The 16-time Water of Leith League champions Carrick Knowe have stunned city bowling circles by making a formal application to join the Edinburgh Bowling League (EBL).
Carrick Knowe have been giants of the Water of Leith League in recent times having captured the Division 1 title in six of the last seven years and that dominance was demonstrated by this season’s 11-point gap between them and second placed Slateford.
The decision to switch to the Alpha Trophies-sponsored EBL won’t have been taken lightly by the membership of Carrick Knowe as they have been passionate supporters of the proud WOL traditions that span over 100 years.
There is no declaration of intent from the reigning champions to resign their membership of the WOL but that may be because they face an anxious wait until early December to find out if the AGM of the EBL accepts their application.
The EBL is 37 clubs strong with a 1st sixteens structure that comprises four competitive divisions and it will take a two-thirds majority from the constituent clubs present for Carrick Knowe to be accepted into membership.
“The EBL was formed in 1995 with the vision of embracing the whole of Edinburgh and although our objective to provide a competitive and meaningful league system found favour with the East League, the North West League, and the Port of Leith League, we failed to attract the ten-club Water of Leith League,” said EBL President Robert Donaldson.
“It is therefore in line with our founding mission statement to be a professional organisation providing opportunity across the spectrum that helps bowlers develop and fulfil their potential in enjoyable circumstances that the Management Committee of the EBL welcome and are excited by an application to join from Carrick Knowe.”
When Carrick Knowe compete in Capital-wide events they show legitimate claims to rivalling EBL giants Craigentinny as the No. 1 club as they are the current E&L Top Five Champions and last year’s Edinburgh Top Ten champions.
“There is no doubt that we are hungry to parade our skills in EBL events as they provide an ultra competitive environment that would be stimulating and beneficial to the progressive ambitions of our club,” said icon figure Colin Mitchell.