East Lothian IBC is no stranger to national title celebrations as the Garden County is a leading area, down the years, in producing bowlers of star qualities however the latest cause for raising the roof of The Alex Marshall Arena is extra special with the jubilant hero welcome appreciating the Ladies returning from Abbeyview, Dunfermline, with their first ever capture of The Planet Grass Scottish Cup.Read More
Double figure wins on the rinks skipped by Yvonne Veitch and Janet Fairnie gave EL a comfortable supremacy on shot aggregate while a great overall team performance is reflected by the only setback being the single shot defeat of Lauren Baillie-Whyte.
The commanding 68-38 shot margin boosted in the first instance by Veitch skipping Megan Kivlin, Margaret Murray, and Dee Hoggan to a 29-10 triumph that included the magnificent highlight run of 4, 5, 5, 2, 3, 1, from 8-9 to 29-9 against Lorna Cameron.
Fairnie was also a strong finisher with the recently crowned Scottish Seniors Singles Champion carding 2, 1, 3, 1, 2,1 to skip Melisaa Penman, Mags Thomson, and Emma Logan to a 22-10 victory over June Marshall.
A Hat-trick of wins looked assuredly on the cards with Baillie-Whyre and her front three of Jackie McFaralne, Beth Riva, and Gillian Mackintosh leading 17-11 however late losses of 4, 1,, saw them piped, 18-17, by Natalie Docherty.
Team manager Gordon Pryde reflected Our ladies have shown great commitment and played consistently well to deserve this most significant of triumphs so a massive well done from me to them.
Meanwhile a double bill of Scottish Cup finals at Abbeyview sawWest Lothian gents make a bold bid to finish their season in a blaze of glory but the stars from the Inveralmond Stadium in Livingston were eclipsed by a 6-4 points defeat, dished out by Blantyre in a hard fought final.
The win honours between the four rinks were evenly distributed but the scales of match victory were tipped against the six times champions with Blantyres narrow 83-79 supremacy on shot aggregate.
Wins for the rinks skipped by Calum Logan and Neil Speirs were much applauded by the WL support as they were achieved at the expense of opposition icon figures Iain McLean and Stewart Anderson.
Logan conjuring up a magic finishing run of 1, 1, 1, 6 to skip Darren Pearce, Raymond Logan, and Mark Allison to an exhilarating 24-16 win over McLean, raising the growing aggregate score tensions as the match moved towards its final climax.
Speirs also produced a furious fighting finish with a run of 3, 2, 2, (1), to skip Bryan Cooper, Ian Drysdale ( C) , and Thomas Mann to a 25-20 win over Anderson.
Blantyre, who had defeated WL in the 2012 final, were inspired to title victory by the damage inflicted by Jim Meikle, and Brian Irvine on the WL rinks skipped by Craig Moss, and James Speirs.
Moss and his front-three of George Sneddon, Barry Sword, and Jamie Aitken faced an uphill battle at 16-8 down after 12-ends and the uplift of a mighty count of 5 on end 16 wasnt inspirational enough to avoid a 25-17 defeat.
Speirs (James) and his rink of Richard Mark, Dougie Mitchell, and Gary Orr were in the toils at 17-7 down after 14 ends and went on to suffer a 22-13 defeat.
Meanwhile the match aggregate points looked well out of sight when trailing 75-57
with three ends to go but WL did reduce it to 83-79 with a commendable fighting finish of 4-3; 8-0; 3-3; 7-2.