Bowling in the Local Area
Where there are bowls, interclub competition develops, and this normally moves from ad hoc friendlies to a more formal and regular basis. Therefore on 15th February, 1913, a meeting of representatives from Dunblane, Doune, Deanston and Callander was held at the Red Lion Hotel in Doune, to explore the possibility of setting up a league. This resulted in the formation of the West Perthshire Bowling League (WPBL), with entry money set at 2/6d for each club, and home and away fixtures to be played during the season ahead.
The first office bearers were: President: Walter Thomson, of Doune
Vice President: Alex Liles, of Callander
Secretary: William Wilkie, of Dunblane
Treasurer: Tom Cuthbert, of Deanston
The post of Hon President was left vacant, but three Hon Vice Presidents were appointed, these being
Peter M McIntyre of Auchengower, Callander, James Templeton of Holmehill, Dunblane and Sir A K Muir, Bart., of Deanston House.
At a follow-up meeting in the Red Lion, on March 8th, Peter McIntyre suggested holding a competition for which there would be a trophy and prizes. This was agreed, and the first oneday West Perthshire competition was held on 12th July, 1913. The new Templeton Trophy was awarded to Dunblane, who were “found to be the highest up overall”. No wonder, with Alan Davidson on the scoreboard. Dunblane won the trophy and the gold badges, while Doune had the highest-up rink, and were presented with “sets of military brushes”. Enough to make your hair stand on end... By the end of that first season, Dunblane also won the McIntyre Trophy for the League, without losing a single match.
The WPBL finished its first season with “a small balance in hand”, and agreed to carry on with the two new competitions in the following season.