Wishing Newbattle Bowling Club all the best tonight in there fundraiser for a Defibrillator for the Club.
Bainfields escape route from the relegation zone in the B section of the gents Premier League isnt an easy one starting with todays first fixture of the new year against table toppers Midlothian however home environment advantage at The Hutchison Crossway stadium gives them the sniff of a chance.Read More
Going head to head with the section leaders represent a massive challenge but we have an obvious incentive to rise to the occasion and our home record is good and includes the scalp of reigning champions Blantyre, said ODonnell.
The Bainfield faithful will not be short of optimism that a team packed with home stadium personality stars and figures will have the fire in their belly and abilities to pose a major threat to their high flying visitors. Team reads, Rink 1. Graeme McIntosh, Stephen Pringle, Alan Brown, and John McDermott. Rink 2. Davy McNair, Brian Millar, Kevin Tennant, and James Hogg. Rink 3. Steven Pilley, Tam Ebbs, Craig Paterson, and Paul ODonnell. Rink 4. Graham Angus, Robert Sloan, Danny Gormley, and Rab Marshall.
The reserve bench is occupied by Mark McIntosh, Craig Mackintosh, Stevie Ritchie, Luke Corbett, Greg Walker, and Mark Walker.
Midlothian faltered in their strong going stride with an unexpected defeat at foot of the table Abbeyview and with their top of the table lead reduced to a single point over East Lothian they are under severe pressure to bounce back to winning ways. Therefore it is a pain in the backside for team manager Ronnie Allen that he travels to Bainfield without international stars Ronnie Duncan and Colin Walker who are on World Championship engagement down at Potters Leisure. And it is added discomfort that inspirational figure Billy Peacock is unavailable on top of Dougie Russell and Sandy (AJ) Knight being on the injured list. Midlothian are experts at coping with such team depletions over the years but will certainly have to be at their best to still be league leaders after this game. Rink 1. Colin Cook, Jack Macnab, Scott Briggs, and David Peacock. Rink 2. Neil Melrose, Craig Hodge, Jim Cullen, and Daniel McDougall. Rink 3. Jamie Macnab, Liam Mackay, John Stevenson, and Kevin McDougall Rink 4. Ian Forbes, Paul Innes, Andy Caldwell, and Graeme Archer.
East Lothian are back in the qualifying frame and with the bit between their teeth entering the final straight are strong favourites to build a winning momentum with home advantage over long distance travellers Turriff. Icon figure Alex Marshall MBE will be an enforced absentee due to his engagements at the World Championships but the team line up remains strong over all. Rink 1. Lewis Betts, Steven Morgan, Jamie Higgins, and Derek Oliver. Rink 2. Mark Yuill, David Sked, Chris Brock, and Scott Kennedy,
Rink 3. Aaron Betts, Ewan Fallen, Stuart Thomson, and Joe Mower. Rink 4. Mark Johnston, Andy Jeffrey, Dean Riva, and Billy Mellors.
Meanwhile, West Lothians unexpected flirtation with the relegation zone in section A of the Premier League will receive a monumental kiss of life if they can win at home against second from bottom visitors Aberdeen. The 2 point gap will be widened to 4 if their strongly formed team can keep the Dons at bay. Rink 1. Bryan Cooper, Ian Drysdale, Jamie Aitken, and Neil Speirs. Rink 2. George Sneddon, Des Hagrt, Mark Allison, and Craig Moss. Rink 3. Richard Mark, Connor McKendrick, Gary Orr, and James Speirs. Rink 4. Darren Pearce, Raymond Logan, Cameron Greer, and Calum Logan.
Balbardie gents travel the road and miles to Dundee where an on song performance against the bottom rung team will do wonders for their survival prospects in Division 1A.
Sunday heralds the prelim round play in the Team Championship event with fixtures as follows
Midlothian v West Lothian at Bainfield; East Lothian v Abbeyview at West Lothian; Bainfield v Tweedbank at East Lothian; Balbardie v Falkirk at Stirling.
East Lothian Seniors are on familiar territory at Bainfield on Wednesday (Noon) when the East B winners go into quarterfinal action in their East A counterparts, Alloa.
West Lothian IBC champion Bryan Cooper made a 21-19 exit to Gordon McKenzie of Coatbridge in the semi final stage of the Singles in the national finals weekend hosted by Midlothian IBC at their Dalkeith Stadium. Cooper was building a winning opportunity at 13-6 up but spent five ends trapped in the bowlers graveyard by which tine he trailed 15-13.
Paul Foster MBE of Prestwick made a successful defence of the title and in winning it for the fourth time was completing three of them in a row at the 21-12 expense of McKenzie.
Julie Forrest of Teviotdale captured the Ladies Single title for a magnificent seventh tine, defeating twice champion Lynn Stein if East Fife, 21-16, in a 22- end final.
Elidh Weir of Alloa beat Carla Banks of Garioch, 21-10, in the 17-end final of the Ladies Junior Singles while John Meikle of Blantyre beat Jason Banks of Garioch, 21-19, in the Gents Junior Singles.
Abbeyview ( Stuart Pagan and Paul Brown) beat Stonehaven, 7-7; 7-6; in the Gents 2B Pairs while Arbroath beat Auchinleck, 2-1, in the Lsdies version/
Host club star Ellie Borthwick made a 21-13 exit to Liam Sharpe in the semi finals of the Under 18 Singles then Sharpe lost heavily to Bradley Buchan of Fraserburgh in the final.
Midlothian IBC host the first major national calendar event of the New Year over this weekend with the Dalkeith Stadium a popular venue for the staging of the first set of 2018/19 Scottish Finals the highlight of which is the Thomas Taylor sponsored Singles.Read More
West Lothian IBC provide the Edinburgh & Lothian interest in the Gents singles with internationalist Bryan Cooper from the Inveralmond Stadium in Livingston carrying the banner into semi final action against Gordon McKenzie of Coatbridge.
The other semi final features 2015/16 champion John Fleming Jnr of Inverclyde against defending champion Paul Foster MBE of Prestwick who is bidding to complete a three-in-a-row hat trick and add to his first success in 1998/99.
Julie Forrest of Teviotdale is the dominating figure in the Ladies quartet as the six times champion, quiet since her last one in 2012/13,opens her bid for a magnificent seventh against Laura Welsh of Whiteinch.
The other semi features Melanie Darroch of Elgin against two times champion Lynn Stein, 2012 and 2014, of East Fife.
John Fleming Jnr, is double-handed as the 2015 champion competes again for the Junior Singles title with holder Jason Banks of Garioch his semi final opponent while Jak Miller of Aberdeen and John Meikle of Blantyre are also in the title frame.
The challenge for the Ladies version features Eilidh Weir of Alloa versus Rebecca Houston of Prestwick; and 2017 champion Carla Banks of Garioch versus Kimberley Dodds of Falkirk.
Midlothian have a home star to cheer in the Under 18 Singles in the shape of emerging talent Ellie Borthwick who lines up in her semi final against Liam Sharpe of Dumbarton while the other semi features Bradley Buchan of Fraserburgh against David Eaton of Blantyre.
Play in the 2Bowl Pairs is a Lothian Free Zone with the line up in the Gents featuring;
Bobby Brown and Brian Irvine of Blantyre v Derek McNicol and Paul Hay of Stonehaven; Stuart Pagan and Paul Brown of Abbeyview v George McCartney and Ryan Langdon of Glasgow.
And in the Ladies; Nicola Orr and Kimberley Dodds of Falkirk v Hannah Smith and Claire Johnston of Auchinleck; Claire Ewing and Sara Jane Ewing of Headwell v Leanne Furye and Caroline Ruxton of Arbroath.
Semi Finals Order of Play Sat 10am:
Ladies J/S, Weir v Houston; U/18 S, Borthwick v Sharpe; Gents J/S, Fleming v Banks; Ladies 2B P, Falkirk v Auchinleck Gents 2B, P Abbeyview v Glasgow; 12-30pm Ladies 2B Pairs, Headwell v Arbroath; U/18 S, Buchan v Easton; Gents 2B P, Blantyre v Stonehaven: Ladies S, Darroch v Stein; Gents S, Cooper v McKenzie. 3pm Ladies J/S, Banks v Dodds; Gents J/S, Miller v Meikle; Ladies S: Forrest v Welsh; Gents S Fleming v Foster.
Finals Sunday. 10am; Gents J/S; Ladies 2B Pairs; Gents 2B Pairs; U/18 Singles.
1pm: Ladies Singles; Gents Singles; Ladies J/S.
Midlothian IBCs end of year M&F Funeral Services sponsored Christmas Spectacular Open Triples event made a for a busy Dalkeith Stadium with the spectators treated to A Master Class of bowling skills that climaxed with a triumphant victor salute from Alex Marshall MBE and his front two of Steven Morgan and Paul Foster MBE.
Marshall & Co captured the main prize and honours with victory in the final over Tevor Taylor, Scott Kennedy, and Billy Mellors having defeated defending champions Martin Rice, Graeme Archer, and David Peacock in the semi finals.
While Mellors reached the final with a win over gold medal trio Ronnie Duncan, Derek Oliver, and Darren Burnett.
A special Christmas Pairs event staged by West Lothian IBC and sponsored by J Gas was won by Richard Mark and Mark Allison who defeated Bryan Cooper and Neil Speirs in the final.
The sad passing of Colin Russell a Past President of the Scottish IBA and his club West Lothian IBC has robbed the bowls community nationwide of a popular and highly respected figure who gave many years of dedicated service to the sport.
The funeral of Colin an Honorary Life member of the SIBA takes place at 12noon on Tuesday 8th January at the West Lothian Crematorium, Livingston, EH54 8SF. The thoughts of the Bowls Community at Large are with his wife Margaret and Family.
Midlothian IBC brings down the curtain on 2018 by staging their annual end of year Open Triples Spectacular at the Dalkeith Stadium today.Read More
The galaxy of personality pre-draw Pot No1 figures set to parade their skills in an exciting and entertaining fashion include No 2 seed Alex Marshall MBE who skips Steven Morgan and Tatties fellow world stage super star Paul Foster MBE.
The hot pot trio of 2018 Commonwealth Games gold medal winners Ronnie Duncan, Derek Oliver, and Darren Burnett are the No3 seeds while rated No4 is the triple of Trevor Taylor, Scott Kennedy, and Billy Mellors.
Pot No 3 is headed by the legendary Willie Wood MBE who skips his East Lothian colleagues David Sked and former World Under 25 champion Joe Mower while the strongest of female power is represented by Sandra McLeish, Stacey McDougall, and Julie Forrest. David Rattray skips namesakes Richard and Peter, while internationalist Jamie Higgins of East Lothian plus his yet to be named front two complete the Pot.
The four winning qualifiers that made it into Pot 2 are the trios of Gary Thomson; Daniel McDougall; Roy Borthwick, and Jack Macnab while Pot 4 comprises the runners up trios of John Tennant; Mark Yuill; Matt Osbourne; and David Bailley. Play gets underway at 11am with the Draw producing the following the following sections.
Section 1. David Peacock; Gary Thomson; Jamie Higgins; Matt Osborne.
Section 2. Alex Marshall MBE; Jack Macnab; Richard Rattray; David Bailley.
Section 3. Darren Burnett; Daniel McDougall; Willie Wood MBE; John Tennant.
Rink 4. Billy Mellors; Roy Bothwick; Stacey McDougall; Mark Yuill.
West Lothian IBC have achieved an end of year high with the international experienced partnership of Cameron Greer and Calum Logan carrying the club banner into the Last Four stage of the Gents National Four Bowl Pairs Championship. Rattling up four wins on the trot to dominate their qualifying section at West of Scotland the WL champs opened up the pathway towards the prospect title glory with a 26-16 prelim round win over Kris Storf (ex Parkside) and Glen Morton of Alloa. The follow on performance was a commanding 21-10 win over Cowal then a nail biting climax saw them edge an 18-17 thriller over East Fife to set up a sectional final against two Falkirk hot pots in Martin McCalley and Steven Glen, ex East Lothian.
West Lothians battling 17-14 victory takes them through to a semi final match against Steven Dudgeon and Graeme Peacock of Galleon at Arbroath on Saturday March 30. The opposite semi final features Graeme Donaldson and Andrew Barker of Elgin against Stuart Pagan and Paul Brown of Abbeyview.
Bainfield duo Robert White and James Hogg made encouraging progress with wins over Coatbridge (25-22) and Tweedbank (22-19) at West Lothian but suffered a 25-16 defeat at the hands of Abbeyview in the section final. Abbeyview had also sentenced East Lothians Mark Johnston and Willie Wood MBE to a 20-17 first round exit while the Balbardie duo of Kevin Scott and Ewan Shearer lost 23-15 to Tweedbank. The fancied Midlothian partnership of Billy Peacock and Colin Walker made a disappointing 20-15 exit to Charles Smith and James Fernie of East fife in the prelim round at West of Scotland.
Wins over Perth (24-17); Tweedbank (21-6); and Coatbridge (25-7); saw holders and three times champions Sharon Leitch and Lorraine Craig carry the Balbardie IBC banner into the semi finals of the Womans Pairs .
Stewart Meikle would like to wish all a Happy New Year.
Bainfield gents make the long trek North to Turriff for todays seventh round of fixtures in the highly competitive B section of the Premier League and a clear water escape from the dreaded relegation zone is the bumper prize for victory.Read More
The Bainfield camp will be unsettled by the absence of icon figure Robert Marshall and first team regulars Steven Pilley and Kevin Tennant and it is much changed and therefore untested formation that is given the onerous task of capturing two vital points. Team manager Paul ODonnell gives debuts to Luke Corbett, Stevie Ritchie, Ian Miller, and Donald Forsyth while he also brings in Dick Wilson from the Seniors league team.
The stakes are extremely high going into the Festive Season Break and Turriff is a tough foreign field for our new faces to experience their first premier league battle however there is no lack of talent and we will give it our best shot, said ODonnell. Rink 1.Mark McIntosh, Donald Forsyth, Graeme McIntosh, and Danny Gormley. Rink 2. Luke Corbett, Ian Millar, Tam Ebbs, and Paul ODonnell. Rink 3. Craig Mackintosh, Stevie Ritchie, Alan Brown, and John McDermott. Rink 4. Davy McNair, Dick Wilson, Stephen Pringle, and James Hogg.
Midlothian have played hard and well to open up a three point gap over Blantyre and East Lothian at the top of the table and it will be a merry Christmas for the stars from the Dalkeith stadium if they can sparkle on away territory at Abbeyview. It is a top versus bottom situation with an eight- point separation in favour of the visitors so it will be a real coupon buster if the Ronnie Allens team selection comes a cropper. Ian Forbes and Jamie Macnab are both unavailable. Rink 1. Liam McKay, Jim Cullen,Kevin McDougall, and Billy Peacock. Rink 2. Neil Melrose, Craig Hodge, Danny McDougall, and Ronnie Duncan.
Rink 3. Paul Innes, John Stevenson, Dougie Russell, and Colin Walker. Rink 4. Andy Caldwell, Jack Macnab, Graeme Archer, and Davy Peacock.
It is East Lothians turn to enter the Lions Den at Blantyre and they do so without experienced gladiators Joe Mower, Andy Jeffrey, and Calum Darling however they do have four warlord kings at the helm in the shape of Alex Marshall MBE, Derek Oliver, Billy Mellors, and Scott Kennedy. Rink 1. Mark Yuill, Chris Brock, Stuart Thomson ( C), and Alex Marshall MBE. Rink 2. Mark Johnston, David Sked, Dean Riva, and Billy Mellors. Rink 3. Aaron Betts, Alex Cormack, Ewan Fallen, and Scott Kennedy. Rink 4. Lewis Betts, Steven Morgan, Jamie Higgins, and Derek Oliver.
The once mighty and much feared West Lothian IBC team of gents super stars find themselves in the unaccustomed role of underdogs when they resume their campaign in the A section of the Premier League with a visit to undefeated table toppers Falkirk.
A disappointing three wins from six leaves WL a daunting six points adrift of a vibrant and confident home team bidding to make it seven out of seven however two wins on the bounce will surely have lifted the spirits of the visitors. Rink 1. Bryan Cooper, Ian Drysdale ( C ), Des Hagart, and Neil Speirs. Rink 2. George Sneddon, Jamie Aitken, Mark Allison, and Craig Moss. Rink 3. Darren Pearce, Raymond logan, Cameron Greer, and Calum logan. Rink 4. Richard Mark, Connor McKendrick, Gary Orr, and James Speirs.
The gents of Balbardie have been blowing hot and cold in their Division 1A campaign with two wins and a peel from six games leaving on the edge of the relegation zone. Home carpet advantage against third placed Coatbridge presents the Bathgate based team with a golden opportunity to stay safe as foot of the table clubs Headwell and Dundee face tough visits to second placed Cumbernauld and leaders Fraserburgh, respectively.
East Lothian ladies are not to be trifled with and especially at home but todays task in the East Premier League at the Alex Marshall Arena is an awesome one with their unchanged team bidding to inflict a first defeat on table toppers East Fife. Midlothian sit two points adrift of the leaders so would see it as a Christmas Gift gesture if their neighbours did them a favour and especially so if they deliver an expected win at home to joint foot of the table Abbeyview.
Bainfield ladies are going great guns in Division 1 East and are clear leaders with five wins out of six and aiming to maintain their momentum at home to Balbardie.
The playdown action in the gents national triples last weekend saw Bainfield trio Danny Gormley, James Hogg, and Paul ODonnell make a second round exit (20-16) to Alloa while Walter McDougall, Mark Bonar, and Sandy McDougall of Balbardie lost (25-7) at the same stage to East Fife. The four qualifiers were, Galleon, East Fife, East Kilbride, and Aberdeen.
A better outcome for the East in the ladies triples saw Midlothian stars Sandra Muir, Sandra McLeish, and Shona Johnstone rattle up four wins to reach the semi finals and joined by Stonehaven, West of Scotland, and Glasgow.
Tomorrows (Sun) Gents International Trial Match at Auchinleck includes the presence of Colin Walker and Billy Peacock (Midlothian); Bryan Cooper, James Speirs, Mark Allison, Neil Speirs (W Lothian; Joe Mower, Billy Mellors, Jamie Higgins, Scott Kennedy (E Lothian). Alex Marshall MBE, Derek Oliver, and Ronnie Duncan are among those not required by the selectors to parade their skills in the trial.
Paul ODonnell skipped the proud Bainfield Banner to successive national title glory in the gents Triples Championships of 2008/9 and 2009/10 and he is back in the thick of this weekends play-down action hoping to blaze a winning trail in the 2018/19 renewal.Read More
Cumbernauld is the destination for todays play with the excitingly talented trio of Edinburgh Elite hoping to be wide awake and raring to go against Auchinleck on the 9-30am prelim round session.
The eye-catching clash on the early session at Cumbernauld is the match of the day battle between fierce neighbour rivals Midlothian and East Lothian. Garden County stars Scott Kennedy, Andy Jeffrey, and Billy Mellors captured the national crown for East Lothian in 2007 and were due to be back in the limelight as a trio this weekend however Jeffrey cant make it and is replaced by 2017 winning skip Derek Oliver.
The presence of Oliver brings him into prelim round opposition against his recent fellow double Commonwealth Games gold medal winning colleague Ronnie Duncan who lines up at lead to Billy Peacock and Colin Walker in the Midlothian triple.
West Lothian make the short journey across the River Fourth with Abbeyview the venue for their first round clash against Glasgow on the 2pm session. Craig Moss – the town times champion with Bainfield turns up wearing the WL jersey and plays in the middle of Stuart Johnston and Mark Allison against David Elliot (skip) of Glasgow.
The Balbardie trio of Walter McDougall, Mark Bonar and Sandy McDougall also parade their skills in The Kingdom and have a bye into the first round proper.
The ladies are also in Triples play-down action this weekend and the Bainfield challengers are listed as Chloe Thomson, Mandy Jenkin, and Anna Anderson who open in the first round (2pm) against Auchinleck at Cumbernauld.
East Lothian and Midlothian make the same journey with sisters Kim and Dee Hoggan joined by Melissa Penman at lead in the garden county trio that face Cowal in the prelim round.
Shona Johnstone skips Sandra Muir and Margaret Porter for Midlothian against Dumbarton while at Abbeyview it is Jenifer Richardson, Anne Muirhead, and Liz Boyle for WL and Kim Ross, Betty Johnston, and Pat Purdie for Balbardie.
Four players across the Lothian clubs have been named in the opening line for the ladies Home International Series to played at Falcon IBC in Essex over the weekend of 8th/10th March while Wendy Purdie of West Lothian is a recall on the reserve bench having last played for Scotland in 2014. The four starters are Dee Hoggan and Emma Logan of East Lothian, Lorraine Craig of Balbardie, and Stacey McDougall of Midlothian.
A top of the table clash in this weeks play in the East B section of the Seniors League saw East Lothian celebrate a magnificent and significant 64-55 win at home to Midlothian while Balbardie suffered narrow 69-64 defeat at Teviotdale,
Team manager Ronnie Allen is over the moon to see his Midlothian stars sitting three points clear at the top of the gents B section of the Premier League following a spirited display that produced an 84-69 win over Turriff at Dalkeith. Good wins on three rinks saw Scottish Master Colin Walker lead the charge by skipping his rink to a 26-12 victory, supported by a 22-15 contribution from Ronnie Duncan and a 26-20 success for David Peacock. The only setback was a 22-10 defeat for Billy Peacock.
East Lothian were back on song with a spectacular 98-51 win at home to Abbeyview with Joe Mower orchestrating the team effort with a 27-11 victory and ably supported by a 25-9 contribution from Billy Mellors. Team captain became an exciting part of a winning chorus with a commanding 26-13 score while world stage star Alex Marshall MBE brought the curtain down to huge applause from the Garden County faithful with a 20-18 win.
Bainfield were unable to live with defending champions Blantyre in the famed Lions Den and were mauled, 98-56, but remain out of the bottom two.
West Lothian stepped up gear or two to score a welcome 93-75 away win over joint leaders West of Scotland in the A section while play in Division 1 North saw Balbardie lose 81-74 at Headwell.
East Lothian ladies stormed to a 68-44 away win over Abbeyview in the Premier League East B while foot of the table West Lothian were crushed 72-36 at home to top of the table East Fife. Play in Division 1 East saw Bainfield remain top with a 65-58 win at home to Tweedbank while Balbardie lost 73-43 at home to Headwell.