The men’s side from East Lothian IBC ended off their 10 match campaign in the B section of the Scottish Premier League with a whopping 62 shot (113-51) victory over relegation play-off bound Bainfield at the Alex Marshall Arena last Saturday.
The home side’s sensational margin of victory saw them claim second top place ahead of Ayr on shot margin (95 to 29) but finishing four points adrift of section champions Falkirk. From a garden county perspective for the pre-campaign favourites to finish second in a very winnable looking section is in stark truth an anti-climax for them. “It’s not so long ago that were record four-in-a-row national champions and our sights are always set high so the nature of this win over Bainfield boosts morale ahead of our Scottish Cup campaign”, said team captain Scott Kennedy. East Lothian’s final fling in the B section went to perfection with all four rinks coming out on top against their respective opposition. Scott Kennedy led the onslaught as he skipped Lessel Middler, Dougie Berwick and Joe Mower to a 36-11 win over Colin Hutchison while Graham Robertson also found it surprisingly easy as he skipped Mark Johnston, Andy Burt and Willie Wood MBE to a 32-8 triumph over former garden county star James Hogg. Jamie Higgins and his front three of Andrew Jeffrey, Glenn Blair and Ewan Fallen added win number 3 with a 26-15 victory over Gavin Smith while Malcolm Higgenbotham, Jamie Gordon, Stuart Thomson and Derek Oliver held off a spirited late fightback from the opposing rink skipped by John McDermott but eventually got over the line with a 19-17 win.
The side enters the Gents Scottish Cup action tomorrow (Saturday) and have a preliminary round clash against Cowal with the match being staged at Lanarkshire IBC in Wishaw. On paper, the match should be a canter for the record six time champions against lowly Division 2 opponents but shocks do happen and East Lothian must be on their guard against opposition who will have absolutely nothing to lose. East Lothian go into the clash with a strong looking line-up as top skips Alex Marshall MBE and Billy Mellors both make welcome returns and they replace the unavailable duo of Mark Johnston and Ewan Fallen. The team reads:- J.Higgins, A.Burt, W.W.Wood MBE, A.Marshall MBE skip A.Jeffrey, G.Blair, G.Robertson, S.Kennedy skip/capt M.Higgenbotham, J.Gordon, S.W.Thomson, D.Oliver skip L.Middler, D.Berwick, J.Mower, B.Mellors skip
Meanwhile there is Gents Scottish Cup action at the Alex Marshall Arena tomorrow as East Lothian IBC host the preliminary clash between Perth and Tweedbank from 2pm.
After a lengthy lay off the ladies’ side return to competitive action tomorrow (Saturday) as the ladies’ Scottish Cup also swings into preliminary round action with the elite of East Lothian IBC making the trip to Balbardie IBC in Bathgate to tackle Abbeyview. Icon figure Yvonne Veitch is a non-starter due to holiday commitments while young star Megan Kivlin also misses out. Team Manager Sheena Currie has called upon the services of the ever-reliable Irene Gray to cover Veitch while June Rutherford deputises for Kivlin. The team reads: – D.Rowan, 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, L.Baillie skip
The qualifying action in the Jock Brodie Senior Challenge Cup, sponsored by Norman T Craig and Co-operative Funeralcare, continued at the Alex Marshall Arena last Wednesday and there was 6-2 points wins for both Abbeyview and Headwell against Tweedbank and Bainfield respectively. The action continued on Wednesday when East Lothian tackled Tweedbank while the other clash featured Perth against Berwickshire. This coming Wednesday (February 10) East Lothian are back in action against Headwell while Teviotdale clash with West Lothian.
Its congratulations to the East Lothian IBC young contingent of Lewis Betts, Craig Mackintosh, Dean Riva and Megan Kivlin after receiving the exciting news they have all been selected for the Scotland Under 17 sides following a development day at Falkirk IBC last Sunday. The national selectors have named two sides and Lewis and Craig have been included in a side that will face Ireland in County Antrim on the weekend of 1/2/3 April while a week later (8/9/10 April) Dean and Megan are part of side that will tackle the Channel Islands at Falkirk IBC. Tomorrow (Saturday) a talented squad of 15 players from the youth section at East Lothian IBC head over the Forth Road Bridge to Dunfermline to participate in the Abbeyview IBC Youth Tournament.