The inaugural Pro-Am Triples tournament staged by East Lothian IBC at their Alex Marshall Arena and co-sponsored by Johnston Fuels and Medical & Professional was an outstanding success; and hailed the trio of Lewis Betts, Billy Mellors, and Stewart Anderson as Champions.Read More
The starting field was 24 strong with the initial round robin stage of six sections producing winners in the shape of the trios skipped by star figures John McCrorie, Billy Allan, Graham Robertson, Derek Oliver, Darren Burnett, Stewart Anderson, Robert Grant, and Colin Walker. The knockout stage saw the line up of Betts, Mellors, and Anderson progress into the showcase final where the promise of an exciting climax to the event was signalled by an awesome opposition comprising James Hogg, Willie Wood MBE, and Graham Robertson.
The final confrontation didnt disappoint with the spectators kept on tenterhooks as an epic battle went right down to the wire before a narrow two shot supremacy saw the Anderson skipped trio trigger the victory salute.
The reflection of event organiser Billy Mellors was that every youth player that took part rose to the occasion with suitably inspired performance levels while a prominent display from the Para Bowlers saw Michael Simpson, Garry Brown, and Billy Allan just edged out in the quarterfinals.
East Lothian ladies pulled off a shock result in the first round (proper) clash against their high profile neighbour rivals, Midlothian, in the Scottish Cup tie clash at Tweedbank. Shock may be too strong a description in that EL had finished runners up to their Dalkeith opponents in the recently completed East Division of the Premier League; but Midlothian had captured the Cup honours as recently as 2015; and were keen to compensate for losing out in the recent playoff final of the PL. I dont think our wildest dreams conjured up a 9-1 points victory as the team knew we had to be on our A game form to even compete with our strong neighbours so I am chuffed to bits that we rose to that challenge and were worthy winners, said team manager Sheena Currie.
Yvonne Veitch emerged the headline star for the garden county with a rock-solid performance to skip Melissa Penman (debutant), Muriel Hamilton, and Nancy McNeil to a superlative 31-11 win over Grace McGregor.
Emma Logan showed her internal class form to skip Margaret Murray, Jean Russell, and Megan Kivlin to a 26-14 win over Anne Rutherford while the rink of Pat Turner, Cathy Ward, Mags Thomson, and Janet Fairnie beat Shona Johnstone, 22-20.
The Midlothian blushes were only slightly spared by the rink skipped by Margaret Porter fighting out a 15-15 share of the points with Rose Campbell, Rosemary Mackintosh, Irene Gray, and Gillian Mackintosh. Also in the Cup, Balbardie beat East Fife 6-4 at Abbeyview; Bainfield were crushed 10-0 by Falkirk at Livingston; West Lothian were humbled, 9-1, by Stirling at Falkirk.