The first event of the World Bowls Tour, the Scottish International Open is underway in Perth. Alex Marshall MBE played his first round match against English qualifier Wayne Willgress on Sunday morning and won following a tie-break.Read More
The gents return to Premier League action this Saturday when they face their toughest game of the section as they visit fellow undefeated team Blantyre, although the Garden County men will be bolstered by the recent memory of their victory in Blantyre last season. The following team has been named:
Mark Johnston, Dougie Berwick, Stuart Thomson and Joe Mower (Skip) Aaron Betts, Jamie Gordon, Dean Riva and Derek Oliver Andy Jeffrey, Steven Morgan, Jamie Higgins and Scott Kennedy Calum Darling, Chris Brock, Lewis Betts and Billy Mellors
The National Junior Singles play-offs took place last weekend at Dundee. In the gents East Lothian were doubly represented by Lewis Betts and Chris Brock. Unfortunately Lewis lost out 7-21 to Jak Miller from Aberdeen in his first game, however, Chris recorded an excellent win 21-16 over the experienced Finlay Gowan from Turiff. Chris then went on to play another experienced player in the shape of Jack McNab from Midlothian and again performed impressively to win 21-15 and set up a last sixteen encounter with another Midlothian player Paul Innes. Chris returned on Sunday to play this game and was once more holding all the aces over Midlothian as he played the big bowls when it mattered to record a 21-16 success over Jack. This put Chris through to the national quarter finals where he faced the tough task of taking on internationalist Jason Banks from Garioch. Unfortunately Chris could not match his form of the earlier rounds whilst Jason put on an impressive display to run out the 21-3 victor.
In the ladies junior singles Megan Kivlin was our sole remaining representative and opened up her campaign on Saturday with a 21-17 win over Kara Lees of Abbeyview before facing Gemma Forester also from Abbeyview in the quarter finals. The game was tight to begin with, however, it was Gemma who pulled away and Megan was never able to bridge the gap and lost out 11-21.
This weekend the national under 18 singles playoffs take place at Aberdeen where Aaron Betts and Danny Stevenson are in action whilst in Arbroath the under 21 singles take place with Dean Riva and Lewis Betts representing East Lothian.
The Ladies were in action last week and disappointingly fell to a 48-71 defeat at home to Midlothian. The rink of Janet Fairnie recovered from a slow start to their game to peel the game after nine ends only to lose a six on the thirteenth end which put paid to their chances and was the difference in the game as they lost 18-24. Megan Kivlin and her rink were more than matching the rink of Scottish internationalist Stacey McDougall as they scored a four to trail 14-16 after fifteen ends, however, they lost five of the last six ends to lose 17-25. It was a similar story for Yvonne Veitch’s rink as they were 12-15 down after sixteen ends and lost four of the last five ends to end up on the wrong side of a 13-22 scoreline. This result leaves the ladies with a very difficult task to qualify from the section and relying on a few shocks elsewhere in the section. team selected to face East Fife at the Alex Marshall Arena B.Riva, C.Monro, K.Hoggan & D.Hoggan M.Penman, M.Thomson, M.Kivlin & J.Fairnie J.McFarlane, A.Berwick, Y.Veitch & L.Baillie-Whyte Reserves, P.Turner and M.Murray.
The Garden County Senior brigade entertained Headwell last week and were expecting a tough game as Headwell had defeated Falkirk the previous week. This did not transpire, however, as the Auld Yins led by twenty eight shots after only five ends and dominated the game throughout to record a comprehensive and impressive 93-24 victory. All four rinks produced wins with Andy Burt’s rink top scoring with a 27-3. They were closely followed by the rink of Willie Wood MBE which won 23-4, Tommy Young’s rink also had a decisive win by 22-9 and Graham Robertson matched that thirteen shot win with 21-8 scoreline. The team was unchanged for the trip to Falkirk on Wednesday and was: Ronnie Douglas, Brian Johnston, Alistair Russell & W W Wood (skip) Brian Smith, Davie Pryde, Ali McKenna & Andy Burt Lessel Middler, Robert Steele, Dougie Berwick & Graham Robertson Peter Fallen, Keith Fender, Gordon Gray & Tom Young (Captain) 5th rink – J P Hamilton, A Valentine, R Maguire, D McGill Reserves – J Neilson, D Hogg, K Boyd
This Sunday our remaining survivors in the National Senior knockouts are in action as Lessel Middler, Andy Burt, Dougie Berwick and Tommy Young travel to West Lothian to face Balbardie in the first round of the National Senior Fours at 10am. Also in action at West Lothian on Sunday is our ladies senior singles representative and the reigning national champion Janet Fairnie. Janet commences the defence of her title against Headwell at 10am whilst the ladies pair of Jean Russell and Mags Thomson face East Fife at Alloa at 10am.
Our youths start their title defence this Saturday when they play host to Bainfield at the Alex Marshall Arena Players with all players to be at the stadium for 7.40am. The team reads: Rory Glen, Sam Niven, Callum Henderson, Aaron Betts (Skip) Ethan Gillies, Daryl Grieve, Lennon Rafferty, Beth Riva (Captain)
Luke Cowan, Daniel Kivlin, Logan Kennedy, Kieran Dodds (Vice Captain)) Reserves – Abi McNeill, Daniel Gillies, Ryan Anderson, Kara Johnstone, Jake Watling and Liam Fairgrieve.