East Lothian IBC will have a double representation in this Sunday’s gents national indoor singles playdown action at Cumbernauld IBC as defending national champion Billy Mellors and club championship singles runner-up Ewan Fallen compete for the blue riband title.
Fallen is first on the carpet at 9.30am and he faces a preliminary round clash with Berwickshire champion Jamie Mitchell. Garden county champion Mellors will begin the defence of his national crown at 1.30pm and faces a first round proper encounter with the champions of either Cumbernauld or Alloa.
Edinburgh based side Bainfield are the visitors to Meadowmill stadium tomorrow (Saturday) as the ladies side from East Lothian IBC enter their Scottish League campaign and will compete in the C section of Division 1.
The talented senior side’s first national league game of the season took place on Wednesday as they travelled to Bathgate to tackle Balbardie IBC, however, the side did take part in a challenge match as the reigning national league title winners took on the current Scottish Cup champions Aberdeen at Dundee IBC last Wednesday as part of the SIBA national development week. And it was the garden county ‘auld yins’ who emerged victorious thanks to an overall shots aggregate win of 8 shots. In the 2015/16 league East Lothian will compete in the highly competitive East B section and will face Teviotdale, Tweedbank, West Lothian, Bainfield, Midlothian and Balbardie, with the 14 match winter programme concluding on January 13.
Youth coaching at East Lothian IBC will commence tomorrow (Saturday) morning between 8am and 10am and any youngster interested in taking up the sport are more than welcome to go along.
On the domestic front at East Lothian IBC the action in Division 1 of the evening leagues gets underway this coming Wednesday (October 7) at 6.30pm. Club officials are reminding everyone the membership fees should have been paid by yesterday (Thursday) and anyone has has not paid is not eligible to play in a competitive match. Also today (Friday) is the closing date to enter all Team Championship tournaments along with all the pre-xmas competitions being staged.
The Scottish Indoor Bowling Association held their first ever awards dinner last Saturday evening at Glasgow IBC and a trio of players from East Lothian picked up awards during the course of the evening.
Alex ‘Tattie’ Marshall MBE took the inaugural gents player of the year accolade mainly in recognition of him winning a record extending sixth world indoor singles title. Junior cap Ewan Fallen was a member of the Scotland Under 25 squad who won the outstanding performance of the year award after they registered a 100% rink record at the most recent junior home international series while garden garden county legend Willie Wood MBE was inducted to the association’s hall of fame along with James Barclay (Ardrossan) and Jeanette Conlan (Midlothian).