THE senior brigade from East Lothian Labour signed off their competitive 2018 outdoor season by capturing a mainstream county honour in the shape of the coveted ELBA John McDonald Trophy.

The final at Haddington Bowling Club last Thursday afternoon pitched East Lothian Labour against Ormiston and it developed into an epic battle.

Action over the two-rink format made it a compelling attraction for the supporters on the banking as the outcome hung in the balance before East Lothian Labour clinched a narrow victory.

Ian Anderson, president of the winning club, said: “Our success comes only a couple of weeks after our Friday night side captured the Division 3 title and our double success represents a tremendous achievement for our small club.”

Turning attention to the indoor season, East Lothian Indoor Bowling Club is now fully open with the Top Four tournament as well as the morning, afternoon and evening leagues all having commenced.

Membership fees remain the same at £58 for full members and £30 for Junior Membership whilst all members are reminded that all fees are to be paid by this Sunday.

Rink fees remain at £3 and £4 for non-members.

Meanwhile, the highly acclaimed youth coaching set-up at East Lothian Indoor Bowling Club begins tomorrow (Friday), 2-4pm, with coaching from ages 7-17 run by junior internationalist Megan Kivlin.

On Saturdays, 8-10am, there will be intermediate coaching for youths who hope to play for the youth county side and progress their bowling skills.

Hat Games take place at the club every Monday at 10am, Tuesday at 2pm and Saturday at noon – they are open to both members and non-members and would be an excellent introduction to the game for new bowlers or outdoor players wanting to sample the indoor game.

The talented senior side played their first competitive game in the East B section of the Scottish Senior Leagues yesterday (Wednesday) when they played host to Hawick based club Teviotdale.

The selectors handed debuts to Andy Burt and Ali McKenna while they fielded a strong set of skips in Willie Wood, Alastair Russell, Dougie Berwick and Tommy Young, who is captain for the second consecutive year.

And the ladies side get their national league campaign underway next Saturday (October 6) with a challenging trip to Midlothian while the gents side enter the fray on Saturday, October 14 at Dunfermline-based Abbeyview.

l PLAYERS and officials from East Lothian Indoor Bowling Club will descend on Glasgow at the weekend for a prestigious national awards ceremony.

Representatives from clubs across the Garden County will attend the Scottish Indoor Bowling Association (SIBA) annual awards evening at Glasgow Indoor Bowling Club.

East Lothian IBC will collect the Scottish Indoor Club of the Year award while Commonwealth Games hero Derek Oliver is a nomination for Scottish Indoor Gents Player of the Year.

Megan Kivlin is on the shortlist for the Scottish Indoor Ladies Young Player of the Year, while Garden County legends Alex Marshall and Willie Wood both feature in the shortlist. for the the Inspirational Performance of the Year category.