East Lothian Indoor Bowling Club world stage figure Alex ‘Tattie’ Marshall MBE is in World Bowls Tour action next week when he lines up in the Co-operative Funeralcare sponsored Scottish International Open.Read More
The opening event in the new 2017/18 World Bowls Tour season is staged on the portable rink at the Dewars Centre in Perth from Saturday until 11th November. With extensive live television coverage in BBC TV Scotland from Monday (November 6), the event will feature the top 16 players in the world, joined by qualifiers from all over the world. In the draw, just announced record six times world indoor singles champion Marshall faces a first-round clash on Monday afternoon against English UK qualifier David Bolt. All the matches will be streamed live to the World Bowls Tour stream on youtube.com/worldbowlstour
Meanwhile Cockenzie & Port Seton BC star Derek Oliver has won his opening five qualifying matches at the 2017 World Outdoor Champion of Champions event in Australia and currently sits top of his section with eight matches still to play. Oliver opened his campaign with a tremendous straight sets victory over host nation champion Aaron Keys then followed that with triumphs over Argentina, Macau China, Jersey and Japan respectively. The qualifying play continues until Friday with knockout stages commencing Saturday and the finals staged on Sunday. Regular score updates from Oliver’s matches can be viewed by clicking on
East Lothian men’s side have yet to shake off the challenge from arch rivals West Lothian in the race to finish top of the table in the B section of Scottish Premier League, but the reigning champion’s fine form continued last Saturday to score an impressive 13 shot away victory (71-58) over Ardrossan. Wins on the rinks skipped by Billy Mellors, Graham Robertson and Alex Marshall MBE reflects a strong team performance on a tricky away carpet and the only setback suffered was the narrow four shot defeat of Scott Kennedy. “We commented pre-match that any away win in this competitive section was a good win and our performance as a team delivered the result we were looking for”, reflected team captain Dougie Berwick.
Mellors inspired the garden county effort as he skipped Mark Johnston, David Sked and Dean Riva to a 22-10 win over Scott Wilson while Calum Darling, Ewan Fallen, Willie Wood MBE and Robertson added an 18-15 success over John Carswell. Marshall skipped Ross Thomson, Stewart Thomson and Jamie Higgins to a battling 17-15 win over Darren O’Rourke while Andrew Jeffrey, Dougie Berwick, Glenn Blair and Kennedy were always against the collar in an 18-14 defeat to Martin Williamson.
It is a free week for the men’s side this weekend as the National Junior Singles playdown action takes centre stage and club champion Lewis Betts is in action at Abbeyview IBC in Dunfermline. Betts faces a preliminary round encounter on Saturday at 11am against Aberdeen.
The ladies playdown action also takes place at Abbeyview IBC but commences on Sunday, the local challenger is Megan Kivlin, and she faces Catalin Waddilive of Arbroath in the first-round action at 10am. Meanwhile ladies club champion Dee Hoggan was in National Singles playdown action last weekend at Falkirk IBC and enjoyed a hard fought 21-18 win over Fraserburgh champion Jane Brown in her opening match but then failed to survive her second-round challenge, losing 21-18 to Caroline Ruxton of Arbroath.
Meanwhile the high-flying ladies side return to national league action on Saturday and face a very testing home match at the Alex Marshall Arena against local neighbours Midlothian. It will take a tough mentality to rid the home sides minds of deep-rooted psychological pressures of David taking on Goliath yet if able to do so there is a strong depth of class and experience that suggests East Lothian could deliver. Four top-class skips in the shape of Janet Fairnie, Emma Logan, Yvonne Veitch and Lauren Baillie have the skills to live with the best while there is high achievers support in the shape of Margaret Thomson, Megan Kivlin, Dee Hoggan and Gillian Mackintosh. Team manager Gordon Pryde has announced the side and it reads:- M.Murray, K.Hoggan, M.Kivlin, E.Logan skip M.Devine, C.Ward, D.Hoggan, Y.Veitch skip A.Berwick, M.Penman, M.Thomson, J.Fairnie skip J.McFarlane, H.Fender, G.Mackintosh, L.Baillie skip/capt
The senior side were under pressure to deliver a winning performance on a foreign carpet at Midlothian last Wednesday and came up with the goods in the shape of a 60-43 victory that keeps them on the fringe of the main developments in the East B Section of the Scottish Senior League. The aging stars from the garden county currently trail leaders Bainfield by 4 points but do have a game in hand over their Edinburgh rivals. Wins on the rinks skipped by Tommy Young and Dougie Berwick combined to produce a shot margin bank of 13 that dwarfed the narrow losses suffered by Alastair Russell and Willie Wood MBE. The side was back in action on Wednesday when they hosted Tweedbank at the Alex Marshall Arena.
Emerging young star Aaron Betts was in SYIBA Young Masters playdown action last Sunday at Abbeyview IBC in Dunfermline. Betts was drawn in a tough qualifying section and failed to progress to the next stage, but he can be proud of the way he performed in all his matches against more experienced opposition.