Budding East Lothian IBC starlets Aaron Betts, Robbie Buchanan, Robbie Shields and Lewis Betts were in title winning celebratory mode last Sunday after capturing the SYIBA National Fours title at Falkirk IBC.Read More
Sparkling performances in their group play saw them dominate all three games to beat Bainfield, Turiff and Auchinleck then the ‘garden county’ challenge blossomed with wins over Abbeyview in the quarterfinal, Prestwick in the semi-final and East Fife in the final.
“Absolutely chuffed to bits for them all and the standard of their play was outstanding all day”, commented delighted youth convenor Peter Fallen. The victorious four will be back in competitive action on Saturday morning when East Lothian face Abbeyview in Dunfermline in the East of Scotland Junior League. The following side has been announced: – B.Riva, L.Kennedy, K.Dodds, R.Shields skip M.Penman, C.Pryde, R.Buchanan, L.Betts skip L.Hogg, C.Henderson, A.Betts, D.Stevenson skip
The strong representation from East Lothian IBC failed to shine in the playdown action of the gents and ladies national triples championships staged at Bainfield IBC last weekend. In the gents event Joe Mower (late replacement for Andrew Jeffrey), Scott Kennedy and Billy Mellors launched their campaign with a hard fought 18-11 preliminary round win over Whiteinch. Raised hopes and expectations in the East Lothian camp were soon quashed however with Mellors and Co sentenced to the sidelines by a coupon busting 19-15 defeat from Headwell. East Lothian captured the ladies national title in season 2013/14 and the same trio in the shape of Yvonne Veitch, Margaret Thomson and Emma Logan were back on the same trail last weekend. They also paraded their skills at Bainfield IBC and launched their campaign with a 30-8 first round blitz of Headwell. And the hopes of the garden county camp soared when Logan and Co emerged coasted to a 23-8 triumph over Whiteinch, but the dream of another national title evaporated in the shape of a 17-11 defeat at the hands of Teviotdale triple inspired by world stage figure Julie Forrest.
The strong and very experienced partnership of Mark Johnston and Willie Wood MBE join forces to represent East Lothian IBC’s attack on the National Indoor 4-Bowl Pairs title starting with the section qualifying action staged at Midlothian IBC in Dalkeith over this weekend. The garden county champions face an unnamed pairing from Teviotdale in the preliminary round action at 9.30am. The challenge in the ladies national playdown action, also at Midlothian IBC, is in the capable looking hands of the ultra-talented Baillie sisters – Leanne and Lauren – who also open in the prelim round at 9.30am against Perth.
East Lothian IBC senior side have reached the home straight of the Scottish Senior League campaign and with eight wins out of nine, they sit joint top with chief rivals Bainfield and four points ahead of West Lothian in the East B section.
The garden county ‘auld yins’ travelled the road and the miles to Bathgate to face a tough battle against Balbardie and an on-song performance so them call the tune with a two shot victory (56-54). However, things looked bleak for the visitors as with just one rink left on and only one end remaining they trailed 54-52 on the master scoreboard. However, it was a sensational moment when the rink skipped by legendary figure Willie Wood MBE carded match clinching four shots.
“From the outset we were always in Balbardie’s slipstream but somehow, we managed to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat with Willie’s (Wood) rink producing a great last end to get us over the line”, reflected team convenor John P Hamilton.
Wins on the rinks skipped by Alastair Russell (+10) and Dougie Berwick (+9) were supported by a peel from hero figure Willie Wood however there was concern that Tommy Young suffered a double-digit defeat. The side was back in action on Wednesday when they hosted local rivals Midlothian at the Alex Marshall Arena.
On Sunday, East Lothian IBC host the East of Scotland Under 17 singles and will feature players from Alloa, Abbeyview, Bainfield, Falkirk, Midlothian, Stirling, East Fife and East Lothian. East Lothian IBC’s Pro Shop is sponsoring the tournament and the action gets underway at 9.30am.