The ladies side from East Lothian Indoor Bowling Club turned in a tremendous performance on neutral terrority to score a convincing 19 shot victory (90-71) over Premier Division side East Fife in the first round action of the Scottish Cup at Headwell IBC in Dunfermline last Saturday.
East Lothian entered the match as underdogs but there was a confident feeling within the camp they could deliver surprise and they duly done so with an exciting display that had team manager Sheena Currie purring with delight. “We knew we had to be on our A game against strong opposition so I’m chuffed to bits that my players rose to the challenge and we were worthy winners”, said Currie. Ace garden county skip Yvonne Veitch was enforced absentee for the clash however the EL support was able to support super wins for Janet Fairnie (+11), Lauren Baillie (+9) and Irene Gray (+2). Scotland cap Emma Logan shaped up well in the early stages of her game but a significant stumble on the run in cost her a narrow defeat.
The side is back in Scottish Cup action tomorrow (Saturday) and will again face Premier Division opposition in the shape of Falkirk with the second round clash being staged at Abbeyview IBC in Dunfermline. Team manager Sheena Currie welcomes the return of influential star Yvonne Veitch but her mood is dampened slightly by the enforced absence of Lauren Baillie as she jets out to New Zealand with the Bowls Scotland elite squad to participate in a six nations international event. Teenage star Megan Kivlin returns to the fold at the expense of stalwart figure Diane Rowan who is rested. The team reads:- M.Kivlin, P.Turner, N.McNeil, I.Gray skip M.Murray, J.Russell, A.Irvine, E.Logan skip J.Rutherford, M.Hamilton, M.Thomson, J.Fairnie skip M.Devine, I.Combe, G.Mackintosh, Y.Veitch skip
Meanwhile its congratulations to Yvonne Veitch after she received a call-up to the Scotland senior ladies side and will now join East Lothian teammates Dee Hoggan and Emma Logan at Llanelli IBC in Wales in March. Staying on the international stage and Ewan Fallen was last weekend part of a Scotland Gents Under 25 side that lost their grip on the Joyce Brimble Memorial Trophy as England emerged the triumphant side in the British Under 25 international series staged at Bristol IBC. However, on a personal level current national junior singles titleholder Fallen enjoyed a fantastic series as he was part of Scottish rink that recorded a 100% record and the only rink to register a victory against England in the winner takes all final match.
A season that promised so much has delivered very little for the ultra-talented senior side at East Lothian with their latest demise coming in the shape of shock early exit from the Scottish Senior Cup. Yet again the garden county ‘auld yins’ failed to live up to expectations in their first round clash with West Lothian at Bainfield IBC last Wednesday and succumbed to a 65-53 defeat. Winning performances on the rinks skipped by Peter Laidlaw (+8) and Willie Wood MBE (+2) kept the East Lothian spirits high but West Lothian tipped the scales and ended a 10-year hoodoo against East Lothian by having the measure of Alastair Russell (-9) and Tommy Young (-13). Better news for the senior brigade is that a side from East Lothian IBC managed to progress through to the last four of the Central District Top Six tournament following a nail biting 4-2 points win over a strong Falkirk side in last Friday’s quarter-final action at West Lothian IBC in Livingston. Wins in the pairs and triples carried the day and covered the heavy loss sustained by John P Hamilton in the singles. The side now faces Lanarkshire at Abbeyview IBC on Saturday March 19 at 12 noon.
The qualifying action in the Jock Brodie Senior Challenge Cup, sponsored by Norman T Craig and Co-operative Funeralcare, resumed at the Alex Marshall Arena on Wednesday and East Lothian would hope to have back on a winning trail at the expense of Headwell while the other clash featured Midlothian against Berwickshire.
A four-rink side from East Lothian IBC were Headwell Mixed Team Championship action last Sunday and made an agonising opening round exit to Abbeyview. Wins for the senior and women four got 4 points on the board for the garden county side but Dunfermline based Abbeyview hit back with wins in the mixed and gent’s rinks to tie the match on points. All four rinks had to play an extra end but unfortunately, for East Lothian it was the Fifers who emerged triumphant in the sudden death scenario and progressed to the next round.
The East Lothian IBC young contingent of Megan Kivlin, Dean Riva, Lewis Betts and Craig Mackintosh have been rewarded for their superb form of late as all four have been named in the SIBA Under 18 trial match which takes place at Abbeyview IBC in Dunfermline on Sunday. 30 players from the length and breadth of the country will participate in the match that gets underway at 11.30am but that will be whittled down to a final 10 player team that will represent Scotland in the British Under 18 series in October.
Finally, officials at East Lothian IBC have announced that the popular hat game scheduled for Monday March 7 will take place from 9.30-11.30am for one week only.