The East Lothian banner will be paraded in the national finals stage of the Scottish 4 Bowl Pairs Championship at Falkirk IBC on the weekend of April 2 and 3 with the deadly duo of Jamie Higgins and Derek Oliver emerging king pins from their section qualifying action.
The 2012/13 national champions dominated the scene at both Bainfield and West Lothian last weekend and enthused their support by rattling off superb wins over Stirling, Abbeyview, Castlemilk and Tweedbank. “I thought Jamie and Derek were tremendously impressive and a joy to watch as they produced a standard of play that matched their first class reputations in the sport”, said East Lothian Scottish administrator JL Johnstone.
The garden county domestic champions launched their campaign against George Young Neil Robertson in their early morning preliminary round then came through a sterling test unscathed against Abbeyview stars Stuart Pagan and Paul Brown. William Burns and Kenny Daly of Castlemilk presented the second round opposition but Higgins and Oliver breezed past them then accounted for Kenny Johnstone and Ross Nichol of Tweedbank in the section final. Their immediate opponents in the semi-final, namely Jim Meikle and Iain McLean of Blantyre while the other last four clash features Craig Lindsay and Paul Foster MBE of Prestwick against Colin Smith and Andy Furye of Arbroath.
Diane Rowan and Yvonne Veitch carried the local banner in the ladies playdown action but they crashed out at the first hurdle after suffering an agonising 22-21 defeat at the hands of Susan Myles and Maureen Morrison of Perth.
The ultra-talented senior side from East Lothian IBC signed off for the festive period break by making it a remarkable ten wins in a row and in great style with West Lothian the latest team to bite the dust at the hands of the garden county ‘auld yins’. The runaway East B section winners dominated proceedings from start to finish last Wednesday and took no prisoners with all four rinks coming out on top for the home side in a whopping 83-43 triumph. Meanwhile it has been confirmed that East Lothian will face East A section winners Alloa in the national knockout quarter-final stage at West Lothian IBC in Livingston on Wednesday January 20.
Reece Jones of Abbeyview IBC emerged triumphant from last Sunday’s inaugural East Lothian IBC Under 18 open singles tournament beating his club mate Sam Forrester in the final. The club would like to thank tournament sponsors Mums @ The Mill Catering, Alex Marshall MBE and Aero Bowls for their generous support.
Finally, East Lothian Indoor Bowling Club is now offering Half Season memberships at a cost of £35 for full members and £20 for junior members and is effective from January 1. Club officials have also announced that the post xmas Evening Leagues will alternate between the 6.30pm and 8.30pm sessions and there will be no games on Friday evenings as Top Club games will be staged then.