Stacey bowled over by awards success

Stacey McDougall, Scottish Ladies Player of the Year.
Stacey McDougall, Scottish Ladies Player of the Year.
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Midlothian took centre stage at the first ever Scottish Indoor Bowling Awards night, winning three awards and having one of the first inductees in the Hall of Fame.

Midlothian Indoor Bowling Club’s Stacey McDougall won both the Scottish Ladies Young Player of the Year and the Scottish Ladies Player of the Year awards.

Midlothian IBC was also awarded Scottish Indoor Club of the Year.

And Midlothian IBC’s Jeanette Conlan, the most capped ladies player in Scottish indoor history, became one of the first inductees into Scottish Indoor Bowling’s Hall of Fame during the ceremony.

Stacey said of her awards: “I wasn’t expecting to win anything and I’m actually in shock that I have won two awards.

“But I’m honoured that folk have actually voted for me and they believe in me.

“I had a good season, considering I’ve got a young child. I have had to try and balance it all out so to come out with two British titles and my Scottish titles, and make the high performance squad make me feel very proud.”

In an exceptional season, Stacey won the Scottish Under-25 Singles title, the British Isles Under-25 Singles title and British Isles Fours title.

She played third in International Series and was also skip for Midlothian as they won the Scottish Knockout Cup.

It has been a fantastic year for the Dalkeith-based club. Three members won Scottish titles and won British Isles gold medals.

Midlothian IBC’s Billy Peacock said: “We are really chuffed to win this award.

“The club really strives to do all it can for the members so it was absolutely magnificent to win.”

Meanwhile, Midlothian IBC’s Jeanette Conlan was honoured after becoming one of the first inductees into Scottish Indoor Bowling’s Hall of Fame.

Jeanette achieved 69 caps during the period 1984 to 2009, she won the Ladies Singles in 1984-5 and is a five-time Scottish Ladies Fours Champion.

She said: “It’s absolutely fantastic to win this award – it’s a great honour and I’m delighted for myself and for Midlothian Indoor Bowling Club. I think the Hall of Fame is a brilliant idea.

“It has been a long time thought about and a long time coming and I’m, sure it will do very well in the future.

“It will hopefully encourage more youngsters to take up the sport as well and the awards themselves.

“It was a wonderful night and I’m really pleased for everyone involved.”