Gazette editorial- Sporting success is to be celebrated

Basking in glorious sunshine many of the Carrick bowling clubs opened for the new season last Saturday.

These opening days once again highlighted the great work done by dedicated committees in ensuring these bowling clubs continue to thrive year after year.

Across Carrick, the opening jacks were thrown by young and the more mature alike and clubs are now gearing up for another successful summer of hosting tournaments and promoting bowls.

Carrick might be a small area compared with others in Scotland, but there can be no denying that in the world of sport, the region punches above its weight.

Take for example the Carrick rugby team. They have made huge progress over the last few seasons and credit goes to coaches Gordon Brown and John McHarg for their work to enable Carrick to have a rugby team they can be proud of.

Only a very strong GHK team stopped Carrick from achieving a second successive promotion and the club are going from strength to strength on and off the park.

In the world of junior football, Girvan FC have suffered a difficult season but they have improved under new manager Peter Leonard and should kick on with some good recruitment in the summer and who knows they might pull off a shock against Hurlford in the cup this Saturday.

Maybole still have an outside chance of promotion which is testament to the players’ attitude, particularly after the tragic loss of their captain Stuart McGrady earlier this year.

And in the world of football, we can’t forget Dailly twins Robby and Ross McCrorie who have starred for the Scotland U17s and will soon be travelling to Bulgaria for the European Championships.The pair are also on the books of Rangers and their success is great for such a small place like Dailly.

Sport brings us together and there are plenty of clubs in Carrick who do just that.