East Lothian men’s side have found a new lease of life in their Scottish Premier League campaign after suffering a catastrophic opening three defeats in a row and their latest success a battling three shot victory (65-62) at home against previously undefeated Aberdeen completed four consecutive wins that has pushed them to within four points of the B section leaders.
East Lothian IBC men’s side struggling times in the highly competitive B section of the Scottish Premier League appear to be well and truly over after the former breaking champions made it three wins in a row beating Paisley on away terrority by 11 shots (73-62) in a hard fought match.Read more
Wins for the rinks skipped by Derek Oliver and Jamie Higgins were achieved in excellent fashion and big enough to cover the defeats suffered by Billy Mellors and Scott Kennedy. Current national Under 18 singles champion Calum Darling came in as late replacement for Scott Logan and played second in the rink skipped by Higgins. “We produced another very good away performance against a very decent Paisley side”, reflected team captain Mark Johnston. “Once we got our noses in front we always looked in control of the match and ran out worthy winners. After 3 excellent wins in a row our target now is to win all our remaining fixtures and see where it takes us”. Oliver and his rink of Gary Muir, Andy Burt and Graham Robertson were the top performers in an all the way 22-10 win over world stage star Jonathan Ross while Higgins skipped Mark Johnston, Calum Darling and Andy Jeffrey to a 24-14 triumph over David Stobo. Mellors and his front three of Calvert Allison, Dougie Berwick and Willie Wood MBE were in arrears from start to finish in a 20-15 defeat to Callum Taggart while Lessel Middler, Gary Darling, Stuart Thomson and Kennedy were always against the collar and slipped to 18-12 defeat from former Scotland cap John Gilmartin. The win moved East Lothian into second place in the section but they trail runaway leaders Aberdeen by a massive 6 points however they get the opportunity to try and close the gap when the two sides meet tomorrow (Saturday) at Meadowmill stadium (2pm). The team news for the eagerly awaited clash against the table toppers is the selectors have named the same 16 man line-up who performed so well at Paisley and that means junior cap Ewan Fallen and fellow regular Scott Logan must be content with a place on the reserve bench. The team reads: L.Middler, G.Darling, S.W.Thomson, S.Kennedy skip G.Muir, A.Burt, G.Robertson, D.Oliver skip C.Allison, D.Berwick, W.W.Wood MBE, B.Mellors skip M.Johnston capt, C.Darling, A.Jeffrey, J.Higgins skip
The good ladies of East Lothian IBC have stamped their authority on Division 1C of the Scottish Ladies League with the garden county side finding their best form to score a commanding 102-62 home victory over Bainfield last Saturday. “Another tremendous win for us especially as the scoreline was very close at the halfway stage but then Nancy’s (McNeil) rink carded a six and that gave the team a massive boost and after that we never looked back”, said team manager Sheena Currie. And a good day for the ladies got even better when the news filtered through that nearest challengers Balbardie had suffered a shock defeat at home against Teviotdale leaving East Lothian 2 points clear at the top with only three rounds of fixtures to play. A tremendous team performance from the home side is reflected by wins on all four rinks skipped by Cathy Ward (+18), Nancy McNeil (+16), Janet Fairnie (+5) and Emma Brown (+1). The side is back in action tomorrow (Saturday) when they face a challenging visit to Teviotdale. Internationalist Emma Brown will be a high profile absentee but the blow is softened by the return of the experienced Yvonne Veitch in a slightly recast line up that reads:- M.Kivlin, P.Turner, M.Thomson, J.Fairnie skip D.Rowan, A.Berwick, M.Hamilton, C.Ward skip M.Devine, J.Russell, C.Jones, Y.Veitch skip M.Murray, I.Combe, G.Mackintosh, N.McNeil skip
The all-conquering senior side returned to Scottish Senior League action on Wednesday when they played host to Tweedbank. With the East B section already won the garden county ‘auld yins’ were overwhelming favourites to stretch their unbeaten run to seven games.
Meanwhile on the international stage its congratulations to the East Lothian trio of Ewan Fallen, Emma Brown and Dee Hoggan after all three were named in their respective Scotland Under 25 sides following trial matches last weekend. Fallen will participate in his second consecutive British Isles Junior International series, being held at Glasgow IBC on weekend of February 14/15, when he lines up at second in the rink skipped by Callum Taggart of Paisley. Brown and Hoggan will once again grace the ladies junior international limelight for Scotland and they head to Erewash IBC in Long Eaton for the ladies junior international series being held on the weekend of February 7/8.
A side from East Lothian IBC are in preliminary round Scottish Mixed Team Championship action on Sunday against Falkirk at the neutral venue of West Lothian IBC in Livingston (2pm). Former club champion John McCrorie will spearhead the garden county challenge in the all-important singles discipline while the rest of the team will be confirmed later in week once all domestic mixed championship play-off finals reach their climax.
The youth side’s East of Scotland Junior League fixture at East Fife last Saturday morning was the subject of a late postponement and will now be rescheduled for a later date. Meanwhile Calum Darling will begin his defence of the Scottish Under 18 Singles title on Sunday as the playdown action of this year’s championships take place at Abbeyview IBC in Dunfermline from 10am while at same time and venue Kieran Simants participates in the Under 21 Singles playdown action.
East Lothian Indoor Bowling Club is now offering Half Season memberships at a cost of £35 for full members and £20 for junior members and is effective from January 1st. Anyone wishing to join should call into Meadowmill Stadium or apply online at www.elibc.co.uk. Anyone wishing to enter any of the post-Christmas leagues should also apply online via www.elibc.co.uk or contact the Match Secretary as soon as possible.
Finally East Lothian IBC is hosting a quiz night followed by a disco/karaoke at Meadowmill stadium tomorrow (Saturday) from 7.30pm to which all members and guests are invited to attend.
British Isles titleholders Jamie Higgins and Derek Oliver have failed in their bid to recapture the Scottish 4-Bowl Pairs title after they made a disappointing third round exit in the playdown action at Cumbernauld IBC last weekend.
The high profile partnership captured the title in 2013 and expectations were very high again that Higgins and Oliver could repeat the success and go on a deliver a fifth title success in the event for the garden county. The action at Cumbernauld saw the talented duo face Dennis Buchanan and Max Taylor of Fintry in the preliminary round and they turned on the style to record an nearly unbelievable winning scoreline of 49-3. The Midlothian pairing of Kevin McDougall and Jamie Hanlon provided the second round opposition and yet again they served up an awesome display of bowling to celebrate a 31-5 victory that secured their place in the third round. Carrying the Saturday form over into Sunday’s play is a fresh challenge and Higgins and Oliver never quite fired on as many cylinders in there clash with Prestwick’s strong pairing of Craig Lindsay and World No.1 Paul Foster and the outcome was a 26-16 defeat. “Our form dipped slightly on the Sunday morning but to be fair the way we played would probably have been good enough to beat most pairings but Paul (Foster) played big bowls at important times during the match and that proved to be the difference”, reflected Higgins.
In the ladies playdown action, also at Cumbernauld IBC, the East Lothian challenge for the title was in the hands of the talented mother and daughter partnership of Rosemary and Gillian Mackintosh. The duo received a first round bye then showed great form to beat Betty Johnston and Kim Ross of Balbardie 24-18 on the Saturday afternoon session before losing 21-16 to Liz Wilson and Jeannie Ritchie of Paisley on Sunday morning.
The ultra-talented senior side made it a magnificent six wins out of six when they beat local rivals Midlothian 70-60 on away soil last Wednesday in the East B section of the Scottish Senior League. Wins on the rinks skipped by Jock Brodie (+16), Willie Wood MBE (+8) and Tom Young (+2) was the pleasing aspect of strong team performance that just coped with the double margin defeat by Peter Laidlaw (-16). The win means the garden county ‘auld yins’ are now in an uncatchable position at the top of the section with two rounds of fixtures still to fulfil. The side enjoyed a free week on Wednesday but do return to action this coming Wednesday (December 3) when they entertain Tweedbank.
The men’s side from East Lothian IBC are back in Scottish Premier League action tomorrow (Saturday) and hope to make it three wins in a row but will have their mettle tested again with a trip along the M8 to tackle second placed Paisley. World stage star Alex Marshall MBE remains an absentee while junior cap Ewan Fallen also misses out. Opportunity knocks strikes again for Under 18 internationalist Calvert Allison in a line-up that reads: M.Johnston (capt), D.Berwick, A.Jeffrey, J.Higgins skip G.Muir, A.Burt, G.Robertson, D.Oliver skip C.Allison, S.Logan, W.W.Wood MBE, B.Mellors skip L.Middler, G.Darling, S.Thomson, S.Kennedy skip
The ladies side also return to national league action tomorrow and are on home terrority when they face Division 1C rivals Bainfield. Janet Fairnie, Cathy Ward, Emma Brown and Nancy McNeil will skip the East Lothian rinks while Muriel Hamilton makes a welcome return to the line-up but Yvonne Veitch is again an absentee. The team reads:M.Kivlin, P.Turner, M.Thomson, J.Fairnie skip D.Rowan, M.Devine, M.Hamilton, C.Ward skip J.McFarlane, J.Russell, R.Mackintosh, E.Brown skip M.Murray, I.Combe, G.Mackintosh, N.McNeil
The youth side is in East of Scotland Junior League action tomorrow (Saturday) morning when they make the trip over the River Forth to Methil to tackle East Fife. Meanwhile there was no much joy for the garden county young brigade at last Sunday’s East of Scotland Championships at Abbeyview IBC in Dunfermline when both the pairs and triples failed to qualify from their respective qualifying sections.
East Lothian IBC gent’s side enhanced their prospects of holding on to their Scottish Premier League status with a fantastic away victory over Ardrossan beating the Ayrshire side by 18 shots (87-69) in a tasty encounter last Saturday.Read more
The result moves East Lothian onto the four point mark and two points clear of bottom club Lanarkshire in the ultra-competitive B section while surprise package Aberdeen are still the table toppers and still undefeated on ten points.“That was a hard fought, gritty and ultimately a clinical performance from us. The lads collectively raised their game and played big bowls at crucial times to seal an excellent away victory. There is no doubt that after a poor start to the campaign, team confidence is back and hopefully we can maintain this for the remainder of the season”, said a jubilant team captain Mark Johnston.The performance from East Lothian turned out to be immense under skips Jamie Higgins, Derek Oliver, Billy Mellors and Scott Kennedy, with all but the latter named having the measure of their respective opposition. Stand-in skip Higgins and his front three of Mark Johnston, Dougie Berwick and Andrew Jeffrey were in splendid form as they raced into a 14-4 lead after 10 ends before going on to win 24-11 against John Candlish. Oliver looked on course for defeat as he trailed 17-12 with 18 of the 21 ends completed but a fabulous final delivery on the 19th end saw him count a mighty 7 and then went on to skip Gary Muir, Andy Burt and Graham Robertson to a 21-17 win over David Crawford. Mellors skipped Ewan Fallen, Scott Logan and Willie Wood MBE into a 13-6 lead after 10 ends but then became well held before settling for a 20-19 triumph over Martin Williamson. Lessel Middler, Gary Darling, Stewart Thomson and Kennedy led 20-16 after 18 ends but then struggled on the final few ends before managing to scramble a 22-22 share of spoils against Scott Wilson. The side is not back in action until Saturday week (November 29) when they face another testing away encounter this time at Paisley.
The East Lothian contingent of Billy Mellors, Scott Kennedy, Jamie Higgins, Graham Robertson and Derek Oliver have all been named in the men’s Scottish International trial match which will be staged at Falkirk IBC on Sunday January 11. World stage icon figure Alex Marshall MBE enjoys the luxury scenario of already being pre-selected for the final line-up for the British Home International series scheduled for Stanley IBC in County Durham from Thursday 12th to Saturday 14th of March. Veteran campaigner Willie Wood MBE is unable to attend trial match but will still be considered for selection for the final 24 man team.
Meanwhile Ewan Fallen has been named in the Scotland Gents Under 25 team that will play a trial match at Glasgow IBC on Sunday November 30.
The good ladies of East Lothian IBC bounced back to winning ways in Division 1C of the Scottish Ladies League with the garden county recapturing their best form to score a commanding 90-53 home victory over West Lothian last Saturday. “Absolutely delighted to get back to winning ways and we remain neck and neck with Balbardie at the top of the table with four games remaining, so still all to play for”, said team manager Sheena Currie.A strong and pleasing team performance from East Lothian is reflected by good wins on the rinks skipped by Nancy McNeil (+19), Emma Brown (+13) and Janet Fairnie (+11) while the only hiccup came in the shape of a narrow defeat for Cathy Ward (-6). The ladies will have the opportunity to do some Xmas shopping tomorrow as they enjoy an idle week but they do return to action next Saturday with a home clash against Bainfield.
The playdown action in the national 4-Bowl Pairs takes centre stage this weekend and current British Isles Pairs title holders Jamie Higgins and Derek Oliver enter the event again with high hopes of reclaiming back the title they won in 2013. The East Lothian champions are in action at Cumbernauld IBC tomorrow (Saturday) and face a preliminary round confrontation with a pairing from Fintry on the 9.30am session. The local challenge in the ladies playdown action also looks to be in good hands as the mother and daughter combination of Rosemary and Gillian Mackintosh are also in action at Cumbernauld IBC tomorrow and enter the fray on the 2pm session with a first round clash against Balbardie.
The senior side made it five wins in a row in the East B section of the Scottish Senior League with their latest success last Wednesday a convincing 70-49 triumph at home against Teviotdale. Garden county legend Willie Wood MBE was an absentee so his rink was skipped by stand in B J Smith and he took to it like a duck to water as he led them to an 18-8 victory. Chief support came from Tom Young as he skipped his rink to a 14 shot victory while Jock Brodie settled for a share of spoils but Teviotdale did rock the boat with a win against Peter Laidlaw (-3). “Another very good win and we are now in a commanding position as closest rivals Midlothian lost so we are now 4 points clear entering the second half of the campaign”, commented senior team convenor John P Hamilton. The side was back in action on Wednesday when they made the short trip to Dalkeith to tackle fierce local rivals Midlothian.
A number of youth from East Lothian IBC are in East of Scotland Pairs and Triples action at Abbeyview IBC in Dunfermline on Sunday from 10am. Dean Riva and Craig Mackintosh fly the garden county banner in the pair’s event while Robbie Buchanan, Megan Kivlin and Lewis Betts are the local hopes in the triples.
Turning attention back to the outdoor code and all clubs associated to East Lothian Bowling Association are reminded that a Special General Meeting has been called for and will be held this coming Wednesday (November 26) at Haddington BC at 7pm. Two representatives from each club are requested to attend the meeting to discuss and debate various proposals from ELBA.
East Lothian IBC star Emma Brown is already a major figure in the sport with 12 full caps to her credit and the pride of the ‘Garden County’ was in great form again last Sunday having qualified through to the last four of the national ladies junior singles.Read more
East Lothian will now have a double interest at the national indoor gala finals on January 31st with Brown joining national gent’s singles semi-finalist Billy Mellors at the Fraserburgh IBC showpiece. Brown was at Abbeyview IBC in Dunfermline for the playdown action of this season’s championships and showed tip top form to win three games and reach the semi-final stage. “I was really pleased with my form and my hope as I can perform at the same or even higher level when the finals take place early next year”, said a delighted Brown.Brown launched her bid for the national title with a hard fought 21-16 win over Stonehaven’s Heather Garvie then found life much easier in her second round clash when she defeated Stephanie Buchan of Elgin 21-5. Challenge number 3 came in the shape of Lesley Doig of East Fife and Brown had to be at her very best to come out on top, 21-18. The line up for the semi-final pitches Brown against Michelle Keenan of Dumbarton and Stacey Laidlaw of Midlothian against Claire Walker of Blantyre.
In the gents playdown action at Abbeyview IBC East Lothian champion Calvert Allison played a good game in his opening round clash with well-known Garioch star Jason Banks but went down 21-12.
East Lothian IBC icon figure Alex Marshall MBE is in World Bowls Tour next week when he lines up in the Co-operative Funeralcare sponsored Scottish International Open. The opening event in the new 2014/15 World Bowls Tour season will be staged on the portable rink at the Dewars Centre in Perth from 1-8th November. With extensive live television coverage in BBC TV Scotland from Monday (November 3), the event will feature the top 16 players in the world, joined by qualifiers from all over the world. In the draw just announced five times world champion Marshall faces a first round clash against UK qualifier Duncan Christie of England. The clash will be staged on Monday at 1pm and is expected to be screened live on BBC2 Scotland.
The ladies side from East Lothian IBC mission to win Division 1C of the Scottish Ladies League continues to gain force with the confident garden county side chalking up win number three with an impressive 24 shot (97-73) home win over Teviotdale last Saturday.Wins for the rinks skipped by Nancy McNeil and Muriel Hamilton more than covered the defeats of Margaret Thomson and Yvonne Veitch to leave them top of the division on shot margin just ahead of chief rivals Balbardie. “It was another fine win for us considering the fact we were without the services of two regular skips in the shape of Emma Brown and Janet Fairnie, said team manager Sheena Currie.McNeil kept up her excellent winning form by skipping Margaret Murray, Irene Combe and Gillian Mackintosh to a spectacular 42-7 win over former internationalist Joyce Dickey while Hamilton skipped Rose Mackintosh, Jean Russell and Cathy Ward to a thrilling 21-20 win over Margaret Pearson. Thomson was edged out 20-18 by Isobel Bennett while Veitch was always against the collar in a 26-16 loss to world stage star Julie Forrest. The side are back in action tomorrow (Saturday) and for the second consecutive week they have home environment advantage against Tweedbank. Icon figures Emma Brown and Janet Fairnie return to a line-up which reads: M.Kivlin, A.Berwick, M.Thomson, J.Fairnie skip L.Morgan, M.Devine, D.Rowan, Y.Veitch skip R.Mackintosh, J.Russell, M.Hamilton, E.Brown skip M.Murray, I.Combe, G.Mackintosh, N.McNeil skip
The struggling men’s side from East Lothian IBC return to Scottish Premier League action tomorrow when they travel to Wishaw to face fellow B section struggler’s Lanarkshire. It is certainly not mission impossible for East Lothian but the continued absence of star figures Alex Marshall and Derek Oliver is a huge blow to their hopes while Stewart ‘Beanie’ Thomson is also an absentee. However the return to action of internationalist Billy Mellors along with experienced Andy Jeffrey should be a massive boost to team morale across the carpet. Current national under 18 singles title holder Calum Darling is stood down to the reserve bench while Jamie Higgins moves from skip to third in a rejigged side which reads: L.Middler, G.Darling, J.Higgins, S.Kennedy skip K.Simants, A.Burt, D.Berwick, G.Robertson skip E.Fallen, M.Osborne, A.Jeffrey, B.Mellors skip C.Allison, S.Logan, M.Johnston capt, W.W.Wood MBE skip
Following an idle week the senior side returned to Scottish Senior League business on Wednesday when they made the trip to Galashiels to tackle Tweedbank. Meanwhile the senior contingent of George Gray, Gordon Good, John Hamilton and John Holmes are in national senior fours action on Sunday at Falkirk IBC and they face East Fife in the opening round at 10am.
Youth coaching at East Lothian IBC continues tomorrow (Saturday) morning and every other Saturday between 8am and 10am where new members and anyone interested in taking up the sport are more than welcome.
The East Lothian star pairing of Alex Marshall MBE and Derek Oliver were last weekend part of a Scotland gent’s side that retained the Co-operative Funeralcare Test Match following a 6-5 point’s win over England at Stanley IBC in County Durham.Read more
Marshall and Oliver were joined in the gents team by fellow Scots Paul Foster MBE (Prestwick Ambassador), Iain McLean (Blantyre), Mike Stepney (Elgin) and Colin Walker (Midlothian) and they got off to a blistering start by winning the opening day of action 4-1 and that meant they only required 2 wins out of the 6 matches being played in Sunday’s final day of singles. But things didn’t go to plan as the Scots struggled badly and with five games completed only Alex Marshall had registered a victory for the defending champions. Thankfully Mike Stepney held his nerve in the very last match to win his game and claim the last point required to win the series.
East Lothian IBC’s men’s side hopes of landing the spoils in the B section of the Scottish Premier League suffered another major setback when they went down to a second consecutive defeat after being on the wrong end of 94-64 thumping from Aberdeen.
A severely depleted garden county made the trip North with a degree of trepidation as they were facing a side cock-a-hoop after a fine opening day win at Falkirk and close to invincible on their home carpet. And the home side did not take long to stamp their authority on proceedings as they registered 22 shots on the scoreboard before East Lothian eventually struck a blow. The visitors did manage to claw the deficit back to 8 shots entering the halfway stage but another disastrous run of ends across the carpet saw them lose major ground and the home side ran out comfortable winners.
Jamie Higgins carded a five on his final end to skip his rink of Ewan Fallen, Matt Osborne and Stewart Thomson to a 22-22 share of the spoils with Alan McKay but that was about as good as it got for East Lothian with Willie Wood MBE (-1), Graham Robertson (-8) and Scott Kennedy (-21) all suffering damaging defeats.
“It’s always hugely disappointing when defeated and our “achilles heel” for the second week in a row was our very poor start. Although the end scoreline on paper shows a heavy defeat it in no way reflects the performance of the team with Aberdeen by their own admission receiving the rub of the green during most of the match. One pleasing factor was the introduction of some younger players who conducted themselves well. However the team and each individual player must raise their game and I am confident we will get back to winning ways shortly”, reflected team captain Mark Johnston.
It’s a free weekend for the men tomorrow (Saturday) as the National Junior Singles playdown action takes centre stage and club champion Calvert Allison is in action at Abbeyview IBC in Dunfermline. He faces a preliminary round encounter tomorrow (Saturday) morning at 11am against Garioch. The ladies playdown action also takes place at Abbeyview IBC on Sunday and the local challenger is full cap Emma Brown and she faces Stonehaven in the first round action at 10am.
Meanwhile ladies club champion Dee Hoggan was in National Singles playdown action last weekend at Coatbridge IBC and enjoyed a magnificent run to the quarter-finals before eventually losing out to world stage star Julie Forrest of Teviotdale, 21-11. On route to the last eight Hoggan clocked up impressive wins against very tough opposition. On Saturday morning she came back from 11-3 down to defeat Sharon Leitch of Balbardie 21-14 then followed that with a convincing 21-10 victory over Audrey Stewart of Forfar. In Sunday morning’s last 16 clash with Lorna Cameron of Whiteinch, Dee looked down and out when she trailed 17-9 but a magnificent run of ends saw her score nine shots without reply and cross 18-17 before going on to win a thrilling battle 21-20.
The ladies side from East Lothian IBC are back in Scottish Ladies League action tomorrow (Saturday) when they welcome border raiders Teviotdale to Meadowmill stadium. The absence of star figure Emma Brown is a major concern for team manager Sheena Currie and it leads to the call up of Louise Morgan for her garden county debut while Muriel Hamilton is moved from third to skip. The full team reads:- M.Kivlin, A.Berwick, M.Thomson, J.Fairnie skip L.Morgan, M.Devine, D.Rowan, Y.Veitch skip R.Mackintosh, J.Russell, C.Ward, M.Hamilton skip M.Murray, I.Combe, G.Mackintosh, N.McNeil skip
Two times former East Lothian IBC club champion Jamie Higgins was in SIBA Champion of Champions action last Sunday at Coatbridge IBC and after recording an opening round win over Alex Fleming he then lost out to Ardrossan’s Martin McCalley in the second round.
The ultra-talented senior side continued their dream start to their campaign in the East B section of the Scottish Senior League by inflicting 62-49 pain on local rivals Midlothian at Meadowmill stadium last Wednesday. The side was due to be back in action on Wednesday but opponents Berwickshire have had to withdraw from the league so the garden county ‘auld yins’ received a walkover. They are now back in action on Wednesday October 29 when they travel to Galashiels to tackle Tweedbank.
Meanwhile there was mixed fortunes for the East Lothian representatives in last Sunday’s national senior championships playdown action. Senior club champion Alan Morgan travelled to West Lothian IBC to participate in the singles but it was a short lived affair as he crashed to a 21-14 first round defeat against Midlothian. In the Pairs action Lessel Middler and Jim Robertson made the short trip to Midlothian IBC and were in fine form to defeat Balbardie in their opening round clash but could not repeat their form in their next match against Alloa and went down by 5 shots. The Triple of Jim Neilson, Billy Higgins and Alister Russell travelled to Bainfield IBC and having received a bye into the second round they faced strong opposition in the shape of Falkirk and a great performance seen them progress to the third round with a 14-9 triumph. They now play again on Sunday November 9 when they tackle Midlothian at West Lothian IBC.
Up and rising youth star Megan Kivlin was in Scottish Youth Masters qualifying action last Sunday at Falkirk IBC. Kivlin was drawn in a tough qualifying section and failed to qualify to the next stage but she was delighted with the two impressive wins she registered against more experienced opposition.
On the domestic front at East Lothian IBC the East Coast Carpets sponsored Top Club tournament will run from November to April, it will be played in a league format initially with the top two teams in each group qualifying for the semi-finals. Games will be played on Friday nights and teams may consist of gents, ladies and youths. Please contact the club or match secretary via the website if you would like to enter.
Gifford Bowling & Sports Club is staging a celebration evening tonight (Friday) for the Scotland bowlers who won gold at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Host club superstar Alex ‘Tattie’ Marshall MBE along with Paul Foster MBE, David Peacock, Neil Speirs and Darren Burnett will all be in attendance at the star studded event which gets underway at 7.30pm.