Please pass on to all players that the game on Sunday has been cancelled Due to Midlothian unfortunately can not get a Team
The East Coast Carpet Leagues got underway last Friday.Read More
This Friday sees holders Cockenzie and Port Seton face a tough trip to EL Co-op who will be looking to bounce back from their disappointing result at Haddington last week. Elphinstone will be looking to inflict further hurt on Tranent when they entertain them while Haddington and Castlepark will be looking to back up their impressive opening week wins when they travel to East Linton and Winton respectively. In the other tie Dunbar welcome Prestongrange to Sunny Dunny.
In Division Two’s opening fixtures Ormiston defeated Cockenzie & Port Seton A 8-0. Aberlady recorded a 7-1 win at home to Longniddry while EL Co-op A and West Barns were 6-2 winners over Haddington A and Macmerry respectively. In the final fixture there was a 4-4 draw at East Linton A where EL Labour Club were the visitors.
The first round proper of the ELBA trophy is due to be played on Tuesday 7th May. This competition is played on consecutive Tuesday’s until the semi-finals and final are played at Haddington on Sunday 26th May.
The East Lothian Under 25 selectors have announced that they are to have a practice match at Gifford Bowling Club this Sunday 5th May from Noon until 2pm. All players wishing to be considered for the team this season are asked to attend while the dress code is casual.
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Billy Mellors is the king pin Singles Champion of East Lothian IBC for a fifth time in six years having captured the coveted crown with a thrilling 21-19 victory over Chris Fallen in the final that brought the curtain down for the season at The Alex Marshall Arena.Read More
Mellors was also completing an awesome hat-trick of East Lothian titles having already bagged the Pairs and the Fours.
Craig Moss has now spent a few seasons under the West Lothian IBC banner and the former Bainfield star has now etched his name on the clubs championship board with his capture of the prestigious Singles crown. Moss faced icon figure George Sneddon in the final at the Inveralmond Stadium and having added a full-house count of 4 to power into a 12-4 lead maintained his supremacy to score a commanding 21-7 victory.
Nathan McKendrick produced a dynamic display in the Under 25 Junior Singles final and reigns supreme after his 21-8 victory put Darren Pearce to the sword in 17-ends.
Jenifer Richardson dictated the pace strongly to bring Lisa Barrett under 15-5 pressure in the final of the Ladies Singles and stormed to a 21-11 win in 19-ends.
The opening play in the Alpha Trophies Edinburgh Bowling League on Wednesday night coming signals the much awaited arrival in the top flight Division 1 of former Water of Leith giants Carrick Knowe.
Carrick Knowe as all WOL transfer clubs were forced to start of life in the lowest Division, 5, and have made annual progress towards the top, mostly impressive but causing some doubt on oaccasions with puzzling away failures. It is widely expected that the star studded Division1 debutants will present an instant danger to 10 times champions, and holders, Craigentinny making it 11 this season so their will be intense interest in whether Carrick Knowe can pass a difficult opening test away to Maitland.
The other fixtures are; Craigentinny v Brunstane; Parkside v Postal; Northern v Queensberry.
While Division 2 features; Hillside v West End; Wardie v Tanfield; Bainfield v Summerside; Sighthill v Colinton.
Edinburgh & Leith open their Hamilton Trophy campaign with a testing challenge against West Lothian at Bainfield on Saturday 11th May and the build up to that starts with a squad session a week tomorrow at the host club. The squad reads Adam Brock, Stephen Pilley, Craig Paterson (Bainfield); Paul ODonnell, James Hogg, Darren Hush, John Ramsay, Richard Tough, Stephen Pringle (Carrick Knowe); David Fisher (Colinton); Kevin Hunter, Daniel Gormley, Josh Spalding, Gordon bold, Lewis Betts (Craigentinny); Graham Duff (Hillside); Craig Nackintosh (LRF); Mark McIntosh , Alan Brown, (Maitland); Ross Thomson (Mayfield); Euan Craig (Northern); Paul Veitch, Robert Donaldson, Neil Watson (Parkside); John Kidd, Gavin Ramsay (Queensberry); Alistair McKenna (Seafield); John McDermott, Graeme Eddington, Stuart Isbister, Ross Noble (Sighthill); Robert Marshall, Gordon Ramsay, John Ramsay, (Slateford); Liam McKay, Andy McNab (Tanfield);
West Lothians annual opening highlight of the Outdoor Season is the rich £1000 Ratho Open Pairs sponsored by Belhaven Brewery with the popular event being staged on Saturday May 4th.
Ratho BC is inviting Entries up to Tuesday April 30th and they can be made directly to the club on telephone number, 0131-333-2511.
Last weekend the Alex Marshall Arena hosted the Premier League Decider between East Lothian and Midlothian and what an encounter it was with a large crowd enjoying a thrilling spectacle from the first to the last end. It was the Garden County gents who hit the ground running and in the early stages of the game had opened up a 14 shot lead which at the 10 ends stage Midlothian had reduced to six shots.Read More
Lewis Betts, Kevin Cunningham, Steven Morgan & Jamie Higgins (Skip)
Aaron Betts, Dougie Berwick, Dean Riva & Derek Oliver
Mark Yuill, Robbie Shields, Chris Brock & Scott Kennedy
Andy Jeffrey, Calum Darling, Stuart Thomson (Cpt) & Joe Mower
County young gun Megan Kivlin is off to Belfast this weekend with the Scotland Under 25 ladies team for the international series. Megan is third to Gemma Forrester from Abbeyview with Lauren Roddie (Stonehaven) and Dawn Anderson (Auchinleck) front end.
The Ladies are due to begin their Scottish Cup Campaign this Saturday with a trip to Tweedbank to play neighbours Midlothian who lost out in the Scottish League Final last Saturday. This should be a cracker of the game and gives our ladies an opportunity to show their metal against the league runners-up and the following team has been selected with Megan unavailable:
M Murray, K Hoggan, D Hoggan & Y Veitch (Skip)
M Penman, B Riva, M Thomson & J Fairnie
J McFarlane, G Mackintosh, E Logan & L Baillie-Whyte
The first game in the Senior Scottish Cup was played at Midlothian last Wednesday when the Auld Yins ran out comfortable 10-0 winners over Tweedbank. The Seniors were due to return to Midlothian on Wednesday to face Abbeyview who received a walk over when Berwickshire were unable to raise a team. The following team was selected:
Lessel Middler, David McGill, Ronnie Douglas & W W Wood (Skip)
Jimmy Neilson, J P Hamilton, Alastair Russell & Andy Burt
B J Smith, Davie Pryde, Gordon Gray & Dougie Berwick
Alan Valentine, Tom Rattray, Peter Fallen & Tom Young (Captain)
On the home front the Jock Brodie Seniors Trophy, Sponsored by N T Craig Haddington & Tom Young Plumbing & Electrical Services Dunbar will also be being played at the Alex Marshall Arena with East Lothian taking on Tweedbank and Bainfield playing Headwell. The team for East Lothian is:
Alex Stewart, Duncan Hogg, Ian James & Willie Franklin (skip)
Kenny Glen, Jim McLeod, George Arnott & George Gray (skip)
Kenny Boyd, Martin McIntyre, Ross Maguire & Ali McKenna (skip)
Last Sunday the Alex Marshall Arena hosted the East of Scotland Youth Pairs and Triples finals in which both our pair of Melissa Penman and Lewis Betts and our triple of Aaron Betts, Kieran Dodds and Danny Stevenson reached their respective finals. Melissa and Lewis Betts retained the pairs trophy, won by Melissa and Robbie Shields later year, with a win over the Bainfield pair of Andrew Jamieson and Abby Cairns. However, our triple lost out in a well contested final to a triple from East Fife who rotated their team of Hannah Pirie, Amy Blyth, Rachel Pirie and Emma Blyth.
East Lothian youths were at home to Bainfield last Saturday in their sixth game in the East of Scotland League and recorded an excellent 7-0 victory. The rink of Danny Stevenson was behind early on in his game, however, a run of 1,3,2,4 put him in control and he finished a 15-9 winner. Lewis Betts rink started well in their game to open up an 8-1 lead but were overtaken 8-9 before having the edge over the final few ends to run out 13-11 victors. Meanwhile the rink of Aaron Betts was always in control in their game and won 11-5. The win now puts East Lothian on 34 points from six games and are in pole position to retain their title. In addition to the league game on Saturday there were pairs and triples challenge matches in which Daniel Kivlin and Liam Fender in the pairs and Daniel Gillies, Finlay Borthwick and Sam Penman in the triples both recorded convincing wins against their Bainfield counterparts. The youths have no league game now until Saturday 2nd March and will be progressing their internal youth ties each week until then. Their next game in the Top Ten is at home against Ardrossan on Sunday 17th February at 11am.
The clubs caterers Mumm’s are hosting a Bite’n’Blether event today Thursday 7th February and continuing every second Thursday which will involve live music with Anita Watman together with food and a drink for £3.
This weekend heralds the final round of fixtures in the national league system and opportunity knocks for the star brigade of West Lothian IBC gents team to clinch a respectable second top place in the A Division of the Premier League.
West Lothian’s disappointing start to the campaign has sentenced them to at best playing second fiddle to runaway table toppers Falkirk who are bidding to make it 10 wins out 10 when they travel to West of Scotland.
WOS currently share the 10 point mark with runner up spot rivals West Lothian but the strong finishing Livingston based team have a massive shot margin advantage of 99.
WL will want to maintain their recent momentum with the Scottish Cup campaign now underway and the team against their foot of the table opponents is strongly formed and expected to deliver a sixth win in 10 games.
Rink 1. Bryan Cooper, Ian Drysdale ©, Thomas Mann, and Neil Speirs.
Rink 2. Nathan McKendrick, George sneddon, Jamie Aitken, and Craig Moss.
Rink 3. Connor McKendrick, Raymond Logan, Cameron Greer, and Calum Logan.
Rink 4. Richard Mark, Jamie Edwards, Gary Orr, and James Speirs.
Meanwhile the under pressure gents of Balbardie IBC are in danger of plunging down to Division 2 if they fail to get at least a point in the final match away to second placed Cumbernauld in the climax to Division 1 A.
The Bathgate based side could be saved from automatic relegation if foot of the table Headwell lose at Dundee and that is the likely outcome as the home team is flirting with the threat of ending up in the relegation zone/
The bottom three places reading, Dundee 7 (-15); Balbardie 5 (-10); Headwell 4 (-178).
West Lothian gents launched their Scottish Cup campaign with a resounding 10 –0 prelim round win over Garioch at Arbroath last weekend.
The rink scores were; Craig Moss 36 L Collins 5; Mark Allison 28 B Reid 11; Gary Orr 27 J Banks 13; James Speirs 23 F Muat 10.
West Lothian continue to be favoured with lower league opposition in Round 1 proper as they face Headwell at Stirling a week on Saturday however neighbour club Balbardie are absentees having crashed out to an 8-2 defeat from Tweedbank at East Lothian.
Pulse rates are on the rise at Balbardie IBC thanks to the excitement being generated by the partnership of Betty Johnstone and Pat Purdie progressing to the semi finals stage of the Ladies Seniors Pairs with wins over Midlothian (22-18) and Alloa (19-12) setting up a clash against Lanarkshire on Saturday 2nd March at West of Scotland.
Billy Mellors has retained the captaincy of Scotlands team for the gents Home International Series being staged at Falcon IBC in Chelmsford, Essex, from Thursday March 14 to Saturday the 16th.Read More
Mellors is a product of the sadly now defunct and much missed Edinburgh IBC and made his Scotland debut under that banner in 1997 at the age of 22 and went on to earn an unbroken run of 24 caps up until 2004. He continued his run of international series in 2005 under the banner of East Lothian IBC and remained a fixture until 2008 then following a six-year absence returned to the major stage of British Isles bowling in 2014.
Mellors was an emerging talent on the Edinburgh scene from a young age and first hit the high spots in 1997 when playing lead in the Edinburgh rink that won the Scottish Fours title. He then skipped the winning national triple in 2003. East Lothian was his banner when capturing a second national triples title in 2007 then the W Mellors name was inscribed blue ribbon national singles trophy in 2015 followed by defeat in the 2018 final by world stage super star Paul Foster.
Mellors will play third to Foster in Scotlands adventures in Essex while club mate Scott Kennedy is second and adds to his tally of 51 caps the first 15 of which were earned under the Edinburgh IBC banner. Darren Weir of Prestwick is lead. The East Lothian contingent is four in number with the celebrated 51 year old Alex (Tattie) Marshall MBE adding to his 78 caps the first 30 under the Bainfield banner while Derek Oliver moves on from his 27 caps in what will be his 10th series on the trot.
Marshall confirmed recently as the most successful Team Scotland athlete of all time with 5 commonwealth games golds and one silver has his double gold colleague Oliver as his third while his front two are Midlothian double gold medal ace Ronnie Duncan at lead and Graeme Donaldson of Elgin at second.
Colin Walker of Midlothian the recently crowned Scottish Master – chalks up his 13th campaign at skip to Andrew Thomson (Aberdeen), Callum Taggart (Paisley), and Robert Grant (Lanarkshire).
Three West Lothian IBC stars have been named in the 26 strong squad with Neil Speirs and Mark Allison featuring in the opening six-rink selection while Bryan Cooper has a presence on the reserve bench. Speirs adds to his 42 caps and plays third to Iain McLean of Blantyre while Allison moves on from 21 and plays second to McLean, Martin McCalley of Falkirk is lead. Cooper adds to his tally of 12 caps.
Stewart Anderson of Blantyre and Darren Burnett of Arbroath join the aforementioned skips, Alex Marshall, Colin Walker, Iain McLean, and Paul Foster.
It is a further feather in the cap of East Lothian IBC that the SIBA announced later this week that garden county star Mark Johnston has been appointed to serve the role as Gents International Team Manager Johnston is no stranger to the limelight having captured the national singles title in 2002, the Triples in 2017 followed by the British Isles Crown; and won 3 caps.
East Lothian are certainly ending 2018 on an exceptional high with the gents premier league team producing an awesome performance to enter the fierce- some lions den at Blantyre and defeating the defending champions 78-72. Blantyre has been admirably invincible at home for numerous years so their EL conquerors deserve to be revered and find a place in the colourful tapestry of garden county history.
The late withdrawal of ace player Scott Kennedy added to the absence of Joe Mower, Andy Jeffrey, and Calum Darling leading to the introduction of Robbie Shields and team captain Stuart Thomson being promoted to skip. Double figure wins for the rinks skipped by Alex Marshall MBE and Derek Oliver more than covered the narrow loss sustained by Billy Mellors and the double figure defeat of Thomson.
It was a major bonus for the jubilant EL camp when the news broke that B section leaders Midlothian had crashed to a shock 93-75 defeat away to foot of the table Abbeyview a result that saw EL end the year only one point adrift of their Dalkeith neighbours. Midlothian team manager Ronnie Allen was hugely disappointed at missing what looked like a penalty kick to cement their position ahead of EL and Blantyre but accepts that home team had been more upbeat and deserved their win. The rink scores were; J Duff 13 Davy Peacock 22; S Pagan 23 Colin Walker 20; D Robertson 28 B Peacock 19; P Brown 29 Ronnie Duncan 14.
Bainfields long trek North to Turriff resulted in a disappointing 88-68 defeat that has locked the Edinburgh Elite into a relegation zone battle going into the new year as both clubs share the 6 point mark and just two ahead of Abbeyview. It could be tough times ahead for the Hutchison Crossway outfit as they next entertain Midlothian, then East Lothian before closing away to Abbeyview.
West Lothians not unexpected 80-68 defeat away to unbeaten A section leaders Falkirk leaves the Livingston based club flirting with the relation zone as they have 6 points to the 4 of Aberdeen and zero of Elgin.
Meanwhile the failure of Balbardie in Division 1 North to overcome near table rivals Coatbridge losing 81-74 at home leaves the Bathgate based club sitting on 5 points to the 4 of Headwell and 3 of Dundee.
This weeks results in the Seniors East B League : West Lothian 66 Midlothian 72; East Lothian 85 Bainfield 42
Stewart Meikle would like to wish all Lothain Bowlers a Happy Christmas and a Great New Year.