Midlothian IBC are double-handed in the final stages of the Scottish indoor bowls Seniors Championships being staged at Cumbernauld over the weekend.
Premier League star Lindsey Plenderleith -–a former mainstream winner of the Scottish 4Bowl Pairs under the outdoor code brings that pedigree to the Triples discipline where he skips Tom Cropley and Richard Rattray. The formidable Midlothian trio face Ardrossan in today’s semi finals play with the winner going forward to meet Garioch or Whiteinch in Sunday’s final. Midlothian also contest the Pairs where Kenny Malcolm and Alex Cox represent the banner and face Galleon in the semi finals with the winners going on to play Aberdeen or West of Scotland in Sunday’s final. Also down for decision are The Singles and The Fours in which there is no challenge from clubs in Edinburgh and The Lothians.
Bathgate based club Balbardie aim to be at their Sunday best when they tackle Borders challengers Tweedbank at Stirling in tomorrow’s quarterfinals action of the indoor bowls Scottish Team (Mixed) Championship event. Both clubs have past form the team championship with the Balbardie name etched on the silverware in years 1994 and 2007 while Tweedbank have yet to capture the national crown but reached the finals of 1986 and 1992.
Balbardie have two former West Lothian Masters within their ranks in the shape of Peter Lynch who plays the spearhead role in the Singles and Brian Craig who leads to 2014 Commonwealth Games internationalist Lorraine Malloy in the Pairs. Walter McDougall skips Kim Ross and full indoor cap Sharon Leitch in the Triples while Morven Shearer, Margo Duff, Ritchie Templeton, and outdoor cap Ewan Shearer form the Fours.
The sad passing of weel kent ambassador figure Ian McFarlane at the age of 83 is being mourned by Edinburgh Bowling Circles at large with the former Market Gardener in the capital giving long service to Blackhall BC and the Edinburgh & Leith Bowling Association. Ian served Blackhall on two occasions as Club President and the value of his contributions as Green Ranger over many years was immense to the reputation of the playing surface and surrounds being one of the best in the capital. The Edinburgh & Leith Bowling Association benefited from the business acumen from Ian when he joined their committee and rose to the highest rank of President in year 2000. Aknowledged as being ‘a true and immaculately presented gentlemen of the sport’ Ian will always be remembered for introducing the Millennium Top Five Singles to the E&L calendar and marking that top event with his donation of The Ian McFarlane Trophy for annual competition.