Bowls: Aitken and Fallen lead Lothian call-ups

Ewan Fallen and Jamie Aitken, below.
Ewan Fallen and Jamie Aitken, below.
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FOUR Lothian gents have been called up for the 2014 indoor bowls Under-25 International Trial at Abbeyview, Dunfermline, on Sunday, December 1.

While there is no representation in the 32-strong line up from the Capital itself, East Lothian’s Ewan Fallen has been rewarded for strong and consistent form in the Premier League with the chance to win a spot in the BIBC Under-25 International series, scheduled for County Antrim IBC in Northern Ireland from February 7-9.

Jamie Aitken, who first came to prominence with Bainfield, will be joined by Midlothian team-mate Jamie MacNab at the trial.

The big-name presence from the Lothian area is the 2012/13 international team captain Calum Logan, who has 12 junior caps and won The Scotland Champion of Champions Title last season. The West Lothian star was Under-25 National Singles champion in 2011 runner up in 2013.

Meanwhile, Bainfield ace Mandy O’Donnell was an enforced absentee from competitive play last season, but is set to return to the national limelight with serious ambition to add to the massively impressive 25 caps she has won at Junior Scotland level.

O’Donnell is named in the ladies’ Under-25 International Trial match to be played at Abbeyview IBC on Sunday, December 1 and she will have former cap and colleague Alison McDougall of Portobello for company.

The East Lothian banner is strongly represented – and deservedly – so with the 15-times capped Emma Brown joined by last season’s debut cap Kim Hoggan and her previously capped sister Dee.

The Midlothian camp is more than hopeful that Stacey Laidlaw and Megan Grantham can add to their junior international record, with Grantham making her debut last season and 
Laidlaw having 12 caps to her name.

Lisa Barrett has chalked up 18 caps under the West Lothian IBC banner and she remains in contention to add more, as does her club-mate Jennifer Richardson, who has six so far.