Dee Hoggan survived a tough challenge from fellow cap Emma Logan in the final of the East Lothian IBC ladies Singles Championship and her 21-18 victory triggered excited celebrations of an exceptional fourth title triumph in six years.Read More
The opening exchanges, in front of a big finals night crowd, were ding-dong with peels at 5-5 called after seven ends then Logans advancement to 9-6 sparked a strong 1 (1), 1, 3, 1 response from Hoggan that crossed into a 12-10 lead after 15-ends. The battle for supremacy raged on with the pendulum swinging back in favour of Logan at 15-12 then 16-15 after a 15-15 deadlock but Hoggan sent the match temperature soaring with a sizzling run of 1, 2, 2 that brought the title into pin sharp focus at 20-16. Logan carded a sparkling double to 18 on end 25 that kept an appreciative audience captivated by the unfolding drama; but Hoggans answer to the pressure keg atmosphere came in the shape of a title winning single on end 26.
Hoggans capture of the coveted Singles crown was her second success of Finals Week having lined up at lead to Mags Thomson, Yvonne Veitch, and Janet Fairnie in the rink that dished out a 34-4 punishment to Beth Riva, Kim Hoggan, Megan Kivlin, and Logan in the Fours.
Logan didnt emerge empty handed though as the 18 times capped star of the international stage beat Yvonne Veitch, 21-13, to reign supreme as the 2Bowl Singles Champion while a nail-biting climax in the Triples saw her skip Veutch and Thomson to a 15-14 win over Pat Turner, Irene Gray, and Margaret Murray.
The high profile Sisters Act partnership of Leanne and Lauren Baillie topped the bill in the ladies 4Bowl Pairs where a dramatic count of 5 at end 18 to lead 22-16 was the scene stealing moment in their 23-19 win over Mags Thomson and Yvonne Veitch. Jean Russell ruled the roost in the final of ladies Seniors Singles having made a flying start to lead Rosemary Mackintosh, 9-0, then rewarded for putting in a brilliant performance with the 21-7 capture of the title. It was Russells second victory jig having earlier danced to the Seniors Pairs title in step with her partner Muriel Hamilton.
Meanwhile on foreign fields there was a title winning performance for a Mixed Team of East Lothian bowlers that bridged a 10 – year gap by capturing the Headwell Team Championship with a 6-4 victory over Abbeyview.
Wins on the Seniors rink skipped by Tommy Young and the ladies rink skipped by Janet Fairnie tipped the scales on shot aggregate when challenged by the defeat of Dougie Berwick and John McCrorie in the Gents and Mixed rinks respectively.