Club Champion Billy Mellors was in National Singles action last weekend in Ardrossan. Billy (the 2015 National Champion) opened up with convincing 21-9 victory over the host club champion Steven Burns on Saturday afternoon. He then progressed to the Sunday where he stated his intent in a cracking game against fellow internationalist Jason Banks by progressing 21-17, closing the game with a 3 from 18-17. This set up the tie of the weekend and a repeat of last year’s final against multiple world champion and former East Lothian member Paul Foster.Read More
Billy started well and opened up an 11-2 lead before Paul responded to close to 13-11. Billy remained on top for the next few ends to retain the lead and indeed pulled away to lead 18-14. It was at this stage that the real battle commenced. Billy went on, over the next six ends to lie the game on several occasions only for Paul to either draw to save the game or play runners to keep him in it. What transpired was a 20-20 last end thriller with Billy lying the game with a bowl each to come. Paul just drew the shot with his last bowl which left Billy a runner to ditch the jack or take the bowl out and he missed the jack by the smallest of margins to suffer heartache at the quarter final stage.
This weekend our Ladies Singles Champion Janet Fairnie is in National Singles action and travels to Glasgow on Saturday at 10am for a first round encounter against Coatbridge.
The ladies side got their national league campaign underway last Saturday with a challenging away clash at local rivals Midlothian. The game was close throughout, however, the ladies narrowly lost out by 54-56. As mentioned previously the ladies league format has changed this year with only three rinks now playing. Lauren Baillie led her rink to a 22-17 win, whilst there were narrow losses of 3 and 4 shots respectively for the rinks of Janet Fairnie and Dee Hoggan. Indeed Dee lay a potential match winning three at the last end (with a bowl to come) having ditched the jack only for the Midlothian skip to draw the second shot.
The following team has been selected by Convenor Gordon Pryde as the ladies aim to bounce back when they face Abbeyview at home this Saturday: Margaret Murray, Kim Hoggan, Megan Kivlin & Dee Hogan (Skip) Melissa Penman, Jean Russell, Mags Thomson & Janet Fairnie (Skip) Jacky McFarlane, Pat Turner, Gillian Mackintosh & Lauren Baillie (Skip) Reserve: Beth Riva
The Gent’s team enter the fray this Saturday and also face Dunfermline based Abbeyview in an Away fixture. The following team has been selected: Mark Yuill, Kevin Cunningham, Ewan Fallen & Alex Marshall MBE (Skip) Andy Jeffrey, Calum Darling, Jamie Higgins, Stuart Thomson (Skip & Captain) Mark Johnston, Chris Brock, Dean Riva, Joe Mower (Skip) Alex Cormack, David Sked, Graham Robertson & Derek Oliver (Skip) Reserves: Lessel Middler, Kieran Simmants and Steven Morgan
The East Lothian Gents Senior Team travelled to West Lothian last Friday for their 2nd game of this year’s campaign, having won their first game at home to Teviotdale. It was expected that this game would prove a tough away fixture as West Lothian are formidable opponents on their own carpet. After 5 ends the East Lothian Seniors held an 11 shot advantage, which had increased to 13 following 10 ends. The home team fought back, however, and crept into the lead on the 15th end by 1 shot. Over the last few ends the Garden County men proved stronger and overwhelmed their opponents to win by 66 shots to 57. The man of the match was Dougie Berwick, with his rink of Lessel Middler, Davie Pryde and Gordon Gray beating the rink skipped by international icon George Sneddon by 18 shots. They were backed up by a two shot win by Alastair Russell’s rink while Tommy Young lost by 4 shots and Willie Wood’s rink by 7 shots.
Next Wednesday they are at home to Balbardie at their usual start time of 11am. The team is unchanged for the 3rd game in succession meaning the following team has been selected: Lessel Middler, Davie Pryde, Gordon Gray & Dougie Berwick (Skip) B J Smith, Peter Fallen, Brian Bisset & Tommy Young (Skip & Captain) Billy Higgins, Ali McKenna, David McGill & Willie Wood MBE (Skip) Jim Neilson, Ronnie Douglas, Andy Burt & Alastair Russell (Skip) Reserves: Willie Gillies, Jim McLeod, Ross Maguire & J P Hamilton
The Scotland Under 18 team travel to Newport this weekend to defend the British Isles title they won last year and are again managed by club member Scott Kennedy. This year the team has three East Lothian players included in the shape of Lewis Betts, Danny Stevenson and Robbie Shields.
The Youths held their first competition of the season on Sunday in the play-off for the Scottish Masters. A high quality field of 14 players took part and following the round robin play Keiran Dodds, Beth Riva, Aaron Betts and Danny Stevenson progressed to the semi-finals. In the semi-finals Aaron defeated Beth and Danny squeezed through in an extra end against Keiran. In a highly entertaining final the scores were peeled at the last end, however, it was Danny who held all the aces and scored the shot to progress to the national play-offs at Abbeyview on Sunday 21st October. The two winners from that stage will meet in the televised final in November.
Meanwhile the Top Club event begins this Friday at Meadowmill and has achieved a record entry of 20 clubs from throughout the Lothians. The first fixtures see Aberlady facing Tanfield and Longniddry playing Winton. This competition continues every Friday night until the end of the season.