East Lothian remain in a strong position to claim one of the top two qualifying spots in the East section of the Scottish Counties Championships, following a stunning come from behind, 130-118 victory over Stirling County East at Denny BC last Saturday.Read More
“At the halfway stage, we trailed by 26 shots and Stirling County East’s dander was well and truly up but the in the final phase across the whole green we were simply magical and it could turn out to be a massive win for us”, said team manager Stewart Johnston.
Scotland internationalist Scott Kennedy led the way skipping his rink of Chris Johnston, Marc McCormack and Gordon White to an impressive 23-14 win over Stuart Hogg. Brian Young (+5), John McCrorie (+2) and Steven Morgan (+2) also enjoyed the highs of finishing victorious in their respective matches while team captain Billy Mellors drew. The rink skipped by Malcolm Higgenbotham suffered an 18-12 defeat against Darren Couper.
With five of the seven qualifying fixtures completed Midlothian remains the table toppers having won five out of five and have a maximum 10 points. East Lothian remain in second on 8 points with West Lothian back in third on 6 points. On Saturday, East Lothian face a winless Fife County at Prestongrange BC and the garden county will be confident of making it five wins out of six. Team manager Stewart Johnston must do without the valuable service of icon figure Scott Kennedy while Calum Darling is also an enforced absentee. Johnston recalls Dunbar king pin Tommy Young and Gifford young star Dean Riva to his line-up and makes a couple of positional changes that involve Glenn Blair and Steven Mackie. The team reads: – D.Riva (Giff), C.McLeod (Win), S.Mackie (ELCO), S.Morgan (C&PS) skip R.Thomson (ELCO), J.Carpenter Jnr (Athe), S.Cochrane (ELCO), J.McCrorie (Tra) skip M.Osborne (Tra), G.Pryde (ELCO), J.Mower (Hadd), M.Higgenbotham (Hadd) skip S.W.Thomson (Hadd), A.Martin (Tra), D.Sked (Giff), B.Mellors (Hadd) skip/capt C.Johnston (Win), M.McCormack (Win), G.White (Aber), G.Blair (Hadd) skip S.White (ELCO), T.Young (Dun), B.Dunleavey (Aber), B.Young (ELCO) skip Any player selected who is unable to play is requested to contact team manager Stewart Johnston immediately on 07939 700720. All players to report at Prestongrange BC by no later than 1.20pm.
Having played their last qualifying fixture nearly a fortnight ago the Under 25 brigade of East Lothian had to wait until last Sunday to find out their fate in the East section and it was bad news as rivals Edinburgh & Leith won their remaining fixtures to secure top spot in the section.
On the international stage, the East Lothian talented duo of Lauren Baillie (Cockenzie & Port Seton) and Dee Hoggan (Tranent) head to Wales next week to be part of the Bowls Scotland Ladies Senior squad hoping to retain the BWIBC Home International series which is being staged at Llandrindod Wells BC from 18-20 June.
Meanwhile, Alex Marshall MBE and Derek Oliver both enjoyed relative success during their recent trip to Australia with the Bowls Scotland High Performance Squad. Gifford king pin Marshall collected a silver medal in the Singles discipline in the Gold Coast 8 Nations event while Cockenzie & Port Seton star figure Oliver teamed up with fellow Scot Ian McLean to claim a third place finish in the Broadbeach Blue Diamond Pairs tournament. The Scots pairing actually went through the event undefeated but a draw in their second last game cost them the chance of claiming the $4,600 first prize.
The Bowls Scotland District gent’s qualifiers for East Lothian reach their conclusion this coming Sunday from 2pm. The venue for finals night was to be decided later this week following the conclusion of Wednesday night’s semi-final action staged at Haddington BC and Prestongrange BC respectively.
Haddington’s ambition to capture the Division 1 title of the East Coast Carpets sponsored East Lothian Leagues for the third time in four years remains very much on course. Last Friday night’s 6-2 win away to EL-Coop is of particular significance as it represents a strong form-line against a team that sits third in the league and are particularly challenging to beat on their local turf. Cockenzie & Port Seton look like they mean business this season with their team of top stars winning 8-0 at foot of the table Gifford and now sit two points adrift of Haddington. 2015 champions Tranent moved up to fourth as they travelled back down the A1 cock a hoop following an 8-0 win at West Barns. The East Linton camp is also buzzing following a colossal 8-0 win over a struggling Castlepark side that drop to second bottom while Dunbar moved out the relegation zone after their shock 8-0 away win to Aberlady.
On Friday night, Division 1 leaders Haddington enjoy home advantage against Dunbar while Cockenzie & Port Seton is also at home and face Castlepark. EL-Coop should bounce back to winning way when they host lowly Gifford while neighbours Tranent welcome Aberlady to Polson Park. An inform East Linton side make the short trip up the A1 to tackle West Barns.
All club secretaries are requested to ensure that all league and cup results, including shots aggregate score, are phoned into ELBA Match Secretary Keith Fender on 01620 860217 or via text message 07786 110416 immediately after each match.
East Lothian senior convenor John P Hamilton has announced that the trial match for the forthcoming Inter-County Senior League Cup campaign for the Matt Purdie Trophy is being staged at EL-Coop BC in Tranent on Monday. All players nominated by their respective club requested to report at EL-Coop for 11.30am. If any nominated player is not able to attend, please contact John on 07974648401 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. All players who have a team polo shirt from last year are requested to bring it with them on the day of trial match.
Draw for the West Barns BC Senior Open Pairs on Tuesday 20th June is as follows:- 9.30am Dirleton 1, B.Mitchell, E.Denholm, E.Carmichael, M.Hamilton, R.Drysdale, W.Smith, T.Taylor, A.Brown, M.McLeod, Dirleton 4, C.Lorimer, D.Malcolm, A.Young, Dirleton 2, P.Fallen 10.30am Dirleton 3, S.Galloway, H.Pincott, W.Higgenbottom, B.Marshall, Bellburn 1, A.Currie, G.Good, Bellburn 2, J.P.Hamilton, K.Borthwick, J.Currie, J.Dugay, M.Gordon, I.Know, B.ScottAny pair named in the draw that are now unable to attend should contact tournament organiser John P Hamilton immediately on 07974 648401.