The Gent’s team were involved in a ding dong tussle with reigning Premier League champions Blantyre at the Alex Marshall Arena last week in a game that swung both ways over the game before finally ending in a thrilling 79-79 drawn game.Read More
Alex Marshall MBE was the hero of the day when he delivered an inch perfect last bowl to claim the draw when there was a side toucher and the game against him. Alex led his rink to a 20-20 peel against Iain McLean. Scott Kennedy’s rink recorded a 23-18 shot win over Stewart Anderson although did let an 18-1 lead slip over the second half of the game. Billy Mellors also fought out a draw with Jim Meikle and Derek Oliver lost out 18-23 to Brian Irvine, although had a big contribution to the draw with 7 shots scored over the last 3 ends. The team now travel to Turriff on Saturday aiming to remain undefeated. Mark Yuill, Mark Johnston, Scott Kennedy and Kevin Cunningham are unavailable which has given chances to Alex Cormack, Aaron Betts, Steven Morgan and Chris Brock in a team which reads: Aaron Betts, Steven Morgan, Ewan Fallen & Alex Marshall MBE (Skip) Andy Jeffrey, Calum Darling, Stuart Thomson (Captain) & Joe Mower (Skip) Alex Cormack, David Sked, Dean Riva & Billy Mellors (Skip) Lewis Betts, Chris Brock, Jamie Higgins & Derek Oliver (Skip) Reserves: Dougie Berwick, Robbie Shields, Lessel Middler and Kieran Simmants
There was agony for young talent Danny Stevenson last Sunday when he marginally lost out in a semi-final tie-break in his quest to reach the televised final of the Scottish Masters. Danny had been dominate in his section games, comprehensively defeating rivals from West of Scotland, Balbardie and Stirling to reach the quarter final. In the quarter finals he was again on top form to run out an emphatic 2-0 win over his opponent from Alloa. This set up a semi-final against East Kilbride with the glittering prize of a televised final appearance within reach. Danny was first out the block to take the first set but then lost out in the second set to set up a tie-break decider. Again Danny hit the front first and went one end up, however, he just lost out on the second end and despite a great effort with his last bowl on the final end it was heartbreak in the end for Danny. A great show though against some tough opponents and following on from his British Isles Gold last week the future is bright for this young talent.
The ladies side suffered an agonising 63-65 defeat away to East Fife last week. Janet Fairnie recorded a 4 shot win whilst the rinks of Dee Hoggan and Lauren Baillie both lost narrowly by 3 shots. The ladies lay the game with the last bowl to come and when the Fife skip struck the head a rebounding jack up the rink gave them the shot and victory. Any other result would have resulted in an East Lothian win. The ladies now have two weeks off as it’s the ladies national singles this weekend followed by their free week. Ladies Club Champion Janet Fairnie is our participant in the National Singles on Saturday in Glasgow where she begins her campaign against Coatbridge.
There was Scottish Two Bowl Pairs action last weekend with our representatives Willie Wood MBE and Graham Robertson in the gents event and Megan Kivlin and Dee Hoggan in the ladies. There was another encounter against East Fife for Megan and Dee which again went the wrong way as they lost out 2-0 to their Methil opponents. Willie and Graham opened up with a 2-1 win over Headwell before succumbing 2-0 to the World Championship qualifiers Ronnie Duncan and Colin Walker from Midlothian.
The seniors unbeaten run came to an abrupt end at the hands of Midlothian last Wednesday when the team from Dalkeith ran out 69-51 winners to move top of the section. Tommy Young’s rink won 17-14 while Alastair Russell peeled at 20, however, there were 14-8 and 21-6 losses suffered by the rinks of Dougie Berwick and Willie Wood respectively.
Next week Alan Valentine replaces the unavailable Gordon Gray at 3rd to Dougie Berwick. Alastair Russell moves to 3rd to W W Wood MBE and Andy Burt moves to skip and Ross Maguire is recalled. The other two rinks are unchanged.
East Lothian are hosting the Scottish Singles and Pairs play-offs on Sunday starting at 10am. Representing East Lothian in the Singles is WW Wood MBE who opens up against East Fife at 10am whilst in the pairs Billy Higgins and Alastair Russell face Abbeyview at 2pm. Our Triple of Lessel Middler, Dougie Berwick and Tom Young play against Headwell at West Lothian IBC at 2pm.