East Lothian gents faced a crucial fixture last weekend when they journeyed to Blantyre to face a team who had not lost at home in several years.Read More
Last Sunday the Gents International team was selected and the East Lothian contingent of Alex Marshall MBE, Derek Oliver, Billy Mellors and Scott Kennedy retain their place in the team travelling to Chelmsford in March. Billy also has the honour of being selected at Captain for a second year. Jamie Higgins and Joe Mower just missed out but have a chance to prove the selectors wrong in the National and British Fours next year.
The ladies hosted league leaders East Fife at the Alex Marshall Arena last Saturday in a must win game and were in control from the opening ends. The rink of Megan Kivlin, Kim and Dee Hoggan and Yvonne Veitch led the way with an impressive 28-9 over Julie Sword and were ably supported by wins for the rinks of Lauren Baillie-Whyte (20-17) and Janet Fairnie (20-18) to record a 68-44 win. The ladies trail East Fife and Midlothian by two points with one game to play and unfortunately the top two teams play each other so it is impossible for the ladies to top the section. They can take heart from a strong finish to the section and the fact that their three defeats have all come on the last end of games. The ladies now have a lengthy winter break as they have no game on the 12th January and will play their final fixture of the campaign at home to West Lothian on the 19th of January before getting ready for their Scottish Cup campaign.
Next weekend sees the Scottish Pairs play-offs at West Lothian. Our Gents pairs of Mark Johnston and Willie Wood MBE face Perth at 10am whilst our ladies pair Emma Logan and Janet Fairnie have a bye and play Tweedbank in the first round proper at 2pm.
The Seniors travelled to Tweedbank last Wednesday to play their penultimate game against Tweedbank knowing a win would virtually secure the League and a place in the play-offs. From the outset it was apparent that the Garden County boys were up for the challenge as after only five ends they had established a huge eighteen shot lead. Their domination of the game continued as after ten ends their lead was now an astounding forty one shots. The Garden County Auld Yins seen the game out and ended up winning 81-45. There were wins on all four rinks with Andy Burt’s rink winning by thirteen, Alastair Russell and Tommy Young’s rinks both won by ten whilst Dougie Berwick’s rink recorded a three shot victory. This means only a heavy defeat in the final game of the campaign which was due to be played on Wednesday at home to Bainfield would deny the Seniors. The only changes for the Bainfield game seen W W Wood MBE and Gordon Gray return to the team at the expense of Billy Higgins and B J Smith.
Last Saturday the East Lothian youths continued their East of Scotland League campaign when they visited Midlothian. Danny Stevenson lead his rink to an early lead and never looked in trouble as they controlled their game to win 22-5. Lewis Betts rink suffered a slower start and found themselves four down early on but bounced back to eventually lead by two playing the last end on which a score of five seen them record a 17-10 win. Aaron Betts rinks were also in a close contest early on and held a marginal two shot lead, however, scores of four and two over the final two ends also seen them over the line to a 16-8 victory. These sees the Garden County Young Yins cement their position at an early stage in the league.
Next Saturday East Lothian Youths have two entries in the Abbeyview Top Five tournament. The format is a bit different with pairs and triples qualifiers in the morning and then singles and fours in the afternoon. The four finals are then played and the cup awarded to the best team overall. East Lothian take a squad of ten players who are Danny Stevenson, Lewis Betts, Beth Riva, Kieran Dodds, Callum Henderson, Luke Cowan, Ethan Gillies, Cameron Pryde, Lennon Rafferty and Daryl Grieve.
The J&J Carpets League Division One pre-Christmas title was decided last week when Dean Riva’s rink won their penultimate game of the season to secure the title with a game to go. The relegation battle will go to the last game however. The rinks of Derek Stein and Steven Greenan have been relegated while the rinks of Emma Logan and Peter Fallen will meet in the last game of the season with the losing rink joining Derek and Steven’s rinks in the trap door to Division Two.
Meanwhile in Division Two there are two games remaining and the league title will be decided between the rinks of Kenny Glen, Angus Blair, David Currie and Janet Fairnie with one point separating the top four teams.
The Gents Pre-Christmas Triples final will see the holding triple of Billy Mellors meet Andy Burt’s triple whilst in the Fours the National Champions of Jamie Higgins, Scott Kennedy, Derek Oliver and Billy Mellors will meet Tommy Young’s four.
The Ladies Pairs is already through to the final where Arlene Berwick and Melissa Penman will face Leanne Baillie and Lauren Baillie-Whyte. Also through to a final is the Ladies Fours where the rinks of Emma Logan and Janet Fairnie will meet.
The Team Championship and Seniors pre-christmas events are also nearing completion and a full report will appear next week.
SCOTT KENNEDY AND ALL AT MEADOWMILL WOULD LIKE WISH ALL READERS A MERRY CHRISTMAS