Opportunity will knock in the New Year for high profile Midlothian IBC challengers Sandra McLeish and Stacey McDougall to capture the ladies Scottish 4Bowl Pairs title for a second time each having brought the national crown back to Dalkeith with separate partners in 1999 and 2012 respectively.Read More
The Midlothian duo opened against the Tweedbank partnership of Carla and Lauren Upton who had impressed with their commanding 21-10 elimination of West Lothian champions Lisa Barrett and Jennifer Sneddon. Tit for tat exchanges over the first seven ends saw Tweedbank rewarded with an 8-7 lead however a short but explosive run of 1, 4, 1 powered Midlothian to 13-8 then having conceded two singles to 10 replied in sensational fashion. McDougall skipping McLeish to a run of 1, 2, 6 (1), 4 that accelerated them to 26-11 and they finished impressive 29-12 winners.
The opposition in the section final came in the shape of the Glasgow Whiteinch partnership of Laura Welsh and Lorna Cameron who had previously claimed the scalps of Fintry (28-15), Teviotdale (15-13), and Perth (21-11). Midlothian produced a purple patch spell of 1, 4, (1), 3 that thrust them into an 11-5 lead after 10-ends then they answered pressure at 11-10 with counts of 2, and 4 that allowed them to trade on a 17-10 supremacy that saw them win 18-15. Their immediate opposition in the Last Four stage at Aberdeen on the weekend of March 25/26 comes in the shape of notable Arbroath champions Leanne Furye and Caroline Ruxton.
Bainfield challengers Heather Stoddart and Susan Allan made an encouraging start with a 27-14 win over Stirling in the prelim round but then suffered a frustrating 23-22 defeat at the hands of Perth duo Liz Rennie and Gail Mill.