East Lothian’s under twenty fives were crowned Calder Cup champions last Sunday at Sighthill.  The tournament was in a Top Nine format and started off at a round robin group stage.  The Garden County Juniors opened up with an assured 5-2 win over Dunbartonshire before soundly defeating Ayrshire and West Lothian 7-0 to top their section.  They then faced Renfrewshire in the semi-final in what turned out to be a tight affair.  The triple of Danny Stevenson, Reece Cochrane and Dean Riva secured a six shot win to get the team over the line, following a peel for the four of Kieran Dodds, Chris Brock, Calum Darling and Joe Mower and a narrow one shot loss for the pair of Kieran Simants and Declan French.  Onto the final where Dumfriesshire provided the opposition.  The triple could not repeat their semi-final performance and succumbed by five shots to their opponents, however, the fours improved from their peel in the semi to win their final game by three shots.  This set the scene for the pair of Keiran and Declan who had more than made up for their semi-final loss in the early stages of the game and found themselves 9-5 up.  However, on the next end Declan found himself facing four shots against which would swing the game back in favour of Dumfries.  Declan elected to hit and an excellent strike burnt the end allowing them to start over and they secured the title from there going on to win their game 12-5.  A jubilant team manager Stuart Thomson praised the players on a great team performance throughout the day.

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National Finals Update Day 4

Edinburgh challenger David Fisher launched his bid for the holy grail gents Singles title of the Bowls Scotland Championships at Ayr Northfield in a confident manner with the 39 year old Colinton ace turning up trumps at the 21-12 expense of Calderbank opponent Paul O’Grady.

Fisher made an encouraging start to lead 8-1 after six ends then when asked questions at 9-6 he answered in brilliant fashion, producing a run of 2, 2, 4 that accelerated him into a 17-6 comfort zone.

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Edinburgh Morning News 29/7

The noise coming from the Edinburgh support was mostly muted by some disappointing outcomes in day three of the Bowls Scotland National Championships being played at Ayr Northfield; but Carrick Knowe star Darren Hush broke the silence and gave them something to shout about by skipping his rink to a great win in the first round of the Fours.

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