Tweedbank triple wins national title

The Scottish champion ladies' triple line-up, from left, Marie Todd, Lauren Upton and Gail Lindores.
The Scottish champion ladies' triple line-up, from left, Marie Todd, Lauren Upton and Gail Lindores.

A small Borders bowling club is savouring the glory of a big achievement.

A trio from Tweedbank Indoor BC has won the Scottish National Indoor Bowls Ladies Triples title for the first time.

Marie Todd (lead), Lauren Upton (skip), who also recently gained her first Scotland cap, and Gail Lindores (second), defeated Elgin on Sunday by 20-9 in shots at the final in Aberdeen.

It’s being hailed as a superb accomplishment by the ladies for the Borders club, which is a small set-up with not a great number of members.

Club president Malcom Thin said: “It’s not something we see a lot of for our wee club, so all plaudits are well deserved. From a president’s point of view, anything like this is amazing for the club.”

The road to the final began with a 28-11 victory over Alloa, followed by a win against East Fife by 18-13.

Gail, Marie and Lauren then overcame Abbeyview 21-11 in the quarter-final and defeated Auchinleck in the semi-final by 16-6.

Christine Kellett, club secretary and lady president, said: “Most of the opposition have international players in their club, as well as a large membership to select from. The Scotland team manager was actually in the Auchinleck triple that the girls beat on the Saturday.

“Over the weekend, the performance was outstanding and this was frequently commented on throughout the stadium. It was a very well deserved win, especially for a small club like Tweedbank with so few lady members.”

The ladies will now go on to represent Scotland in the British Isles Series in March 2018, with the best wishes from everyone at Tweedbank to assure them.

It was a particularly special spell to treasure for Lauren Upton, who has previously played in the junior international squad, both indoor and outdoor, and has been invited for selection for the senior team for the past three or four years.

This year, she was finally selected and travelled to Belfast on March 9 – her birthday – initially as a reserve, and was brought in to the team for the game against England a few days later, therefore winning her first cap at senior level. Scotland were the overall winners of the series, beating Wales and Ireland, while the last game was a decider with the Auld Enemy – England – which Scotland won by about 60 shots.

“Tweedbank Indoor Bowling Club is delighted with these two results and, of course, hopes the girls go on to win the British Isles Trophy next March and that Lauren will keep her well-deserved place in the Scotland squad for years to come,” said Christine.

Lauren herself added: “I am so thrilled to be part of keeping our small club on the bowling map.”