Gold Glory for County youth’s
Last weekend four of our talented Under 18s were in action for their country as Lewis Betts, Danny Stevenson, Aaron Betts and Melissa Penman represented Scotland in the Under 18 internationals and helped the team to win the overall title for the third year in succession.Read More
Lewis represented Scotland in the singles in team 1 for Scotland and mirrored his performance from last year by making it to the final where he met his international colleague David Eaton from Blantyre. Both sets in the final were quite one sided with David winning the first 9-4 and Lewis the second 9-2, however, there was heartache once more for Lewis in the tie break as he lost the shot and had to settle for silver. At the same time as this Melissa and Aaron were in a four alongside Ross Gouldstone and Rebecca Houston who had made it to the bronze medal play off against Wales having being pipped on winning their section on shots. Again there was to be tie-break disappointment however as, having won the first set comprehensively 12-3, they were edged out 5-7 in the second set and lost out on the tie-break to finish fourth.
There was a different story for Danny Stevenson and his four of Sophie McGrouther, Eilidh Weir and Greg McLeish as they won their section to make it to the final where they faced Wales also. Both sets were tight but it was the young Scots who prevailed in both to win 6-4, 6-5 to enable Danny to win his second successive individual gold medal at the event having won the triples in 2018.
Melissa and Lewis were a pair in the event and finished runners-up in their section allowing them to take part in the bronze medal play-off against England. Unfortunately, having led the first set, England fought back to peel it and won the second set 11-5to deny Melissa and Lewis the bronze. At the same time Danny and Aaron were facing off in the 5th and 6th place play-off in the triples in which Eilidh, Greg and Danny were 8-6, 5-5 winners over Aaron, Ross and Rebecca.
Overall this was another great achievement for these young players as Danny and Lewis have played in this team previously and proved their worth with gold and silver medals whilst Aaron and Melissa took part for the first time and but for a small break in a couple of games could also have won individual medals but did contribute hugely to the overall team victory and proved their abilities moving forward at this level.
The gents’ team began their Premier League campaign last weekend when they travelled to Abbeyview and recorded an emphatic 82-60 win with all four rinks winning. The rinks of Alex Marshall MBE and Joe Mower recorded seven shot wins and were backed up by a five shot win for Scott Kennedy and three shots by Derek Oliver. The following team has been named for the home game against Aberdeen this Saturday: Mark Yuill, Robbie Shields, Dean Riva and Alex Marshall MBE (Skip) Mark Johnston, Jamie Gordon, Stuart Thomson and Derek Oliver Andy Jeffrey, Chris Brock, Steven Morgan and Scott Kennedy Calum Darling, Lewis Betts, Joe Mower and Billy Mellors
The Ladies team got their premier league campaign back on track last weekend at home to Abbeyview. The rink of Janet Fairnie were quick out of the blocks and produced an excellent display to eclipse their opponents 34-14 and they were supported by the rink of Dee Hoggan who also outscored their opponents throughout the game to record a 27-12 win. The rink of Yvonne Veitch had a bad run of ends early in their game and could not get back into it and ended up losing out 12-21. Team manager Gordon Pryde has named the following team for this Saturday’s trip to face East Fife in Methil: Jacky McFarlane, Pat Turner, Mags Thomson & Janet Fairnie (Skip) Melissa Penman, Chandrika Monro, Beth Riva & Yvonne Veitch Lucy Hogg, Arlene Berwick, Kim Hoggan & Dee Hoggan Reserve: Margaret Murray
This Sunday the National Two bowl Pairs play-offs take place. Our gents’ pair of Peter Fallen and Danny Stevenson are in action at Tweedbank where they begin their campaign at 9.30am against West Lothian’s Bryan Cooper and Neil Speirs while our ladies pair of Emma Logan and Janet Fairnie are in action at Headwell at 9.30am where they face Midlothian.
The Garden County Senior brigade travelled to Tweedbank to play in their second league game of the campaign last Wednesday, determined to avenge the defeat they suffered against Midlothian the previous week. The Auld Yins started well to lead by fifteen at an early stage in the game before the home team responded to close the gap and then take the lead by four shots at the half way stage. The East Lothian men responded to this in style thought and finished the game very well to run out thirty shot winners (80-50). Rink scores seen Andy Burt’s rink top scorers recording a twenty two shot win and they were ably assisted by the rink of debut skip Graham Robertson who was in fine form to inspire his rink to a twenty one shot win. The other two remaining rinks suffered reverses with Willie Wood MBE finishing two down and Tom Young’s rink eleven down. The Seniors were due to face Balbardie at the Alex Marshall Arena on Wednesday and the following team was named: Ronnie Douglas, Brian Johnston, David McGill & W W Wood MBE (Skip) Peter Fallen, Ross Maguire, Gordon Gray & Tom Young Lessel Middler, Alistair Russell, Dougie Berwick & Graham Robertson Brian Smith, John Hamilton, Ali McKenna & Andy Burt Reserves: K Boyd, D Hogg, K Fender, A Valentine & R Steele
Today (Friday 18th) the youth section is holding a singles play-off for which the winner will take part in the Scottish Masters at Abbeyview on Sunday. The competition is enter on the day and all players are to turn up by 1.45pm with play going on until 6pm.