Tranent Bowling Club have captured the blue riband Division 1 title of the East Coast Carpets sponsored East Lothian League for a first time since 2003 and the talented side from Polson Park certainly done it in style with 14 wins from their 18 match campaign.
The climax to the campaign last Friday night saw Tranent carry a healthy looking four point cushion into their final game at home to foot of the table Dunbar and they finished the job off in a grand manner with an emphatic 8-0 win to be crowned champions and that sparked scenes of wild celebrations in the ‘belters’ camp last Friday evening.
“It’s a wonderful feeling to win a title we last won twelve years ago and a great league season was complete as our senior side also won the top division in the senior leagues making it a brilliant double for us”, said a club spokesperson. 2014 champions Haddington finished up in runners-up spot following their hard fought 5-3 home win over East Linton while Cockenzie & Port Seton finished in third following an epic 4-4 draw with Gifford. Elsewhere West Barns won 8-0 at relegation doomed Castlepark A while EL-Coop suffered an 8-0 loss at home to Castlepark.
Its congratulations to all concerned at Prestongrange Bowling Club after they captured the Division 2 title with a 4-4 draw at East Linton A good enough for them to be crowned champions. Joining them in Division 1 next season will be Elphinstone after they snatched second place from under the noses of Aberlady by having a better shots aggregate. At the other end of the table Longniddry and East Lothian Labour were sentenced to life in Division 3. Haddington A won the title honours in Division 3 with Ormiston winning the race to finish second ahead of Winton. The escape hatch in the relegation zone was closed on Prestongrange A and Haddington B and they must look forward to life in Division 4 next season. Port Seton B won the Division 4 title with relative ease and joining them in Division 3 next season will be Stenton. In the Thursday afternoon senior leagues the ‘auld yins’ at Tranent Bowling Club enjoyed a sensational season and won the Division 1 title with surprising ease. The champagne corks were popping at Aberlady BC after they were crowned Division 2 champions while Macmerry won the Division 3 title.
Meanwhile, East Lothian champions West Barns is in quarter-final action in the Inter-County Top 5 singles on Sunday when the defending champions face a stern away test at West Lothian champions Linlithgow (2pm). The talented mob of Alister Kennedy, Scott Kennedy, Billy Mellors, Scott Thorburn and Calum Gordon are the players given the responsibility of trying to book a place in semi-final.
The most prestigious ELBA cup competition on the domestic outdoor calendar will reach its climax tomorrow (Saturday) as East Linton BC and West Barns BC host the ELBA Top 10 Championships (Jubilee Cup) finals day. The line-up in the semi-finals is 2012 champions Cockenzie & Port Seton against Division 2 runners-up Elphinstone at East Linton while at West Barns newly crowned Division 1 champions Tranent tackle Gifford with both ties commencing at 12 noon. The final will be staged at East Linton BC at approximately 3pm with the eventual winners going onto represent East Lothian in the national equivalent next season.
Scotland star Derek Oliver is celebrating etching his name on the championship singles board at Cockenzie & Port Seton BC for a record breaking eighth time having served up a master class performance to beat Colin Leishman, 21-8, in the final played last Thursday evening. Oliver surpassed the previous seven title successes held by club legend Alex Morgan and very few would bet against 31 year old Oliver adding more titles successes to his ever growing impressive CV .
The East Lothian Senior squad ended their season with a presentation game at Haddington BC on Monday. Senior convenor Andy Burt organised the day where the players were drafted into teams for the AB SPLASH trophy and the winners were skip Robert ‘Banger’ Strang, John Holmes and Kenny Morgan (see photo attached) who etched their name on the shield who all received bottles of spirits kindly donated by fellow players. Kenny Morgan also scooped the booby prize for not scoring at the target bowls in all his twelve bowls and the winner was Andy Burt with a total of 23 points. The overall lowest team of the day was Andy Burt, Bobby Scott, Peter Fallen and skip John Smith. This year’s player of the series was on holiday but the convenor expressed his high opinion in his first season in the Purdie ranks and commended East Linton’s George Cowan for his great displays throughout the competition and he will receive his trophy on his return. “We have had a good season and would like to thank Terry Hill Plumbing of Haddington for his sponsorship, a mysterious donor who also contributed towards the meals during the season, as well as A and J Catering for supplying the food today and for the donations from Bill Fotheringham and East Lothian Camera Shop and AB Splash for their continued support. I would like to thank all the clubs and those members who helped out at the home games and the supporters who travelled to the games”, said Andy Burt.
With the indoor season fast approaching officials at East Lothian Indoor Bowling Club has announced the club will be opening for the new season on Thursday September 10 with opening times for the first week 10am-12noon and 6.30-8.30pm and membership fees will also be taken during these times. The club will open on a full-time basis from Thursday September 17. Anyone wishing to enter a new team in the leagues (evening, ladies, mixed or morning) should contact the Match Secretary as soon as possible via the club website at www.elibc.co.uk or on 07940 0074735. The same goes for anyone who did not submit entry forms at the end of last season; if you are unsure please contact the Match Secretary. Also entries are now being taken for the Top Club tournament which will be staged from November onwards with all matches taking place on Friday evenings during the 6.30-8.30pm session. Each team will consist of 3 rinks and is open to both male and females of all ages. Entry fee is £20.00.