Queensberry have thrown an early spanner in the works by pulling off an incredible 7-2 victory over strong title favourites Craigentinny in last night’s second round of fixtures in Division 1 of the Alpha Trophies sponsored Edinburgh Bowling League.
Craigentinny were piped for last year’s title by Parkside but immediately previous to that had been the EBL kingpins three years on the trot and the pre-season vibes were that they were fired up to re-capture the crown and reign as champions once again.
Victory at home over Parkside in the opening match suggested that the five-times champions could go on and deliver comfortably on a record-equalling sixth but the jury is now out on that.
Wins on the Queensberry rinks skipped by Brian Pollard, Frank O’Reilly, and Tam Ebbs also secured the bonus point with the home team even in comfort-zone territory with their astonishing 79-63 aggregate superiority.
“This is a great result for us as survival in the top flight is always our first ambition and a 5-4 win over the big guns of Craigentinny would have us dancing on the green but a 7-2 takes us into wonderland,” said spokesman Alan Watson.
Parkside, meanwhile were getting their defence of the title back on track with a whopping 9-0 win at home to newly-promoted Mayfield.
Wins on all four rinks, skipped by Alex Hurry, Robert Donaldson, Darren Smith and Paul Veitch powering them to a 92-39 aggregate suggests Mayfield will struggle in the top flight.
Tanfield – record six-times champions but the last success in 2006 – are the early leaders following an excellent 7-2 home win over last season’s Division 2 champions, Maitland.
Wins on the rinks skipped by Robert White, Graeme McIntosh and David Snodgrass did the trick for Tanfield – Mal Higgenbotham lost to Jim Robertson.
Pilrig scored a 5-4 home win over Northern.
Meanwhile, Hillside – relegated from Division 1 – whizzed up the league table in Division 2 with a 9-0 win at home to Goldenacre.
Summerside are sitting top of Division 2 following last night’s 6-3 home win over Wardie.