East Lothian 6/9

The Champion of Champions got underway on Monday culminating in the semi-finals and final being played at Haddington on Saturday.  The quarter final line up on Friday night reads as follows:  Dean Riva (EL Co-op) v Scott Kennedy (C&PS), Grant Thomson (E Linton) v Joe Mower (Haddington), Matt Osborne (Tranent) v Colin Glen (Elph) and Gordon White (Aberlady) v Sam Newlands (Athelstaneford).

East Lothian Youths R/U Andy Houston
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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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Edinburgh Weekly News / Stewart Meikle

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.

An Update from EEN, 18/09/2019

Stewart has been in touch to say that due to a change of hierarchy at the News, his recent reports have been found in a spam box and that that unfortunate diversion explains their absence from the paper.

Stewart also explains that having made his contributions to the News free of any payment over the past two years and that due to budget restrictions remaining in place – plus the added combination of age (76) and health challenges – he accepts an amicable acceptance of retirement makes good sense at this time.

Stewart has never at any time been a journalist with trained skills, just A Bowler that some 50 years ago started to make contributory reports to his local newspapers, namely The Linlithgowshire Gazette, The West Lothian Courier, and on the passing of Dominie (Steve Bathgate) the Edinburgh Evening News.

The News – to be fair – down many years gave him extremely good shows and support that he has always appreciated and hopes was of some benefit to the sport throughout Edinburgh and the Lothians.

Mark Atkinson, the new sports editor, has asked Stewart to let it be known within the local bowls fraternity that in the fast-changing world of the press and its budget restrictions, he would be happy to accept 400 words once a week – on a non payment basis – to continue promoting the sport. He can be reached on 0131-311-7521.”

East Lothian 23/8

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.

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East Lothian 16/8

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.

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East Lothian 9/8

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.

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