Edinburgh Weekly News 3/11

Opportunity Knocks over this weekend at Falkirk IBC for the emerging talents of the Junior Brigade of Bowlers across the 5 Lothian clubs as they parade their skills in the play-down action of the national Under 25 Singles Championship.

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Mark McIntosh carries the Bainfield banner into the prelim round action against Marc McIntosh of Stonehaven while Aaron Betts represents East Lothian against Berwickshire.

Nathan McKendrick launches his bid for glory again Keiran Alexander of Forfar while the yet to be declared warrior from Balbardie does battle against the prominent Connor Milne from Turriff. Liam McKay – who joins McIntosh and Betts as Edinburgh based outdoor stars – is the standard bearer for Midlothian and opens in the first round against Alloa.

Falkirk also plays host to the Junior Ladies with prominent challenges expected from Megan Kivlin (East Lothian) and Ellie Borthwick (Midlothian). There is no representation from West Lothian while the names for Bainfield and Balbardie are unpublished.

Bainfield’’s bid to complete a hat trick of opening wins in the gents B Division of the indoor bowls Premier League was denied by a 22 shot defeat (83-61) from fellow three-in-a row seekers Midlothian at Dalkeith. Midlothian made home environment count with an especially strong finish tipping the scales of a hard fought battle in their favour — the home side posting wins on three of the four rinks.

Billy Peacock was the ace figure in triggering the rapturous applause of a jubilant home support as he turned trumps at the expense of iconic Bainfield figure Robert Marshall – skipping Jamie Macnab, Liam McKay, and Kevin McDougall to a resounding 33-11 victory. Peacock was particularly proud of his rinks inspiring recovery from 10-8 down after 10 ends and highlighted by contributing to storming last six ends tidal wave across the carpet that overwhelmed the visitors, 31-14.

Colin Walker also waded in to skip Ian Forbes, John Stevenson, and Dougie Russell to a 21-14 win over John McDermott while the rink of Jack Macnab, AJ Knight, Jim Cullen and Commonwealth Games gold medal hero Ronnie Duncan edged an 18-15 win over Paul O’Donnell. Bainfield did manage to leave a mark on Midlothian with James Hogg skipping Steven Pilley, David McNair, and Danny Gormley to an excellent 21-11 win over Graham Archer.

Meanwhile, East Lothian suffered a serious setback at Turriff with the stars from ‘the garden county’ failing to land a blow in a heavy 34 shot defeat (99-65) that saw all four rinks finishing adrift of their respective oppositions.

A change of scenery worked wonders for a previously winless West Lothian  team that finally got off the mark with an encouraging performance to beat Aberdeen by 8 shots (77-69) in the A Division of the PL. Wins for brothers Neil and James Speirs and supported by Craig Moss signalled a welcome return to winning form for the section favourites and the only setback came in the shape of a double figure defeat inflicted on Calum Logan. Neil Speirs posted his first win of the campaign by skipping Bryan Cooper, Ian Drysdale, and Des Hagart to a 22-14 triumph over G Forbes and the rink of Richard Mark, Connor McKendrick, Gary Orr, and James Speirs emulated that 8 shot margin at the 25-17 expense of A Thomson. A closer call for Craig Moss and his front-three of George Sneddon, Dougie Mitchell, and Jamie Aitken saw them battle to a 16-13 win over K Pirie while Nathan McKendrick, Raymond Logan, Cameron Greer, and Calum Logan lost 25-14 to S Thomson. WL now trail undefeated leaders Falkirk and West of Scotland by 4 points and share the 2 point mark with Aberdeen and Lanarkshire while Elgin have zero points.

Balbardie had to settle for a share of the points in a 71-71 battle for supremacy on home territory against Dundee in Division 1 North but remain in the promotion mix just one point adrift of joint leaders Fraserburgh, Cumbernauld, and Coatbridge.

Depressing outcomes in the play-down action of the Ladies National Singles staged at Glasgow IBC saw the representation from all 5 Lothian clubs depart the scene before the quarterfinal stage. Jenifer Richardson of West Lothian did best with wins over with a first round win (21-3) over Stirling before making her exit at the 21-7 hands of Laura Welsh of Whiteinch – who did go on to qualify for the Last Four.

East Lothian (Janet Fairnie) beat Coatbridge in the prelim then lost 21-8 to Blantyre and another first round fallers was Anna Anderson of Bainfield – losing to Kate Stevenson of Ardrossan. Prelim round exits were made by Kim Ross of Balbardie and Stacey McDougall of Midlothian. Welsh was joined in the semi finals line up at Midlothian IBC On January 5th by Julie Forrest (Teviotdale), Melanie Darroch (Elgin) and Lynn Stein of East Fife,

The results of this weeks play in the East B section of the gents Seniors League are; Midlothian 47 West Lothian 56; Bainfield 54 East Lothian 64; Tweedbank 57 Teviotdale 68.