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.
Lawn bowling clubs across the Capital are in danger of going bust if a council service to pick up their grass clipping is withdrawn, it has been claimed.
The city council is set to agree that lawn bowling clubs across the city will have to commercially dispose of the waste produced from trimming their lawns, at rates much more expensive than those presently charged by the authority.
Clubs have criticised the move, saying that the cost to them could seriously impact their ability to operate.
Stephen Fox, Treasurer of Whitehouse Bowling Club, said: “It has financial implications but also a logistical issue in finding someone to replace what is a useful and well functioning community service already provided by the council.
“We hope sense will prevail and that the council at its meeting today will agree to continue these collections.”
However Neil Ross, Liberal Democrat Cllr for Morningside Ward, has brought a motion to the council today to try to have the council to reassess their decision. Cllr Ross said: “The council’s garden waste policy treats lawn bowling clubs like commercial businesses and forces them to find a commercial contractor to uplift their grass cuttings or to dispose of them as landfill.
“The council should instead be encouraging lawn bowling clubs across the city as they provide an affordable and accessible hub of informal care and support to a broad spectrum of their local community, not to mention access to a healthy outdoor environment and health-giving sport for all ages and levels of ability. I am aware that access to this network of social support is highly valued by older people and the single elderly in particular.
“This is why I support a change in the council’s policy towards garden waste collection for bowling clubs.”
Lawn bowls is often seen by many as a vital service for the elderly, keeping them from the dangers of isolation and loneliness. But clubs have emphasised that they support members from all backgrounds and ages.
Lyn Blackhall, a member at Whitehouse Bowling Club, said: “The sport is very important for tackling elderly loneliness. You could spend seven days a week down at the club if you wished, whether that is playing or just socialising.”
A council spokesperson said: “We are currently in discussions about resolving this issue.”
Carrick Knowes narrow 5-4 win away to foot of the table Brunstane duly clinched their capture of the coveted Division 1 title in the Alpha Trophies Edinburgh Bowling League at the first time of asking– and completed the fantastic straight seasons title journey from Division 5. A record unlikely to ever be equalled.Read More
Sighthill were comfortably crowned Division 2 champions finishing 13 points clear of Tanfield who gained promotion by a single point margin over third placed Bainfield.
Wardie and West End were relegated and make way for Division 3 champions Goldenacre and second placed Leith who tied on points with Dean but enjoyed a better shot margin of 93 against 44. Willowbrae and Pilrig will spend next season in Division 4.
London Round Foundry thumped Merchiston 8-1 to clinch the Division 4 title just 2 points ahead of Currie while Whitehouse & Grange and Trinity are relegated.
Balerno completed their Division 5 programme with an 8-1 win over Liberton that sparked the title celebrations 4 points ahead of Beechwood who are also promoted.
Play in the £4000 21st West Lothian Masters was finally halted by the weather after the quarterfinals stage and the semi finals and final will now be played at Stoneyburn Community Bowling Club on Sunday 25th August. The Last Four chasing the £1000 Masters Cheque and the signature Green Jacket are;
Tam Whitfield of Glenmavis v Ian Robertson of Newbridge and No14 seed Steven Fleming of Linlithgow v Paul Sweeney of Newbridge.
Sundays quarterfinals at Stoneyburn saw the surprise exit of two seeds in the shape of No2 Grant Logan of Kirkliston and No16 Frazer Muirhead of Uphall Station. Logan- seeking to capture a record establishing fifth Masters Crown bit the dust at the 21-13 hands fellow Hamilton Trophy colleague Paul Sweeney while Muirhead made a 21-15 exit to Tam Whitfield. The other quarterfinal ties saw Ian Robertson edge a 21-19 battle against Pumpherston teenager Liam Thomson while Fleming also had his hands full in dealing a 21-18 exit to Jamie Aitken of Newbridge.
Haddington will represent East Lothian in next seasons Inter County Top Ten having defeated West Barns in the semi final then East Linton to capture the Garden County qualifying event the Jubilee Cup.
Haddington is this Mondays venue for the final of the Seniors Inter County Matt Purdie Trophy (12nooon) between East Lothian and holders West Lothian.
The final matches across the Alpha Trophies Edinburgh Bowling League were all wiped out by the weather on Wednesday night and with promotion and relegation at stake the Management Committee have ruled that all games be rescheduled for this Monday night with a 6-30pm start.Read More
One of the outcomes so far is that two seeds in the shape of No 9 Raymond Logan and No 13 Glenn King cant commit to Saturday so have withdrawn.
The sate of play going into what would be lasts nights 4th round is that only seven of the 16 seeds were still standing. These were No1 Andy Dunnett; No2 Grant Logan; No4 Neil Speirs; No8 Thomas Mann; No12 Cameron Greer; No14 Steven Fleming; and No16 Frazer Muirhead.
If the completion of Rounds 1 to 5 is achieved by end of play tonight then the Final Days play tomorrow (Sunday) will go ahead as planned at Stoneyburn Community Bowling Green with the quarterfinals at 11am, the semi finals at 1-30pm, and the final at 4pm.
It is disappointing that seeds Greg Logan (6), John Aitken (7), and Darren Pearce (10) were unable to make the starting line up on Monday then Mark Allison (15) was a first round casualty followed by the exit of Gary Smith (3), Ewan Shearer (5), and Brian Craig (11) in the second round.
For times Master Grant Logan (2) survived a 21-20 second round scare against Ian Kilgallon of East Calder then other than the two that withdrew the rest of the sees survived the rescheduled 3rd round.
The line up in last nights 4th round was; Sect 1: Andy Dunnett (1) v Calum Melrose; Davie Ross v Frazer Muirhead (16). Sect 2: Thomas Mann (8) v Ryan Miller, Tam Whitfield v Greg Baldry. Sect 3: Andy Speirs v Liam Thomson; Keiron Reeder v Cameron Greer (12). Sect 4: Neil Speirs (4) v Scott Mushett; John Kerr v Ian Robertson. Sect 5: Cammy Robertson v Colin Hamilton; Kevin McConnell v Steven Fleming (14). Sect 6; Tommy Neilands v Jamie Aitken; Gary Orr v Graeme Turnbull. Sect 7: Derick Kerr v Paul Sweeney; Andrew Semple v John Reid. Sect 8: David Gemmell Jnr v Gordon Morrison; Adam Gilliland v Grant Logan (2).
Kirkliston hold the record number of Top Ten Title wins at both Inter County and WLBA levels but reputation counted for nothing in this years County final with Buchan Park causing a major upset when the clubs clashed at Newbridge.
Buchan Park are no minnows and no pushover having captured the title on two previous occasions and their latest triumph over the giants of the popular format was achieved by a commanding 6-2 outcome.
Steven Fleming produced a heroic performance to take the 21-13 scalp of Grant Logan in the Singles having led the international star 10-2 then from 18-13 hitting 21 with a magic count of 3. Billy Irvine skipped David Ledgerwood to a magnificent 16-11 win over the internationalist partnership of Steven Forrest and Neil Speirs having made great space to have them at their 16-8 mercy. Kenny Logan himself and ex International star and member of the famous Kirkliston Clan – but now playing out of Buchan Park played lead in the Triples to John Black and Barry Sword and they were clear cut 16-8 winners over Darren Pearce, Mark Allison, and Calum Logan (nephew).
Kirkliston did get the upper hand in the Fours with Raymond Logan skipping John Aitken, Robbie Cuthill, and Greg Logan to a 16-14 win over Ross Howie, Alan Docherty, Stuart Grant, and Mark McCullagh.
Carrick Knowe are poised to capture the Division 1 crown of the Alpha Trophies Edinburgh Bowling League at the first time of asking as they are all but past the post with a 9 point lead (78 to 69) over Parkside entering next weeks final round of fixtures.
This weeks results saw the league leaders score a 6-3 win at home to top of the table rivals Postal while defending champions Craigentinny made little impression on the top two with a 7-2 win over Northern however Parkside raced up into second place with a 9-0 win at home to Maitland.
This weeks fixtures feature Carrick Knowe away to relegated Brunstane (32) and Parkside away to second from bottom Northern (44), also Postal v third from bottom Queensberry (50), and Maitland at home to Craigentinny.
Sighthill are home in dry to captures the Division 2 title with 81 points to the 66 of Tanfield who are under last match promotion winning pressure from Bainfield (64) and Sunmmerside (63ｽ).
Goldenacre dominate Division 3 with 75 points followed by Dean (67), Leith (64), Slateford (59), Mayfield (59), Corstorphine (58), Willowbrae (55), and Pilrig (31).
While Division 4 reads, London Road Foundry 82, Currie 81, Dudley 64, Gorgie Mills 63, Juniper Green 63, Merchiston 55, Trinity 33, Whitehouse & Grange 26.Read More
Caldwell, the 2005 Junior Singles Champion, skipped his rink to wins over Newmains (31-8), Wellington Park (20-19), Stenhousemuir (20-10), Windygates (17-10) then Glencarse (19-12) in the final.
East Lothian capture of the Gents Singles title in the national championships played at Ayr Northfield was yet another major achievement for the garden county and the latest hero figure is Gordon White of of Aberlady. White was no dark horse champion as his previous form included being crowned the Junior Singles king pin in 2016 nonetheless winning the Singles title proper represents a significant step up in class.
And the East Lothian banner was also brilliantly represented by Megan Kivlin of East Lothian Co-op in the ladies Junior Singles with her title winning efforts emulating her success in 2016.
White thrilled his support with a high class campaign that he launched with commanding wins over Ian Bell of Lanark (21-10), and Andy Furye of Carnoustie West End (21-9). A hard fought 21-17 win over William McKenzie of Cumnock set up a semi final clash against Ewan Shearer of Linlithgow and an excellent nip and tuck encounter saw White leading 20-18 but in danger of making an exit with 3 shots against him. White dramatically burnt the end with a deadly strike then claimed the scalp of the West Lothian champion by carding the winning single on the replayed end.
The final pitched White against 2017 national champion Martyn Rice of Dumfries and although considered the underdog it was the East Lothian star that produced a sparkling performance that outshone the favourite to win 21-9. Kivlin triumph earlier in the week was featured in last weeks report and was highlighted by her 21-13 win in the final over defending champion Rachael Sinclair of Kingswood.
Calum Darling of Haddington reached the semi finals of the gents Junior Singles where he was piped in a 21-20 thriller by Jason Banks of Inverurie who went on to win the title.
Midlothian delivered a national title triumph to their Bowls Scotland President, Jock Halliday, and it was his own club Dalkeith that did it with the ladies Triple of Alison Plenderleith, Esther Laidlaw, and Elizabeth Halliday producing a 2, 1 finish to edge a nailbiting 17-16 in over Stranraer in the final.
West Lothian were denied a title celebration with the Glenmavis rink of Marlynn Whitfield, Delia Flannigan, Angie Uttley, and Lorraine Craig conceding 1, 1 to be suffer a 16-15 defeat from Alloa East End in the final of the Fours.
The Friday night venues hosting the Last 16 (5th Round) in next weeks ｣4000 West Lothian Masters are, West Calder and Armadale. The final days play a week tomorrow (Sunday) takes place at Stoneyburn BC.
Todays (Sat) final of the WLBA Top Ten features Kirkliston v Buchan Park at Newbridge (2pm).
Defending champion Andrew Dunnett of Linlithgow is the No1 seed in the £4000 West Lothian Masters that celebrates its 21st Anniversary this year and swings into action on Monday 5th August with a field that is 166 strong competing for the £1000 top prize and the coveted Green Jacket.Read More
Voted last years WLBA Player of the Year he also won the District Singles and was top skip in the title winning Hamilton Trophy Team – Dunnett recently made his international debut for Scotland and was a member of a rink that won all three games. As it so happens that Rink contained two other WL Masters in Grant Logan (skip) and two times champion Neil Speirs.
Logan (43) is the No2 seed this year while Speirs (40) is the No 4 with the two Kirkliston stars separated at No3 by former England and Scotland internationalist Gary Smith of Linlithgow (60) who also happens to be the CEO of World Bowls Ltd. Smith won the Masters in 2010 and was a losing finalist in 2011 and 2014. Linlithgow have three seeds in the top five with 46 year old cap experienced Ewan Shearer a prolific winner of titles in West Lothian bidding to add to his 2001 Masters success and bidding at Ayr Northfield this week to win the National title.
The others seeds are; No6: Greg Logan (40) Kirkliston; No7: John Aitken (64) Kirkliston; No8: Thomas Mann (38) Newbridge; No9: Raymond Logan (64) Kirkliston; No10: Darren Pearce (21) Kirkliston; No11: Brian Craig (51) Glenmavis; No12: Cameron Greer (31) Bathgate High; No13: Glen King (36) West Calder; No14: Steven Fleming (47) Linlithgow; No15: Mark Allison (45) Kirkliston; No16: Frazer Muirhead (57) Uphall Station.
West Lothian crashed to a heavy 33 shot defeat (121-88) in the final of the Hamilton Trophy at Ayr Northfield with the defending champions paying the price for a very disappointing team performance against Lanarkshire South.
The 2018 king pins arrived in the final with a 100% campaign record of nine wins so should have been on a high; but the stars on parade failed to sparkle as they were dominated and outshone by an opposition that showed typical Lanarkshire South charisma and personality. West Lothian had rallied from an early 15 shot deficit (39-24) after six ends and raised hopes when crossing into a 71-67 lead after 14 however that supremacy was wiped out at the very next end and the WL effort then fizzled out over long run in. Wins on the rinks skipped by Andy Dunnett (+6) and Thomas Mann (+3) were dwarfed by the pain of defeat that was inflicted upon Raymond Logan (-8) , Grant Logan (-9), Stevie Fleming (-11), and Neil Speirs (-14).
The national championships at Ayr Northfield have been in full swing this week and the best outcomes of the early play saw East Lothian Co-Op star Megan Kivlin regain (2016) the Junior Singles title with a 21-13 win over defending champion Rachael Sinclair of Kingswood. The Kirkhill (Midlothian) rink of Alistair Robb, Jim Watson, Sam Wilkie, and Andy Wilton won four games to reach the final of the Seniors Fours where they lost 22-16 to Airdrie Central.
Maitland (Edinburgh reached the semi finals of the Mixed Pairs where Alison McDougal and Alan Trotter lost 21-12 to Stonehouse who now play Denny in todays final.
Calum Darling carried the Haddington banner into the semi finals of the Junior Singles and lost a 21-20 thriller to Jason Banks who went on to win the title.
Lorna Smith (Linlithgow) beat defending champion Margaret Letham (Burnbank) 21-4 to reach the semi finals of the Over 55s Singles but lost to old rival Isobel Laing of Elgin who then the final to Karen McAndrew of Thornton.
The Craigentinny rink of Kevin Hunter, Danny Gormley Jr, Andy Jeffrey, and Andy Caldwell line up in todays semi finals of the Fours but Kirkliston and Bonnyrigg lost in the quarterfinals.