Edinburgh Top Ten champions Slateford have a high profile history and re-enter the national scene of the Co-operative Funeralcare sponsored Scottish Inter County event this weekend with a long haul journey to the picturesque peninsula of Kintyre where they face their Argyll & Bute counterparts Argyll of Campeltown.Read More
Slateford reigned as national Champions back in1996 and 1997 then knocked on the door in the 2013 final while last seasons capture of The Edinburgh Crown was their sixth celebration on the local scene. Robert Marshall is Slateford’s major asset and the now 52 year old with the awesome record of 19 club championship wins, 5 Tait Trophy crowns, national singles finalist, 15 international series, and a British Isles Fours title, all to his credit is inspirational as the spearhead figure in the Singles. Marshall – older brother of the celebrated Tattie – is supported in Sunday’s first round action by the high profile Ramsay brothers, Gordon and Andrew. Gordon skips Dougie Martin and Scott Brunton in the Triples while Andrew is at the helm for Ronnie Ramsay (brother), and the McAdam brothers Grant and Graham, in the Fours. Current E&L Hamilton Trophy star Jamie Gracie skips Alan Brash in the Pairs. “We carry the Edinburgh Banner with pride and always aim to play to the best of our abilities with the hope that that makes us good enough to be winners”, said a spokesman for Slateford.
Meanwhile the prelim round action produced good news outcomes for East Lothian champions Tranent and their Midlothian counterparts, Bonnyrigg however a bad result for West Lothian saw Newbridge stumble to a surprise home defeat. Tranent entertained Inverurie of Aberdeen & Kincardine at Polson Park and suffered an opening setback with spearhead figure John Mccrorie always against the collar in a 21-13 defeat from Jason Banks in the Singles. The home sides fight back started in the Triples with Alex Cormack, David Whitson and Jamie Higgins exploding from 4-4 to a 20-5 triumph then Matthew Osborne conjured up a magic 1, 1, 3 finish to skip Kevin Cunningham, David Sands, and Kevin Jones to a 17-16 win in the Fours. The Jim Bonner/Brian Young partnership came from 4-7 in the Pairs to add a 21-14 victory.
Bonnyrigg were kick started by a hard fought 21-16 for Ronnie Duncan in the Singles and the champions of 2009 and 2014 went on to score an 8-0 win at home to Lochgelly of West Fife.
Newbridge got off to a good start with Thomas Mann’s 21-14 win the Singles; but The Pairs lost 19-13, the Triples 13-11, and the Fours 16-11.
This Sunday’s action also features Tranent away to Rock of Dunbartonshire, and Bonnyrigg at home to Bankfoot of Perthshire.
Tonight’s third round of fixtures in the Alpha Trophies sponsored Edinburgh Bowling League sees defending champions Parkside at home to Queensberry in an interesting battle between last seasons top two. Former E&L star Robert Ramsay returns to the Parkside line up at the expense of Willie Watson and plays in the rink skipped by Paul Veitch. The other fixtures are, Pilrig v Tanfield; Craigentinny v Maitland, Hillside v Northern.