East Lothian 9/11

Tranent’s Scottish Singles Champion of 2017 Dee Hoggan return from the World Singles Champion of Champions at the St Johns Park Bowls Club in Australia was a Bronze medal. 

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Dee played twelve gruelling section games over five days in the Australian heat, only losing narrowly on three occasions, to finish third in her section to progress to the quarter finals.  In the quarter finals she ran out a 2-0 winner over Marietjie Van Den Berg from Namibia.  In her semi-final Dee faced Nurul Alyani Jamil from Malaysia and despite again performing well just lost out in both sets to exit 0-2 at the semi-final stage.  Dee done her club, county and country proud in her performances in Australia.  Indeed during her section games she was the only person to defeat eventual winner Jo Edwards from New Zealand by an impressive 2-0 scoreline.  There is no doubt that this will not be the last World Stage event that the talented Tranent lass will appear in.

Alex Marshall MBE has been in action this week in the opening World Bowls Tour event of the season the Scottish International Open in Perth.  The number 10 seed opened up with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Murray Glassey of New Zealand which set up a meeting with his compatriot Stewart Anderson in the last sixteen on Tuesday.  Alex looked like dominating the first set until a ditched jack by Stewart on the sixth end got him within a shot of Alex and then a count of two on the last end seen him nick the set by a shot. Alex looked in determined mood in the second set and never gave Stewart an inch with some excellent drawing to close it out 9-4 to set up the tie-break.  One the first end Alex drew within a couple of inches with his third bowl only for Stewart to drive it out, however, Alex slotted one back in even closer.  Stewart again drove and this time got the jack to take the first end on a re-spotted jack.  On the second end Alex held shot a couple of inches behind the jack only for Stewart to draw a back toucher with his last bowl.  Alex’s attempt to burn the end was marginally off target.  A hard defeat for Alex to take in a game which it’s safe to say he outdrew Stewart for the majority off it.  Alex is now Australia bound to take part in the Australian Premier League for the Brisbane Pirates.

Club Under 25 Champions Aaron Betts and Megan Kivlin were in National Junior Singles action last Saturday in Falkirk.  Unfortunately Megan fell at her first hurdle in a 21-16 defeat to Gemma Forester from Abbeyview.  Aaron opened up with a 21-16 win over Abbeyview on the Saturday.  He was then involved in a great tussle with Liam Nicholson from Tweedbank on the Sunday morning but just lost out again by 21-16.

There was a silver lining for Aaron when he was included in the Scotland Under 25 trial squad along with Joe Mower, Lewis Betts, Dean Riva and Danny Stevenson from East Lothian Indoor.  The trial takes place on Sunday 25 November at Headwell at 2pm.  Megan Kivlin and Melissa Penman have been selected for the ladies junior trial which is also at Headwell on the 25th at 10am.

The Gent’s team are back on the league campaign this Saturday and hope to bounce back from their setback in Turriff with a home fixture against Bainfield.  The following team has been selected: A Betts, A Cormack, J Higgins, S Kennedy (Skip) A Jeffrey, L Betts, S Thomson (Cpt), J Mower (Skip) M Johnston, D Sked, D Riva, B Mellors (Skip) M Yuill, C Brock, S Morgan, D Oliver (Skip) 

The ladies travel to West Lothian this week in a must win game and the following team has been selected: Margaret Murray, Kim Hoggan, Megan Kivlin & Yvonne Veitch (Skip) Melissa Penman, Jean Russell, Mags Thomson & Janet Fairnie (Skip) Jacky McFarlane, Arlene Berwick, Gillian Mackintosh & Lauren Baillie (Skip)

Our Senior team travelled to Bainfield last week in what was expected to be a tight game.  This was the case from the outset and after five ends East Lothian held a one shot lead, which they increased to five shots after ten ends.  Bainfield fought back and levelled the scores at 44 shots all. The fifteenth end proved to be the turning point in the game when the Garden County Auld Yins scored nine shots to no reply to take control of the game and eventually ran out winners by the shots (64-54).  There were wins for the rinks of Dougie Berwick (25-10) and Willie Wood MBE (14-11) while Andy Burt peeled (15-15) and Tommy Young lost out 10-18.  There was good news when it was discovered that West Lothian defeated Midlothian (56-47) meaning East Lothian top the table by two points from Midlothian who have a game in hand.  The Seniors had no game this week and on the 14th November the second half of this year’s campaign see them travel to Teviotdale for their next game with the only change to the team being Alan Valentine replacing Ronnie Douglas in Tommy Young’s rink.

Our Senior Four of B J Smith, D Pryde, A Morgan and P Fallen will be in Scottish action this Sunday at Bainfield with one game being played at 2pm against Headwell as they aim to get to the latter stages and emulate their national success of 2017.  Also out this weekend are our ladies senior pair and triple.  Our singles representative is Janet Fairnie who plays Tweedbank this Sunday at Midlothian at 10am, while our pair off Jean Russell and Morag Wood play Midlothian on their own carpet also at 10am.

The youths open their league campaign at home to Abbeyview this Saturday and the following team has been selected: Callum Henderson, Lennon Rafferty, Melissa Penman, Danny Stevenson (Skip) Luke Cowan, Cameron Pryde, Beth Riva, Lewis Betts (Skip) Logan Kennedy, Daniel Kivlin, Kieran Dodds, Aaron Betts (Skip) Res: Daryl Grieve and Ethan Gillies 

Finally the J&J Carpets Indoor Leagues are now beyond the half way stage within the Alex Marshall Arena with the following the current situation in each league.

P Fallen 9 -18 6

D Stein 9 -63 4

S Greenan 8 -45 2

Division Two

D W Currie 7 +70 12

A O Blair 7 +54 12

K Glen 6 +48 8

W Robertson 6 +19 8

S Morgan 6 +16 8

J Fairnie 6 +10 8

J P Hamilton 6 +4 8

B Yuill 5 +19 6

A Morgan 7 -9 6