. Devine 13, J. Strathie 17; D. Hastings 18, J. Stewart 15+16+18; I. Forbes 16; I. Cochrane 17; A. Kerr 17; G. Halliday 18; I. McCallum 14; D. Morrison 18; A. Lister 17; K. Smith 17; P. McNaughton 18; L. Jackson 18; B. MacKintosh 18; I. Jones 17; W. Hamilton 15+14; D. Haughton 17+14; C. Martin 16.

Summer League, Section 1 – D. Burt 6, S. Rodgers 4; D. Hastings 10, D. Swan 0; G. Anderson 7, A. Simpson 3; B. Keenan 1, D. Haughton 9. Section 2 – J. Devine 3, D. Morrison 7; D. Shields 1, J. Beggs 9; I. McCallum 9, A. Kerr 1; C. Quinn 4, C. Baxter 6. Section 3 – R. Townsend 6, J. McGeary 4; S. Paterson 6, D. Rose 4; A. Murray 10, S. Cunningham 0; J. McKenna 1, W. Hamilton 9. Section 4 – A. Lister 4, M. Kerr 6; M. Stewart 0, J. Robertson 10; B. Anderson 3, P. Lister 7; M. Kerr 6, E. Lavender 4.

Fixtures for July 2: League – Cowdenbeath B v Cowdenbeath A, Pennies Lounge A v Cheynes Bar, Pennies Lounge B v Young Team, Pennies Bar A v Kelty, Pennies Bar B v Tam Bain.

GRANGEMOUTH SUMMER LEAGUE. Fixtures for July 2: Bowhouse v Central, Inchyra Thistle v Grange Al/Stars. July 3: Zetland v Walmart United. July 4: Grange Tavern v Portonians. July 5: Inchyra Thistle v Central. July 6: Bowhouse v Grange Al/Stars.

FIVEZ. The Fivez Sunday evening community five-a-side league at Falkirk Stadium saw Barca Juniors defeat The Chiefs 10-4 in the Premier Division to end the season as champions with just one defeat from 14 games. They will go into next week's cup competition as favourites, although the other sides will be keen to get one over on the newly crowned title winners. FC Mallard end the season as runners-up just ahead of The Chillers on goal difference after winning their final game 5-0. Chillers finish the campaign in third but will be looking to make a big impact on the cup competition with more trophies and prizes up for grabs over the next two weeks.

In League 1, Bantaskine rounded off their title-winning season with a narrow victory over Bing Town to end the campaign with 12 wins from 14 matches. They will go into the cup competition in high spirits and will then undoubtedly look forward to the new league season in the top flight. Copeland enjoyed a 5-0 win against Burns which secured second place for them and promotion to the top flight.

The cup competition runs for the next two weeks before the new league and cup season kicks off. There is a space available for a new team to join the Premier Division and Division 1 in advance of the new season starting. The places will be given on a first come first served basis and the new teams will receive a free set of eight shirts.

Any new teams wishing to join should contact Fivez on 07980 709754 or log onto to register online.

Anyone interested in getting involved with the new Fivez Leagues getting under way at Ochilview Park can also contact Fivez on the above number.

FOOTBALL MUNDIAL. Football Mundial are running new leagues at Ochilview. Anyone interested should contact (01224) 224222 or e-mail

BO'NESS STAR. The under-19s are looking for players born 1989-90. Contact George on (01324) 570122.

SUNNYSIDE THISTLE. The 17s are looking for players born 1991 or after. Contact Mike on (01324) 814897 or turn up at Sunnyside Playing Fields on Mondays or Thursdays at 6 p.m.

STEINS THISTLE. The club are looking for experienced players born in 1992 for the Central FA League. Visit the website at or contact Malcolm Warham on (01324) 814130.

KILSYTH ATHLETIC. The 1996s are looking for experienced players ahead of moving to 11-a-side next season. Anyone interested should conact John Crainie on (01236) 826790.

INEOS THISTLE. The under-12s require players born on or after January 1, 1996, to play 11-a-side next season. Contact Ian on (01506) 825215.

KLM COLTS. The under-13s are looking for players born 1995 to play in Forth Valley Football League. Contact Nick on 07968 308687. Also needed are under-14s, born 1994, for the Forth Valley Development League. Contact Adam on (01324) 881035 or Stevie on (01324) 622644.

YOUNG FALKIRK. The under-16s, born 1991, are looking for players. Contact Brian on 07708 457902, John on 07768 988247 or Gordon on 07717 858039.

DUNIPACE JUNIORS. The club would like volunteers to help tidy up the terraces at Westfield Park for the start of the new season. People taking part will be allowed free entry to all league games at home for season 2007-08. Telephone Tam Hunter on 07812 632019.

FALKIRK GC. Results: Ladies Scratch Championship, final – Margaret Tough beat Louise MacGregor; semi-finals – Margaret Tough beat Winifred MacCallum, Louise MacGregor beat Anne Sullivan; quarter-finals – Margaret Tough beat Gillian Eadie, Winifred MacCallum beat Aileen Jenkins, Anne Sullivan beat Sarah Archibald, Louise MacGregor beat Helen Thomson. Handicap Championship final – Nancy Thomas beat Rae Callander; semi-finals – Rae Callander beat Raye Rickard, Nancy Thomas beat Dorothy Donnelly; quarter-finals – Raye Rickard beat Helen Russell, Rae Callander beat Ishbel McKellar, Nancy Thomas beat Jennifer Anderson, Dorothy Donnelly beat Margaret Cox.

FALKIRK TRYST GC. Results: Ladies Medal (CSS 71), silver – 1 G. Ping (17) 69, 2 E. Arkley 72; bronze – 1 J. Connell (32) 71, 2 L. Hamilton (21) 78.

GLENBERVIE GC. Results: Ladies June Stableford (SSS 72 CSS 75) – 1 A. Richards (20) 35, 2 J. Laird (19) 33 (bih), 3 E. Miller (27) 33.

BONNYBRIDGE GC. Results: Gents Championships, semi-final: S. Bulloch beat S. Bruce; B. Whyte beat A. Dobbs; final – B. Whyte beat S. Bulloch 8 and 7. Gents handicap, semi-final – D. Miller beat A. Douglas; B. Curran beat M. Evans; final – D. Miller beat B. Curran 2 and 1. Junior Championship final – G. Nicol beat A. Young 4 and 3.

DENNY HS. Results from Maidstone: 1 T. & Natasha Meikle 1133, 2 John Ross 850.

COWDEBEATH RACEWALL. The Cowdenbeath Racewall stock car meeting was held in wet conditions and at times it seemed as if the rain could not fall any harder. However the drivers made the best of things and there was some good racing, although banger driver Neil Sutherland did not think so after his car was rolled.

However, like the formula II World Championship qualifying round at Knockhill where white grader Brian Hogg won, it was another white grader, Alex Hamilton (Denny), who dominated and he won heat and final, both first time results for him.

In the saloons the action came thick and fast during the final when Michael Bethune and Neil McLaughlin fell out on more than one occasion and, as a result, they had to survive some hard knocks.

Amongst the formula II drivers in action were Chris Burgoyne (Airth), Evan Clark (Falkirk), Andy Nelson (Grangemouth) and Alex Hamilton (Denny). There were a few visitors to the track with Graham Fegan, Tim Pullen, David Polley, John Dowson, Mike Sargant and Dale Senschall looking to pick up qualifying points. Heat one saw Hamilton go through to an easy win from Robert Newall and Steve MacLachlan. In heat two Burgoyne took the honours from Jim Harris and Gavin Scott with Fortune in sixth place. Martin Ford then came out on top during the consolation heat and he was followed home by Robbie Dawson and Clark. Although Scott led the pack away, by the end of the lap Hamilton was ahead and slowly pulling away. Harris and Lee Livingston got tangled and retired but, by lap seven, Hamilton's lead had grown as the others began to struggle with spray. On lap 12, Gavin Millar moved into second place while Newall, Polley and John Fortune were scrapping as they tried to make up ground. However, Hamilton took the chequer the length of the straight clear of Millar with Polley in third place and Burgoyne in sixth. Burgoyne just snatched the Grand National from Blair Anderson on the last bend with Harris claiming third place while Clark was sixth.

A good turnout of saloon drivers included Bryan Forrest (West Calder), Paul, Stevie and Brian Honeyma (Stenhousemuir), Barry Nelson (Kirkliston) and Russell Dunn (Boness). Andrew Stewart, Aly Strachan, Al Adams and Nelson were making their first appearance at the Racewall this year while Paul Tuppen was the only visitor from south of the border.

S. Honeyman continued his remarkable winning run going when he won the opening heat from Kenny Purdie and Stuart Shevill Jnr with Forrest in sixth and P. Honeyman picking up ninth place. It was S. Honeyman who again grabbed the chequer in heat two, this time leading home Shevill Jnr and Shevill Snr with Forrest in fifth, Dunn in ninth with Nelson in tenth place. It looked as if S. Honeyman was heading for his sixth straight win only to get himself caught up in a shunt and dropped down the order. Around the same time Bethune and McLaughlin got themselves involved on the back straight and then the main straight before the latter had to pull out. By this time Shevill Jnr was leading but Shevill Snr sent him wide on the last lap as he nipped through to win with Lindsay Wilson in third spot. S. Honeyman recovered to finish in fifth and Forrest was seventh, just ahead of P. Honeyman.

A good turnout of bangers served up plenty of contact and shunts with the car of Andy Webster being well and truly written off in the top bend shunt. Scott Ramsay won the opening heat from Bob Moffat with Jon Taylor in third place. Taylor then went through for an easy heat two win from Webster and Chris Harkess. Taylor was first home in the final but it was Dan Thomson who came out on top after some bone jarring shunts in the Demolition Derby.

The next stock car meeting in Scotland is on the July 14 when formula IIs, hot rods and prostox will be racing.

Next weekend, the racing is down at Skegness for the UK for both formula IIs and saloons and then there is the World National Hot Rod Championship at Ipswich the following weekend.

GRANGEMOUTH ASC. Results from the Livingston Aquanauts Graded Meet held at Bellshill: Nine years – Gregor Haldane, gold 200m individual medley. Ten years – Hannah Busby, fifth 400m freestyle; Alyshia McCracken, gold 200m breaststroke; Stephanie McCulloch, silver 400m freestyle; Julie Ninmo, sixth 400m freestyle; Calum Scott, silver 200m individual medley. 11 years – Carla Haldane, fourth 200m breaststroke, fifth 200m backstroke. 12 years – Laura Fraser, fourth 200m individual medley; Neil Grant, fifth 400m freestyle, fifth 200m breaststroke. 13 years – Karine Dickson, silver 400m freestyle. 14 years – Andrew Grant, gold 200m breaststroke. 15 years – Sharon Laird, fourth 200m breaststroke, sixth 200m individual medley. 16 years – Gillian Fleming, bronze 200m breaststroke, bronze 200m backstroke, fifth 200m individual medley; Gordon McCracken gold 200m breaststroke.

Swimmers who went Too Fast in their events were Hannah Busby, Ramsay Elfendi, Andrew Grant, Gregor Haldane, Dale McAnish, Alyshia McCracken and Stephanie McCulloch. The boys' 200m freestyle relay team of Dale McAnish, Neil Grant, Andrew Grant and Gordon McCracken took gold while the girls' 200m freestyle relay team of Alyshia McCracken, Laura Fraser, Ashleigh Watson and Gillian Fleming came fourth.

BRITISH INTERNATIONAL SCHOOLS CHAMPIONSHIPS. Two local pupils took part in the British International Schools Table Tennis Championships in Guernsey at the weekend. Steven Fowler (14) from Braes High School reached the last 16 of the under-14 boys' individual event, losing out to fellow Scot Calum Main. Steven also played in the under-18 team event alongside Dunblane player Stewart Armitage and had some good wins in the event, which was won by the powerful English team. Emma Notarangelo (15) from Falkirk High School came within one point of reaching the quarter-finals of the girls' under-16 event when she lost 12-10 in the final to Sarah Kenny of Ireland. Emma also played in the under-16 team event alongside Glasgow player Stephanie McCallum. This event was also won by England. Roxanna Milne and Michael Bamforth (Dunblane) also took part in the event.