Tranent Bowling Club further enhanced their reputation as being East Lothian’s current number one club after the Division 1 champions iced the cake on a memorable season as they carved their name on the ELBA Courier Cup when their 12 man strong team landed the odds to beat Prestongrange in the final at EL-Coop BC in Tranent last Saturday.
Good wins on two of the three rinks, skipped by John McCrorie (+10) and Jamie Higgins (+8) covered the narrow loss sustained by Brian Young (-2) and swept the ‘belters’ to a comprehensive win over the Division 2 champions. “Winning the Division 1 title after such a long lapse was a dream occasion for the club and now it is great that our team of twelve had added the Courier Cup to win three major honours in the ELBA”, said a club spokesperson.
The Courier Cup is a knockout tournament featuring all the evening league champions and the semi-final action Tranent saw off the challenge of Division 3 champions Haddington A while Prestongrange defeated Division 4 champions Cockenzie & Port Seton B.
The EL-Coop BC talented duo of Megan Kivlin and Dean Riva were last weekend part of a Scotland Under 17 side that produced wins on five of the six rinks to defeat an Under 25 side from the North of England. The series was staged at Gosforth Bowling Club in Newcastle and the young Scots put in a great performance to beat their elder aged opponents.
“Big congratulations to Megan and Dean on winning their first caps and hopefully it’s the first of many”, said EL-Coop Youth Convenor Gordon Pryde. He added, “They done their club, county and country proud as did the rest of the team. Also it was great to see Alex Marshall MBE their supporting the youngsters”.
A large number of bowlers from around the county will descend on Polson Park in Tranent tomorrow (Saturday) as Tranent Bowling Club are giving the honour of hosting the East Lothian Leagues Presentation of Prizes day following them winning the Division 1 title. Representatives from a number of clubs along with ELBA officials and delegates from league sponsors East Coast Carpets will be in attendance and the special day of proceedings will get underway at around 1.30pm.
Officials at Tranent Bowling Club have confirmed that the annual Alex Dodds Memorial Charity Open Triples tournament will be staged at Polson Park on Saturday October 3. Proceeds from the tournament will go towards raising funds to purchase a defibrillator for the use by everyone who use the facilities at Polson Park including football and tennis teams. Entries should be submitted to George Duncan by phone or text on 07761 473227.
Turning attention to the now up and running indoor bowling season and officials at East Lothian IBC have announced that the action in Division’s 1 of the Evening Leagues will get underway on Wednesday October 7 at 6.30pm. The clubs website is currently undergoing maintenance so in the interim period all domestic fixtures can be viewed on the club’s Facebook page. Membership fees must be paid by 30th September; prices are £58 for full membership, £30 for Junior and £5 for Youth.
Finally the East Lothian bowling community is in mourning following the recent death of well-known local bowler Adam Robertson who passed away last Monday evening after a lengthy illness. Adam was a stalwart figure at Tranent Bowling Club for many years and also served on the management committee at East Lothian IBC for a number of years. On the playing side he was a very fine bowler and enjoyed many successes at county, national and British level and he also toured the world supporting his son Graham while he was participating in world stage events. A funeral service was being staged at Tranent Parish Church yesterday (Thursday) from 10am and thereafter arriving at Tranent Cementary, for 10.40am. Adam is survived by his son’s Jim and Graham.