The final East Lothian trophies of the season were decided at the weekend as the Gents Champion of Champions, Under 25 Champion of Champions and Courier come came to a conclusion at Haddington on Saturday.
The inaugural Junior Champion of Champions tournament was also concluded on Saturday. Semi-final action seen Connor Fairgrieve of Macmerry defeat Logan Kennedy of Port Seton whilst Jack Ferguson of Prestongrange defeated Calvert Allison of East Linton. In the final it was Jack who got out of the blocks quickest to take a 12-3 lead early on in the game. Connor did fight back to 14-8 before a count of 3 from Jack put him firmly in charge before closing out the game 21-9 and becoming the first name on the trophy.
The Courier Cup also took place on Saturday at Haddington and the semi-final draw seen Division One champions Cockenzie & Port Seton face Division Four winners Stenton whilst Division Two champs Ormiston faced the Division Three winners Tranent ‘A’. The first semi-final went the way of the form book as Port Seton proved too strong for their opponents from Stenton. The other game produced a small shock though as the lower league champions of Tranent defeated their rivals of a division higher Ormiston to set up a final against Port Seton. Port Seton started slightly the better in the final and by the eighth end of the fifteen end final were in front on two of the three rinks and by five shots overall. By the eleventh end Port Seton lead on all three rinks and were now eleven shots up. Over the closing ends two of the three Tranent rinks fought back strongly to draw and win their games, however, the final rink score of an eleven shot win for Port Seton seen them triumph. Rink scores were as follows (Port Seton rinks first): K Cunningham, G Baillie, J Gearty & M Greenan 14 v 14 G Duncan, B Hoggan, I Crichton & J Robertson ; B Davidson, B Bingham, J Gordon & J Higgins 12 v 13 P Watson, C Blyth, M Robertson & K Hoggan ; A Smith, S Wilson, T Thomson & S Thomson 22 v 11 A Reid, B Burnett, B Kerr & K McCrorie
This weekend sees two of the East Lothian young guns represent their country as Joe Mower and Dean Riva travel to Essex to play for Scotland in the British Isles Junior International Series. Both players are in the same rink with Dean at third and Joe skipping.
The indoor season is now upon us with the Alex Marshall Arena, home of East Lothian Indoor Bowls, fully open from Monday with membership fees being taken by the Committee between the times of 12-2pm and 6-8pm each weekday. Members are reminded that fees can be paid via online banking with all details on the ELIBC Facebook page.
On the indoor front it’s well done to John McCrorie who has qualified for the World Indoor Singles at Potters Resort in January for the second time in three years.