Woman’s bowling in the Capital took a groundbreaking step forward last night with the Edinburgh Bowling League launching an all-female competition for the first time since the league was formed 17 years ago, writes STEWART MEIKLE.
“Setting up a Ladies’ Evening League under the umbrella of the EBL brings an exciting new dimension to our sport and I am delighted that ten of our 38 member clubs have signed up for this venture that comes with no extra cost to them,” said EBL president John Newall.
“Brunstane, Goldenacre, Hillside, Jessfield, Liberton, London Road Foundry, Maitland, Tanfield, Wardie and Willowbrae are each fielding two rinks to compete on a one home and one away basis and the expectation is that the opportunity we are giving women to play at night rather than the afternoon will be welcomed by more and more clubs in the future.
“If successful then we will consider introducing events similar to our gents knockout championships.”
Newall (Hillside) and EBL immediate past president Brian Higgins (Maitland) had to adopt neutral roles as they watched their respective clubs go head to head in last night’s history making inaugural league fixture. And it is perhaps fitting that the match result after a thrilling climax was a 2½-2½ share of the points with Hillside winning 16-9 at home but losing 22-15 at Maitland.
Maitland looked certain to capture the bonus point in full for the aggregate score until a last-end single for Violet Winton saw her skip her Hillside rink of Janice Aitchison, Jackie Dawson and Evelyn Lockwood to a 16-9 win over Fiona Holm, Gail Dickson, Mairi Morris and Alison McDougall.
But even greater drama at Maitland saw the Hillside rink of Lorraine Livingstone, Mo Munro, Erin Gornall and June Woodall lose 22-15, but influence the aggregate with a 4, 1 finish against Elaine Walker, Wilma Robertson, Lorraine Fraser and Florence Brodie.