Scottish Cup fever returns to the Midlothian ladies camp this weekend with the temperature of the defending champions rising ahead of Saturday’s tough indoor bowls semi final challenge against fellow premier league opposition in the shape of Arbroath at East Fife.Read More
“Our early round wins over Balbardie, Bainfield, and East Lothian have been achieved in encouraging style but all justifying the form book against oppositions of Division 1 calibre so Arbroath represent a different kettle of fish”, said Midlothian spokeswoman Shona Johnstone.
Midlothian will be viewed as the underdogs on this occasion as Arbroath finished top of their premier league section and showed up well in their 12 shot defeat from Auchinleck in the recent playoff final for the title. It is a matter of frustration in the Dalkeith camp that last seasons cup winners have never been able to field a full strength team at any stage of the current campaign and it is the same scenario for this semi final with high profile full caps Stacey McDougall, Jeanette Conlan, Gaynor Duncan, and Kelly McDougall all absentees.
Sandra Muir and Elizabeth Frances join Stacey McDougall as the absentees from the quarterfinal line up and the selectors have responded to that challenge by welcoming back Norma Shillinglaw, Margaret Porter, and icon cap figure Sandra McLeish.
Johnstone is the team captain and she said “ Midlothian ladies have been performing admirably under challenging circumstances this season in league and cup matches so our spirits are high albeit the challenge presented by Arbroath is formidable”. A re-structured line up reads, Rink 1. Lorna Goldsmith, Norma Shillinglaw, Mary Brownlee, and Sandra McLeish. Rink 2. Elaine Young, Charlene Williamson, Grace McGregor, and Margaret Porter. Rink 3. Dorothy Millar, Janette McVicar, Annette Wilson, and Ann Rutherford. Rink 4. Ellie Borthwick, Alison Plenderleith, Mary Clement, and Shona Johnstone.
The celebration mode is a familiar one at The Dalkeith Stadium and the latest triumph achieved by last season’s winner of The Club of The Year accolade is the triumph of Margaret Peacock and Margaret Porter in capturing the Scottish Seniors Pairs crown.
Porter skipped her lead to an 18-7 win over Fraserburgh in the semi finals at Prestwick IBC then pressed on from 10-7 up in the final to beat Jane Campbell and Helen Dobson of Paisley 15-7 for the title.
“Now its your turn to polish my silverware instead of my fingers being down to the bone with all your cups and stuff”, was the words of Margaret Peacock to her high profile sons Billy and David.
Hopes were high at the championships climax that East Lothian stars Jim Robertson and Willie Wood MBE would shine the brightest in the gents pairs but their 18-8 win over Forfar in the semi finals was followed by a 20-12 defeat from Falkirk in the final.
Supporters of Edinburgh club Bainfield saw their gents trio of Adam Brok, Mike Sutherland, and Stuart Wilson make a 20-9 semi final exit to eventual title winners Auchinleck.