East Lothian IBC men’s side were under pressure to deliver a winning performance on their home carpet at the Alex Marshall Arena against Ayr last Saturday and they duly came up with the goods in the shape of an 81-62 victory that keeps them well in contention in the main developments in the B section of the Scottish Premier League.
Wins on three of the four rinks comfortably pushed the home side comfortably over the winning line with triumphs for Scott Kennedy, Billy Mellors and Derek Oliver more than compensating the double margin defeat of Jamie Higgins. The win keeps East Lothian in second place and they sit just two points behind leaders Falkirk with six of the ten rounds of fixtures completed. “Ayr are maybe the new boys in the Premier League but they are certainly no pushovers so we were delighted with the victory and confidence is high in the camp going into tomorrow’s (Saturday) crunch game against Falkirk”, said team captain Scott Kennedy.
Kennedy skipped Mark Johnston, Glenn Blair and Stuart Thomson to a 25-12 win over Colin Smith while Mellors thrilled the home support with a superb finish to skip Joe Mower, Andy Jeffrey and Willie Wood MBE to a 24-11 win over Stuart Wyllie. Oliver and his front three of Ewan Fallen, Andy Burt and Graham Robertson held off a spirited late challenge from the opposition rink skipped by Jim Cuthbertson before going on to register a 20-15 triumph while Malcolm Higgenbotham, Jamie Gordon, Gary Darling and Higgins had a frustrating time of it and succumbed to a 24-12 defeat from the impressive Tom Seaton. The side will travel to Falkirk tomorrow with the same personnel who faced Ayr but in a slight reshuffle Gary Darling and Stuart Thomson swap places in a team that reads:- J.Mower, A.Jeffrey, W.W.Wood MBE, B.Mellors skip E.Fallen, A.Burt, G.Robertson, D.Oliver skip M.Johnston, G.Blair, G.Darling, S.Kennedy skip/capt M.Higgenbotham, J.Gordon, S.Thomson, J.Higgins skip
The ladies side continue to put up a strong show in Division 1C of the Scottish Ladies League and their latest 91-76 win over Teviotdale was an encouraging one on away terrority and against stiff opposition. The result leaves the side two points clear of the chasing pack with only three rounds of fixtures remaining. Janet Fairnie and Emma Logan both chalked up double figure triumphs that were supported by a plus contribution from Lauren Baillie while the only setback was a double digit one suffered by Yvonne Veitch. “Teviotdale are a very hard nut to crack on their own patch so it reflects a great team performance that we did manage to gain positive outcomes on three of the four rinks”, said a delighted team manager Sheena Currie. The side is back in action tomorrow and opportunity strikes as they enjoy home advantage against foot of the table Tweedbank and the following team has been announced:- D.Rowan, P.Turner, N.McNeil, Y.Veitch skip
M.Murray, J.Russell, A.Irvine, E.Logan skip M.Devine, I.Combe, G.Mackintosh, L.Baillie skip M.Kivlin, M.Hamilton, M.Thomson, J.Fairnie skip
The ultra-talented senior side continue to go great guns in the East B section of the Scottish Senior League as they maintained their healthy 4 point lead at the top of the table following a last gasp 54-52 away win at Bainfield last Wednesday. The battle for supremacy on all four rinks were hard fought affairs with the rinks skipped by Peter Laidlaw and Alastair Russell doing the business and covering the narrow defeats sustained by Willie Wood MBE and Tom Young. With the melting pot absolutely sizzling entering the final ends the hero figures for garden county ‘auld yins’ emerged in the shape of Wood carding a vital single and Russell conjuring up a magic gold plated three. The side was back in action on Wednesday when they welcomed local rivals Midlothian to the Alex Marshall Arena and a win would probably see them confirmed as section winners.
On the international stage the talented East Lothian contingent of Willie Wood MBE, Graham Robertson, Jamie Higgins, Scott Kennedy and Billy Mellors make the trip to Stirling IBC on Sunday to participate in the gents international trial match. Colleagues Derek Oliver and Alex Marshall MBE have been pre-selected for the final 24 man line-up that will head to Llanelli IBC for the British Home International series come March. Meanwhile its congratulations to Ewan Fallen after he was named in the gents Scotland Under 25 side that travel to Bristol in late February for the junior home international series. Emma Logan has been named in the ladies Scotland Under 25 side that will participate in the ladies junior home international series at Paisley also in February and she has been given the huge honour of being named captain of the side. Logan along with colleagues Dee Hoggan and Yvonne Veitch are in attendance at Abbeyview IBC on Sunday as their all involved in the second squad day for the ladies senior international team.
The youth side bounced back to winning ways in the East of Scotland Junior League and done so in fine style with a convincing 5-2 points win at home against Stirling last Saturday morning. Dean Riva made the major contribution to the garden county ‘young yins’ effort as he skipped Robbie Shields, Beth Riva and Megan Kivlin to a whopping 23-3 win. Chief support came from Craig Mackintosh as he skipped David Young, Cameron Shaw and Kieran Dodds to an impressive 21-6 triumph while the rink of Chris Robertson, Robbie Reay, Robbie Buchanan and Lewis Betts were outgunned, 9-7 by their opposition.
Members at East Lothian IBC are reminded that they have until the end of this weekend to enter the post-Christmas leagues and knockouts, please either add your name to the entry sheets on the notice boards or contact the Match Secretary. The ever popular Hat Games continue at the normal times of Saturday 12-2, Monday 10-12 and Tuesday 2-4 when both members and non-members are welcome.
During the month of December memberships are available at a cost of £45 for the remainder of the season for anyone interested in joining.