Craigentinny opened their 2017 campaign in Division 1 of The Alpha Trophies sponsored Edinburgh Bowling league with a sound 7-2 away win over Hillside and the defending champions are hoping to build a momentum with home advantage over Northern in tonightss second round of fixtures.Read More
The latest news from the Craigentinny camp is that the enforced absence of Kevin Hunter and Gary Muir has paved the way for the introduction of two new faces in the shape of Alex Noble and Graeme Cook. Noble is a new recruit having moved to the capital city from a Deeside club and is a player of notable pedigree in that he has played at Hamilton Trophy level on 72 occasions and has experience of skipping in that theatre of Counties Championship dreams. Cook has moved across the city from Ardmillan BC and makes his debut for the record eight times Division 1 champions in a formidable looking team that reads, Rink 1. Craig McCall, Alex Noble, Gary Nisbet, and Andrew Jeffrey. Rink 2. Gavin Rogers, Stuart Betts, Gordon Bold, and Willie McDonald. Rink 3. Graeme Cook, Lewis Betts, Andrew Caldwell, and Daniel Gormley. Rink 4. Darren Smith, Kevin McFarlane, Ian Paterson, and David brown. Northern failed to hit the ground running in their opening match and despite home advantage were forced to play second fiddle in a 5-4 defeat from newly promoted Brunstane.
Brunstane will be greatly enthused by their away win and are on home territory tonight but their form will be put to the test by the visit of last seasons Division 2 champions, Postal, albeit they arrive on the back of a 7-2 defeat at home to Parkside.
Parkside champions in 2007/12/15 are a strong force to be reckoned but their strength in depth for this latest campaign will be put to the test by a competitive Maitland team who were well pleased with their opening 6-3 win at home to Tanfield.
Tanfield won the last of their six title triumphs back in 2006 so have a hunger to recapture former glories but have lost star figure Mal Higgenbotham to East Lothian circles this season and will be tested by the visit of Hillside.
Queensberry were surprise relegation victims from last seasons Division 1 and their intent on a quick return to the highest echelon of the EBL was signalled by a resounding 8-1 away win over 2016 Division 3 champions, Mayfield, in the opening fixture. However week 2 of the 14 match campaign brings a stiffer test in the shape of a visit from a Summerside team that arrives on the high of delivering a 9-0 thumping at home to former elite club Pilrig. Tonights other Division 2 fixtures are, Pilrig v West End; Wardie v Willowbrae; Leith v Mayfield.