The Association Sub Committee has fully investigated the contents of the letter sent to the Association by Ayrshire B.A. that alleged misconduct by our Under 25 team.
President Lawrence Healy has prepared the following statement
Following discussions with members of Ayrshire B.A. Committee on Sunday 26 August at the Calder Cup the Association Committee were informed by Ayrshire B.A. that they are satisfied with the findings of the investigation and the matter was now closed.
The Committee of Edinburgh & Leith B.A. thank Ayrshire B.A. for their acceptance of the findings of the investigation.
The Association Sub Committee carried out their own internal investigation and we are satisfied that this matter is now closed.
As with all investigations lessons have been learned and a Code of Conduct will be put in place for 2019
Lawrence Healy: President.
Statement below released to answer the many questions that have been put forward by Association members. The investigation is still ongoing.
Edinburgh and Leith Bowling Association
Ref Under 25 Team 23.08.2018
Below is a statement from the Association Committee explaining why the decision has been taken to withdraw from the Calder Cup and Top Ten 2018. On completion of the ongoing Investigation an update will be forwarded to the member Clubs.
E&LBA recently received a letter of complaint from Ayrshire BA regarding a posting on Instagram. The photograph showed an Ayrshire BA team shirt ripped in two with an abusive and insulting title below. The photograph was taken by a member of the E&LBA Under-25 team, shows another member in the background, and was sent from the account address of an E&LBA Under-25 player.
Faced with overwhelming evidence of serious misconduct the Committee appointed two members to investigate. Had the investigation identified the culprits then they could have been withdrawn from selection for the forthcoming Calder Cup team, and E&LBA could have taken part. Faced with intransigence and obfuscation from those members of the team who were approached for information, the investigators reported their lack of findings to the Committee. Given that the Ayrshire BA would be competing in the event and to avoid any escalation of the ill-feeling towards E&LBA, the Committee felt that they had little option other than to withdraw from the Calder Cup and Top Ten.
E&LBA would like to apologise for not informing member clubs about this sooner but had hoped to have the matter resolved quickly. Unfortunately, thanks to the lack of co-operation this was not possible.
The Committee have tried to act in the best interests of its member clubs in an effort to protect the good name and reputation of the Association.
Each member is deeply embarrassed by the affair.
E&LBA have apologised to Ayrshire BA and offered to pay for the damaged shirt.
The Urban Waste sponsored Tait Trophy will conclude this Friday and Sunday, The Quarter Final will be played at Craigentinny B.C. on Friday at 6.30pm.
The Semi Final at 11.00am and Final at 2.00pm will be played at Parkside B.C.
For those who will not be able to make the trip to Parkside B.C. live scoring of both the Semi Final and Final will be available
The Quarter Finals will be played out between
Robert Marshall (Slateford B.C.) V Les Mitchell (Liberton B.C.) or Colin Mitchell (Carrick Knowe B.C.)
Scott Mackintosh (London Road Foundry B.C.) V Kevin Boyd (Parkside B.C.)
Craig Ramsay (Leith B.C.) V Donnie Gilbertson (Edinburgh West End B.C.)
Scott Purvis (Gorgie Mills B.C.) received a walk over for his Quarter Final game.
Again our thanks go to David Fisher and Urban Waste for his and the company’s continued support of the Association
The Purdies played their last game on Monday against Stirling County East at Zetland B.C. The last game seen a bit of form return to the team with a 76 v 54 win.
Congratulations to West Lothian B.A. on winning the Associations section and East Lothian the other.
The play off for the Matt Purdie Trophy will be played between East Lothian B.A. and West Lothian B.A. The venue for the final is Abbeyview B.C. starting at 12.00 Noon.
Mondays Rink Scores
Frank Welsh 14 v I Donaldson 7
Frank O’Reilly 14 v Z Ness 17
B.J.Smith 13 v J Wilson 12
A Brock 20 v C Cooper 11
A Melrose 15 v F Kacey 7
Congratulations to Bill Herd (Slateford B.C.), Adam Davidson (Leith B.C.) Ian Combe (Carrick Knowe B.C.) and B.J.Smith (Hillside B.C.) who all attained their 50th Cap on Monday.