East Lothian bounced back to form in an impressive way last Saturday at home to Abbeyview with a whopping 98-51 victory with all four rinks triumphing. Joe Mower led his rink to a huge 27-11 victory which was matched by the rink of Billy Mellors who won 25-9. Captain Stuart Thomson was in excellent form to skip his rink to a 26-13 victory whilst Alex Marshall MBE completed the whitewash as his rink won 20-18.
The gents have no game this week as the National Triples play-offs take place. Andy Jeffrey, Scott Kennedy and Billy Mellors won the triples at East Lothian last season but unfortunately Andy cannot play due to work commitments and his place is taken by Derek Oliver. The triple face a huge obstacle in their first game at Cumbernauld at 9.30am on Saturday when they face off against the Midlothian triple of Ronnie Duncan, Billy Peacock and Colin Walker.
The ladies team also recorded a comprehensive victory over Abbeyview last weekend. Yvonne Veitch led her rink to an impressive 33-13 win while Janet Fairnie skipped her rink to an 18-14 win and Lauren Baillie-Whyte was held to a 17-17 tie. The ladies also have no game this week due to the National Triples play-offs and Melissa Penman, Kim Hoggan and Dee Hoggan are also at Cumbernauld on Saturday at 9.30am to face Cowal.
Last Sunday seen the Ladies International team trial. Congratulations to Emma Logan and Dee Hoggan who were once again selected for the team, however, Yvonne Veitch and Janet Fairnie just failed to make the squad on this occasion.
The Seniors travelled to Balbardie last week and made a slow start to the game to find themselves two down after five ends. They slowly recovered and by the fifteenth end held a comfortable ten shot lead. The Garden County Auld Yins then finished the game really strongly and eventually ran out 65-48 winners. Willie Wood MBE and his rink ran out 25-15 winners, Dougie Berwick’s rink won 16-7 and Tommy Young and his men edged a 14-13 victory while Andy Burt and his rink narrowly lost out 10-13. On Wednesday the Seniors were due to welcome Midlothian to the Alex Marshall Arena for a top of the table clash which would go a long way to deciding who progresses to the knock out stages. One forced change seen the unavailable Ronnie Douglas replaced by Willie Gillies.
The youths continued their quest to retain the East of Scotland League when they visited Bainfield last Saturday. After seven ends Bainfield held an 18-15 lead, however, a strong second half saw East Lothian romp home to a 43-30 win. Lewis Betts led his rink to a 22-6 victory while Danny Stevenson’s rink chipped in with a 13-8 win whilst the rink of Aaron Betts just lost out 8-14. A 5-2 win at Bainfield is an excellent result and keeps the young guns on course to challenge once more for the league title as they now have 12 points out of a possible 14 after two games.
Last Sunday the East Lothian Youth Four of Aaron Betts, Kieran Dodds, Danny Stevenson and Lewis Betts travelled to Prestwick to defend the SYIBA National Fours title. The Four performed well all day to make it out of their seven strong section, however, they suffered the heartbreak in the Final of an extra end loss to the West of Scotland team of Lennon Hamilton, Kyle McCabe, Jamie Freeman and Aimee Harris.
The J&J Carpets Indoor Leagues at the Alex Marshall Arena are reaching their conclusion. With only two games to go in Division one the title rests between the rinks of Dean Riva, David Sked, John Henderson and Andy Jeffrey. Dean currently leads by two points and thirty shots from David so one more win should see them capture the title.
In Division Two there are still five games to be played and the rink of Davie Currie lead by two points from Janet Fairnie while Kenny Glen’s and Angus Blair’s rinks are a further point behind although Angus does have a game in hand on the three teams above.