All the major finals have been being played at the Alex Marshall Arena over the past two weeks and there have been some enthralling games for the spectators to feast upon.
Another star performer of the week was Lessel Middler who also achieved a unique feat in winning each of the Scottish Senior titles of the Singles, Pairs, Triples and Fours. The final game in this sequence was the singles final against Alistair McKenna whom he defeated 21-16 in an excellent game which could have gone either way until Lessel pulled away towards the end of the game to achieve the Grand Slam of Senior titles. Lessel then went on to add the Team Championship Singles to his haul with a 21-17 win over Dougie Berwick.
It was a family affair in several of the singles titles as Beth’s unique double was added to by her brother Dean as he claimed the gents under 21 singles title. The brothers Betts were also bagging titles as Lewis was joined by Daniel Kivlin in winning the youth pairs and also defeated Chris Brock to claim the gents junior singles title while Aaron was not to be out down by his older brother and secured the under 18 singles title.
In other singles action Mags Thomson defeated Janet Fairnie 21-11 to claim the ladies two bowl singles title while “Fantastic Fairnie” gained revenge and the chance to defend her Scottish Ladies Senior Singles title with a 21-9 win over Mags in the final. While under 18 internationalist Danny Stevenson captured the under 17 singles title with a 21-20 win over Lewis Betts to add to the two bowl pairs title he won earlier in the week with Peter Fallen.
The full list of final results over the past two weeks follows: Tuesday 9th April
Top Four – Calum Darling, Gary Darling, Stuart Betts & David Brown 31 v 20 A Betts, J Mower, S Milne & S Thomson Under 21 Singles – Dean Riva 21 v 10 Lewis Betts Ladies Fours – Melissa Penman, Beth Riva, Megan Kivlin & Emma Logan 20 v 25 Dee Hoggan, Mags Thomson, Yvonne Veitch & Janet Fairnie
Gents Senior Pairs – Gordon Gray and Andy Burt 15 v 19 Lessel Middler and Willie Wood MBE
Wednesday 10th April Youth Pairs – Daryl Grieve & Aaron Betts 10 v 11 Daniel Kivlin & Lewis Betts
Ladies Junior Singles – Megan Kivlin 19 v 21 Beth Riva Kiwi Quaich Final – G Walker 10 v 12 Colin Kennedy, Kenny Morgan, Jim Neilson and S Tuite Team Championship Triples – Arlene Berwick, Dougie Berwick and Tommy Young 22 v 7 Alicia Irvine, Mikey Duncan and David Currie Ladies Two Bowl Singles – Mags Thomson 21 v 11 Janet Fairnie
Thursday 11th Gents Pairs – Mark Johnston & Willie Wood MBE 10 v 20 Scott Kennedy & Billy Mellors Ladies Pairs – Arlene Berwick & Melissa Penman v Leanne Baillie & Lauren Baillie-Whyte Ladies Two Bowl Pairs – Emma Logan & Janet Fairnie 2 v 1 Mags Thomson & Yvonne Veitch Gents Two Bowl Pairs – Peter Fallen & Danny Stevenson 2 v 0 Lessel Middler & Stevie Clark
Friday 12th: Ladies Senior Singles – Janet Fairnie 21 v 9 Mags Thomson Gents Senior Singles – Alistair McKenna 16 v 12 Lessel Middler Ladies Singles – Yvonne Veitch 18 v 21 Beth Riva Gents Junior Singles – Lewis Betts 21 v 15 Chris Brock Team Championship Pairs – Megan Kivlin and Gordon Pryde 20 v 6 Margaret Devine and Andy Burt
Unfortunately Billy Mellors had business commitments so the Gents singles final where he faces Chris Fallen has been re-arranged for Friday 19th April.
Monday 15th Team Championship Singles – Lessel Middler 21 v Dougie Berwick 17 Under 17 Singles – Danny Stevenson 21 Lewis Betts 20 Wednesday Afternoon League Play-Off – Jimmy Main 14 v Alicia Irvine 8 Team Championship Fours – Dee Hoggan, Kim Hoggan, Stuart Thomson and John McCrorie 22 v Matt Osborne’s rink 7
The remaining finals this week were due to be played as follows:
Tuesday 16th April Monday Fours Final – A Irvine v R Mackintosh Ladies Triples Final – D Hoggan v J Fairnie
Wednesday 17th April at 11am Jock Brodie Final – Midlothian v Perth
Friday 19th April Gents Singles Final at 6.30pm – Billy Mellors v Chris Fallen
The semi-finals of the Jock Brodie Seniors Challenge Trophy Sponsored by N T Craig, Tom Young Plumbing & Electrical Services and Colin Glen Roofing took place last Wednesday as Abbeyview met Midlothian and Bainfield faced Perth. The two games were very keenly contested and one resulted in a last bowl finish. In the Abbeyview v Midlothian game it was end 14 which tipped the scales in Midlothian’s favour as they scored ten shots over the three rinks to take the lead for the first time, which they never relinquished to win 6-2. The other game was even more enthralling as Bainfield made a fantastic recovery from a slow start and were winning 5-3 with Perth having one bowl left on the final end. The Perth skip required to draw the shot to secure victory and Dougie Lambert done just that, with the perfect bowl to assist Perth in winning the tie 5-3. The Final between Midlothian and Perth was scheduled to take place at 11am on Wednesday 17th April.
All outdoor bowling clubs are now up, running and open and all Match Secretaries have also received their league and cup dates for the year with the East Coast Carpet League Divisions One to Four due to start next Friday 26th April. A full report on the opening games will appear in next week’s report. If any clubs wish to inform me of their new signings, any special anniversary years or of any open tournaments they are hosting over the season please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.