East Linton Bowling Club attracted a big crowd to their staging of the finals day of the Belhaven Brewery sponsored East Lothian County Championships last Saturday and it was Ross Marwick of Prestongrange Bowling Club who grabbed the main headlines after he landed the blue riband singles event.Read More
Marwick capped off his outdoor season in tremendous fashion after he achieved the ambition of etching on the prestigious trophy with a convincing 21-6 win over Elphinstone challenger Mark Riding in the final that lasted 18 ends. Dean Riva of Gifford etched his name on the Junior Singles trophy for a second successive year following a 21-11 success over EL-Coop’s David Young. EL-Coop celebrated a trio of successes at the Championships when exciting prospect Danny Stevenson captured the Youth Singles title with a 21-15 triumph over Beth Riva of Gifford while Daryl Grieve, Lennon Rafferty, Cameron Pryde and Kieran Dodds captured the honours in the Youth Fours with a 14-4 win over Angus Blacklock, Jack Verall, Luke Cowan and Melissa Penman of Aberlady. A fantastic day for the Tranent based club was competed when Ian James, Tom Rattray, Alan Valentine and Davie Arnott lifted the Senior Fours title following a 24-6 win against Gordon Good, Bill Mitchell, Bill Kerr and Dougie Kennedy of West Barns. The final of the Pairs saw the Tranent name etched on the silverware with the partnership of Kevin Cunningham and Matt Osborne producing a flying finish from 16-10 to inflict 17-16 pain on Ormiston’s Alan Jess and Daniel Rowley. Ormiston and Winton were both hunting title success in the Triples and it was county star Chris Johnston that lifted the trophy skipping his Winton teammates David Allen and younger brother Stewart Johnston to a 17-8 win over Dick Veitch, George Inglis and Stewart Johnston Snr. Cockenzie & Port Seton celebrated title success in the Fours when the strongly formed rink of Steven Morgan, Jamie Gordon, Scott Kennedy and Derek Oliver dominated the final from start to finish and held all the aces in a 25-4 win over Colin Simpson, Paul Conway, Robert Cunningham and Brian Bird of Castlepark.
Tranent Bowling Club progressed through to the semi-final stage of the 2018 Inter-County Top 5 Singles following an excellent 3-0 point’s victory away to Perthshire champions Glencarse last Sunday. Wins for John McCrorie (21-12), Adam Martin (21-15) and Davie Whitson (21-17) triggered a victory salute for the current defending national champions that left both Kevin Jones and Matt Osborne with unfinished business. The Polson Park based side now head to Sighthill Bowling Club in Edinburgh on Sunday September 9 for the tournament finals day.
The Under 25 brigade from East Lothian hopes of capturing the prestigious Calder Cup ended in failure last Sunday when they failed to progress from a tough qualifying section. The action at Edinburgh venue Sighthill saw East Lothian open with a hard fought win against Lanarkshire then followed that up with a convincing win over Dumfriesshire. Going into the final fixture East Lothian topped the qualifying section by a point and knew a win over opponents Ayrshire would see them into the final. Everything looked to be going to plan for the young garden county stars with both the triples and fours holding commanding leads over their respective opposition while the pairs clash was a tight affair. But disaster was to strike on the last ends of the triples and fours as both surrendered big counts to lose and draw their matches while the pairs also lost. The end result was 6-1 win for Ayrshire which won them the section and eventually went on to win the tournament. “Really disappointing result as we looked in total control of proceedings against Ayrshire but slack play on the last ends by all our players has cost us big time”, reflected a disappointed team manager Gordon Pryde afterwards.
The East Lothian youth side are in Andy Houston Trophy action on Sunday with the climax to the event being staged at Shettleston BC in Glasgow. The garden county young brigade has been drawn in a qualifying section that includes Central West, Lanarkshire and Angus & Dundee. The following team has been announced:- D.Grieve (ELCO), C.Bryce (Aber), B.Gearty (C&PS), D.Stevenson (ELCO) skip L.Cowan (Aber), L.Rafferty (ELCO), L.Hogg (C&PS), R.Buchanan (C&PS) skip E.Gillies (ELCO), L.Kennedy (C&PS), M.Penman (Aber), R.Shields (ELCO) skip L.Jamieson (ELCO), C.Pryde (ELCO), B.Riva (ELCO), K.Dodds (ELCO) skip Reserves: A.Blacklock (Aber) & S.Smith (Aber) A coach will depart EL-Coop BC at 8.30am and anyone wishing to check on the availability of seats should contact Gordon Pryde on 07841 747695.
Aberlady Bowling Club will be a hive of activity on Saturday afternoon as four clubs will battle it out for the right to capture the coveted ELBA Courier Cup. The end of season showpiece event will feature all the evening league champions namely, Cockenzie & Port Seton, Prestongrange, East Lothian Labour and North Berwick. The semi-final action gets underway at 12.30pm and will feature Division 1 champions Cockenzie & Port Seton against Division 3 conquerors East Lothian Labour while the other tie is Division 2 champions Prestongrange versus runaway Division 4 winners North Berwick. The final is expected to commence at approximately 3pm. Meanwhile the draw for the ELBA Champion of Champions has taken place and can now be viewed on the ELBA website. All first-round matches are scheduled to be played on Monday evening from 6.30pm at various venues across the county.
Scotland high profile star Billy Mellors continues to be the dominant force at Haddington Bowling Club after lifting the championship singles crown for a third successive year following a 21-5 victory over Colin Dick. Caitlin Thorburn retained the ladies crown after defeating Janice Blair in the final, 21-17. Dean Higgins is the new champion at Tranent after he was in sparkling form to outshine Kevin Jones in the final, 21-13. Liam Gallagher is celebrating after he won the championship title at Dunbar in his first year at the club following a battling 21-16 win Alistair Murdoch in the final while Catherine Wardhaugh won the ladies title. Congratulations to Ross Marwick after he became champion of Prestongrange for a third time after beating Michael Baillie in the final, 21-14. Eric Dickson continues to make his mark at Macmerry and is celebrating a second championship singles success after defeating defending champion Kenny Donaldson, 21-19 while Cameron Pryde won the youth title. Former national junior singles title holder Gordon White was crowned king of Aberlady again when he held most of the aces to defeat Gary Swan in the final. Joy McLeod emerged queen of the villagers when she seen off the challenge of Jackie Fraser in the ladies final. Former Tranent Juniors goalkeeper Dougie Berwick is on cloud nine after he won the gents championship singles at EL-Coop having served up a great performance in the final to beat club stalwart figure Willie Franklin. Junior Scotland cap Megan Kivlin retained the ladies title while Willie Franklin (Seniors), Kieran Dodds (Youths) and Lennon Rafferty (Under 13s) were also on the winner’s rostrum. At North Berwick David Middleton beat Derek Johnson to win the gents championship title while Liz Lonie won the ladies and Anakin Howson captured the youth title.
Cockenzie & Port Seton Bowling Club is staging an Open Pairs tournament on Saturday September 8th with a high-class field expected to challenge for the lucrative £500.00+ cash prize fund on offer in the Belhaven Brewery sponsored event. The tournament is a round robin event and entries are now being accepted and can be obtained by contacting club match secretary Darren Donnelly on 01875 810481 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
East Linton BC is holding an Open Fours tournament on Saturday September 8 in memory of long standing member Ewart Pirie who sadly passed away recently. Entry fee is £20.00 with all proceeds raised on the day going to local charities that Ewart was involved with. To enter email Keith Fender email@example.com or via text or phone 07786110416.
With the indoor season fast approaching officials at East Lothian Indoor Bowling Club has announced the club will open on Thursday 6th September and for the first week opening times will be 10am-12 noon and 6.30-8.30pm. Practice games will be permitted during this period and club membership fees will also be taken. The club will open full time 10am-8.30pm from Thursday 13th September. The Thursday morning leagues begin on the 13th with all other leagues and Top Four scheduled to commence week beginning Monday 17th September.