Queensberrys capture of the 2nd XVI Division 1 Title of the Alpha Trophies Edinburgh Bowling League is the clubs first inscription on the treasured silverware of the high spirited 1st XVI ghosts and it was delivered by a super charged recovery from a 9-0 thumping in their opening match.Read More
We visited record 11 times champions Craigentinny in our first fixture and did’nt land a blow on them however we bounced off the canvas in terrific style to beat Hillside 9-0 on our home patch then scored brilliant away wins over Tanfield, 8-1,and defending champions Carrick Knowe, 7-2 related a spokesman. A fired up and revitalised Queenberry went on to win nine of their 14 fixtures, including a 7-2 retaliation at home to Craigentinny, and their final points total of 75 was nine points more than their early season masters.
Craigentinny finished in third place some 2 points adrift of Northern (68) while 2017 champions Carrick Knowe came fourth (65) followed by Bainfield (65), Tanfield (60), Parkside (54) and Hillside (51).
Wardie is a club boasting three celebrations of landing the Division 2 honours in the tough and demanding world of 2nd XVI play in the EBL and the number is now four having topped the table six points clear of Corstorphine. The champions had helped their cause with 9-0 wins over Brunstane (H), Willowbrae (H and A), Dudley (H), also beating Maitland (H), 8-1, as over the piece they only won 9 games to the 11 of Corstorphine. The final table reading, Wardie 85, Corstorphine 79, Brunsatne 73½, Postal 69, Goldenacre 65, Maitland 59, Willowbrae 38½, Dudley 35.
Slateford dominated the race for the Division 3 title with the legendary Water of Leith migrants inspired by 9-0 wins at home to London Road Foundry and Blackhall and away to Liberton and Mayfield. Summerside and Leith won the same number of games as the champions (9/14) but finished second and third respectively. The final table reading, Slateford 76, Summerside 66, Leith 65, Sighthill 55, Colinton 50, Mayfield 49, LRF 43, Liberton 36.
It is greatly to the credit of the EBL (1996) that its objective of providing competitive and meaningful league and knockout bowling (1998) to its membership reaches deep into the grassroots to embrace a 3rd Team scenario.
The 2018 benefactors in terms of basking in the end of season limelight and celebrating the achievement of being hailed and crowned as Champions are the enthusiastic lower rung players of Corstorphine, Carrick Knowe, and Tramways. Corstorphine won 8 of their 14 games to capture the Division 1 title with 42 points, ahead of West End (39), Craigentinny A (38), Maitland A (35), Dean (33), Maitland B (32), Wardie (31), and Queensberry (30).
Carrick Knowe were colossal performers to capture the Division 2 honours with an unbeaten 12 wins out of 12 that saw them amass 54 points and fish 15 clear of second placed Brunstane. The other placings were, Craigentinny B (33), Craigmillar Park (25), LRF (22), Willowbrae (21), Ferranti (16).
Tramways clinched the We Are The Champions acclaim in Division 3 and in nail biting circumstances having finished a ½ point ahead of Merchiston. The table after 10 games reading, Tramways 35½, Merchiston 35, Leith 27, Summerside 20½, Whitehouse & Grange 18, Trinity 14.
Friday’s final of the WLBA Seniors Top Ten played at Stoneyburn saw Ratho capture the title for the first time and in commanding style as they outgunned Mid Calder in all four disciplines to win 8-0.
Spearhead figure Norrie Alexander kicked on from 15-10 in the Singles to hit 21 with a run of 1, 2, 1, 2 to beat Stan Gardiner in 20-ends. Jim Speirs the reigning County Singles Champion proper skipped George Bruce to a 15-7 win over John Jamieson and Jim Gow in the Pairs while the Triple of Jim Burns Stan Lumsden and Stuart Smith beat Alan Findlay, Bob Garioch, and Phil Harvey, 23-11. The rink of Tam Hill, Tam Sibbald, George Fairley and Murray Paxton won the Fours at the 13-8 expense of Bruce Wardropper Ian Hill, George Wardie, and Brian Fairley. Ratho Seniors are also the inaugural winners of the DMW Knockout Cup.