The ladies side from East Lothian IBC marched into the second round of the Ladies Scottish Cup with a tremendous 9-1 points victory over local rivals Midlothian at Tweedbank IBC with wins on three rinks supported by an aggregate supremacy of 94-60.Read More
Wins on the rinks skipped by Yvonne Veitch, Emma Logan and Janet Fairnie tipped the scales in favour of an East Lothian team that saw Gillian Mackintosh held to a well-deserved peel.
“We knew we had to be on our A game against strong opposition so I’m chuffed to bits that my players rose to the challenge and we were worthy winners”, beamed Team Manager Sheena Currie.
The headline star for the garden county emerged in the shape of Yvonne Veitch who was a rock-solid anchor in the heat of a local derby match and skipped debutant Melissa Penman, Muriel Hamilton and Nancy McNeil to a 31-11 win over Grace McGregor while Margaret Murray, Jean Russell, Megan Kivlin and Emma Logan added a 26-14 success over Anne Rutherford. Janet Fairnie skipped Pat Turner, Cathy Ward and Mags Thomson to a battling 22-20 win over Sharon Johnstone. Gillian Mackintosh won nine of the 21 ends played as she skipped Rose Campbell, Rosemary Mackintosh and Irene Gray to a 15-15 in an exciting tit for tat battle with Margaret Porter. The side is back in Scottish Cup action on Saturday and face Division 1 opposition in the shape of Stirling with the second-round clash being staged at Bainfield IBC in Edinburgh. Team manager Sheena Currie welcomes the return of influential star Lauren Baillie but her mood is dampened slightly by the enforced absence of international star Emma Logan while seasoned campaigner Margaret Thomson also misses out. The team reads: – M.Murray, J.Russell, M.Kivlin, L.Baillie skip M.Penman, M.Hamilton, N.McNeil, Y.Veitch skip P.Turner, R.Mackintosh, I.Gray, G.Mackintosh skip H.Fender, C.Ward, A.Irvine, J.Fairnie skip
Most eyes in the world of indoor bowling will be on Turiff Indoor Bowling Club on Saturday with the Scottish Premier League play-off final between East Lothian and Falkirk down for decision from 1pm. The garden county go into the eagerly awaited showpiece occasion severely boosted by the news that world stage star Alex Marshall is available to play. He will take up his customary skipping role along with fellow internationalists Derek Oliver, Scott Kennedy and Billy Mellors. Dean Riva and Andy Burt are the unfortunate players left out of the 16-man line-up that reads: – R.Thomson, S.W.Thomson, J.Higgins, A.Marshall MBE skip M.Johnston, W.W.Wood MBE, G.Robertson (capt), D.Oliver skip C.Darling, L.Betts, J.Mower, B.Mellors skip A.Jeffrey, D.Berwick, G.Blair, S.Kennedy skip
The rink draw for the final was made recently and reads as follows: Rink 1: Derek Oliver v Steven Allan
Rink 2: Billy Mellors v John McHutchison Rink 3: Alex Marshall MBE v Steven Glen Rink 4: Scott Kennedy v Gary Flynn
The club is running a coach to the final and a limited number of seats are still available for anyone who would like to go and support the side. Anyone interested should contact club secretary Scott Kennedy as soon as possible. All players, officials and supporters are requested to report at Meadowmill stadium by no later than 7.45am.
On the international stage, Joe Mower was part of Scotland Gents Under 25 side that last weekend just came up short in their challenge to reclaim the Brimble Trophy at the British Isles International series staged at Newport IBC in Wales. Wins over Wales and Ireland on Saturday’s play saw them lead the way on shot aggregate going into Sunday mornings winner takes all shoot against England. Against the ‘auld enemy’ the young Scots started fantastically well and built up an early cushion on their rivals. Scotland still lead by 11 shots after ten ends with them ahead on three of the four rinks. The England skips played some outstanding bowls in the middle phase of the match and they gradually clawed back the deficit before taking the overall lead at the 19th end before going on to win the match by four shots. On a personal note, Mower enjoyed an up and down series with his rink registering a fine 12 shot win against Ireland but suffered a narrow 3 shot defeat against his native Wales and disastrous 12 shot loss against England.
The qualifying play in the Jock Brodie Senior Challenge Cup, sponsored by Norman T Craig and Co-operative Funeralcare, continued at the Alex Marshall Arena last Wednesday and the host club side enjoyed a fine 6-2 points win over Teviotdale while in the other match played West Lothian handed an 8-0 mauling to Headwell. The action continued Wednesday when Bainfield tackled Berwickshire and Perth went head to head with Tweedbank. Meanwhile the final stages of the National Senior Championships are being staged at Paisley IBC next weekend (4/5 March) and East Lothian IBC have a trio of representatives through to the semi-final stage. The club is running a coach to the finals and a limited number of seats are still available for anyone who would like to go. Anyone interested should contact John P Hamilton on 07974648401 to check availability.
After a lengthy break the youth side finally return to East of Scotland Junior League action on Saturday morning (8am) when they play host to local rivals Midlothian. On Sunday David Young, Megan Kivlin and Craig Mackintosh all participate in the SIBA Under 18 international trial match being staged at Abbeyview IBC in Dunfermline.
The triple of Lewis Betts, Billy Mellors and Stewart Anderson produced several outstanding performances to capture the inaugural Pro-Am Triples tournament sponsored by Johnston Fuels and Medical & Professional. East Lothian IBC staged the extravaganza last Sunday and the galaxy of stars that competed with high profile grass root qualifiers put on magnificent show for the many spectators in attendance. The field was 24 triples strong starting off playing round robin style in six sections of four after which the trios skipped by John McCrorie, Billy Allan, Graham Robertson, Derek Oliver, Darren Burnett, Stewart Anderson, Robert Grant and Colin Walker qualified for the knockout stage. The final showdown for the title produced an intriguing contest with Betts, Mellors and Anderson fighting it out against garden county legends Willie Wood MBE and Graham Robertson who teamed up with former East Lothian star James Hogg. The outcome for the final went right down to the wire but it was Anderson and Co who emerged victorious by 2 shots. The talk of the tournament was the brilliant performances by every youth player that took part and the para bowlers also performed magnificently with the triple of Michael Simpson, Garry Brown and Billy Allan losing out narrowly in the quarter-finals.
Gifford Bowling & Sports Club stage their AGM on Sunday March 19th from 2pm. All members are requested to attend.