Edinburgh champions Slateford look forward to the 2016 outdoor bowling season fired up by an ambition to make a title-winning impression on the Co-operative Funeralcare sponsored Scottish Inter County Top Ten Championship, having captured the coveted national crown on two previous occasions.
“We have inspirational memories of becoming the first club to etch our name on the coveted silverware two years in a row back in seasons 1996 and 1997 and that happens to be the last time the trophy came back to the capital” reflected spokesman Gordon Ramsay.
Slateford have received a bye into the first round proper and will launch their bid for fresh glories with a challenging away visit to Argyll & Bute champions Argyll on Sunday 22nd May. There is extra incentive for the Edinburgh champions to reach the Final Day stage of the event as the climax to the nationwide Inter County Top Ten takes place at capital city venue Colinton BC on Sunday 12th June.
The Scottish Inter County Top Ten (Bowls) Association has announced a continuity of headline sponsorship from The Co-operative Funeralcare with the 2016 commitment to the popular grassroots club event extending the support into a fifth year.
The Scottish Top Ten is played on a knockout basis in May/June and embraces the champion club of the nations 25 City and County Associations playing in the popular team format of Singles, Pairs, Triples, and Fours. Launched as a national championship in 1982 The Inter County Top Ten has captured the imagination of club bowlers ever since and enters its 35th year of competition enjoying the status of being considered Scotland’s number one club event.
John Taylor, Community Engagement Manager for The Co-operative Funeralcare, said “Supporting the Local Communities we serve is right at the heart of our heritage and that goal is well served by our association with The Scottish Inter County Top Ten as it is an event that touches a bowls population that is over 60,000 strong”
1st Round Sunday 15th May
Clackmannan & Kinross – Paton & Baldwins v Highland – Huntly
Buchan County – New Pitsligo v Borders – Chirnside
The Stewartry – Dalbeatie v Dumbartonshire – Rock
East Lothian – Tranent v Aberdeen & Kincardine – Inverurie
Midlothian – Bonnyrigg v West Fife – Lochgelly
Perthshire – Bankfoot v Stirling County – Grahamston
Renfrewshire – Paisley Caledonia v Glasgow – Busby
West Lothian – Newbridge v Wigtownshire – Stranraer
Northern Counties – Fortrose & Rosemarkie v Ayrshire – Troon Portland
2ns Round Sunday 22nd May
1 v 2; 3 v 4; 5 v 6; 7 v 8;
9 v Fife – Strathmiglo
Argyll & Bute – Argyll v Edinburgh – Slateford
Angus – Newgate v Dumfriesshire – Lockerbie
Lanarkshire – Overtown & Waterloo v Bon Accord – Northern
3rd Round Sunday 29th May
Semi Finals and Final Sunday 12th June at Colinton BC – Edinburgh.