The East Lothian Ladies Champion of Champions finals day was staged in glorious sunshine at Dunbar Bowling Club last Sunday.Read More
The singles final was keenly contested for 11 ends with Joy Macleod of Aberlady and Mags Thomson of Castlepark trading shots to be tied at 10 all but with two fours Mags took the championship by 21 -12.
The Pairs Lauren Baillie and Essa Baillie of Cockenzie and Port Seton ran out emphatic 21-7 winners against Alison Ferguson and Reva Campbell of Longniddry.
The Triples, Dunbar represented by Maggie Dempster, Margaret Jessop and Ann Macdonald were leading the Longniddry trio of Janet Dickson, Margaret Thomson and Moira Johnson 11-2 with 4 ends to play but a run of 3, 4, 4 and 1 turned the match on its head with Longniddry winning 14-11.
In the final of the rink Morag Salter, Anne Hogg, Veronica Auld and Yvonne Veitch from East Lothian Co-op edged out the Gifford rink of Linda Johnston, Margaret Grindlay, Margaret King and Morag Wood 18-15 in a closely contested match.
On the international stage the East Lothian talented duo of Joe Mower (Haddington) and Dean Riva (Gifford) are in action for Scotland this weekend at the British Isles Junior Home International Series that is being played at Moray Bowling Club in Elgin. Both garden county players have been selected in the same rink with Mower handed a skipping role while Riva plays second. The hosts open the series on Saturday morning with a mouth-watering clash against England followed by an afternoon clash with Ireland. They finish the campaign off on Sunday morning with a clash against defending champions Wales.
Haddington Bowling Club is the venue for Saturday’s finals of the East Lothian Bowling Association Knockout County Championships and the headline attraction is the battle between host club star Colin Dick and his Cockenzie & Port Seton counterpart John Gearty in the Singles. Dick is a relative new boy on the blocks in terms of ELBA but confidence levels in the Haddington ranks are sky high following their league success so Dick will be in good spirits ahead of the eagerly awaited clash. Gearty has already stamped his name on the pages of ELBA history having reigned supreme in the Triples in 2005 and will be bidding to emulate the recent triumphs of his club mates Steven Morgan (2000 & 2001), David Oliver (2008) and Steven Thomson (2009).
The Haddington banner also enjoys representation in the Triples in the shape of Gordon Hunter, Mark McWilliams and Glenn Blair and they tackle Gilbert Cleland, Daniel Allen and Derek Allan of Winton. Winton is excited to be triple-handed with Marc McCormack and Craig McLeod challenging for the Pairs title against Steven Mackie and Stephen Cochrane of EL-Coop while they also have a chance of title glory in the Senior Fours but will have to overcome the challenge from Haddington A. EL-Coop enjoy a four-way representation with Billy Thomson, Davie Fleming, Ross Thomson and Chris Fallen tacking Michael Faulds, Paul Grant, Peter Duncan and Kern Gallagher in the climax to the Fours while Steven White is their representative in the Junior Singles and he pits his skills against the talents of emerging Longniddry star Jack Ferguson. Youth side captain David Young will contest the Youth Singles title against Harvey Cunningham of Cockenzie & Port Seton. The climax to the Youth Fours will be between Cockenzie & Port Seton A and Aberlady. The finals of the gent’s singles, junior singles, pairs, triples, fours and senior fours will all be down for decision at 2.30pm and a day of anticipated action packed drama gets underway at 12.30pm with the finals of youth singles and fours. Meanwhile ELBA Match Secretary Keith Fender is calling on all 2015 winners to hand back their respective trophies to him or hand them into Haddington BC before Saturday.
The club champions throughout the county have been battling it out over the past week for the right to claim the prestigious ELBA Champion of Champions title. The event will reach its climax on Sunday as West Barns BC stage the tournament’s finals day, with all the action commencing at 12.30pm. Meanwhile the climax to the ELBA John McDonald Trophy tournament for the seniors will be staged next Thursday (September 15) at Dunbar BC.
The East Lothian youth side made a bold effort to capture the prestigious Andy Houston Trophy but defeat in the final qualifying match against Lanarkshire so the garden county ‘young yins’ have to settle for runners-up spot. Eddlewood BC in Hamilton hosted the end of season tournament and East Lothian opened their campaign with an encouraging 51-39 triumph over West Lothian then followed that up with a nail biting 44-42 win over Fife. That set up a final game winner takes all showdown with Lanarkshire but it proved to be one game too many for East Lothian as a very impressive Lanarkshire side soundly beat them. “Really pleased with the level of performance from all the players, especially in the opening two matches, but in the end we came up short against a very good side”, reflected team co-ordinator Gordon Pryde.
Victorious county team manager Stewart Johnston reigned once again as the champion of his beloved Ormiston Bowling Club having captured the title for a record breaking seventh time, defeating Dan Rowley in an outstanding final played last Friday night. Johnston’s clinching of a 21-20 victory in 24 action packed ends hung in the balance right up to carding the title-winning single having suffered the rising tensions caused by Rowley being in with a chance of escaping from the jaws of defeat. Johnston surpassed the previous six title successes held by club legend Jock Greig. “To win the first championship since the return to our home green after seven years away is a great feeling but to beat Jock’s record is something I’m very proud of”, said Johnston.
With the indoor season fast approaching officials at East Lothian Indoor Bowling Club has announced the club will be open today (Thursday), Friday and Monday from 10am-12noon and 6.30-8.30pm for bounce games and membership fees will also be taken during these times. Try Bowls Tester sessions are being organised on 3 of the 6 rinks on both sessions on Monday so there will only be 3 rinks available for bounce games. Should you wish to register for the Try Bowls sessions please contact the new East Lothian Bowls Co-ordinator Billy Mellors on 07930 716073 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. The club will open on a full-time basis from Tuesday (September 13) with membership’s fees being taken between 10am-12noon and 6.30-8.30pm every weekday. The Tuesday Morning League and Top Four begin on Tuesday with the other leagues following on.