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.
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.
The Jubilee Cup for the Top Ten title and a place in the National Top Ten of 2020 was concluded on Sunday and it was Haddington who captured a glorious double having already won the Top Five and inclusion in that national competition next season.Read More
Meanwhile, the race for the East Coast Carpets League One title swung back in holder’s Port Seton’s favour last Friday as they enjoyed a comfortable 8-0 home win over Winton while main rivals Haddington were held to a 4-4 draw at Prestongrange and EL Co-op although winning 6-2 against Castlepark were falling two points further behind. These results mean that Port Seton go into the final round of fixtures leading on 91 points, whilst Haddington are four behind on 87 and EL Co-op five behind on 86. In the fight to avoid the drop the 0-8 loss means that Winton remain second bottom on 55 points, Castlepark’s two points sees them move three ahead on 58. East Linton have 58 and Elphinstone are on 62 although they were due to meet in a re-scheduled on Wednesday which could see both team reach safety. Prestongrange’s 4-4 draw and an 8-0 win for Tranent over Dunbar sees both those teams secure their Division One status for next season. This Friday Port Seton will look to grab the five points they require to win the league when they face Prestongrange at home. Haddington and EL Co-op will look to pounce on any slip-ups from the leaders when they face Dunbar at home and Tranent away respectively. In their last chance to avoid the drop Winton will feel they must take full points at home to Elphinstone as Castlepark play East Linton.
The Champion of Champions gets underway next month and all clubs are reminded that names of club champions are to be with Keith Fender by Monday 19th August as the competition will be starting on Monday 2nd September. Some championships have been played with Gary Landells capturing the West Barns title for an eighth time following a 21-6 win over Liam Dixon. Stevie Thomson defeated Raymond Frame 21-20 at Castlepark, Owen Bissett won Macmerry with a 21-15 success over Paul Mair and Matt Osbourne is the Tranent champion following a 21-10 victory over Matthew Martin.
The Garden County Young Guns are in action this week as they take part in the Andy Houston Trophy. On Sunday they will play games against Midlothian and Edinburgh at Craigentinny to try and qualify for the national finals. The following team has been selected: L Cowan, C Pryde, L Walker & L Kennedy (Skip)
L Jamieson, L Till, B Riva & J Clark D Grieve, D Kivlin, C Henderson & L Rafferty E Gillies, D Veitch, B Gearty & K Dodds (Captain) Res: A McNeill & K Lavery
The East Lothian Seniors snuck over the line to top their Matt Purdie section in a close match at Musselburgh against Midlothian on Monday despite losing 64-72. On a tricky green both teams fought hard for glory and Midlothian edged it on the day but not by enough shots to progress. Captain Tom Young led the way for the Auld Yins with an eight shot win, while Keith Fenders four peeled their game. Alistair Russell and his rink lost out by three, as did the rink of George Cowan whilst Andy Burt’s rink lost shots fell to a disappointing ten shot defeat. However, Captain Tom Young was happy that the team played well enough to keep the deficit to the required amount but admitted the team would have to improve their consistency over the last few ends as they head to the final at Haddington next Monday at Noon where they face holders West Lothian. Three changes have been made to the team which reads:
M Newlands, D Kennedy, A Valentine & G Cowan (Skip) P Fallen, D Pryde, G Smith & T Young K Boyd, B Scott, D Whitson & K Fender J Hamilton, D Hogg, D Arnott & A Russell J Murray, T Rattray, W Franklin & A Burt Reserves: R Strang, I Veitch, B Brunton & A Jamieson
Meanwhile Open Tournament wise Gifford BC are holding a Senior Open Triples on 28th August with all entries to go to Brian Bissett and Port Seton are hosting an Open Pairs on Saturday 31st August with all entries to be sent to Steven Morgan.
The race for the East Coast Carpets League One title has been blown wide open following last week’s double header as leaders Port Seton lost out twice to open the door for both Haddington and EL Co-op.Read More
In Division Two it’s a three way fight for promotion with Ormiston leading the way on 93 points while West Barns have 92 and Aberlady sit poised if the top two slip up on 88 points. Prestongrange A look like claiming the Division Three title as they lead Tranent A by seven points with both heading towards promotion. Whilst in Division Four Stenton hold a healthy seven point advantage over Prestongrange B with Ormiston A a further six points behind.
The ELBA County ties are now back up and running on Wednesdays with all quarter finals due to be played next Wednesday 14th. Finals day is on Saturday 24th August at Elphinstone. Meanwhile the Jubilee Cup for the Top Ten title comes to fruition this weekend with the semi-finals to be played on Saturday and the final on Sunday. The quarter finals which were due to take place on Tuesday night featured the following: Haddington v Tranent, North Berwick v West Barns, Ormiston v Elphinstone and East Linton v Port Seton.
The Garden County Seniors had a great win on Monday against Stirling East resulting in all five rinks winning at East Linton and a 94-61 win. This victory was sweet revenge for the defeat earlier in the campaign away from home and has become more significant as league leaders Midlothian lost by 22 shots against Fife. Top rink this week was the rink of George Cowan who won by 11. They were ably backed up by wins for Tom Young (+7), Keith Fender (+6), Alistair Russell (+5) and Andy Burt (+4). The Garden County Auld Yins now lead the section by two points and an unconfirmed thirty shots from Midlothian meaning they can afford to lose by fourteen and still go through to the final when they face Midlothian in the final section game at Musselburgh on Monday for which the following team has been selected: M Newlands, D Hogg, A Valentine & G Cowan (Skip) P Fallen, D Pryde, G Smith & T Young
K Boyd, D Whitson, B Scott & K Fender J Hamilton, R Strang, D Arnott & A Russell J Murray, I Veitch, W Franklin & A Burt Reserves: T Rattray, D Kennedy, B Brunton & A Jamieson
The cream of Scottish Bowls converged on Ayr Northfield last week culminating in the finals on Saturday. And it was a feeling of De Ja Vu for two East Lothian stars as Megan Kivlin (EL Co-op) and Gordon White (Aberlady) repeated their double singles triumph of 2016 once more with Gordon managing to lift the Gents Singles event this time and Megan once more lifting the Ladies Junior Singles.Read More
Gordon White entered the singles in confident mood with his previous national junior title and knowledge of the greens behind him and showed this in his opening two games with comprehensive wins over Ian Bell 21-10 and Andy Fuyre 21-9. This moved him forward to the quarter final where he defeated William McKenzie 21-17. The last four line up was strong ad Gordon faced former internationalist Ewan Shearer from West Lothian. This was an excellent encounter which was nip and tuck all the way. At 20-18 up Gordon found himself with three shots and game against him but produced an excellent hit to burn the end and scored the match winning single on the next end. Gordon’s final opponent was the 2017 Champion and many people’s favourite for the title Martyn Rice of Dumfries. This did not phase Gordon though and he produced probably his best performance of the week to dominate the game and whenever Martyn did look like getting back into it Gordon would produce a last bowl winner. Gordon won 21-9 to take yet another national title back to the village of Aberlady, which now has six national titles.
In the Junior Singles Calum Darling (Haddington) followed up his two impressive opening wins with a 21-18 quarter final win over Jack Connolly to move forward to the semi-final against Jason Banks. In what was an enthralling game with the lead changing hands a few times Calum had a measure for the game at 17-17 but ended up scoring three of the four shots required. Jason raised his game on the next two ends and scored 1,3 to take the tie and move forward to the final where he went on to win the title.
Following last week’s report Yvonne Veitch of EL Co-op won her second round game 21-11 in the over 55 singles over Helen McVicar then lost out 11-21 to eventual winner Karen McAndrew from Thornton. On Wednesday the Pairs and Fours commenced. The Haddington pair of Stevie Kirk & Malcolm Higgenbotham (Haddington) were first on the green and recorded a 17-16 win over Vale of Leven, unfortunately they lost out 13-16 in their next game on Friday. Next up were the ladies pair of Kim & Dee Hoggan (Tranent) who lost out 4-18 to Kingswood. Their clubmates had a better result in the Fours as Kenny McCrorie, Davie Sands, Adam Martin & Graham Robertson defeated Inverness 16-8 before they narrowly lost out to 15-16 to Bonnyrigg in the second round. The ladies four suffered a similar fate as Kate Cowan, Moira Buchanan, Amanda Robertson & Melissa Penman (Aberlady) won their first game 19-9 before exiting 4-20 to Townhill in round two. The Singles got underway on Thursday and as well as Gordon we were represented by Megan Kivlin who won 21-8 v Anne Robertson in the ladies singles then faced Margaret Letham and lost out 20-21 in a titanic battle of great quality with Margaret going on to win the title. The gents triple of Mark Riding, Steven Cochrane & Colin Glen (Elphinstone) won their opening game 13-12 before then being edged out 13-14 in the second round while the ladies triple of Arlene Berwick, Yvonne Veitch & Megan Grantham (EL Co-op) suffered a 6-18 reverse.
Following the finals of these events on Saturday the Youths took centre stage on Sunday were East Lothian were represented by Singles – Logan Kennedy (Cockenzie & Port Seton) sponsored by Jock Brodie, Pairs – Beth Riva & Kieran Dodds (EL Co-op) and Triples – Dylan Veitch, Robbie Bennion & Arran Porteous (Castlepark). All of the Garden County Young Yins performed well with Logan winning three of his five games, a feat which was mirrored by Beth and Kieran, while the Castlepark triple bounced back from two narrow defeats to win their last two games and do themselves proud in their first games at this level.
The East Coast Carpets League One was due to return to action on Wednesday when Port Seton will aim to maintain their grasp on the title at home to Tranent. EL Co-op and Haddington will look to bounce back from their disappointing results before the break when they entertain East Linton and Winton respectively. There’s a crucial derby game in Prestonpans when Castlepark visit Prestongrange in a game they will feel they need to take something from while Dunbar welcome Elphinstone to the seaside. Then on Friday night there’s a huge clash when Port Seton travel to Haddington while EL Co-op also face a tough trip up the road to Elphinstone. Tranent entertain Prestongrange, Castlepark are at home to Dunbar and Winton welcome East Linton.
East Lothian continued in good stead in the Matt Purdie following an 82-62 win against Fife at EL Co-op on Monday. Keith Fender’s rink recorded an eleven shot win which was matched by Andy Burt’s rink, with Jim Murray excelling at lead. Alistair Russell’s rink also recorded a win, by six shots, while the other rinks suffered narrow defeats. George Cowan’s four fought hard narrowly losing by a shot, however, Captain Tom Young succumbed to a seven shot defeat to lose his 100% record. This game keeps the Garden County Auld Yins level with Midlothian on points who had a four shot win against Stirling East. East Lothian take on Stirling East on Monday at East Linton which is another must win for the auld yins as they try and make the final this year which will be held on home ground at Haddington on Monday 19th August. The team selected is : P Fallen, D Pryde, G Smith & T Young (Skip) M Newlands, A Jamieson, A Valentine & G Cowan R Brunton, B Scott, D Whitson & K Fender J Hamilton, R Strang, D Arnot & A Russell
J Murray, I Veitch, W Franklin & A Burt Res: T Rattray, K Boyd, D Hogg & D Kennedy
County and EL Co-op female stars Megan Kivlin and Megan Grantham were part of the victorious Scotland ladies team in the Junior International Series at Ayr Northfield last weekend. The ladies opened up with a thirty nine shot win over Ireland before defeating the Auld Enemy by one shot thanks to the last bowl of the game.Read More
At the time of writing the National Finals were three days in at Ayr Northfield. Last Sunday the Mixed Pairs got the finals underway but unfortunately Janet Fairnie and Raymond Frame of Castlepark just lost out 14-16 to Eaglesham. On Monday the Seniors and Juniors competitions began. Yvonne Veitch of EL Co-op received a walkover in the first round of the ladies senior singles and was due back on in the second round on Tuesday afternoon. Stewart Johnston (Ormiston) won his opening game in the gents version 21-6 but then unfortunately bowed out 11-21 to Huntly. James Hogg, Robert Scott, Davie Pryde & Billy Cormack (Macmerry) opened up with a win over Grangemouth in the Senior Fours before losing out 14-17 to Auchinairn in the second round. The ladies senior four of Moira Buchanan, Maureen Thomson, Audrey Podlinski & Aileen Dyer (Aberlady) started with a 13-12 win over Busby and then lost by the narrowest of margins 11-12 to Oban. In the Junior Singles Calum Darling (Haddington) had two impressive opening wins over Thomas Strachan (21-14) and Paul Innes (21-12) and was next due to face Jack Connolly in the quarter final on Tuesday afternoon. Meanwhile Megan Kivlin (EL Co-op) won her opening game 21-20 and then defeated Eilidh Weir 21-12 and was also due back on the green on Tuesday afternoon for her quarter final.
On Wednesday the Pairs and Fours were due to commence in which our representatives are Stevie Kirk & Malcolm Higgenbotham (Haddington) and Kim & Dee Hoggan (Tranent) in the Pairs and the Fours of Kenny McCrorie, Davie Sands, Adam Martin & Graham Robertson (Tranent) and Kate Cowan, Moira Buchanan, Amanda Robertson & Melissa Penman (Aberlady). The Singles got underway on Thursday where we are represented by Gordon White (Aberlady) and Megan Kivlin (EL Co-op) whilst the Triples also begins with our entries of Mark Riding, Steven Cochrane & Colin Glen (Elphinstone) and Arlene Berwick, Yvonne Veitch & Megan Grantham (EL Co-op) in action. Following the finals of these events on Saturday the Youths take centre stage on Sunday were East Lothian are represented by Singles – Logan Kennedy (Cockenzie & Port Seton) sponsored by Jock Brodie, Pairs – Beth Riva & Kieran Dodds (EL Co-op) and Triples – Dylan Veitch, Robbie Bennion & Arran Porteous (Castlepark). Up to date results are available on the Bowls Scotland web pages.
In the East Coast Carpets League One last week Port Seton increased their lead at the top of the table. Whilst they were returning home from Castlepark with a hard fought 6-2 win news filtered through that nearest challengers EL Co-op had lost 8-0 at Winton while third placed Haddington had lost 6-2 at Tranent. These results see Port Seton open up a seven point lead over EL Co-op and ten points over Haddington with only four games remaining. Castlepark’s loss coupled with a 5-3 win for East Linton over Dunbar sees Castlepark drop into the relegation zone one point behind East Linton. Tranent are now five points above Castlepark and Winton are now eight points above them. The other result seen Elphinstone defeat Prestongrange 6-2 to move within a point of them in the fight for fourth place. There are no games this week due to the National Finals taking place although the league does resume next Wednesday when Port Seton will aim to maintain their grasp on the title at home to Tranent. EL Co-op and Haddington will look to bounce back from their disappointing results when they entertain East Linton and Winton respectively. There’s a crucial derby game in Prestonpans when Castlepark visit Prestongrange in a game they will feel they need to take something from while Dunbar welcome Elphinstone to the seaside.
Meanwhile there may be a unique achievement in the Jock Brodie Seniors Division One this season as East Linton lead the way in a competition they have never won before.
The East Lothian Seniors are next in action in at EL Co-op in the Matt Purdie on Monday and the team selected is as follows: JP Hamilton, R Strang, D Arnot & A Russell (Skip) K Boyd, D Hogg, D Pryde & T Young (Captain) J Murray, A Valentine, W Franklin & A Burt M Newlands, A Jamieson, P Fallen & G Cowan
G Smith, B Scott, D Whitson & K Fender Res: T Rattray, B Brunton, D Kennedy & I Veitch