Edinburgh Weekly News 20/10

Bainfield’s win over defending champions Blantyre at the Hutchison Crossway stadium was a brilliant start to the Edinburgh elites campaign in the B Division of the indoor bowls Premier League.

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Edinburgh Weekly News 13/10

Play in the two divisions of the gents national premier indoor bowling leagues swing into action today and Bainfield launch their campaign in the B section with a home match at the Hutchison Crossway stadium with Blantyre the visitors. Blantyre represents the severest of tests for the Edinburgh elite as the defending champions have a strong recent record having also reigned supreme in 2015/16 and finalists in 2014/15.

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Edinburgh Weekly News 6/10

The play-down action of the Gents Scottish Singles Championship being played at Ardrossan IBC over this weekend is a strong signal of the swift transition from the outdoor to indoor bowling season that players of both codes have to take in their stride.

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Billy Mellors captured the most coveted of individual crowns for East Lothian in the 2014/15 season and the former star of the now sadly defunct Edinburgh IBC was also prominent as a losing finalist to world stage star Paul Foster MBE in the 2017/18 event. Mellors is back for another bite of the national cherry and the highly decorated 48 cap star carries the ‘garden county’ banner into first round action on today’s 11-30am session. The pathway to national title glory is never an easy one and from a field that is 45 strong the draw has landed the East Lothian champion a mighty tough test in the shape of host club king pin Steven Burns.

The prelim round draw pitches young Midlothian standard bearer Jamie Macnab into early morning (9-30) action against John McCabe Jnr of Galleon with the winner returning at 1-30 pm to face the well kent Stuart Pagan of Abbeyview (Dunfermline) or Alistair Elliot of East Kilbride.

West Lothian’s international experienced champion Bryan Cooper opens in round one (1-30pm) against his Ayr counterpart while Gary Orr (Balbardie) and the Bainfield nominee feature against Coatbridge and Turriff respectively on the 3-30pm session.

East Lothian Seniors have made a strong start to their campaign in the East B section of the national leagues having followed up an opening home win (69-42) over Teviotdale with this weeks triumph over West Lothian IBC at Livingston. Wins on the rinks skipped by Dougie Berwick and Alistair Russell covered the losses sustained by Tommy Young and Willie Wood MBE in a hard fought 66-57 victory over the home side. Berwick was the hero figure as he skipped Lessel Middler, Davie Pryde, and Gordon Grey to a significant 23-5 win having produced an inspirational start lead 20-1 against George Clark, Davie Anderson, Stuart Smith, and George Sneddon. Russell produced a 2, 1 finish to skip Jim Neilson, Ronnie Douglas, and Andy Burt to a 19-17 win over George Marshall. Meanwhile Young lost 17-13 to John Lynas and Wood suffered an 18-11 setback at the hands of David Wilson.

The ladies national league teams are down from 4 rinks to 3 rinks and today’s to opof the bill confrontation between East Lothian and Midlothian at Dalkeith sees the victors naming Dee Hoggan, Janet Fairnie, and Lauren Baillie as their three line skips.

The Scottish Under 18 team managed by prominent East Lothian figure Scott Kennedy and including garden county starlets Megan Kivlin and Craig Mackintosh won the Team of the Year Award following their success in last seasons British Isles Under 18 International Series.

East Calder BC finished the stronger to beat Winchburgh in the climax to the prototype testing of The Generations Game  – an innovative team and multi discipline format that embraces male and female players and is a coalition of 5 sectors across the grassroots spectrum of the sport. Namely Under 18 Youth – Under 25 Juniors – Over 60 Seniors – Ladies Mainstream – and Gents Mainstream; playing 2B Singles; 2B Pairs, 4B Singles, 3B Pairs; 2B Triples; 2B Fours, and 3 player 2B Singles Relay.


Edinburgh Weekly News 29/9

It’s a great start of season boost to morale that East Lothian Indoor Bowling Club will bask in the limelight of collecting the Club of the Year award at tonight’s prestigious SIBA Annual Wards ceremony at Glasgow IBC.

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Edinburgh Weekly News 22/9

Queensberry’s capture of the 2nd XVI Division 1 Title of the Alpha Trophies Edinburgh Bowling League is the clubs first inscription on the treasured silverware of the high spirited 1st XVI ghosts and it was delivered by a super charged recovery from a 9-0 thumping in their opening match.

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Edinburgh Weekly News 15/9

Colin Hutchison reigns as Singles king pin of the Victor Paris sponsored Knockout Championships of the Edinburgh Bowling League for a second time with the Goldenacre ace turning up trumps at the expense of Hillside stalwart Colin Bell.

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