Edinburgh & Leith hopes of launching their 2016 campaign for the coveted Hamilton Trophy were dashed by 10 shot defeat at the hands of an East Lothian opposition that proved to be too hot a handful at Currie in their 124-114 eclipse of the capital city stars.Read More
Defeat at home is a wounding blow to a team with serious ambitions of finishing in the top two qualifying positions of the highly competitive East section; but not the end of the world as the result was a close enough call against tough opposition that are fellow frontline challengers. “We were mostly against the collar but showed encouraging fighting spirit to close an 18 shot deficit after seven ends down to zero with just three ends of the 21 to play; but East Lothian came again to prove the stronger on the run in”, said a spokesman for E&L. There was only one clean sweep in the match and coming on end seven it was a telling one in terms of moral with an 8-0 in favour of East Lothian pushing the visitors into an 18 shot lead (50-32) that lifted their tails and that of the ‘garden county’ support.
The return of Alex Marshall to the city of his birth saw the world stage legend do massive damage to his former colleagues in the shape of brilliantly skipping Stewart Thomson, Colin McLeod, and Alister Kennedy to an inspiring 18 shot triumph. Marshall carded a mighty five at end 10 to lead 18-3 then traded on the comfortable cushion to go on and inflict 28-10 pain of Kevin Tennant, Scott Rogers, Craig Paterson, and Paul O’Donnell.
E&L suffered further setbacks on the rinks skipped by James Hogg, John McDermott, and Mal Higgenbotham; but the dark cloud had two silver linings with wins for Paul Veitch and Robert Marshall. Veitch skipped Daniel Gormley, Gordon Wilson Jnr, and Alan Brown to a 28-16 win over John McCrorie having led 16-8 then generating excitement with a five at the 15th and a four at the 18th. Marshall (Robert) built on a 12-9 lead with a run of 3, 3, 1, (1) 3, to 22-10 then skipped Craig McCall, Darren McKenny, and Jamie Gracie to a 22-14 win over Billy Mellors. Hogg produced a strong 1, 2, 1, 1, 3 finish in a 21-15 defeat from Craig Valentine; McDermott slipped from 20-20 to a 24-20 defeat from Scott Kennedy; Higgenbotham was piped 21-19 by Brian Young.
West Lothian were also unable to deliver the hoped for win in their opening fixture against an equally competitive Midlothian at Buchan Park, Broxburn, and while the hard fought 116-106 defeat is no disgrace it represents a disappointing start for new manager Gordon Logan. The home team had recovered from a 13-0 loss on the first end to hold a promising 15 shot lead (47-32) after seven; but Midlothian responded to a brilliant performance from world stage star Ronnie Duncan to deliver a great win for manager Drew Pearson. Rink Scores- Grant Logan 11 Ronnie Duncan 24; Thomas Mann 18 Colin Walker 21; Ray Logan 18 Danny McDougall 19; Steve Fleming 18 Colin MacFarlane 19; Sandy McDougall 20 David Peacock 16; Neil Speirs 21 Scott Briggs 17. This weekends second round of fixtures are; East Lothian v Stirling East at Haddington; West Lothian v Fife at East Calder; West Fife v Midlothian at Townhill; Borders v E&L at Earlston.