West Lothian 6/12

The national calendar this weekend is dominated by the play-down action in the Scottish Triples Championship with Abbeyview the venue for West Lothian and Balbardie trios in both the Gents and the Ladies.

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West Lothian 29/11

West Lothian gents produced the goods with a commanding 20 shot victory (84-64) over Elgin in the A Division of the Premier League and cheered up their home support with a first campaign triumph at the Inveralmond Stadium.

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West Lothian 22/11

West Lothian gents have yet to win a home match at what was once considered to be a rock solid Fortress Inveralmond Stadium; but opportunity knocks for a third time lucky triumph with this Saturday’s visit of foot of the table Elgin to Livingston.

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West Lothian 15/11

The play-down action of the Gents National Fours this weekend brings opportunity for 2014 Commonwealth Games good medal star Neil Speirs to blaze a well known trail that has twice led him to the capture of the coveted Scottish Crown.

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West Lothian 8/11

West Lothian gents return to premier league action this weekend with a visit to Lanarkshire in the A Division and having got off the mark at the third time of asking up at Aberdeen are suitably fired up to build a winning momentum.

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Lanarkshire will certainly be no pushover at home but not invincible as they have already lost to West of Scotland so could be vulnerable if pressured by a strong West Lothian team performance.

WL selectors Neil Speirs and Bryan Cooper make three changes in personnel with the recall of Mark Allison and seasonal debuts being made by Darren Pearce and Alan McCormick. The absentees are Des Hagart, George Sneddon, and Nathan McKendrick in a line up that reads, Rink 1. Bryan Cooper, Ian Drysdale (cpt) Mark Allison, and Neil Speirs (skip). Rink 2. Darren Pearce, Raymond Logan, Cameron Greer, and Calum Logan (skip). Rink 3. Connor McKendrick, Dougie Mitchell, Jamie Aitken, and Craig Moss (skip). Rink 4. Richard Mark, Alan McCormick, Gary Orr, and James Speirs.

Balbardie gents make the long journey North to tackle table-toppers Fraserburgh and will have to perform up to their best levels to have any chance of making the return journey a happy one. 

West Lothian ladies have home carpet advantage against East Lothian in the East Premier Division while Balbardie are also at home for the match against Teviotdale in Division 1 East.

 The play-down action of the gents national junior singles played at Falkirk last weekend saw WL challenger Nathan McKendrick suffer a 21-14 first round defeat from Connor Milne of Turriff who had dealt Cameron Fraser of Balbardie a 21-9 exit in the prelim round.


West Lothian 1/11

A change of scenery worked wonders for a West Lothian gent’s team that finally got off the mark with a good winning performance to beat Aberdeen by 8 shots (77-69) after suffering two opening home defeats in the A Division of the indoor bowls Premier League.

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Wins on the rinks skipped by the Speirs brothers Neil and James and supported by Craig Moss signalled a welcome return to winning form for the section favourites and the only setback came in the shape of a double figure defeat inflicted on Calum Logan.

Neil Speirs posted his first win of the campaign by skipping Bryan Cooper, Ian Drysdale, and Des Hagart to a 22-14 triumph over G Forbes and the rink of Richard Mark, Connor McKendrick, Gary Orr, and James Speirs emulated that 8 shot margin at the 25-17 expense of A Thomson.A closer call for Craig Moss and his front-three of George Sneddon, Dougie Mitchell, and Jamie Aitken saw them battle to a 16-13 win over K Pirie while Nathan McKendrick, Raymond Logan, Cameron Greer, and Calum Logan lost 25-14 to S Thomson. WL now trail undefeated leaders Falkirk and West of Scotland by 4 points and share the 2 point mark with Aberdeen and Lanarkshire while Elgin have zero points.

Balbardie had to settle for a share of the points in a 71-71 battle for supremacy on home territory against Dundee in Division 1 North but remain in the promotion mix just one point adrift of joint leaders Fraserburgh, Cumbernauld, and Coatbridge. 

 The play-down action in the Ladies National Singles at Glasgow IBC saw Kim Ross of Balbardie make a prelim exit at the 21-14 hands of Arbroath star Leanne Furye while West Lothian ace Jenifer Richardson beat Anne Granger of Stirling, 21-3, before losing 21-7 to Laura Welsh of Whiteinch. Welsh went on to qualify for the semi finals along with Julie Forrest (Teviotdale), Melanie Darroch (Elgin) and LynnStein of East Fife.

 Opportunity Knocks this weekend for Nathan McKendrick who carries the West Lothian banner into the play-down action of the gents National Junior Singles at Falkirk where he opens in Saturdays 11am session against Forfar. Balbardie (unnamed) take to the carpet on the same session against Connor Milne of Turriff.

 West Lothian Seniors edged a 59-56 thriller in their local derby clash against Balbardie at Livingston while this week fixtures pitched WL away to Midlothian at Dalkeith and Balbardie idle.

West Lothian ladies resume their Premier League East campaign on Saturday with a tough home game against undefeated leaders Midlothian while Balbardie are idle in Division 1 East.