East Lothian triples seal historic win

Margaret Thomson, Emma Brown and Yvonne Veitch
Margaret Thomson, Emma Brown and Yvonne Veitch
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East Lothian IBC celebrated a first-ever title success in the Ladies’ Triples discipline of the Scottish Indoor Bowls Championships following the heroic performances of Yvonne Veitch, Margaret Thomson and Emma Brown.

They showed strong resolve against Galleon trio Grace McCulloch, Ann Gilmour and Jean McFedries in the final and were rewarded by a hat-trick of singles that crossed them into an 8-7 lead. Then, having hit the front for the first time, they set the final alight with a sensational eight shots on end 13 to make it 16-7 with five ends to play, and they just needed four of them to wrap up an 18-11 victory.

Brown admitted: “It’s a great feeling to become a successful part of national championship history and for us to contribute to the great East Lothian tradition at this level gives us a brilliant memory to savour.”

Brown is a bright young talent with 12 full caps to her name since making her international debut in 2011 and it is a major bonus for her developing career that next season she will skip Veitch and Thomson on the bigger stage of the British Isles Championships.

“We will take a lot of confidence from this triumph and the experience gained in what was a terrific atmosphere throughout should prove invaluable for the further challenges that lie ahead,” she added.

EL saw off Aberdeen in the semis as they outfought Marion Fraser, Kathleen McIntosh and Margaret Durward 16-13.

West Lothian IBC challengers Jenifer Richardson, Lisa Barrett and Wendy Purdie made a 15-9 semi-final exit to Galleon.