Tranent’s Scottish Singles Champion of 2017 Dee Hoggan is in Australia at the moment taking part in the prestigious World Singles Champion of Champions at the St Johns Park Bowls Club. The competition commenced on Monday October 29 and lasts for seven days featuring twenty eight men and twenty four women in action on the pristine greens.Read More
At the time of writing Dee had opened up with a narrow loss to the host nation before bouncing back with two emphatic wins over Argentina and Hong Kong to sit third in her section. Dee was due to play ten further section games up until Friday before the knockout stages take place over this weekend. A full report on her progress will be in next week’s article.
Ladies Club Champion Janet Fairnie was in National Singles action last Saturday in Glasgow. Janet opened up with an excellent 21-16 win over Coatbridge but unfortunately succumbed to talented internationalist Claire Walker (Blantyre) 21-8 in their second round encounter.
East Lothian Seniors representatives were also in Scottish action at the weekend. At the Alex Marshall Arena Willie Wood won his first round encounter and will now face Lindsay Plenderleith from Midlothian in the last sixteen, again at home, on Sunday 25 November. The pair of Billy Higgins and Alastair Russell faced Abbeyview in what turned out to be a highly entertaining match, although unfortunately, they were edged out by one shot. Our Triple of Lessel Middler, Dougie Berwick and Tom Young were in action against Headwell at West Lothian in what was also a close encounter with our triple going into the last end peels, but coming out victorious. They now face Abbeyview at Allander on 25th November.
This weekend young Aaron Betts is in Scottish Junior Singles action at Falkirk where he faces Berwickshire is his first game at 11am.
The Gent’s team suffered a setback to their league campaign last Saturday when they returned from a trip to Turriff at the wrong end of a 99-65 scoreline. All four rinks ended up losing in a game which Turriff bossed from the early stages. The team have no game this weekend due to the Junior Singles and next face a must win home fixture against Bainfield on 10th November whom they sit one point behind in the table.
Last Wednesday the Seniors got their league campaign back on track, following their loss to Midlothian, with an emphatic 47 shot win over Tweedbank. It looked like being a closely fought game early on with the score at 17-16 after five ends, however, over the next five end spell East Lothian scored 32 shots to a reply of only 5 shots and thereafter the result was never in doubt with a final score of 85-38. All four rinks recorded wins, Willie Wood MBE won 24-9, Dougie Berwick by 23-11, Tommy Young 21-10 and Andy Burt by 17-8. On Wednesday the auld yins made two changes for their trip to Bainfield for the final game in the first half of the league with Gordon Gray and Ronnie Duncan coming in at the expense of Alan Valentine and Duncan Hogg.