East Lothian IBC is bidding to have its name etched on the silverware of the ladies Scottish Fours Championship for a first time and are well in the mix for the 2016 title having reached the semi finals stage with their rink comprising Dee Hoggan, Margaret Thomson, Yvonne Veitch, and Janet Fairnie.
East Lothian then faced a monumental mountain to climb in the second round presenting itself in the shape of national treasure Julie Forrest and her Teviotdale front-three of Betty Gibson, Ruth Jones, and Joyce Dickey. The confrontation with the six times national singles champion and her fellow Borderers did develop into an epic battle that was even more closely fought than the final 24-18 score in favour of Fairnie and her rink suggests.
East Lothian then faced Glasgow travellers Whiteinch in the section final where a strong start to develop a good lead blossomed into a commanding 24-11 victory over Audrey Cameron, Ann Marie Taggart, Natalie Docherty and full cap Lorna Cameron.
The Bainfield rink of Heather Stoddart, Kate McVey, Anna Anderson, and full cap Mandy O’Donnell made a brilliant start to their campaign in claiming the prelim round scalp of Midlothian’s Margaret Porter, Alison Plenderleith, Gaynor Duncan, and Stacey McDougall. Plenderleith, Duncan, and McDougall were three parts of the rink that brought the national title back to The Dalkeith Stadium in 2014 so Bainfield’s nail biting 20-18 victory was a feather in their cap – especially as they were avenging a last end defeat in the 2014 semi finals. Raised hopes and expectations in the Bainfield camp were soon squashed however with O’Donnell and her rink sentenced to the sidelines by a painful 27-12 Glasgow Kiss planted on them by the aforementioned Whiteinch. “Our hope had been raised then very quickly dashed but that is the nature of bowls”, reflected O’Donnell.
West Lothian’s campaign was even more short lived than Bainfield with their experienced rink of Creena Docherty, Irene Wright, Carole Clarkson, and former cap Margaret Russell making a 23-14 exit to Perth in the prelim round.
Balbardie IBC paraded their skills in the section hosted by Glasgow IBC and an encouraging first round result saw the rink of Kim Ross, Delia Flannigan, Margo Duff, and Sharon Leitch deliver an impressive 25-11 exit to Lanarkshire.
And the hopes of the Balbardie camp soared when Leitch skipped her rink to a high scoring 30-21 victory over the Stirling four of Sheila Marshall, Irene Mackin, Evelyn Dickson, and Christina Watson to enter the section final.
But the dream of a place in the semi finals stage at Falkirk IBC on the weekend of April 2 and 3 quickly evaporated in the shape of a severe anti climax 26-3 defeat at the hands of Auchinleck’s, Hannah Smith, Stacey Wylie, Bunty Mackin, and Claire Johnston. The line up at Falkirk reads, East Kilbride v Auchinleck; East Lothian v Turriff.