West Barns win Jubilee Cup again

Scott Kennedy (library pic)
Scott Kennedy (library pic)
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West Barns have retained the prestigious Jubilee Cup and now go forward to represent East Lothian in the Scottish Inter County Top Ten Tournament for a sixth time.

“We were runners-up in the national championship in 2007 and semi-finalists this season so the club is excited that we will be challenging for the 2015 title with a strong team,” said team captain Scott Kennedy.

Haddington provided stiff opposition in the final at Gifford and the outcome went right down to the wire with the points shared 4-4 and West Barns triggering the victory salute with a shot margin of +4.

Wins in the Pairs and Triples tipped the scales for the defending champions who were put under pressure by their losses to Haddington in the Singles and Fours.

Kennedy – who earned his debut caps for Scotland this season – is a major ingredient in the West Barns Top Ten and played a significant role in skipping Kevin Thomson to a seven- shot win over Haddington’s Pair of Stewart Thomson and Gary McNab.

The battle for supremacy in the Triples was an epic and tense affair before Gary Landells skipped Ian Knox and Ian Thorburn to a nail-biting three-shot win over Graeme Wilson, Gordon Hunter, and Billy Dunleavy.

Haddington had drawn first blood and it was an early morale booster for them with their spearhead figure Glenn Blair just getting it on the nod to win a 21-20 thriller against West Barns icon Alister Kennedy of international reputation.

The knife-edge climax to the match result was then set up by the Haddington Rink of Chris Black, Charlie Sobolewski, Jamie Blair and Angus Blair who inflicted a five-shot defeat on Dougie Kennedy, Robert Wilson, Calum Gordon and Scott Thorburn in the Fours.

Earlier in the day West Barns had defeated Cockenzie & Port Seton in their semi-final while Haddington progressed at the expense of Castlepark.

Meanwhile, The annual East Linton Open Singles tournament takes place on Monday, September 15 and entries are now being accepted by calling the Secretary on 01620 860654.