The ladies of East Lothian IBC have marched into the quarterfinals of The Scottish Cup with a super-charged performance that saw them score a commanding 8-2 points victory over Stirling at Edinburgh venue Bainfield.Read More
Inspired double figure wins on three rinks skipped by Janet Fairnie, Yvonne Veitch and recent world bowls Bronze medallist Lauren Baillie were supported by a massive 126-53 shot margin supremacy. Stirling did put up a show on the fourth rink but their narrow two shot defeat of Gillian Mackintosh was a finely balanced ding-dong affair that could have tipped either way. The stars from the Alex Marshall Arena are managed by Sheena Currie who said Another tremendous result for the ladies and there is a real buzz around the camp that we could go far in this years cup competition.
Having launched their Cup campaign with a surprise 9-1 demolishing of premier league playoff finalists Midlothian the pathway into the semi finals on Saturday March 18 stands blocked by Bathgate based club Balbardie at a venue still to be determined.
Lauren Baillie produced the headline performance against Stirling having been imposingly authoritative in skipping Margaret Murray, Jean Russell, and Megan Kivlin to a brilliantly dazzling 40-11 win over Jane Dowell. Janet Fairnie was also in superlative form to skip Hazel Fender (making her debut), Cathy Ward, and Alicia Irvine to a whopping 39-10 win over Margaret Holden while the rink of Melissa Penman, Muriel Hamilton, Nancy McNeil, and Yvonne Veitch crushed Shona Neaves, 28-11. Gillian Mackintosh and her front-three of Pat Turner, Rosemary Mackintosh, and Irene Gray came close to making it an EL clean sweep; but were nipped 21-19 by Rose Smith.
Balbardie followed up their wins over Tweedbank, and East Fife with an impressive 9-1 victory over Falkirk at Dalkeith.
The latest letter to drop through the letterbox of Bellsburn star Gary Clelland broke the news of his selection in the team to represent Scotland in the Para Bowls Home Nations Championship at Newport, Wales, over the weekend of Friday April 21. England and Wales make up the three-nation event and the performance levels of individual team members is of major importance as the championship is part of a selection pathway that leads to the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games being staged in Australia.
Alex Marshall MBE hopes to light up Blackpool next week with the record six times World Indoor Singles Champion targeting the Co-operative Funeralcare sponsored International Open being staged Newton Hall IBC from March 5 to 10. The world renowned Tattie is the No3 seed and opens against Billy Jackson of England in Mondays first round action.