With the Monklands Open Tournament scheduled lor 15 Dec we can expect to see a standard oi table tennis at all levels oi competition comparable to the notorious Chinese ping-pong


The Monitlands Open is a lull tournament ol singles, doubles, mixed and junior events. Being a well organised annual event it attracts many English players and last yearthe ladles title was taken by Alison Gordon with Scotland’s top seed Carole Dalrymple (pictured) having to be satisfied with an unaccustomed second place. Carole has been playing lor her country since 1975 and has over 100 caps but will be lacing serious opposition at Monklands. In terms at TT events, the prize money is above average and this is certainly a lurlher incentive lor top ranking Brits to be involved. Scotland’s David Hannah will be hard-pushed to

Saturday 28

o CIS lntematlonal Trial Ardrossan Indoor Bowling Club 2pm.

Saturday 4

o CIS Senior Fours Scottish Cup League

Sunday 5

0 John Morrison League

Wednesday 8

o CIS Senior Fours Scottish Cup League

RUGBY Saturday 14

0 Scottish Schools v Australian SCIIOOIS Murrayfield, Edinburgh. 2pm kick-off.

0 Edinburgh v South Myreside, 2pm.

Monday 16

0 Glasgow v Anglo Scots Hughenden, Glasgow; 7pm (floodlit).

i Saturday 21

0 Edinburgh Under1B v South Under18

Corstorphine. 2pm.

0 Glasgow Under1B v Midlands 8- North Under 18 Kilmarnock 2.15pm.

Saturday 28

0 Scottish Schools v French Schools Netherdale, Galashiels; 2pm.

. Saturday4

e lntematlonal Trial Murrayfield,

2.15pm. £2 Stand. Vital chance to impress the selectors before the first full international against France at Murrayfield later this month.

Friday 20 to Sunday 22

0 Bank at Scotland Men's Closed SSRC, Glasgow. Starting at 6pm on Friday, going on for most of Saturday and finals pitched for Sunday mid-afternoon. 16 players will take part in the A event, the rest competing in a knock-out B event.

Saturday 28 to Tuesday 31

0 Scottish Junior Open Colinton 52 The List 13 Dec- 9Jan



delend his title ilthe English produce anything like their standards at the Ouadrangular in September.

The Open is iollowed in January with the Senior Tournament at Meadowbanir - essentially an assessment aimed at delining the Scottish ranking. It is unlikely that Carole’s supremacy will be challenged among the ladies, but David Hannah’s absence may leave a vital opening lor Mcllroy or Roe to

contend lortop seeding. (Janet McLean) .

Castle, Edinburgh. A mid-morning start on the 28th and on-going competition through to the finals at noon on the 3lst. Free.

TABLE TENNIS Saturday 14

o Scotrall National League This is the 4th match of the season, played between clubs and teams from throughout Scotland.


o Monitlands Open Tournament Monklands Leisure Centre, Coatbridge. 10am start. Free.

Saturday 4

0 Senior Classilication Tournament Meadowbank, Edinburgh. 10am start. Free.

TRAMPOLINE Saturday 14

0 Scottish Select v Yorlr a North Midlands Barrhead Sports Centre, Glasgow. 1—6pm. Free.


0 Scottish Senior Finals Meadowbank, Edinburgh. Starts 12 noon. Free. A qualifying competition for the British Championships. Outstanding performances expected from Commonwealth Games contender Charles Revolta (52kg), record-breaking Steve McIndoe (821/zkg) and the evergreen John McNiven (56kg), who is a past winner ofover 20 Scottish finals titles and recently took the Over—505 class in the World Masters Championships in Colorado.

0 Anyone interested in taking up the sport ol weightlifting should contact Ian Thomson, Secretary oi the Scottish Amateur Welghtiilting Association, on 031 334 6402.


o BUSES, Glasgow

25 Dec and 1 Jan Sunday services with the following not running: 19. 13. 37a, 46a. 52, 54a, 64, 82. 82a, 96. 100, 102. 711,735, 767. 769.

26 Dec Sunday services.

31 Dec Saturday services.

Night buses will run as normal during the period. Information 041 226 4826,

0 BUSES, Edinburgh

25 Dec and 1 Jan restricted services: Hourly buses,2,7.8. 11. 12. 14. 16, 26. 27. 31 , 34, 35, 44. Every 40 mins, 1.6, 17. Circle every 30 mins, 32. 52. Night services: 24, 25. 31 Dec and 1 Ian 3.15am only. No other night buses on 25.26.27 Dec or 2. 3, 4Jan. Airlink Bus: not running 24, 25 Dec orl,2]an.

Stagecoach: None on 25 Dec or 1 Jan. 24 Dec Normal Day service, Night service going north only. 1 Jan North Day service only.


25 Dec Closed. 26 Dec 12.30—5.45pm

approx every 8 mins. 1 Jan Closed. 0 PLANES

No flights 25 Dec from Edinburgh or Glasgow to Aberdeen or London.


No trains 25, 26 Dec or 1 Jan Edinburgh or Glasgow.


0 PLUMBERS: Alert 24hr Service 27 Strathblane Road, Milngavie. Glasgow, 041 221 7129. W. C. Wilson 591 Dumbarton Road, Partick, Glasgow, 041 357 3754. A1 Emergency Plumbers 32 Warrender Park Road, Edinburgh, ()31 229 8710/1029.

0 CHEMISTS: Full list for holiday period from local police stations. In Edinburgh Boots, Shandwick Place; 25 Dec and 1 Jan. 11am—4.30pm.

o DENTISTS: Glasgow Dental Hospital Sauchiehall Street, 10.30am—l2 noon. 26 Dec and 2 Jan. Western General Hospital Crewe Road South 031232 2535, 7.30—10pm for emergency treatment only over Christmas period (phone to check opening times).

0 PETROUGARAGES: Oueenslle 1345 Edinburgh Road, Glasgow, 24hrs. Anniesland 100 Anniesland Road, Glasgow, 24hrs. Eglinton 200 Eglinton Street, Glasgow, 24hrs. Links Bruntsfield Place, Edinburgh. 24hrs. Thimblehall 23 Lanark Road, Edinburgh, 24hrs.


o GLASGOW: The Barras Open till midnight 24 Dec. Goodies 645 Great Western Road, 25 Dec for groceries.

o EDINBURGH: Kham's Food Store 167 Bruntsfield Road, 24, 31 Dec 9am-11pm and open a few hours 25 Dec, 1 Jan.Oll Licences: Khayam Wine Stores 169 Easter Road, 1 South Clerk Street. Open 25 Dec.


O GLA BGCIW: Kelvinside Hlllhead Parish Church Huntly Gardens. Church of

Scotland. 22 Dec, 1 lam Gift Service; ;

6.30pm Candlelight Carol Service. Christmas Day 1 lam, Morning Service and Holy Communion. Woodlands Methodist Church 229 Woodlands Road. 22 Dec. 11am Carol Service. 24 Dec 11.30 Midnight Service, Christmas Day 11am Christmas Service. Glasgow University Chapel University ofGlasgow (West Quad), University Avenue. 15 Dec. 3pm Choir Carol Service procession begins 2.55pm). 24 Dec, 11.30pm Midnight Service. St Simon’s, Particir 24 Dec, 10.30pm. Polish Midnight Service. A special service for expatriate Poles StAndrew’s Cathedral Clyde Street. Roman Catholic. 24 Dec, Midnight Mass 11pm. Christmas Day Mass 8. 10am, 12 noon, 5pm. Glasgow Cathedral 24 Dec. Watchnight Service 11.15pm. Christmas Day, Family Service and Holy Communion 11am. 0 EDINBURGH St Giles’ Cathedral High Street. Church ofScotland. 22 Dec. 7pm. Lessons and Carols for Christmas with a reading by Tom Fleming. 24 Dec5. 15pm, Half Hour Service, 11.30pm Watchnight Service: 25 Dec, 10am Holy Communion, 11.30am Morning Service. St Andrew's and St George's George Street. Church of Scotland. 16 Dec, 5.30 Carol Service for Office Workers. 17 Dec, 6.20pm Carol Service for Shop and Store Workers. 18 Dec, 1pm Lunchtime Carols in aid of Shelter. 24 Dec. 11.30pm Christmas Eve Service; 25 Dec. 11am Christmas Service. Si Mary’s Cathedral York Place. Catholic Cathedral. 24 Dec, 6pm Vigil Mass. 11.15pm Carol Service followed by Midnight Mass; 25 Dec, Mass at 7, 9, 10am and 12.45pm.

Russian Orthodox Church Side Chapel

ofSt Michael and All Saints, Brougham Street. Services in

English, Slavonic and Greek. Call in I

for details of Services on Slavonic and Eastern Feast Days.

Charlotte Baptist Church West Rose Street. 22 Dec, 1 lam Family Service; 6.30pm Carol Service. 25 Dec, 1 lam Family Service (approx 3/4hr long). 31 Dec, 11.15pm Watchnight Service

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