East Lothian Under 25 side campaign aim in the East section of the Scottish Under 25 League Cup is to finish top of the table for a third consecutive year and the garden county young brigade made a tremendous start with a whopping victory over local rivals Midlothian at Haddington BC last Sunday.Read More
Wins on all six rinks made it a pleasing performance in depth for team manager Michael Greenan and the 70 shots banked from a 149-79 victory is the perfect boost to morale going into this Sunday’s match against chief rivals Edinburgh & Leith at Tanfield BC. Victory on home soil was an expected formbook for three time national champions as East Lothian are a stronger team in depth than Midlothian however Greenan and his 2017 team were aware they had to turn around a recent shock defeat at the Borders tournament. Declan French inspired the East Lothian charge at Haddington with support coming from the rinks skipped by Reece Cochrane (+14), Ross Thomson (+14), Calum Darling (+8), James Burnett (+8) and team captain for the day Sam Gray (+8). French and his rink of Craig Innes, David Young and Fraser Pringle collected the highest up sweepstake money after a spectacular 33-15 victory over Calum Gilzean. As expected Greenan has decided to recall team captain Glenn Blair and Dean Riva to his line-up for the eagerly awaited clash against Edinburgh & Leith after both missed the opener due to participating in last Sunday’s Bowls Scotland Under 25 trial match. An extra boost for Greenan is that Haddington star Joe Mower has made himself available again and unsurprisingly he is included in his final team. Sean Mackie, Euan Leith and Daniel Peart are the players sidelined to the reserve bench. The team reads: – S.Clark (P/G), H.Cunningham (C&PS), J.Mower (Hadd), G.Blair (Hadd) skip/capt C.Innes (P/G), D.Young (ELCO), J.Robertson (Tra), Dec French (Aber) skip C.Brock (Hadd), J.Lockhart (Hadd), D.Riva (Giff), J.Burnett (C/P) skip F.Pringle (C/P), R.French (Elph), L.Gallagher (W/B), S.Gray (C/P) skip
D.Stevenson (ELCO), J.Ferguson (Long), Dean French (Elph), R.Cochrane (P/G) skip S.Robertson (C/P), K.Yule (P/G), C.Darling (Hadd), R.Thomson (ELCO) skip
Any player selected who is unable to play is requested to contact team convenor Stevie Greenan immediately on 07712 277681. All players are requested to report directly to Tanfield BC by no later than 1.30pm.
East Lothian launch their defence of the Scottish Counties Championship for the Andrew Hamilton Trophy on Saturday and the title holders face a tough home examination against arch rivals West Lothian at EL-Coop BC in Tranent. The team continues under the management of Ormiston BC legend Stuart Johnston and he has introduced five fresh faces in the shape of Dean Riva (Gifford), John Carpenter Jnr (Athelstaneford), Calum Darling (Haddington), Malcolm Higgenbotham (Haddington) and Steven Mackie (EL-Coop) while the EL-Coop talented duo of Graham Dodds and Steven White are recalls. Johnston has a few players from last season’s title winning side unavailable to him in the shape of Craig Valentine, Jamie Higgins, Jamie Gordon and Joe Mower while legend figure Willie Wood MBE has officially retired from county bowling. Haddington’s Billy Mellors has been appointed team captain for the forthcoming campaign. The team reads: – D.Riva (Giff), G.Dodds (ELCO), A.Kennedy (Hadd), A.Marshall MBE (Giff) skip R.Thomson (ELCO), J.Carpenter Jnr (Athe), S.Cochrane (ELCO), J.McCrorie (Tra) skip C.Darling (Hadd), G.Pryde (ELCO), M.Higgenbotham (Hadd), B.Mellors (Hadd) skip/capt S.W.Thomson (Hadd), A.Martin (Tra), T.Young (Dun), G.Blair (Hadd) skip C.Johnston (Win), M.McCormack (Win), G.White (Aber), S.Kennedy (C&PS) skip S.White (ELCO), S.Mackie (ELCO), B.Dunleavey (Aber), B.Young (ELCO) skip Reserves: – M.Osborne (Tra), K.Cunningham (Tra), A.Burt (Hadd), D.Whitson (Tra), D.Todd (Hadd), C.McLeod (Win), B.Cormack (Mac), C.Cochrane (ELCO)
Any player selected who is unable to play is requested to contact team manager Stewart Johnston immediately on 07939 700720. All players to report at EL-Coop BC by no later than 1.20pm. Any player requiring a team polo shirt should contact Billy Mellors.
Defending Division 1 champions Haddington bounced back to winning ways but were made to fight all the way before eventually securing a 5-3 points win over newly promoted Aberlady in last Friday night’s action in the East Coast Carpet sponsored East Lothian Leagues. The first Tranent derby of the season ended up being a one-sided affair as EL-Coop departed Polson Park with an emphatic 8-0 away win over their next-door neighbours. It was great satisfaction for the EL-Coop management team of Gigger Johnston and Billy Thomson that their team held supremacy in all three rinks with Scott Dodds beating John McCrorie, Stephen Cochrane defeating Graham Robertson and Brian Young returning to haunt his former club by beating Alan Young. Former five-in-a-row champions Cockenzie & Port Seton have started the season in a pretty decent manner with their recent success an 8-0 home win over East Linton. Thankfully Gifford managed to find enough bodies to play their fixture at West Barns but they were to be on the wrong end of a 7-1 defeat. Elsewhere Castlepark scored a good 6-2 away win at newly promoted Dunbar.
This Friday night’s fourth round of fixtures (third round played on Wednesday evening) in Division 1 sees defending champions Haddington at home to West Barns, EL-Coop make the trip down the coast to tackle Aberlady while Cockenzie & Port Seton descend on Polson Park to face Tranent without the services of Scotland cap Scott Kennedy. Dunbar entertain East Linton while Castlepark host Gifford.
All clubs in Divisions 1-4 are reminded that the starting time for the opening four games of the season is 6.30pm. All club secretaries are requested to ensure that all league and cup results, including shots aggregate score, are phoned into ELBA Match Secretary Keith Fender on 01620 860217 or via text message 07786 110416 immediately after each match.
The champagne corks were popping at Aberlady Bowling Club last Saturday evening after they claimed the first silverware of the domestic season when they lifted the ELBA Trophy after defeating Elphinstone in a closely contested final at Dunbar BC. In the semi-final action Aberlady seen off the spirited challenge of Castlepark at West Barns while at Dunbar Elphinstone held most of the aces in their win over West Barns.
You can now keep up-to-date with all that is happening on the outdoor bowling scene in the garden county by following the website by East Lothian Bowling Association. All bowlers are urged to view by clicking on www.eastlothianbowls.com
Finally, officials at East Lothian Indoor Bowling Club have confirmed that the club will remain open during the summer months from 10am to 3pm daily (including weekends).