The young guns of the Association start their campaign against East Lothian B.A. on Sunday at Haddington B.C. at 2.00pm. For the followers of the young guns you will know how crucial this first game is.
The East Section is arguably the strongest section to win the coveted top place. With shot difference playing a big part in many of the outcomes.
The Association can be very proud that we are the first in The Scottish Bowling League for Under 25 to be playing girls on merit and not on necessity.
So congratulations to both Chloe Thomson and Colette Thomson from Tanfield B.C. who have not only gained a place in the squad but are selected to face East Lothian B.A. on Sunday.
We also have three new caps representing the boys, Stuart Scott and Scott Moodie from Sighthill B.C. and Euan Gray from Craigentinny B.C.
Spaces were made available in the squad due to the march of time and players no longer under the age limit to play. They did however assist in giving the Association a great 2017 winning team, The League, Calder Cup and Runners Up in the Jim Bell Scottish Cup.
After a very good season at under 25 level where the consistency at this level has been constant for many years it is very disappointing that Bowls Scotland felt that only two players from the most successful Association in 2017 merited a place. So much for the saying success breeds success.
Congratulations go to Liam McKay (Tanfield B.C.) and Josh Spalding (Craigentinny B.C.) who have been selected to represent Scotland.
If possible make the trip down to Haddington and support the young guns.
One day to go for the AHT to begin. First game is against Fife B.A. and this will be a challenge to our new team of young, middle and elder. (you can choose the category).
A nervous time for both the Committee and the new management team.
A good support at Sighthill B.C. would be welcome to let the squad know you are all behind them and in particular the players selected to play this week against Fife B.A.
Last season was our worst for many years so we will all have to work together to put that disappointment behind us. Together as one unit we can climb that table. That will not be easy as I am sure all the Associations will have the same aspirations.
A welcome addition to the squad after working hard on his exams is Lewis Betts.
To date we have had one call off from the squad Daniel Gormley, always disappointing to lose a player of that quality from the squad. The Association respects that decision and good luck to Daniel for the rest of the season.
This year,as already advised the Andrew Hamilton Trophy will play a big part in the process of selection for the National team in 2019. The Association will be asking the opposing Committee to recommend players to add to our own observations each week.
All the best tomorrow it wont be easy.