The East Lothian IBC banner will be prominent in the final stages of the gent’s national singles with club champion Billy Mellors booking his place in the semi-finals line up after producing three winning performances in the playdown action at the Dewars Centre in Perth last weekend.Read More
43-year-old Mellors will make the trip to Blantyre IBC for the showcase stage of the championships on the weekend of 6th and 7th of January. Mellors immediate rival comes in the shape of West Lothian champion Richard Mark while the other semi-finalists are world stage stars Paul Foster MBE and Stewart Anderson.
Mellors form at Perth is a confidence booster for the stiff challenges that lies ahead of him starting with a battling 21-19 first round win over Dundee champion Kevin Brunton Snr. His second-round challenge proved to another testing challenge in terms of nerve and mental strength; be he emerged from a mammoth 28-end battle as the 21-20 victor over Stephen Davidson of Buchan. Fellow Scotland cap Callum Taggart of Paisley now stood between Mellors and a place in the semi-finals and an epic battle was expected however, the garden county support cheered a massive performance that saw their club champion clinch a 21-12 victory in 20 ends. “I had to produce some big bowls to win my opening two matches but I was delighted with the way I performed against Callum (Taggart) and hope that I can take that kind of form into the finals in January”, reflected Mellors afterwards.
East Lothian IBC ladies side campaign in the East Premier Division of the Scottish Ladies League hit the ground running in spectacular style with the stars from the Alex Marshall Arena coming through a testing away fixture at Abbeyview with a tremendous 62 shot win last Saturday. The most pleasing aspect for newly appointed team manager Gordon Pryde in the whopping 115-53 victory was that all four garden county rinks won and all by double figure margins. Wins on the rinks skipped by Lauren Baillie, Yvonne Veitch, Janet Fairnie and Emma Logan reflects a superb performance on an away carpet. “Delighted to get the season off to such a great start especially being away from home and the nature of our win has raised morale and fired up big expectations for the remainder of the campaign”, said team manager Gordon Pryde.
Team captain Baillie led the charge, skipping Jacky McFarlane, Pat Turner and Gillian Mackintosh to an outstanding 35-11 win over Anne Bernard. Veitch skipped Margaret Devine, Muriel Hamilton and Cathy Ward to a 27-11 triumph over Linda Pagan while Fairnie and her front three of Arlene Berwick, Melissa Penman and Margaret Thomson won 29-15 against Agnes Hutchison. Margaret Murray, Jean Russell, Megan Kivlin and Logan had the toughest battle of them all but still emerged with a convincing 24-13 win over Fiona Malcolm. The ladies side are back in action on Saturday when they entertain East Fife at the Alex Marshall Arena. Several players being unavailable has resulted in Team Manager Gordon Pryde having to make a few enforced changes to his line-up with the services of Kim Hoggan, Nancy McNeil, Dee Hoggan and Beth Riva all called upon to replace Megan Kivlin, Pat Turner, Muriel Hamilton and Jean Russell respectively. The team reads: – M.Murray, K.Hoggan, N.McNeil, E.Logan skip M.Devine, C.Ward, D.Hoggan, Y.Veitch skip A.Berwick, M.Penman, M.Thomson, Fairies skip J.McFarlane, B.Riva, G.Mackintosh, L.Baillie skip/capt
The senior side opened their campaign in the East B Section of the Scottish Senior League also in fine style after they scored a comprehensive 84-46 home win over Teviotdale last Wednesday. The garden county ‘auld yins’ enjoyed wins on the rinks skipped by Willie Wood MBE (+19), Alastair Russell (+13) and Tommy Young (+6) while debutant Dougie Berwick was held to a draw. The team was back in action on Wednesday and an unchanged line-up travelled to Livingston to tackle West Lothian. Meanwhile a number of senior players from East Lothian IBC are in national senior championship playdown action on Sunday. Club champion Peter Fallen is in singles action at West Lothian IBC and he faces a first round proper encounter on the 10am session against Bainfield champion Willie McIntosh. At the same venue but at the later time of 2pm the strong partnership of Lessel Middler and Willie Wood MBE once again carry the local banner into the pair’s action and the face a first round clash with either West Lothian or Tweedbank. At Bainfield IBC, Billy Higgins, Tommy Young and Alastair Russell fly the East Lothian flag in the triples and they tackle Berwickshire in the first round proper at 2pm.
The men’s side kick off their defence of the Scottish Premier League title on Saturday with a testing away fixture at Paisley. The international duo of Scott Kennedy and Jamie Higgins are unavailable for the opener but world stage icon figure Alex Marshall MBE is available and his inclusion is a massive boost for the titleholders. Former national junior singles champion Ewan Fallen returns to the line-up after a short self-imposed exile from the game while a new face is introduced in the shape of David Sked. Two times club champion Dougie Berwick has been confirmed team captain for the season. The team reads: – R.Thomson, E.Fallen, S.W.Thomson, A.Marshall MBE skip M.Johnston, D.Sked, D.Riva, B.Mellors skip A.Jeffrey, D.Berwick (capt), G.Blair, J.Mower skip C.Darling, W.W.Wood MBE, G.Robertson, D.Oliver skip
East Lothian have two players taking part in the British Isles Under 18 Mixed Championships this weekend at Bristol IBC as well as Scott Kennedy being Team Manager for a third consecutive year. Craig Mackintosh and Megan Kivlin are part of the same Scotland side and play together in the triples and fours and will do battle against England, Wales, Ireland and a British Lions select side.
Meanwhile Alex Marshall MBE was due to be in international action for Scotland on Wednesday and today (Thursday) as they took on England in a two-day test series at New Earswick IBC in York. The series is being screened live on ITV4 from 10am-5.30pm each day with 2 triples, 3 pairs and 6 singles matches the format for the event.
In the youth section, Aaron Betts won the qualifier for the SYIBA Masters last Sunday. Betts qualified through from a tough section to set up a final against the other section winner Robbie Shields and it was Betts who held the upper hand throughout to win 15-4. He now takes part in the national playdown event at Abbeyview IBC in Dunfermline on Sunday October 29.
The youths Friday sessions are up and running from 2-4 pm every week, while the Saturday sessions take place from 8-10am.
Cockenzie & Port Seton BC stage their annual Presentation of Prizes evening on Saturday October 28th from 6.30pm. Tickets for the event are now on sale to members and guests priced at £10.00 adults & £5.00 kids (includes two course meal & top class live entertainment) and can be purchased by contacting President Steven Morgan on 07861 672123.