East Lothian’s 2014 national winning trio of Yvonne Veitch, Margaret Thomson, and Emma Logan (nee Brown) were going great guns in their bid for a 2016 repeat but made a shock second round exit to Glasgow in the qualifying action of The Scottish indoor bowls Triples Championship.
The Glasgow trio of Margaret McElview, Chris Holland, and full cap June Marshall did come into their clash against East Lothian with encouraging 17-12 and 16-11 wins over Cowal and Abbeyview respectively on the difficult to conquer carpet at Blantyre.
Meanwhile Logan and her front-two had shown tremendous focus and application to survive a 24-22 prelim round thriller against Headwell (Dunfermline), then answered another tough challenge against top-notch Auchinleck trio Sandra Wallace, Claire Johnston, and Jean Sykes. The omen’s certainly looked for East Lothian when Logan and Co delivered an excellent performance to edge a 17-15 nail-biter against an experienced backend with 30 and 51 caps to their name respectively.
Lanarkshire IBC was the venue for the next day’s second round play and the change of scenery turned out to be an unexpected disaster for the East Lothian trio in the shape of crushing 22-5 defeat from their largely unheralded Glasgow opposition. The result made even more puzzling by Glasgow failing to cope with Violet Smith, Alison Bradford, and Pat Johnstone of Falkirk in the section final – losing 14-11.
Meanwhile the strong challenge expected from Midlothian trio Gaynor Duncan, Jeanette Conlan, and Sandra McLeish failed to get off the ground with the stars from The Dalkeith stadium cuffed 16-11 by Abbeyview in the prelim round.
The action at Midlothian IBC saw Balbardie bring in Delia Flannigan for the absent international star Lorraine Malloy – part of the Scotland team in Cyprus for The Atlantic Rim Championships – and she lined up in the middle between Kim Ross and Sharon Leitch. Leitch had a bye into the first round proper where she skipped her trio to a 22-15 win over East fife challengers Havanna Clark, Karen McAndrew, and Celia Smith; setting up a clash with Margaret Aitken, Marie Todd, and Lauren Upton of Tweedbank.
Leitch had a bye into the first round proper where she skipped her trio to a 22-15 win over East fife challengers Havanna Clark, Karen McAndrew, and Celia Smith; setting up a clash with Margaret Aitken, Marie Todd, and Lauren Upton of Tweedbank.
Balbardie progressed into the second round with having produced a sound performance to beat their Border challengers, 26-23 in a hard fought game but entering the last end with a four shot cushion. The section final came against the young Dumbarton trio of Byrony Thomson, Emma McIntyre and junior cap Michelle Keegan that on the way had dealt a 25-9 prelim round exit to Bainfield and beat West Lothian 17-14 in the second round.
Dumbarton added Balbardie to their list of victims with Leitch and her front-two always in the hunt but having no complaints about their eventual 20-16 defeat. The semi finals line up at Falkirk on Saturday 2nd of April is, Falkirk v Dumbarton; Coatbridge v Arbroath.