After over 40 years it looks like the Edinburgh Evening News has given up taking reports from any games. Stewart has been given a few hints about this but there has been no Bowling News in the paper for over a month. A very bad way to tell someone that not wanting any more story’s . Im sure that all Bowling clubs and their Members would like to thank Stewart for all his hard work over the years when the sport was getting all the publicity they could take. It now means that a lot of thought will have to go into this site if it is worth while for 2020.
Lawn bowling clubs across the Capital are in danger of going bust if a council service to pick up their grass clipping is withdrawn, it has been claimed.
The city council is set to agree that lawn bowling clubs across the city will have to commercially dispose of the waste produced from trimming their lawns, at rates much more expensive than those presently charged by the authority.
Clubs have criticised the move, saying that the cost to them could seriously impact their ability to operate.
Stephen Fox, Treasurer of Whitehouse Bowling Club, said: “It has financial implications but also a logistical issue in finding someone to replace what is a useful and well functioning community service already provided by the council.
“We hope sense will prevail and that the council at its meeting today will agree to continue these collections.”
However Neil Ross, Liberal Democrat Cllr for Morningside Ward, has brought a motion to the council today to try to have the council to reassess their decision. Cllr Ross said: “The council’s garden waste policy treats lawn bowling clubs like commercial businesses and forces them to find a commercial contractor to uplift their grass cuttings or to dispose of them as landfill.
“The council should instead be encouraging lawn bowling clubs across the city as they provide an affordable and accessible hub of informal care and support to a broad spectrum of their local community, not to mention access to a healthy outdoor environment and health-giving sport for all ages and levels of ability. I am aware that access to this network of social support is highly valued by older people and the single elderly in particular.
“This is why I support a change in the council’s policy towards garden waste collection for bowling clubs.”
Lawn bowls is often seen by many as a vital service for the elderly, keeping them from the dangers of isolation and loneliness. But clubs have emphasised that they support members from all backgrounds and ages.
Lyn Blackhall, a member at Whitehouse Bowling Club, said: “The sport is very important for tackling elderly loneliness. You could spend seven days a week down at the club if you wished, whether that is playing or just socialising.”
A council spokesperson said: “We are currently in discussions about resolving this issue.”
Play in the Weslo Housing Management Seniors Open got underway on Tuesday with two former Seniors League football stars in the shape of Colin Stein of Linlithgow and Gordon Logan of Kirkliston both hitting the target to score commanding prelim round victory.
One of the 21 games down for decision produced a 21-20 thriller with Bill Grier of Pumpherston edging home at the expense of Robert Clover of Kinneil.
Today’s (Thur) First Round play (11-30am) on greens around the County pitches Logan against Eddie Caulfield at East Calder while Stein will parade his skills at the same venue against David Peel of West Calder.
Gary Smith – who has a WL Masters and a Champion of Champions title on a glittering CV is drawn against John Black of Buchan Park who reigned as the Scottish Seniors Singles Champion in 2014.
Next weeks ongoing play brings the Second Round into the spotlight on Tuesday then the Third Round on Thursday.
Tonight’s (Thur) semi final line up in the WLBA Top Five Singles features Linlithgow v Glenmavis at Middleton Hall and Armadale v Middleton Hall at Broxburn. The final is scheduled for this Saturday at 2pm with Armadale the venue.
The results of Tuesday night’s quarterfinals action were; Bridgeness 1 Linlithgow 4; Glenmavis 3 Broxburn 2; Armadale 3 Bathgate 2; Ratho 2 Middleton Hall 3.
West Lothian’s bid to make a successful defence of the Seniors Matt Purdie title fell at the last hurdle with the 2018 champions suffering a narrow defeat at the hands of East Lothian in the final played at Haddington on Monday. West Lothian emerged with the upper hand on three of the five rinks but suffered a narrow 5 shot defeat (73-68) with the garden county dishing out a severe 33-7 punishment of the rink skipped by Ronnie Erskine while Jimmy Speirs lost 14-9. The WL succeses saw Gary Smith win 18-11; Gordon Logan win 15-7; and George Sneddon win 19-8.
Play in the abandoned 21st £4000 West Lothian Masters resumes on Sunday at Stoneyburn Community Bowling Club with the final days play featuring the semi finals at 1pm and the final at 3-30pm. The Last Four line up chasing the £1000 Masters Title and the Signature Green Jacket pitches Tam Whitfield of Glenmavis against Ian Robertson of Newbridge; and Steven Fleming of Linlithgow against Paul Sweeney of Newbridge.
East Lothian won the Matt Purdie Trophy at Haddington on Monday following a five shot win over holders West Lothian in a game played on an excellent surface.Read More
The race for the East Coast Carpets League One title came to a conclusion last Friday and the champagne corks were once again popping at Cockenzie & Port Seton Bowling Club for a third consecutive year. The leaders went into their home game against Prestongrange knowing four points would most likely be suffice due to their superior shots difference and they delivered the title with a 6-2 home win. The scoreline was closer than the final result suggests and Prestongrange came within a couple of late deliveries of turning the result into a 5-3 win for them which would have resulted in Haddington winning the league following their 8-0 win against Dunbar. Following East Linton defeating Elphinstone 8-0 in a re-arranged game earlier in the week they were safe and Winton went into their final fixture know that full points were required to survive in the league, however, the result against Elphinstone went the opposite way with the 8-0 defeat meaning Winton were sent down along with Dunbar. Other scores were Castlepark 6 East Linton 2 and Tranent 4 EL Co-op 4.
In Division Two there was a lot to play for as mathematically Ormiston, West Barns and Aberlady could all still win the league. It however, transpired that Ormiston defeated Haddington A 6-2 to mean only West Barns could catch them if they defeated Aberlady 8-0, however the points were shared meaning Ormiston won the league. West Barns were jubilant though as the four points they won meant they joined Ormiston in the top division next season. Relegation was settled with Haddington A down and Longniddry requiring two points to avoid the drop which they achieved in a 6-2 loss to East Linton A meaning the Labour Club fall to Division Three whilst other scores on the night were Macmerry 2 Port Seton 6 and EL Co-op A 8 EL Labour Club 0.
Division Three’s promotion issues had been resolved as Tranent A and Prestongrange A were both promoted with Tranent leading Prestongrange by three points going into the last fixtures and with both winning 6-2 Tranent A were crowned champions. Relegation wise Haddington B were already down and the final spot was between Castlepark A on 46 points, Dunbar A on 47 and Athelstaneford also on 46 points. Castlepark A won 8-0 to avoid relegation whilst Dunbar A were defeated 7-1 at home to Co’path and Athelstaneford lost 6-2 at Prestongrange to mean that Athelstaneford were down due to an inferior shots difference.
In Division Four one game remains and Stenton now lead Prestongrange B by seven points and know that two points in their final fixture at home to Ormiston A will see them crowned champions. Prestongrange B know they are also promoted to Division Three, however they will look to capitalise on any slip up from Stenton with maximum points at home to EL Co-op B.
The new League Cup competitions drew to a conclusion on Saturday with four finals days played across the county. It was the league champions Port Seton who triumphed in the League One Cup at Gifford having defeated East Linton in the semi-final and Castlepark in the final. Castlepark defeated Haddington in the other semi-final. The final was a cracking affair with the lead changing hands on a couple of occasions before the game came down to the last bowl with Port Seton one up overall and lying the shot on the final rink. Castlepark skip George Thomson played a running bowl which hit its target perfectly and lay the shot momentarily before falling over and resulting in Port Seton still holding the one shot required. In the Division Two League Cup promotion winners West Barns were crowned the winners following play at Prestongrange where they defeated EL Co-op A in the final following semi-final wins for West Barns over Ormiston and El Co-op A over Longniddry.
Division Three League Cup winners at East Linton were Tranent A who defeated Prestongrange A in the final after they had both defeated North Berwick and Cockburnspath respectively in their semi-finals. To cap of an excellent weekend for Port Seton their A team captured the Division Four League Cup at Elphinstone by defeating Aberlady A in the final. Port Seton defeated Ormiston A in the semi-finals whilst Aberlady A defeated Prestongrange C.
The Champion of Champions gets underway next month and several championships have been decided with Brian Burnside defeating Sam Gray 21-15 at Prestongrange while Scott Kennedy defeated Jamie Gordon 21-20 in a cracker at Port Seton. Scottish Champion Gordon White is again the Aberlady champion giving him a chance to defend his national title following his final victory over Stuart Robison. Grant Thomson defeated Graham Bell 21-14 to capture the East Linton title, Dean Riva was the 21-18 victor over Adam Osbourne at EL Co-op and Gary Henderson scooped the Longniddry championship following a 21-12 win over David Wyllie. Colin Glen is Elphinstone champion following a 21-10 success over Mark Riding, John Holmes Jnr defeated Graham Dickson 2-16 to win the EL Labour Club championship and Dan Rowley was the 21-14 winner over Dick Veitch at Ormiston.
The County finals take place this Saturday at Elphinstone. Due to recent poor weather several quarter finals were due to take place on Monday and Tuesday nights of this week, followed by the semi-finals on Wednesday. A full report of results will appear in the column next week.
The Garden County Young Guns were in action last Sunday when they had two comprehensive victories over Midlothian (+24) and Edinburgh (+16) at Craigentinny to move forward to the national finals of the Andy Houston trophy at Blacklands, Kilwinning on Sunday 1st September where they will face West Lothian, for the title. Anyone interested in a seat on the bus travelling through to support the youngsters should contact convenor Stuart Thomson.
County Young Gun Kieran Dodds was due to represent Scotland in the Under 18s Tri-Nations event taking place in Belfast on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week.
The following team has been selected to represent East Lothian in the Under 25 Calder Cup round robin format against Dumbartonshire, West Lothian and Ayrshire at Sighthill on Sunday 25th August: Pairs: Kieran Simants & Declan French Triples: Danny Stevenson, Reece Cochrane & Dean Riva Fours: Kieran Dodds, Chris Brock, Calum Darling & Joe Mower
The Gifford Senior Open Triples sponsored by Tillicoultry Quarries, A Dagg (Plant Hire) Ltd and Gifford Garage takes place on Wednesday 28th August and the following is the draw: 9.30am – J McLeod, J Kerr, C Kennedy, Dirleton 2, E Denholm, J Carpenter, T Taylor, P Fallen, I Gibson, T Bradshaw, J Bain, B Brownlee 10.30am – Dirleton 1, M McLeod, J Stevenson, W W Wood, J Stephen, Bellsburn 1, J Forbes, B Donaldson, T Kerr, E Bell, R Skea, Bellsburn 2.
Carrick Knowes narrow 5-4 win away to foot of the table Brunstane duly clinched their capture of the coveted Division 1 title in the Alpha Trophies Edinburgh Bowling League at the first time of asking– and completed the fantastic straight seasons title journey from Division 5. A record unlikely to ever be equalled.Read More
Sighthill were comfortably crowned Division 2 champions finishing 13 points clear of Tanfield who gained promotion by a single point margin over third placed Bainfield.
Wardie and West End were relegated and make way for Division 3 champions Goldenacre and second placed Leith who tied on points with Dean but enjoyed a better shot margin of 93 against 44. Willowbrae and Pilrig will spend next season in Division 4.
London Round Foundry thumped Merchiston 8-1 to clinch the Division 4 title just 2 points ahead of Currie while Whitehouse & Grange and Trinity are relegated.
Balerno completed their Division 5 programme with an 8-1 win over Liberton that sparked the title celebrations 4 points ahead of Beechwood who are also promoted.
Play in the £4000 21st West Lothian Masters was finally halted by the weather after the quarterfinals stage and the semi finals and final will now be played at Stoneyburn Community Bowling Club on Sunday 25th August. The Last Four chasing the £1000 Masters Cheque and the signature Green Jacket are;
Tam Whitfield of Glenmavis v Ian Robertson of Newbridge and No14 seed Steven Fleming of Linlithgow v Paul Sweeney of Newbridge.
Sundays quarterfinals at Stoneyburn saw the surprise exit of two seeds in the shape of No2 Grant Logan of Kirkliston and No16 Frazer Muirhead of Uphall Station. Logan- seeking to capture a record establishing fifth Masters Crown bit the dust at the 21-13 hands fellow Hamilton Trophy colleague Paul Sweeney while Muirhead made a 21-15 exit to Tam Whitfield. The other quarterfinal ties saw Ian Robertson edge a 21-19 battle against Pumpherston teenager Liam Thomson while Fleming also had his hands full in dealing a 21-18 exit to Jamie Aitken of Newbridge.
Haddington will represent East Lothian in next seasons Inter County Top Ten having defeated West Barns in the semi final then East Linton to capture the Garden County qualifying event the Jubilee Cup.
Haddington is this Mondays venue for the final of the Seniors Inter County Matt Purdie Trophy (12nooon) between East Lothian and holders West Lothian.
Play in the £4000 21st West Lothian Masters was finally halted by the weather after the quarterfinals stage and the semi finals and final will now be played at Stoneyburn Community Bowling Club on Sunday 25th August.Read More
Tam Whitfield of Glenmavis v Ian Robertson of Newbridge and No14 seed Steven Fleming of Linlithgow v Paul Sweeney of Newbridge.
Sundays’ quarterfinals at Stoneyburn saw the surprise exit of two seeds in the shape of No2 Grant Logan of Kirkliston and No16 Frazer Muirhead of Uphall Station. Logan- seeking to capture a record establishing fifth Masters Crown – bit the dust at the 21-13 hands fellow Hamilton Trophy colleague Paul Sweeney while Muirhead made a 21-15 exit to Tam Whitfield.
The other quarterfinal ties saw Ian Robertson edge a 21-19 battle against Pumpherston teenager Liam Thomson while Fleming also had his hands full in dealing a 21-18 exit to Jamie Aitken of Newbridge.
The Players Sweepstake – sponsored by G.F Lift Hydraulics – brings an extra dynamic of interest to the event and the four still standing are; Raymond Reid of Queensferry (Tam Whitfield); Gary Smith of Linlithgow (Ian Roberston); Grant Ramsay of East Calder (Steven Fleming); and Cameron Fraser of Whitburn (Paul Sweeney.
The holders of the player making an exit in the quarterfinals each receive a £50 voucher from Slaters Menswear and they are; Falconer Crichton of East Calder (Frazer Muirhead; Cameron Greer of Bathgtae (Liam Thomson); Jamie Edwards of Broxburn (Jamie Aitken); and James Punton of Glenmavis (Grant Logan).
The 5th Round results – section Finals – were; Frazer Muirhead 21 Calum Melrose (Deans) 11; Tam Whitfield 21 Thomas Mann (8) (Newbridge) 19; Liam Thomson 21 Kerran reeder (Kirkliston) 8; Ian Roberston 21 Scott Mushett (Linlithgow 14; Steven Fleming 21 Cammy Robertson (Blackburn) 12; Jamie Aitken 21 Gary Orr (Linlithgow) 8; Paul Sweeney 21 Andrew Semple (Oakbank) 20; Grant Logan 21 David Gemmell Jnr (Winchburgh) 18.
West Lothian Seniors travelled to play Borders at Hawick Wilton in the final section match of the Matt Purdie Trophy and the defending champions produced a strong performance to finish top and so book their place in the final. The must win match saw WL triumph 79-52 with victories achieved by Gordon Logan (16-13); George Sneddon (15-10); Jim Speirs (25-6); and Gary Smith (13-10); while the only defeat saw Ronnie Erskine lose 13-10. The final is this Monday at Haddington and it is sure to be a tough one to win as the opposition is East Lothian playing on the home patch.
The WL line up is; Rink 1. Tommy Turnbull (Broxburn), Brian Walker (Queensferry), Colin Stein (Linlithgow); and Gordon Logan (Kirkliston). Rink 2. Jimmy Paterson (East Calder), Davie Boyd (Kirkliston), David Wilson (Broxburn), and George Sneddon (Broxburn). Rink 3. Stan Gardiner (Mid Calder), Bob Mackay (Armadale), Ian Robertson (Newbridge) and Gary Smith (Linlithgow). Rink 4. John Black (Buchan Park), Robert Saunders (Whitburn), Raymond Reid (Queensferry) and Jim Speirs (Ratho). Rink 5. Davy Peel (West Calder), Alister Wilson (Linlithgow), Gordon Scott (Armadale), and Ronnie Erskine (Winchburgh).