Cockenzie & Port Seton Bowling Club 2016 National Outdoor Singles champion Derek Oliver jets out to Australia in the coming days to compete in the 2017 World Champion of Champions event that is being staged at the St Johns Park Bowling Club in New South Wales, Sydney from October 29 to November 4.Read More
Bowlers from 24-member nations who have won their respective national titles the previous year contest the coveted event annually. Oliver has been drawn in Section 2 and will tackle champions from Argentina, Australia, Cyprus, Ireland, Japan, Jersey, China, Niue, Norfolk Island, South Africa, Turkey, USA and Zambia. First up for Oliver is a testing opening clash against talented host nation champion Aaron Keys on Sunday evening at approximately 7pm UK time. Regular score updates from Oliver’s matches can be viewed by clicking on http://www.burnsidebowlingclub.com/WorldBowlsResults/2017ChampofChampsMenSection2ResultsWithPlacings.html
East Lothian IBC men’s side recovered miraculously from a severe early fright to make it two wins out of two in the Scottish Premier League with an encouraging 19 shot victory (85-66) win over Falkirk at the Alex Marshall Arena last Saturday.
Falkirk represented the toughest of tests with the visitors arriving as last season’s Scottish Cup winners and they made an immediate impression on proceedings by storming into an early lead having made whirlwind starts on two rinks across the carpet.
“It was worrying times for us but again the team showed tremendous character and composure to answer the wakeup call with a tremendous fightback”, reflected team captain Dougie Berwick.
Wins on the rinks skipped by Billy Mellors, Alex Marshall MBE and Derek Oliver combined to give East Lothian a handsome winning margin despite a double figure setback for Scott Kennedy. Mellors was the early hero figure of the vocal home support as his skipping of Mark Johnston, David Sked and Dean Riva into leads of 13-5 and 24-6 kept the master scoreboard reflecting an EL lead despite the others being under pressure. It is greatly to the rinks credit that they avoided what would have been a costly late wobble to return a 29-10 win over internationalist Steven Allan. Marshall delivered the main support with the world stage figure piloting Ross Thomson, Stewart Thomson and Jamie Higgins to a 22-15 win over John McHutchison. Oliver and his front three of Calum Darling, Willie Wood MBE and Graham Robertson looked down and out at 18-2 down to Gary Flynn but set the Alex Marshall Arena alight with a magical spell of play that seen them eventually record a sensational 26-21 triumph. Kennedy is a talisman figure of EL so it is to the team credit that they coped with the setback of a 20-8 defeat dished out to the 51 times capped skip and his rink of Andrew Jeffrey, Dougie Berwick and Joe Mower by former garden county Steven Glen. The side is back in action on Saturday, face a tough early season test at Ardrossan, and must cope with the enforced absence of two international figures in the shape of Derek Oliver and Joe Mower. Glenn Blair and Ewan Fallen are recalled to the line-up while Graham Robertson will deputise for Oliver at skip. The team reads:- R.Thomson, S.W.Thomson, J.Higgins, A.Marshall MBE (skip) M.Johnston, D.Sked, D.Riva, B.Mellors (skip) C.Darling, E.Fallen, W.W.Wood MBE, G.Robertson (skip) A.Jeffrey, D.Berwick (capt), G.Blair, S.Kennedy (skip)
The ladies side are sitting pretty at the top of the table in the East Premier Division of the Scottish Ladies League and do so with a one hundred percent record following their latest success away to Bainfield making it an impressive three wins in a row.
The match was a top versus bottom clash and the stars from the Alex Marshall Arena piled on the misery for the home side with a start to finish supremacy that resulted in a substantial 58 shot victory (108-50) delivered by wins on all four rinks. “Teams don’t come to Bainfield expecting to dominate the scoring for the entire 21 ends as they represent first class opposition, so it reflects a great team performance that we did that and had their measure on all three phases”, said team manager Gordon Pryde.
Double figure wins on the rinks skipped by Yvonne Veitch (+19), Emma Logan (+15), Janet Fairnie (+13) and Lauren Baillie (+11) reflects another superb performance on an away carpet. The ladies have no fixture this coming weekend due to the ladies national singles playdown action taking centre stage at Falkirk IBC. The garden county has a high-profile representation in the shape of four-time club champion Dee Hoggan and she opens in the preliminary round on Saturday at 10am against Fraserburgh champion Jane Brown.
The senior side returned to winning ways in the East B section of the Scottish Senior League having bounced back from previous week defeat to deliver a convincing 45 shot home victory (89-44) over Balbardie at the Alex Marshall Arena last Wednesday. Double figure wins on the rinks skipped by Dougie Berwick and Tommy Young were inspirational to team morale and supported by a single digit win for Alastair Russell handsomely covered the narrow setback suffered by Willie Wood MBE. The side was back in action on Wednesday and faced a testing visit to local rivals Midlothian.
The Gents and Ladies National 2-Bowl Pairs playdown action took place last Sunday with the gents pairing of Lessel Middler and Steven Clark fell at the first hurdle, losing on a tiebreak to Perth. Meanwhile the ladies pairing of Emma Logan and Janet Fairnie also a suffered an agonising opening round exit, losing on a tie-break to Mandy Jenkin and Heather Stoddart of Bainfield.
Aaron Betts will carry the local hopes into Sunday’s SYIBA Young Master playdown action at Abbeyview IBC in Dunfermline with the eventual two finalists heading to the Dewar’s Centre in Perth next month to contest the televised final. Betts has a tough looking qualifying section that includes representatives from Prestwick, Stonehaven and Whiteinch. His first match is at 10am.