The strong representation from East Lothian IBC failed to shine in the playdown action of the gents and ladies national 4-Bowl Pairs last weekend, with both challenges faltering at the second-round stage.Read More
In the gent’s event, the father and son combination of Craig and Scott Mackintosh were in action at Glasgow IBC and faced a monumental mountain to climb in their opening game presenting itself in the shape of a top Blantyre pair in the shape of Jim Meilkle and Iain McLean. The prelim round confrontation developed into a titanic battle but it was the garden county pairing who emerged triumphant, celebrating a magnificent 19-17 win. They then followed that up with a 26-16 first round proper blitz of East Fife. Carrying the Saturday form over into Sunday’s play is a fresh challenge and the East Lothian pair never quite fired on as many cylinders in their second-round clash with Headwell and the outcome was a very disappointing 23-20 defeat. In the ladies playdown action, the East Lothian standard bearers Megan Kivlin (late replacement for the unavailable Janet Fairnie) and Emma Logan showed up well in their first-round encounter with an excellent 24-13 win over a strong Falkirk pairing; but suffered a 23-13 defeat from Balbardie in Sunday morning’s second round action at Glasgow IBC.
The senior side from East Lothian IBC were forced onto the back foot in the early stages of their away match against Tweedbank in the East B section of the Scottish Senior League and were always struggling against the collar in a shock 10 shot defeat (58-48). It was mostly pain without gain for the garden county ‘auld yins’ in their penultimate section play fixture last Wednesday with Tweedbank inflicting defeats on the rinks skipped by Alastair Russell (-3), Tom Young (-4) and Willie Wood MBE (-4) although all three were hard fought battles. The only positive outcome for the visitors was a single shot victory posted by the rink skipped by Peter Laidlaw.
Nearest challengers Midlothian took full advantage of the surprise slip-up by the leaders by registering a formbook home win against foot of the table Teviotdale and have a game in hand over East Lothian but the latter have a handsome shot margin plus of 47. “We produced a very disappointing overall team performance on the day and unfortunately we have now handed the initiative back to Midlothian but their remaining two fixtures look tricky ones so all is not lost at this stage”, reflected team convenor John P Hamilton. East Lothian played their final fixture on Wednesday when they played Edinburgh rivals Bainfield at the Alex Marshall Arena while Midlothian visited West Lothian.
The final stages of the joint Scottish Indoor Bowls Championships take place at West Lothian IBC in Livingston early in the New Year and the garden county have a double interest at the gala finals event. Two times East Lothian champion Dougie Berwick has the opportunity to realise a dream of winning the national indoor singles title and his semi-final opponent on Saturday January 7 at 3pm is Martin Williamson of Ardrossan. The other last four clash features world stage star Paul Foster of Prestwick and Neil Speirs of West Lothian. The final will be staged on Sunday January 8 at 1pm. Ladies star Kim Hoggan has already made a name for herself in the sport, with 6 junior caps to her credit, and she has the chance to add a national title success to her CV when she lines up in the last four of the ladies junior singles. The semi-final draw pitched Hoggan against Carla Banks of Garioch and they go head to head on Saturday January 7 at 3pm. The other last four encounter features Emma McIntyre of Dumbarton against Auchlinleck’s Stephanie Wallace. The final will be staged on Sunday January 8 at a time still to be confirmed.
East Lothian IBC is staging an Under 18 Open Singles tournament on Tuesday (December 27) and the event has attracted entries from the some of the best local young talent along with others from further afield. The tournament is being sponsored by Mums Catering and all the action gets underway at 9.30am.
Finally, East Lothian Indoor Bowling Club is now offering Half Season memberships at a cost of £35 for full membership and is effective from January 1st. Anyone wishing to join should call into the club or apply online at www.elibc.co.uk.