There was dejection for both the Gents and Ladies teams last weekend as they both lost out narrowly to Midlothian to put severe dents in their Premier League ambitions this season.Read More
The Gents travelled to Dalkeith hoping to gain revenge for their loss in the final of the Scottish Cup last season. In what was an excellent game across all four rinks the lead changed on several occasions throughout. Midlothian got the better start and had opened up a ten shot lead in the early stages only for East Lothian to fight straight back and by the tenth end held a narrow two shot lead. The next eight ends were nip and tuck as well and with three ends remaining across the carpet the Garden County held the slenderest of one shot leads. Billy Mellors won his last three ends 4-2 to win his game 19-17 however the other three rinks couldn’t match that mainly due to some excellent bowling from the Midlothian boys. Joe Mower lost his last three ends 4-2 and his game 18-20, Alex Marshall MBE lost his last three ends 4-0 and was edged out in his game 13-14 while Scott Kennedy lost his last three ends 6-0 and his game 13-21. A disappointing end to the game between two of Scotland’s best teams from which the East Lothian men will look to bounce back from when they entertain Abbeyview this Saturday. They enter the game without the services of the unavailable Derek Oliver, Scott Kennedy, Jamie Higgins, Steven Morgan and Ewan Fallen and have named the following team: A Betts, A Cormack, D Sked & J Mower (skip) A Jeffrey, L Betts, D Berwick & S Thomson (Captain & Skip) M Johnston, C Darling, D Riva & B Mellors (skip) M Yuill, R Shields, C Brock & A Marshall MBE (skip
The ladies entertained Midlothian and suffered yet more hurt in a campaign which has seen them lose out narrowly on three occasions now. Even harder to take was the fact that the ladies were nine up with two rinks left on and both lost a five to lose by one shot. The ladies started well and after ten ends were thirteen shots up. At this point the rink of Lauren Baillie were one down in their game against Stacey McDougall’s rink only to lose thirteen shots over the next five ends. They did steady the ship but went on to lose their game 17-27. Janet Fairnie and her rink found themselves 4-9 down after five ends but scored twelve shots over the next five ends to pull away from the rink of Annie Rutherford only to be one of the rinks who relinquished a five at the last end although ending up winning 28-21. The rink of Yvonne Veitch held a comfortable lead in their game from the ninth end onwards until the last three ends. They were last off with 4 or 5 shots against Yvonne who struck the head with her last bowl but was unlucky to remove their own closest bowl to lose a 5 and despite winning their game 19-17 the overall result was a one shot 64-65 defeat. The following team has been selected to travel to Abbeyview this Saturday: M Kivlin, K Hoggan, D Hoggan & Y Veitch (Skip) M Penman, B Riva, M Thomson & J Fairnie (Skip) J McFarlane, M Murray, G Mackintosh & L Baillie (Skip)
The Scottish Under 25 trials took place last Sunday at Headwell. Following the selection process there was joy for Megan Kivlin, Joe Mower and Dean Riva as they were named in their respective national teams. This of course meant Melissa Penman, Lewis Betts, Aaron Betts and Danny Stevenson were not selected on this occasion, however, there is no doubt each of these talented young players have many years in front of them to play their way into the national teams.
The Seniors faced West Lothian at home last week and had to make a late change with Andy Burt calling off and being replaced at third by Alastair Russell and Ronnie Douglas coming off the subs bench. The Garden County “Auld Yins” got out the blocks early to take control of the game and after five ends had opened up a 29-7 lead. West Lothian made some inroads into this lead and got it back to 42-27 after ten ends but never really threatened the home team who pulled further away towards the closing stages to run out 74-42 winners. All of the home rinks won with Tommy Young’s rink winning by 10, Dougie Berwick’s by 9, Alastair Russell’s by 8 and Willie Wood MBE and his rink by 5. The Seniors were due to face Balbardie away on Wednesday with Andy Burt recalled to skip, Alastair Russell returning to third and Ronnie Douglas retaining his place in the team at lead, replacing B J Smith.
Last Sunday seen the Scottish Seniors play offs with the Alex Marshall Arena hosting. Competing we had Willie Wood MBE in the singles and Lessel Middler, Dougie Berwick and Tommy Young in the triples. Willie made a great start in the singles against Lindsay Plenderleith from Midlothian and opened up an early 12-5 lead before Lindsay fought back to 16-13. The next end of the game was pivotal as Willie dropped a four to go behind. He fought back to regain the lead 19-17 with counts of one and two but then disastrously dropped another four to lose out 19-21. Lindsay went on to qualify for the semi-final.
The Triples won a close encounter with Abbeyview 14-12 in their last sixteen game before facing Bainfield in the quarter final. Bainfield always just held a slender advantage in the early stages of this game before the East Lothian triple scored a three on the eleventh end to draw level. At the second last end the triple were one down and lying a potential count of five only for the Bainfield skip to play with weight into the head and claim the shot before a loss of one on the last end seen the triple exit 9-12.
Our youth team travel to Bainfield this Saturday following their excellent start to the season and the following team has been selected to leave the Alex Marshall Arena at 7am: C Henderson, L Rafferty, M Penman & D Stevenson (Skip) E Gillies, C Pryde, B Riva & L Betts (Skip) L Kennedy, D Kivlin, K Dodds & A Betts (Skip)
On Sunday East Lothian youths defend the SYIBA National Fours title at Prestwick. Last season the winning rink was Aaron Betts, Robbie Buchanan, Robbie Shields and Lewis Betts. With the two Robbie’s now being over age Danny Stevenson and Kieran Dodds join Aaron and Lewis in the defence of the title.