Midlothian IBC host the first major national calendar event of the New Year over this weekend with the Dalkeith Stadium a popular venue for the staging of the first set of 2018/19 Scottish Finals the highlight of which is the Thomas Taylor sponsored Singles.Read More
West Lothian IBC provide the Edinburgh & Lothian interest in the Gents singles with internationalist Bryan Cooper from the Inveralmond Stadium in Livingston carrying the banner into semi final action against Gordon McKenzie of Coatbridge.
The other semi final features 2015/16 champion John Fleming Jnr of Inverclyde against defending champion Paul Foster MBE of Prestwick who is bidding to complete a three-in-a-row hat trick and add to his first success in 1998/99.
Julie Forrest of Teviotdale is the dominating figure in the Ladies quartet as the six times champion, quiet since her last one in 2012/13,opens her bid for a magnificent seventh against Laura Welsh of Whiteinch.
The other semi features Melanie Darroch of Elgin against two times champion Lynn Stein, 2012 and 2014, of East Fife.
John Fleming Jnr, is double-handed as the 2015 champion competes again for the Junior Singles title with holder Jason Banks of Garioch his semi final opponent while Jak Miller of Aberdeen and John Meikle of Blantyre are also in the title frame.
The challenge for the Ladies version features Eilidh Weir of Alloa versus Rebecca Houston of Prestwick; and 2017 champion Carla Banks of Garioch versus Kimberley Dodds of Falkirk.
Midlothian have a home star to cheer in the Under 18 Singles in the shape of emerging talent Ellie Borthwick who lines up in her semi final against Liam Sharpe of Dumbarton while the other semi features Bradley Buchan of Fraserburgh against David Eaton of Blantyre.
Play in the 2Bowl Pairs is a Lothian Free Zone with the line up in the Gents featuring;
Bobby Brown and Brian Irvine of Blantyre v Derek McNicol and Paul Hay of Stonehaven; Stuart Pagan and Paul Brown of Abbeyview v George McCartney and Ryan Langdon of Glasgow.
And in the Ladies; Nicola Orr and Kimberley Dodds of Falkirk v Hannah Smith and Claire Johnston of Auchinleck; Claire Ewing and Sara Jane Ewing of Headwell v Leanne Furye and Caroline Ruxton of Arbroath.
Semi Finals Order of Play Sat 10am:
Ladies J/S, Weir v Houston; U/18 S, Borthwick v Sharpe; Gents J/S, Fleming v Banks; Ladies 2B P, Falkirk v Auchinleck Gents 2B, P Abbeyview v Glasgow; 12-30pm Ladies 2B Pairs, Headwell v Arbroath; U/18 S, Buchan v Easton; Gents 2B P, Blantyre v Stonehaven: Ladies S, Darroch v Stein; Gents S, Cooper v McKenzie. 3pm Ladies J/S, Banks v Dodds; Gents J/S, Miller v Meikle; Ladies S: Forrest v Welsh; Gents S Fleming v Foster.
Finals Sunday. 10am; Gents J/S; Ladies 2B Pairs; Gents 2B Pairs; U/18 Singles.
1pm: Ladies Singles; Gents Singles; Ladies J/S.
Midlothian IBCs end of year M&F Funeral Services sponsored Christmas Spectacular Open Triples event made a for a busy Dalkeith Stadium with the spectators treated to A Master Class of bowling skills that climaxed with a triumphant victor salute from Alex Marshall MBE and his front two of Steven Morgan and Paul Foster MBE.
Marshall & Co captured the main prize and honours with victory in the final over Tevor Taylor, Scott Kennedy, and Billy Mellors having defeated defending champions Martin Rice, Graeme Archer, and David Peacock in the semi finals.
While Mellors reached the final with a win over gold medal trio Ronnie Duncan, Derek Oliver, and Darren Burnett.
A special Christmas Pairs event staged by West Lothian IBC and sponsored by J Gas was won by Richard Mark and Mark Allison who defeated Bryan Cooper and Neil Speirs in the final.
The sad passing of Colin Russell a Past President of the Scottish IBA and his club West Lothian IBC has robbed the bowls community nationwide of a popular and highly respected figure who gave many years of dedicated service to the sport.
The funeral of Colin an Honorary Life member of the SIBA takes place at 12noon on Tuesday 8th January at the West Lothian Crematorium, Livingston, EH54 8SF. The thoughts of the Bowls Community at Large are with his wife Margaret and Family.