East Lothian 23/11

Alex “Tattie” Marshall, recently recognised as Scotland’s most successful Commonwealth Games athlete, in any sport, took the Australian Bowls Premier League by storm last the week, guiding his Brisbane Pirates team of Kelsey Cottrell and Michael Breen to victory and the BPL08 $25,000 title in front of their home crowd in Brisbane.  The tournament was exciting from the start with Power Plays, large crowds and music being played throughout in an excellent format which Scottish and UK bowls could learn a lot from.

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East Lothian 16/11

The Gent’s team got their Premier League campaign firmly back on track last Saturday when they produced an emphatic 29 shot home victory over Bainfield.  The Meadowmill men showed their intent from the first few ends as they opened up a 10 shot lead after 5 ends and by halfway had increased this to 19. 

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East Lothian 9/11

Tranent’s Scottish Singles Champion of 2017 Dee Hoggan return from the World Singles Champion of Champions at the St Johns Park Bowls Club in Australia was a Bronze medal. 

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Dee played twelve gruelling section games over five days in the Australian heat, only losing narrowly on three occasions, to finish third in her section to progress to the quarter finals.  In the quarter finals she ran out a 2-0 winner over Marietjie Van Den Berg from Namibia.  In her semi-final Dee faced Nurul Alyani Jamil from Malaysia and despite again performing well just lost out in both sets to exit 0-2 at the semi-final stage.  Dee done her club, county and country proud in her performances in Australia.  Indeed during her section games she was the only person to defeat eventual winner Jo Edwards from New Zealand by an impressive 2-0 scoreline.  There is no doubt that this will not be the last World Stage event that the talented Tranent lass will appear in.

Alex Marshall MBE has been in action this week in the opening World Bowls Tour event of the season the Scottish International Open in Perth.  The number 10 seed opened up with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Murray Glassey of New Zealand which set up a meeting with his compatriot Stewart Anderson in the last sixteen on Tuesday.  Alex looked like dominating the first set until a ditched jack by Stewart on the sixth end got him within a shot of Alex and then a count of two on the last end seen him nick the set by a shot. Alex looked in determined mood in the second set and never gave Stewart an inch with some excellent drawing to close it out 9-4 to set up the tie-break.  One the first end Alex drew within a couple of inches with his third bowl only for Stewart to drive it out, however, Alex slotted one back in even closer.  Stewart again drove and this time got the jack to take the first end on a re-spotted jack.  On the second end Alex held shot a couple of inches behind the jack only for Stewart to draw a back toucher with his last bowl.  Alex’s attempt to burn the end was marginally off target.  A hard defeat for Alex to take in a game which it’s safe to say he outdrew Stewart for the majority off it.  Alex is now Australia bound to take part in the Australian Premier League for the Brisbane Pirates.

Club Under 25 Champions Aaron Betts and Megan Kivlin were in National Junior Singles action last Saturday in Falkirk.  Unfortunately Megan fell at her first hurdle in a 21-16 defeat to Gemma Forester from Abbeyview.  Aaron opened up with a 21-16 win over Abbeyview on the Saturday.  He was then involved in a great tussle with Liam Nicholson from Tweedbank on the Sunday morning but just lost out again by 21-16.

There was a silver lining for Aaron when he was included in the Scotland Under 25 trial squad along with Joe Mower, Lewis Betts, Dean Riva and Danny Stevenson from East Lothian Indoor.  The trial takes place on Sunday 25 November at Headwell at 2pm.  Megan Kivlin and Melissa Penman have been selected for the ladies junior trial which is also at Headwell on the 25th at 10am.

The Gent’s team are back on the league campaign this Saturday and hope to bounce back from their setback in Turriff with a home fixture against Bainfield.  The following team has been selected: A Betts, A Cormack, J Higgins, S Kennedy (Skip) A Jeffrey, L Betts, S Thomson (Cpt), J Mower (Skip) M Johnston, D Sked, D Riva, B Mellors (Skip) M Yuill, C Brock, S Morgan, D Oliver (Skip) 

The ladies travel to West Lothian this week in a must win game and the following team has been selected: Margaret Murray, Kim Hoggan, Megan Kivlin & Yvonne Veitch (Skip) Melissa Penman, Jean Russell, Mags Thomson & Janet Fairnie (Skip) Jacky McFarlane, Arlene Berwick, Gillian Mackintosh & Lauren Baillie (Skip)

Our Senior team travelled to Bainfield last week in what was expected to be a tight game.  This was the case from the outset and after five ends East Lothian held a one shot lead, which they increased to five shots after ten ends.  Bainfield fought back and levelled the scores at 44 shots all. The fifteenth end proved to be the turning point in the game when the Garden County Auld Yins scored nine shots to no reply to take control of the game and eventually ran out winners by the shots (64-54).  There were wins for the rinks of Dougie Berwick (25-10) and Willie Wood MBE (14-11) while Andy Burt peeled (15-15) and Tommy Young lost out 10-18.  There was good news when it was discovered that West Lothian defeated Midlothian (56-47) meaning East Lothian top the table by two points from Midlothian who have a game in hand.  The Seniors had no game this week and on the 14th November the second half of this year’s campaign see them travel to Teviotdale for their next game with the only change to the team being Alan Valentine replacing Ronnie Douglas in Tommy Young’s rink.

Our Senior Four of B J Smith, D Pryde, A Morgan and P Fallen will be in Scottish action this Sunday at Bainfield with one game being played at 2pm against Headwell as they aim to get to the latter stages and emulate their national success of 2017.  Also out this weekend are our ladies senior pair and triple.  Our singles representative is Janet Fairnie who plays Tweedbank this Sunday at Midlothian at 10am, while our pair off Jean Russell and Morag Wood play Midlothian on their own carpet also at 10am.

The youths open their league campaign at home to Abbeyview this Saturday and the following team has been selected: Callum Henderson, Lennon Rafferty, Melissa Penman, Danny Stevenson (Skip) Luke Cowan, Cameron Pryde, Beth Riva, Lewis Betts (Skip) Logan Kennedy, Daniel Kivlin, Kieran Dodds, Aaron Betts (Skip) Res: Daryl Grieve and Ethan Gillies 

Finally the J&J Carpets Indoor Leagues are now beyond the half way stage within the Alex Marshall Arena with the following the current situation in each league.

P Fallen 9 -18 6

D Stein 9 -63 4

S Greenan 8 -45 2

Division Two

D W Currie 7 +70 12

A O Blair 7 +54 12

K Glen 6 +48 8

W Robertson 6 +19 8

S Morgan 6 +16 8

J Fairnie 6 +10 8

J P Hamilton 6 +4 8

B Yuill 5 +19 6

A Morgan 7 -9 6



EastLothian 2/11

Tranent’s Scottish Singles Champion of 2017 Dee Hoggan is in Australia at the moment taking part in the prestigious World Singles Champion of Champions at the St Johns Park Bowls Club.  The competition commenced on Monday October 29 and lasts for seven days featuring twenty eight men and twenty four women in action on the pristine greens.

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East Lothian 26/10

The Gent’s team were involved in a ding dong tussle with reigning Premier League champions Blantyre at the Alex Marshall Arena last week in a game that swung both ways over the game before finally ending in a thrilling 79-79 drawn game.

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East Lothian 19/10

There was joy for the Scotland Under 18 team who travelled to Newport last weekend as they defended the British Isles title they won last year with a team containing three East Lothian players in the shape of Lewis Betts, Danny Stevenson and Robbie Shields and managed by Scott Kennedy. 

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