West Lothian 18/4

Finals week at the West Lothian IBC produced a thrilling first night highlight with spectators at The Inveralmond Stadium treated to a real humdinger of a clash in the Gents National triples with Calum Logan skipping Blair Mackie and Cameron Greer to the title.

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East Lothian 19/4

All the major finals have been being played at the Alex Marshall Arena over the past two weeks and there have been some enthralling games for the spectators to feast upon.

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Edinburgh Weekly News 13/4

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.

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Bruce Hensell

BRUCE RAYMOND HENSELL – 1937-2019

In some remote outpost of the bowling world there may be some poor soul who has never played with or against a ‘Henselite’ bowl, but I doubt it. For in no other sport has a name reigned so supreme for so long. 

It was in 1918 that Willam D. Hensell first developed a rubber bowl for the Dunlop Rubber Company and, with his son Ray, went on to overcome the problem of expansion in extreme temperatures by experimenting with a new, more stable material called phenolformaldehyde, thus creating the first composition bowl in 1931. The ‘Henselite’ was to revolutionise the sport worldwide and supplant a centuries-old tradition of ‘woods’. But it was Ray’s son Bruce who made the Henselite company into a global business which touched the lives of millions of bowlers in every country where the game is played. To date over seven million sets have been produced.

A Victorian to his bootlaces, Bruce spent his entire life in Melbourne but visited every country where the game of bowls is played, and introduced the game to many of them.  Although he dabbled at the game himself, his real hobby was motor cycling, not in competition, but touring with friends throughout Australia and in different parts of the world.

A shrewd businessman, a gentleman, a loving husband and father, and for those of us who were lucky enough to call him a friend, a kind and generous soul who will be sadly missed. His contribution to our game is immeasurable so, the next time you step on the green spare a thought for Bruce Raymond Hensell who sadly passed away last week.

Bruce is survived by his wife Jenny and sons Mark and Alistair, and the Hensellite Company enters its second century and fourth generation in the care of Mark. A memorial service takes place on Thursday 11th April.

David McGill


West Lothian 11/4

West Lothian gents made a bold bid to finish the indoor season in a blaze of Scottish Cup 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 played at Abbeyview, Dunfermline.

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East Lothian 12/4

The East Lothian Ladies made history last Saturday when they became the first Garden County ladies team to win a team trophy when they defeated Glasgow to claim the Scottish Cup.  Victory was even sweeter given it was Glasgow who defeated them in the final of the League last year.  The game, held at Abbeyview, was a cagey affair to start with and remained quite tight for the first seven ends.

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