Balbardie IBC stars Sharon Leitch and Lorraine Craig are two times 4Bowl Pairs Champions of Scotland and the partnership are now strong contenders to achieve a treble having qualified for the showcase climax to the 2017/18 event.Read More
The playdown section at Midlothian IBC last weekend saw the high profile Balbardie champions wow the spectators at the Dalkeith Stadium by reeling off a hat trick of wins that earned them a place in the Last Four stage at Coatbridge on the weekend of 24/25 February. Wins over Lanarkshire (24-14) and Stirling (25-7) were emphatic however the section final against fellow caps Karen McAndrew (3) and the legendary Celia Smith (54) was an epic 19-18 spectacular that went right down to the wire. Leitch (9caps) and Craig (30) trailed 18 13 with three ends to play; but stormed to victory with a whirlwind finish of 2, 3. 1. Their semi final opponents are Rosie Wood and Catherine Mcintosh of Stonehaven.
Also in contention for the title; Janette Weadon and Jean McFedries of Galleon v Anne Marie Taggart and Laura Welsh of Whiteinch.
Meanwhile Midlothian carried the Lothian banner furthest in the gents 4Bowl Pairs with Billy Peacock and Colin Walker qualifying for the semi finals from their section at Cumbernauld. Wins over Coatbridge (25-13); Bainfields Gavin Smmith and John McDermott (27-120; and Falkirk (21-16) sets up a semi final clash against Derek Murray and Raymond Clark of Fraserburgh. Also, Craig Lindsay and Paul Foster of Prestwick v Stuart Pagan and Paul Brown of Abbeyview.
The West Lothian BA is set to benefit from a £10,000 Investment Grant from West Lothian Council and one response to the generous support from the local authority is the piloting of a 16 player team Generation Game that embraces Youth Under 18; Junior Under 25; Seniors over 60; Ladies, and Mainstream Gents.The theme Invest In West Lothian is the lead sponsor on the Team Tops worn by three WLBA squads in the shape of, Hamilton Trophy; Under 25s, and Matt Purdie Seniors.
Craigentinny 12 year old Aaron Betts parades his Winter season skills as a member of East Lothian IBC where the budding starlet has just added to a recent national fours triumph by capturing the East of Scotland Under 17 singles crown. Played at the Alex Marshall Arena and sponsored by the ELIBC Pro Shop Betts topped his round robin section then conjured up magic knockout wins over Eilidh Weir of Alloa, Andrew Jamieson of Bainfield, and Ellie Borthwick of Midlothian to become the events youngest ever champion.
The Edinburgh & Leith BA has filled the vacant position of Team Manger for the 2018 Hamilton Trophy campaign by making it a joint challenge for Duncan McLaren of Edinburgh West End and Dudley veteran Ricky Rutherford.
Nominations for election to the Committee of the E&L close on 31st December and it is understood that former world stage super star, and iconic Edinburgh figure, David McGill will be a candidate.
The Management Committee of the West Lothian BA is proposing Keith Mitchell of Buchan Park BC as their nominee for the post of Secretary.
Keith was previously a member of the Blackhall club in Edinburgh and is in the record book of The Edinburgh Bowling League as its junior singles champion in 1999 and singles proper king pin in 2003.