Derek Oliver and Alex Marshall MBE improved on their earlier silver medals at the Atlantic Rims Championships in the triples and pairs respectively when they teamed up with Commonwealth Gold Medal colleagues Ronnie Duncan and Paul Foster MBE to once again capture Fours Gold.Read More
The East Lothian gents breathed some life into their Andrew Hamilton Trophy campaign at the weekend when they came back from the brink of disaster to edge a one shot win following an enthralling climax to the game against the Borders at Gala Abbotsford. East Lothian made a slow start to the game and found themselves down from the early stages and this deficit reached double figures by midway and did not look like reducing at all. That was until a late fightback across the green inspired by two rinks. Colin Glen and his rink always had the upper hand over their opponents and found themselves 14-11 up after 14 ends. Their next seven ends were what proved to be the catalyst for the East Lothian charge when after swapping sixes on ends 15 and 16 then dropping a three on end 17 they sparkled over the last four ends with scores of 1, 5, 3 and 4 to win 33-20 and give the team a sniff of victory. John McCrorie and his rink found themselves 7-16 down after 13 ends, however, they outscored their opponents 12-3 over the last eight ends, including the match winning two on the last end with two perfect bowls from John ensuring the victory and Garden County celebrations on the side-lines. Full rink scores were as follows: B Young 18 M Thin 14; M Higgenbotham 14 I Crawford 25; C Valentine 14 J Mitchell 22; C Glen 33 S Bebbington 20; S Morgan 21 A White 18 and J McCrorie 19 C Martin 19.
On Saturday the gents entertain West Fife at Castlepark and with three skips unavailable the team has a huge boost with the addition of Alex Marshall MBE, Billy Mellors and Joe Mower to the line-up which reads: D Stevenson, K Dodds, D Riva & B Young (Skip) A Martin, S Anderson, S Johnston & M Higgenbotham R Shields, G Inglis, G Dodds & A Marshall MBE A Burt, G Baillie, W Dunleavey & B Mellors
K Cunningham, M Osborne, G White & J McCrorie C Johnston, T Young, S Thomson & J Mower
Reserves: C McLeod, S Greenan, M McCormack, D Young, S Morgan, C Glen, C Valentine & B Galloway
Last Friday Haddington retained their lead at the top of the East Coast Carpets League Division One when they travel to Winton and earned a hard fought 5-3 win. Tranent dented the hopes of second place Port Seton as they won 6-2 whilst EL Co-op produced the result of the night with an 8-0 win away to East Linton. Prestongrange earned the bragging rights in Prestonpans with a stunning 8-0 away victory while hapless Dunbar stopped their run of 6-2 defeats, but not in the way they would have wished with an 8-0 loss at Elphinstone. After six games Haddington’s lead is now six points at the top of the league in a league which reads: Haddington 36pts ,EL Co-op 30, Prestongrange 30, Cockenzie & Port Seton 27, Elphinstone 25, East Linton 24, Tranent 22, Winton 21, Castlepark 15, Dunbar 10.
This Friday the tie of the night sees defending two time champions Cockenzie & Port Seton host current leaders Haddington while EL Co-op entertain Elphinstone in another exciting clash. Prestongrange will be looking to back up their 8-0 win over their neighbours when they welcome Tranent while Dunbar face Castlepark at home in what has almost became a must win game even at this early stage of the season. The final game of the night sees Winton travel to East Linton.
The final stages of the ELBA trophy were played last Sunday at Haddington and there was finally some sunshine for the team from Sunny Dunny as Dunbar put their disappointing league campaign aside and wrapped up victory in the first team trophy of the season. In the semi-finals Dunbar defeated Winton and Ormiston defeated EL Co-op. The final was a tight affair with Dunbar just edging out Ormiston on shots. While both Ormiston pairs recorded one shot victory the triples from Dunbar swayed the title in their favour with three and four shot wins.
East Lothian’s first place in the National Finals at Ayr was claimed on Monday by the Castlepark pair of Janet Fairnie and Raymond Frame who defeated the East Linton pair of Hazel Fender and Grant Thomson in the final of the District Mixed Pairs at Aberlady by a 16-14 scoreline. They emulate the pair of Mags Thomson and Jamie Frame who represented Castlepark in the National Finals last year.
Finally the East Lothian Under 25 team is in Scottish Cup action this Sunday when they travel to Bellahouston to play Glasgow for which the following team has been named: C Shaw, M Penman, D Stevenson & C Darling (Skip) K Dodds, D Peart, K Simants & D French C Brock, K Whitson, D French & R Cochrane C Allison, R Shields, J Ferguson & J Burnett