The prospects of Brunstane doing a Leicester City are remote however having climbed from the lowest Division (5th) of the Alpha Trophies sponsored Edinburgh Bowling League to the lofty heights of the Top one (1st) they are presently putting the cat amongst the pigeons.Read More
It can also be said that they are, on occasions, setting the heather on fire judged from this weeks headline result of the new boys on the block puffing their chests out at defeating mighty Craigentinny, 5-4, albeit with home advantage. Craigentinny defending champions, record eight times title winners arrived as table toppers with an awesome 8 points lead over the chasing pack and hotter than hot favourites to wipe the floor with last seasons Division 2 runners up.
Brunstane didnt completely dwarf their giant opposition but they did give them three bloody noses in the shape of Tom Gallagher and Chris Steven landing telling punches that captured four points, and the excellent team performance bagging the bonus point. Steven is a high profile player having captured the Scottish Pairs title in 2012 under the Pilrig banner and the fervent Hibee has been doing enough with Brunstane to deserve recapturing the attention of the E&L Hamilton Trophy selectors. A head to head with former Tait Trophy champion Ian Paterson saw the young (ish) Brunstane star include an early count of 5 as he skipped Ron Sembay, Keith Young, and Bruce Young into a 15-6 lead after 10-ends. Paterson then exerted pressure by skipping Josh Spalding, Darren Smith, and David Brown back to 14; but Steven answered the testing questions with the stronger finish to edge an 18-17 thriller.
As memorable highlights on the night go the daddy of them all was the carding of a magnificent 7 by Tom Gallagher and his front-three of Dougie Skirving, Allan Hay, and James Clydesdale whose 26-12 win rattled the cage of Gavin Rogers, Stuart Betts, Gordon Bold, and Andy Caldwell. Brunstanes capture of the bonus point with their 72-71 aggregate score was down to the dramatic last end count of a mighty 5 by the rink of Dennis Anderson, Allan McKenzie, Andy Carlyle, and Jamie Gunn.
Gunn suffered a 24-18 defeat from Kevin Hunter, Lewis Betts, Kevin MacFarlane and Danny Gormley while win number two for the visitors saw Andy Jeffrey skip Craig McCall, Gary Nisbet, and Gary Muir to an 18-10 win over Martin Lewes, John Marshall, Bobby Clark, and George Johnstone. It was sods law however that Brunstanes folklore win actually saw them drop to fourth place in the league having been leapfrogged, on shot margin, by a Maitland team that that thrashed foot of the table Postal, 9-0.
Parkside remain in second place, six points adrift, with a 6-3 win at home to Tanfield that needed to be better while Hillsides 6-3 defeat at home to Northern keeps them anchored in the relegation zone.