ELIBC starlet Craig McIntosh fell just short in his bid to lift the Scottish Young Masters title in Perth last Friday. Craig was very impressive in the first set and played some phenomenal bowls to comfortably take the set. However, as the stars of the game have often found out maintaining that form for two full sets is tough and with his opponent Stephen Lowrie from Glasgow also finding his A-game Craig lost out in the second set. Both tie break ends were tight but went the way of the Glasgow youth, however, Craig can be immensely proud of his performance and they way he conducted himself on the portable rink in front to the TV cameras.
Alex ‘Tattie’ Marshall MBE lost out on a tie-break to Greg Harlow in a tight second round game which could have gone either way in last week’s Scottish International Open at Perth following which Greg went on to win the event.
The East Lothian IBC men’s team recorded an impressive 20 shot victory (78-58) when they visited their city opponents Bainfield last Saturday. What made the victory even more impressive was that the team found themselves 19-1 down after three ends of the game. The win leaves the Garden County men 2nd in their group behind leaders Falkirk. There were wins for the rinks skipped by Alex Marshall, Billy Mellors and Scott Kennedy while Derek Oliver narrowly lost out.
“The way the team bounced back from a shocking start on Saturday was outstanding and we now have two massive games before Christmas where two wins will make us favourites to qualify going into the New Year” reflected team captain Scott Kennedy.
Alex Marshall led by example as he skipped his rink of Malcolm Higgenbotham, Gary Darling and Jamie Higgins to an all the way win over Craig Paterson, capitalising on their early dominance where they led 17-2 after 15 ends to finish 20-8 victors. Kennedy and his front three of Mark Johnston, Glenn Blair and Stuart Thomson were always holding sway in their game against former Meadowmill champion James Hogg and finished strongly to win 20-11. Mellors clocked up the third rink triumph skipping Joe Mower, Andy Jeffrey and Willie Wood to an 18-15 win in a nip and tuck battle against Robert Marshall. Oliver suffered a horrendous start to his game facing a 12-0 deficit after only three ends, however, together with Ewan Fallen, Andy Burt and Graham Robertson they fought back resolutely and only went down 20-24 at the finish. The side have a week off as the National Fours play-downs take place this weekend before returning to action at home to Ayr on Saturday 28th November.
As part of the game on Saturday both sides fielded an additional Under 25 rink to try and give these players a chance of competing at the highest level on a Saturday. The Meadowmill rink of Lewis Betts, Craig Mackintosh, Dean Riva and John Robertson won this game comprehensively. The four of Andy Jeffrey, Willie Wood, Scott Kennedy and Billy Mellors travel to Methil on Saturday to face either Coatbridge or Allander in a national fours first round game. They’ll aim to make up for the disappointment of last year when they narrowly lost out in the national final.
Like the men, the ladies side went head to head with city rivals Bainfield last Saturday and got back into winning ways following their agonising last end defeat last week with an emphatic 111-61 win. This result leaves the ladies top of the table at the in Division 1C of the Scottish Ladies League. Emma Logan returned to skip the rink of Margaret Murray, Jean Russell and Alicia Irvine to a magnificent 39-9 win over M Dickson. The other rink scores were Yvonne Veitch 28 A Watson 18, Janet Fairnie 18 M O’Donnell 17 and Lauren Baillie 26 I Anderson 26-17. The ladies also have a free week due to the fours play-downs and return to action on the 28th when they travel to Hawick to face Teviotdale.
The ladies four of Dee Hoggan, Margaret Thomson, Yvonne Veitch & Janet Fairnie travel to Abbeyview to play Headwell in the first round of their national fours on Saturday.
The senior side recorded a 77-41 victory over Teviotdale last week to again move clear at the top of their section. Peter Laidlaw won by 13 shots, Willie Wood by 12, Tommy Young by 10 and Alastair Russell by 1 for a resounding success. The “Auld Yins” were looking to maintain their position when closest challengers Balbardie were visiting Meadowmill on Wednesday (18th) and the kept the winning team of: P Fallen, J Robertson, B Higgins, WW Wood MBE (skip) L Middler, G Gray, B Bisset, P Laidlaw (skip) K Morgan, J McLeod, R Douglas, A Russell (skip) B J Smith, J Brodie, D Pryde, T Young (skip) Reserves: J P Hamilton & R Maguire
East Lothian sent an under 35 side to Dundee on Sunday where they faced up to Buchan/Garioch. The team held their own for the first 15 ends but suffered a late game collapse to lose the game 10 points to nil.
The club held the first Quickfire Open Pairs of the season last Friday and the winners were Stevie and Mikey Greenan who defeated B J Smith and Andy Burt with the last bowl of the game. The club are grateful to have these pairs events sponsored by Mums Catering, Aero Bowls, John McCrorie Decorator and Asset Finance Scotland Ltd. Please keep your eyes on the clubs’ Facebook page for details of the next event.