The Jubilee Cup for the Top Ten title and a place in the National Top Ten of 2020 was concluded on Sunday and it was Haddington who captured a glorious double having already won the Top Five and inclusion in that national competition next season.Read More
Meanwhile, the race for the East Coast Carpets League One title swung back in holder’s Port Seton’s favour last Friday as they enjoyed a comfortable 8-0 home win over Winton while main rivals Haddington were held to a 4-4 draw at Prestongrange and EL Co-op although winning 6-2 against Castlepark were falling two points further behind. These results mean that Port Seton go into the final round of fixtures leading on 91 points, whilst Haddington are four behind on 87 and EL Co-op five behind on 86. In the fight to avoid the drop the 0-8 loss means that Winton remain second bottom on 55 points, Castlepark’s two points sees them move three ahead on 58. East Linton have 58 and Elphinstone are on 62 although they were due to meet in a re-scheduled on Wednesday which could see both team reach safety. Prestongrange’s 4-4 draw and an 8-0 win for Tranent over Dunbar sees both those teams secure their Division One status for next season. This Friday Port Seton will look to grab the five points they require to win the league when they face Prestongrange at home. Haddington and EL Co-op will look to pounce on any slip-ups from the leaders when they face Dunbar at home and Tranent away respectively. In their last chance to avoid the drop Winton will feel they must take full points at home to Elphinstone as Castlepark play East Linton.
The Champion of Champions gets underway next month and all clubs are reminded that names of club champions are to be with Keith Fender by Monday 19th August as the competition will be starting on Monday 2nd September. Some championships have been played with Gary Landells capturing the West Barns title for an eighth time following a 21-6 win over Liam Dixon. Stevie Thomson defeated Raymond Frame 21-20 at Castlepark, Owen Bissett won Macmerry with a 21-15 success over Paul Mair and Matt Osbourne is the Tranent champion following a 21-10 victory over Matthew Martin.
The Garden County Young Guns are in action this week as they take part in the Andy Houston Trophy. On Sunday they will play games against Midlothian and Edinburgh at Craigentinny to try and qualify for the national finals. The following team has been selected: L Cowan, C Pryde, L Walker & L Kennedy (Skip)
L Jamieson, L Till, B Riva & J Clark D Grieve, D Kivlin, C Henderson & L Rafferty E Gillies, D Veitch, B Gearty & K Dodds (Captain) Res: A McNeill & K Lavery
The East Lothian Seniors snuck over the line to top their Matt Purdie section in a close match at Musselburgh against Midlothian on Monday despite losing 64-72. On a tricky green both teams fought hard for glory and Midlothian edged it on the day but not by enough shots to progress. Captain Tom Young led the way for the Auld Yins with an eight shot win, while Keith Fenders four peeled their game. Alistair Russell and his rink lost out by three, as did the rink of George Cowan whilst Andy Burt’s rink lost shots fell to a disappointing ten shot defeat. However, Captain Tom Young was happy that the team played well enough to keep the deficit to the required amount but admitted the team would have to improve their consistency over the last few ends as they head to the final at Haddington next Monday at Noon where they face holders West Lothian. Three changes have been made to the team which reads:
M Newlands, D Kennedy, A Valentine & G Cowan (Skip) P Fallen, D Pryde, G Smith & T Young K Boyd, B Scott, D Whitson & K Fender J Hamilton, D Hogg, D Arnott & A Russell J Murray, T Rattray, W Franklin & A Burt Reserves: R Strang, I Veitch, B Brunton & A Jamieson
Meanwhile Open Tournament wise Gifford BC are holding a Senior Open Triples on 28th August with all entries to go to Brian Bissett and Port Seton are hosting an Open Pairs on Saturday 31st August with all entries to be sent to Steven Morgan.