West Lothian Bowling Report 28/11

West Lothian IBC gents face a must win – and should win – match against foot of the table Fraserburgh who make the long journey South to the Inveralmond Stadium on Saturday with a record of zero wins out of five in the A Division of the Premier League.

The home team have disappointed with just 2 wins out of 5 that have them flirting with the relegation zone just two points ahead of second from bottom West of Scotland and it would be a further boost to WL were WOS to lose at home to second from top Ardrossan.

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East Lothian Bowling Report 26/11

The youths of the club were the stars once again last weekend as they won the Midlothian Tournament for a third year running on Saturday.  The team of Logan Kennedy, Ethan Gillies, Lennon Rafferty, Aaron Betts (skip), Callum Henderson, Luke Cowan, Beth Riva and Kieran Dodds (skip) lost their opening game 2-4 to Midlothian 1 but bounced back strongly by defeating Midlothian 2 by a 6-0 scoreline.  In their next fixture the young ones got themselves back into contention with an excellent 5-1 success over Abbeyview.  They then romped to another 6-0 victory, this time over East Fife, to set up a winner takes all clash in their final game against Bainfield.  A really strong first couple of ends saw the Garden County Young Yins lead 11-0 and they never looked back and ran out comfortable 6-0 winners to clinch the tournament with 25 points out of a possible 30 allowing Captain Beth Riva to collect the trophy.

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West Lothian 21/11

The defeat of West Lothian gents on their away visit to Midlothian was a formbook result as the commanding 31 shot victory (86-55) for the home ream was the fifth triumph of the undefeated leaders of Premier League A Division.

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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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