East Lothian bowling supremo Alex ‘Tattie’ Marshall was recognised at the Team Scotland Awards ceremony as he was presented a lifetime achievement award. It was a popular win for Scotland’s most successful Commonwealth Games athlete, and he received a standing ovation from his fellow sports stars and guests at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre last Thursday evening.Read More
The Garden County star said: “It just means so much to me. I’ll treasure this for the rest of my life”. Despite it being a lifetime achievement award, Marshall has declared he “will keep going” and is aiming for more success at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. As well as his Commonwealth Games performances – six appearances and a record-breaking five gold medals – Marshall’s world and indoor titles and longevity were acknowledged as he received his award from Scottish rugby legend Gavin Hastings. It was a wonderful night celebrating Scottish sport, with many worthy winners. Marshall was pipped to the male athlete of the year award by swimmer Duncan Scott, and the lawn bowls squad, which included fellow East Lothian player Derek Oliver, were unlucky to miss out on team of the year to the Scottish men’s rugby team. Scotland beating England at cricket was voted sporting moment of the year, with the lawn bowls men’s fours’ gold-medal-winning moment at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games finishing amongst the top four.
The curtain falls on the ELBA competitive season today (Thursday) as two clubs will battle it out for the final silverware of this outdoor season, as Haddington Bowling Club hosted the final of the John McDonald Senior Trophy at 2pm. The teams contesting the final was still to be decided with the semi-final action being staged on Tuesday afternoon and featured Dunbar against East Lothian Labour while the other last four tie was Ormiston versus Newcraighall.
A large number of bowlers from around the county will descend on Cockenzie & Port Seton Bowling Club on Saturday afternoon as they are giving the honour of hosting the East Lothian Leagues Presentation of Prizes day following them winning the Division 1 title for a second consecutive year. Representatives from most East Lothian clubs along with ELBA officials and delegates from league sponsors East Coast Carpets will be in attendance and the special day of proceedings will get underway at around 1.30pm. Meanwhile ELBA Match Secretary Keith Fender is calling on all last year’s league champions (evening and seniors) to hand back their respective trophies to himself or any other ELBA Committee representative as soon as possible. Alternatively hand them into Cockenzie & Port Seton BC before Saturday.
Turning attention to the indoor season, East Lothian Indoor Bowling Club is now fully open with the Top Four tournament as well as the Morning, Afternoon and Evening leagues all having commenced. Membership fees remain the same at £58 for full members and £30 for Junior Membership whilst all members are reminded that all fees are to be paid by Sunday 30th September. Rink fees remain at £3 and £4 for non-members. All those wishing to take part in Hat Games are reminded that these take place every Monday at 10am, Tuesday at 2pm and Saturday at Noon. These games are open to both members and non-members and would be an excellent introduction to the game for new bowlers or outdoor players wanting to sample the indoor game.