High profile Lothian stars Billy Mellors of Haddington and Gary Smith of Linlithgow are among the frontline contenders challenging to capture the Holy Grail gents Singles Crown in next weeks National Championships showcase at Ayr Northfield.
Todays final of the Cities & Counties Championship for the coveted Andrew Hamilton Trophy at Ayr Northfield features West Lothian against a Bon Accord team that dealt a stunning semi final blow to the challenge of Edinburgh & Leith. The traditional order of things would have flagged up a passage into the final for the numerically superior resources of E&L however Bon Accord did line up as very dangerous Cocks of the North with 7 out of 7 wins in their section followed by a 36 shot quarterfinal win over Glasgow South.
In the event E&L suffered a high scoring 142-125 defeat and will reflect that wins on two rinks and peels on two showed they were competitive however not enough to protect them from the Bon Accord counter punch landed on the remaining two rinks.
It will be a nightmare memory for the rink of Kevin Tennant, Gordon Bold, David Fisher, and John Ramsay that their collapse from 13-14 to 13-35 leading to a 38-16 defeat was a costly affair at the hands of Andrew Thomson. Other scores > Andrew Ramsay 19 Allan McKay 24; Paul Veitch 17 Ross Stevens 17; James Hogg 19 Kevin Pirie 19; Robert Marshall 23 Ron Henry 21; John McDermott 31 Kevin Harper 23.
West Lothians battling 114-107 win over Highland prevented a first ever All North final and the scale tipping wins were achieved by Steven Fleming (28-10); Thomas Mann (24-11); and Ray Logan (17-13). Highland made their mark with wins over Grant Logan (32-13); Neil Speirs (19-13); and Andy Dunnett (22-19). Thomas Mann misses the final and team manager Gordon Logan brings back Bryan Cooper at third with Gary Smith stepping up to skip.
Craigentinny have captured the Division 1 Crown of the Alpha Trophies Edinburgh Bowling League for a record extending 10th time with the defending champions 6-3 win at Parkside putting them out of sight with two games still to play. In an epic encounter across the green Willie McDonald finished 1, 1 to beat Paul Veitch, 17-15; Andy Caldwell finished on a single to clinch a 19-17 win over Robert Donaldson; Andy Jeffrey finished on a double to snatch a 13-13 peel with Kevin Boyd; while Danny Gormley lost 18-16 from 15- 12 up against Neil Watson.
The rain didnt fall at Queensberry but rumour has it that the water sprinklers had been on full tilt what else would explain? the second placed home team suffering a killer shock 7-2 defeat from Northern.
Mellors brought the title back to Edinburgh in 2006 under the banner of Goldenacre and came close to sparking similar celebrations last year for East Lothian when the beaten favourite in the final.
Smiths day job is CEO of World Bowls Ltd and it would certainly enhance his bragging rights around the bowling globe were the former England cap to reign as Champion of Scotland. The Singles form of the 59- year District champion of West Lothian includes the 2017 Champion of Champions title and the 2010 WL Masters.
District champions nationwide have aleady proved their worth in reaching Ayr and quite capable of emerging from under the radar so David Brown (Craigentinny), Halley Cockburn (Colinton), Stuart Fleming (Inveresk), give it your best shot.
Megan Kivlin of East Lothian captured the Junior Singles title in 2016 and now bids to add to that success however she is double fisted at Ayr and aiming to succeed her Garden County colleague Dee Hoggan as Singles Champion proper.
Betty Eaton and Chloe Thomson represent the Edinburgh banner while it is Annie Rutherford for Midlothian and teenager Chloe Hutchison for West Lothian.
Angie Uttley of West Lothian defends the ladies Seniors Singles while David McGill of Edinburgh, the 1976 Singles champion proper, is an interesting challenger in the Gents Seniors singles.
Key to Districts.
13 West Lothian; 14 Edinburgh; 15 Edinburgh; 16 Midlothian; 17 East Lothian.
Gents, Singles – 13 Gary Smith Linlithgow. 14 David Brown Craigentinny. 15 Halley Cockburn Colinton. 16 Stuart Fleming Inveresk. 17 Billy Mellors Haddington.
Junior Singles – 13 Darren Pearce Kirkliston. 14 Liam McKay Tanfield. 15 Stephen Pringle Carrick Knowe. 16 Paul Innes Polton. 17 ??
Pairs 13 Kirkliston Robbie Cuthill, John Aitken. 14 Craigentinny Gordon Bold, Willie McDonald. 15 Colinton John Fisher, David Fisher. 16 Polton Les Porter, Robin Macnab. 17 Dunbar Steven Anderson, Kern Gallagher.
Triples 13 Newbridge Ian Robertson, Blair Mackie, Jamie Aitken. 14 Wardie Scott McDonald, Alan ward, John Maginnis. 15 Currie Allan Buchan, John Anderson, Neil Fisher. 16 Gorebridge Colin Barrett, Dougie Waldie, Kenny Ferguson. 17 Macmerry Pal Mair, Kenny Donaldson, Billy Cormack.
Fours 13 East Calder Ian Thorburn, Allan Walker, Iain Grant, Calum Black. 14 Northern Andy Reid, Gordon Wilson Sr, Jamie Reid, Gordon Wilson Jr. 15 Carrick Knowe Graham Pringle, John Priestley, Stephen Pringle, James Hogg. 16 Gilmerton Steven Mitchell, Garry Mitchell, Gary Mitchell, Gary Robertson. 17 East Linton Keith Hamilton, Calum Blair. Keith Fender, Grant Fender.
Seniors Singles 13 Richard Mark Uphall Station. 14 Maitland Brian Higgins. 15 Braid David McGill. 16 West Linton Dougie Taylor. 17 Aberlady Bill Dunleavey.
Seniors Fours 13 Newbridge John Sweeney, Bobbo Forrest, Ian Roberton, Alec Allan. 14 Postal Christian Berra, Colin Turnbull, Derek McLean, Colin Bain. 15 Bainfield Graham Angus, John Douglas, Graham Fergus, Jim Ross. 16 Newcraighall Ricky Mathieson, Jimmy Syme, Ricky Delaney, Davy Scott. 17 East Lothian Co-op Derek Stein, Jim Bonner, Dougie Berwick, Willie Auld.
Mixed Pairs 13 Bellsburn Marguerite Harris, Jack Murphy. 14 Hillside Violet Winton, Colin Bell. 15 Sighthill Mary Price, John McDermott. 16 Gilmerton Emma McNaughton, Gary Robertson. 17 Castlepark Mags Thomson, Jamie Frame.
Ladies. Singles 13 Chloe Hutchison Linlithgow. 14 Chloe Thomson Tanfield. 15 Betty Eaton Beechwood. 16 Annie Rutherford – Buccleuch . 17 Megan Kivlin East Lothian Co-op.
Junior Singles. 13 Taylor Nicol Deans 14 Colette Thomson Tanfield. 15 Nicole Clifford Carrick Knowe. 16 Amy Baxter Gilmerton. 17 Megan Kivlin East Lothian Co-op.
Pairs. 13 Glenmavis Delia Flannigan, Angie Uttley. 14 Tanfield Tracey Campbell, Erin Gornall. 15 Sighthill Kathleen Barr, Hilda Melrose. 16 Gilmerton Lorraine Grant, Moira Bisset. 17 Cockenzie & Port Seton Leanne Baillie, Lauren Baillie.
Triples. 13 Kinneil Nan Murray, Elize Miller, Ellen Carr. 14 Goldenacre Angela Mitchell, Margaret Elder, Lorna Mackay. 15 Bainfield Heather Stoddart, Susan Alan, Anna Anderson. 16 Eskmills Christine Churchmichael, Elaine Noon, Pauline Turnbull. 17 Gifford Eleanor Bisset, Beth Riva, Morag Wood.
Fours. 13 Linlithgow Emma Fleming, Annette Howlett, Morven Shearer, Lorna Smith. 14 Tanfield Michelle Gourlay, Eileen Davis, Denise McGregor, Margot Wood. 15 Parkside Mae Smith, Mary Hogg, Margaret Docherty, Mary Salvona. 16 Eskmills Linda Craig, Claire McHugh, Margaret Aitchison, Roma Blair. 17 Cockenzie & Port Seton Ella Gorman, Riva Campbell, Essa Scott, Beth McDonald.
Seniors Singles. 13 Angie Uttley Glenmavis. 14 Helen Spence Brunstane. 15 Betty Eaton Beechwood. 16 Margaret Gowrie Dalkeith. 17 Janet Fairnie Castlepark.
Seniors Fours. 13 Kinneil Nan Murray, Pat Henderson, Elize Miller, Ellen Carr. 14 London Road Foundry Christine McIntosh, Alvis Dickson, Eileen Mitchell, Ann McCaskell. 15 Balerno Anne Blake, Mabel Jackson, Margaret Turner, Helen Girdler. 16 Polton Evelyn Fleming. Charlene Williamson, Lynda Christison, Christine Curran. 17 Dunbar Caroline Duncan, Eileen Young, Cathy Murray, Ann McDonald.