The senior brigade from East Lothian Labour signed off their competitive 2018 outdoor season by capturing a mainstream county honour in the shape of the coveted ELBA John McDonald Trophy.Read More
The final at Haddington BC last Thursday afternoon pitched East Lothian Labour against Ormiston and it developed into an epic battle with the action over the two-rink format making it a compelling attraction for the supporters on the banking as the outcome hung in the balance before East Lothian Labour clinched a narrow victory. “Our success comes only a couple of weeks after our Friday night side captured the Division 3 title and our double success represents a tremendous achievement for our small club”, said a proud club president Ian Anderson.
Turning attention to the indoor season, East Lothian Indoor Bowling Club is now fully open with the Top Four tournament as well as the Morning, Afternoon and Evening leagues all having commenced. Membership fees remain the same at £58 for full members and £30 for Junior Membership whilst all members are reminded that all fees are to be paid by Saturday 30th September. Rink fees remain at £3 and £4 for non-members.
Meanwhile the highly acclaimed youth coaching set-up at East Lothian IBC commences on Friday from 2pm-4pm with coaching from ages 7-17 run by junior internationalist Megan Kivlin. On Saturdays from 8am-10am there will be intermediate coaching for youths who are more developed and hope to play for the youth county side and progress their bowling skills. All those wishing to take part in the popular Hat Games at the club are reminded that these take place every Monday at 10am, Tuesday at 2pm and Saturday at 12 noon. These Hat Games are open to both members and non-members and would be an excellent introduction to the game for new bowlers or outdoor players wanting to sample the indoor game.
The talented senior side played their first competitive game in the East B section of the Scottish Senior Leagues on Wednesday when they played host to Hawick based club Teviotdale. The selectors handed debuts to Andy Burt and Ali McKenna while they field a strong set of skips in the shape of Willie Wood MBE, Alastair Russell, Dougie Berwick and Tommy Young. Young is given the captaincy for the second consecutive year. The ladies side get their national league campaign underway next Saturday (October 6) with a challenging away clash at local rivals Midlothian while the gents side enter the fray on Saturday October 14 and face an away test at Dunfermline based Abbeyview.
Many players and officials from East Lothian IBC will descend on Glasgow IBC on Saturday evening for the prestigious SIBA Annual Awards Night 2018. East Lothian IBC will collect the Scottish Indoor Club of the Year award while Commonwealth Games hero Derek Oliver is a nomination for Scottish Indoor Gents Player of the Year. Megan Kivlin is on the shortlist for the Scottish Indoor Ladies Young Player of the Year while garden county legends Alex Marshall MBE and Willie Wood MBE are both nominated for the Inspirational Performance of the Year award.