National title triumphs for Midlothian, East Lothian, and Balbardie in West Lothian represented a glorious hat trick for Lothian in a memorable climax to the finals of the Scottish indoor bowls Championship events played at Coatbridge.Read More
The Midlothian partnership of Billy Peacock and Colin Walker captured the Gents 4Bowl Pairs Crown while the East Lothian rink of Jamie Higgins, Joe Mower, Scott Kennedy and Derek Oliver etched their names on the silverware of the Gents Fours.
And ace duo Sharon Leitch and Lorraine Craig of the Balbardie club, based in Bathgate, were flushed with the high emotions of title success when turning up trumps for an exhilarating third time in the Ladies 4Bowl Pairs.
The championships did however have its disappointments and it came two-fold for the Midlothian camp with Paul Innes losing his semi final of the Under 21 Singles and the rink of Susan Liddle, Alison Plenderleith, Sandra McLeish, and Stacey McDougall edged out in the final of the Ladies Fours.
Midlothians challenge in the Gents Pairs got off to a brilliant start in their semi final with Walker skipping Peacock into an 11-2 lead after eight ends then advancing to 15-5 after 11 against Derek Murray and Raymond Clark of Fraserburgh. Entering the finishing straight with a 15-10 lead the star duo from The Dalkeith Stadium produced a grandstand-finishing run of 1, 1, 1, 1, 3 that swept them into the final with a 22-10 victory. The final presented an awesome challenge in the shape of title-holders Craig Lindsay and Paul Foster MBE of Prestwick; but it was the cheer leaders from the Midlothian camp that were first to be enthused in the shape of a 6-1 lead after five ends. Leads of 11-4 and 13-8 continued to reflect the supremacy of Peacock and Walker then when brought under pressure at 13-12 they answered the challenge with a 2, 1, (1), finish to trigger a 16-13 title winning salute. I won this title with Ronnie Duncan in 2014 and am thrilled to have won it for a second time however I am particularly over the moon for Billy (Peacock) as his form over the entire campaign was dazzling and his build up play giving me loads of opportunities, reflected Walker.
East Lothian bridged a 13 year gap when welcoming the return of the Gents Fours Trophy to the gleaming silverware cabinet of their Meadowmill Stadium and the final countdown was achieved at the expense of Coatbridge and Galleon Oliver gave his forthcoming medal winning expedition to Australias Gold Coast a great morale boost by skipping his front-three to a latest national crown celebration with a battling 21-18 win over John McCabe Jnr (skip) of Galleon in the final. A game-changing highlight saw Oliver conjure up a magic two-bowl take out for a 3 shot reward and a 12-10 lead on end 13 then skip his rink to a gold plated count of 4 that established a six shot advantage. With the outcome back in the melting pot at 16-16 the EL four answered the heat with a sizzling finish of 1, 3, (2), 1 to bask in the acclaim of national champions.
Sharon Leitch and Lorraine Craig of Balbardie were driven by a fierce ambition to add to their previous title celebrations of 2006 and 2011 in the ladies 4Bowl Pairs Championship and rose to the occasion with wins over Stonehaven and Whiteinch. Helped by the count of a magnificent 7 to lead 19-12 they went on the beat Rosie Wood and twice national champion Cathy McIntosh, 24-18, then stayed on from 14-7 to beat Anne Marie Taggart and Laura Welsh, 21-16, in the final.
Paul Innes made a 21-10 exit to eventual champion Darren Weir of Prestwick in his Under 21 Singles semi final while the Midlothian ladies rink beat Blantyre 24-12 before losing a hard fought 17-14 battle to Lynn Stein of East Fife in the final.
News just in the Edinburgh & Leith A.G.M. has been Cancelled for tonight due to weather conditions and will be held next Thursday at Bainfield Bowling Club. 7pm.