Bowls: Bainfield Ladies through to national semis

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Bainfield’s romance with the indoor bowls Scottish 
Triples title is set to continue, but with the focus switching from the Gents’ triumphs in 2009 and 2010 to the progress of their Ladies’ trio of Kathryn O’Donnell, Mandy O’Donnell and Anna Anderson in the 2013 championship.

The Edinburgh club’s bowlers competed in the playdown action at Midlothian IBC over the weekend and were in brilliant form to score a hat-trick of wins that has secured them a place in the semi-finals at Fraserburgh on Saturday, March 30.

Having received a bye into the first round proper, wins over Balbardie, West Lothian and Abbeyview (Dunfermline) means the successful trio will now face Cumbernauld, with Arbroath and Ardrossan the other clubs in the title frame.

“It’s the first time that we have competed as a triple and it will be our first ever visit to 
Fraserburgh, so it would be a novel hat-trick of firsts were we able to etch the Bainfield name on the silverware,” said 
Kathryn O’Donnell.

It is a title chance that has come out of the blue for Kathryn – the wife of triumphant gents skip Paul O’Donnell – as she has joined forces with her sister-in-law Mandy and Anna Anderson as a substitute for Anne Watson.

“We hit it off immediately as a unit and found our individual performances to be in concert for all three of our games and to such a high pitch that we won them all without having to play the last end,” explained the lead.

Anderson and Co had 
expected a tough time from Balbardie in their opening match as the Bathgate trio of Ali Blagg, Catherine Shearer and Morven Shearer had played out of their skin to achieve a shock 21-10 win over a strong Falkirk trio in the prelims, but they were no match for 
Bainfield who won 27-9.

West Lothian trio Irene 
Taylor, Jennifer Sneddon and Wendy Purdie were next on the Bainfield hit list, the Livingston challengers having played well to deal a 23-17 exit to Mary Bryan of East Fife in the first round.

Bainfield virtually killed the WL opposition off at the fifth end where a sensational full house count of nine shots accelerated them into a 10-3 before winning 20-13.

The final of the section pitched Bainfield against Abbeyview, who became victims of another explosive opening as Anderson and Co blitzed them 14-1 over the first six ends on the way to a 26-15 victory.