The Garden County Auld Yins had a great result last Wednesday when they defeated Cumbernauld to progress to the final of the Scottish Seniors Knockout Cup at Lanarkshire.
A bus will be running to the final and a sheet will go up in the stadium next week for anyone wishing to travel to support the team on the 25th.
Last Wednesday East Lothian “B” were playing in the Jock Brodie Seniors
Championship which is sponsored by N T Craig, Tom Young Plumbing & Electrical and Colin
Glen Roofing. They faced local rivals Bainfield and recorded an impressive 7-1 victory with wins for David McGill’s rink (12-11) and George Arnot (19-13) while the rink of Ronnie Douglas were held to 17-17 draw. The other game between Perth and West Lothian resulted in an 8-0 Perth win. East Lothian “A” now enter the fray and are in action against Headwell on the 11th March and Midlothian on the 18th March.
The gents were in Scottish Cup quarter final action last Saturday and powered their way into the semi-final with an impressive display against Coatbridge at Bainfield. The team got out of the gates quickly and by five ends had opened up a ten shot lead which they then went on to increase to over thirty shots by the halfway stage. The Coatbridge players were shaking hands after sixteen ends as the task in front of them was too great. The rink of Scott Kennedy won by seventeen shots and were closely followed by Derek Oliver and Billy Mellors with thirteen and eleven shot wins respectively. Joe Mower and his rink were involved in a tight battle with Gordon McKenzie in which they eventually prevailed 15-14 to see the team record a 10-0 victory. The East Lothian Gents now face Premier League winners Blantyre in the semi-final on Saturday 21st March with a venue still to be confirmed.
This weekend see the Gents internationals being played at Llanelli in Wales in which Scott Kennedy and Jamie Higgins form part of the Scotland team and are joined by Team Manager Mark Johnston.
Six of the counties best youths were in East of Scotland Youth Singles last Sunday at Abbeyview in the culmination of the East of Scotland events in which East Lothian had won each of the other events. In the group sections Lennon Rafferty unfortunately lost out while Beth Riva, Kieran Dodds, Callum Henderson, Aaron Betts and Logan Kennedy all qualified from their sections. The last sixteen games seen Kieran defeat Logan in an all East Lothian clash, while Beth won against M Thomson although Aaron and Callum were casualties at this stage. In the quarter finals Kieran was just edged out by Eilidh Weir of Alloa however, Beth continued her impressive form with a comfortable win over Aaron Miller. In the semi-final Beth faced Kara Lees from the host club in what turned out to be an excellent game. Going into the last end one down Beth lay the shot she required for an extra end, however, Kara, played an inch perfect delivery to claim her place in the final. It should also be noted that the last four players were all female in a first for the event. The eventual winner was Kieran’s conqueror Eilidh Weir.
This weekend sees the SYIBA Pairs and Triples finals taking place at Bainfield. East Lothian’s representatives in the finals are Beth Riva and Kieran Dodds in the pairs and Callum Henderson, Lennon Rafferty and Aaron Betts in the triples.
Meanwhile in the premier events within the club the Gents and Ladies Singles have now reached the semi-final stage. In the gents event three time champion Graham Robertson has rolled back the years in trying to claim the title he last won in 2000 and will face his Tranent colleague Matt Osborne, while in the other semi five time and defending champion Billy Mellors faces his pairs partner and two time champion Scott Kennedy. In the ladies singles there is a host of international talent on show in the semi-finals as Emma Logan will be trying to claim the title for the first time and faces twice winner Yvonne Veitch, while the four time champion Dee Hoggan will play the five time winner Janet Fairnie in the other game. All semi-finals will be played on Wednesday 25th March at 6.30pm