Portobello welcome back a major talent in the shape of 26-year-old Chris Steven, who breaks a self-imposed exile to help his indoor bowls club in their campaign to win promotion from the lower echelons of the national league system.
Bowls Scotland has announced the 26 bowlers to form the new elite squad. The 14 men and 12 women are the core players who will represent Scotland at events leading up to the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games.
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Reigning national Top Ten champions Kirkliston will bid to retain the White Knights-sponsored West Lothian title when tackling Newbridge in the final at Uphall Station tomorrow (2pm).
CARRICK KNOWE step up their defence of the Edinburgh Top Ten title against their great Water of Leith rivals Bainfield in the semi-final action at Dudley tomorrow (2.00pm) while the other clash features EBL clubs Craigentinny and Leith at Maitland.
The relegation battle in Division 1 of the Alpha Trophies- sponsored Edinburgh Bowling League remains a cliffhanger after a waterlogged green caused last night's match between Goldenacre and Leith to be abandoned.
Scott MACKINTOSH of London Road Foundry bowls club staged a spectacular escape to victory against Andrew Caldwell of Craigentinny in the second round of the Broughton Properties and Kelly Joiners sponsored Edinburgh & Leith Tait Trophy, played in front of a big crowd at Mayfield BC.
GRANT Logan of Kirkliston won the Scotmid Co-operative-sponsored 13th West Lothian Masters for a record-equalling third time and picked up £1000 when defeating defending champion Gary Smith of Linlithgow in the final.
THOMAS MANN, the No.8 seed from Newbridge, was a fifth round faller in last night's action of the Scotmid-sponsored 13th West Lothian Masters, with the 30-year old Scotland Cap making a dramatic 21-20 exit to Ryan Miller of Buchan Park.
The reputation of Hillside as the great survivors in Division 1 of the Alpha Trophies-sponsored Edinburgh Bowling League was boosted by a tremendous 8-1 away victory over Leith last night.
The Tait Trophy - sponsored by Broughton Properties and Kelly Joiners - has swung into its preliminary-round action with Slateford star Robert Marshall bidding to etch his name on the famous E&L Champion of Champions Silverware for a fourth time.
Yvonne VEITCH plays her bowls with a winning mentality, and her positive approach paid her a rich dividend in the shape of the Ladies Singles title in the Prostate Cancer Charity sponsored Bowls Scotland championships that reached its climax at Ayr Northfield on Sunday.
A BRIGHT future in bowls is being predicted for Craigentinny's Josh Spalding, 16, after the teenager made a big impression in his debut season in the senior grade of the sport.
Title favourite David Peacock conceded his last-16 match to Denny's Stuart Hogg in the Prostate Cancer Charity Bowls Scotland singles championship in dramatic circumstances at Ayr Northfield yesterday.
BIG events need highlights to make them memorable and day three of the Bowls Scotland Championships. sponsored by The Prostate Cancer Charity, at Ayr Northfield witnessed such a moment from James Hogg of Carrick Knowe.
Teenager Josh Spalding of Craigentinny felt the pain of defeat in the final of the Junior Singles of the Prostate Cancer Charity Bowls Scotland Championships at Ayr Northfield but the team experienced the joys of victory in the Triples with club champion Andrew Caldwell skipping Darren Smith and Gary Nisbet to the title in the climax yesterday.
LORNA SMITH'S Linlithgow trio were left reeling after blowing a 19-7 lead to exit 20-19 to Galston High in yesterday's triples play in the joint Bowls Scotland Championships at Ayr Northfield.
Gillian MACKINTOSH of London Road Foundry captured the opening-day headlines with the scalp of ladies' Singles favourite Lorraine Malloy of Deans, Livingston, in the joint Bowls Scotland (Prostate Cancer) championships at Ayr Northfield.
BAINFIELD'S Mandy O'Donnell used her knowledge of her home green to the fullest when she captured the Women's Under-25 British Isles Championships Singles crown in the climax to the major bowls event.
The Edinburgh challenge for the gent's Singles title in the joint national championships that swing into five-day action at Ayr Northfield tomorrow is in skilful hands with the talents of Paul O'Donnell and Andrew Sneddon representing the banner.
East Lothian won a thrilling Scottish Cities & Counties title decider against Ayrshire South to regain the Andrew Hamilton Trophy at Townholm in Kilmarnock yesterday.