East Lothian’s under twenty fives were crowned Calder Cup champions last Sunday at Sighthill. The tournament was in a Top Nine format and started off at a round robin group stage. The Garden County Juniors opened up with an assured 5-2 win over Dunbartonshire before soundly defeating Ayrshire and West Lothian 7-0 to top their section. They then faced Renfrewshire in the semi-final in what turned out to be a tight affair. The triple of Danny Stevenson, Reece Cochrane and Dean Riva secured a six shot win to get the team over the line, following a peel for the four of Kieran Dodds, Chris Brock, Calum Darling and Joe Mower and a narrow one shot loss for the pair of Kieran Simants and Declan French. Onto the final where Dumfriesshire provided the opposition. The triple could not repeat their semi-final performance and succumbed by five shots to their opponents, however, the fours improved from their peel in the semi to win their final game by three shots. This set the scene for the pair of Keiran and Declan who had more than made up for their semi-final loss in the early stages of the game and found themselves 9-5 up. However, on the next end Declan found himself facing four shots against which would swing the game back in favour of Dumfries. Declan elected to hit and an excellent strike burnt the end allowing them to start over and they secured the title from there going on to win their game 12-5. A jubilant team manager Stuart Thomson praised the players on a great team performance throughout the day.Read More
The Champion of Champions gets underway on Monday culminating in the semi-finals and final being played at Haddington next Saturday and the final few championships have been decided with Joe Mower a 21-15 winner over Billy Mellors at Haddington, Sam Newlands defeated Alec Renton 21-6 at Athelstaneford whilst Craig McLeod defeated Graeme Easton 21-7 at Winton. The Courier Cup will also be staged at Haddington next Saturday with the four league winners of Cockenzie & Port Seton, Ormiston, Tranent A and newly crowned Division Four champions Stenton doing battle for the last silverware of the season.
County Young Gun Kieran Dodds was representing Scotland in the Under 18s Tri-Nations event taking place in Belfast last week and was in great form to help the Scots win the Series overall by four points. Kieran won all three of his pairs games, peeled his triples game and just lost out in both of his rink games.
The Garden County Youths are in action this Sunday in the national finals of the Andy Houston trophy at Blacklands, Kilwinning where they will face West Lothian, Fife and Ayrshire North for the title. The following team has been selected:
Ethan Gillies, Dylan Veitch, Ben Gearty & Kieran Dodds
Daryl Grieve, Abi McNeill, Callum Henderson & Lennon Rafferty
Lee Jamieson, Liam Till, Beth Riva & John Clark
Luke Cowan, Cameron Pryde, Lucy Walker & Logan Kennedy
Reserve – Daniel Kivlin
The indoor season is just around the corner with the Alex Marshall Arena, home of East Lothian Indoor Bowls, opening from 6-8pm on Monday 9th September and 12-2pm and 6-8pm each weekday the remainder of the week for bounce games and paying of membership fees prior to opening fully on Monday 16th when all leagues will commence.