The East Lothian duo of Alex Marshall MBE and Lauren Baillie were part of a Team Scotland that emerged from the 2016 World Bowls Championships medalling in 5 out of the 8 events and bringing home 4 bronze and 1 silver to Scotland.Read More
Gifford BC star Marshall collected two bronze medals in the gent’s pairs and fours respectively while Baillie of Cockenzie & Port Seton BC appeared on the medal podium for a first time after winning bronze in the ladies pairs. “The players are disappointed not to have achieved even more but we’re proud of a squad who have encouraged each other throughout and given 100% at every turn. 5 medals from 8 events on these surfaces is terrific!” said a Bowls Scotland spokesperson.
The men’s side from East Lothian IBC bounced back from winning ways in the B section of the Scottish Premier League last Saturday, doing so in fine style as they proved too strong for an Aberdeen who are normally invincible on home terrority and powered to a magnificent 78-59 away victory. And a good day got even better for the garden county camp when news filtered through that chief rivals in the qualifying race for top spot – Ardrossan – had suffered a shock home defeat against Balbardie. With three rounds of fixtures remaining East Lothian top the table on the 10-point mark with Ardrossan and Lanarkshire the main challengers on 8 points and EL also enjoy a superior shot margin back over their rivals.
“A great time to produce our best performance of the campaign and we now go into the festive break in the knowledge we are in a strong position to win the race for top spot. With two of our three remaining fixtures at home we now need to maximise that advantage”, said team captain Graham Robertson Robertson’s personal contribution was immense in terms of inspiration, attitude and skill factor leading him to skipping Mark Johnston, Willie Wood MBE and Joe Mower to a sweepstake winning 11 shot triumph over Gary Forbes. Scott Kennedy and his front three of Andrew Jeffrey, Dean Riva and Dougie Berwick enjoyed their third consecutive win following a 20-15 victory against Eric Gallen. Billy Mellors skipped Calum Darling, Lewis Betts and Glenn Blair into a 9-7 lead then kicked on to beat Mike Stephen, 19-15. Derek Oliver and his rink of Ross Thomson, Stewart Thomson and Jamie Higgins were always just off the pace in a 19-18 defeat from Kevin Currie. The side is not back in action now until Saturday January 14 when they have a home fixture against Paisley.
Meanwhile the ladies side from the Alex Marshall Arena scored a resounding 51.5 shot victory at home to Abbeyview and that keeps them in a great position to finish up in runners-up spot in the East Premier Division of the Scottish Ladies Leagues behind runaway leaders Midlothian. “We gained supremacy on all four rinks and at times it was an exhilarating joy to watch the team powering to an early domination that set us up for a very convincing win”, reflected team manager Sheena Currie. Currie will be encouraged that all four rinks produced winning performances against an Abbeyview side who are still searching for their first win of the campaign. Skips, Gillian Mackintosh (+22), Yvonne Veitch (+14), Emma Logan (+14) and Alicia Irvine (+1.5) all won against their respective opponents. The side now enjoys a break over festive period and resume on Saturday January 14 with an away fixture against East Fife.
The senior side continue to soar upwards and onwards in their campaign to capture the playoff honours in the East B section of the Scottish Senior League with their latest success a crucial 62-47 win against chief rivals Midlothian and moving them four points clear at the top of the table.
The Alex Marshall Arena was the venue for the emotionally charged top of the table clash last Wednesday between the two strongly formed neighbour clubs but right from the outset East Lothian had the measure of their opponents and ran out convincing winners. “Barring any unexpected formbook disasters in our remaining two fixtures the win over Midlothian should be good enough for us to win the section and move forward to the knockout stages”, said team convenor John P Hamilton. Wins on the rinks skipped by Tom Young (+12), Peter Laidlaw (+5) and Willie Wood (+2) easily covered the 4-shot setback sustained by Alastair Russell. The side was back in action on Wednesday as they visited Galashiels to tackle Tweedbank while they finish their qualifying campaign this coming Wednesday (December 21) with a home clash against Bainfield.
Meanwhile the youth side was in tip top form last Saturday morning as they departed Methil celebrating a tremendous 7-0 points away win against East Fife in the East of Scotland Junior League. The garden county young brigade made it two wins out two with wins on the rinks skipped by Craig Mackintosh (+26), Megan Kivlin (+5) and Lewis Betts (+5) propelling them to a sizeable victory.
East Lothian’s participation in this season’s Scottish Mixed Team Championship was a short-lived affair after they suffered a preliminary round 6-2 points defeat against Midlothian at neutral Tweedbank IBC last Sunday. A good win for Kim Hoggan, John Carpenter Jnr and John McCrorie in the triples contest unfortunately paled into insignificance as Midlothian won all the other battles in the singles, pairs and fours respectively.
The father and son combination of Dean and Scott Mackintosh join forces to represent East Lothian IBC’s attack on the National Indoor 4-Bowl Pairs title starting with the section qualifying action being hosted at Glasgow IBC over the weekend. The garden county champions will know they face a tough assignment when they face the talented Blantyre pairing of Jim Meikle and Iain McLean in a high-octane prelim round clash at 9.30am. The challenge in the ladies national playdown action, also at Glasgow IBC, is in the capable looking hands of prominent first team players in the shape of Emma Logan and Janet Fairnie who open in the first round proper at 2pm against Pat Johnston and Alison Bradford of Falkirk.
Congratulations to East Lothian IBC’s rising young star Dean Riva on making it through to the final stages of the National Under 18 singles after winning the playdown action staged at Abbeyview IBC in Dunfermline last Sunday. In contrasting fortunes Calum Darling experienced Heartbreak Hotel scenario in the shape of an agonising narrow defeat in a tension filled climax to the playdown action of the National Under 21 singles.