The gents returned to Premier League action last Saturday and maintained their pursuit of Blantyre for top spot with an 85-71 victory over Abbeyview. Leading the way were Scott Kennedy’s rink who produced an emphatic 30-14 win over Johnny Duff and they were ably backed up by the rink of Derek Oliver who defeated Stuart Pagan 25-17. Joe Mower was involved in a tight game with Dylan Robertson and was just edged out 14-17 whilst Billy Mellor’s rink went down 16-23 to the rink of Paul Brown. The gent’s next game is a trip to Aberdeen on the 14th December.Read More
World stage star Alex Marshall MBE has been in Australia representing a Rest of the World team against the Australians in a new concept called the World Bowls Challenge. The Aussies came out on top in the challenge by the slimmest of margins of one set after twenty two matches which came right down to the last set played. In his games Alex recorded wins in the singles and gents pairs alongside Darren Burnett, a draw in the mixed triples and just lost out in the mixed pairs. Alex now goes on to the Ultimate Bowls Championships where he will be representing the host club of Moama on the 12th and 13th December in this exciting new format.
Congratulations go to Alex Marshall MBE, Billy Mellors, Scott Kennedy and Jamie Higgins who have all been selected for the Scottish International team which will again be managed by Mark Johnston. Joe Mower just missed out and Derek Oliver is unavailable for the series. In the ladies trial only Dee Hoggan was present from East Lothian and in a shock decision was omitted from the final team selected which means that none of the victorious Scottish Cup winners of last season will be part of the team!
The Garden County Senior brigade were in action last Wednesday when they welcomed Tweedbank to the Alex Marshall Arena. The Auld Yins went into this game against the foot of the table team in confident mood having defeated Midlothian in their previous game. The league positions were to prove a false dawn though as Tweedbank were in a determined mood to improve their position and after five ends East Lothian held a narrow two shot lead which they marginally increased to three after ten ends. However, at the fifteen end stage Tweedbank had fought their way into a 47-50 lead. The Garden County Seniors fought had over the last few ends to maintain their pole position in the league and managed to rally to win 52-51. The rink scores seen Andy Burt record a comfortable nine shot win and that rink was backed up by the rink of Tommy Young, who won by four shots. Willie Wood was edged out by one shot whilst Graham Robertson’s rink were defeated by eleven shots. Next week the Seniors travel to Balbardie and following team has been selected: P Fallen, K Fender, D McGill & T Young (Skip & Captain), L Middler, J P Hamilton, D Berwick & G Robertson,
B J Smith, D Pryde, A McKenna & A Burt, J Neilson, R Maguire, A Russell & W W Wood MBE
Reserves A Valentine & R Steele
The East Lothian youths continued their defence of the league title last Saturday when they travelled to Midlothian and recorded an excellent 6-1 victory. Leading the way were the rink of Rory Glen, Daryl Grieve, Callum Henderson and Aaron Betts who found themselves trailing 3-6 after six ends, however, a run of 3,4,4 seen them burst into an eight shot lead which they only improved upon to dominate their game and eventually win 20-9. Ethan Gillies, Abi McNeill, Lennon Rafferty and Beth Riva were in sold form all morning and opened up an eight shot lead after nine ends against Liam Grantham and went on to record a fine 13-4 win. The rink of Luke Cowan, Daniel Kivlin, Logan Kennedy and Kieran Dodds were up against it at five down against Arron McGlynn’s rink with only a few ends to play, however, they fought hard to score on every end and salvage a 12-12 draw and a crucial extra point. The next league match is on December 14th at home to Abbeyview.
The youths were also in Scottish Fours action at Falkirk last Sunday when the rink of Beth Riva, Callum Henderson, Kieran Dodds and Aaron Betts were in action. In their section games they defeated Auchinleck 10-0 and Dumbarton 16-1 before narrowly losing 5-6 to Lanarkshire, however this was enough to progress to the quarter finals. In the quarter final they faced East Fife and performed very well to progress with a 10-3 victory. In the semi-final they faced Abbeyview and there was to be heartache as they went in to the last end 5-4 up and lay a toucher only for their opponents to burn the end. However, this still left East Lothian lying two, only for the opposing third to trail the jack to the ditch and make the two shots required with Aaron just failing with this two efforts.
The youths are in Top Ten action this Friday as they begin their defence of the SYIBA National Top Ten title when they make the short trip to Dalkeith to play Midlothian once more. The team selected is as follows; Singles – Aaron Betts, Pairs – Luke Cowan, Kieran Dodds , Triples – Daniel Kivlin, Logan Kennedy, Lennon Rafferty , Fours – Ethan Gillies, Daryl Grieve, Callum Henderson, Beth Riva