East Lothian captured the ladies Scottish indoor bowls Triples title in season 2013/14 and ‘the garden county’ embarks on the same trail this weekend and with the same trio in the shape of Yvonne Veitch, Margaret Thomson, and 15 times full cap Emma Logan.
The Logan skipped trio travel to Blantyre IBC for their qualifying action and the host carpet isn’t the most welcoming one so conquering it is an additional challenge – to all visitors – on top of facing Headwell (Dunfermline) in the prelim round.
Midlothian make the same journey and with an equally strong trio in the shape of Gaynor Duncan, Jeanette Conlan, and Sandra McLeish who are all boosted by careers of international achievement. McLeish has celebrated a trophy win on three occasions, twice as skip, however the last of these was back in 2002 so there is a sizeable time gap to be bridged starting with a prelim round challenge from Abbeyview (Dunfermline). Midlothian IBC is also a venue for the play-down action with the representation from Bainfield, West Lothian, and Balbardie all fired up to parade their skills at The Dalkeith Stadium.
The Bainfield name is yet to be inscribed on the coveted national silverware and the latest challengers from The Hutchison Crossway Stadium is the trio of Aimee Robertson, Karen Tumblety, and Marion Dickson. The Dickson skipped trio head down the bypass for a prelim round tilt at the Dumbarton triple of Bryony Thomson, Emma McIntyre, and Michelle Keenan with the prize for winning, a first round match against Stirling or Teviotdale. The consolation for losing is perhaps also a reward in the shape of a dash back to Bainfield in time for the Children’s Christmas Party.
The West Lothian challenge is in the hands of Lynne Greer, Jenifer Richardson, and Lisa Barrett who have a bye into the first round proper and line up against a trio from the West of Scotland IBC.
Balbardie- like their West Lothian neighbours – seek a first title success in the triples but are well equipped the make the big breakthrough with their trio of Kim Ross, Sharon Leitch, and Lorraine Malloy capable of making a strong challenge.
However it has to be said that Malloy and Co face a severe test in their first round match against East Fife trio Havanna Clark, Karen McAndrew, and Ceila Smith. The final stages of the national championship – the last four – takes place