The East Lothian IBC talented young duo of Craig Mackintosh and Megan Kivlin were last weekend part of a Scotland Under 18 international side that captured the British Isles Under 18 overall series for a first ever time.
This year’s championships were staged at Bristol IBC and the young Scots performed brilliantly enjoying success in every discipline played. Mackintosh and Kivlin teamed up with Callum Musik of Stirling and Robert Hunter of Alloa in the Fours and won silver while they also won bronze in Triples alongside Midlothian star Jack McNabb. A delighted Kivlin commented afterwards, “I have been lucky enough to represent Scotland at the last three British Under 18 Championships and during that time I have won two Gold medals a silver medal and two bronze medals. This year was extra special winning the overall team trophy with Scott Kennedy being the Team Manager. I would like to thank Scott who has been the team manager during my three years, as he has been a great role model giving all the teams and me the support they needed during these championship”.
Meanwhile, also on the international stage garden county icon figure Alex Marshall MBE was last week part of a Scotland select indoor side that retained the David Bryant Cup after a convincing 8-3 points win over England in a two-day international test match played at New Earswick IBC in York. Player/manager Marshall grabbed the winning point for the Scots when he secured a tiebreak victory over World No.1 Greg Harlow in their singles clash.
The gents side from East Lothian IBC got their defence of the Scottish Premier League title off to a winning start but their opening week triumph was at some risk before the stars from the Alex Marshall Arena asserted their authority to clinch a 25 shot away win (90-65) over Paisley last Saturday. Wins on the rinks skipped by Derek Oliver, Graham Robertson and Alex Marshall MBE reflects a strong team performance on an away carpet and the only setback suffered was the 14-shot defeat of Joe Mower. Pre match drama saw East Lothian lose icon figure Billy Mellors to a late call off resulting in Jamie Gordon being drafted into play and Graham Robertson moving up to skip. “Our win was hard earned and well deserved as it tested our sharpness of focus and mental toughness especially when Paisley piled the pressure on us in the middle phase of the match”, said team captain Dougie Berwick.
Oliver emerged the high flyer for East Lothian with the 2018 Commonwealth Games bound star in sparkling form to skip Calum Darling, Jamie Gordon and Willie Wood MBE into an 11-3 lead then on to a 28-8 win over fellow Scotland cap Callum Taggart. Chief support came from stand in skip Robertson as he led Mark Johnston, David Sked and Dean Riva to a 28-14 victory over David Perrit while Marshall and his front three of Ross Thomson, Ewan Fallen and Stewart Thomson battled to a 19-14 win over Graeme Sloan. Andrew Jeffrey, Dougie Berwick, Glenn Blair and Mower were always against the collar in a 29-15 defeat from David Fisher. Scotland caps Billy Mellors, Scott Kennedy and Jamie Higgins make welcome returns to the East Lothian line-up for Saturday’s home match against Falkirk. Mellors and Kennedy resume in their normal skipping roles while Higgins comes in to play third to icon figure Alex Marshall MBE. Glenn Blair, Ewan Fallen and Jamie Gordon are the players sidelined in a team that reads:- R.Thomson, S.W.Thomson, J.Higgins, A.Marshall MBE (skip) M.Johnston, D.Sked, D.Riva, B.Mellors (skip) C.Darling, W.W.Wood MBE, G.Robertson, D.Oliver (skip) A.Jeffrey, D.Berwick (capt), J.Mower, S.Kennedy (skip)
The ladies side excellent start to the season in the East Premier Division of the Scottish Ladies League continued last Saturday having made it two wins out of two with East Fife the latest team to bite the dust at the hands of the Meadowmill stars. Wins of the rinks skipped by Janet Fairnie, Lauren Baillie and Yvonne Veitch added up to a combined plus of 25 shots and easily covered the eight-shot setback suffered by Emma Logan. Team Manager Gordon Pryde was a happy chappy after the match saying, “It’s a dream start for us to have come out on top against two good sides in the shape of Abbeyview and East Fife and we don’t want that bubble to burst so my message to the ladies is if we stay focused we can win the section”.
It was a pleasing factor for Pryde that his team held the upper hand on all three phases and led from start to finish in an 84-67 victory. Fairnie played a star role in skipping Arlene Berwick, Melissa Penman and Margaret Thomson to the best result of the match in the shape of a commanding 32-14 win. Team captain Baillie skipped Jackie McFarlane, Beth Riva and Gillian Mackintosh to a 21-16 triumph while Margaret Devine, Cathy Ward, Dee Hoggan and Veitch battled to an 18-16 success. Logan and her rink of Margaret Murray, Kim Hoggan and Nancy McNeil struggled against the collar from start to finish in a 21-13 defeat. The ladies are back on the road for Saturday’s clash with Edinburgh rivals Bainfield and with confidence sky high in the garden county camp an away win is very much on the agenda. Megan Kivlin makes a welcome return in place of Nancy McNeil while there is a county debut for Lucy Hogg in place of fellow youngster Beth Riva. The team reads:- M.Murray, K.Hoggan, M.Kivlin, E.Logan skip M.Devine, C.Ward, D.Hoggan, Y.Veitch skip
A.Berwick, M.Penman, M.Thomson, J.Fairnie skip
J.McFarlane, L.Hogg, G.Mackintosh, L.Baillie skip/capt
Meanwhile, the talented senior side bid to make it two successive opening wins in the East B section of the Scottish Senior League ended in failure with garden county elite stalling (65-43) on their visit to play West Lothian at Livingston last Wednesday. Good wins on the rinks skipped by Alastair Russell (+5) and Tommy Young (+2) paled into insignificance as their colleagues Willie Wood MBE (-10) and Dougie Berwick (-19) tumbled to damaging defeats. “We always experience tough games when we visit West Lothian but on most occasions, we have come out on top, however, this time we were well and truly beaten by the better team on the day”, said team co-ordinator John Hamilton. Their mission to achieve a quick return to winning ways started on Wednesday when they played host to Balbardie. There was mixed fortunes for the East Lothian representatives in last Sunday’s national senior championships playdown action. Senior club champion Peter Fallen made the trip to West Lothian IBC in Livingston to compete in the singles but his participation in the event was a short-lived affair as he suffered a 21-18 first round defeat from Bill McIntosh of Bainfield. The strong looking partnership of Lessel Middler and Willie Wood MBE represented the local banner in the pair’s event at the same venue, and they received a bye into the first round proper before coming through a sterling test unscathed against West Lothian to progress to the next round and now face Balbardie. In addition, positive news in the triples as the garden county trio of Billy Higgins, Tommy Young and Alastair Russell coasted to any easy first round win over Berwickshire at Midlothian IBC to book their place in the last 16 and now tackle Bainfield. The next rounds of both the pairs and triples are being staged at Bainfield IBC on Sunday November 12.
The uncle and nephew partnership of Lessel Middler and Steven Clark will carry the East Lothian banner into Sunday’s national Gents 2-Bowl Pairs playdown action at Midlothian IBC in Dalkeith. An early 11am start on the second session of play pitches the garden county champions against George Lennon and Ross Dennis of Perth. In the ladies playdown action, the extremely talented pairing of Emma Logan and Janet Fairnie fly the local flag and in an added bonus have the luxury of home carpet advantage when they tackle Mandy Jenkin and Heather Stoddart of Bainfield at 11am.
The youths Friday sessions are up and running from 2-4 pm every week, while the Saturday sessions take place from 8-10am.
Cockenzie & Port Seton BC stage their annual Presentation of Prizes evening on Saturday October 28th from 6.30pm. Tickets for the event are now on sale to members and guests priced at £10.00 adults & £5.00 kids (includes three course meal & top class live entertainment) and can be purchased by contacting President Steven Morgan on 07861 672123.