18:36 - 16th November, 2013
A dream came true today for the English Man that the people of Perth have taken to their hearts. Call it revenge for last year’s final, call it fate, call it what you will. What is for sure two World class players were on centre stage today and slugging it out shot for shot for who would be the 2013 Co-operative funeralcare Scottish International Open Champion. Scottish favorite, defending Champion, Paul Foster was bidding to become the first player to defend the title here in Perth while his opponent Nick Brett from England was hoping he could put up a better fight than he did in the final here against the same opponent last year. And that he did. The first set saw some World class bowls from both players and was nip and tuck all the way. For every bowl Foster put close Brett had a reply. A Foster fan in the crowd said, “He’s like a machine he’s not letting our man get away.”
20:18 - 15th November, 2013
The first Semi final of the day and not a free seat in the house. And what a treat the crowd had in store. Scotland’s own World No 1 and defending Champion Paul Foster facing World No 8 England International Greg Harlow. Foster did not get off to his usual dominating start and saw his opponent take the lead after three ends of impressive bowls from both players. Foster then picked a couple of ends up to go one shot in the lead only to see Harlow counter and pick up singles at the next three ends. Going into the last end of the first set and it looked like the Scottish man might drop his first, opening set of the event. But that was not to be, as he will admit himself, he got a little fortunate on the end and tied the set, “I tried to play bowl onto bowl and just got the connection wrong so to get a count of two out of it well that boosted me and then I played well in the second set.” Normal Foster service resumed in the second set, the man the crowd had come to see, nailing lead after lead putting Harlow under the cosh.
20:01 - 14th November, 2013
Packed crowds here today at Co-operative funeralcare Scottish International Open were treated to some high quality bowling and none more so than during the game between Scotland’s Alex Marshall MBE and England’s Nick Brett. Both players having played well here all week, it was an enticing game for the spectators. The first set was a low scoring affair and it was Brett who took the lead at the sixth end Marshall rallied a comeback at the eighth end but is was not to be as Brett got a fortunate result with a runner.“You have got to give yourself a chance against these guys and if you’re in the area you can get a bit of luck too.” Even though Marshall picked up a three count at the last end it was not enough and Brett won the set 8-7.
20:34 - 13th November, 2013
Defending Champion and World No1 Paul Foster set out like he meant business today. Firing on all cylinders he dominated the first set against World Champion Stewart Anderson winning it 9-2. “I came out of the traps probably the best I ever have today,” said Foster. “But you know you can’t keep that standard up for the entire game. Guys like Stewart are going to hang in till you have a loose end and that’s what happened in the second set when Stewart showed his class.” The second set was an interesting affair with neither player winning to their own jack length, it became a see saw right up to the last end, and the score of 7-6 to Anderson saw us going into an enticing tie break.
20:22 - 12th November, 2013
Wayne Hogg steps another round closer to the finals with a fantastic display of bowls here at the Co-operative Funeralcare Scottish International Open in Perth. Billed as a game between two of the best draw exponents in the game, the game did not disappoint and went all the way to the tie break. The first set saw a magic display of cat and mouse draw bowls which Hogg just managed to edge out 9-7. But the second set was an even tighter affair swinging backwards and forwards between the two players and coming right down to the last bowl of the last end which saw King grab the one he needed to take the second set 6-4. The game then went into a tie break. The first end was all very tight after they had played three bowls each, King used his last to break the head open and leave himself holding shot.