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Monday, 29 January 2018

EL Knockout 17/18

The semi finals of the knock-out with Athelstaneford playing East Linton and Yester up against Dirleton looked, according to the corresponding score cards, looked one-sided affairs.  The reality was however something slightly different.  Both games turned on a couple of conclusive ends.  Never the less, the scores on the cards record victories by Athelstaneford (12-2) and Yester (13-4). 
The final was between Athelstaneford (skipped by an injured Johnny Shedden with 3rd Shelagh Main, 2nd Katherine Golding and lead Alex Kerr) and a strong Yester side.  This also rested on one decisive end. After a close opening 2 ends the score was 1-1 but the 3rd end proved the major turning point with Yester picking up a score of 7 which came out of the blue, as much as a 7 can ! The following 3 ends saw Yester score a further 2 shots and Athelstaneford managing 4 but the match was brought to an early finish after the 6th end with score at 10-5 in Yester’s favour. 
Well done to the Yester team of skip Bill Gray, 3rd Sandy Stewart, 2nd Balfour Stewart and lead Annie Fleming for winning this year’s Province Knock-out trophy. The team proved their abilities to score well with the 7 in the final following a 6 in their semi-final, ends which ultimately gave them comfortable leads to defend. They will have the opportunity to now go forward and represent East Lothian at the National Province Championships in November.

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